Although we love to take care of ourselves year-round, we’re more inclined to prep our bodies when summer arrives. We want to look and feel good, and in the months leading up to the holidays, we take a closer look at our diets and try to adopt healthier habits. Nutritionist Alyssa Blazquez offers these five basic tips to help you groom your body so that it’s healthy on the inside and shows itself on the outside.
Cleanse Your Interior With Vegetables
Start the day by adding fresh fruits to your breakfast, have salad and protein with your meals and include steamed vegetables or cream at night. Vegetables are the greatest ally of these dates, as they hydrate us, apart from providing prebiotics for a healthy gut. Better to eat whole vegetables, with all their fiber, and avoid juicing.
Quick and light dinner
Advance the dinner schedule and offer to have it three hours before going to bed. A complete dinner is a single dish consisting of a vegetable garnish and easily digestible protein, such as eggs and fish. Prepare them lightly: baked, steamed, grilled or en papillote. Avoid breads, desserts and snacks around dinner, and try to leave a 12-hour fast between dinner and breakfast.
Contains prebiotics and probiotics
Our gut is inhabited by millions of bacteria that need to be taken care of. Consuming fermented foods with probiotic effects such as kombucha, miso, yogurt or kefir is essential for strengthening gut diversity. The perfect way to start the day is by adding Bia Food’s Microbiotic Creamer to your coffee or tea each morning, a blend of prebiotics and probiotics formulated with scientific evidence to promote a healthy microbiota.
It is good to drink more water at this time, but make it a habit to do so in the middle of the meal, because drinking water during the meal causes more bloating. It’s a good idea to prepare homemade lemonade, a thermos of infusion or rooibos tea to drink during the day. Hydration helps us to feel lighter and more alive. The ideal is to drink six to eight glasses of water a day.
Avoid sugar and ultra-processed foods
Try to eliminate refined sugar from your diet, now and always. White sugar is inflammatory, and ultra-processed ones are poor in nutrients and contain large amounts of additives, trans fats, and sugar. All this gradually imbalances our microbiota and our intestinal ecosystem.