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With winter not far away – we’re noticing many more people are worried about how they’ll cope when they’re stuck at home with a fridge full of food and Uber deliveries only a phone call away.

Kaye managed to momentarily put our resident APD… that’s short for Accredited Practising Dietitian Caitlyn Henderson from ‘Healthy Lifestyles AU’ in Toowomba Qld - on the spot recently with this question….


 

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KAYE:

Caitlyn, are there particular foods that are good for helping us when we're feeling stressed or a lot of friends and family have been in lock down? How do you get rid of the blues? How do you prepare for winter? I guess build up your immunity?

CAITLYN:
Ooh that's a big question.

BRIAN:
I'm sorry we didn't warn you! 😊

CAITLYN:
That's okay...So how do we prepare for winter? And I guess what you're saying is the non hungry eating the boredom, eating and prevent that. What I really like to try and get a lot of my clients and patients to do is really tune into their physical belly hunger. So what your body is physically telling you rather than what your brain is telling you to do.

Because particularly in winter, when we've got everything all shut up. and we don't really want to go outside too much it limits us to the house or in the caravan or wherever we are indoors to keep warm, which is obviously very close to the fridge and the pantry, and that's what we can tend to do a little bit more grazing. Also, when we're cold, we tend to go for more carbohydrate foods as well.

So I guess you don't want to have too many of the discretionary tempting foods in the house, because if you've got to choose between a chocolate bar, your favourite chocolate bar that's in the house or a tub of yoghurt, you might not always choose the chocolate bar.

So sort of setting yourself up to not have too many of the tempting foods in the house, but also stocking it full of all of those whole foods. So then when you do become physically hungry, you're able to nourish your body with what it needs and what it's telling you it needs at that time. However, if it's a bit of boredom, hunger, we need to go through some mindful eating techniques

KAYE:
Such as?..

CAITLYN:
Oh...you'd have to come and see me. There's so many here. (LAUGHS) Something just as simple as stopping and assessing what your stomach, your physical organ is doing in your body. So whether it is grumbling or whether it is just sitting there doing not much or whether it's feeling particularly full, just tuning into what your stomach is doing.

BRIAN:
This is mind over matter. It's a mind over.. you know.

CAITLYN:
It is.

BRIAN:
The tummy's the matter...and the mind needs to be re-minded...

KAYE:
The matter might like another name basically.

BRIAN:
Huh.. Not at the moment!! :-)

KAYE:
So it's not just about physical things. People think it's a matter of will power or won't power but it's actually our brain. So you work with brains?

CAITLYN:
Absolutely yeah, in a way. Yes I guess I do a bit of nutrition counselling, but it can be really, really interesting once we start just stepping back a second and saying, well, what is my body physically telling me versus what I think I should be doing? You know, it's three o'clock in the afternoon. I should be eating afternoon tea. I'm not physically hungry do I or don't I? so it's kind of just asking all of those questions and navigating through that to get the right answer.

KAYE:
Cool! So is there somewhere on your website that people can go and access that information?

CAITLYN:
Not on our website because it's very individualised and it's sort of something that you have to delve through and look at a few different factors as well. So I guess if you're interested in learning more about mindful eating, the best thing to do would be to come and see a dietician to delve into it a little bit more.

BRIAN:
Alright Thanks, Caitlyn.

KAYE:
Thank you again so much

CAITLYN:
Right no worries we'll talk soon bye bye.

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