Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Symptoms V Cause

Today I'm going to blog about my beautiful cat, Poppy. A little off track you may think but hopefully all will become clear.

Poppys not been well for the last month; she's lacking vitality, her coats not as shiny, she's losing hair from her tummy and her eyes are full of gunk. Altogether not good.

So I took her to my local vets. She's fourteen ,so no spring chicken, but up until now has had nothing wrong with her. The vet examined her, concentrating on the areas I've just described and within minutes she diagnosed possible fleas (hence hair coming out) and possible reduction in the functioning of her tear ducts (hence gunky eyes). So I came away with some eye drops and some flea repellent.

Whilst I do try to keep an open mind on the conventional medicine approach, and appreciate that doctors and vets in this area serve a purpose I couldn't help but think that in this instance the vet was missing something.

She focussed entirely on the symptoms which Poppy had presented with, and that I'd described ,but what about the cause? And I do believe there is an underlying cause. I know my cat and sense that something is out of kilter big time. But,who am I to question a vet who has spent lots of years studying animals and their ailments?

I pondered over it for a few days and didn't actually use the drops or repellent but made an appointment with a holistic vet. I'm very lucky to have a practice down the road from my house.

We went today. The vet, another she, didn't even look at Poppy for twenty minutes but asked me questions about her history, her drinking, eating, sleeping, living habits and patterns, her behaviour and then looked at Poppy and her symptoms. After further probing questions, some of them a little off the wall - like does she have a cat friend(?) the vet diagnosed hormonal problems which basically are throwing her body out of balance and producing these symptoms.

Sounds likley to me, so I came away with some homeopathy to put in her mouth twice a day, and if this doesn't help I have to return in ten days. I'm happy with this, feel like the whole of Poppy was looked at and not just the parts that appear to be malfunctioning.

Homeopathy is not addictive, there are no dangerous side effects, it treats the whole person/animal and tackles the cause of the illness rather than supressing the symptoms.

I use homeopathy on my kids, Belladonna is great for bringing down fevers, which I believe is a better option than Calpol as their little livers don't have any chemicals to detox, and it's just a far more natural, holistic way to do things. Pulsatilla is also useful if they are starting to show general signs of being a little bit off balance, and arnica is great when they have a bump or a fall (it's a great distraction too, and can stop tears in an instant).There are many, many more remedies -I have a homeopathic first aid box at home and its very easy to use.

We also swear by a natural product called Sambucol for when they start to develop colds. Its main ingredient is propolis which is full of antioxidants, great for the immune system and can stop a cold in its tracks.

Propolis was originally recommended to me by my Japanese acupuncturist, who has never used conventional medicine in her life. It is a natural substance collected by honey bees from buds and trees.

Today's Tip : Each to their own, but please do your research - and if not use your gut instinct, it's mostly always right!

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Where's My Energy Gone?!

Ever had days when you just can't drag yourself out of bed? You've lost your lust for life and would just like to curl up in front of the fire and watch movies?

Well, it's not all down to the time of year, although dark mornings and nights really don't help (I have a four year old who jumps on me at 6am so I have no choice but to get up!).

Below is a list of VITALITY ROBBERS, some or all of which you will be exposed to on a regular basis. Read it, think about it and next time you're feeling somewhat below par check the list again .Could it be one or more of these pesky things that are taking away your 'zing'?!

If you can identify the culprits then great, you're in a very strong position to do something about it - so do so as soon as possible.


Medical Drugs

White Sugars

CRAP foods (caffeine/refined/alcohol/processed)


Farming Chemicals

Industrial Chemicals

Chlorinated Water

Finanical Stress

Relationship Stress

Challenged Sex Life

Lack Of Movement

Lack Of Sunshine

Lack Of Mental Stimuli

Eating Incorrectly For Your Metabolic Type

Parasites In Your Gut

Lack Of Decent Sleep.............

.........there are many, many more but these are the most common and the most obvious.

Next time you're suffering with something like a migraine have a think. Have I been exposed to more chemicals than usual (new carpet/dry cleaning/house cleaners etc.), have I eaten CRAP food for days on end, are my sleep patterns all over the place, am I stressed??? Migraines and other such ailments are never a deficiency of pain killers - they are a symptom and therfore there is always a cause it's just a question of finding it.

Today's Tip : (repeated because it's important) Your health is a precious gift - look after it.

Monday, 15 December 2008

Excuses, Excuses

Winter is a great time for all those excuses not to exercise. I'm hearing stacks of them at the moment and they're not even original....."but I've got too much to do", "Work's manic", "the kids have so much on at school", "it's too cold", "it's too dark" etc. etc.

The big two = lack of time and lack of motivation!

Come on guys! For what may sound like the most shallow, but important reason to most,to exercise, is surely to look hot in your little black dress at all the Christmas parties you'll be going to over the next few weeks (men too, if you're that way inclined!).

