As we head into the winter, the shorter days mean our bodies sleep signals come sooner. While that might be annoying, it’s pretty natural.
But the weather can have a less natural impact on us. It’s cold and miserable outside, so we’re spending less time out there.
Did you know that even on a cloudy day, daylight is considerably brighter than any indoor lighting, so if we’re lacking that exposure to bright natural light, our bodies aren’t getting the ‘it’s time to be awake’ signal, and that can lead to us either zombie-ing […]
I’ve never been one for fad diets, crash diets or other unhealthy ways to get rid of body fat.
For me, it’s all about getting as healthy as possible and letting the body do it’s thing. It’s amazing the changes to every aspect of life this approach brings. Not just the number on the scales or the fit of your jeans, but also your energy and ‘get up and go’, the clarity of your thoughts, your mood and the way your body moves and feels.
For a lot of people though, doing what’s needed to […]
I feel, at least in part, the answer to that is: yes.
Why else would they not always represent the work you’ve put in? Why is it that you can eat utter rubbish on Saturday, then lose half a kilo by Sunday morning. And why can you eat like an advert for healthy living for a week straight, then gain weight!
The first thing to remember is that weirdly low and weirdly high weigh-ins are probably just that – weird. They have absolutely nothing to do with your overall progress and are not an indication that you gained […]
A few years ago a lot of people didn’t really know what it meant to be vegan but now, every other restaurant has a vegan option on their menu, and snacks proudly stamp words to the effect of ‘vegan friendly’ on the packaging.
Veganism has had a massive surge in popularity, but before you give it a try, here are some things to keep in mind.
Firstly, if you’re thinking about trying veganism to improve your health, it is worth remembering that there are a million causes of poor health, and it’s likely that eating animal products […]
Of course, you can pick anyone who pops into your mind as being an avid exerciser, and be pretty certain that they have days when they just can’t be bothered and where they’re only going through the motions.
Whatever you’re doing and however much you love it; some days you’re just not very good at it and everything feels too difficult.
But there’s a huge difference between these situations and only ever doing a particular exercise because you feel like you should, or because you’re only thinking about the calories you’re burning etc […]
Ageing skin is a big industry, there must be a gazillion lotions and potions available, all claiming to improve your complexion, smooth our skin and reduce the ‘signs of ageing’. Now, there is a genetic link to how our skin ages, of course, but there are also other factors which affect how your skin ages beyond what we smear on it every morning.
The first thing is good old stress. It’s a huge factor which is often overlooked – and just because you’re not experiencing the hair-pulling image of stress, doesn’t mean your body is not experiencing […]
We all have a definition of stress inside our minds, and it’s something along the lines of the feeling of overwhelm you get from having too much to do, or feeling under pressure for some reason or another.
These are both correct definitions of stress, but actually, stress comes from a lot more places than you might have considered.
How about the stress your body is under when something (or someone!) upsets you, for example? It’s also stressful to your body when it isn’t getting the nutrition it needs, or if you’re dehydrated, not getting enough […]
Protein. Everywhere. It seems to be the latest buzz word in the ‘healthy food’ world. We’re seeing protein chocolate bars and protein cereal, not to mention protein snacks and general advertising of the fact that a food contains protein. Albeit that the celebrated amounts of protein are usually pretty slim; Weetabix Protein gives you an extra 3g protein per portion than normal Weetabix, for example.
Overall though, I think this general awareness of ensuring your protein intake is sufficient is a good thing. I think amongst people just trying to stay healthy, protein is generally under eaten.
So, how […]
Exercise. The magical thing which earns us calorie free cakes and ice creams.
And the harder we work, the more calories we burn and the more cakes we can eat with no consequence.
If only. Oh goodness me, IF ONLY!!
Let’s take a look at the numbers.
Low intensity exercise, like going for a slow walk on the flat, burns about 4 calories a minute – so about 250 calories in an hour.
Moderate intensity exercise, which probably covers most intentional exercise like going for a constant paced swim or a cycle, or perhaps even your average gym session, burns […]
So not only is it miserable and raining outside with no sign of summer arriving any time soon, but we all seem to be sniffing and rubbing our eyes with hay fever too!
Hay fever is one of those things where you only realise how unpleasant it is when you’ve had it.
At first glance, it seems like hay fever can’t be much to do with what you’re eating, but when you look a little deeper, it becomes clear that it could actually be everything to do with what you’re eating.
First, I should say that […]