We often push our needs down to the bottom of our list of priorities - to the detriment of your health and wellbeing. This week, we’re going to share some simple tips to help you take control of your time and nurture your mind and belly.
For BNF Healthy Eating Week, look into what you can eat to boost your mood. By balancing your brain, body and belly, you'll enjoy a better quality of life.
Why is this important?
In today’s world, many people are feeling agitated and stressed because of this challenging year. So effective stress management is more important than ever before. So aim for holistic wellness and practise self-care so you can:
- maintain a healthy work-life balance
- keep your stress levels under control
- ward against conditions like burnout, anxiety and depression
Both diet and exercise play a huge role in nurturing your brain, body and belly. You can learn more about some of the most common causes of stress and why some people are more easily prone to stress than others. Read our article, Are you genetically predisposed to stress and anxiety?
Why is a healthy diet important for self-care?
Eating a healthy, balanced diet is one of the core elements of self-care. This is because your body needs sufficient nutrients and hydration to exist. You may be familiar with the saying “you are what you eat”. Well, that isn’t far from the truth. Your daily food choices affect your overall health and wellbeing - both in the short and long-term. What you eat and when you do it can have a big impact on your mood, ability to cope with stress and overall physical health and wellbeing.
Eating a greater intake of unhealthy foods can lead to things like weight gain and chronic illness (such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease). Healthy food choices, on the other hand, give your bodies the fuel they need to thrive and fight off disease. On the opposite end of the spectrum, under-eating can be just as dangerous, depriving your bodies of these vital nutrients.
We suggest that you eat more foods that contain antioxidants. Eating foods rich in antioxidants throughout the day can help prevent certain diseases, as well as enhance recovery after training. Here are foods you can eat:
Beans: Dried small red, Pinto, black, red kidney
Fruits: Apples (Gala, Granny Smith, Red Delicious), prunes, sweet cherries, plums, black plums, grapefruit, lemons, oranges and berries
Nuts: Walnuts, pecans
Vegetables: Artichokes, asparagus, sweet potatoes, beets, broccoli, carrots, spinach, broccoli, kale, cabbage
Spices: Green tea, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, cloves and cocoa in dark chocolate
You can use these foods to create a delicious meal that’s also packed with nutrients that will keep your body balanced and healthy. Antioxidants only form a part of a healthy diet but if you are getting them from natural food sources then you’re covering a whole lot of bases. Add some protein and nuts to your preload meal and you’re good to go!
So, make sure you prioritise yourself. Self-care is important to ensure you stay healthy. If you're not yet sure which type of diet would work for you, get yourself a Health Fit kit. Use this week to get your eating habits on track.