On a more serious note, exercise, along with positive thinking (long live self help books) and a good healthy diet is THE WAY FORWARD.

How much do YOU value YOUR health?

As Gillian Mckeith says You ARE what you eat, but you ARE also how you think and you ARE also how much you move. If these three things are out of kilter your overall health will suffer.

Of course I'm not advocating that you don't let your hair down and have the odd glass of something alcoholic or eat the odd party nibble or mince pie with cream cause I definitely will be. But it's the old 80/20 rule again.

Back to exercise, movement is one of the secrets to life.The human body was designed to move in all sorts of functional ways, and to keep it flexible and mobile the government recommends we exercise for 30 minutes 5 x weekly - but hey guess what? millions of us are not doing it even twice a week let alone 5 times.

The thing about exercise is it shouldn't be a chore - if it is it stands to reason you won't stick to it, and that's where all the excuses come in.

It's all about finding what works for you, and once you find this you'll get a buzz from it, it will motivate you and so you'll want to go back and do more! Some of my clients moan when I present them with a programme they're not sure of, or they think will be too hard, but afterwards when they get the 'exercise high' they're thanking me for it.

You need to find a way to get your exercise high. Go on, there's something out there for everyone whether it's squash, cycling, weight training, brisk walking, sky diving,skiing,sex,dancing,running - why not make 2009 your year for trying something new, you never know you may just love it!

Once you've found it, schedule it into your diary as you would a work meeting, dentist appointment or parents evening at school - actually it's far more important than all of those things as your health depends upon it, and if you look at it that way it's a MUST.

Today's top tip : 5 minutes exercise a day is a great start - no excuses! and do it in the morning because as the day goes on it's easy to find excuses as to why you can't do it!

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Blog Link

Check out http://graspideas.blogspot.com.

Not many dads take their kids to the school my children go to,so the ones that do stand out. Ian definitely does, as does his blog for its total uniqueness!!

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Carb Overload

Just been to Scotland for the weekend for a family wedding do, and spent two nights in a hotel - one of the cheaper ones that throw breakfast in for nowt..............and now I know why.

Being a protein type (see earlier blog on Metabolic Typing)I like to have bacon or at least some eggs or other protein source, to start my day and fill me up til lunchtime. No such luck in this hotel!

There WAS a major choice of food at the self service breakfast area - of carbs, carbs or more carbs. There were carbs at every turn, croissants, white bread rolls, white sliced bread to toast yourself, (there were some vaguely brown looking slices too), white bagels, fruit juices, tinned grapefruit segments, and every type of cereal imaginable in those lovely little boxes that shout 'I'm gonna taste yum' to my kids.

And ALL of it hugely refined/processed, so full of 'nasties' like sugar of some type or another, and more than likely hydrogenated fats and lots of other additives and preservatives. Just what our bodys need to start the day on a blood sugar high, to then crash and burn half an hour to an hour later when the energys been all used up.

Obviously, if carbs are what make you tick (Carb types thrive on them) then to breakfast on them is ideal for you, but still NOT refined. I had to settle for vaguely brown toast, with honey and a mashed very ripe banana, not much protein in that then! And guess what, I was light headed and starving pretty soon after.

The saving grace was that they do have herbal and fruit teas...........and I had three very happy (if hungry soon after) kids!

Today's Tip : If in doubt take your own food!

Friday, 5 December 2008


I haven't written a post for ages it seems, as I've had major problems with my internet connection. All completely above my head, I just press the buttons and hope for the best so had to get a technical 'bod' in to sort it!

Anyway, in the meantime I've been back to my holistic dentist for more mercury filling removal BUT this time ITV were there and they filmed the whole thing for a programme they're making to go out in America in the new year.

How exciting! I'm going to be a star - even if I was wearing a hair net, covered in a gown, had tinted blue shades on and a nose piece covering my face !!! Beggars can't be choosers can they?

Actually it was all prearranged and I met up with the 'crew' first and a chap called Moreland interviewed me on camera about why I'd decided to take the brave (or crazy, some might say?!) decision to have the removal done in the first place.

They then filmed the whole procedure, which I have to say was a little wierd, whilst chatting to John Roberts (dentist) about his views on the health benefits of white fillings versus mercury.

As last time, the protocol was followed and the TV guys all had to don what looked like gas masks so as not to inhale any of the mercury vapours. Nasty, nasty stuff - and yet the official organisations both here and in the states say it's perfectly safe and healthy to have it in our mouths. I ,for one, am very glad it's coming out of mine! Two quarters done now, only two more appointments to go.

John used an anaesthetic again with no preservatives and no adrenaline which makes for a speedy 'recovery to normal feeling' within an hour of the treatment. Amazing, as with previous dentists I can remember feeling numb and sore for days afterwards.

