Nutrition and Exercise

  |  Published: Dec 20th 2012

So the excitement of Xmas is over but darkness is still closing in early for the next few months. Cat Booker’s Fitness & Nutritional Therapist, Jenny Phillips, tells us how to boost our mood and energy naturally. In clinical nutrition practice and small group or one to one sessions, we see a massive improvement when people are coached to eat fabulous and nutritious food, and train smartly. Always shop ahead, avoid processed food, and get active. Here are some top tips for you: Low mood is linked to B vitamin, magnesium, zinc & vitamin D deficiencies. The real power houses of vitamins are vegetables and fruits. For optimum health aim for 8-10 portions daily i.e. blueberries on your porridge, an apple as a snack, and 3 portions each with lunch and dinner. Failing that, boost nutrient levels with a good quality multivitamin & mineral. Eat a serving of oily fish 3 times a week – salmon, fresh tuna, mackerel, sardines, trout. Essential fats are vital for the functioning of the brain and nervous system, yet some studies have shown up to 95% of the population are deficient. Keep your fuel supply stable - Focus on complex carbs, such as oats, quinoa and brown rice or pasta or just go large on root veg, such as butternut squash, sweet potato and sweet corn. Drink plenty of water – aim for 1.5 – 2 litres daily, in addition to any tea or coffee. Herbal teas count as water intake as they are naturally caffeine free, or just enjoy a cup of hot water - surprisingly refreshing. Reduce alcohol. It is packed full of sugar (ever wonder why there are no calorie charts on the bottle?) and it is a GRADE 1 CARCINOGEN. Get out more, get moving outdoors, attend a Bootcamp Class, or visit the fitness studio for Release & Move More Freely Stretch classes, Pilates, Kettlebells, TRX, Yoga, Circuits, HIIT, Personal Training in Stoke Mandeville Village, at the Belmore Centre. 2013 OPEN DAY 9-5 Thursday 17 January FREE consultations with Jenny and Cat, and quote Wendover News for a FREE CONSULTATION

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