I pretty much never send specific exercise suggestions on this mailing list.
There is so much variation between what each of you as individuals should be doing. What your mobility is like, your fitness and whether you have much experience with exercise all has an impact on the exercises I’d suggest for you. And that’s before we start to think about how much time you have available, what types of exercise you enjoy and how much stress we ought to be adding on to you.
This all said, after my email about not gaining weight over Christmas, quite […]
If you’ve done really well all year, it’s too easy to feel anxious about undoing your hard work over Christmas.
Likewise, if you haven’t done so well – it is also easy to feel anxious about increasing the height of the mountain you need to climb in January!
Reality check time.
Remember that months of hard work is not undone by two days of overeating. Of course it’ll put you back for a couple of days, but it will not undo what you have already achieved.
Really, Christmas Day and Boxing Day are going to involve a […]
This is a fantastic dressing to put on some left over beef and turn it into a really fabulous salad.
You could even put the beef and dressing into a few gem lettuce ‘cups’ with some cucumber and tomato. Yummy. If you’re feeling really keen, you could put some toasted sesame seeds on top too.
Did you know fresh herbs are pretty rich in nutrients? Coriander is full of vitamins A, C, E and K, plus various minerals including folate, iron, magnesium and potassium. Lemongrass contains much of the same, while garlic and ginger have antiinflammatory and antiviral effects […]
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 […]
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 […]