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 going … [Read more...]

Low Sex Drive

In my practice I seem to get clusters of conditions. One week it will seem that every new patient has been diagnosed with IBS, another week it will all be about weight loss, the following week it will be high cholesterol and so on. Recently I have seen a number of people with low sex drive. While this isn’t the main condition or symptom they have come in with, it is normally something they are also dealing with. It would of course be one thing if all of these people were in there 60s or 70s and had been married to the same person for 50 odd years. The spark’s not what it was used to be; I … [Read more...]

Do you Suffer with Period Problems?

he majority of my female clients suffer with menstrual problems. Some of them have been on the pill for years (or decades) because their periods were previously so bad. Others suffer with symptoms like intolerable pain, erratic moods, nausea and debilitating headaches. Some are so bad that they have to take a couple of days off work nearly every month. The causes of problems around the menstrual cycle are many. I want to touch on the main ones and the symptoms associated in each case. If you are a woman, you will probably be able to relate to some… or possibly all. The liver The first … [Read more...]

Thyroid Function

While people are now living longer, chronic disease has become more of a problem. While some would put the prevalence of chronic disease down to our longevity I am not so sure. People seem to be suffering from chronic issues at a younger age. Drugs may be keeping us alive longer but this doesn’t necessarily mean that we are healthier. One of the theories for why we are seeing more chronic disease is to do with the thyroid. The thyroid is a gland that’s is located in the neck around the region of the Adam’s apple. It is part of your endocrine system. This is the system in your body that … [Read more...]

Rehabilitative Rest and Aggressive Re-Feeding Part 1

Playing around with your diet is something I recommend. I am always changing the foods I consume and the proportions of carbohydrates, fats and protein. I am a firm believer in that there is no ‘one size fits all’ diet, it is an individual process. It’s not static either. The amounts of the macronutrients you need change depending on what is going on in your life. When I was training a lot (3-5 times a week, with tonnes of cardio) I would always struggle to get enough protein. Now that I have ceased this kind of training protein is not as important as it used to be. I have recently been … [Read more...]