We all understand that health is important, but when our lives get busy, we often let it fall by the wayside.
But maintaining your health and keeping your brain alive are indispensable tools for keeping up with that busy lifestyle. When your mind and body are functioning optimally, you’ll have more energy to address daily challenges.
Optimal health just makes life better.
You may have some preconceptions about what it means to eat well. “Avoid fat and carbs, reduce calories,” we tell ourselves. But this is a misunderstanding.
So ignore those preconceptions about fats and try to embrace a balance of macronutrients like fibre, protein, carbohydrates and, yes, fats.
Speaking of nutrition, protein and fibre are also integral parts of a healthy diet. Protein, which builds muscle, is great for your body and keeps you moving. Meanwhile, fibre keeps us feeling satisfied for longer by taking more time to process, with the added benefit of improving our digestion!
To optimise your intake, you should aim to consume about 30g of fibre per day, along with about 0.8g of protein per kilogram of weight. That means if you weigh 75kg, you should eat about 60g of protein per day!
What to do and what to avoid
Some great options are colourful fruits like blueberries, or dark leafy greens like kale.
Things to avoid are sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, food additives and preservatives. These can be really bad for our bodies, and leave us feeling sluggish and unfocused.
Learn when to move, and when to stay still
Exercise is fantastic for our bodies and minds, improving our memory, concentration, and capacity for learning!
It’s also a great way to improve your mood and boost your energy by getting your blood pumping and body moving.
But don’t forget to relax! Active relaxation might sound counterintuitive, but setting aside some time to focus on active relaxation can do wonders for our bodies. Try meditating or learning something new. Sometimes the best way to relax is to do something!
Here are some tips to get you started
- Strike a balance with healthy fats and veggies. Avocados and nuts are a great source of energy for our brains, while colourful vegetables are packed with nutrients for our bodies.
- Eat more protein and fibre. Try to consume at least 30g of fibre per day, with 0.8g of protein for every kilogram of body weight.
- Try to fill 75% of your plate with veggies.
- Avoid sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, food additives and preservatives.
- Exercise more often for a mood and energy boost!
- Try active relaxation techniques such as meditation.