Health is wealth.
Luckily for you, our dear readers, GLAMOUR has an in-house nutritional therapist on hand to give you all the wellness advice you need.
Grace, who is Operations Manager here at GLAMOUR and has studied for 4 years at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, is also a Registered Nutritionist and member of BANT, will be offering fuss-free, straightforward and purse-friendly wellness advice.
Forget splurging hundreds of rands on the greenest juices, quirkiest supplements and over-priced workouts, Grace is all about simple and accessible health tips and we are so here for them.
One of the main questions Grace gets asked is "what does a nutritional therapist do?", so, we put that question straight to her.
"It's someone who uses nutrition science to the support health," she said. "They look at potential nutritional imbalances and then address these with food and lifestyle recommendations. They would never suggest nutrition as a replacement for medical advice, nutrition is a complimentary practise.
“I honestly believe nutrition should be simple and accessible. The information out there is complicated and mixed and really, food should be enjoyed, not feared.
One size never fits all and everybody’s needs are so different. These needs will change, even daily! I want to help people find balance and really understand what their own unique bodies need.
"You won’t find faddy diets, extreme restriction or nutritional advice without solid, clear evidence on my watch." Great news!
Here are the five everyday nutrition tips Grace says every millennial can and should incorporate into their day-to-day life...
1. EAT BREAKFAST... IF YOU CAN FACE IT!
Start your day right and then whatever happens, at least you have given your body and brain the fuel it needs. Ditch the sugary Western breakfast and try to include both protein (eggs, Greek yogurt) and fat (nuts, seeds) in your first meal. This should help balance blood sugar and regulate energy through the day. No time for breakfast? Prep the night before with overnight oats or boiled eggs.
2. EAT A BALANCED PLATE FOR EVERY MEAL
If you can include protein (meat, fish, pulses), fat (nuts, seeds, olive oil) and carbohydrates (wholegrains, any vegetables, but particularly some starchy options like sweet potatoes) with every meal, you know you’re on the right track. It is very easy to miss out whole food groups. Avocado on toast is a favourite in the GLAMOUR office but as a meal, it contains barely any protein. So add a sliced boiled egg, smoked salmon or edamame beans to make it a balanced option.
3. DON’T FORGET THE MICRONUTRIENTS
The NHS ‘forget five a day, eat ten portions of fruit and vegetables' campaign is ambitious but something to aim for! A portion is a handful of any vegetables, 1 apple, 1 small banana and the majority of these portions should be vegetables. Eat the rainbow. Colours equal nutrients.
4. BUMP UP THAT FIBRE
Include fruits and vegetables, whole grains (oats, rice) and pulses (chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils) daily for healthy gut function. The gut is one of the body’s key organs for the elimination of toxins. We need it to function really well.
5. GET OFF THE DIET TRAIN
If there is one thing I would tell my younger diet junky-self, it would be STOP the diets. Try to learn what your body needs. Everybody is different, nutrition is not an exact science. Experiment, keep a food diary, note down how different foods make you feel, make changes and just enjoy food!
[Via GLAMOUR UK]