New Year’s Confusions and Resolutions

Making a New Year’s Resolution is a fabulous idea… in theory, anyway.

Dust off the cobwebs hugging the elliptical machine hidden in the corner of your house
Look for that plastic thing resembling a credit card that allows you access to a place called ‘the gym’
Eat better, feel better, live better.

Since most New Year’s Resolutions are about losing weight and getting fit, here is a brief breakdown of resolutions that you will all break

Control portion size

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In theory: Studies show using smaller plates, smaller dishes and rearranging the geometry of your plate can help you live longer. By decreasing the size of your meals, you can help reduce your chances of heart failure, high blood pressure and also cholesterol.

Confusion: Don’t play with your food and waste your money on kids plates. Measuring out your food can be mentally disheartening, there is nothing worse than looking down at a half empty plate and thinking ‘this is my dinner?’

Do this instead: Portion control is all about reducing the amount of calories you consume and swapping healthier food alternatives for the bad one’s you currently consume.
Rather than reaching for a handful of curly fries, bake potato chips in your oven
Don’t always upgrade your portion size at Macca’s or Starbucks
Don’t try and trick yourself into believing you are limiting your caloric intake, just eat what you want until you are full, not stuffed!

Ditch the gym, go for a stroll

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The gym was full of New Year’s resolution go-ers this morning. About five people were rolling around on the sweaty matts trying to roll away the fat; five people pounded the treadmills at an incline of 15; but how long will these gym-goers last?

Confusion:  According to guinea-pig and 5:2 Health expert, Michael Mosley, ‘exercise is a bad way to lose weight’. Rather than indulging in ‘compensatory eating’ which is what Mosley calls any gym visit, ‘get off your butt and go for a stroll,’ says the expert.

Do this instead: Try integrating exercise into your everyday activities. Take the stairs, go out for brisk 10 minute walks to get your mail and walk to the nearest supermarket to get your cup of joe in the morning. Easy peasy.

Cook yourself thin

Restaurants and chefs are bringing back classics and re-inventing home cooking for diners.
So instead of dining out on extravagant, yet totally easy meals that can be prepared at home, step back into the kitchen. Forget glorified Mac ‘N’ Cheese and lasagnas that you can do with your eyes closed. Cook yourself thin and make your own food from fresh ingredients that you can control yourself.

Confusion: T ruffled Mac ‘n’ cheese is in?

Do this instead: Home-cooking at a restaurant? Be your own chef

image: My Little SoHo Kitchen

Recipe from My Little SoHo Kitchen by Michelle Tchea 

Saucy Mac ‘n’ Cheese     Serves 4 
Macaroni 250 g (9 oz)
Egg 1
Milk 250 ml (8 fl oz / 1 cup)
Ground nutmeg a sprinkle
Ground black pepper to taste
Gruyère cheese 140 g (5 oz) grated + 45 g (11/2 oz), cubed
Cheddar cheese 85 g (3 oz), grated
Mozzarella cheese 85 g (3 oz), grated
Mascarpone cheese 4 Tbsp
Cherry tomatoes 6, halved
Panko breadcrumbs 150 g (51/3 oz)
Butter 2 Tbsp, cubed
1. Preheat oven to 160˚C (325˚F).
2. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add macaroni and cook for about 7 minutes. Drain macaroni and reserve about 125 ml (4 fl oz / 1/2 cup) of the liquid. Set aside.
3. In another bowl, crack egg into milk. Sprinkle in nutmeg and add a dash of pepper. Add Gruyère, Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese. Stir to combine.
4. Throw in semi-cooked macaroni and its reserved liquid. Mix evenly.
5. Stir in Mascarpone cheese, then pour everything into a lightly greased rectangular baking dish. Top with cherry tomatoes.
6. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and arrange cubed butter evenly on top.
7. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the top is brown and crusty.

8. Serve warm.

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