GUEST BLOG - STEPHANIE CHIVERS, habit and addiction specialist
Ok, please just give me 5 mins of your time. I am not the fun police and I don’t preach abstinence. I just want you to make an informed choice about what you put into your body.
Many of my clients see me because they suffer from bloating after a meal. They feel uncomfortable, like they have eaten a massive portion even if they only had a small meal. They feel tired, sluggish and have difficulties getting on with their day. If that sounds familiar, try the following strategies:
Willpower is great. It works perfectly when we hit a deadline or need to do one specific task. Think tax return. Ironing your shirts. Taking the do for a walk. If you don’t do it, you will face immediate consequences: a fine from HMRC, no shirts tomorrow or.. (well, you can guess!)
But if you want to make long term changes like eating healthier, or need to do something on an ongoing basis like adding some exercise to your life, willpower doesn’t work. It’s like a muscle, it wears out.
Drinking more fluids during the day is the single most important thing you can do to support your body, brain and energy levels. Water is best but there are other tricks that can help you hydrate.
A private dinner with a client can be the perfect opportunity to get the deal done. You get to know each other away from the board room and enjoy a nice meal in a relaxed atmosphere. It's most likely that you had a busy day already, so what you can you choose from the menu to keep you alert and focused on this extended work day?
Your brain and body are fine-tuned machines, they need good fuels to run properly. Our brain may only represent 2% of our body weight but it accounts for more than 20% of our energy consumption so Nutrition is vital! To keep your energy levels high...
Stress in itself is nothing bad. We all get stressed sometimes - but instead of reaching for a coffee and a muffin, it's better to treat your body well: there are great foods and easy to adopt lifestyle habits that help you calm down...
Start with the base: The most common mixture is equal parts jumbo oats, milk and yogurt - you can use dairy or any plant milk or yoghurt you like. The list of possible toppings is endless...
Don't get me wrong: breakfast is great! It sets you up for the day, gives your metabolism a kickstart and keeps you going. But, what if you can't stomach anything but a cup of tea first thing?
No matter if we travel for work or for fun, we would like to maintain energy levels, be productive and feel at our best. To achieve that we need to eat nutritious meals and snacks which keep our blood sugar levels even and don’t put our digestion under too much strain.