I admit it: I've had issues. Whether stumbling into the office bleary eyed from lack of sleep, stressed out from the commute, or plain grumpy and in need of a boost, there has always been one thing I've gone to. Coffee. One delicious, double shot, skinny cappuccino and the world snapped back into focus, tiredness was held at bay, and energy returned.
Fitness myths plague the industry. Lose weight quick schemes and fads just don't work, and worse, can cause long term health issues... So today I want to blast 10 of the top fitness myths that might be stopping you from getting fit and healthy and losing that extra weight.
A new study, just out, has given more evidence to support the idea that brown fat could help our fight against obesity and diabetes. Whilst we all know that 'brown is best' when it comes to bread, pasta and rice, did you know that your body is made up of both brown and white fat and brown is better than white here too?
With the Commonwealth Games in full swing, it seems like a good time to take a look at the link between veganism- often considered a very restrictive diet- and athletic success. Can you excel as a world class athlete without meat, eggs or milk?
How easy is it to put on a couple of boiled eggs before going to work? An egg contains approximately 80 calories and contains almost every nutrient in one bite. The white is made mostly of protein and the yolk holds 13 essential nutrients to keep us healthy.
If you are trying to support your body in reaching your optimum level of health, always start with a clean diet. There is no amount of supplement out there that can compensate for poor eating habits. Vitamins work best when they are taken with other nutrients in foods, to help release the maximum effect.
I always thought education alone could solve diet-related health crises. Given the right information, people make informed, healthy decisions, right? But what if truly effective solutions require more than just education? What if they require government intervention? My conversation with Dr. Schmidt nudged me to consider this possibility.
Diets or eating plans, that restrict whole food groups or are 'heavy' in certain foods, are often unrealistic, unbalanced and difficult to stick to. Leaving people to throw their hands up in the air when it comes to preparing dinner, and got out and get something from your local take away. Take the well popularised Paleo diet...
I have a very hungry baby who drinks every single ounce of milk I feed him. So when I saw the reduction in the amount of milk after cutting back on my calories, I quickly realised I had to focus on weight loss after he wasn't solely reliant on milk. It wasn't fair on him. I now get why people formula feed their babies to get their bodies back.
Meditation is not a religion. Nor is it a tradition involving levitation while sitting cross-legged on the floor pretending to be an all-knowing master of the universe. Meditation, sometimes disguised as boredom, slows our breath, lowers our heart rate, relaxes our mind and provides space for self-exploration while restoring our natural energy.
Maintaining a healthy, youthful and vibrant body makes every other aspect of life more fulfilling and enjoyable. Age is only a number. You can be healthy and active at any age (or unhealthy and inactive as the case may be!) so it's never to late to get into shape.
Carbohydrates tend to increase our hunger due to the insulin-stimulating effect of blood sugar. Also our ability to binge on them is much higher than on fatty foods. How much pure butter could you eat compared with an unlimited supply of cakes, ice cream, chips, chocolates etc? Is this where we are going wrong?
Frankly, I've had a gutful of the idea that what you do - or don't - eat makes you somehow better than someone else. It doesn't. You are NOT what you eat just like you're not what you don't eat (sugar, gluten etc). Those people who loudly wear their food choices as a badge are becoming tiresome.
Science has proved that dieting doesn't work - with only a small proportion of dieters managing to maintain 10% weight loss at a year. Most dieters say that they ditched the diet when their willpower 'ran out' and they just couldn't keep it up anymore
Many nutrition myths get repeated endlessly, to the point where they become accepted as doctrine e.g. the UK government's Eatwell Plate, which is outdated dogma; the advice follows the low fat/high starchy carb dietary guidelines, which is actually a recipe for weight gain and sub optimal health.
I've struggled with negative body image my entire life. Born missing my left arm and then at 18 months of age suffering third degree burns to 14% of my body after knocking boiling water on myself while struggling to get used to a prosthetic arm. I grew up looking and feeling different - in a society where so much emphasis is placed on physical appearance and the desire for perfection - I felt isolated and alone.