Fo­cus on nour­ish­ment, not weight loss

Kaikoura Star - - OUT & ABOUT -

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 sug­ary foods is be­cause they pro­vide a fast hit of glu­cose, giv­ing your en­ergy lev­els a rapid boost. The prob­lem is, the en­ergy is short-lived, so you end up on an en­ergy roller­coaster, con­stantly search­ing for more en­ergy, crav­ing more poor-qual­ity foods. And when th­ese foods be­come a part of our ev­ery­day lives, they end up dis­plac­ing real, whole foods that ac­tu­ally pro­vide the 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.

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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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