Junk Food and Thoughts = Junk Brain

Just like a car we need fuel, oil and water to function.  Just as you would not put diesel in a petrol car or vice versa, the type of food we consume can either help to increase our energy and improve our health or it can make us feel tired, lacking in energy and cause our health to deteriorate.  Optimal health does not depend on the stage you are at in your life or your health, it is something that can always change and be improved by changing the way we Eat, Think and Move.

In my opinion “junk food” is not food it is junk, junk food has no nutrients, it is usually made up mostly of chemicals and preservatives and it damages the body’s organs, weakens the immune system and leads to illness and disease.  Did you know that Alzheimer’s is linked to your sugar intake; sugar has such a huge detrimental effect in our body.  It creates inflammation in the body; it affects the gut, the organs and even affects our neural pathways in the brain.

Junk food = junk brain.  Poor nutrition will affect your thoughts and moods as well as your physical health.  Poor nutrition leads to high blood sugar and this causes the following imbalances in the brain:

  • you become over stimulated
  • you have difficulty concentrating
  • you may become agitated
  • you become restless

Once blood sugar spikes it then drops and we end up with low blood sugar which leads to not thinking straight, being tired and angry, lack of focus, poor or very little sleep and sugar cravings

So you need to keep your blood sugar balanced by eating vegetables, high quality protein and fats and low sugar fruit and make sure you have an adequate intake of water.  Your brain needs water; just a 2% drop can reduce concentration.

Junk Food can lead to junk thoughts and vice versa, we don’t think we are good enough, thin enough, popular enough so we don’t look after our health and our bodies and we eat “junk food” to comfort ourselves.  Our we eat junk food and this affects our brain and our energy levels which affects how we feel and now we think.  In the last 7 years that I have been working with clients I have found that almost everyone I work with has “junk thoughts” which contribute to their ill health.  These are thoughts such as:

  • I am not good enough
  • I am not worthy
  • I am not deserving
  • I can’t do it / have it / change it

These are just a sample of thoughts and beliefs that are running through most people’s minds over and over again as long as they persist it is hard to change them.  Having negative thoughts causes negative emotional stress and this weakens the immune system and the immune system becomes powerless to protect us from illness.

“For this is the great error of our day that the physicians separate the soul from the body” Hippocrates

Your health, energy and mood at a very basic level are as good as your last meal and your daily thoughts.

When I was at my most ill, I was laying on my sofa by 3pm every day in agony, I was not sleeping at night and my social life ceased to exist as I never knew when I would feel sick.  I had clothes in 3 different sizes from an 8 to a 12 as depending on how bloated my tummy was depended on what size clothes I had to wear.  Once I realised that my diet was playing a major role in my health or lack of it, I changed my diet, my lifestyle and the exercise I was doing and I got significantly better.  About 80% of my symptoms disappeared but there just seemed to be something missing, something that I could not quite put my finger on.  It took me a few years but I finally identified that it was my thoughts and beliefs that were holding me back.  I had believed that the three different illnesses I had were “incurable” that I would always suffer from them, but once I realised that I could change my thoughts and beliefs about what is and isn’t possible this was the final piece of the puzzle and I finally healed completely. It is because of this that I now do what I do, to help others solve their health issues in as short as time as possible, not spend years and years being ill, being sick and tired of being sick and tired as I did.

If junk food and negative thoughts have a hold on you and you would like to break free, I would love to hear from you to help you kick these habits that are not serving you and help you form habits that will serve you today and for the rest of your life.  You can either get help through my book If you Believe you Can Heal Yourself You Can“, or try our 5 Day Introductory online programme “Change your Mind, Change Your Life” to address your “junk thoughts”, click here to register and we look forward to connecting with you.

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Energy Balancing Therapy (EBT)

Acu-Sound Therapy which is used in the Energy Balance Therapy Session is an extremely effective treatment.  Musical tuning forks are used in a non-invasive way to re-align and balance the body’s natural energy fields and to help clear energetic blockages by working on specific Acu points in the body.  The ThetaHealing® Technique is also used in the Energy Balance Therapy; this is a meditation training technique utilizing a spiritual philosophy for improvement and evolvement of mind, body and spirit.

Acu points are part of the meridian circuits which have a direct relationship to the main organs and the endocrine glandular system. The optimum performance of the meridian system is essential to the general health and well being of the body as blockages in these circuits can lead to pain and disease in the body.

