And if you believe everything you hear just this morning my BBC news Twitter alerts informed me that it was this single love affair with cake which will kill me (and of course all of you fellow cake lovers out there).
I’m not even talking cake every day the opening lines of the article even suggests that birthday cake is out… This day just seems to be getting worse and worse in my eyes – forget all the politics and all the big stuff, there’s nothing we can do about this now – but banning cake? I think it’s time we all dug deep and put a stop to this crazy nonsense – or should we?
Ha – didn’t see that coming did you?
After the fabulous response to my last guest ‘eBlaster’ I have roped in another fabulous lady (you lads are more welcome to join in and be guests – give me a shout), to help give a little more background into one of my favourite subjects – cake. Well not cake specifically in fact she knows more about why cake may in fact help be a killer (never thought I would ever put that in a sentence!). Sue Barker will be bobbing in here and there just to help keep me on track and covering all the other food groups.
We all know that we need food to function. Most know that a healthy balanced diet enables us to stay fit and active – but very few really understand the vital link between food intake and a healthy mind.
Sure reminds me - “You are what you eat”. There has never been a truer statement especially right at this moment as I sit typing away trying not to think about the kebab I opted for last night over the healthy minced beef, bean and mash pie I was supposed to make…
So where does all this cake and kebab eating leave me?
I’m just going to jump over to Sue to give you a little back story on what can happen when we take the bad eating habits to extremes.
“My wakeup call came when I was told I had breast cancer; suddenly what I put in my body became vitally important. Food in one form or another is fundamental to how we develop and thrive but we often sabotage ourselves by not consuming the right fuel, at the right time, in the right way.”
Did we manage to get your attention yet? There have been quite a lot of studies linking bad eating habits with cancer, diabetes, heart disease and a whole host of other very nasty physical illnesses.
“Eating too many acid forming foods like highly processed white flour & sugar rich products unbalances your blood’s pH stopping it from removing toxins; the metabolism slows down & it makes you more vulnerable to viruses, collagen breakdown, skin & other health issues so avoid them. Drinking water with a slice of lemon in it though is great for balancing your pH & supporting your immune system. Healthy blood should be slightly alkaline with a pH balance between 7.35 & 7.45.”
Aha – I get it this is how food affects our ability to fight infections, repair cells and not develop all those nasty physical illnesses – it’s all in the blood! But here’s the kicker – not having a healthy diet can quite literally wipe out your ability to function mentally as well.
Food is quite literally one of the 3 fundamentals (here’s a hint at this week’s freebie) to mental wellbeing. Having the right diet enables our bodies to get the much needed levels of goodness (nutrients and minerals) into our system.
Grab your free ‘3 fundamentals to mental wellbeing’ here to stick on your wall (or fridge) to remind you to make healthier choices.
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There are certain foods which have a direct impact on your mood. Just think about all those times you’re sat at work and the day just keeps getting ‘better’ what had you been eating? Did you snack on some chocolate around 10:30, then nip to a shop and grab a processed sandwich topped off with a packet of crisps around 1? Have you had well over 4 cups of coffee/tea and hardly any plain old water? Do you usually wish you could crawl back into bed at 2 and not have to work for another 3 hours (at least…).
Try swapping out what you’re eating and see what happens. Here’s a quick graphic to help you focus:
So now the 2 O’clock slump has been sorted, depression has been kept firmly at bay for another day – why else should we be watching what we’re eating?
“… If your digestive system is clogged up it won’t be able to effectively absorb nutrients from your food or any medication you may be taking. Go for a diet full of high fibre fruit and vegetables especially the rainbow coloured ones, purple, red, orange, yellow. They are full of antioxidants that help to neutralise the toxins, cleanse the body & increase your metabolic rate so you can lose weight too. Fat collects around toxins to protect the body so loss of the toxin load, an increased metabolism, an unclogged absorbent digestive system & good nutrition enables the body to lose weight & keep it off. I drink aloe vera every day to keep my body cleansed, balanced & nourished & plenty of water, an essential but often overlooked nutrient that removes our waste & helps us metabolise nutrients & carry them around the body.”
Awesome – eating can help us loose those wobbly bits which are still hanging around… I guess it also means no more kebab or cake for me for the next few weeks!
Now I’ve got you all revved up I bet you’re sat there thinking awesome but where do I start? Sue’s got you covered:
“Know your numbers. Keep a check on your heart rate, blood pressure, good & bad cholesterol, BMI (Body Mass Index) & weight. If any of these are too low or too high it will impact on your body’s ability to make energy, build, maintain & repair itself & ensure your body functions can work properly.”
Sorry guys but as always it starts with you. You need to get on the scales and face those numbers. The fancy ones even tell you your BMI, fat and water content so there’s no excuse!
So now that I’ve cheered you up – have a great weekend and I’ll catch you in a couple of weeks where it’s all about sleep!
If you haven’t grabbed your 3 fundamentals poster yet – get it here:
>>Download the 3 fundamentals to mental wellbeing poster here<<
Speak soon, & happy eating
Katie & Sue!
Katie Woodland - A developmental, and holistic psychologist who specialises in educating and empowering individuals, business leaders & school teachers to remove mental health as a barrier to success.
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