The nights have drawn in, the chill is in the air and everywhere I look I see something festive. Winter is upon us and I don’t know about you, but I find myself wanting to cook warming stews and soups. To be honest, I’d quite like to be a bear who eats all the food and goes into a deep sleep for winter 😊
Now most of us notice a change in the types of food we want to eat during winter and if we’re honest, I’m sure a lot of you, like me, look forward to this time of year because of all the yummy food and treats that go with it. However, as much as I would love to just eat all the cakes, biscuits and mince pies, I also need to be aware of the nutrition. I’m someone who very much believes that life is too short to get hung up on ‘diet’ and so will eat the cake and the biscuits…BUT…I am also someone who knows how important good nutrition is and the impact this has on our health and well-being. Making changes to what I put into my body played a significant role in feeling well, healthy and energised! Cutting out refined sugar and carbs made a WORLD of difference and honestly, I felt like a different person. Pizza is still my favourite food though 😉
Obviously, we are all different and what one person likes or rates, another doesn’t and that’s ok. What is important is discovering what works for you and how to fuel your body in the best possible way with good nutrition so we nourish our brain and bodies. As you all with have no doubt noticed by now, my blogs always refer to the brain and neuroscience – this is because I believe that brain health is so important as it effects every other part of us. So where does nutrition fit in?
Many of us are becoming increasingly aware of health risks associated to what we eat but there are also a lot of hyped up stats out there so, below are a few facts for you taken from a Health Neuroscientist.
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON …
Sugar: Eating too much sugar is linked to weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Diabetes is a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia.
Grains & gluten: Evidence for gluten causing dementia in people without gluten sensitivity or celiac disease is weak and over-hyped. Reduce refined grains, but include whole grains in your diet.
Coffee: Coffee is high in antioxidants, and 2-3 cups a day is associated with a decreased risk of developing dementia.
Research shows that what we eat impacts mental health and well-being, especially in young people. ‘Bad-mood foods’ include highly-processed snack and takeaway food products, rich in tasty fat and sugar.
Neuroscience evidence shows that healthy, nutrient-dense foods, such as the Mediterranean diet or whole food diets slow brain ageing, protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and help prevent depression and anxiety. What does a Mediterranean diet consist of?
- Lots of plants (vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and wholegrains)
- Lots of healthy fats from fish, nuts and olive oil
- Low in red meat and dairy
Like I said before, life is too short to get too hung up on ‘diet’ but it’s also too short to not be aware or informed. I’m a firm believer of ‘everything in moderation’ is ok so eat the cake and biscuits, be happy and enjoy it.
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