Through Sound Therapy and ThetaHealing our aim is to bring the body and mind back into harmony.  Like a well tuned instrument, the body is a rhythmic, harmonious form unless its vibratory field is disrupted.

EBT is based on the principle that everything in the Universe is Energy, everything is in a state of vibration.  The chakras, bones and organs in the body all possess a different vibration.  When an organ, or part of the body, is vibrating out of harmony, it is called “dis-ease” or disease.  A body is in a healthy state of being when each cell, each organ creates a resonance that is in harmony with the whole being.  Sound, both audible and vibrational locates and resolves energetic disharmony in the body’s energy fields which supports healing.  EBT is a subtle energy therapy that is used to treat physical and emotional ailments; it works at a fundamental energetic level.  This treatment is non-invasive as it is applied when fully clothed.

As mentioned when we have problems in our Energy System this can lead to dis-ease if not rectified, when we can rectify the imbalances within the energy system these problems can be resolved.  The sound that resonates from the instruments used in EBT passes in and through the Chakras and Aura into your physical body, helping to align and balance the body’s own inner sound and this can help to release emotions, clearing blockages in the Aura and Chakras.  This will aid the body back into perfect balance allowing the physical body to heal itself. This therapy will leave you feeling relaxed and full of energy.

Using the tuning forks we help to break up negative energy patterns and this includes negative thoughts.  The Tibetan bowl that is used also has healing qualities, the bowl allows the body to synchronise back to its natural state. Everything vibrates, so the Tibetan bowls vibration will affect your body in a positive way, by allowing all the energy centres in the body (chakras) to become balanced.

This alternative form of therapy involves using specific sounds and vibrations to relieve stress, pain and bring about balance within the body.   When a tuning fork is struck, it not only vibrates the fork itself, but it also vibrates the surrounding air space with the same frequency of vibration. This sends the vibration as an impulse through the air. This vibration can be harnessed to help increase the healing energy inside us to:

  • Improve overall physical health
  • Relieve pain and stress
  • Balance the Nervous system
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Uncover & balance emotions
  • Induce relaxation
  • Facilitate inner harmony and wholeness

Benefits of EBT

EBT helps to bring you to a calm, meditative state where you are still alert but more receptive to allowing the natural healing energies to flow.   

This is a holistic treatment and therefore the therapeutic effects last long after the session is finished and can include the following:

  • Promotes the flow of energy in and around the body
  • Opens the energetic pathways, alleviating stress and relieving pain
  • Relaxes muscular tension
  • Relieves stress and balances the whole body
  • Promotes sound sleep
  • Promotes deep and balanced breathing
  • Stimulates the body’s healing process
  • Reduces joint pain and swelling by increasing natural anti-inflammatory agents
  • Promotes the healing of strained muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • Increases bone density
  • Energising and revitalising

Benefits to the Face:-

  • Improves collagen production
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Helps eliminate fine lines
  • Tightens pores and brightens eyes
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Improves facial colour

It can also enhance other therapies, such as Massage and Acupuncture.

Contact us to book your Energy Balancing Therapy Session

Mindfulness

 

Recently I have been very privileged and had an amazing time, going into 3 schools to show them hwo to meditate and pratcice mindfulness to help with stress and anxiety ……..

Three groups of students at Strood Academy, Longfield Academy and The Leigh UTC are participating in a six-week mindfulness trial designed to help with potential stresses leading up to examination season.

Facilitated by industry experts, Kerry Magdwick and Julie Murray, the first of three sessions took place on the 14th March.

Students were given an overview of how the brain works and the science behind stress before being taught a number of different techniques including meditation, deeper breathing and relaxation.

Students agreed to keep a daily log of their feelings and will meet up again three weeks after their initial session to cover other topics such as mindful eating.  Read more ………

I really enjoyed meeting all the students and staff and hope that everyone enjoyed attending the workshops as much as we enjoyed delivering them.  It is exciting to share such simple techniques that can make a massive difference and that students can take away and use for the rest of their lives to help them feel calm and confident in any situation.  Looking forward to the next workshops and hearing about everyone’s experiences with meditation and mindfulness.”

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Become A Doer

Do you find dreaming easy but putting your dreams and plans into action challenging?  Not taking action is one of the greatest thieves of opportunity, so here are my top 6 tips to turn your dreams into reality.

  1.  Prioritise

Think about the big picture, your big dream and then break this down into small step-by-step goals that will take you to the big dream.  Often, what is lacking is a plan of action, we may know what we want as a big dream / goal but don’t specify what we want our lives to look like in the next three years or what 6 steps we need to take to achieve that.  A dream is a goal without a plan, so decide on a course of action today to make your dream becomes a reality.

