COMMIT TO A MORNING ROUTINE
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.
I’ve recently been advised to remove dairy (for gut health) from mydiet. 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.
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.
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. Visit drlibby.com.