External stress and the demands of life affect virtually everyone in today’s society.
Stress depletes critical nutrients and creates a higher demand for specific vitamins and minerals. But in today’s fast-paced, fast-food world, few of us eat the way we should, and our nutritional needs become less of a priority.
In fact, studies show that over 90% of Americans are deficient in at least one vitamin or mineral, and only about 9% of the American population consumes the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
Making healthy food choices and getting enough of the right nutrients in our diets might sound overwhelming with so much going on in our busy lives, but it can start with a few simple changes
Preparation is key, always having the right sort of foods and snacks available is crucial and should be the case both in the fridge and when out and about.
Have meals that consist of green vegetables or salad and either salmon or cod, steak, chicken or lean beef mince, turkey or venison. You can cook the vegetables in a variety of different ways; stir-fries are particularly quick and easy. Use fresh herbs like coriander and basil as well as fresh spices, including ginger and chillies.
Eat five small meals a day; these should always include protein. I recommend eating protein at least three times a day to help maintain lean tissue. A great snack is avocado or a couple of dessert spoons of nuts and seeds.
I drink black coffee to keep my dairy intake to a minimum as I get my ‘good fats’ from other sources. My latest ‘love’ is 100% pure cacao! Chocoholics take note – it is good for you! It’s a useful source of magnesium, potassium and iron. I simply add a spoonful for flavour or make it into a drink.
I am a major advocate for drinking a lot of water as water is very important for many of our body’s processes, and you should also use our fantastic supplements; my immune system benefits from many of the ingredients contained in certain Forever supplements.
Before you go to bed have a Greek yogurt with a scoop of Forever Lite protein powder for flavour and a generous sprinkle of crushed seeds (such as chia, flax, sunflower and pumpkin). These are full of fibre and protein as well as vitamins and minerals.
As for exercise it is crucial to set a goal; make a plan and stick to it! Consistency is key and essential to maintaining good habits and achieving your goals.
Getting good quality sleep for your body to repair and recover is also really important; I definitely notice a difference if I’ve not had enough hours of sleep.
Finally I use Forever Garcinia Plus three times a day – because it contains chromium which contributes to the maintenance of normal blood glucose levels, Forever Therm twice a day, and my absolute favourite, ARGI+ !