  1. Start small

You have heard the saying, how do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.  So start small, achieving small goals will keep you motivated and on the path to achieving your dreams.

  1. Delegate

If you don’t like doing something, such as your accounts or admin hire a freelancer to do the tasks for you.  If there are tasks that you don’t enjoy and you do them, not only will they take you longer to do, they take up your valuable time and they may de-motivate you.  Remember it will take someone who is qualified a lot less time and will in fact save you time and money in the long term.

4.  Fail forward

Record and celebrate your progress!  If something is not working for you, either you need to learn a new skills or most often you just need to do things differently.  Remember the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, so if it’s not working change it.  You only fail if you don’t learn from your mistakes.

  1. Anything worth doing, is worth doing badly : Don’t wait for it to be perfect

I didn’t really understand this when I first heard it as I used to be a perfectionist, but it relates to the point about failing forward, just take action, do something and learn from your mistakes.  If you wait for something to be perfect, or you are waiting for the perfect time you will be waiting for ever.  Rather take action, adjust what isn’t working and keep adjusting until it is working.

  1. Get an accountability partner

I am in two different Accountability Groups and this is invaluable as I am always accountable to someone, I am always being challenged to step up and out of my comfort zone.   I call these people my Cheerleaders; we all need them, either a group or an individual who can motivate you, celebrate your successes with you and will always have your back.  I recommend having a mentor and an accountability group or partner.

Remember; as you do more, you become more.  An idea is just a small fraction of the journey; it is what you do with your ideas, dreams, and passions that count.

If you are a dreamer rather than a doer you would like to complete the cycle, use your dreams to inspire your action then connect with me by clicking here, and find out how my online course can help with any blocks that are stopping you from moving forwards  and get you taking action and start fulfilling your dreams.  We work closely with clients to help them take action, increase their energy levels, and achieve long term optimal health and happiness and live an Inspired Life.

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New Year’s Resolutions – Made Them ~ Keep Them

I am sure you have all made New Year’s Resolutions……how are you getting on?  Have you kept them or broken them?  I encourage my clients to constantly set goals rather than waiting to make resolutions once a year.  I also find that emotional eating can be one of the biggest reasons why people’s Healthy New Year’s Resolutions fail.  Emotional Eating is when we turn to food for comfort, stress relief, or as a reward rather than to satisfy hunger.  Most emotional eaters feel powerless over their food cravings so we are going to discuss its triggers and give you some tips to help you fight emotional food cravings and satisfy your needs using mindful eating.

Emotional Eating

“Emotional eating is using food to make yourself feel better, rather than to fill your stomach.” If any of the following apply to you, then you may be emotional eater.

  • You eat more when you’re feeling stressed?
  • You eat when you’re not hungry or when you’re full?
  • You eat to feel better (to calm and soothe yourself when you’re sad, mad, bored, anxious, etc.)?
  • You reward yourself with food?
  • You regularly eat until you’ve stuffed yourself?
  • Does food make you feel safe? Do you feel like food is a friend?
  • Do you feel powerless or out of control around food?

We celebrate with food on many occasions such as Easter, Birthday’s, Christmas and certain holidays and special occasions and whilst this isn’t necessarily a bad thing it can become a habit and can lead to emotional eating.  Overindulging on these occasions does not necessarily mean that you are an emotional eater.  However, when eating is your primary emotional coping mechanism, if your first impulse is to open your food cupboard or the fridge whenever you’re upset, angry, lonely, stressed, exhausted, or bored, then you are an emotional eater and you end up getting stuck in an unhealthy cycle where the real feeling or problem is never addressed as emotional hunger can never be filled with food.

You may feel good or better in the moment, but the feelings that triggered the eating are still there and often you feel worse than you did before.  You often end up feel guilty for messing up and not having more willpower and you have a more and more challenging time controlling your weight, and you feel increasingly powerless over both food and your feelings.

