Getting A Bikini Body

While I don’t want to jinx anything, London has been having a pretty amazing summer. It started early and just keeps on going. This is the second summer in a row of smashing weather and it just makes such a difference. Long live the warm weather (hopefully not to the detriment to the planet). It’s the kind of temperature that normally leads to more skin being on show. The bikini body is something most women aspire to but it’s years like this that really give you a chance to show it off (or alternatively spend more time trying to hide it). Aesthetics can often be the driver for what … [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...]

Eating Issues

Over the last year the number of clients I am seeing with eating disorders has greatly increased. Some have been officially diagnosed with a disorder, while others I am putting in the same bracket because from looking at their diet and chatting to them about their beliefs and feelings around food and their body, they fit the bill. Often their symptoms are much better than they used to be and they have ‘recovered’ in a sense. But while they may not experience the severity of years gone by, their disordered eating and thinking is still impacting on their health and happiness. According to … [Read more...]

It’s Not About The Food

PART 1 Being a nutritionist it seems logical that when someone comes to see me, the first thing I need to do is work on their diet. But the more I work with people, the more I see that it is not all about the food. While food is incredibly important, often it is not the most important thing to start with. To make sense of this, I ask myself ‘is the persons diet the cause of their current situation or is it a symptom?’ When the diet is the cause of someone’s issues, things are generally straightforward. We go through their current health issues, how they are currently eating and make … [Read more...]

Chicken Liver Pate

A little while ago I mentioned that I was going to start working with HUBBUB. I am putting together healthy recipes where you can buy all the ingredients from their website. If you want to find out more about Hubbub, I recommend watching this video here. Below is a link for my first recipe, Chicken Liver Pate. Liver is an underappreciated food that most people avoid (or don’t even think about). It is packed full of fat-soluble vitamins, iron, selenium, B vitamins and lots more. The recipe shows how easy it is to make a delicious pate that you will love even if you don’t normally like the … [Read more...]

What Is Fitness?

A word can have many definitions, each giving it a different meaning or providing a different angle for understanding the term. To demonstrate, I want you to think about the word ‘fitness’. When you think about the word, what does it mean to you? How would you define it? What other words or thoughts would you associate with the term? The definition that most people have for fitness is something like ‘possessing  a set of attributes (i.e ability, intensity, stamina, duration, etc) while doing a specific sport or doing exercise’. It generally conjures up images of someone running a marathon … [Read more...]

Guest Blog Posts

While the articles on my own website have been a little slow lately, I have been writing for other sites. Below are a collection of articles I have written in the last month or so that are definitely worth a read (even if I do say so myself). This is an article I wrote on body temperature, pulse and exercise. I find that there is a tendency for people to push themselves too hard when they exercise. The point of exercise is to ask your body to make adaptions based on the type of exercise you are doing. But for lots of people they aren’t able to repair and recover and so exercise just becomes … [Read more...]