Our nutritionist Claire Hicks gives us some useful tips on how to eat better this month.
Feeling a bit worse for wear after the festive season, waistline a bit bigger, energy resembling a burnt-out New Year’s Eve firework? We hear you.
Don't reach for yet another coffee or sugary treat to kick start your day. Instead, focus on some good basic healthy eating to boost your health, get your energy back on track and strengthen your immune system ready for the winter months to come.
Let’s start with the first tip...
Ditch the caffeine
Not only does it give you that 'short lived' surge of energy which is quickly followed by an even deeper slump than you started with, it also interferes with the absorption of essential energy promoting nutrients, has a negative effect on sleep and overstimulates the nervous system.
All-in-all it may seem tempting to reach for this quick fix but long term it won't do you any favours.
You'd do better to switch to herbal teas. Have a look at the Pukka or Yogi ranges for a tasty treat or just opt for plain old water. Many cases of tiredness can be solved by drinking a glass or two of water.
Not only will it save you money, ditching alcohol in January will help your liver to recover from the excesses of the festive season.
Too much alcohol can overstress the liver, resulting in tiredness, headaches, skin issues, weight gain and digestive discomfort.
Try mixing a little fruit juice with sparkling water for a tasty alcohol-free drink or experiment with beetroot/carrot juices or one of the bottled natural energy drinks such as Purdeys.
Re-educate that sweet tooth
It's a known fact that the more sugary foods you eat, the more you want - sugar is addictive.
Ever opened a packet of biscuits just meaning to take the one and ended up demolishing the lot? (Don’t worry, we've all been there…)
The only way to break this habitual need for the white stuff - especially after the festive excesses - is to cut it out completely.
Opt for sweet fruit such as mango, pineapple and banana to break you in gradually to this new sugar-free world. Packed with immune-boosting nutrients and natural sugars - they are a great way to change bad habits.
Think whole foods
Foods in their natural unprocessed state provide all the nutrients for health.
Think variety and eat a rainbow of colours both raw and cooked and experiment with some new recipes. Try Quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, nuts, seeds, pulses, tofu, fresh poultry and fish and a little good quality red meat if it takes your fancy, herbs, spices, fruit, vegetables, live yoghurt and Kefir... the list just goes on and on and the variety is endless.
Eating a diet rich in whole natural foods is one of the best gifts that you can give your body in 2022.
Need to get your nutrition back on track? Click the link below to book an appointment with Claire, use our online booking system or call 01273 843 780.