COM­MIT TO A MORN­ING ROU­TINE

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - I’ve re­cently been ad­vised to re­move dairy (for gut health) from my diet. The thing I found the hard­est by far is what to use as a milk al­ter­na­tive. What is the most like trim milk? Thanks, Hollie. Dr Libby is a nu­tri­tional bio­chemist, best-sell­ing author

If your days are get­ting more and more jam-packed start­ing your day with a restora­tive rou­tine can make all the dif­fer­ence to help your mind­set and al­low you to start your day with a feel­ing of spa­cious­ness. Go for a walk, sit with a cup of tea and watch the sunrise or sim­ply prac­tise long, slow belly breaths while you wait for the ket­tle to boil. It will make all the dif­fer­ence to your en­ergy in what can be a hec­tic time. di­aphrag­mat­i­cally is to lay on your back with your legs up the wall. Lie in this po­si­tion for 5-10 min­utes and fo­cus on your breath. Place a folded towel un­der your back or bot­tom for sup­port if you like. Take 10 min­utes to fully re­lax into this pose, it’s es­pe­cially restora­tive with some sooth­ing mu­sic. about all of the peo­ple you have to buy for, or what you should wear to your Christ­mas party and so on – flip this around. Con­sider in­stead how priv­i­leged you are to have so many loved ones and that you have the op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate with them.

Hi Hollie. There are many nondairy al­ter­na­tives avail­able now. You can make your own nut milks us­ing soaked al­monds or cashews or co­conuts, or you can gen­er­ally pur­chase rice, oat, al­mond, even hazel­nut or macadamia milk.

I have found that most peo­ple find rice milk sim­i­lar in taste and con­sis­tency to trim milk. If buy­ing a milk al­ter­na­tive, check the la­bel for added sweet­en­ers and avoid those. A word that will typ­i­cally ap­pear on the la­bel if an ad­di­tional sweet­ener has been used is ‘mal­todex­trin’. It can be good to mix up the types of milk al­ter­na­tives you use, choos­ing a dif­fer­ent one each month, for ex­am­ple.

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