The figures in my clinic reflect a growing desire to get weight under control, and for us to inform ourselves at a better level on exactly what a balanced, healthy diet looks like. Then hidden sugars in food can make this a frustrating and difficult process...
The workplace can be fraught with tension, with intense hours staring at screens or sitting in windowless conference rooms for hours on end, and many of us do not even take a lunch break.
In one of the most shameless examples of propaganda seen in our generation, the mainstream media went into overdrive with the headlines screaming out that high-protein diets were 'as bad as smoking'. Nothing like sensationalism, eh?
I keeping seeing other runners, running with their precious perfectly functioning knees and I hate them all. Yes, I'm bitter. Can't even begin to imagine how gutted real athletes must be training for 4 years for one day/event only to be injured.
I don't always think that organic is necessarily the most important thing to concern yourself with if you eat a diet that is made up of processed rubbish. I see people eat a lot of products labeled 'organic' ('gluten free' is another one) that are full of junk. Organic or not, it's still junk.
What we've failed to acknowledge is that the Mediterranean diet is more about a lifestyle than it is about a diet. The word lifestyle is hard to wrap our heads around because it's not something we like to change. Diet is a way of eating, yet we don't think twice about going on and off popular diets.
Instead of focussing on just the abs, focus more on the core which surrounds the whole of the waist and like a belt keeping everything pulled in. Here is my guide to working all angles of the core.
Stop turning to sugary, fatty foods or alcohol to cheer yourself up. Try finding value in all that life throws at you. It boosts self esteem and makes you less inclined to want to fill your body with mood enhancing foods. Even your dieting hunger pangs can be seen as having an upside - they are an encouraging sign that you are losing weight, so do not rush to stifle them.
It's good for me to see what others are saying and doing and often I find gems of wisdom I can share with my coaching clients and email subscribers. This particular morning one thing caught my eye which really got my goat. It was a photo posted by a fitness professional (personal trainer) of their brekkie.
Sugar is just classified as a carbohydrate- we evolved to use sugars as an energy source, completely ignoring it as a way of producing energy you could argue is like driving a car with three wheels- it's possible but it's not exactly going to be a comfy ride.
Stuck in a running rut? In need of some get up and go? Maybe you're already a keen runner but want to take it to the next level. Harness 'The Force' within with these mind tricks for more running motivation.
Professional thin person Victoria Beckham has revealed some of her 'keep fit' regime... thank God! Vic told Allure magazine that she wakes up every day at 6am and takes a four-mile run. That's right... she's one of those sorts! Of course she is, as if there were any doubt.
Too much coffee can give the bad side effects-which is where the negative connotations come from but the right amount regularly and at the right times can help you to lose weight. How does it do this?
I often end my yoga classes with this thought: If you are feeling strong, in good health and at peace then take a moment to have gratitude for how rich you are. For it is only he who has a healthy body and sound mind who can truly consider himself a wealthy being.
The fact is, roughly 90% of people taking cholesterol-lowering drugs do not really need them. Their cholesterol problem is caused by the cholesterol and animal fat in the foods they eat. If they were to eliminate animal products and other fatty foods from their diets, the problem would vanish for the vast majority.
I want to make today, this moment, this food choice as healthy as possible and to learn from each day to make tomorrow better. That is my New Year's resolution, starting now... at the end of February.