Recharge series: Nourish your soul with five healthy tips from wellbeing and food expert Jasmine Hemsley

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Posted 17/10/2018 by E.ON

Feeling drained at this time of year  isn’t unusual. Less daylight and colder weather can leave you feeling unmotivated. But understanding the things that have an impact on mood and emotion can make a positive difference. 

It’s not just about what you eat

Changing small things like when you eat, and where you eat, can have an overall impact on retaining good sleep patterns, by properly digesting food. But quite often it comes down to a matter of simply not having time. 

Using technology, like smart meters, could help. Automating parts of your life with clever tech can leave more time to do the things that can have a positive impact on everyday life. 

Get smart about what you eat.

With New Year’s just around the corner, there’s no better time to make your resolution of eating healthier begin now. Majority of us (64%) feel most relaxed when at home than anywhere else so it’s important to find things to do around the house that help you relax – like cooking! 

Jasmine Hemsley

Jasmine Hemsley’s tips to recharge your soul

Food sustains us on the most basic level, but we need to understand how to let its benefits work for us in order to fully recharge our systems, rather than just ingesting it mindlessly. In Ayurveda, the 5,000 year old holistic system of wellbeing, getting the best out of your food comes down to healthy digestion – after all it’s not just about what you eat but what you can digest. Here are some powerful ways to look after your digestion, and therefore yourself!

1. Switch from cold or iced drinks to hot. In Ayurveda, digestion is understood as a fire – “Agni” – which we want to be working optimally when we introduce food to it. Cold foods and iced drinks (even room temperature as we move into winter) can dampen it. Opt for hot water or herbal tea to keep your digestive fire ablaze!

2. Prioritise well cooked foods, such as freshly cooked soups and stews, as these are more readily digestible. Avoid too much raw food (regarded in Ayurveda as cold, dry, light and rough) which can put a strain on your digestive fire, in turn leading to poor absorption of nutrients and imbalances in your body.

3. Savour your food. Eat mindfully without distractions and in a stress-free environment to nurture your digestion and connect with the food that ultimately becomes you. This can make a big difference to your overall sense of wellbeing and becomes a regular opportunity to create calm in a fast-paced world.

4. Use herbs and spices (aka nature’s medicine cabinet) in your everyday cooking, not only to create delicious flavours and keep seasonal foods interesting, but also to support our health by helping to maintain important functions in our immune, hormonal and digestive systems. 

5. Have your main meal at lunchtime when your digestion is at its peak and go back to traditional suppers — light meals eaten earlier in the evening to make sure you are able to fully digest your food before bed for a better night's sleep.

To help share our top tips on recharging your mind, body and soul we’re also bringing a ‘Recharge Retreat’  to London Wednesday 17th – Friday 19th October on the Southbank with TV’s Melanie Sykes . The event will feature guided meditation classes by mental health and wellbeing expert, Roxie Nafousi, revitalising work outs from movement expert, Roger Frampton, and nutritional advice and juice/smoothie recipes to help visitors feel refreshed. 

Not around London during those days? No worries – we’ll be sharing tips for your mind and body so you can keep the recharged feeling lasting all year long. 

Research featured from E.ON press release: Autumn blues hit the UK and nearly half of Brits admit to needing an energy boost in October

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