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  • 04/02/2020 0 Comments
    How to switch off the ‘hunger hormone’

    ‘Hormones’. Oestrogen and testosterone are the two that most likely spring to mind, and their role in puberty, libido, the reproductive system. In fact, our bodies produce a whole host of other hormones which play a role in our health and how we function day in day out. Ghrelin, given its name as a ‘growth hormone releasing peptide’, controls hunger, food intake and combined with growth hormone, fat storage.

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  • 08/09/2019 0 Comments
    Future-proof your brain

    A fear for many people as they get older is that they are going to be sound of body but their mind will fail them. By the time you get to your
    40s, chances are you’re already walking into rooms with absolutely no idea what you came there for. Of course, what’s going on is multilayered – forgetfulness
    and brain fog can be caused by so many different things (many of which can be helped by changing your diet) – but there are some foods that scientists know
    are excellent for keeping the brain healthy and preventing the downhill slide.

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  • 23/08/2019 0 Comments
    The Truth About Sports Nutrition- Are You Doing It Right?

    Whether you’re an regular gym-goer, long-distance runner, cyclist, swimmer or a keen triathlete, I’ll bet you’ve
    often wondered if you’re eating the right things or whether there’s a magic ingredient or even a special pill that will help you get leaner, train harder,
    lift more or perform better. Let me help you with that.

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  • 17/08/2019 0 Comments
    Burn Fat Faster...Keto Style

    Burn fat faster than ever!

    Watch your fat disappear! Ketogenic(‘keto’) diets are back in fashion.

    You’ve probably read the headlines and wondered whether you should take the plunge if the results are really that dramatic and that easy. But are they, though?

    This blog will give you the inside line on what the diet involves, whether it’s healthy and even sustainable for ‘normal’ people. Here goes …

    The keto diet is the ultimate low carb diet. It’s also moderate in terms of protein and very high in fat.

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  • 09/08/2019 0 Comments
    Has the peri-menopause got you going crazy??

    The peri-menopause can be one of the trickiest times for women to get their head around. One minute you’re 30, full of energy to do
    all the things you want in your life. Yes, there may be challenges but none of them seem unmanageable. Life – especially when you look back – seemed pretty
    great. All of a sudden it seems life and age have snuck up on you. You’re just not quite the same person you used to be. You notice you get tired more easily,
    some days you’re literally dragging yourself through the day, you’ve lost your get up and go for no reason, the weight you used to be able to lose in the
    run-up to an important event stays stubbornly in place no matter what you try, and you can’t seem to shift that foggy feeling in your brain. But it can’t be
    the menopause, right? You’re too young…

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  • 22/07/2019 - Nichola Flood 0 Comments
    Celebrate your victories, not just the numbers

    Have you ever heard of Non Scale Victories? It’s often shortened to NSV. You’ll find a lot of talk about this if you hang out on social media long enough. And these are really something worth celebrating. My weight loss clients come to see me because they want to lose weight. And they do. But what they also come away with is so much more: NSVs. I always focus on slow but sure weight loss for so many reasons. Here are a few: Fast weight loss is what you get with a very low calorie diet or even that very trendy ketogenic diet that is incredibly high fat and very, very low on carbs. Both are a quick fix but they are also not only difficult to do, but more than anything they are difficult to maintain. With low calorie diets specifically, you are hungry all the time. AND, you run the risk of slowing down your metabolism. How? The body senses starvation, goes into self preservation mode where it economises and burns fewer calories.

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  • What cravings really reveal about your health
    12/06/2019 0 Comments
    What cravings really reveal about your health

    Is it all in your head or is your body trying to tell you something? Some might dismiss a ‘wisdom of the body’ theory as quackery. However, if you think about the biological processes happening within your body and the factors affecting these, the argument to substantiate a link becomes more compelling. Here’s why.

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    06/05/2019 0 Comments
    Why work stress makes you eat more at dinnertime (and what to do about it)

    If your job is stressing you out, it’s more likely that you will overeat at dinnertime, new research has found. But a good night’s sleep can counter the effect of work stress and help reduce the chances that you’ll comfort eat in the evening. The study in the Journal of Applied Psychology is one of the first to investigate how psychological experiences at work shape our eating patterns.

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  • 06/05/2019 0 Comments
    Weight Loss, celebrate your victories, not just the numbers on the scales!!

