The combination of lockdown, stress and anxiety has left many of us with the less-than-desirable after affects of a downward spike in our fitness and health. It's been so easy to let our guards down to unhelpful and unhealthy habits - Maccas offers contact free delivery on Uber Eats after all! We're not here to shame you - but if you're looking to start making a turn in the right direction, with the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to seek out a fresh start.
Chris Cannon (Mind & Body Coach, Lululemon Ambassador and Owner of Life Hub) has shared a couple of simple nutrition tips to help get us back on track after a, let's be real, sh*tty year.
Focusing on your protein intake
Increasing your daily protein intake has a tonne of benefits, including:
Helping to reduce hunger levels and curb those late night cravings as it’s highly satiating
Increasing muscle gain when teamed with strength training (it can also prevent muscle loss when not weight training, particularly for those who rely on the gym)
Boosting the metabolism as it burns more energy when being digested in comparison to carbs and fats
HOT TIP: Aim to include a serving of protein with each meal, as this practise makes you more conscious of what’s on your plate, while minimising the desire to snack.
Value your whole foods
Whole foods are extremely important for any diet for a number of reasons...
Whole foods provide a range of vitamins and minerals, which ensure optimal health, vitality and performance
They keep the mood more stable, unlike food with added sugar, salt and unhealthy fats
They generally have a lower glycemic index (GI) and higher fibre than their processed counterparts
TOP TIP: Look for single ingredient foods around the perimeter of your supermarket, as this is where the fresh produce will generally be stored!
If you’re interested in learning more about your nutrition needs to get back on track, Life Hub have released a free 30 second Nutrition Needs Calculator, along with a free bonus recipe book including some simple recipes you can create at home!
WORDS | Lucy Francis, TLSE and Chris Cannon, Life Hub
IMAGES | Supplied