Focus on nourishment, not weight loss
to a vicious cycle of restriction and bingeing. And when they are unable to stick to their ‘‘healthy’’ plan the guilt sets in, and the added stress of this really isn’t healthy at all.
In saying all of this, sleep deprivation and exhaustion can send us searching for more energy, and often we reach for sweet foods and caffeine to try to fill this gap. The reason we crave nourishment we need.
I encourage you to focus on choosing whole, real foods. They don’t have to be fancy – easy, practical meals that include plenty of colourful vegetables are a great place to start. Slow-cooked meals are great. It can also be helpful to make a batch of whole food snacks, such as mini frittata muffins to keep in the fridge, or bliss balls made from nuts, seeds and a few fresh dates to keep in the freezer, so that you have nourishing snacks on hand for when hunger strikes. The fat content in these snacks will help to keep your energy levels stable and feeling satisfied for longer.
Dr Libby is a nutritional biochemist, best-selling author and speaker. The advice contained in this column is not intended to be a substitute for direct, personalised advice from a health professional. Dr Libby is bringing her signature event, the Beautiful You Weekend, to Christchurch in November. For more information or to book, visit www.drlibby.com
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