The programme is due to go out in January in America, and they'll send me a copy on DVD. I may even put it up on here depending........

By the way, not health related, or maybe it is.....did anyone happen to see Britney Spears 'live' on X Factor last week? How dare she mime on what is a 100% live show? and wearing such a ridiculously ill fitting outfit.Poor girl, needs to get some new advisors!

Tuesday, 25 November 2008


I've been for a visit to the dentist today - so what you may say, but hey! that's a major deal for me as I have the biggest phobia of dentists ever. Ask my mates and family; I've always been petrified of the invasion of my personal space 'thing', of the drilling noises and the burnt toast smell, of the suction that pulls at your tongue.... I could go on!

So it was a major decision for me to go and see Dr John Roberts at his Holistic Dental Practice in Huddersfield ,The Integrated Health Practice, to have my mercury fillings removed and replaced with white ones. This is not for cosmetic reasons might I add, but because I've become increasingly aware, despite the Dental Associations(both British and American) stating to the contrary, that mercury in our body is really not a good thing. This was compounded by a Heavy Metal Test I had on my body recently that highlighted mercury as one of the most prevelant in me.

In a nutshell (if you'd like to read about this subject further there are 212,000 sites on the dangers of mercury fillings) it can have a toxic effect on the body.

Vapours are thought to be released through chewing and tiny particles of mercury can end up in the strangest of places inside us, and do what they want when they get there. It, and other heavy metals, can cause all sorts of symptoms from depression to auto immune diseases. My biggest deciding factor to visit John was reading a book called Detoxify Or Die by an Amercian MD called Sherry A Rogers. All I'll say is it's the most frank and frightening read.

Anyway, back to John Roberts. What a top guy - open, warm, friendly, happy, welcoming and didn't mind answering my million and one questions. I have to say I have never had such a pleasant experience in a dentists chair, ever.

The procedure itself shows how seriously these guys take mercury.
I was given two chorella tablets to swallow, a precautionary measure as this is a herb which mercury binds to, inactivating it so it can pass safely out of my system.

We were all gowned up, and all wore plastic glasses and hair nets. He and his assistant wore masks closely resembling gas masks and I was fitted with breathing apparatus to avoid me inhaling any of the mercury fumes as the fillings were taken out. And the British Dental Association maintain that mercury is safe!!

John used a special drill which 'popped' the filling out in one piece to avoid fragments going down my throat, and I have to say it was over in minutes with no pain as I'd had an anaesthetic which was preservative and adrenalin free (of course).

I had a quarter of my mouth done today (yep have had lots of fillings in my time!) so one visit down, three to go! After the fourth John will go through a detox protocol with me should I have any particles floating around in my system from the whole procedure.

For more information on Johns Holistic Practice Email : info@holistic-dentistry.com.

Today's Top Tip : Follow your heart - if you believe strongly about something just go for it!

Monday, 24 November 2008


My daughter and I have had a duvet day in front of the fire in the snug. She started sneezing last night and woke with a high temperature this morning and an awful runny nose.I wasn't feeling much better (which isn't like me and I hate feeling below par).

So out came one of my favourite books; NOURISHING TRADITIONS by Sally Fallon. Described as 'The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats' it is the most amazing book on food I've ever read. She does indeed challenge, every step of the way, with rational, intelligent, common sense writing and recipes which are basic and easy to follow using the 'best' (organic,independently produced, unadulterated) ingredients.

I made Coconut Chicken Soup which is yum dum dammer (as my four year would say), and is highly recommended for fending off the likes of colds and flu. Boiling chicken bones and simmering for a long time releases the gelatine which is great amongst other things for our connective tissue. This soup is said to heal the nerves, aids digestion by feeding, repairing and calming the mucous lining in the small intestine, and reduces allergies.

I for one feel much better for it.

Here's the recipe if you'd like to try it, it's so simple but soooooooooooo tasty.

1 whole ORGANIC/FREE RANGE chicken, chopped into pieces (alternatively use a left over chicken carcass from your sunday roast)
water, to cover
1 large onion
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 peeled and chopped carrots
3 celery sticks coarsley chopped
1 bunch parsely

Place the chicken and everything but the parsley in a large pan with the water and bring to the boil. Simmer for between 6-24 hours. The longer the better for depth of taste.About ten minutes before the end add the parsley.
Remove any chicken bones.

1 1/2 cups of coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
juice of one lemon

Add the above ingredients and simmer again for 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt (sea salt or Himalyan salt not processed).

Today's Tip : Good Food is a great healer. Try it before reaching for the OTC Cold and Flu Remedies.