Identify Emotional Eating Triggers

Once you understand what causes the emotional triggers this can also help you break the cycle, are there certain places, situations or feelings that make you want to reach for sugary or fatty foods

  • Stress – chronic stress leads to high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol being released and this triggers cravings for salty, sweet, and high-fat foods. The more uncontrolled stress is in your life, the more likely you are to turn to food for emotional relief.
  • Emotions – Eating can be a way to temporarily “stuff down” emotions, such as anger, fear, sadness, anxiety, loneliness, resentment, and shame. Food helps you to avoid the emotions at least for a little while but the problem is this is short lived and so you end up in a cycle.
  • Boredom – Often food is way to occupy the time, to relieve boredom, or as a way to fill feelings of emptiness and dissatisfaction with your life.
  • Childhood habits– Were you taken out for pizza when you got a good report from school, or did you get biscuits when you were feeling sad? Or do you have fond memories of baking with your mum?  These emotionally based eating habits often carry over into adulthood and when we have the same occasions or feelings in latter life we treat ourselves the same way our parents did

Ending Emotional Eating

You need to find other ways to feed your feelings that don’t involve food; you need to have conscious control over your eating habits.  Have other ways to fulfil yourself emotionally and practice mindful eating, this is a practice that develops your awareness of eating habits and allows you to pause between your triggers and your actions.  Mindful eating helps you to learn to meet your emotional needs in ways other than eating.  It helps you to pause and reflect when cravings hit and you give yourself the opportunity to make a different choice.

The one thing I tell my clients is that hunger is not an emergency, this helps you pause and wait and while you are waiting you can check in with yourself and how you are feeling.

5 Steps to Mindful Eating

  1. Make a shopping list and stick to it. Most of your shopping should be in the fresh produce section, avoid processed and packaged foods
  2. Only eat when you are hungry and start with a small portion.
  3. Appreciate your food; you can either silently or out loud express your gratitude for the opportunity to enjoy delicious food and give thanks for the people you are eating with.
  4. Take small bites, chew your food thoroughly and savour it, identify the ingredients, especially seasonings.
  5. Eat slowly. If you follow the advice above, you won’t bolt your food down. Devote at least five minutes to mindful eating before you chat with your tablemates.

If you are an emotional eater and you would like to stop the cycle and become a mindful eater then connect with me by clicking here,  Get Your FREE REPORT “4 SIMPLE STEPS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE”  You Can Heal Your Body, and transform your life …

Let’s get you started on your wellness journey straightaway.  We work closely with clients to help increase their energy levels, reduce symptoms and achieve long term optimal health and happiness.

 

WINTER SKIN

As the colder weather arrives do you find that your skin starts to get dry and flaky?  You need to pay attention to what you skin is telling you no matter what time of the year and all you need to do is tweak your skin care routine depending on the season.

You should always protect your skin and supply it with beneficial nutrients inside and out to keep it healthy all year-round but as the weather changes in the winter you need to adapt your skin-care routine as the air becomes drier inside and out.

Don’t forget your skin is an outer reflection of your inner health, I believe that a nutrient-dense, whole foods diet, with particular attention paid to certain vitamins, minerals, and other compounds, is a powerful tool helping your skin stay supply and moisturised throughout the winter – many people miss the opportunity to make major improvements in their skin simply by changing what they eat.

Flaky, chapped lips are common in the winter months and may require some extra TLC, use a gentle exfoliate to remove dry, dead skin cells and follow up with a nourishing lip treatment for super smooth lips.

Two effective remedies against dry, itchy winter skin:

  • Getting sufficient amounts of animal-based omega-3 fats in your diet, and
  • Using coconut oil to moisturize your skin

Top Tips for protecting skin in the winter

  • Stay active — it benefits your mind, and body, work out at home, or bundle up and go for a long walk outside. When the weather turns cold, it is tempting to curl up with a good book, but maintaining an active lifestyle will keep you healthy from the inside out.
  • When going outside, protect your skin from the elements by wearing a hat, scarf and gloves.  Cold, dry weather can wreak havoc on your skin, but by wearing the proper attire is an easy way to prevent exposure.
  • Introduce more nourishing skin care products for the face and body.
  • Start the winter season with refreshed skin, slough off the summer residue to start with refreshed skin that may be dry from too much summer fun in the sun – do a gentle exfoliation on a weekly basis.
  • Coconut oil or Almond oil: both natural home remedies that keep the skin smooth and moisturized – massage almond oil over the dry areas.  Can also be used for the lips
  • Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera provides all the essential nutrients to the skin and makes it smooth and glowing.
  • Homemade Sugar Scrub: mix sugar with coconut oil and use as a scrub.  You can add some honey – this mix will exfoliate and moisturize the skin.

