Why health and happiness is all in your head

Why health and happiness is all in your head

Achieving long-term health and energy is a balancing act. Quite simply, what you put into your mind may have as much of an impact as the food and supplements you feed your body.

10 ways to beat colds and flu

10 ways to beat colds and flu

When the temperature drops, the chance of you coming down with a cold or the flu increases significantly. It’s widely accepted you’ll get sick more often in the winter. That’s because you’re likely to be inside more and the common cold thrives better in dry air than where there’s humidity. And, when you spend more time indoors, you’re exposed to more germs. Here's what to do about that ...

You won't find happiness in a packet of biscuits (so sorry)...

You won't find happiness in a packet of biscuits (so sorry)...

I was interviewed today by my local BBC radio station about claims in the new book by Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Tandoh, Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want, that the diet industry is broken, and what did I think about it. She's totally right. Here's why....

 

        
  
   
  
    
  
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  A (belated) Happy New Year. I'm so excited to be back in your inbox. I avoided the temptation to jump in on January 1st with advice on how to change your life for the better. So sorry, I was still – like most people in the world – finishing off the last of the Christmas chocolates before Real Life could begin. But now the kids are back at school, I'd like to share how you can leap into 2018 with REAL resolutions – and make them stick.   Same old, same old... 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 how:   1.     Your attitude determines your altitude. The way you get there is more important than the goal. It’s no use mentally committing to a 10-mile run three times a week if you’re going to think about it, rather than do it. Instead, stop plotting and start doing: get up, put on your trainers and just exit the front door. Less detail, more action.   2.     Baby steps. Taking one step forward is infinitely better than standing still. If your guest room looks shabby, clear out the clutter, as a start. You might dream of a décor overhaul this year, but why wait until you have enough money and time? Those crusty magazines and broken children’s toys aren’t going to move themselves.   3.     Focus on pleasure, not pain. Diets are a common New Year goal – but why turn your meal times into a prison sentence? Sustainable, health-boosting plans, such as the Low GL way of eating, are fun, affordable and delicious. Many people associate ‘eating healthily’ with deprivation, rather than delight. Turn those thoughts around – each healthy bite you’re choosing is a gift to yourself.   4.     If it ain’t broke…why fix it? Perhaps you’re feeling content with life ‘as is’ right now, so don’t fall into the trap of confusing ‘wants’ with ‘needs’. Modern society is aspirational – everything must be bigger and better. Sometimes, though, things are lovely just as they are. That’s where gratitude comes in. Be grateful for the most insignificant bits of your life. Each act or thought of gratitude eventually fills your happiness tank.   5.     Swap bad habits for good ones. You might not want to give up your Wednesday croissant and hot chocolate fix, but you can. Just replace it with an a healthier, alternative ‘treat’. Many of my clients say swapping out their tea and biscuits for two squares of 75% dark chocolate and a handful of raw cashew nuts was a lot easier than expected. Choose your habits wisely – don’t allow them to choose you.   6.     Tell a friend. Voicing the possibility for change makes it more likely to happen. If you can rope a friend into keeping you accountable, so much the better. Accountability is part of the role of a health coach; keeping you in action, motivated and moving towards whatever it is that you want for yourself and your life. Real goals aren’t like wishing on stars – you don’t have to keep them a secret. And having a team behind you makes winning that much easier.   7.     Ignore the news. While keeping abreast of current affairs is important to most, there’s no need to depress yourself. Being wired to the world is addictive. You’re far more inclined to feel out of control, unhappy and blue if you’re constantly bombarded with bad news. Have an information-free day a week (and yes, that includes browsing Facebook) will help you feel more spiritually rested.   8.     Record it. Seeing your resolutions in black and white increases your chances of sticking to them. Have them ‘in your face’, where you can read them daily. Don’t be fanciful – be practical. The fridge, your daily diary or the car are great spots.   9.     Respect yourself. The slightest improvement is worth a cheer. Be proud of and acknowledge what you’ve achieved, no matter how small. Drinking three extra glasses of water a day, or de-cluttering a corner of the living room, are as much steps in the right direction as clinching a directorship at work.   10.  Explore, expand, experiment. Perhaps you have no idea where you’re headed. That’s okay. Treat the New Year as a chance to work out what makes you happy – and how to get there. This might be a good time to bring out the bucket list and tick something off. You never know what’s out there (and inside you) until you give it a go!  If you’ve decided to make 2018 the year you’ll fix those niggling health issues or  make a commitment to losing weight, don’t forget I invite all prospective clients a free introductory call where you’ll get to explore what is going on for you and get some pointers on how you can take the next step to fix it. If that sounds like what you need,  click here .       

A (belated) Happy New Year. I'm so excited to be back in your inbox. I avoided the temptation to jump in on January 1st with advice on how to change your life for the better. So sorry, I was still – like most people in the world – finishing off the last of the Christmas chocolates before Real Life could begin. But now the kids are back at school, I'd like to share how you can leap into 2018 with REAL resolutions – and make them stick. 

