Mindfulness is important. I stay mindful by focusing on positive thoughts, breathing techniques and practising gratitude. Meditation is something I am learning to get better at – I recently started an audio course, which helps me relax and practise different mindfulness techniques. So far, it’s proving helpful in particularly stressful or anxious moments. I am also religious and pray a lot, which helps too.
I don’t follow a specific eating philosophy. On the whole, I eat as much organic food as I can and try to stay away from too much alcohol, coffee and sugar. I don’t believe in very strict diets as they aren’t consistent. As a doctor, I know your body will rebound. After you’ve done a fad diet – or reached your ‘ideal’ weight – chances are your body will revert back to how it was before. It sounds boring, but it really is all about balance. It’s about eating what makes you feel good and what gives you the most energy. I always try to take lunch to work with me – usually some fruit, veg and a meal that contains carbs and protein to keep me going.
Supplements aren’t always necessary. I try to avoid taking vitamins and minerals, and instead make sure I’m getting what my body needs through diet instead. If, however, you are looking to give your immune system a helping hand, it could be worth taking a multivitamin. Look for a formula that contains vitamins A, C, D, B12, B6, iodine and zinc. Wellman and Centrium are two brands I rate.
A protein powder can help you reach your goals more quickly. I was never the type of person to take a protein supplement, but I recently discovered that taking protein powder in a smoothie alongside consuming protein from natural sources makes a huge difference in terms of body composition. Protein is your body’s building block – it will help you build strength and aid recovery.
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