Stress And Weight Gain

I’m one of the lucky people and I’m naturally quite lean. I have one of those “metabolisms” where regardless of how much I eat or how much exercise I do, my weight is basically the same. I’m not as thin as I was in my early 20s but I’m still pretty lean. Despite my steady weight, in the last decade there have been four occurrences when my weight has increased over a short space of time, and three of them have something in common. In the spring of 2005 I had been living in the UK for just short of 2 years. My visa was coming to an end and I applied for a new visa that would let me stay … [Read more...]

Energy and Thinking

Below is a quote from one of my favourite scientists, Robert Sapolsky. “You have two humans, and they are taking part in some human ritual. They are sitting there silently at a table. They make no eye contact; they’re still, except every now and then one of them does nothing more taxing than lifting an arm and pushing a little piece of wood. And if it’s the right wood and the right chess grand masters in the middle of a tournament, they are going through 6,000 to 7,000 calories a day thinking, turning on a massive physiological stress response simply with thought and doing the same thing … [Read more...]

Do-It-Yourself Tests

How do you know if you’re healthy? What do you use as a yardstick to determine if what you are doing is working? These are questions that on the surface should seem easy to answer but in reality I find people are confused. So often people think that what they are doing is helping when in reality it’s pushing them further away from health. Allow me to demonstrate. When I start working with a client they’re often in a bad way. This isn’t always the case and I do see a wide range of people with differing levels of health but more often than not there is a lot of room for improvement. I ask … [Read more...]

Post Exercise Eating

Exercise is one of the pillars of good health. What’s included in an exercise routine will differ from person to person but I don’t think you can truly be healthy without some form of regular exercise or movement. But exercise alone is not enough. To really reap the benefits of getting-your-sweat-on you need to be eating appropriately to match your chosen exercise. Food and exercise go hand in hand and getting your post-exercise meal right is just as important as your exercise routine. Exercise is a stress on the body. While the word stress has many negative connotations, it only becomes a … [Read more...]

An Ode To The Potato

For those of us in the Northern hemisphere we are heading into the cooler months. Despite the drawbacks of shorter days and walking the dog in the rain (twice a day…even in a torrential downpour…you’ve got to be kidding??), I am a fan of hearty food and love the winter grub. Today I want to write in defense of the humble potato. It regularly receives a bashing and is on most nutritionists and health advisors ‘avoid list’. I want to show why it doesn’t deserve its bad reputation and why it could be one of the best foods you include in your diet. So here goes, my ode to the potato. Most … [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...]

Autoimmune Disease

This week I have been asked to speak at the Members’ Day for Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis UK. Not a name that easily rolls off the tongue. These conditions are autoimmune diseases so I want to use some of the information from the talk to explain where I believe autoimmune issues come from. For anyone who is unaware of what an autoimmune disease is, it is when your immune system starts attacking the body as if it were a foreign invader or something harmful. Diseases that fall in the category that most people will probably have heard of are Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Type 1 … [Read more...]