On 1 January across the world, millions of us make lofty promises to ourselves. We’ll get healthy, go to gym, drink less wine and eat more greens. We plan to be perfect.
By February, most resolutions are gathering dust as we shake off the holidays and wrestle with the reality of work, friendship, parenthood and bills. It doesn’t happen to me so much these days because I have the skills to coach myself out of it but is this your reality? Why can’t you follow through?
According to psychologists, even though you might want fast results, you procrastinate. Sustained effort is key to success, so by wanting too much and therefore spreading yourself too thin, you end up at the starting line, feeling defeated already (and even less inclined to begin all over again if you need to).
Resolutions are a healthy way to reboot your life – but you need to keep them real.
The secret is to fashion long-term, reachable goals that contribute towards what everybody wants, in the end: happiness. Here’s h...
Hey, would you like to come to this place, spend the evening at that place, have a mince pie, sausage roll, mulled wine, taste my world-beating Christmas cake…? And you’ll go because you can’t resist. You’ll feast like you’ll never see another meal, and you’ll consume frightening amounts of festive tipples because otherwise you’ll be missing out on all the fun, right?
FOMO – shorthand for fear of missing out – is the acute and often unjustified belief that everyone is having way more fun than you, and that you're somehow being left out of all the said fun. And it reaches its annual high any day now.
Small wonder. Apparently, the British cram 44% more social occasions into December than any other month.
But FOMO really is not your friend this month (or indeed any month) – especially if you want to maintain your weight over the holidays. Let’s take a look at how that festive FOMO usually pans out…
You’re committed to healthy eating at Christmas, and you go to one buffet parties or ev...
As a gift to you this Christmas, we are offering 10 lucky people the chance of a free 30 minute mini Nutritional Therapy consultation. This is a no obligation chance for you to come and discuss hormonal or weight loss issues, and gain a valuable insight into how Nutritional Therapy can help you to reach your health goals in 2019.
Just when you feel life should be getting a little easier – you have reached an age when you are more comfortable in your own skin, the kids are a bit more independent, your career maybe more established… and then your health can appear to take a nose dive. Your energy, brain power and mood changes can all become erratic, added to which you may be experiencing…
Discomfort during sexual intercourse
Dry, ageing skin
Shortness of breath
The average age for cessation of periods is 51, but the symptoms can begin many years before and for some, can last for many years afterwards. Yet it is a completely natural phase of life, and in some parts of the world, women breeze through the process with seemingly few symptoms - only 14% of Asians experience symptoms, whereas 80% of Westerners do. Undoubtedly, Western diet and lifesty...
Earlier this year, the unthinkable happened to a dear family friend. At just 19, and at a New Years Eve party, she died of a brain haemorrhage. Sadly what caused her death was, at present, not preventable, not particularly diagnosable or hugely symptomatic, and furthermore, not treatable. It was just simply shocking.
When I researched further, I found that approximately 8,500 people in the UK each year are affected by a sudden and severe condition where patients bleed on the brain surface. Subarachnoid haemorrhage mainly affects younger people in the prime of life and results in disability or death.
There are charities out there that help the survivors of brain haemorrhages, and those that support the bereaved families, but there seems to be only Brain Research UK that funds research to to discover the causes, develop new treatments, and improve the lives of those affected by this and other neurological conditions.
Keeping yourself healthy throughout the Winter becomes more difficult if you are or your kids are in a stuffy environment, surrounded by people coughing and sneezing. So how can we best protect ourselves?
Many factors influence the health of our immune system – stress, diet, quality of sleep and exercise. Additionally, gut health is incredibly important to our immune function, given that the cells which help us fight bacteria and viruses are located in our gut mucosa. Vitamin D levels too play an enormous role and catching colds and flu maybe be symptomatic of an underlying deficiency.
Some steps to good immunity
1) Add at least 5 portions of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables a day. Vitamin C is a strong anti-oxidant, but it is also water soluble, meaning that you excrete it in your urine and so needs to be eaten every day – not just when you feel a cold coming on. Sprouts, broccoli and kale are all surprising sources of good levels of vitamin C.
Food intolerances are the latest buzzword. Everyone appears to have one- but what are the facts?
The reality is that 1 in 3 people in the UK believe that they have a food allergy, and think that it may be adversely affecting their health.
Allergy or Intolerance?
Many people confuse the terms allergy and intolerance, something that is worrying to doctors, as an allergy could be trivialised and not taken for the potentially serious condition that it is.
An allergy results when a person has an extreme and abnormally high sensitivity to a normally harmless substance. It is possible to be allergic to virtually anything from foods, environmental chemicals, artificial food additives to yeast or fungi. Classic allergy can be life-threatening resulting in Anaphylaxis, a potentially serious collapse that can hinder breathing.
Symptoms can include a skin rash, nausea, fatigue, stomach pains, nasal congestion, dizziness, watery eyes, headaches, dark circles under the eyes and insomnia.
Ask any athlete about their dietary requirements for safe & productive training and they are unlikely to think of Magnesium. Protein, iron, carbs…. But probably not one of the most essential of minerals, Magnesium.
Magnesium is vital for many 100’s of reactions in the body, including production of energy & normal heart function. When our levels are less than optimumthis can lead to reduced athletic performance, tiredness, less energy to train and also poor post exercise recovery. Magnesium deficiencies have also been associated with migraines, PMT, heart palpitations and constipation.
Magnesium is used up faster through sweating, and it can often be the mineral responsible for cramps and heat stroke, so it is easy to see why athletes in particular need to make sure they are getting enough.
Magnesium was once so readily found in our diet, but declining soil quality has lowered the natural levels in many of our foods. Add to this our excessive sugar intake, increased...
The nights may be getting slightly lighter but all these gloomy rainy days can still mean a a reduction in serotonin, the hormone which is responsible to making us feel happier. Without sufficient daylight some people find themselves suffering from SAD (Seasonal Affected Disorder) and consequently facing a whole host of problems, including depression, fatigue, weight gain, sleep disturbances and lethargy. However, there are some strategies which you can put in place which may really help how you are feeling.
Maximise your Essential Fats: Omega 3 appears to help maintain levels of vital hormones, serotonin and dopamine. Studies have long linked the deficiency of omega 3 to depression, whilst research suggests that SAD is less common in people who consume plenty of oily fish. Regular consumption (2-3 times per week) may really help to keep your essential fats at an optimum level. Examples of oily fish are haddock, mackerel, salmon, pilchards & sardines. Vegetarian sources of es...