All posts filed under: Mind and Body

The 7 secrets of a successful health transformation

Why is it that some people manage to transform their health and others don’t? Here’s what you need to consider if you want to reach a successful outcome. You are fully invested Successful people know that to succeed, you need to invest, and I don’t just mean in time and money. A client who has what it takes to transform their health will be fully invested emotionally, physically and intellectually and very focused on their desired outcome. You have patience Implementing lasting and sustainable changes is a slow game. Think a marathon not a 100m sprint. You need to be patient, and focused. Appreciating that things take time is essential to the outcome, and you won’t be in a rush. You trust the program Holding on to preconceived ideas and limiting beliefs damages the chances of success. Trust in the person you’ve hired to help you. Believe in the power of two people focused on a common goal with an unswerving desire to make it happen. Allow yourself to be guided. You make it personal …

Why the one-size-fits-all approach to dieting won’t help you lose weight

Ask 20 people to eat the same diet for 10 weeks and you’ll get 20 different results, despite everyone being under the same controlled conditions. This shouldn’t really be surprising. If we put 20 people in an environment where they are all taught to play a musical instrument, we wouldn’t expect all of them to be playing at the same level, even after the same amount of tuition. We’re all different, biologically, physically, emotionally and genetically. One size does not fit all Why do we still sign up to diets that follow the ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach? Wouldn’t it make more sense to personalise what we do, in terms of both diet and exercise? Here are other factors that you should be thinking of when personalising your diet. The over-simplification of ‘eat less and move more’ We are still recovering from the brainwashing we received in the 1970s about fat being the source of all our weight problems, leaving us thinking it’s the macronutrient to be avoided. What scientists are now discovering about why some of us …

New Year – New You? How to keep up with your new year resolutions past the month of January

It’s a familiar pattern isn’t it? We start the New Year with the best of intentions and all sorts of plans, ideas and goals, most of which fall by the wayside before we even get to Valentine’s Day! Here are some tips to help you keep your levels of motivation high and your goals more achievable; Don’t be too ambitious! David Allen said; “You can do anything, but not everything”. If you have a whole list of resolutions or goals, take three of them at a time and work on them first. Breaking your list down will stop you from becoming overwhelmed. Write your goals down. Researchers from Harvard Business School found that writing goals down was one of the key actions of successful people. A written intention represents a commitment on your part to achieve the goal, and this gives you more power and determination. Strive for balance- Try to have a mix of resolutions or new things you want to implement. Often it can be all about work or health, but it’s better …

What does it feel like to be fit?

Firstly, I’m referring to fitness in a physical sense, so your strength and cardiovascular performance. To achieve a good level of physical fitness, you must also pay attention to your sleep, mental health, energy, body composition and digestion – what we call the Six Signals®. So, what does it feel like to be fit? Have more energy Being physically fit provides you with more energy to get things done. Rather than drain your energy, a workout at the start of the day can set you up for a more energetic and productive day, as well as giving you all the benefits of increased blood flow, potential EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption – i.e. increased calorie burn post-workout), increased heart rate and the flow of ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters such as endorphins, serotonin and dopamine. Have more resilience Our lifestyles demand that we are physically fit for the rigours of modern life. The demands made on us in terms of our availability, combined with the pressures to be ‘always on’ mean that it can be easy to become …

Festive Well-Being

by Vicki Badham As I write this, the Christmas lights are already up in East Dulwich (although not yet lit) and the shops are beginning to look increasingly festive. For many, this build-up to Christmas is exciting and joyous. However, for many it is a time that is fraught with worry and pressure. It can also be a very lonely and isolating time for those who for whatever reason can’t spend Christmas with their family or friends. If you are dreading the festive season, remember you are not the only one – despite the messages that we get from TV adverts and the media generally, lots of people do not look forward to Christmas at all. It’s also important to remember that there is no ‘right’ way of doing Christmas – it’s about what works for you so as hard as this is to do, try to ease the pressure from yourself by not seeking to conform to the Christmas stereotypes. For those of you who wish that you could bypass Christmas, here are some …