We are constantly bombarded by so many contradicting reports, food fads and diets ….. it is difficult to know what to eat for the best. The dentist says drinking milk will help look after your teeth but the doctors says “No, think of your cholesterol!!”
When Rachel Course had her children she started to think about the food they were eating and how they could have a more natural lifestyle. Reading did not satisfy her apatite, so she went to the London College of Naturopathic Medicine and studied Nutritional Therapy.
Rachel has shared some tips and thoughts about food on our recent podcast. She reveals she has not always been so food conscious, especially in her twenties when she was absolutely shocking. Fortunately with health, you can build it step by step. You can start by going from fish and chips, to fish fingers and avocado, to reading about a few organic foods and every step takes you further and further to a world where you end up having vitality rather than feeling just a little bit under par.
As a Nutritional Therapist, Rachel will sit down with a client and talk about every aspect of their health. She would look at cardiovascular health, emotional health, bone health… and build a picture of the full person to find out exactly what is going on and what the story is.
From a resilience point of view, what are the best foundations to lay, to build the sort of energy levels you need when things start to get tough?
Getting a balanced healthy diet is vital. But when going through a stressful period Rachel would be sure to eat enough B Vitamins and Magnesium because these foods support your nervous systems – lots of green leafy veg, nuts, seeds and good quality meat. Also Vitamin C from lots of fruit and veg will support your stress hormones. If half your meal is fruit and vegetables, the fighting nutrients will help your body attack anything that is there in your body. Water too is important to flush your body out and make sure that your body is working at optimum capacity.
Getting the right kinds of fat into your body is essential. We all eat loads of foods that have Omega 6 but fish such as salmon, mackerel, anchovies or sardines will make sure you have those essential Omega 3’s for brain food. If you are vegetarian buy flax or chia seeds and add them to your smoothies.
There may be a good chance that you have a high sugar diet. Too much sugar exacerbates stress levels. When you are stressed, Rachel suggests one of the first things to do would be to remove that sugar from your body. By sugar she doesn’t just mean sweets and cakes but white bread, the white pasta. You will also get Magnesium and Vitamin B from brown rice and whole wheat bread. A good tip is to use a rice cooker to cook the brown rice rather than boiling on the hob…. It’s quicker and tastes so much better!
If you are stressed, drinking a lot of coffee is not so good. Caffeine really, does push your stress hormones. So if coffee is your best friend, then maybe just have one or two a day and swap the others for green tea, which is full of antioxidants. Rachel likes to heat up some almond milk and put a spoonful of Matcha in, whiz it up any have her own little latte……so look out Costa!!
Green tea contains an amino acid called Thiamine, which has a really calming effect on your nervous system. OK, so the other teas still have caffeine, but not to the extent that coffee has. So while we are in a state of stress, little adjustments there can make a huge difference.
Maybe we should all be thinking …. Am I eating enough real food?” The food we eat produces energy in our body, so even the basics are vital. Perhaps we need to take more control of ourselves, have a look at what is going on and empower ourselves to do the best that we can.
Why not have a look at Rachel’s website www.rachelcoursenutrition.com and have a read of her blog. Perhaps food should not be an obsession but a passion to enjoy. Going out for a meal with friends and having a couple of glasses of wine is something that many of us love to do, but then perhaps we should really look after ourselves better for the rest of the week to really get a balance.
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