Apart from taking adequate care of your skin during winter, it is also necessary to focus on what you eat. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Keep the body well hydrated and drink plenty of pure water
  • Keep away from junk and processed foods
  • Citrus fruits can strengthen the body and keep the skin healthy – they are filled with Vitamin C which is a great anti-oxidant for the body and skin
  • Lemon: Lemon is rich in vitamin C – drinking a cup of warm water with fresh lemon added helps to detox the body and balance the pH which helps to ultimately give you skin a natural glow.
  • Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables high in antioxidants.
  • Add ginger and turmeric to your food.

Six steps you can follow to ensure healthy skin in the winter and all year-round:

  1. Watch Your Environment: remove as many toxins as possible from your environment
  2. Enhance Your Digestion: make sure that your digestion is working optimally – your skin is a reflection of your internal health
  3. Ensure Outstanding Detoxification: make sure all your detox pathways are working effectively, I recommend doing a natural supported cleanse at the change of each season.
  4. Balance Your Blood Sugar
  5. Keep Your Hormones in Check
  6. Boost your Nutrient Intake

Top Tips for Supplement to Protecting Skin in the Winter

  • Zinc
  • Vitamin C
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • Probiotics
  • Mystify– an all round antioxidant formula
  • PA9+ for antiageing benefits and to improve overall circulation

The supplements I use and recommend to my clients are natural, plant based supplements, you can either shop here using user ID : 1810762

Recommended Skin care Products to Protecting Skin in the Winter

Use good quality natural and organic skin care products, I personally use Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic products and recommend them to my clients, the benefits of using natural and organic skin care products is that they nourish and treat your skin, allowing your skin to breathe and stay healthy.  Most conventional skin care products are made from by-products of the petroleum industry and are not nourishing or healthy for your skin and your overall health so choose your products wisely.  If you want a free, no obligation skin care / supplement consultation please contact me .

I believe that the best way to protect your skin during the winter, along with a nutrient-dense diet and pure water, and using a truly all-natural, organic moisturizer can help you achieve a clear and radiant complexion all winter long.

Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy

Natural Energy

 

Everyone wants to boost their energy and the focus for this article is on energy, or specifically, the lack of energy! Low energy and feeling fatigued seems to be part of life in the 21st Century, but it doesn’t have to be this way!

The answer very often lies in what is on your plate and the type of foods that make up your daily diet. As with any efficient engine you need the right fuel oil and water if it’s going to perform properly!

There are specific foods that are known to boost metabolism and sustain abundant energy levels and there are foods that rob you of energy and should be avoided.

Energy boosting foods

  • A fresh green smoothie add a banana or pineapple
  • Live organic full fat Greek yogurt – plain with some fresh fruit (pineapple, papaya, mango, peach) and nuts
  • Fresh or dried dates, dried apricots or figs (check they have not been sprayed with preservatives such as sulphur)
  • Homemade flapjacks – made with some chopped nuts (almonds, cashew)
  • Mashed avocado with shelled hemp seeds
  • Raw vegetables – carrots, celery, radish, red or yellow pepper, cauliflower
  • A handful of seeds – pumpkin, sunflower, linseed

 Energy robbers

  • Stimulants such as caffeine, caffeinated drinks and alcohol
  • Refined and processed foods
  • Sugary foods (Confectionary, biscuits, soft drinks)
  • Excessive saturated fats
  • Skipping meals
  • Poor digestion
  • Infections
  • High stress
  • Poor sleep
  • Allergens and Toxins

Eat breakfast!

And eat protein for breakfast – this is absolutely the #1 “eating for energy” strategy. It gets your metabolism off to a strong start, keeps you feeling fuller for longer and avoids blood sugar imbalances which cause energy dips. It also sets you up for the day, making better choices for lunch and helps you avoid the afternoon “wish I could sleep at my desk” slump. Cereal, coffee and toast is not breakfast!

Coffee does not give you energy; it simply masks the symptoms of low energy from lack of sleep, poor diet and unresolved and perceived stress.

Poor  food choices also lead to low energy and fatigue. Processed, packaged and fatty foods take a lot more energy to digest and too much sugar, additives, chemicals and artificial sweeteners from these types of foods wrecks havoc with your body as well.

Other factors that lead to low energy include lack of sleep, or poor quality sleep, lack of exercise and stress.

  #2 Energy Strategy: Digestion, Digestion, Digestion!

When your body is unable to properly digest the food you eat, it robs you of energy as so much energy is spent trying to digest and absorb your food. When you eat food, if it just sits in your stomach for hours on end, because your digestion is sluggish you will feel bloated and fatigued and when food is not properly digested, you don’t receive the correct nutrients, vitamins and minerals that you need to beat fatigue, improve your sleep and fight illness.

