Renowned nutritional therapist Gabriela Peacock lets us into all the need-to-know secrets...
This past year has been extremely challenging, we have often found ourselves stuck at home with necessary but challenging restrictions and suddenly not living our lives in the way we are used to. With less movement, less walks, not seeing friends and family, our lives have changed dramatically. It is unsurprising that these sort of restrictions have the ability to negatively impact what you eat and consequently how you feel too.
Embracing a life spent working from home involved relinquishing the day-to-day routines we'd become so comfortable. For many this meant that we found ourselves constantly snacking, and often not making particularly healthy snack choices. In stressful and uncertain situations we tend to opt for sugary snacks and snack more often as well. Some of us also consume more alcohol. This is very normal.
Now we are - hopefully! - on the way out of lockdown and the restrictions we've become so used and it's time to dig ourselves out of that lockdown run. Summer's arrival is the perfect excuse to hit the reset button and help our body to recover and start feeling great again. These are my tips to doing just that and feeling great again in just two weeks. It's all about making small changes. I truly believe that life is for living!
Healthy Eating Tips
Living by a handful of simple and achievable healthy eating tips pays dividends, they're what make up my GP Principles. I recommend eating a portion of protein with every meal, including snacks. When eating carbohydrates choose ones that are high in fibre and boast a lower GI, like porridge oats, lentils and beans. Include a variety of healthy fats in your diet, with a focus on essential fatty acids, avocados for example, fish like salmon and mackerel as well as nuts and seeds. Keep your fluid levels topped up throughout the day and try to avoid drinking caffeinated fluids on an empty stomach. Increase the diversity of phytonutrients with a rainbow diet, which means eating fruits and vegetables of different colours every day. Maintain good and balanced blood sugar levels by eating when you are peckish, not very very hungry and finally avoid skipping meals.