There is an old adage that happiness comes from within and this is never more true when it comes to digestion and the effects of food on our mood.
In January, when the mood is already low due to Seasonal Affective Disorder, it’s important to understand why your body is responding to the food you eat and what you can do to improve your mood, improve your sleep. and boost your energy.
Pure Results Nutrition Therapist and “Minister 4 of Happiness” Aislinn Cambridge shares her top tips for starting and ending the day.
The best way to start your day
There is one thing that everyone should do as soon as they wake up in the morning and that is drink water, it hydrates your body and lowers blood pressure. If you want to have energy and feel good, a cup of hot water with half a lemon squeezed into it. It’s like magic.
At the end of your day, you should apply the same consideration to what your body needs to do to digest food before it goes into rest and recovery mode with sleep. If you eat a meal and try to sleep an hour or two later it will wreak havoc because your body cannot digest, rest, and recover, the two canceling out.
Both your sleep and digestion will be affected, and when combined, it will have a severe impact on your mood. I recommend leaving at least three to four hours after a big meal.
Don’t use artificial sweeteners to cure your cravings
It is well known that there is only one molecule of difference in the way your body reacts to sugar and cocaine. However, some think it’s best to go for “sugar-free” options when trying to eat healthy, but they’re actually worse. So-called “diet” drinks contain an ingredient called aspartame that our bodies cannot process and which has a negative effect on our gut and is much more harmful, inflammatory and corrosive than the sugar itself.
Aislinn will be sharing her wealth of knowledge at the Pure Results all-inclusive bootcamp that will take place throughout the month of January. Find out more information on pureresults.ie and minister4happiness.com