I read another blog today by a Personal Trainer in London called Dax Moy http://personaltrainersuccess.blogspot.com (I've been subscribing to his 100 daily quotes for a while) on his Beliefs about the fitness industry, personal training, coaches and healthcare in general. A great post, really inspiring and highly recommended reading. He challenges others at the end to blog about their Beliefs too, so in a way for you to get to know me a little better, here goes..............

One of my Beliefs is that the best and most effective way to work with clients is to use the CHEK six daily modifiable foundation principles which are ; thoughts, breathing, drinking, eating, exercise and circadian rythmns.

First of all I Believe that all things in our lives happen for a reason, and rather than trying to blame others we should learn from things and move on. Blame, resentment, anger and bitterness have a habit of being held on to by the body and eventually manifesting themselves in illness or disease somewhere down the line.Negative thoughts can have a profound effect on the body and mind, causing cells to contract, and the thought to go through every cell in the body. This can be seen in body language if observed.

When words bring thoughts to consciousness ie. if you tell yourself you have fat thighs, this is what you're asking the body to create!

One of our most natural human functions and something we take for granted.Breathing is all too often shallow and from the upper chest. Ideally we should breathe from the diaphragm, the abdominals should go in and out and the shoulders relaxed. When we breathe correctly a great many health benefits will be achieved including less tension and stress in the neck and shoulders, more blood rich cells being oxygenated and sent around the body and a less stressed heart.

Being hydrated is fundamental to our existence but how many of us drink enough water to keep us hydrated enough to function optimally? We should be aiming for three litres a day of either pure fresh filtered or bottled (glass not plastic) or fruit or herbal teas. Take water with you everywhere,and sip it frequently. If you're feeling thirsty you're already on the way to being dehydrated.

One of the things I've already blogged about and is one of my true Beliefs is that we should be very conscious of what we put into our bodys, and give it the respect it deserves. Eat foods that grow (grains/vegetables/fruits/meat/fish/legumes) and if it doesn't grow don't eat it (hydrogenated fats/processed foods/confectionary).This is living as close as possible to how we ate thousands of years ago, how Mother Nature designed things, before the delights (?)of Coca Cola, Haribos and McDonalds came to the planet and took over.

Exercise and the other five CHEK principles are designed to improve energy and vitality. However if you're already stressed to high heaven its important to choose the right exercise for you. My Belief is that this is one of the key things about being a personal trainer, not just banging out any old programme for all clients. What works for one may definitely not work for another.And it must be fun, why would anyone want to come back for more if it's not!?
CHEK Zone exercises are a good way to allow us as fitness professionals to start clients out at their pace and their level to achieve their unique goals. No need for complicated gym equipment - less is more, and a superb programme can be put together using nothing more than body weight.

I Believe if you can get clients to get the 'exhilarating after exercise feeling' that they'll be hooked and come back for more. It's all about remembering THAT feeling.

When you wake and when you sleep can have a profound effect on your energy and vitality levels, and through Holistic Lifestyle Coaching I'm a big Believer in putting the time and effort in here for great results. Both physical and mental repair happens when we are asleep between specific times, so if we're not asleep then and we miss it it's gone for good until the next night. Lack of sleep is a great factor in holding on to weight for example and healing processes being prolonged.

I Believe we shouldn't be too hard on ourselves and whilst as fitness professionals we must walk the walk and live the lifestyle etc. we are only human, as are our clients and if we have a 'blip' every now and then it's cool. Tomorrow is always another day. I repeat this to clients regularly as it's all too easy to throw in the towel for good after a bad days eating or a weeks lack of exercise.

Having said that I Believe that clients have to be in the right mindset to help themselves and that whilst we can guide them and encourage them and motivate them ultimately the determination has to come from them.Their hearts have to say 'yes' to wanting to make change.If their personal goals are not met, after I've delivered my part of the bargain (and given them 100%), I Believe I am still a great Holistic Lifestyle Coach/Trainer/Nutrtitional Advisor!!

Passion is a big Belief of mine, and enthusiasm for life of which I have both in abundance (most days!) and that as free spirits we make our own fate. I believe little miracles are everywhere, as are the Angels who surround us.

I also Believe that we live in a society of 'quick fixes', everything has to be sorted immediately and this includes minor health issues which is why drug companies are making so much money. If you have a headache it is not a paracetamol deficiency.

If we were to look more closely at how we are living our lives, what we are eating and drinking and our stress levels we may find some answers there, rather than a quick trip to the chemist or doctors to get chemicals to fix us up, but ultimately increase the toxins our bodys have to then detox.
It's your choice but I'm a big Believer in trying food and complementary treatments first.

Hope some of this you can identify with. If you'd like to comment or share some of your own Beliefs please feel free to do so.

Today's Tip : If we love ourselves unconditionally we can be loving and accepting of others.

Friday, 21 November 2008


Had an appointement earlier today, and read these lovely words on the notice board whilst I was there .