What to put on your Christmas wishlist

What to put on your Christmas wishlist

15 must-have kitchen gadgets you’ll actually use

Are your cupboards full of cooking gadgets you never use? Hands up if you have a pasta maker getting dusty in the shed? Clients in clinic often ask me what they really need to make healthy eating a breeze so here are my favourite must-have kitchen gadgets that you’ll actually use! Just in time to ask Santa…

 

 

The (surprising) health benefits of coffee

The (surprising) health benefits of coffee

Coffee is a much-maligned drink, with the downside more frequently talked about than the many positives. But right here you’ll find all the ammunition you need to drink coffee without the guilt. It really CAN be good thing but, like all good things, you need to know when to stop...

Can you be too healthy?

Can you be too healthy?

Good health is all about balance. Extremes, whether too much or too little are a bad thing. Too little effort when it comes to eating well or else over-doing it can create an imbalance in your life, which impacts on your resilience. Moderation is not sexy but it is the best way of finding a plan that is achievable and practical in the long run.  Eating a diet full of sugar and white carbs should be avoided, as should smoking, too much booze and Here's how to find the balance.

8 Secrets to body confidence on the beach

8 Secrets to body confidence on the beach

Does the thought of getting into swimwear fill you with dread? Do you spend all your time on the beach covered up and feeling self conscious instead of relaxing and enjoying your time away? Want to know how to be part of the Body Appreciation Club and learn the secret to feeling happy in your own skin? 

Build the best-ever salad

Build the best-ever salad

Aren't we lucky, it's been hot, hot, hot. Hopefully this is the start of good things to come! That means it's now officially salad weather. I see so many people in clinic who are having great salads but they are putting absolutely everything they can think of on the thing, then eating the same salad day after day. However great it was to start with, it gets totally boring. If you need a little salad guidance, check out out my guide to creating your best-ever salad day after day. You can get it here: http://bit.ly/2qixkIo

How to have a happy, healthy Easter

How to have a happy, healthy Easter

I love this time of year, especially when the weather is good but, like Christmas, this is the time of year my clients fear most. Chocolate is all around; in every shop and TV commercial. It’s enough to melt away your good intentions and, with this much pressure, binging feels almost inevitable.  So let’s fix that.

Get your mojo back

Get your mojo back

Think back to a time when your mojo cup was full to the brim. You were bursting with energy, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, vivacious, unstoppable, invincible, utterly fabulous. What about now? Has your mojo cup sprung a leak? Are you peering in to find nothing but the dregs? Here's how to fix it. 

How to be happy, lucky and healthy

How to be happy, lucky and healthy

How is it that some people are so damn lucky? And happy. Nothing seems to go wrong for them. In fact, everything seems to go so right. All. The. Time. They’re never stressed by the ‘life stuff’ around them and just seem to be having a better time of it than anyone else. Annoying, right?  You could be that person – yes, REALLY – in a few weeks. Seriously. Science is absolutely behind me on this one; you really can change how happy you are. All it takes is a bit of a gamble on something you might think is a bit wacky, hippified or ‘out there’ and 5 minutes of your time every single day with no excuses. ‘What is it?’ I hear you cry.

30 sneaky ways to increase your veg

30 sneaky ways to increase your veg

It can be a challenge to eat five portions of fruit and veg each day even when you like the stuff. And now a new report suggests that eating 10 portions is what we need to stay healthy for longer. Most people don’t come nearly close to having enough, and I bet you’re wondering how the hell you’re going to manage that. I’m going to show you how.

Fertility foods to get pregnant

Fertility foods to get pregnant

There’s no doubt that good nutrition and fertility are inextricably intertwined so, when you’re trying to get pregnant, eating well REALLY matters. Eating the right things in the right amounts and the right time will boost your chances of seeing that BFP. Here’s how.

Why you need to sort out your liver RIGHT NOW

Why you need to sort out your liver RIGHT NOW

Wow, liver, you really are one incredible piece of kit! Without you on top form, our hormones are going to be totally out of whack, and we’re going to have all kinds of problems with weight gain, cellulite and low energy. Here’s how to get your's into shape.

How to tell if you have a hormone imbalance...

How to tell if you have a hormone imbalance...

...AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

It’s totally impossible to overplay how important hormone balance is to your health. Did you know they control how you feel – your energy levels, your emotions, your mood as well as your sex drive – whether you’re hungry and even where you’re going to store extra weight? Any doubters should – carefully – try to pick an argument with a pregnant woman or a teenage girl. Then stand back and hold onto your trousers!

Finding your 'why'

Finding your 'why'

People often ask me when is the best time to start a ‘diet’. There isn’t any best time to start making changes.  Simply, the best time is when you’re ready. What is EVEN MORE important than the when is the why. It’s not enough to want something. You need to know your ‘why’.

The downside to weight loss

The downside to weight loss

One of the very common reasons for sabotaging your diet is fear of failure. You might wonder, ‘what if I have a goal and I fail?’ But worse still (and here’s where I’m going with this), what if you got everything you wanted? What would happen then? What would happen to the YOU you know and love? Would other people hate you? What is the downside to losing the weight you claim you want to shift?

Survive Christmas without the weight gain

Survive Christmas without the weight gain

It seems to be a given that Christmas means weight gain.  Do the holidays have to mean the end of all good healthy eating intentions? Of course not. Step away from the Quality Street chocolates. Let’s get this thing into perspective. For most people, ‘Christmas’ is no more than a generous handful of days at best. Christmas Eve, the Day itself, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and maybe a Christmas party or two along the way. I’m going to share some of my favourite Christmas tips with you here.