How to effectively nurture body and mind?
We hope you are having a peaceful transition into the spring months! While the marmoreal white, creamy, snow textures still garnish the Finnish landscape, the rest of the world seems to already start experiencing the warmth and vibrant temperatures that come along with a newborn sun. Although the world seems to go on autopilot when it comes to nature, we as a society and a collective are still experiencing the damage that this pandemic has brought into our lifestyle. Now, more than ever, since the sedentary life has dominated most of our homes and stressed-related food consumerism is at its peak, proper nutrition and a healthy and balanced mind are key for our wellbeing.
As you may already know while Finland still has some of the best scenarios when it comes to the spread of the pandemic, we still suffer from its outcomes. Research has shown that since the pandemic began last March, stress levels have increased exponentially and that the population has been following an unhealthy diet. To be able to ensure a well-rested mind and a good immune system we must follow healthy eating habits, which include everything from antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies to healthy fats and famous superfoods.
“An active body leads to an active mind”
While diet is an essential character in the role of wellness, exercise is a supporting player that needs to be equally recognized. Both contribute to helping us control our stress hormone levels and allow us to feel and look more rested, healthy, and toned. At the end of the day, we are what we eat and amidst this pandemic, we should know that staying indoors also means staying healthy at home.
So, let’s dive more into the science of dieting and discover the plenty of ways you can keep glowing until the end of the pandemic.
Mediterranean diet: for the body and soul
This type of diet is without any doubt, according to experts the best option to keep our heart and mental health at optimum levels. It is packed with strong antioxidants, gut-friendly fats, and proteins and also has shown to aid with depression, which unfortunately during the pandemic everyone has been feeling quite low. The main benefit is that as the Mediterranean diet happens to be anti-inflammatory-inflammation being the main antagonist in health-related issues, it really helps to keep our immune system properly nourished. Therefore, what better way to feel and look good than to eat like the late Olympians. Start the day by increasing a succulent intake of fruits and whole grains. Follow with vegetables, non-salty seafood, and healthy fats (avocados, olive oil…), and finish the meal with a handful of nuts.
Happy Gut leads to thriving health.
Now that you know what to eat, let’s talk about how to feed your inner ecosystem-your gut bacteria. Who knew that inside our digestive system we have a vibrant community of friendly organisms that are as voracious as Savanna carnivores. Well, these microscopic cultures of bacteria are the main protagonists in maintaining your gut in a healthy state and this directly aids with a healthy mind.
“Everything starts in the gut, it is the engine of the body”
To feed your microbiome, work on prebiotics and probiotics. To put it in simple words, prebiotics is the fuel you would use before working out and probiotics are the protein you would use to repair the damaged muscles.
Prebiotics are food for those bacteria and come from high-fiber items such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Probiotics are living cultures that add to your microbiome and are found in foods such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sauerkraut, and tempeh.
Redirect your energy towards things that are beneficial for you.
And lastly but most importantly, try to have a healthy relationship with your diet. Put your energy towards motivating yourself to learn a healthy habit and practice it every single day by applying a habit tracker.
Try exercising and following a healthy diet for a week and see how it transforms your well-being and this will make you want to continue.
While the food side of your journey towards a better pandemic experience, you have to perform it on your own, in the exercise and wellness aspects we have you covered, as we believe, time to be a valuable asset and should be properly managed.
You can participate in the Free Trial of StepOut Access, to begin with, and try out any 12 sessions of your choice in 30 days. Experience the guided sessions from the safety of your home. Download the app and use the code: NoMoreExcuses.