International Women’s Day

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imagesInternational Women’s Day  – 8th March 2014

Food for Fabulous Females

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, and this year it is all is all about inspiring change

So why not make tomorrow the day you make a few positive changes to your eating habits?  Do you think you eat too many processed foods, would you like to incorporate more fruit and vegetables in to your diet, are takaways taking over your life?

Then try some of these simple meal ideas that will inspire you to make small but permanent changes to your lifestyle, which could leave you feeling more energised and satisfied

  • Eat plenty of energising fruits like blueberries, strawberries, mango and melon.  Aimages quick breakfast idea is to put these into a blender with some milk and yoghurt and whizz to a make a delicious and energy packed smoothie.  Add a spoonful of oat bran for a more energy dense breakfast that will have you feeling fuller for longer.
  • Make vegetables a bigger part of your meal. Use peppers, sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli to make a colourful and nutritious curry or stirfry.  Add some good quality protein like tofu, soya beans, quinoa, cashew nuts, salmon or chicken and your energy levels should soar
  • imagesHave some energising grains like whole grains, oats or buckwheat.  Add some wholegrain rice to the curry or some delicious fibre rich buckwheat noodles to the stirfy.  The low GI carbs will help you to release the energy slowly which in turn will keep your blood sugar levels more stable so you are less likely to reach fro the high sugar, high fat snacks
  • Complete your energised plan with some dairy productsChoose from calcium rich yoghurts, milk (including soya and almond) or cheese.  Just be careful of your portion size as the fat content can be quite high

Get active: As well as eating to promote energy and vitality consider how active you are.  Doing 30 minutes of exercise like fast walking, cycling to work, a gym class etc could help boost your energy levels and leave you feeling invigorated.  Whilst exercising outdoors the sunshine will help you absorb Vitamin D, which apart from strengthening bones can help inhibit the production of melatonin a hormone that can make you feel sleepy.

Learn how to breathe deeply: Shallow breathing can make you feel tired, whereas deep breathing boosts the oxygen in our bloodstream, giving you an instant lift. Take some deep breaths now, and feel the difference.

Drink waterFeeling tired can be one of the early signs of dehydration, therefore it make imagessense to drink plenty of water to maintain your energy levels.

Limit your alcohol intake: If you over indulge you may notice the soporific  (as well as dehydrating) effect of alcohol, therefore it makes sense to stick within healthy limits i.e. no more than a couple of standard drinks a day.

I hope I have inspired you to make some small but permanent changes to your lifestyle that will leave you felling energised and positive.

 

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