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 […]
Did you know your sleep quality can be the difference between good results and great results?
Poor sleep seems to be very common these days, particularly in women.
If the ONLY thing I worked on with a client was improving their sleep, the results they would see from almost any approach they were taking to eating and exercise would increase hugely.
The importance of sleep is often very underestimated in terms of its importance for not just getting in shape and losing body fat, but also for keeping your health in good check.
With this in mind, here are some […]
How wonderful would it be to always have the get up and go needed to get things done, and not to have to wait for the right moment to strike.
Improved clarity and focus is the difference between easily achieving what you want during the day, and either battling through trying to force yourself to get things done, or finding your to-do list growing ever longer by the day.
So here are my top tips for improving your mental power.
The first, obvious and expected, tip is to improve your diet. Cut the junk, don’t over or under […]
Oh the evening munchies.
Are they de-railing your otherwise pretty good diet and slowing, or even stopping, your quest for weight loss?
If so, it’s not just you!
But, how is it even possible to be so ravenously hungry an hour after dinner, when during the day you have no issue going between meals?
Is it just that being busy and distracted means you don’t notice you’re hungry?
I thought this an appropriate time to write about this – Easter usually provides an unwelcomely welcome influx of chocolate into the house, which usually beckons us around 8pm […]