Today is apparently ‘Blue Monday’ – the third Monday of the new year is apparently the peak day for us to experience a low mood.
After all the busy-ness and excitement of Christmas, many of us feel tired, drained and overwhelmed; and not really in the mood to be bombarded with constant messages of New Years Resolutions and the idea that we need to somehow better ourselves by adding more commitments to our already packed lives.
Christmas is usually a period of over indulgence – more sugar, more alcohol, more everything; except perhaps, exercise!
Then, January rolls around and we have […]
So, the kids are back at school, the Christmas tree is down, a remarkable amount of glitter has been hoovered up and there’s that nice feeling of being able to make a fresh start with the new year.
Sadly, we can’t bottle that lovely feeling, so here are five things you can do today to take advantage of it and get 2019 off to a great start.
When the fresh-start feeling strikes, it’s too easy to think this time will be different and you’ll be able to get up […]
Around this time of year, I tend to get a lot of questions about food and Christmas.
My answer is usually the same. One day of eating off-track is not going to make any difference in the long run. If you’re going to eat off-track, do it consciously and feel no guilt!
But as we all know, Christmas Day itself isn’t even the half of it. Add in the Advent calendar chocolate, the coffee shop Christmas specials, a few mince pies, several glasses of mulled wine and the leftovers after Christmas – you can easily have put […]
I like to call him Brian. Brian the brain.
Yes, I’m probably a little bonkers, but if you take a minute to think about the decisions our brain is making for us on autopilot, it seems like there is a separate person inside our heads.
In my last email, we looked at the way the brain makes automatic decisions about whether we need to be paying attention to something, and how difficult it is to make the conscious (slow) part of our brain make the decision rather than the automatic (fast) part of our brain.
Today, I […]
I was very excited to see an Oura ring on Prince Harry’s finger last week, how very exciting! I’ve been wearing an Oura for the last 18 months and it is a fabulous bit of kit!
Primarily, it’s a tool for assessing recovery. It’s a bit of a nerd-gadget and goes way further than the more well known Apple Watch and Fitbit. If you love information and playing around with the actions you take and seeing the response your body has, Oura would be fun for you, and seeing the results of your good efforts […]
Among the things which interest me is how we make changes – why is it that one person can make a change but another struggles hugely with the same change. What is the difference? And how can we make change easier for everyone?
There are some really interesting things about the brain which explain why we find it difficult to make lasting changes.
There is an area in the thalamus part of our brain called the habenula. Its like a scoreboard, counting the failures we’ve had while trying to change our behaviours – its this scoreboard which is responsible for our […]
Have you ever thought about what we give up on when we accept another biscuit, or absent mindedly pour another glass of wine?
They’re only small things, of course, and if it was pretty infrequent it would make absolutely no different at all to our weight loss quest. But, if we accept a biscuit every day, pour a second and third glass of wine every Friday and Saturday and accept a pudding every time we go out for dinner; these small bits add up annoyingly quickly.
We’re choosing temporary pleasure over our goals.
When you give in to […]
Seeing as it is hot and most of us are experiencing a reduced appetite, I thought it a good time to write about fasting. Perhaps this heatwave could provide a good time to give it a try, given most of us are halfway there already!
Fasting has recieved plenty of positive press over the last few years, with a big chunk of mainstream awareness being brought with the 5:2 diet.
Fasting is great for purely cutting out the calories from a meal or two – and hence reducing your intake for the day – and the benefits include reduced body weight […]
Last week, we saw how using a menu plan can help you to eat well around a busy life, and I promised this week we would explore ways to add exercise into a busy life.
Now, when you’re rushed off your feet and stressed, I don’t think adding in a tough workout is the right thing to do.
This isn’t to say that strength training isn’t going to give you benefits, because I think it is important for almost everyone to fit strength training into their lives.
High stress levels need to be countered with plenty […]
Fitting in eating well and exercising around a busy lifestyle can be difficult. If you don’t feel you have time to touch the ground, let alone think about what to eat, it can feel like an impossible task to make the right choices.
I see it a little differently and I’m going to explain in two parts. Today, about the food, and next week about exercise.
I think we can look at being busy and not having time to think about food as a potential positive. If you’re sitting at home all day and just trying not […]