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Our Philosophy

My philosophy is all about enlivening a balanced, happy and healthy you. It’s about keeping things simple and delicious so you don’t feel bored or deprived. We believe that with every bit of food we eat, we are influencing how we look, feel and think and the way we look after ourselves on a daily basis to meet our needs. This is  a way of life, not just a fad or phase and a way of life unique to you, you and YOU. Here is my golden guide to a balanced and healthy life:

1. Hydrate

It’s the best thing to hit your lovely lips first thing in the morning to hydrate your body first thing in the morning. To get the digestion going, have a warm cup of water with freshly grated ginger, lemon or plain warm water upon rising. It will aid the digestion and clean it after having laid down for 8 hours. The gut is a bit sluggish after a good night sleep and needs a little kick-start. Throughout the day drink 3.3 per cent of your body weight in water – if this is to scientific – have 2 litres of water a day. Try to consume clean filtered water to remove unwanted chemicals, bacteria and pathogens. We have a Brita filter instead of spending money on bottled water and throwing more plastic into the environment. Sometimes, when you feel hungry and you actually just aid, it is the body telling you that it needs a cup of water. When your throat feels dry – then it is usually already to late. Try to avoid feeling thirsty by sipping water throughout the day. Proper hydration gives you boundless energy and glowing skin.

2. Don’t Diet or Deprive Yourself

This isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Telling yourself you can’t have something makes you want it more. It’s like being a kid again! It’s time to master your mindset. Start looking at food as something that nourishes your body, that boosts your energy, makes your skin shine bright and is always a pleasure to eat. Focus on crowding in, not cutting out. You will be filling your plate with lots of delicious veggies, fresh fruits, healthy fats, good-quality meat and fish, gluten-free grains and nuts and seeds. You’ll find that you don’t think about food as much, that you can sit back and enjoy your life. I have never dieted once in my life ! Diets are like vicious circles. The moment you stop, the second the pounds are back on. It is about developing a healthy relationship with food and other aspects in your life. So stop depriving yourself and start living.

3. Three meals a day keeps us at Bay

Often we eat way too much, snacking all day in an attempt to battle our fatigue, or feeling the hunger, we are stressed and falling into the trap of emotional eating. Our mind controls our gut, and vice versa. The task is to get those two work hand in hand and live in balance. The fact is, we don’t need all this food that we sometimes stuff into ourselves: three meals a day is completely satisfying to keep our insulin at a good level and the energy up. A good breakfast followed by two wholesome meals is adequate for most of us. If you have an active job or exercise a lot you might need an extra snack over the course of the day, which needs to be protein based as well to replenish the energy. We invite you to get in the habit of having proper meals. Leave at least a four-hour gap in between to allow your stomach to empty and your body to rest. After all, it works hard to transfer that quinoa salad into energy, so cut it some slack!

4. Chew Chew

Do you remember those teeth of yours ? It’s time to start using them. this may sound strange, but there is a reason why I have added them in my guide. Most of us don’t chew our food: we wolf it down on the way to a meeting, while checking emails or sat in front of the TV. Not using them, and chewing down the food means, we are not digesting the food or absorbing the nutrients efficiently, and neither do we register when we are full. It is all about being mindful and in the moment when you have your meal. It is time for a break during this moment as digestion starts in the mind, so get present while you’re eating: no distractions, no emailing and tweeting. Sit down, breath and chew your food 10–15 times: relax while you eat, don’t rush. Watch your bloated belly disappear, your body feel calmer and your desire to grab something sweet diminish. And most importantly, you will learn to stop over-eating, as you are full before you feel full ! So become more aware of that moment. Your gut will thank you and provide you with the energy you need. You know the story about the ThankGiving Turkey making people tired ? It is not that the turkey has some mystical enzyme – people simply overeat!

5. Cook once, eat twice

It is not quite according to Ayurveda as Ayurveda is all about cooking each meal freshly and no warming up. In today’s world, this is not always possible. Even though we put effort it to make it happen most of the time, we hate washing up, and we also like to make my life a bit easier having a full time job and living a social life. So we cut a few corners by cooking an extra portion of whatever recipe we are making so we can eat it the next day as well. It is a money and time saver, keeps the stress at bay, avoids me to buy something nasty from the shop and one of my golden rules that we can’t recommend enough!

6. Sleep well.

Sleep is a treasured moment for your body. While your mind and gut was buzzy all day, your body followed to support. At night, it is time for the mind and gut to follow and let the body rest to re-energise. A good night sleep is like covering yourself in tons of Argan Oil ! It is anti-ageing, it allows you to repair your body, reduce stress and also control your appetite as your insulin will be at a steady level. But so often we feel restless at night and find it hard to switch off. Create a Routine and stick to it ! A regular sleep pattern such as 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., or 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Turn off technology and keep it out of the bedroom. no more late-night instagrammming, internet shopping or email checking. Put your phone away after 9 p.m. – anything on it can wait until the morning. Cut out the coffee: Avoid caffein after 4pm or I even avoid it after 3pm as it is stimulating and will wake up the body when you least want it – in the middle of the night. If you really struggle to close your eyes, have some herbal help or orange blossom. I swear by orange blossom. Just one drop of it in warm water will give you a good night rest ! I also have lavender pillows next to my pillow to relax my mind into a sweet slumber.

7. Move daily.

Exercise is a great energy booster, so don’t press snooze on that alarm – get up and go to that class! It is hard to get over the inner resistance, the thing is, every time, after you have completed your exercise you feel refreshed and full of life ! Knowing this helps to get you over it – feeling like you have done some good for your body feels good ! It is not only good for your body, it also helps your mind to clean through thoughts and get a clear mind. So doubly good ! We live increasingly busy lives, so if you really can’t make that gym class, increase your incidental exercise and move your body in other ways. I walk to work on a daily basis to get my exercise or cycle to work. If this is not giving me enough of a run I need, I am also going for a run or do some exercises or get off a few stops early on the normal commute to work. Take the stairs instead of the lift, or volunteer more often to make the tea round – or when you drink a lot of water throughout the day, go more often to the toilet! Little spurts of energy throughout the day really add up, so get going!

8. Appointment with Mother Nature.

Exercise is a great energy booster, so don’t press snooze on that alarm – get up and go to that class! It is hard to get over the inner resistance, the thing is, every time, after you have completed your exercise you feel refreshed and full of life ! Knowing this helps to get you over it – feeling like you have done some good for your body feels good ! It is not only good for your body, it also helps your mind to clean through thoughts and get a clear mind. So doubly good ! We live increasingly busy lives, so if you really can’t make that gym class, increase your incidental exercise and move your body in other ways. I walk to work on a daily basis to get my exercise or cycle to work. If this is not giving me enough of a run I need, I am also going for a run or do some exercises or get off a few stops early on the normal commute to work. Take the stairs instead of the lift, or volunteer more often to make the tea round – or when you drink a lot of water throughout the day, go more often to the toilet! Little spurts of energy throughout the day really add up, so get going!

8. Treat yourself.

And finally, it is not about the one or the other. It is about balance and not giving in to one extreme. I remember what my accountant lecturer told me back at university “In accounting, things are not white or black, we see the world as grey.” Well, grey is not the best colour, the idea is that it is mixing it up! You are allowed a chocolate bar, a glass of wine, a pizza. Even I have a Pizza, crisps or an ice cream. It doesn’t make me a bad person or immediately out of zen. It is what my body demands and instead of depriving, I treat myself. Not every day, and keep it once in a while. So one got hurt by living a balanced life !

2017-10-04T20:26:18+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Wellness|Comments Off on Our Philosophy