Today we have the wonderful Nawaz from OmAwake, who are a online platform that connects holistic health practitioners with people like you and me. Without further a due, here is Nawaz guest blog post, explaining how we would all benefit from seeing a nutritionist.
We have all heard of the famous expression “you are what you eat”, but can mindful eating really alter the way you think, behave and feel? As winter approaches, it is no secret that we are more likely to binge on our favourite comfort foods and probably less likely to burn it off, but these winter treats could be giving us more than we hoped for, causing us to feel tired, sluggish and generally low.
So, what is healthy eating?
Eating a healthy, balanced diet sounds relatively easy, but as we are all different, we all require a slightly different diet. This can be depending on your weight, lifestyle and any underlining conditions you may have. It is hard to know if we are getting all the right nutrition for our bodies, which is why many people seek the professional guidance of a nutritionist, who can tailor a diet plan for people who suffer from:
- Intolerances and allergies
- Being under or over weight
- Chronic conditions
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Tiredness, fatigue and low mood
Do I need to see a nutritionist?
An unsuitable diet doesn’t just affect those with underlining health conditions; it can have a significant impact on your general wellbeing, even if you may otherwise seem healthy. A poor diet can contribute to –
- Low self-esteem
- Low immunity
- Lack of routine (feeling disorganised)
- Feeling ‘low’
- Unexplained tiredness and fatigue
- Poor concentration
Although all of these can be caused by poor diet or lifestyle, it is important to see your doctor to rule out any other conditions.
What should I be eating?
Although this depends on you as an individual, there are certain foods that can help support your day-to-day health, boosting your concentration, memory, alertness and digestion.
Introducing more omega 3 into your diet can not only make you feel more alert, it can also improve your memory, concentration and responses. Luckily, omega 3 can be found in a wide variety of foods including: fish, walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds and spinach.
Starting the day with a diet high in fibre will help keep your digestive system running smoothly, which will help you to avoid feeling sluggish and bloated.
You can easily include more fibre into your diet by eating more whole grains, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables and ginger.
It is no surprise that eating a healthy, well balanced diet can improve your mood and self-esteem, but it is also proven that a lack of B vitamins such as folic acid or B12 can contribute to anxiety and depression. Leafy greens, chicken, nuts and citrus fruits are a great way to naturally include these into your diet. Another food that everybody talks about when it comes to depression is chocolate, fortunately, they aren’t wrong! Dark chocolate contains tryptophan, an amino acid that the brain uses to produce serotonin – a chemical that influences our mood and behaviour. Serotonin can also commonly be found in eggs, cheese and nuts.
If you think you could benefit from seeing a nutritionist, why not search and book a consultation today – visit http://www.omawake.co.uk