What you need to know right now about your health, losing weight, hormones + fertility
It’s astonishing how much rubbish gets into your body: through the foods you eat, and the chemicals used to produce them, through chemicals in your personal care products and the things you use to clean your home. You are what you eat, what you put on your body, what you absorb from the environment – and cannot get rid of.
In case you’re wondering, your body is built to get rid of the junk you’re putting in and it’s detoxing on a daily basis BUT there’s this thing called the allostatic load. That’s code for ‘your body can only handle so much'. When your body exceeds its capacity to detoxify, you start to notice a host of unwelcome symptoms
All of the following are signs you have exceeded your body’s capacity to detoxify and your body needs some extra detox support:
1 Struggling to lose weight or weight loss plateau
2 Hormonal problems (PMS, endometriosis, fibroids, bad...
Did you ever start some kind of weight loss programme only to find your partner - who was kind of participating because otherwise he wasn't getting fed - lost more weight more quickly than you? And without even trying!
Totally, utterly unfair and annoying, right?
It's not just your experience. It's an actual phenomenon.
There are a number of reasons why this happens - which is what this article is all about - but the bottom line is that men and women need different weight loss solutions. I'll tell you about that too.
Thanks to differences in body composition, women are at a disadvantage right out of the gate because we naturally carry more fat than men. Men have more muscle mass, and muscle is metabolically “expensive” to keep. That means it uses up energy – and that’s calories to you and me - even when at rest while fat does not. Muscles burn considerably more calories...
Summer is a funny old time - and this one (yet again) is no different. But it is what it is and don't let it be your excuse to let all your healthy intentions go. When summer goes wrong is when we allow it to drift aimlessly around, with nothing concrete in place. Whatever you do then starts to feel shoot-from-the-hip chaos and, ultimately unsatisfying.
So, my big question for you is what ONE thing makes all the difference?
(Checks the audience for raised hands).
The thing that will help you is planning. Very boring, I know and sorry about that.
Planning is what - in epidemiology - they call the tipping point. That's code for, get that right and everything else falls into place.
That means planning your planning, too. Sitting down to work out what you will be eating and when, and also shopping for the stuff, which means that you will actually have the right stuff in the fridge and the cupboards to eat. Genius.
Otherwise, this is what happens...
No time for breakfast or nothing...
Who could do with a little extra sleep, more energy and a buffer against the stress that life throws at you? I’m in. Are you?
While you can expect to see the biggest impact through making more strategic changes to what you eat (protein with every meal, lots of veggies, easy on the carbs), it’s true that some foods have special magic powers.
If you said yes to more sleep, more energy and greater resilience, I have some good news for you… There is a group of plants that can help with exactly this and much more. Adaptogens have been rocketed in popularity in recent years and for good reason. As the name suggests, they can help you to ‘adapt’ and thrive despite life’s inevitable ups and downs. Your busy modern lives demand a lot from you physically, mentally and emotionally and adaptogens can help to ease the burden and combat the side effects of stress.
‘Adaptogens’ is the name for certain herbs and medicinal...
When it's hot, hot, hot, we often find ourselves reaching for more to drink. Makes sense, right. You're thirsty, so drink up? But the advice on the specific amounts can be a bit confusing.
There are some really GREAT reasons why drinking more water is a good idea for health in general but also for weight loss. Ready? Here we go:
In adults, studies show being well hydrated increased calorie burn by 24–30% within 10 minutes of drinking water and the effect lasts at least 60 minutes. Another study of overweight women looked at what happened when they upped their water intake to over 1 litre per day. Here's what: over the course of the year, this lead to an extra 2 kg (4.4 lbs) of weight loss. The effects were more marked when they drank cold water, given your body uses extra energy (or calories) warming the water to body temperature. And these women did nothing else to their diet and lifestyle but...
Most of us know how to eat well and to be well. You can probably think back to a time when you were ‘on fire’ with this whole eating business. Not literally, obviously, but what I mean is that whatever you were doing just WORKED and everything went just as you wanted it to.
And then, well, life starts to take over, things slip and slide and, before you know it, you’re back to eating crisps in the car.
‘How did things get like this?’ you ask despondently.
More importantly, it can feel really hard to even see how you can get yourself back on track because the work to do seems so monumental.
The answer? Find your tipping point and take action right there.
In epidemiology, the tipping point is that moment when a small change tips the balance of a system and brings about a large change – this is what New York Times writer and author Malcolm Gladwell writes about. He’s talking about big...
Even though winter has a lot going for it – woolly hats, hot chocolate, curling up with a book, thick socks, a log fire and other things ‘hygge’ come to mind – something important is missing: light.
At this time of year, you go to work before sunrise and come home after sunset, with very little exposure to natural light in between. This lack of light over months on end causes serious problems for many people.
According to BUPA, the ‘winter blues’, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), affects about 3% of the population. Occurring every autumn like clockwork, it comes with a variety of symptoms, including low mood, listlessness, an increased need for sleep and cravings for sweets and carbohydrates – and therefore weight gain. It affects women more often than men, and particularly people who are on the verge of depression already.
The exact cause of SAD is not yet properly understood, but it is...
I'm on a mission today that all my people start falling in love with the most famous vitamin of all; vitamin C... I'm going to be telling you why you really must have it, whether you should bother supplementing (spoiler alert: yes) and what you can do to increase your levels aside from supplements.
If there’s one vitamin most people have heard of, it’s vitamin C. Whose mum didn’t urge them to eat fruit – preferably oranges – to keep up their vitamin C levels? When you catch a cold, you drink hot water with lemon – because it contains vitamin C - and even people who are most sceptical of nutritional supplements pop the occasional vitamin C pill when they feel under the weather.
There is lots of research about the efficacy of vitamin C and its role in immunity, particularly in warding off colds and flu. As you head into the traditional season of colds and flu, it seemed a good time to have the vitamin C conversation. So today,...
I am a huge fan of food diaries when you are trying to eat well. No, scratch that. I am a huge fan of food diaries, period. I believe that everyone who eats food should keep some kind of journal for four very powerful reasons.
1 If you are tracking symptoms - let's say digestive problems or headaches - keeping a journal or diary may help you spot a common thread. Ate chocolate, got a headache. Had pasta, IBS symptoms flared up. Do you see?
2 Want to know how good you are at being 'healthy'? No matter how well you think you’re eating, a food tracker of some description will illuminate those little weaknesses everyone has. It may be that the biscuits will show up if you had some but also that you can spot areas where your diet looks weak - not enough veg or maybe even not enough food. With the actual data rather than what you suppose is the case, you can choose to keep some habits or change them.
3 Writing down what you eat warts and all (because what would...
After a long and busy day, it can feel like there is nothing better than a glass of wine, beer or other alcoholic drink to help you unwind. It's one of the go-to ‘rewards’ for grown up girls to relax, celebrate, commiserate, and so on. But are there times when a bit might be a bit much? If you've ever wondered "should I try cutting back?", this blog is for you...
Socially, drinking is one of the main ways we enjoy being with friends and trying to cut back can be difficult and often meets with disapproval from others. The trouble is it’s easy for those units to mount up and over time this can have a really detrimental effect on your health, mood, energy levels and weight.
The recommended guidelines for alcohol are no more than 14 units a week, with at least 2 alcohol-free days per week.
A typical bottle of wine will contain 10 units. It’s easy to get through a bottle with three generous glasses in a night!...
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