Hey there! Happy Wednesday! I’ve been posting once a week lately, and working up to twice a week but need to find the right days that really fit. Wednesdays have been working out well for me so maybe the next day will be the beginning or end of week? Anyways, since its been a week, let’s catch up! I’ve been busy – last week I taught 5 rides and rode in 2 that I didn’t teach, so yup I worked out every day last week and went to yoga on top of that. I worked at the hospital and worked on developing resources for my private practice (I can’t wait to have my first client in the beautiful office I’m in!). I was slowed down a bit with a hit to the head Saturday night (note to future self* wear a helmet when playing outdoor hockey) leading to a mild concussion. I was supposed to be resting my noggin which I’m obviously not so great at, but I kinda tried.
Do you ever get cravings for junk food, treats, sweets or salty foods when you’re feeling unwell? It’s crazy how much food can influence our mood and how our mood influences our food choices. For example, often if we feel sick, tired, or mentally down we tend to choose less healthy options and crave foods that provide us with immediate comfort. This will then lead us into a viscious cycle of feeling worse off, sluggish and continue to make poor food decisions. Let’s break down that cycle and continue to feed our bodies with nourishing foods that will help us get better quicker.
Try to choose foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, are hydrating, and fit within your beauty diet while still providing you with mental satisfaction. I love fruit when I’m unwell – they satisfy my sweet tooth and keep my energy up. Fruits as well as vegetables are high in nutrients that help with your immune system and fight off damaging free radicals in the body. Mango was my fruit of choice this week being an excellent source of Vitamin C and A, and refreshingly sweet.
Mango is a tasty get-well beauty food. They are high in Vitamin C, which is integral for collagen formation in your skin (anti-aging), wound healing, immune function and fighting off free radicals. You only need one cup of mango to give you 100% of the recommended minimal intake of Vitamin C for your day. Mango is also an excellent source of Vitamin A as well, a nutrient that is also a powerful antioxidant, important for immune function and helps maintain healthy glowing skin.
Mangoes are a feel good food providing you with important nutrients needed for proper brain function – folate and Vitamin B6. The fibre in mangoes can help slow digestion so you have a sustained release of energy and avoid crashing and feeling sluggish after sugar spikes. Half a mango, about 1 cup, is an appropriate serving to avoid a high sugar load.
Added benefits! Mangoes are low in fat, sodium and free of cholesterol. They taste amazing and you can use them in a variety of dishes from breakfast, to snacks and desserts, to main courses!
I like to by frozen chunks of mango to have on hand for smoothies or in this amazing Banana Mango “Ice-cream.”
Fresh mangoes are amazing on their own, in your overnight oats, on-top a green salad (Tip! the Vitamin C helps you absorb iron from plant foods like spinach), or try making a fresh mango salsa!
Today as part of my lunch I made this super yummy rejuvenating salad!
Okay now my head hurts…I must go rest my brain! Have a fabulous week!