Fo­cus on nour­ish­ment, not weight loss

Clutha Leader - - ART SOUTH OTAGO -

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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Af­ter giv­ing birth your body is pri­mar­ily fo­cused on nour­ish­ing a lit­tle hu­man and read­just­ing af­ter months of preg­nancy.

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