It may sound like a cliche, but it’s true, we are living in a very difficult and unsure time, and it’s okay to not be okay. It’s hard enough just to stay home without having to challenge yourself to do 50 push-ups every day or learn some complicated yoga pose. You don’t have to follow some complicated and restrictive diet right now, I mean, you should avoid going to the supermarket and the shelves are almost empty in any case! Eating for comfort really isn’t that bad an idea. We as humans are hardwired to derive pleasure from our food, so why not show some selfcare and eat something delicious!
Rest and relaxation can actually help soothe your stress and fears and give your immune system a boost.
Here are some of my favourite non-challenge activities that will leave you feeling relieved:
I get very excited about food. I love eating, I love cooking, I love growing my own veggies. I don't eat everything, and I certainly don't always eat perfectly "healthy" (even though most of my patients seem to think that I do...)
Having a positive attitude towards food is something I feel very strongly about. I believe that all food can form part of a balanced, healthy diet. We need to stop worrying about what we eat, and what others eat, and which diet is the best or worst, and start focusing on what our bodies need. We need to start eating real food with real enjoyment. I wrote a mini ebook on the topic, which you can read for free, because I feel so strongly that this information should be accessible to everyone. Just fill out the pop up form on my website, and your copy will be emailed to you shortly.
Eating positively is about eating for the benefit of your physical and mental wellbeing. Please read it and enjoy.
PS. If you pre-ordered the ebook and haven't received your copy yet, please send me an email and I will send it ASAP!
It’s that time of year.
The time where people start stressing about whether they still fit in last year’s swimwear, but already start thinking about how much weight they are going to gain over the holiday season, and preparing their new year’s resolutions to lose it all over again.
Christmas is ONE day! It’s OK to indulge in potato salad and roast beef and grandma’s delicious pudding for one day. It’s OK to treat yourself and enjoy the festivities with your family. (It’s also OK to enjoy the leftovers on the 26th!) You wont gain weight or suddenly become very unhealthy if you overindulge once, just don’t do it every day for the whole of December.
During the holidays people tend to be more sedentary, lounging with a good book or movie, chilling on the beach or next to the pool with sugary drinks or cocktails. The good news is, healthy living is not a punishment. Summer holidays is the best time to take up a new fun, active hobby. Try cycling or mountain biking, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, long walks on the beach…
The food also doesn’t have to be boring and bland, summer is the season of exotic fresh produce, watermelons, peaches, berries, and so much more.
Here is a recipe for a delicious sparkling spritzer to celebrate summer. I will be posting more holiday recipes soon.
Summer holiday in a glass:
1 part sparkling wine or MCC (for a virgin option, switch for your favourite juice)
3 parts sparkling water
Serve ice cold!
Remember that alcohol IN MODERATION has health benefits. Moderate alcohol intake is 1-2 units per day for a male, and 1 unit per day for a female. As this spritzer is 3/4 sparkling water, 4 champagne glasses make up one unit, therefore it is a great way to stay hydrated and help moderate alcohol intake. Enjoy!
I am a registered dietitian, and this is my blog.
Please don't see it as anything other than a blog; general information, snippets that I find interesting, and recipes that I enjoy. It is not meant to replace individual healthcare from myself or other healthcare professionals.