The most destructive habit......... worry
The greatest joy................... giving
The greatest loss.................. loss of self respect
The most satisfying work........... helping others
The ugliest personality trait...... selfishness
The most endangered species........ dedicated leaders

Our greatest natural resource...... our youth
The greatest "shot in the arm"..... encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome... fear
The most effective sleeping pill... peace of mind

The most crippling failure disease............excuses
The most powerful force in life...............LOVE
The most dangerous parriah.................... a gossiper
The worlds most incredible computer........... the brain
The worst thing to be without................. HOPE

The deadliest weapon.............. the tongue
The two most power filled words... I CAN
The greatest asset................ faith
The most worthless emotion........ self pity
The most beautiful attire......... SMILE!

The most prized possession................... integrity
The most powerful channel of communication... prayer
The most contagious spirit................... enthusiasm

Everyone needs this list to live by....pass it on.

Today's Tip : SMILE!

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Fit Men

Just watched 'I'm a celebrity'...for the second time only, and just because my eight year old wanted to see some creepy crawlies! Honest.

Have to comment on , and thought my two avid 'comment leavers' might like to join in with a lighter subject for todays blog - the male body.

Just how fit is Simon Webbe? Wow, body to die for and the most beautiful skin.He's a man who knows how to take care of himself, and boy does it show. And I have to say for an older man Roberts not in such bad shape either, and any one that can stick their face into a glass tank of rats gets my vote.

Hard interval training ,several resistance sessions a week, and of course the healthy eating deal,and all you guys out there have the potential to look as good as Simon (well, within reason depending on some other factors)............so what are you waiting for?

More training tips to follow in the next, more serious, blog post.

Today' Tip : Take regular exercise - you know it's good for you!

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

COCONUT OIL..............one of the healthiest dietary oils on earth

It's often lumped together with other saturated fats and we're told to avoid it because of this, but actually coconut oil is a fabulous addition to anyones diet/health regime for many reasons.

Yes it is a saturated fat, but there are different types depending on their short/medium/chain lengths , and coconut oil differs from others giving it remarkable healing properties.

It's made up of short and medium chain fatty acids with 50% being lauric acid, getting converted to mono laurin in the human body, making it anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti viral. On this basis it has the potential to help fight such things as herpes, influenza, HIV and several bacteria in the body.

The large proportion of short chain fatty acids allows the fats to be directly converted into pure clean energy and NOT stored in the body (liver) as fat.This takes the pressure off the livers metabolic load.

Simply put it's quickly metabolized and will NOT assist in weight gain - yippee! and it tastes great!

It's so versatile - its highly heat resistant (oxidises at temperatures over 198 degrees) making it a very stable oil for cooking. It's solid at room temperature so can be used as a spread alternative to butter and margarine. Try it, its yum!

Most recipes calling for butter, margarine or any other oil for that matter can be substituted with coconut oil.

Preferably organic, coconut flour (naturally gluten free), coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut shavings and dessiciated coconut (unsweetened) are all great versatile additions to the diet from curries to muesli.

I use organic coconut milk in a post exercise 'shake' and recommend it to clients ,particularly protein types, to replenish muscles : combine coconut milk, banana, ice, cinnamon and cocoa powder in a blender and whizz up - very tasty, and an instant re vitaliser.

It also makes you feel satiated so its possible to go without eating for hours.

Having very dry skin the oil (same as you'd use for cooking) was also recommended to me some time ago as a moisturiser; its beneficial also for eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and wrinkles! and it makes you smell good!

For glossy hair, use the oil as a pre wash conditioner, to lubricate and soften the hair shaft with NO chemical or additives.

Basically coconuts offer a TOP product range for inner and outer health and in summary the benefits are :

- helps weight loss, lowers cholesterol
- helps reduce the risk of heart diesase
- can help those with diabetes, and thyroid problems
- helps IBS symptoms and other digestive disorders
- is a great skin rejuvenator
- is an effective hair moisturiser
- boosts energy/vitality

Apparently just as an interesting aside, as many as 100 million people worldwide are dependent on coconut as their major source of income. Quite significant hey?!

For further reading on the major benefits of coconuts read The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife.

Today's Tip : Open your mind, it's liberating!

Monday, 17 November 2008

RED BULL ..... Continued

My post on Red Bull seems to have caused a reaction amongst a few people, one in particular which is great! Bring it on.

I feel the need to go over some points, and in particular the 'poor research at best' comment.

I'm sticking by everything I wrote about this 'Energy' drink, and yes there are a great many other substances that cause health problems/risks and even death such as paracetamol, asparin, recreational drugs, alcohol, excess sugar, hyrogenated fats..........the list is endless , but I can only cover one thing at a time!

