When it comes to improving your general wellbeing, fitness and nutrition go hand-in-hand. There’s an age old saying that abs are made in the kitchen – which is absolutely true – but while the lean Adonis physique isn’t a goal for most people, looking after yourself from the inside is still hugely important if you want to increase your energy levels, lift your mood, reduce the dreaded tummy bloat or to just feel happier and healthier.
Recently, to learn more about the importance of good nutrition and how it can impact your life, Nobull invited a local nutritional therapist – the lovely, Evie – to the office to give us an insight on how we can use food to better improve our health.
Having discovered she suffered from an autoimmune disease, Evie trained at the world-renowned Institute of Optimum Nutrition to learn all about the kind of symptoms people can suffer from when body system imbalances occur and digestive dysfunction sets in – if you’re like me, a ‘gurgling gut’, fatigue and bloating sounded all too familiar! Using her extensive knowledge (seriously, some of the words and acronyms she has stored in her brain is quite impressive) Evie explained the importance of good nutrition to look after your gut, how best to get the recommended daily water intake and how different types of vitamins can support you both physically and mentally. We were all hooked on every word. I think we all experience a lightbulb moment when realising things we deemed ‘normal’ may not be so, and how our diets played a big part in this role.
Given we all work in a busy office environment, Evie took all of this insightful information and translated it into simple steps on how we could look to incorporate her advice and encourage a healthier lifestyle as part of our day-to-day diets at Nobull.
The team have already started to make small, but achievable, changes – something Evie quite rightly stresses. For some, that’s swapping the usual chocolate biscuits for healthier, energy-boosting alternatives to ensure productivity levels are up during the working day and they aren’t heading back to the biscuit tin when we hit a sugary slump! For others, it’s simply drinking more water in the morning or adding some flaxseed in their oats to nourish the body by increasing intake of fibre and Omega-3.
As fitness is a big part of my lifestyle, on a personal level, Evie has really opened my eyes to the benefits of good nutrition when supporting your overall health goals. Her practical, insightful and easy to follow advice was so easy to incorporate into my day and I’ve already seen a lot of positive improvements.
To kick-start your own journey to better nutrition, try out Evie’s delicious ‘Love your Gut’ smoothie – it’s packed full of goodness, prebiotics and couldn’t be simpler to make. For one smoothie you will need:
- Handful of spinach
- Handful of blueberries
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 1 cup cranberry
- 1-2 tablespoons of kefir
- 2 slices of apple
- ½ banana
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
Blitz everything up and enjoy!