April is Stress Awareness Month, and we’ve collaborated with In The Moment to bring you a whole week of healthy recipes and wellness tips across our websites and social media channels, covering everything from eating for stress management to flexitarianism.
Monday – Manage stress levels
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Many people experience a release of hormones that cause the ‘fight or flight’ response – and can result in feeling anxious, tired, tense and overwhelmed. The good news? There are plenty of tips and techniques to help us manage our stress levels better.
Daily stress can play havoc with your health, both in the short and long term. Restore the equilibrium of body and mind with our dietary tips.
A dietitian explains the link between stress and weight gain or loss, including the impact on our hormones and appetite, plus top tips to manage stress levels.
Read more: Does stress affect weight?
Tuesday – Eat mindfully
Mindfulness is a practice that is designed to help us to pay more attention to our present moment, and some people find that it helps them to feel calmer and boosts their mental wellbeing.
Nutritionist and mindfulness expert, Nancy Siragusa tells us how we can all eat more mindfully, and how it can help our health.
Read more: How to eat mindfully
Wednesday – Eat for your brain
What we eat affects our brain in a variety of ways. While there is no single ‘brain food’ that can protect against age-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s or dementia, and there are many other medical conditions that can affect the brain, paying attention to what you eat gives you the best chance of getting all the nutrients you need for cognitive health.
Eating well is good for your mental health as well as your physical health. But which foods are particularly important to keep your grey matter happy and healthy?
Read more: 10 foods to boost your brain power
We asked a dietitian to explain how different foods, drinks and nutrients affect the brain, including carbohydrates, probiotics, fats, caffeine and vitamins and minerals.
Read more: 5 ways the food you eat affects your brain
Thursday – Eating for your skin
Ensuring a steady supply of key nutrients from whole foods as part of a balanced, healthy diet can help your skin to look and feel its very best.
If you want glowing skin, the old adage ‘you are what you eat’ has never been truer. Our nutritionist’s tips will help you nourish your skin from the inside out.
Read more: Eat your way to fabulous skin
Friday – Flexitarianism
Have you considered reducing your meat intake as a result of recent news headlines? You might want to try ‘flexitarianism’ – a more casual version of a vegetarian diet that allows for the occasional meat dish.
Plant-based diets are increasingly popular, but what are the health benefits of being a flexitarian? We asked a dietitian to give her view.
Read more: What is a flexitarian diet?
Saturday – Fuel your fitness
Whatever form of exercise you choose, we have plenty of top tips and tasty recipes to help support your fitness goals.
What to eat for a workout
Whether you’re all about yoga, a HIIT fan or a marathon runner, BBC Good Food and performance nutritionist James Collins are ready to fuel your fitness routine
Read more: What to eat for a workout
Discover a three-day meal plan, chosen by performance nutritionist James Collins, to fuel a morning workout and boost your energy throughout the day.
Discover a three-day meal plan, chosen by performance nutritionist James Collins, to keep up energy levels throughout the day and fuel an evening workout.
Sunday – Fermented foods
Fermenting is back in fashion, both for it’s purported gut health benefits and to add flavour and texture to dishes. Discover the health benefits of fermented foods, plus try making your own kombucha.
Popular across cultures for centuries, fermenting has made a fashionable comeback as a provider of ‘good’ bacteria that contributes to a healthy digestive system. Want to know what the fuss is all about? Nutritionist Jo Lewin gives us the lowdown.
Read more: The health benefits of fermenting
Is kombucha tea healthy, what are the potential side effects, and what is a ‘scoby’? We explore the science behind this fermented fizzy drink.
Read more: The health benefits of kombucha
What is kefir, how is it made, and is it healthy? Jo Lewin explains the benefits of drinking kefir and why it’s a good source of probiotics and calcium.
Read more: The health benefits of kefir
Learn how to brew kombucha at home using sweetened tea. Everything is covered, from the fermentation stages to flavouring your drinks and caring for the ‘scoby’.
Read more: How to make kombucha
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