Portion size. It's a funny thing isn't it? Food packets talk about 30 grams of cereal, or 15 grams of peanut butter - but how often do you stop to think what the serving size really looks like? It matters more when we're eating foods high in fat and sugar (the ones which are easy to overeat). We can easily overeat several hundred extra calories … Continue reading This is what 15 grams of Nutella really looks like..
Sometimes, following external wisdom isn’t enough. Take weight loss. Most of us know what a healthy diet is; yet lots of us still struggle with 'dieting'. We read more and more 'wisdom' around weight loss, but still end up feeling like we are on a constant treadmill of either being ‘on plan’ or ‘off the wagon’. Here’s the … Continue reading Weight loss? Forget dieting. We need to learn the art of mindful eating.
Whether it's getting fit or losing body fat, if you're struggling to make progress I'm going to guess you're stuck in that warm, safe place known as THE COMFORT ZONE. I can't argue it’s nice and safe there; but when it comes to getting what you want, that damn old comfort zone will stop you in your tracks. And … Continue reading Are you stuck in your comfort zone?
With the arrival of #sugarfreefeb it's a good time to talk about sugar, because it seems like we're still a bit confused. Why talk about sugar? The government wants us to eat fewer free sugars. The latest guidelines say no more than 5% of our daily calories should come from free sugars. But what on earth is a free sugar? … Continue reading FREE SUGARS! (Not really, they’re the ones we should be eating less of)
Described as "bringing attention to the present moment without judgement" mindfulness is an ancient practice that can reduce stress and improve the way we make decisions. But interestingly, mindfulness is also emerging as a tool for weight loss, and for anyone wanting to balance their relationship with food and eating. Why? The truth is, most of our eating is done mindlessly. … Continue reading Can mindfulness help you lose weight?
Today I want to share a story with you about a little BIG thing called FEAR. This morning I went to Functional Threshold Power (FTP) training at Tribe Ride…. I’d been putting it off for ages dreading that I wouldn’t be fit enough and that I wouldn’t to make it through the session, as the instructors … Continue reading What are you putting off because of fear?
I regularly speak with weight loss clients who jump on the scales every day and panic when they see the numbers fluctuating up, usually without obvious reason. Sound familiar? Take a read of the picture to the right... It’s from a journal paper (albeit an old one!) which found that over an 80 day period, day to … Continue reading Why daily fluctuations in body weight don’t matter
"I'd love to do more exercise, but I don't have time" "I'm too busy to get to the gym" Sound familiar? I’ve said these words before. And I hear them a lot from clients I work with. What I want to ask today is…”where are you spending your time?” More specifically, “where are you spending … Continue reading You have 72 free hours a week. How many of these do you spend moving your body?
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how it takes around 66 DAYS to make a new habit stick. Why is this important? Most of us start the New Year with great intentions – to run a 5K, meditate daily, learn a language, cut down on alcohol and so on… (you fill in the gap) The … Continue reading A ROCK SOLID strategy for making healthy habits STICK
Right… you're going to have to excuse me getting a bit ‘new age’ on you, but I want to talk about meditation. In February 2015 I spent a month in a meditation retreat in Guatemala. What I learnt during those weeks turned me from someone who thought they couldn’t mediate (not for me, can’t quiet my busy … Continue reading 5 things I want to tell you about meditation