    Have you ever heard of Non Scale Victories? It’s often shortened to NSV. You’ll find a lot of talk about this if you hang out on social media long enough. And these are really something worth celebrating.
    My weight loss clients come to see me because they want to lose weight. And they do. But what they also come away with is so much more: NSVs.
    I always focus on slow but sure weight loss for so many reasons. Here are a few: Fast weight loss is what you get with a very low calorie diet or even that very trendy ketogenic diet that is incredibly high fat and very, very low on carbs. Both are a quick fix but they are also not only difficult to do, but more than anything they are difficult to maintain.

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    06/05/2019 0 Comments
    The Queen Of Health Chicken Curry

    For more recipes like this checkout my Body Beautiful Programmes and get a copy of my recently published book click here.

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    06/05/2019 0 Comments
    Seven-Step Wrinkle-Busting Plan

    Want to know the secret to banishing wrinkles and having dewy, fresh looking skin forever? Wrinkles are, unfortunately, a natural part of the ageing process. As you get older and your skin gets thinner, drier and less elastic, it’s less able to protect itself from damage. Environmental influences like UV light from the sun, pollution, hormonal imbalances, smoking, food, drink and even cosmetics can negatively impact the skin.

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  • Kick Those Cravings Into Touch 3
    06/05/2019 0 Comments
    Kick cravings into touch

    Everyone gets cravings from time to time. Sometimes you kid yourself that it is your body telling you that you need to have something (and there is some truth in this – more on that later). Most of the time, however, it is habit. There are some simple steps you can take to manage cravings and avoid binges. Using a combination of these steps will be most effective and some techniques will work better than others for you, so it’s best to Experiment.

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  • 06/05/2019 0 Comments
    How much should I be eating?

    I am often asked by clients – and in fact many other people I come across as soon as they discover I am a nutritional, Health & weight loss coach– ‘how much should I be Eating?’

    This is never a straightforward question but I’m going to give you some general guidance if this is something you’d like answered, too.

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  • Exercise adds 10 years to your life
    06/05/2019 0 Comments
    Exercise adds 10 years to your life

    Exercising for just 30 minutes a day could help you live an extra 10 years, according to a brand new study. American experts who carried out the research found that women who regularly worked out could slow down the rate at which their cells aged. What’s more,the study points to the fact you CAN prolong the onset of wrinkles and grey hair, as damaged cells are what cause the signs of ageing. This is clearly very welcome news Indeed!

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  • 06/05/2019 0 Comments
    Banana Pecan Bread Recipe

    This high-protein, grain-free bread makes a delicious breakfast option. You’ll need a food processor or blender to grind the pecan nuts to form a flour-like consistency.
    The bread is best served warm or toasted, spread with a little coconut oil or nut butter.

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  • 06/05/2019 0 Comments
    Arthritis and what to eat alleviate some of the symptoms

    As you get older, one of the things that can start to happen is that you experience aches and pains. If your aches and pains are a regular feature of your life, it’s definitely worth asking your doctor or physio for advice. Sometimes that regular twinge you are getting is something more serious, but don’t let the possibility of ‘something more serious’ prevent you from getting it checked out. If it’s nothing but creaking joints, that’s great. If it’s something else, well we can work on that, too.

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  • Struggling with sleep
    06/05/2019 0 Comments
    Struggling with sleep? You are not the only one

    So many people I see in clinic struggle with the effects of poor sleep. So, in aid of National Sleep Awareness Week this week, I want to talk to you about why a good sleep is so important and how you can go about getting it!
    A good night’s sleep is as important to health as eating the right things and exercise. Your physical and emotional wellbeing depend on getting enough. Yet we’re living in sleep-deprived times. Some people are even competitive about how little sleep they’re getting, like dragging yourself through the day on four hours’ rest is a badge of honour. Scientists even say we’re now getting an hour or two less sleep each night than we were 60 years ago. And the effect on our bodies is not good.

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  • Are you functioning on all cylinders?
    06/05/2019 0 Comments
    Are you functioning on all cylinders?

    A brand new year is the ideal time to reboot your system and commit to glowing health – and thinking about thyroid health is a good place to start.
    If you often feel you’re dragging yourself through the day or you’ve been struggling to lose weight for a long while despite eating all the right things, it might be worth considering whether your thyroid is doing the job it should.
    The thyroid – a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck – is the body’s internal motor, effectively setting the speed at which the body works. If it’s not up to scratch, you might experience a whole host of uncomfortable or annoying symptoms (see below).
    The hormones it makes affect most cells in the body by increasing the basal metabolic rate, as well as augmenting heat production. That’s why people with an underactive thyroid often struggle to lose weight, feel the cold more easily and have low energy – imagine a record player playing a record at reduced speed.

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