Nourish from within
Whilst we are bombarded with the latest food fads and trends, more often than not we find ourselves questioning what is the best advice to follow and if this new diet really will make us lose those unwanted wobbly bits that we can’t seem to shift.
“Is coconut oil bad for you?”
“Is keto the best way to lose weight?”
As a nutritionist these are some of the questions I often get asked.
There are a lot of non-evidence based nutrition trends published in magazines, on the web and across social media. As a passionate nutritionist I believe that educating ourselves about the basics in nutrition can really help us to take on a balanced approach when it comes to food choices, without the need to follow a specific diet and feel guilt or shame after eating certain foods.
The thought of ditching your diet rules may seem scary but your body naturally craves food and nutrients that provide nourishment and aid health. It is important to note that taking on a balanced approach to food choices also means that if you really fancy a dessert one night, have the dessert! We should enjoy food and get pleasure out of eating foods we like.
The next set of diet rules won’t solve all your problems, but trusting yourself and your body might. Freedom around food enables us to try new foods that we never knew we liked and enhances our experiences in life by not only providing us with good health but also happiness.
There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to food and nutrition as each and every one of us is different so start by educating yourself and experiment with different foods and supplements so you know what works best for you.
What I always have in my kitchen.
- Frozen fruit: I love adding frozen berries and frozen banana to smoothies or porridge in the morning so they are always in my freezer.
- Avocados: Avocados are so versatile and full of nutrients. They’re a great addition to any meal from spreading on toast to bulking out salads and stews.
- Eggs: I love convenience and you can make an omelette in less than 5 minutes with any veg that you’ve got in the fridge.
- Tinned chickpeas: Chickpeas are full of fibre and protein. They make great veggie curries and stews and if you fancy a snack- you can make your own delicious hummus in less than 5 minutes!
- Greens: I love adding greens such as spinach or kale to all of my meals. Not only do they add colour but they provide an extra source of nutrients and add more flavour.
- Peanut butter: One of my favourite snacks is stuffing dates with peanut butter and dipping them in dark chocolate. It can also be added to stir fry or curry for a nutty flavour.
- Cellnutrition Quinton: Cellnutrition Quinton is a 100% natural mineral supplement. It provides 78 bioavailable minerals and trace elements, aiding health and hydration. Cellnutrition Hypertonic provides a natural boost of energy in the mornings to aid energy levels. I take it 20 minutes before breakfast and/ at midday depending on my energy levels. Cellnutrition Isotonic is a more gentle, therapeutic solution that has a calming effect on the body. I take it one hour before bed to aid relaxation in the evening.
It’s so important to take care of and nurture yourself. Begin each day with the intention of making the best and most of it. It may not always go as planned, but it can go more smoothly if you put it in perspective. You cannot accomplish anything if you're unhealthy. Get plenty of rest, exercise and nourish yourself and make sure you set aside time each day for an activity that you enjoy
Marie. L Farag, is Cellnutrition's resident Nutritionist.