It is Easter weekend but don't let the Easter Bunny spoil all the work you have put into your health and happiness.
Here are six wellness tips below to keep you on track over the next few days.
One. Eat the right fats. Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to improve mood health, so eat plenty of oily fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds and pumpkin seeds to get that good feeling you would normally get from a Creme Egg!!
Two. Look after you the brain in your tummy. Our tummy flora plays an important role in many functions of the body including our nervous system and brain function. 80% of our ‘happy’ neurotransmitter serotonin is produced in the digestive tract and can be negatively affected by imbalances in the gut flora. Try probiotic sources such as sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir to top up your daily dose and keep you smiling (and keep you away from the Easter Bunny Cup Cakes.)
Three. Boost your magnesium. The Public Health England 2014 report, found that up to 89% of us don’t eat the RDA of this vital mineral. Magnesium positively impacts stress, muscle relaxation, sleep and mood, to name but a few. If you are low in magnesium, boosting your levels will make a huge difference to your happiness this weekend and stop you reaching for the Mini Eggs. Some great sources are almond milk, spinach, avocados, yogurt and bananas.
Four. Dose up on the sunny vitamin. Vitamin D is another common insufficiency which is connected low mood. Getting out is fab as the sun is shown to boost our mood and you will get some exercise too. Anchovies or sardines, cheese, egg yolks and mushrooms will boost your sunny intake and your wellbeing. Then you won't feel like toasting a Hot Cross Bun!
Five. Drink your tea. Green Tea that is! It contains an amino acid called L-Theanine. This amino acid stimulates the nervous system and makes you feel relaxed and content. That is the opposite to the sugar crash a simnel cake will give you!!
Six. But...... it is Easter and at Fit Girl Factory we believe in balance and some good quality dark chocolate never hurt anyone. A natural amino acid called tryptophan contained in chocolate, can help in the release of the feel-good hormone serotonin. So enjoy a chunk or two this weekend!