NUTRITION – Eating well
A fit Mind and Body need proper nutrition.
Nutrition provided by the variety, quality and quantity of what you eat and drink; plus that other key source of nourishment, restorative sleep.
However at different stages through life our nutritional needs alter as does our digestive system –
- Meals we may easily have worked off 25 years ago are today too big – excess calories convert into unwanted pounds and inches.
- Fast and Fancy foods we once loved are now too “rich” for our more sensitive digestive system and lighter sleep pattern.
- “Bad foods” can have a cumulative adverse effect on the health of our organs.
- Meal habits and taste preferences can exclude the foods necessary to nourish the maturing mind and body.
Compelling reasons why you should watch carefully what you eat and drink – get it right and there are huge benefits:
- Physical – Improved body and mind fitness, which means a capacity for more active better living.
- Emotional – Make a positive difference to your life and look and feel good, which means greater self-esteem, confidence and personal impact.
To get more on this key issue of nutrition and your own needs check out OnWeGo on Nutrition our introductory guide to what we eat and why.
and for further help follow the links to these excellent sources of information:
Ten good tips for healthy eating – @H.S.P.H.
Learn about the Health Eating Pyramid – @H.S.P.H.
Why you need carbohydrates: @H.S.P.H.
Why you need proteins: @H.S.P.H.
Recognizing bad fats and good fats: @H.S.P.H.
Why you need Fibre: @H.S.P.H.
Why plenty of fruit and veg does you good: @H.S.P.H.
Getting vitamins and minerals from food: @WebMD
The benefits of daily vitamins: @H.S.P.H.
All about Nutrients: @B.N.F.
Eating properly for Sport and Exercise: @B.N.F
Balancing food intake and energy expenditure: @B.N.F.
Eating well when you’re over 60: @NHS Choices
Nutrition requirements through life: @B.N.F
Supplements – just about anything you want to know: @O.D.S.
What you need for a balanced diet FSA.PDF
NUTRITION – Sleeping well
As we know so well, enjoying a good night’s sleep becomes more difficult as we get older. However the idea that we need less sleep is untrue. Those 7 or 8 hours of continuous sleep are just as important as ever, and getting out of that habit is known to contribute to short-term memory and cognitive problems.
The reality is we just have to try that bit harder to get proper sleep by adopting a “Good Sleep”routine.
For a better understanding of your own sleep issues, and for ideas on how to put together your sleep routine, check out OnWeGo on Sleep our top tips guide on better sleep.
and for further help you can also visit these excellent sources of advice:
How much sleep we actually need: @Helpguide
Sleeping well as you age: @Helpguide
Insomnia and its causes and cures: @Helpguide
How to sleep better: @WebMD
Understanding your dreams with Kendra Cherry @About.com
If you have a question about nutrition please get in touch via the message box. If you want to talk about Fitness and Nutrition within a personal coaching programme please follow the link to the Coaching Page to find out more.
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