Christy, holistic nutritionist at your service, here to share 3 key nutrition tips to help you spring into better health – from the inside out – in 2018!
But before I begin, I’d like to ask you to think about the type of environment that you are eating in. Over the years, I have found that stressful environments can have a negative impact on how well many people, myself included, digest meals. That’s why I always talk to my clients about how crucial it is to evaluate:
because all of these factors can impact our stress levels and our quality of digestion.
Now, with that out of the way, let's move on to my tips...
1. Eat in peace. Ensure that you’re able to take the time to eat in a space where you feel at peace. Savour your flavours and chew your food! In the past I have successfully used a few different ways to reduce my stress level when consuming a meal, including: listening to music that I love, tuning into a podcast that tickles my brain, and meditating. By relaxing your mind as you digest your food, you can profoundly improve your overall nutrient absorption. So, try putting yourself in a “chilled out” environment and head space, for at least 15 minutes, whenever you sit down to eat a meal.
2. Drink lots of water. Another way to improve your health from the inside out – by decreasing feelings of lethargy and improving digestive function – is to make sure that you are drinking enough water. Even as a nutritionist, I had to work hard to get my water intake up to the recommended 8 glasses per day. If you find that you are not drinking enough water, it’s time to increase your intake. If 8 glasses seem like a lot to you, it’s ok to start small. Begin by aiming for 4 glasses each day, and then increase by one glass, each week, until you hit 8. Also, if you are consuming anything that has a diuretic effect on the body (i.e. cola or coffee), you’ll need to have few extra glasses to offset its effect.
3. Think about food as fuel. Eating is the way we refuel our bodies, so having a minimum of three meals each day is important. Focus on balanced eating to get the all the nutrients your body requires. Specifically: proteins, fats and carbs (the big building blocks of the body); vitamins and minerals (essential nutrients that help the body to perform at its best); probiotics (microbes that play a role in breaking down food to make vitamins and in protecting the immune system); and prebiotics (which function as food for the good microbes in the gut).
So to recap: we talked about being mindful of our environment and mindset when we eat; drinking enough water; and eating right to get the nutrients we need.
If you have any questions about nutrition and how you can eat your way to better health, this year and beyond, I would be happy to answer. Feel feel to leave your queries, thoughts on this post or any tips of your own in the comment section below. Or connect with me here.
Ciao for now!
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