We were recently sent this article by Primrose Matheson of Primrose’s Kitchen. Although it was written for January we thought it maybe even more apt now we are in February and can focus once more on maintaining a healthy body:-

Naturopath and founder of Primrose’s Kitchen, Primrose Matheson, looks at ways to approach the New Year with more balance. Although a great time of year to shake off those Christmas cobwebs often we rush into the New Year with unrealistic expectations and goals that can be hard to maintain. There are many small changes that can be made to help you have a more balanced January, and indeed into the rest of the year.

IMG_0335Chewing your food more! Ideally you need to chew your food 30-40 times so that it is already partly digested and your body doesn’t have to work so hard to absorb the nutrients from the food

Try not to drink fluids whilst you are eating as this dilutes the important enzymes which assist digestion Raw food is great due to its high nutrient content but eating it after 4pm is not ideal as it is harder to digest and may cause fermentation and bloating slowing down the travel of foods eaten afterwards. During these cold months it’s important to stay warm and keep your circulation moving. Warming spices like ginger, cinnamon and turmeric added to cups of tea or meals is great for doing this. These spices also help your body to save energy by not need to generate so much to keep you warm. 

January is a great time to focus on what you want for the year ahead so spend an evening creating a vision board for your year, cut out what you want for yourself or your family from magazines, use words that describe how you want to feel, images of how you want something to look, create your dream on paper. Then let the universe take over!

These smaller changes can help make a real difference to your New Year, New You resolutions and you can start 2016 as you mean to go on. Primrose Matheson, founder of Primrose’s Kitchen, has a background in Naturopathic and Complementary health studies and uses her knowledge of a balanced body to design natural and wholesome food.

The Primrose kitchen range of mueslis are available from www.primroseskitchen.co.uk