Réjeanne Eat better to feel better
Lingerie — 25 October 2019

Eat better to feel better

Eating well is the key to feeling physically and mentally fit. To maintain good health, food is as important (if not more important!) as physical activity and lifestyle (well-being, stress, smoking, alcohol consumption, etc…).

Today with all the team at Réjeanne, we would like to go back to a few basics of nutrition and give you some advice to eat better and feel better in your body, whatever your weight or situation. Cause well, you’re worth it.

Mens sana in corpore sano – Healthy mind in a healthy body

To be fully in shape, Humans need a diet adapted to their physical activity. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t eat if you don’t exercise, but rather that you should be aware of the effects that your diet can have on your body at different states of physical activity.

By realizing that their diet is not adapted, some people go for nutritional rebalancing, which consists in “restoring the balance” in your diet and implies that this balance was lost. Today, there are countless different diets. From the Cretan, Okinawa, Ecuadorian or Nordic diets, what is essential is to adapt your diet to your environment and state of health.

All these techniques are very trendy and widely used. Only if you say diet, it often goes with food frustration. Most of the time, a weight loss during a diet is reversed when it ends. The rebound effect!

#1 Rediscovering the pleasure of eating

In a work, work, work rhythm, there is little space and time for food. A quick sandwich or other takeaway swallowed in 5 minutes, while doing something else? Your digestion won’t be easy! Indeed it all starts in the mouth, thanks to saliva and chewing. Any stomach issues? First think about chewing better and taking your TIME, you will absorb nutrients much better. It will allow you to rediscover the flavours of foods that will awaken all your senses, but also to be aware of your habits and food choices.

#2 Ditch snacking, fill up well during meals

In good health or not, your stomach needs to rest. If it’s stimulated every two hours by snacking, it will be constantly in action and will never have the opportunity to regenerate itself. It is only when digestion is complete that the stomach rebuilds. Don’t restrict yourself during meals if you’re hungry two hours later! Eat your fill, and if you’re motivated, you can test intermittent fasting to help your stomach recover even better.

#3 Ditch industrial ready meals and processed foods

Mountains of sugar, chemical flavours, processed fats, food refining: they all hide in foods already cooked or prepared. What’s hot? Buy unprocessed food and cook it yourself! The best way to do this is to buy only foods that do not have an ingredients list (aka whole-foods) or only one or two-three. I.e: cucumbers, eggs, flour, chickpeas, bananas, and lots of things that are just delicious.

#4 Drink tons of water

Our body is composed of 60% water, it will never be repeated enough. In a moderate climate, an average person eliminates more than 2 litres of water per day just by breathing, sweating and urinating. We all have different needs, but one must at least compensate for they use!

What would happen if you didn’t drink water?

#5 A little reminder of what REAL foods are

  • Whole foods (that are more a product of nature than a product of industry)
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables (from the local farmers’ market please)
  • Dairy products such as milk, unsweetened yogurt, eggs and cheese (again, bought at the market, because good industrial products don’t exist…)
  • Whole-wheat and whole-grains
  • Seafood (wild caught is the optimal choice over farm-raised)
  • Locally raised meats and preferably in moderation
  • Snacks like dried fruit, seeds, nuts, etc…
  • Natural sweeteners such as honey or 100% maple syrup

#6 A last reminder of things to really avoid

  • Refined grains (white flour, white rice, etc.)
  • Refined sweeteners such as sugar, corn syrup, cane juice or artificial products such as sucralose or aspartame
  • Nothing in a box, can, bag, bottle or package that has more than 5 ingredients listed on the label
  • Fried foods or fast food

Last but not least, don’t forget to be good to yourself! You could eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself. First, because it’s always so much better when it’s home made, and second, if you had to peel, chop and deep fry potatoes every time you wanted French fries, you might not eat them very often. Eating junk food, such as cakes, sweets and fried foods, only if you are ready to prepare them will automatically ensure that the frequency is appropriate. Ready to eat better and feel better?