We all feel we can improve our health in some way, but often we don’t have the resources to know how. At New You Boot Camp we have the luxury of working with our Head Nutritionist Mary-Lou Harris and we thought we would share some of her wonderful knowledge so you can all begin to make small changes weekly, which make a huge difference to your health. So, when doing your weekly supermarket dash, here is some tips you may wish to remember:
1) Replace Cow’s dairy with the following milks: Goat (St Helen’s), Oat (Oatley) Rice (Rice Dream); Hazelnut or Almond milk. Almond Milk is a lovely, naturally sweet alternative which compliments many cereals including your daily porridge.
2) Take that coffee jar out of your trolley. Reduce you caffeine intake (coke, coffee, tea) to no more than 1 per day and replace them with herbal teas and quality filtered water (1-2 litres/ day). Herbal teas still give you the hot drink fix, but at the same time you are being kind to your body.
3) Eat your fix of Vitamin D, and look after your heart by eating at LEAST 3 to 5 portions of OILY fish each week (salmon, mackerel, sardines, kippers, herring). Try and swap a large quantity of your weekly meat for fish, it has many attributes.
4) ‘Add raw Alfalfa sprouts to your meals at least three times/week – they are packed with live enzymes and multi nutrients!’ claims Mary-Lou. Alfalfa sprouts we find are handy and easy to include in everyday meals, whether sandwiches, salads or a garnish on the side of every meal. Why not?
5) Whether at work, or running errands, every body finds at times they need the odd snack in-between meals. Mary-Lou reiterates it is important to ‘snack ONLY if you MUST’ as snacks can cause a blood sugar imbalance. It is important to eat Low GL snack where slow release energy is released instead of a quick sugar release into our blood stream which allows us to be quickly hungry again (such as when eating crisps or chocolates). Swap unnecessary snacks for an angelic snack such as Nairns Oat cakes.