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?
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
It might be hard to believe but the state of your gut affects EVERY aspect of your health, from weight loss and immunity to mood and skin health. If you’re trying to get pregnant, you need to know this, too, to safeguard your baby’s future.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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’.
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?
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.
If it were all about relaxing in front of cosy fires and yuletide cheer, winter would be my all-time favourite season. The truth, for many people, is that winter is the time when we feel at our very worst. Skin is dry and flaky thanks to the central heating, while dark mornings and nights make us feel bleak, and we spend much of our time trying to dodge cold and flu bugs that spread like wildfire through our homes and offices. Here are my top 20 tips to help keep you fighting fit through the next few months.
Your body will really thank you for ditching the white stuff so, if you fancy jumping on the I-quit-sugar bandwagon, welcome aboard! Taking the first steps can be daunting but the benefits are well documented: weight loss, reduction in pain and inflammation, clear head, glowing skin, improved mood. What’s stopping you? The road isn’t always straight-forward so here are my tips for staying on track.
Get your life back with these energy boosting foods If you're feeling totally exhausted, there’s so much that you can do with the food you eat to help improve your situation and, in this article, I’m going to tell you exactly what you should be eating to put the spring back in your step.
Remember that time you went to the supermarket and found yourself pulled, almost magnetically, to the chocolate, biscuits or crisps aisle? You snuck an armful of chocolates, biscuits, crisps… [fill in the gap] into the trolley, trying to hide it under the healthy stuff. You CAN do something about it, and I’m going to show you.
Have you heard of maca already? No? Let me tell you about it because it is something that I recommend to many of my clients with hormonal imbalance or fertility issues – but don’t stop reading if this doesn’t apply to you. The indigenous people of the Andes have used this superfood as a natural remedy for a huge range of conditions for thousands of years and there are benefits for every single woman.
Self care is the recognition that only YOU can make yourself happy and that, if you make sure that you dedicate some time EVERY DAY purely for your own enjoyment, you will have more fun, you will be even more fun to be around, and you will have far greater reserves to deal with the stresses of everyday life.
Park that notion that fat is bad. It is not. In fact, most of us aren’t eating enough of it. Fat can help you lose weight, protect against heart disease, absorb vitamins and boost your immune system. Do you know which fats to eat and which to avoid?