Regardless of how tired and exhausted you are, there are things you can do to get your energy back.  I promise you do not have to go through life lacking the energy you need. I have been there and I have dramatically increased my energy levels. I mainly start my day with a green smoothie but also have free range eggs and organic bacon on occasion.

For me and for the majority of my clients green smoothies are the best breakfast option. Most people are busy, rushing out the door, organising kids, pets, meetings and breakfast usually consists of toast and coffee and as I mentioned before this is not breakfast!

My recipe for the perfect green smoothie:

Add two or more large handfuls of your favourite leafy green to a blender

Add a chopped banana or a slice of pineapple for a little sweetness

Add ½ cup of berries (blueberries / raspberries / cherries)

 

You’ll give yourself energizing carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and a hydrating breakfast to start your day right.

Here’s a smoothie recipe to boost your energy:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups (large handfuls) of spinach, chopped or frozen
  • 1 medium banana, peeled
  • ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
  • 150 – 200ml water of filtered water

Directions:

Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Add more water if you prefer a thinner texture

 

My 5 Step System for Increased Energy

Step 1: Keep a food dairy – Food is information! Identify the foods that lower your energy levels

Step 2: Eliminate all traces of your trigger foods

Step 3: Eat REAL whole foods

Step 4: Drink clean and filtered water

Step 5: Ensure you are taking the right supplements: There are a number of vitamins and minerals which can assist with sleep and energy levels. I work with my clients to design a bespoke supplement programme to help with their specific needs

 I cannot stress this highly enough – it is essential that you take great quality tested organic and natural supplements otherwise you could be making your energy levels worse. Many supplements are synthetic; contain sugar, additives and fillers.

I took supplements for months before I realised that they were robbing me of energy and making me more ill, because of all the additives and fillers. This was affecting my digestions and causing fatigue among other symptoms,

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?

Would you like to know how to boost your energy levels naturally and have more than you have ever had before? Connect with us and find out more about how we can help you increase your energy, improve your sleep and help you achieve optimal health, harmony and happiness.

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Menopause : Simple Solutions

Menopause

The menopause is a natural stage in life, it is not an illness but you would be forgiven for thinking it was.  Over 50 years ago women did not suffer physical and emotional symptoms of menopause and to this day women in many other cultures simply do not suffer the physical and emotional symptoms that women in the West are programmed to accept as inevitable.

 

Most of the symptoms we suffer from in the West are due to our diet and lifestyles so I will share with you a few top tips to help you through menopause, to make the transition easy and comfortable.

 

SYMPTOMS OF THE MENOPAUSE can include :

hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, declining libido, osteoporosis, ageing skin, lack of energy, joint pains, weight gain, headaches and changes in hair quality. Interestingly, men also experience a lot of these symptoms, with irritability, a declining libido, changes in weight, ageing skin and hair, depression and anxiety.

 

These symptoms are apparently part of the Western ageing process for both men and women, so it’s important not to blame every symptom that you experience on the menopause and the good news is that it is possible to reduce and remove most of these symptoms!

 

The liver is one of the most important organs when it comes to menopause, it is responsible for detoxifying, filtering and the production of raw materials for our hormones, so when the liver is functioning optimally the symptoms of menopause are significantly reduced.  To enable the liver to function optimally it needs to be able to detox efficiently and this is a two stage process.  To start with it needs antioxidants,  lots of antioxidants to split the toxins apart and then we require amino acids to neutralise the toxins and fibre to get them out of the system.  Half of the population does not eat a single portion of fruit or vegetables on a daily basis, so we are just not getting the nutrients, we need.  Our main source of antioxidants and fibre is fruit and vegetables and if the liver does not have the nutrients it need to get rid of the toxins, there is a stress on the system and when we are going through the menopause there is a additional stress on the system, because there are changes taking place we actually need more nutrients, to allow the liver to detox.  So you need to focus on consuming dark green leafy vegetables and dark fruits these are the things that provide the body with antioxidants for the first stage of the liver detoxification, and then for the second stage we need amino acids, good quality organic protein.

DIETARY CHANGES

A well-balanced diet is essential during the menopause as it enables the body to adjust automatically to the hormone changes, naturally maintaining oestrogen from the adrenal glands and fat deposits.

