Using A Computer At Night

It is amazing to stop and think about the pace at which technology is changing. Computers, the internet, mobile phones – all of these are fairly recent additions to our lives. But these advancements in technology have changed the landscape for how we work. More people are working in desk jobs than ever before, with farming and other manual labour being carried out by machinery more and more. These advancements in technology have also meant a blurring between work and non-work time. People will bring laptops home and work in the evening time. Or they can check emails on their phone in bed. … [Read more...]

Transforming Your Health

I got an amazing email from a client on the weekend. I just finished working with Anna and the difference between before and after is like night and day. Below is her detailed account of what she went through and the results that she’s seen; it’s highly recommended reading: “I took the plunge and emailed Chris about a month or so after my wedding. It had been a long time coming, I knew things weren't right and I had got myself to the point that I couldn't fix things single handedly. Pre wedding I had done the usual diet, keeping calories low, working out like a demon, shunning carbs, I … [Read more...]

Water…What Is The Right Amount?

A couple of weekends ago I did 22 mini consults at both of the Frame stores. While everyone is different I often find that there are common themes that keep coming up. Unfortunately this commonality is often because people are following the same flawed health advice. While there is a shopping list of commandments that people are following to the detriment of their own health, what I want to look at today is the advice we have all been told about water consumption. Water is essential to life. Most people can remember from science that our bodies are 70-80% water. We are regularly told about … [Read more...]

The Right Exercise For You

For a lot of people the motto of no pain, no gain is synonymous with exercise. If they aren’t covered in sweat and feeling like they are about to collapse they feel they haven’t worked out hard enough. This is also common with people who are just starting to train. They go from no exercise in years to training three, four or five times a week, when they can barely walk up a flight of stairs they think have got the training intensity just right. People exercise for a variety of reasons, but if we are looking at it from a physiological perspective, exercise is about adaptation. Through … [Read more...]

Improved Sleep and Food Intake

Before seeing a client I get them to keep a food diary for five days so I have a detailed understanding of what they are eating. Rather than just looking at the foods consumed, I check the pattern of eating. To do this I look at the following: How long has it been between waking and eating? Or between dinner and going to bed? How long has it been between meals? When are they doing most of their eating? A lot of clients have issues around sleep. This could be difficulty falling to sleep, waking in the night and not being able to get back to sleep, restless or light sleep, nightmares, night … [Read more...]

Intermittent Fasting and the Fast Diet

The question that I am being asked more than any other at the moment is ‘what do you think about the fast diet?’ For anyone not in the know, the fast diet (also know as the 5:2 diet) is where you fast for two days out of every week. On your fast days women are allowed 500 calories and men are allowed 600 calories. For the rest of the week you can eat and drink as you please. The diet rose to popularity based on this BBC panorama episode called Eat, Fast and Live Longer. The presenter has then taken this further by creating a diet book, a cookbook and website. Its popularity is now huge and … [Read more...]

High Cholesterol

I had a client call me recently. I hadn’t seen them for a couple of months but they had just been to the doctor and had been diagnosed with high cholesterol. The doctor had strongly recommended that they start statin medication to bring down their cholesterol. This client really isn’t into taking medication and wanted a bit of advice with what to do. I am not a doctor and I never tell someone to stop/start medication, it is not my job. What I always tell them to do is research the pro’s and con’s, look at the alternatives and make an informed decision. I don’t want them blindly following … [Read more...]