BY MIKKI WILLIDEN - LEADING NEW ZEALAND NUTRITIONIST
Are you back into the swing of things but your taste buds aren’t? It happens! Especially around this time of year where intake of sugar, alcohol and processed carbohydrates tends to be higher for most people, and while going cold turkey can be the best move, it’s sometimes easier said than done. The good news is that by reducing these foods, you’ll begin to lose the taste for them, and they’ll no longer hold the appeal that they had. For some though, completely removing them is a better idea – even small amounts can continue to drive the appetite for them. Regardless of which camp you fall into, here are some proven, some anecdotal, and some interesting ways to combat those cravings.
When we fly we need to pay extra attention to what we put into our bodies, as the decisions we make about when we eat are as important as what we eat.
Our bodies operate on circadian rhythms - approximately 24-hour changes governed by our internal clocks that determine many physiological processes. New research suggests that by delaying mealtimes, we can also delay our blood sugar rhythms by the same time frame, demonstrating that mealtimes help synchronise our internal clocks that control rhythms of blood sugar concentration.
We all feel the benefit from a good night’s sleep. Getting the right amount of sleep is paramount for a healthy and productive lifestyle, but many of us struggle to get the rest we need. Everyday stresses can lead to restless nights, and for shift workers, frequent flyers, flight and cabin crew operating in different time zones, proper sleep can be something of a challenge.
Flying takes its toll on the body, but there are steps you can take to recover quickly.
The cabin environment affects your body, disrupting hormones, digestion and weakening your immune system, leaving you feeling bloated, tired and run- down. In general, your digestion doesn’t operate at its best when flying, so I’d recommend avoiding a big meal just before and during flight. But when you just can’t wait, there are foods you can eat to mitigate the effects and bounce back faster.