Food is always the first prescription - it’s incredibly underestimated and somewhere along the way, society forgot how to eat for health and now we just eat for taste or trend.
It’s especially important for us women to get it right since we’re usually the ones having bubbas and being Mums (an incredibly tough task!) Living a happy, full life is within arm’s reach but we just need to know what works for each of us.
1. What is the importance of fish and omega 3’s?
Fish is a rich source of Omega 3’s, and current research on the Standard Australian Diet (SAD) shows the intake of Omega 3’s are much lower than necessary. Omega 3’s are fatty acids that allow the brain to send it’s messages, bolster our immunity against sickness and the praise it’s been receiving of late is in regards to the ability of Omega 3’s to help improve mood disorders, ADHD and anxiety especially in children. It’s also helpful for pain and reducing inflammatory conditions.
Fish is also a great source of protein which keeps us feeling fuller for longer.
2. What effects does eating red meat have on us?
Red meat when it’s grass-fed and pasteurised is a good source of iron and B12 as well as protein. It’s important not to overdo red meat however, as there are other sources of plant based foods also high in these nutrients. In women, according to hormone guru Dr Sara Gottfried, red meat raises our bad oestrogens which is not good considering many women are oestrogen dominant. Overdoing red meat can also be quite inflammatory and put pressure on the heart by clogging arteries due to it’s high fat content. If the animal has eaten antibiotics and grains it’s whole life - steer clear.
Try game meats for a change and don’t rely on typical cuts either - organ meats are much greater sources of nutrients!!
3. What is the difference between plant based proteins vs whey proteins?
Plant based proteins are commonly less allergenic and can range from hemp to pea to rice to sacha inchi (a Peruvian nut) - there’s HEAPS! Whey protein comes from dairy and is the part that separates itself from the cream when you eat yoghurt. A lot of people who are dairy intolerant should consider switching to a plant based protein, as it doesn’t aggravate the lining of our guts - which we really really need to stay in tact!
4. Why should we add healthy fats to our diet?
Healthy fats provide smooth signalling in our brains and are the ingredients for our hormones! Hormones aren’t just related to women on their monthlys though - our happy hormones, hunger and fullness hormones and our adventure hormones are all also made from healthy fats.
5. What are some natural food options for if we're low on energy?
Fruit in its “just-picked-from-the-tree” form is great for a short burst of natural energy - it provides us fruit sugar in the form of fructose which is quickly used as energy by the body. Foods and drinks that are fruit flavoured or have fruit as one of many ingredients don’t count!