Body Wisdom

Body Wisdom

A common story that I hear when speaking to clients is how their body is “broken”. That they are angry with their body or feel let down by it. Or online, I see more people talking about “bio-hacking”. Finding ways that they can tweak or manipulate their body to increase “muscle gains” or speed up “fat loss”. The problem with these various narratives is the lack of credit given to the body for what it does. The constant focus on “fixing” or “hacking” is an analogous to a magician’s power misdirection; you focus on what you think is important, but miss the actual explanation for what’s … [Read more...]

My Morning Walk

My one daily habit that matters the most…

Over 4 years ago I moved out of London to the countryside. After spending my whole life living in cities (first Sydney, then London) I was craving more space, greenery and a different pace of life. It’s been for the better. I could write a whole book on the benefits I’ve experienced from changing my living location. But one of the best things to come out of it is my morning walk. Everyday after I have breakfast I’ll go for a walk accompanied by my dog, Rox.  Regardless of the weather, we’ll make our way around the fields and forest and typically walk for about an hour. So why do I … [Read more...]

The Slow Progression of Symptoms

Slow Progression of Symptoms

There is a fable many people have heard. It often comes up at corporate consulting gigs or in self-help circles. The fable has to do with boiling a frog. It states that if you put a frog in boiling water, it will immediately jump out. But if you put it in a pan with cold water and slowly bring it to a boil, the frog will sit there and be boiled to death. Despite the fact that this fable is false, there is some truth in the sentiment it is trying to express. Which is that, when change is small and gradual we don’t typically notice it. These incremental changes become the new … [Read more...]

Using C.A.N To Improve Your Eating

Using C.A.N. to Improve Your Eating

This month I spent a couple of days doing nothing but going through research looking at how the environment affects our eating behaviour. It culminated in me releasing two podcasts on the topic (which you can listen to here and here). One of the big things I’m constantly trying to work on with clients is how to make eating healthful food easy and habitual. So rather than having to use willpower at every meal and remind themselves about the long term benefits of a higher fruit and vegetable intake, they set up the environment so that healthful choices happen automatically. A recurring … [Read more...]

Your Health Bank Balance

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A helpful analogy I often use to think about health is to imagine it in terms of money in the bank. The better health that someone has, the higher amount of money they have in their account. They have more money (energy) to call on in short term emergencies. They also have the ability to spend more on long-term projects, without depleting the original pot because more money continues to come in. When working with clients, I’m always thinking about what their current wealth (health) is and what their current spending is like. What are things that they can do to bring in more wealth in the … [Read more...]

Finding The Middle Ground

Finding The Middle Ground

I still remember the first Monday after I quit my office job. I was going to be doing this nutrition gig full time and it filled me with a mix of excitement and dread. Even in this very early stage, one thing that I was sure of was that making nutrition a success wasn’t just about nutrition knowledge. It took knowledge of running a business and everything that this encompassed. So I started reading about marketing, specifically Internet marketing. As is common with these things you start getting on more people’s lists and reading their blogs and their emails. Being a rank beginner I … [Read more...]

The Meaning Of Fitness

The Meaning Of Fitness

Fitness is a word that is part of our every day verbiage. It’s a word that most people probably think they understand the definition of. But when I look at how people are training (and the eating they do to support this training) I’m unsure if people accurately understand what fitness is truly about.   Now the way we think about fitness will differ depending on the reason that someone is training. If you’re a professional athlete or attempting to become a professional athlete, the idea of fitness is more narrow in its definition. It is about training in a way that makes you better in … [Read more...]