Article published in the Haslemere Herald, HUNTER CENTRE & NATURBALANCE, Thursday 23rd April 2020
One more week at home! Well done you!
This week I would love to share with you some of my secret weapons to start the day, and a few healthy eating ideas you can start trying today. See how you feel in a couple of weeks, I am sure you will be so happy with yourself you will want to add more.
My golden facts for a great brain start:
1. Wake up being grateful: there are so many reasons to be thankful for – life, air, water, food, new day, warm bed, loving people around us, anything you have today!
2. Before you get out of bed, drink a glass of filtered water with that pinch of sea salt or Himalayan salt, Celtic or Sea salt, already mentioned in the previous article, before you go out of your bed. Drink it all! Give your body and brain that very well deserved hydration it needs
3. Remember to spend those few seconds with the breathing I have recommended in a previous column
4. THE GOLDEN RULE to give the brain the proper fuel to function correctly; to kill that unhealthy fat, the inflammation, and that annoying feeling of being hungry all the time, is the MEAL TIMES RULE
a. Leave 12-16 hours between the last meal and first meal of the day
b. Leave 4-6 hours between meals during the day- if you have 3 meals a day
c. Leave 6-8 hours between meals if you have 2 meals a day
(We understand that not everybody can do this, depending on your circumstances. Just do what you can!)
This simple rule will help you keep the ideal weight, balance insulin, balance glucose levels and increase energy.
Most importantly it allows your body cells to do the necessary work to prevent and reduce memory loss and keep us sharp and alive!
5. Ready for your first meal? Enjoy those fresh seasonal fruits you love, top up your porridge or make a yummy bowl with fruits of different colours. TRY NOT to add any dairy please, you will spoil the healthy benefits and you risk creating a gas bomb in your guts
Some ideas of FRUITS to boost your brain for your first meal
- Red berries
Make a gorgeous fruit and coconut yogurt (please try not to add sugar) bowl topped with some cocoa chips, dried apricots, apple puree, and sprinkle a small amount of seeds of your taste; the perfect balanced amount of nutrients!
Try to have a good source of protein with your first meal. Plant based protein is best but if you are having animal protein, organic eggs, grass fed meat and wild caught fish sources are suggested.
Pure and clean is the key to avoid heavy metals and other toxins.
It is really important to avoid any processed food early in the morning, as well as fat, even the healthy fat. Leave the nuts and avocado and similar for your midday meal – your liver will be very, very grateful.
Eating processed foods at the start of the day makes you hungry. This food turns into sugar which will raise your cortisol levels, adversely affecting your mood and concentration.
6. Keep well hydrated between meals; your goal is to drink 3 to 4 glasses or cups of water or a natural drink between your meals. This is essential to help your body function properly, and avoid the tendency to snack – especially now that we are spending more time at home.
Here are some natural, immune system boosters and anti-inflammatory drinks I recommend:
- Ginger and turmeric brain booster tea, with a pinch of black pepper and coconut or olive oil
- Green tea
- Rosemary and mint tea
- Kefir in water (if you are unable to obtain it yourself, contact me)
- Chamomile tea or drink
I leave you today for now, with my best wishes of love until my next time with you, where I will be sharing more about healthy ideas to enjoy food and keep hydrated at home.