Keeping Your Health In Context

One of the most important ideas I try and stress with clients is the idea of context. What do I mean by this? A phrase I regularly hear from people is “I’ve heard that x is healthy for me” where x can be a whole multitude of things like exercise, kale, green juices, a low carb diet. The list is almost endless for what people have heard or believe are healthy for them. My common response to these statements is “well it depends”, which is normally followed by me asking them a collection of questions. These questions are to discover more information about how the specific food, habit or … [Read more...]

Why Juice Fasts Don’t Support Detoxification

I am pretty good at ignoring the fad diets that seem to come and go. Rather than give them airtime I would prefer to just let them be. But one such fad that doesn’t seem to be going away is the idea of ‘doing a detox’. I can’t check Facebook these days without seeing posts promoting juice fasts and cleanses. And it’s now reached a tipping point where I feel I have to say something. While the alternative health world seems besotted with detoxes, the mainstream takes the opposite view. They call the idea ‘quackery’ and comment that the body does detoxification on it’s own and that you … [Read more...]

Epsom Salt Baths

While it might surprise you, exercise is a stress on the body. This doesn’t make it bad and while the word stress is normally thought about as a negative, this isn’t inherently the case. Stress from a physiological perspective is something that asks the body to make changes or adaptions. If the body has the resources to make these changes, then the stress is helpful; if the body doesn’t have the resources, then it will have a negative impact. With this in mind I want to suggest a simple tool that can help in times of stress. This can be really useful post exercise but will be useful … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Diets Don’t Work

As the end of February approaches, the dieting train shows no sign of stopping. Despite people’s insistence on following diets, they rarely give the results ‘as listed’. Here are 5 reasons why diets don’t work. They aren’t individualised. Everyone is different and what works for one person, won’t work for the next. Nearly every diet will work for some people, but blindly trying diet after diet in an attempt to find the right one by luck isn’t the best strategy. They are static. Not only are you an individual, but your needs change with time. The diet that works for you today, might … [Read more...]

Detoxification Explained

A client came to see me for help with her diet. She has the stereotypical ‘great body’, really slim and probably looks fantastic in a bikini; the kind of body most girls would envy over. She is very health conscious and eats all the ‘right foods’. She avoids meat (particularly red meat) and only occasionally eats fish. She thinks sugar is the antichrist and is strong willed and rarely touches it (except around her period). She rarely drinks, and as much as possible, does her food shopping at the Farmers’ Markets. So what did she want help with? She had terrible periods and was a mess for … [Read more...]

Understanding Detoxification

After Christmas and in the early New Year you can’t open a newspaper or turn on the TV without seeing something about detox. Anyone who even has a tenuous link to food gives his or her tips on the best way to detox after the festive season. Problem is, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, it is the middle of winter and couldn’t be a worse time to do a detox. The body needs an abundance of calories to deal with the lack of sunlight and bitter cold, the last thing you want to do is live off nothing but juices or raw foods. But now with the change of season, the days getting longer and the … [Read more...]

Don’t Detox Now

If you pick up any paper or magazine at the moment you are bound to read an article about detoxing. After the bingeing and excess of the festive season it is an easy sell. People feel like they have over indulged and now the guilt has set in. Well I want to buck the trend and tell you not to detox. January should be a month for many things, but detoxing is not one of them. Take a look outside. It is cold. Really cold. There is a good chance you can actually see snow. One of the best ways of staying warm at this time of year is food. Now most of the health magazines are telling you that you … [Read more...]