I singled out Red Bull as it came to my attention through my day to day observations - clients, friends, gym goers, party animals etc. that it's a major player in the drinks market and is quite possibly drunk to excess by more than a few people judging by the sales figures. And this doesn't appear to me to be a good thing.

Its ingredient combination is dodgy at best. Talk to any medical professional about the implications of high levels of caffeine, taurine, sugar (and if mixed with ..........alcohol too) and I'm convinced their reaction would not be to mix them, especially in high doses. And some countries are trying to ban Red Bull sales for this very reason.

(In addition, the mix of caffeine and carbs messes about with blood sugar big time, not good for glucose levels or insulin levels in the body - thought I'd mention it but this needs to be a blog post subject on its own really.)

There are over 2,250,000 sites when googled on the 'dangers of Red Bull' and whilst they cannot all be substantiated it makes for interesting reading.

The Red Bull website does indeed talk about drinking water with their product after exercise, thanks to the comment for pointing this out. It also states on the website and on the can itself that 'it has been specifically developed for times of increased mental and PHYSICAL exertion'. Make of that what you will but I would feel particularly irresponsible as a personal trainer in recommending this drink to MY clients.

I could go on, and I'm sure I'll incite further comments following this blog post, but want to finish by saying that I firmly believe (and I am entitled to publish my belief on my blog!) that it's not the food in your life that brings health but the life in your food that really counts.....................and Red Bull is well and truly DEAD.

Today's Tip : Stand by your beliefs!!!!!

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Red Bull Gives You Wings!

But apparently having just read an article by What The Doctors Don't Tell You, they may as well be angel's wings as it can boost the risks of heart attacks and strokes.

Oh my God, and we consume so much of the damn stuff too. Last year close to 20 million cans were guzzled in 120 countries. Scary figures! And with 80mg of caffeine in each tin PLUS five teaspoons of sugar is this really a ' natural health' drink as they like to claim? Don't think so.

It's used alot after physical exercise to re-plenish the hard working muscles. Ha, thats a laugh, as due to the high caffeine content its more likely to dehydrate rather than rehydrate. And after exercise the lack of hydration could put a strain on your heart.

The fact that it's served cold means we can down more of it than coffee, and our systems get a pretty instant buzz - just what you need as an afternoon pick-me-up or a hangover cure right? Wrong, very wrong! The high levels of caffeine and other stimulants such as gaurana, have been found to increase the heart rate and blood pressure.

I'm abit old for this (can't believe I'm writing that) but apparently the 'youth of today' are also making lethal cocktails with energy drinks and alcohol. Well, apparently it gets you there...... but with what potential consequences?

You get a double dose of the 'baddies' which will weaken your immune system and rob you of your vitality. Please think before you drink............. and try water instead, eight glasses a day. You WILL feel better for it, I promise you.

Today's Tip : Make time for the special things in life!

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Blog Followers

Fab, I have a 'follower' for my blog - thankyou Dizzychica1, whoever you are!

I've just clicked on the follower info and apparently it's a good thing to have them, and to display the follower 'widget' (all these technical terms!!) for all to see.

So, all you readers (I rate myself don't I?), get yourselves on my follower widget and lets spread the word. Health on all levels ,mind, body and spirit, is to be celebrated - big time, and I intend to keep wittering on about it.

The "No -Diet" Diet

Today's blog could be THE most important thing you've read for a long time. Please pay attention!

How many of you diet, lose weight temporarily having tortured yourselves for weeks ,only to find as soon as you revert back to 'normal' eating the weight piles back on, and more?

The number of diets, magic hormone supplements, diet pills, shake drinks etc. on the market are vast and each one claiming to help you shed those excess pounds for good - don't we all wish it were that easy? A magic wand would do the trick but alas..........

But listen up, help is at hand. Just as you wouldn't fill a petrol car up with diesel and expect it to perform optimally, neither can you expect the most from your body if you're feeding it the WRONG foods. There is no such thing as a 'one size fits all' diet.

We all have our own unique biochemical individuality, just as we look different on the outside, so we are very different on the inside too. Therefore the safest and most effective way to achieve your goals is to eat right for YOUR metabolic type.

For example, Eskimos thrive on very large quantities of meat and fat, while people born in tropical countries stay healthy eating fruit, vegetables and grains predominantly. This works for them and both groups are healthy on their 'diet'.

We are given blanket cover advice that says eat low fat, lots of grains, and five portions of fruit and veg a day to stay healthy. But what if this is not what your body needs as its fuel to help it function at peak efficiency. What if you are a 'fast oxidiser', which means your body burns through carbohydrates rapidly leaving you feeling hungry and dissatisfied soon after eating. What you need is more fat and protein to create balance inside .

