Katie Bennett gave our members some invaluable tips in our recent talk “Eat Well Feel Well” and I just wanted to share a few of these with you:
- The most important nutrient for the brain and nervous system is glucose and we get glucose from carbs. Our brain uses 40% of all the carbs we eat even when we are sedentary. So, any imbalance in the supply to the brain and you can experience fatigue, irritability, poor concentration, depression, crying spells. Get these from the right carbohydrates like brown bread, brown rice and brown pasta.
- Eat essential fats from foods like like salmon and sunflower seeds to keep your brain well oiled. (If you squeezed all of the water out of your brain, 60% of it would be made up from fat.)
- Make sure you eat plenty of vitamins, they are essential for energy & good mental health. They are found in foods such as mushroom, watercress, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, squash, tomatoes, chicken, salmon, sardines, lamb, eggs, cottage cheese, bananas, nuts and seeds.
- They last point is make sure you drink plenty of water. Water is an essential part of the diet. It is involved in every function of the body, controls temperature, gives you energy, assists with weight control, transports nutrients around the body and gets rid of toxins and waste.
One point I did not want to hear was an average sized chocolate bar has 7 teaspoons of sugar in it! I think I will be swaping this for a more health snack of dried fruit and vegtable sticks!
Thank you to Katie who made this session fun and informative.