Getting or even staying fit is hard, there's no doubt about it. It's that difficulty that makes it all worthwhile. Achieving your own fitness battle is as much a physical tussle, as it is a mental one. We live and die by our beliefs. If you believe you can do it, you're right. If you believe you can't, you're also right. Which would you rather be?
It's time to pull on our big boy/girl pants and admit the truth - sugar addiction is not the reason we're overweight or unhealthy, WE ARE THE REASON. There, I've said it and while I know it's not what you want to read, it's time we stopped pussyfooting around with excuses to make ourselves feel better.
Given all of this, maintaining a sound mind in the Big Smoke has got to be about finding things that are readily at your disposal and using them to minimise stress - to help you manage the mental health minefield of London from within. Here are some easy, city-centric suggestions:
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I can think of no better gift than sharing the gift of food. Especially when it's of the chocolate variety. After all isn't the way to one's heart through the stomach?
It's possible to eat healthy foods, even with a jam-packed schedule and through the holidays. It just requires a little bit of pre-planning to ensure success. You'll feel better, have more energy, and your waistline will thank you too.
Given half a chance, your body will balance out by itself, but this is only possible by getting out of the diet mentality and listening to what you truly need. Imagine taking all of the outward energy you expend on diets, fads and gimmicks and turning it inward, so that you can listen to your heart and inner wisdom.
Look I get it. You might not like the idea of veganism much. I honestly used to feel the same way but once you start to looking at the evidence that is supporting a societal shift towards veganism it is hard to look away.
Statistically, 97% of dieters are as big or bigger one year after starting a diet. When the majority fail, there must be more to it than simply lack of willpower. So what is it that happens in our bodies when we drastically restrict food intake?
Not that long ago, the only choice when it came to nut butters was smooth or crunchy peanut butter. Now the preserves shelves in health food shops are offering a choice of almond, cashew and brazil alternatives - but what are the health benefits?
During the Christmas season, I was busy throwing myself in to drinking and eating to excess like the rest of the nation when I had a this nagging feeling of self-disapproval (and it was nothing to do with the fact I'd just eaten a whole Terry's Chocolate Orange in secret whilst steaming my clothes for work the next day).
When it comes to weight-loss we are always looking to spotlight a particular food group as the hero or villain. We talked about fats for years - they were DEFINITELY the reason behind our obesity crisis and so we were sold low-fat, sugary, processed apologies for food to make us all slim and healthy. Oooops! Well, that certainly didn't work.
Working out seems like it's the only thing to do if you want to build muscle and get a ripped physique, but what a lot of people don't realise is that exercise is just a small part of the process, and that the bulk of the work comes down to your nutrition!
You're not the only one thinking about extending your Dry January to a Dry February and maybe even a Dry March (although it might not feel like it sometimes, taking a break from alcohol for an extended period of time is becoming increasingly popular.)
I used to get anxious all the time and my breathing was shallow. In any breathing exercise I'd notice it was shallow, get more stressed and consequently more anxious! Mission definitely not accomplished. With mindfulness it's different. All you have to do is take a few breaths, notice that they're shallow, accept them fully as they are and keep on breathing.
They just add to the confusion by insinuating that nutritional therapists are on a level footing with Registered Dietitians. They're not. Not even close. What's more, they completely neglect to mention an entire profession of credible, evidence-based nutrition experts - Registered Nutritionists. So we're here to, once again, explain what's really going on.
'Clean' may well have lost its way, but that's down to people misunderstanding what it's all about. Most proponents and followers of clean eating are not saying that scoffing anything else is 'dirty', nor are they seeing clean eating as a medicine that's a cure-all.