These include:

  • Stabilise blood sugar levels by reducing the amount of sugar and refined foods in the diet and eating little and often to reduce the toll on the adrenal glands
  • Reduce or eliminate caffeinated drinks such as tea and coffee which contribute to the blood sugar problem but also act as diuretics depriving the body of vital nutrients and trace elements
  • Ensure a good intake of essential fatty acids from oily fish, nuts and seeds which help lubricate the joints, skin and vagina
  • Avoid soft fizzy drinks which contain high levels of phosphorus and increase the risk of osteoporosis as it draws calcium out of the bones

Hot flushes and night sweats are among the most common and uncomfortable symptoms and their frequency and severity can vary from woman to woman.  Certain foods and situations can trigger some hot flushes and these can include spicy foods, caffeinated drinks, alcohol and stressful situations.

Phytoestrogens can help alleviate menopausal symptoms so make sure you include plenty in your diet. Phytoestrogens are found in almost all fruit, vegetables but they are most beneficial when they are found in legumes, such as lentil, peas and chickpeas.

SUPPLEMENTS

Supplements are beneficial during the menopause in order to ensure that you have adequate nutrients for maintaining the changes in a supported and healthy way.  Any supplement programme should be taken for at least three months in order to achieve the best results.  It is essential to take great quality, natural and organic supplements from a reputable source otherwise they can add to your symptoms rather than reduce them .  At the end of three months you should reassess your condition and adjust your supplement programme accordingly.  Working with a Functional Nutrition Coach / Practitioner is essential.

Vitamin C: beneficial for the immune system, strengthening blood vessels, it is an antioxidant and also has specific benefits at the menopause.

B Vitamins : These are called the ‘stress’ vitamins because they are crucial when you are under pressure and stressed.  They body needs additional B Vitamins when we are stressed. During menopause it is extremely important that you give your adrenal glands support and B vitamins will help to do this. They can also be useful if you are suffering from reduced energy levels.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids: essential fats, these need to be supplemented around the menopause because they can help with many of the symptoms.

Magnesium: This is an important mineral, it is needed in over 200 processes in the body so it is important that you have enough, very beneficial to keep your bones healthy during menopause and it is also known as ‘nature’s tranquilliser’ as it will help with anxiety, irritability and other mood changes.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D is required for calcium absorption, but it also plays an  important role in prevention of cancer, especially breast cancer, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. Having good levels of vitamin D can help slow down the ageing process which we all need.

Do you know that it is possible to balance your hormones naturally, addressing hormonal imbalances helps you lose stubborn weight,  balances your mood, reduces night sweats and hot flushes.  The good news is that it is possible to reduce and remove most of the symptoms associated with menopause.

Would you like to know how to balance your hormones naturally ?  Connect with me by clicking here, and find out how you can join my Hormone Rebalance Club, and find out more about how we can help you increase your energy, balance your hormones and achieve optimal health, harmony and happiness.

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Know The Differences In Organic, Natural, And Health Foods

Organic and Natural

Organic, Natural and Health have all become “buzz” words and it can be confusing when you are trying to choose the best options for you and your family.  It is important to be aware of what these terms mean and how they can be used in labelling produce.

If anything is labelled organic is should to have a certification logo on it – for the UK the Soil Association Logo, for Europe the logo is green with a leaf made up of stars and in the USA it is USDA organic – The use of the logo and correct labelling is obligatory for all organic pre-packaged food.  If it does not contain an organic certification label then it is not organic.

Organic farming differs from conventional farming in the methods used to grow crops.  Conventional farming uses over 500 different types of chemicals where as Organic farming has about 25 approved chemicals that can be used.  Conventional famers apply chemical fertilizers to the soil to grow their crops, these chemical fertilisers destroy the minerals in the soil, which in turn reduces the mineral content of the crops grown, so not only are the contaminated with chemicals they lack nutrients.  They use insecticides to get rid of insects and disease and synthetic herbicides to control weed growth.  Conventionally grown food is often tainted with chemical residues that can be harmful to humans.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 60 percent of herbicides, 90 percent of fungicides and 30 percent of insecticides to be carcinogenic.  There may be some debate about this but my philosophy is “if in doubt, don’t” and when it comes to my health I want to make the best choices I can and reduce my toxic exposure.

Pesticides have many negative influences on our health, including neurotoxicity, disrupting hormones and suppressing our immune system.  It can also affect reproductive function and has been linked to miscarriages in women.

