We speak to Pandora Paloma about five simple steps to improve your life. Pandora is a food coach and yoga teacher living and working in East London, and launched Rooted London in 2013 with a view to getting people eating better, moving more and off of endless dieting and the green-machine bandwagon. Improve your life below...
Eat seasonally and eat smart. Below you can find three recipes from Rooted; breakfast, lunch and dinner. Each one is created with fresh, seasonal ingredients and are easy to make. Click on an image below to view the complete recipe.
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The Benefits of Drinking Water
1. Relieves fatigue: fatigue is one of the first signs of dehydration and causes the heart and other major organs to work less efficiently.
2. Improves your mood: research shows that even mild dehydration can negatively affect your mood and ability to think.
3. Aids digestion: drinking enough water boosts your metabolism and helps the body break down food effectively and efficiently.
4. Flushes away toxins: water is one of the best detoxifiers and promotes kidney function.
5. Promotes healthy skin: who doesn't want healthy, younger looking skin? Water helps replenish skin tissues, moisturzes and increases the elasticity in your skin.
Yoga is a total mind-body connection workout that works on deeper levels, combining breathing, strengthening and stretching for what I believe is the perfect antidote to modern life. Rooted Yoga uses the grace and creativity of Vinyasa, the precision of Iyengar and the deeply nourishing benefits of restorative for classes that are creative and energising, but with a strong sense of grounding to promote feeling ‘rooted’. Music plays a big part with ambient electronic sounds to calm and stimulate for a deeper mind, body and soul connection.
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Sleep is quite simply the most important role for wellness. Yes, sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles. It plays an important role in your physical health, for example healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels, your immune system and even mental health issues, such as depression, are strongly linked to poor sleep quality and sleeping disorders. There are times when falling asleep seems like be the hardest thing to do, so sleep hygiene is increasingly important to get those zzzz back into your routine. First of all ditch the digital. Smart-phones, tablets, computers and televisions produce a blue light, which can suppress our natural production of melatonin.
Melatonin is the hormone in our body, which controls our sleep cycle, so a lack of this hormone means our natural sleep is thrown off course. Get into the habit of turning off all gadgets and wifi in the house an hour before sleeping, or you can even go as far as turning if off all night, once a week. If you’ve gone for the latter, take a warm bath with Epsom salts (repairing and restorative for the body) before bed can make you feel clean and recharged. The bath is physically, but also mentally, cleaning away the day and preparing you for a stress-free night. Equally, maintaining a clean space, can amount to a clean mind.
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When it comes to intuitive eating, the first step is to begin to listen to your own body. Are you hungry from your stomach or your head? By becoming more aware of our eating habits we begin to become more in-tune with our body. By becoming more in-tune with our hunger patterns, we begin to understand what it is our body really wants, whether that is a chocolate bar or an apple. The key here is to not have guilt. Over time, guilt can become mentally and physically draining on the body. It's better to allow yourself to eat freely without restrictions, if you choose to indulge once in a while, do so without fear or complexity. When eating, it is important to take your time. It takes twenty minutes to register that our stomach is full, so keeping this in mind as you eat will help you slow down the consumption of your food.
Eating should be enjoyable and we should always work towards what makes us feel satisfied. Very often we fill ourselves too quickly, hardly taking into consideration the flavors and textures that we are consuming. Slow down and begin to build a positive relationship with food. Using food as an emotional tool can be very common. If this is the case for you, take a new approach and ask yourself, what am I feeding? Find a new trigger point, and ask yourself how you can change this habit. If you want to stay in control, try pressing your thumb and index finger together and repeat: “I am calm and in control”. Just watch that urge to stuff your face or 'eat your emotions' quickly fade away. Surround yourself with positive energy!
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