In theory, being asked to stay at home with your family for a large part of the year isn’t such a bad thing. Spending more quality time together is what many had been desperately searching for pre-lockdown.
But as each day seemingly merged into the next, initial good intentions may have fallen by the wayside through sheer lack of motivation. Meal-planning isn’t easy at the best of times and reaching for nutrient-deprived convenience foods may have become a bad habit you’re ready to kick.
If you’re feeling sluggish, lacking energy and in need of a good MOT, it all starts in your kitchen, and it doesn’t need to be complicated.
You may have exhausted your go-to midweek menu and be in need of some inspiration. And if your life is returning to some sort of normality, the time you were recently spoilt with may be rapidly disappearing.
Start by choosing energy-boosting foods. Swap the pasta for whole-grains such as couscous, quinoa, barley and brown rice; all packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre. They’re high in soluble fibre, which is slower to digest, keeping you full for longer. Sweet potatoes are also in this category; cut into wedges, sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and bake for a guilt-free alternative to chips. Protein-packed pulses are also a great source of fibre and carbohydrate; their folic acid, iron and magnesium content support energy production, fuelling each cell in your body. Combine them with fresh herbs and spices in salads, soups and stews.
Processed cereal bars may seem like a healthy snack, but they’re often laden with sugar, causing your blood sugar levels to spike. Loaded with energy-boosting nutrients, a handful of nuts (such as almonds, pecans or walnuts) is a much better choice. Snacking on fresh fruit is a no-brainer.
A good diet should be supported with a healthy lifestyle that involves some essential self-care. If you’ve been running around after everyone else, and taking little time for yourself, it’s no surprise your energy levels are depleted. You’re no good to anyone if you’re worn out. Take just a little time for yourself to recharge those batteries. Regular exercise will ease stress and in turn help you sleep. Reading a book, taking a bath or going for a walk should be routine and are an integral part of your journey to longevity.
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