Rooted London’s mantra is ‘Listen to your Body, Feed Your Soul’. Not only do they specialise in healthy food catering, coaching and yoga classes but they also understand that life is about balance, listening to your body and a long-term positive outlook, not just about jumping on the latest fad.
(This is a gorgeous porridge from 26 Grains, my favourite place for porridge!)
Founder Pandora visited the bareMinerals office last week to have a chat with us on what foods we can be eating to keep our brain healthy and productive as well as some general tips for living a positive, ‘rooted’ life. Even though we all know it deep down, it was really refreshing for someone in the health and fitness industry to acknowledge that it’s OK to eat treats in moderation and to not beat yourself up for missing the odd exercise session.
Some of the tips that I took away from the session were:
- Organic food: as this can cost more, don’t feel pressured to buy everything organic. Often a good rule is to go organic with produce that has a thinner skin, as pesticides/chemicals are more likely to permeate. Produce with thicker skins include things like avocados and bananas for instance.
- Fruit sugars: Fruit is ALWAYS better than reaching for a manmade sugary alternative! It is important to include fruit in a healthy, balanced diet as it can offer varied benefits, for instance bananas offer potassium which has a range of health benefits. One-two pieces of fruit a day are perfectly fine, just make sure you are mixing up your fruit to get maximum nutrients and benefits.
- Soaking: nuts and lentils can be great sources of vitamins and fibre but the best way to eat them is by soaking them overnight beforehand. This is to break down the phytic acid and make them easier to digest. (Pandora told us that in some Asian cultures, lentils can be soaked for 1-2 days before cooked slowly throughout an entire day, whereas in the UK we often cook them for half an hour for a speedy supper which is not necessarily the best way for digestion).
- If you suffer with bloating and poor digestion, a daily probiotic can help.
- Mindfulness: So important in our busy lives and doesn’t have to be daily yoga sessions or hour-long meditation practice. Just 5-10 minutes of deep breathing can help by breathing deep down into the stomach and exhaling slowly. Also by being present, for instance, do you ever make a transaction and not really look at the person serving you? Take the time to acknowledge them and say thank you properly.
- Love your body, don’t punish it: Didn’t make the gym session you hoped for today? Instead of feeling guilty the whole night and promising yourself that you will stay in the gym for twice the amount of time tomorrow, just accept that it didn’t happen and move on. Feeling particularly hungry one day? Give your body what it wants!
Ultimately, it is about listening to your own body and finding out what works for you. All of our bodies react differently to different ingredients and exercises, so try plenty and work out what you enjoy the most.
Even though we all know it really, it was good to have it summarised so simply: eat plenty of good, seasonal foods, eat treats in moderation, incorporate fun exercise, get your sleep and listen to your body = healthier, happier you. Simples.
Want some easy, healthy recipe suggestions? You can check out some of my favourite recipes below: