Hello I am Veronica De Angelis, a qualified Nutritional Therapist, registered with BANT (British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy) and CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council). I offer Nutritional Therapy to help individuals on the path towards wellness and optimal health.
My passion for nutrition has its roots in my Italian origins. During my childhood I helped out in my grandma’s allotment growing vegetables, pulses, grapes and fruit trees and raising hens for our free-range and organic eggs. Growing up and acquiring the knowledge of self-sustainment, cooking and eating homemade organic food, has given me a richness that today makes me realize how lucky I am to have learned all that in my childhood. I grew up knowing that nature has all we need and to nature is where we should turn to for help, so I started to look into the power of nutrition as a healing tool few years ago.
I decided to study naturopathic nutrition to deepen my knowledge and take control of my health. From then on, I started to experiment on myself harnessing the healing power of naturopathic nutritional interventions and adopting a healthy lifestyle. I trained at the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) in London. CNM is the UK’s largest training provider of a range of natural therapies. Widely respected and recognised internationally it gives unmatched focus on clinical application and practice.
Then in 2016 I created Evviva Nutrition to share and educate on the great tools that is food, nature and healthy lifestyle. My naturopathic approach to wellness apply the nutrition science in promoting health and individual care helping individuals with chronic conditions, or simply supporting to enhance optimal wellbeing. Passionate about sharing awareness of food power, I cherish helping people through individual investigations of health imbalances and direct them to a healthier vital state along bespoke dietary interventions. I do this applying the nutrition science in promoting individual health goals. I work with people who struggle with chronic conditions, as well as those looking for support to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Each person’s path is unique and I work together with them to understand that path and change the momentum away from imbalance towards balance. Rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach, I will look at the whole person within the context of their environment too. This holistic approach look into the root causes which result in the symptoms they are experiencing.
My 5 dietary wellness stand points that give me energy every day and that I suggest you are:
1. Choose energy-producing foods like brown rice, wholegrain pasta, whole meal bread, couscous, millet, barley, beans or lentils, sweet potato and a variety of vegetables/fruit. These all help releasing energy gradually, due to their high fiber content. Fiber helps to keep blood sugar levels balanced, which is crucial for balancing energy levels and to keep you fuller for longer.
2. Avoid energy-depleting foods like white: rice, bread, pasta, potato. Although these foods contain energy, as they lack fiber this is quickly up, contribute to blood sugar imbalance by producing a short burst of energy followed by an energy dip, which can cause cravings, reduce concentration and productivity.
3. Add up proteins that keep you full and energized, so your appetite will be under control in the long run. Choose easily digestible protein sources, such as organic chicken, wild fish, organic eggs, beans and lentils and tofu/tempeh. Reduce foods that contain hard to digest protein, such as red meat and full-fat dairy as they use up more energy being digested.
4. Remember the “essential” good fats needed for digestion, cell health and efficient brain functioning. Choose oily fish from the acronym SMASH: salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, herrings. Very healthy fat is also from avocado, un-salted nuts (except peanuts), seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower/sesame seeds, flaxseeds or extra virgin olive oil. Our brains contain a high percentage of “essential” fats, so daily consumption is crucial for maintaining concentration and memory during your working day.
5. Take It Easy & Chew. When eating lunch stop working if you can. You can only digest food efficiently and release its energy when relaxed. The digestive process actually begins in the brain, with the sight, smell or thought of food stimulating this. If you eat on the run your digestive system simply won’t catch up. Enjoy family dinner at the table, it is an incredible pleasure for palate and social life blondeness, it is a ritual that I try to never skip.
If you are thinking you don’t fall into the ‘I’m stressed enough to be making myself ill’ category, don’t be fooled. The drip-drip-drip of everyday stress can be as damaging as major life incident-related stress (such as death and divorce), so don’t wait to take action. It’s also worth considering that stress makes it very hard to lose weight, and you’re much more likely to store it around the middle. This is because the human body hasn’t evolved much since caveman times, when the extra energy was stored where it was most easily accessed, so it could be used to run away from the hungry tiger. Here are my top 6 ways to keep stress under control:
1. Set aside 10 minutes a day for meditation. Simply sit down in a quiet room with your back supported and eyes closed. Try to clear your mind of all worries. Don’t worry if thoughts bubble to the surface, as this is completely normal! The more you resist the more it will persist. Simply bring your attention back to your breath and continue until the time is up. If you’re new to meditation or need more support, find a guided meditation app or CD to lead you through the process.
2. Eat regularly: Erratic eating times and skipping meals can lead to a dip in blood sugar levels, which leads to the release of the stress hormone cortisol. It’s difficult when routines go out the window, but try to stick to three meals (with two optional snacks) a day and your digestion will thank you for it. Base all your meals and snacks on protein (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, beans and seeds), fruit and vegetables and smaller amounts of complex carbs (brown rice, wholemeal bread or pasta).
3. Cut back on alcohol and caffeine: I know it’s hard, especially when socialising, but try ditching (or significantly reducing) your alcohol and caffeine intake. Caffeine causes a release of stress hormones from the adrenal glands – the last thing you want if you are already stressed! At first, alcohol might help to relax you when you’re stressed out (by promoting the release of GABA, the calming neurotransmitter), but it is quickly metabolised to sugar that can lead to a restless sleep, which leads me onto my next tip.
4. Prioritise sleep: Get into a sleep routine that includes relaxing practices such as taking a warm bath with Epsom salts, light reading or stretching. Introduce a digital detox at least an hour before bed (that means no phones, no TV, no laptops or tablets), so as not to disrupt melatonin production (the sleepy hormone). A light snack such as an oatcake with almond butter or a banana may help to support undisturbed sleep.
5. Eat magnesium-rich meals: Magnesium relaxes the nervous system and muscles so eating foods rich in this mineral, such as leafy greens, avocados, sesame seeds and spinach can help reduce stress.
6. Get to the cause: Look at the root cause to any stress in your life, and think about how you respond to it.
If the effect of stress or just general busyness gets in the way of your efforts to stay healthy and you’d like to do something about it, I warmly invite you to book a FREE 20-minute consultation with me to help you.
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