Wellness Talk with Bella McCrudden (nutribelle.co.uk)
The diet-free approach to feeling better, brighter and more balanced
Top 3 Health & Wellness tips
- Make sure you’re getting PLENTY of water. Plain water is best, but you can add chopped fruit or herbs for a bit of flavour. I could bang on for ages about how important water is for you – but just trust me… it’s well good. 😉
- Remember that every time you eat it’s a chance to do something nice for yourself. You get to nourish yourself from the inside out with real food. We can be right cows to ourselves at times… make a decision to be nicer to yourself.
- Sleep. Restore. Switch off. Your body needs time and space to heal and gather strength for the next day – and working every hour of the day doesn’t let you regain your superhero powers so you can tackle the day to day challenges (and rescue small children and animals from burning buildings).
How can busy entrepreneurs help themselves when it comes to Health & Wellness?
It’s all too easy when you’re working from home to find yourself face first in a bag of chips or mindlessly munching through a family pack of maltesers. Do yourself a king-size favour by leaving those types of snacks on the supermarket shelf. Have loads of fresh fruit and veggies – they need very little in the way of preparation, and when you combine them with a bit of protein (like hummus, feta, nut butter, nuts or seeds), you’re having a balanced snack that won’t leave you rummaging around the kitchen like an angry mumma bear. A little bit of forward thinking and preparation can go a long way.
What are some ways you recommend entrepreneurs can enhance their energy levels especially when working long/irregular hours?
Taking regular breaks to stretch and iron out the kinks can be a great saviour to counteract the Quasimodo-effect. If you’re drinking plenty of water, your bladder will act as a timely reminder to get up and shake off the tension (and getting enough water can do wonders for your energy levels anyway)… or you could use a Pomodoro timer.
Whatever you do, try and stay away from the instant energy quick fix solutions like caffeine and sugar. They may stick a rocket up your bum for a little while, but before long, you’ll be slumping over your desk. Eating nutrient-dense foods like healthy fats, whole grains, lean protein, fruit and veg will help you build up natural energy stores that will put the Energiser Bunny to shame.
Please share your favourite quick and easy recipe that anyone could make to help boost vitality?
I’m a believer in starting the day right, but I’m also super keen to jump straight into bizniz shiz first thing. So I love a quick, easy and portable nourishing smoothie – this is one of my current favourites:
Green tea n’ bloobs (Serves 1)
- 1 green tea teabag (I used green tea & cranberry ones) Make up the tea (two mugs) the night before, let it cool down and chill overnight in the fridge.
- ½ cup frozen blueberries (or other berries)
- 1 handfuls spinach
- 1 single handfuls of cashew nuts
- 1 tbsp milled flaxseed
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Water to loosen if needed
Make this sweeter by adding in 2 chopped medjool dates (take the pips out!), or a splash of honey or maple syrup. Make it creamier and with more protein by adding in 2-3 tbsp of Greek yoghurt.
At what point should one ask for professional help with nutrition?
Unless we’re talking about help with specific dietary problems, there’s no right or wrong answer to this. I work with people to help them manage their weight and to help improve their relationship and understanding of how food can make their lives healthier. A lot of that is down to mindset, so for me, the best time for someone to ask for my help is when they are willing to make a change. You can know that you have an unhealthy relationship with food and that your muffin handles are more ‘loaf’ than ‘muffin’, but unless you’re willing to actually make some changes in your life (big or small), you’ll be throwing money down the drain. Seeing someone like me for health or food coaching is just one step in the journey – and I love providing accountability, guidance and support – but success only comes when you’re willing to put the work in.
Not everyone can or wants to eat perfectly all the time (eg. Sometimes you just need ‘junk food’ or food you enjoy eating). Should we still be eating ‘junk food’ if we enjoy it even though it’s known to be ‘bad’ for you? Or should we be aiming for a balanced diet.
Eating ‘perfectly’ to me means having a perfect balance of gorgeous, lovely, fresh foods that you know are nourishing your body… AND having the odd bit of something you fancy to nourish your soul too! I’d be a right miserable rat if I had to cut out my favourite ‘junk’ of crisps or wine. Likewise, if I go too long without avocado or greens. But if I really want to feel good in my own skin and not have a daily battle with my favourite jeans, then I know which one I should be having more of.
A lot of people talk about the 80-20 rule – where you eat healthy food for 80% of the time and less healthy things 20% of the time… but my experience with my clients is that our perception of what the 20% looks like is a bit distorted. If I have a glass or two of Malbec, then I make sure that I have something healthy planned to go with it (a veggie packed dinner and a pint of water for every glass of wine), and I book in for something healthy the very next day. Pick yourself straight back up. And don’t do it every day. But life is waaaaaay too short to deprive yourself of things you enjoy.But life is waaaaaay too short to deprive yourself of things you enjoy. Click To Tweet
If you want to give your kitchen a Superhero makeover so that you’re all set to eat foods that will help you feel energetic and full of glow, you can download my Healthy Superhero Handbook. It’s a lovely guide to the foods to stock your shelves with, the tools to make healthy cooking a doddle and a meal planner to get you organised and stop you raiding the fridge in mad desperation. Just what you need to start feeling *super* – and all you’ll need then are the super hero pants!