MIND, BODY AND SKIN by NIKKI GLEED
Hello, I’m Nikki, a big fan of Moobotiquetring!
Is it just me or has anyone else been obsessed in the FOMO attached to the £10 bargains!? I’ve bagged myself two gorgeous dresses and a jumper, receiving a moo package defiantly cheers me up!
Lockdown month one for me was all about eating and drinking too much, more exercise than I certainly ever had time for in “normal life” and binging on Netflix and zoom social chats.
As I emerged into month two I wasn’t feeling good about myself and was fed up that I couldn’t fit comfortably into my skinny jeans! It was time to change some habits!
A few years ago, some research led me to become fascinated with the connection between our mind, body and skin and how it all works as one system. I leant how to change my eating habits to feel better about myself and become more aware of emotional eating.
Let’s face it, in these taxing times, we could all do with letting ourselves off the leash but then rein it in again!
Food is a go to source to make ourselves feel better in negative times, but also to celebrate, I mean, it’s rude not to share cake with someone on their birthday surely? But certainly too much emotional eating causes us to not feel good about ourselves.
Structuring your meals and feeling in control can make a big difference. When our hormones are out of balance, for whatever reason, we can experience massive cravings that can lead to a roller coaster ride of blood sugar highs and lows. Anyone else found themselves visiting their friend in the fridge frequently? Yes the food choices we make certainly have consequences and a direct correlation to how you feel.
Something I found interesting was learning that the same part of your brain is responsible for interpreting hunger and thirst. If you start to feel hungry, try drinking a glass of water first and then see if you are still hungry, it helps to understand your body’s signals more effectively. To stay hydrated, a good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day! (Let’s hope you have a bathroom per person in your household!)
Whilst on the subject of the brain, it is estimated that 90% of the bodies serotonin is made in the gut, so with healthier food choices you really can eat your way to happy!
So in lockdown month two I cut the bread (I know it causes my body to bloat) and the booze which certainly didn’t help the “lockdown mood swings” (please tell me that isn’t just a thing I
invented and others can relate as well?)
Eliminating foods that are hard for the gut to process helps with digestion. If the body can easily break down foods, then it can use the nutrients more effectively. Good digestibility can help side effects of poor digestion such as gas, bloating and constipation. (Nice!)
If I am eating on my own I can easily scoff food whilst multitasking, anyone else? I learnt recently that not only does eating food slowly help with digestion but that it’s recommended to chew each mouthful 32 times!! Foods that are hard to chew may require a mere 40 chews per mouthful like steak and nuts! You might be pleased to know that foods like watermelon require as few as 10-15! When restaurants open again we might all need 3 hour slots per sitting and can you imagine the conversation over a first dates if food was chewed correctly?!
Apparently a healthy adult requires 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Sleep helps you feel better but it’s more important than I realised. Sleep can help boost our moods, banish under-eye circles (oh yes please!) but it’s when our mind and bodies get a chance to rejuvenate. Did you know that at night time our brains actually process all the information it has learnt in a day and grows new cells? I didn’t. (I hope that I am actually taking in all this new education from home schooling?)
It is recommended to switch off all devices one and a half hours before bed to unwind as technology transmits blue light and can make a huge difference to your sleep! How hard would that be?! But here’s what I think I am going to do......you can get blue light glasses to protect your
What would you give for a haircut right now? I can’t wait, not only to get rid of my Dougal look, but for a bit of pampering and a massage! The tension of homeschooling, the frustration of being with people 24/7 or perhaps not being with anyone and the general fear of the unknown all lock inside our muscles. My personal remedy is diffusing pure essential oils and making time for a candle lit bath with music to drown out the sounds of anyone else in my household. It’s my heaven! I have also come to realise that applying body lotion all over does in fact burn calories and is cheaper than some online yoga classes!
Skin is the largest organ of our body, diet, lifestyle and skincare have a big effect on it.
Another reason to consider our eating habits is that the gut is directly linked to the health and appearance of our skin. Poor diet can cause breakouts and dull dehydrated skin. Skin has multiple layers and it’s the the lower layers where the activity takes place! Your skincare should penetrate the layers of your skin so it’s really important not to have nasty chemicals in your products. Makeup goes on so much better when you use effective skin care too!
Thanks for reading to the end if you made it! Hope you found my rambles interesting and I wish you happy mind body and skin throughout lockdown! See you on the other side! 😍