Seeking Wellness

5 positive changes you can actually make to your diet

WHERE — Maldives

How to maintain a healthy, balanced diet without missing out on the good stuff. Because life is all about balance.

Most of us all aim to have a semblance of healthy, balanced diet. But in an age where our lifestyles often involve downing green juice after a night of prosecco, are we really as healthy as we think?

Kale, superfoods and almond milk may all be part of our daily vocabulary – but in all seriousness – how can we actually be a little more healthy, without actually missing out on all of the good stuff?

I spoke with the incredibly helpful and experienced nutritionist, Rosemary Ferguson whilst in the Maldives on a wellness retreat with Vaara.

After five days of yoga, afternoon swims and locally produced fare (yep, the Vaara retreat can only be described as wellness heaven), I sat down with Rosemary for an hour long session to look at my eating habits and general wellness. So if you’re aim is to be a little more health savvy in 2018, I’ve shared some of Rosemary’s key words of nutritional wisdom below.

How do I actually stick to healthy habits on vacation? Even if I like Piña coladas…

Repeat after me: eat fresh, eat local. If you are drinking lots you need to try and balance it out by eating lots of greens, veg and fresh food, and of course, try and eat as fresh as possible. It’s a crime to miss out on the local cuisine when traveling, so eat local; that will help you avoid the processed path. Oh and try to resist the bread!

Top tips for sugar addicts

Go for natural sugars. So if you sugar in you tea opt for coconut sugar. Try dates, agave syrup, date syrup. If you really are struggling with sugar the best thing you can do is do cold turkey for 2 weeks start taking a chromium supplement and you will get better I promise!

What should I snack on (without ruining my dinner)?

Sometimes the same food is suggested time and again for a reason! Aka because when food is good for you – it’s good. Try snacking on nuts, seeds, hummus, crudité, fruit, rice cakes, juice, smoothie. Try drinking more water or herbal tea thirst often gets confused for hunger! Steer well clear of breakfast bars or anything pre-packaged as they pose as being ‘healthy’ but are full of sugar and will then you leave you hungry and craving more sugar.

What do we all think is healthy when really it’s not?

Low Fat anything! NOT healthy. Anything with sweetener.. NOT healthy. So manyn people avoid fruit because of the sugar content – that is just silly, fruit is full of wonderful phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and fibre.

Yep, you’re mother was right, you should eat breakfast.

Breakfast is the first thing your body consumes after it’s night of repairing so it should be nutritious to wake your body up for the day – it should stimulate your liver, get digestive juices flowing, kick start your metabolism and give you a boost of energy until lunchtime. Stay clear of coffee first thing, you should start with a hot water and lemon, this is alkalizing and will get your liver working. It’s really important to hydrate as your body has been deprived through the night. Things to eat : eggs and avocado, bircher museli, porridge, smoothie. These will all help to stabilize your blood sugar levels, keep you full and a great source of fibre. Certain nutrients that can be added to these are things like chilli to boost metabolism, bitter herbs such as rocket and coriander to help stimulate your liver and cinnamon that will help blood sugar levels.

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