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Our Nutritionist covers: Crazy times, sane diet

It’s the time of year again when the going gets crazy before the Christmas holidays and everyone is trying to manage work, parties, social life and family while battling off a cold that’s trying to take over. So if there’s ever a time when it’s really important to keep your diet sane and healing, it’s now.

This might sound like a herculean task, but fear not, it doesn’t mean you need a strict diet before Christmas or something very time consuming. All I’m suggesting here is that you focus on creating the best version of an energised, albeit, slightly hectic version of yourself through your diet. What this means in concrete steps is that you take control of the aspects of your diet and lifestyle that you can control during this hectic time and let go of the others.

Let me give you an example. To energise and give your body the best fighting chance to tackle this crazy busy season is to focus on your intake of vitamins and minerals in your diet. This might mean forcing yourself to include more of the colourful fruits, veggies and berries onto your plate than you normally would do, but trust me, it’s worth it.

As the flu and cold season is here again and we all need that little extra help to steer clear of the virus and if it gets us, that little help which will help your body rid itself of the virus

Eat the rainbow

Eating your way back to health isn’t a quick solution, but considering what you put in your mouth is even more significant when you’re down with a cold. Ensuring your body has all the tools in the kit to fight the virus makes a lot of sense.

Be sure to try adding as many colours of the rainbow onto your plate as you can, as this will ensure you get the most optimal balance of vitamins and minerals = means your body can fight the virus more efficiently. Try to have at least 3-4 colours on your plate at each meal.

Starting with the breakfast, include some blueberries, fresh or in powder form, rich in vitamin C and E, onto your porridge, slice some banana (potassium) and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds (B vitamins) – voila, you have easily enjoyed 3 different colours with a wide variety of different, beneficial, vitamins and minerals.

Another example for you, a meal (maybe lunch or dinner) that contains tomatoes (antioxidant lycopene), sweet potatoes (beta-carotene) and broccoli (vitamin K) – then you can add your choice of fish, lean meat or tofu etc.

Again, snack time coming around, once, twice or three times a day, depending on the length of your day and the amount of energy needed to fuel it – you can easily include 3 or even more fresh and colourful fruits into a boosting snack. Why not try a smoothie with some orange, red, green and blue colours. Teaspoon of berry powders gives a lot of nutrients to it.

Consider blending some sea buckthorn, (frozen or powder form) frozen strawberries, blackcurrant (again frozen or powder form) and avocado with coconut milk, cup of oats and a dollop of honey to make a big batch of this wonderful, filling and satisfying, yet very healthy energy and vitamin booster snack.

The vitamins and minerals mentioned represent only a sliver of what goodies these powerful fruits, berries and veggies can provide you with. What is especially important to remember now and always, hydrate yourself sufficiently – drink lots of water, hot or cold – just remember to drink plenty!

stay well over the festive times

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Writer is a registered Holistic Diet Coach, Taru from ArcticNut 




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