Saturday 27 December 2014

Karl Henry: Health on the line and funky stir fry

Karl Henry

Published 27/07/2014 | 02:30

Karl Henry
Karl Henry

Recent surveys have shown just how bad the obesity and overweight problem is among Ireland's over 50s. But what is more worrying, is where we store this weight. Irish people, men in particular, store weight around the waistline. This is an issue because visceral fat is the most dangerous type you can have on your body.

Visceral fat isn't the fat you can pinch. It's the fat that surrounds the internal organs and it is linked to a multitude of medical conditions.

Look around you at those of any age, especially the over 50s. You can see where they tend to carry their weight. The classic apple shape is all too common in Ireland, and a sign that the person is at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and all other medical issues.

Begin to measure your waist line, around your bellybutton, and aim to get it down to under 40 inches, ideally into the mid-30s. However, by getting it below 40 inches you will be doing really well and going a long way towards improving your health.

Karl's funky stir fry

Stir fries are great – easy to make and super healthy. Serves 2

You will need

1 red pepper

1 green pepper

1 large broccoli

1 pack of asparagus

1 avocado

Handful of mushrooms

1 tbsp of coconut oil

50g goats cheese

Method

Heat the oil in a wok on a medium to high heat. Dice up all of the vegetables and add to the wok, heat for 10 minutes.

Now dice the avocado and add it to wok, stirring well.

Dice the goats cheese and add to the wok for 30 seconds, stirring well.

Serve and enjoy.

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