Your mind and its optimal nutrition are crucial but you might not know why, or how to get there. By making subtle changes in your diet amazing things can happen to your brain, your body and even your outlook on life!
Lets start by asking how are you feeling today? energetic? happy? excited? or sluggish? tired? craving sugar? If you answered yes to any of the last three you are not alone! Far too many people think that feeling tired, being cranky, not sleeping well and craving sugar (or coffee or tea for that matter) is the norm, that’s how your supposed to feel. But I am here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way. You CAN feel better, feel refreshed, feel energised every single day if you take your health and nutrition into your owns hands and make some changes.
Start with subtle changes every day, it doesn’t have to be all at once all at the same time. Without getting too technical lets start with some simple basics to get you back on track and on the road to feeling better, doesn’t that sound like a great plan?
Lets start with balancing our glucose, a great place to start! After all glucose is the fuel for the brain, without it we wouldn’t get very far. So what are some easy ways we can balance our glucose throughout the day?
- Eat breakfast (waiting approx. half an hour after rising). Start the day with complex carbohydrates such as steel cut oats with fruit (some celiac suffers might not be able to eat oats) – or a fruit smoothie made with kefir (sugar free!) flax seeds, chia seeds, a dash of coconut oil and fresh/frozen fruit.
- Eat small meals more often – try for 2/3 main meals (by main I don’t mean large, these need be a reasonable size and try not to eat until your full, leave a little room. NO fried foods please!) and 2 snacks throughout the day. Snacks should be low GL (glycemic load) option such as homemade energy balls (recipe to follow) or an apple with almond butter or a handful of nuts and seeds with a piece of fruit (particularly sunflower and pumpkin seeds).
- Drink water! I cannot stress how important drinking enough water is for your overall health, after all the brain is made up of 75% water and it has to get it from somewhere. Aim for 8-10 glasses of fresh filtered (NOT tap water) a day.