The opposite is true of 'slow oxidisers' who need a high level of carbohydrates in their diet and would feel lousy on lots of proteins and fats. Then there are 'mixed oxidisers' who need a relatively equal split between carbs, fats and proteins. This is metabolic typing at its simplest level!

You may have an idea of which category you fall into by looking at your reaction to foods. However, most peoples diets include so many processed foods, alcohol , sugar etc. ie 'non nutrient' foods that this is confusing the issue. Metabolic Typing takes it back to basics and offers a list of suitable foods for your type which are as close to nature intended as possible.

Results are obtained simply through a series of on line questions (based on your diet, physical and psychological traits) which are then analysed to work out an individualised eating and lifestyle programme depending on YOUR needs.

Metabolic Typing has many benefits ; it may assist you in losing weight and maintaining your ideal weight, preventing and reversing chronic illness, strengthening your immunity, slowing down the aging process, overcoming mood swings, temper tantrums and depression, and ultimately enhancing athletic performance.

I was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome about twenty years ago, and have had on and off digestive problems ever since, aggravated by certain foods. Having found Metabolic Typing I'm virtually sorted (if I stick to my food list!). I'm a protein type and friends are amazed at how much bacon, egg, avacado, nuts, oils and seeds I can eat without putting on a pound! Pasta on the other hand is a definite no no!

Today's Tip : Do your body a favour and find out your Metabolic Type - contact me and we can get the ball rolling.

Monday, 3 November 2008


I went to my first Ceroc dance session last night, and what fun it was too.

I was given an orange spot to wear on my top to show I was 'new' ie. didn't have a clue what I was doing! but I have to say the guys (who ranged from 18 to 70) were very kind as they spun me round the dance floor. Guys lead, you know, and ladies follow - abit traditional but there you go!

Great exercise (two and a half hours virtually non stop) , used up lots of energy and had the most fun at the same time - I can highly recommend it as a way to keep fit, and meet lots of new people. It definitely exercises mind as well as body, you have to concentrate on the moves, and for assisting in aerobic fitness it's up there with the best of them!

Dancing energetically releases endorphins (feel good hormones) which give you a natural high, helping you feel a happier, fitter, sexier and more confident person. I can vouch for that.

And it turns out one of my neighbours is a 'taxi ' dancer ie. an expert who helps out the newcomers, so bizarrely we had a few dances. Amazing what people get up to in their spare time!

Bring on the next session!

Today's Tip : Give something new a go! It may be just what you need!

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Artificial sweeteners.........

.............are they weight loss wonders or total non nutrient foods?

No contest - they have no goodness in them whatsoever.

Hip hip hurray, the Daily Mail ran an article on these dreadful things the other day which means a million or so people could have had their eyes opened at last(not sure of the Mails circulation since leaving the ad. industry).

Saccharin, Sucralose and the biggest contender in the market of all, Aspartame, have been marketed as allowing us to eat sweets without the calories and so assisting weight loss.


The science bit :whats happens when you consume 'diet' foods is that your taste buds think "great, sweet stuff's here", which to the brain means nutrition (and ultimately energy) . However, when it reaches the small intestine the receptors here find no nutrition or calories and send a message back to the brain to say they've been tricked - no goodness to work with after all!

So, more messages are sent to say "keep eating until nutrition does arrive", hence hunger pangs and over eating. In particular you'll crave carbohydrates (sugar).

Perhaps that's why there's been a dramatic rise in obesity at the same time as sales of diet drinks and foods have skyrocketed.

One of my clients who previously consumed ten cans of diet drinks a day, cut it right back to one - pretty good going hey?

She discovered quite quickly that her skin improved, until it glowed. Her hair has become more glossy and her energy levels have increased Although she's not lost any weight (yet) she looks more toned and her clothes feel better.

If you're a diet food freak, why not do what she did, stop, and see how good you feel. You'll be doing your health a massive favour!

Another interesting thing - apparently pilots are not allowed to fly after drinking/eating aspartame. There have been cases of pilots having seizures and its been traced back to apartame.

Need I say more.

Todays Tip : Learn to love yourself, you're gorgeous and don't let anyone tell you any different.


My lovely friend , John Millward, has been kind enough to link to my blog from his, so I feel obliged to do the same back. He's been writing for a while and is hugely witty (or so people tell him!). No he really is, he's a journalist you know. Have a read, think you'll enjoy!


Friday, 31 October 2008


.........the drug of choice! My choice anyway. I love it, love the way it makes me feel, love the way it makes my body look - that's why I love my job sooooooooooo much. I feel very fortunate in this, know lots of people who don't have a passion for their jobs. Sad - you only get one life, why spend it doing something you hate 40+ hours a week?!

Anyway, back to exercise. I've just completed a new programme for clients based primarily on the ideas of Tracey Anderson, she of Madonna and Gwyneths superb body fame.