In contrast, organic farmers feed and build the soil with natural fertilizers, they use natural methods such as insect predators, barriers and companion planting to get rid of insects and prevent disease and they use crop rotation, tillage, hand weeding and mulches to control weeds.

Natural can be a very misleading label as it can depend on the manufacturers use of the term, for instance at the very extremes urine and faces are “natural” but you would not want those appearing in any products you bought or used.  However on the other end of the scale water and minerals are natural, sea salt is natural.  So it is important to know the manufactures understand how and where they source their produce and raw materials from – are they using raw materials that occur naturally in nature or are they using “natural” in the very loosest meaning of the word.   Foods produced using genetic engineering or foods containing high fructose corn syrup can also be labelled natural – this does mean that they are healthy.

Health foods is another tricky label, I see many food in the health foods aisle of the supermarket or in health food stores that I would not consider “healthy”,  General claims about benefits to overall good health, such as “healthy” or “good for you”, are only allowed if accompanied by an approved claim. This means that these claims must be backed up by an explanation of why the food is “healthy”.

If you are ready to take action and want to find out more about choosing and living an organic lifestyle then connect with me by clicking here, and find out how I can help create a bespoke plan for you, and get you started on your wellness journey.

(i) http://www.soilassociation.org/whatisorganic/organicfood/organicnutrition

 

WHY FEELING GRATEFUL WILL IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

Feeling grateful

When we focus on what we have in our lives and what we are grateful it leads to an increased sense of well-being.   Having an attitude of gratitude helps you feel more positive and it helps to sustain that positivity in the long term.  Gratitude is about expressing thanks and appreciation for what we already have, rather than focusing on what we want or don’t have.  Studies show that by cultivating and attitude of gratitude we can increase our well-being and happiness; it is associated with increased energy, optimism.

Gratitude will change and improve your life; it has done for me and for my clients.  I get clients to start off by making a list of three things they are grateful for each day and then slowly increasing that to a list of 10 things.

I like to list at least five new and different things everyday that I am grateful for and use a gratitude journal for this.  If you need help to get started use these simple questions:

  1. What am I happy about in my life right now?
  2. What am I excited about in my life right now?
  3. What am I proud of in my life?

Spend 5 minutes every day and keep a note of what is going well in your life, this will become a constant reminder of what is good in your life and soon you will notice the more that you are grateful for, the more you have to be grateful for and if you struggle to list three things at first soon you will have a list of 10 or more things everyday that you are grateful for

Don’t feel grateful?

Don’t worry, when I first started, some days all I wrote down were that I was grateful my kettle worked and that I was grateful to have a roof over my head – we often tend to forget about the little things and life gets out of perspective.

If you still can’t think of any to be grateful for consider this

“If you have food in your fridge, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of the world.
 If you have money in the bank, your wallet, and some spare change you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.
 If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.
 If you can read this message you are more fortunate than 3 billion people in the world who cannot read it at all.”

Benefits of Gratitude

  • an improved sense of well-being
  • increases positive emotions
  • long-term happiness
  • decreased anxiety and depression
  • leads to better relationships
  • helps you feel more connected
  • can improve sleep quality as you have happy thoughts before you go to bed and to sleep
  • Gratitude make you stronger
  • It makes you a better person, you become more helpful and kind to other

Gratitude quite simply makes the world a better place, when you express your gratitude and are kind to others, they will pass this on.

There are a number of ways to develop and attitude of gratitude, keeping a gratitude journal as mentioned is one of my favourite ways but you can write a letter of gratitude to one person or to the people who have had a positive influence in your life.  You could also do a 21 Day Challenge – 21 days with no complaining, criticising, gossiping or negativity.  I do also have a charm bracelet with charms that represents things I am grateful for in life and things I love and I am reminded of these things whenever I wear my charm bracelet.

Once you start looking for things to be grateful for you will find more and more things to be grateful for and you start to appreciate and enjoy the simple pleasure s that life brings.  I have stopped taking things for granted, I am grateful for everything and everyone in my life, I am living and learning everyday and now mostly see the good in every situation or can at least see a positive outcome.  This is not always easy and it does take commitment and practice, so my challenge to you is start today.  Start bringing in an attitude of gratitude; don’t wait for things to happen in order to be grateful, be grateful for what you already have and start to look for the positive in every situation, it becomes easier over time with practice.

Let me know how having a attitude of gratitude works out for you, please share your experience with me by clicking here, and let me know if you want a copy of a FREE Gratitude Diary to get you started on one of the steps on your journey to Life-Long Health, Happiness and Abundance.