Focus on what makes you feel good and the rest will follow
After years in the health industry, I realised a lot of people had eating disorders under the name of veganism or intolerances, and so on. Now I make choices based not just on how I look but how I feel. I used to be vegetarian in my 20s and 30s and I’d take my own herbal tea bags for dinner with friends. I was the most boring person.
Then at 38, after I had my daughter, I went to a Sikh Ayurvedic (Indian traditional medicine) doctor and he said, ‘You are so depleted from your lifestyle’. He put me on liquid liver to replenish my B vitamin stores and within days I felt incredible. I don’t take that now but I listen to what my body wants. I eat a lot of plant-based meals but if I want chicken I have it. Ditto eggs and fish. In summer I eat a lot of raw food, but in winter I go for warmer foods such as lentils and brown rice and nourishing hearty stews.
Typical day’s eating
First thing: glass of warm water with lemon or cider vinegar.
三级成人视频Breakfast: Rye toast with mashed avocado or chopped banana, a little honey and seeds.
Lunch: Poached eggs on toast or a lentil and vegetable soup.
三级成人视频Afternoon snack: fresh beetroot and carrot or an all-green vegetable juice. It helps me focus instantly and it’s a quick hit of vitamins. I also snack on nuts, dried papaya, dark chocolate with ginger, melons or pears.
Dinner: If I’m teaching, rice, tofu and ginger stir fry or soup from Wagamama’s. Or vegetables, sweet potato and organic chicken or salmon a couple of times a week.
三级成人视频Coffee quota: I tried giving it up in the 80s, but now I love it. I have a cup first thing and then maybe another mid-morning with some dark chocolate.
三级成人视频Alcohol: I like it to unwind, maybe once or twice a week. Either gin and tonic or a large glass of chilled white wine. It has to be cold and high quality. If I am going to have alcohol I will make it something good.
三级成人视频Sleep: Seven hours. I use an eye pillow to block out the light
Carb count: I love rye toast, brown or white rice and sweet potatoes, but pasta makes me sleepy.
Energy secret: Fresh vegetable juice (see above) or standing on my head for 5-10 minutes. You can do it against a wall or get a special headstand stool online or just lie down with a bolster or cushions across your lower back and your legs up the wall. Going upside down daily is invigorating and relaxing at once and, some say, anti-ageing.
Health advice I live by: Keep active. Having cared for a husband who eventually lost his ability to move taught me not to put it off. Do something active today, however small, even if it is just putting on music and dancing.
How to cope when it gets too much: Get outside into nature and take some deep breaths. And I try not to isolate myself when I am feeling down and I remember that people do care and they do love me and want me in their lives.
Bridget Woods Kramer teaches at Triyoga, Camden Town. On January 1st she will do a special two-hour New Year’s Day class from 4-6 pm with live music