I've been studying her work for months and she is quite frankly amazing. If you get chance to check out her dancing, it's very sensual, very sexy and so full of energy.

The challenge with my programme is to exhaust the larger muscles first, then use further 'moves' to get the smaller accessory muscles to kick in having the overall effect of tightening the whole body. The only equipment needed is a mat and some 3lb weights.It's really, really hard work and you'll feel it the next day in places you didn't know exist. I love that feeling (sorry to bore you but passion in my line of work IS a great thing!) .

It takes control, concentration, determination and a desire to change................not for the faint hearted. It also needs to be done several times a week along with cardio intervals. It's hard work and time consuming, but then nothing in life is free!

Tracey uses her dance routines as the cardio part, and boy is this hard work too. Sweating is a great thing for your body as it helps get rid of stored toxins and these routines definitely make you sweat (or perspire or glow ,whichever ). I'm inspired, having always wanted to be a member of Pans People right from when I was allowed to stay up to watch Top Of The Pops. So much so that I'm going to Ceroc lessons on a monday night starting next week. Will let you know how I get on!

This exercise combination has moved my body to a new level and I'm loving it. After three kids this is no mean feat and I intend to keep it this way. You too can achieve your dream body................contact me and I'll help you get there. But only do it if your head's in the game......

Todays Tip : Life is out there, go for it!

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Love Handles...........

...........midriff bulge,spare tyre, muffin top, belt overhang ,whatever you want to call it just look around you : they're everywhere! And it's really so not attractive.

But aside from being unattractive this fatty tissue around the middle of the body is not healthy. It increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and high blood pressure.

Cortisol, the stress hormone is one of the the big baddies here!

Cortisol is the 'fight or flight' hormone we needed to run away from danger long ago. It was produced and quickly dissipated when the danger passed. The fact that most people are now under some constant stress (competitive society/job insecurity/family pressures etc) means that cortisol is produced and remains at a high level in the body.

Ideally a quick increase in activity would get rid of it, but this constant stress means that fat and glucose (the form of extra energy) = STORED FAT.

If you are highly stressed I bet you're also craving carbohydrates big time, probably in the form of convenience foods. Not good, because refined carbs can contribute to making people fat, contrary to popular belief.

The reason it's your middle that gets particularly lardy is that its close to your liver where it can be quickly converted back to energy.

Called 'apple shaped' some people are also more predisposed to carry fat in this area - unfortunate but it's a fact. However, although you may be more predisposed to a podgy middle there are things you can do about it. So ...................what are you waiting for!

Top Tips for reducing belly fat :

Don't diet - reducing calories sends the body into starvation mode and it ultimately holds on to the fat for dear life.

Eat the right foods for you, little and often.

Avoid toxins - alcohol, caffeine, processed foods etc.

Eat lots of fresh food that grows.

Take refined carbs out of your diet - can't emphasise this enough.

Eat a mix of protein and carbs at each meal, even snacks - helps keep blood sugar levels even so preventing an insulin spike.

Take your time over your food, sit down and relax (ha! ha! that's a joke in our busy, busy society). Your digestive system will reward you.

Exercise - interval training and resistance (bodyweight/free weights/gym machines) are the most effective fat busters. But get very sweaty!

Take the stress out of your life (just like that!) - advice on how to do this coming soon.

Todays Tip : Strive for energy, enthusiasm and sparkling health!

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Diet pills ...................don't go there!

I heard something on the radio today about the dreaded pills to miraculously make you thin!

We seem to have turned into a nation needing a 'quick fix' for everything, and having spent years stuffing our faces with the most ridiculously unhealthy foods think that by popping some pills all this fatty tissue we've accumulated will just drop off. Errr...no!

Naivety at its very best - not only do they not work, what about all the side effects that come with them?

These range from relatively minor, fatigue,headaches and a dry mouth to strokes and congestive heart failure . There are hundreds more. They're also pretty addictive.

My personal approach to losing weight is pretty simple; eat a balanced diet for your body type, keep your stress levels down (yep I agree sometimes easier said than done!) , sleep well, and get exercising.

Food wise, I follow the " If it grows eat it, if it doesn't grow don't eat it philosophy ie. meat,fish,vegetables,fruits and grains = good and chewy sweets, artificial sweeteners and hydrogenated fats = bad,very bad.

It's all about bringing a little consciousness to whats going into your mouth (and ultimately your cells to keep you alive).

Take the time to think about what you're eating and watch for VERY clear signals - your body, your gut in particular, will tell you whether you made a good or bad choice in no uncertain terms.

If your tummy bloats, you get diarrhoea or heartburn don't reach for 'quick fix' pills look at your diet. Something you're eating is disliked by your body, so why not just make a note to avoid that food for a while?

Todays Tip : Your health is a gift, look after it.