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People laugh when they see me sitting in front of my light box. But SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder is really not very funny.
According to the mental health charity MIND:
“Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that people experience at a particular time of year or during a particular season. It is a recognised mental health disorder. Most of us are affected by the change in seasons – it is normal to feel more cheerful and energetic when the sun is shining and the days are longer, or to find that you eat more or sleep longer in winter.”
And this year SAD has hit me hard and fast. Last night I went to bed at 9 and even after 9 hours of sleep I still feel tired. This morning I also feel anxious and shaky with racing thoughts and racing heart rate. Welcome to my world when my brain biochemistry doesn’t feel like it’s firing off properly.
So what do I do to manage this, since total hibernation is not an option?
Different people need to sit in front of one for varying lengths of time. I find my little portable blue light box put by the laptop whilst I’m working – for say an hour a day, does help.
The fatigue and mood swings that you might experience with SAD could mean you are reaching for the coffee, alcohol or sugary starchy foods to feel better, but that’s just a quick fix that could cause your blood sugar to spike up or shoot down ultimately making you feel worse.
Healthy brain needs good quality protein, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins and essential omega 3 fatty acids (among other things). I personally find a higher protein / fat diet with good quality carbs (i.e. not sugar) keeps me more balanced.
You may also find you need to take extra supplements such as 5-HTP or to go on medication. Remember, you still have to function.
Even a little gentle walking at lunch time can help. Or maybe you need a more strenuous workout. Do whatever works for you.
and that might mean you need a little more in winter – however don’t sleep so long that you are also sacrificing other self care like exercise and good food.
Midlife is full of surprises – and not all of them are good … If you are reading this guide then I’m guessing that you are touched in some way by symptoms of the menopause – or more accurately, the transition to menopause. Perhaps you are even horrified at the person looking back at you in the mirror. Who is this person? What the heck happened?
You are not alone. Until recently, when celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Gillian Anderson and Kirsty Walk started speaking out about their experiences, menopause was the silent shame. Yet experts reckon that 80% of women experience the symptoms of menopause.
It might be that you are really suffering or perhaps you’ve just started noticing some changes. The experience is different for every woman but often means being hot, cold, moody, tired, sleep-deprived, nervy, irritable, sad, or hairy. It can mean hot flushes, memory loss, and a seemingly immovable band of fat around the middle and thighs.
Your fluctuating hormones are the cause of all of this, but you don’t have to accept these symptoms as the way things need to be. Learning to rebalance your hormones naturally will help you take back control of your life. Given life expectancy increases, women can expect to spend at least a third of their life ‘menopausal’ so it’s really worth getting the help you need now. Despite what you might have feared, menopause is not the death of your youth or vitality, but the start of some of the best and most powerful years of your life.
If you want to get my free eBook “7 Secrets to a Healthy, Happy Menopause” and learn more about the menopause and what you can to do make things easier, then click HERE
And if you need some help and personal guidance, I warmly invite you to book a free female hormone health check with me http://bit.ly/calltnt. During our call, you can tell me about your experience and we can work out the best next steps for you.
If you’ve got tummy troubles, you may be interested to know that it’s World Digestive Health Day today. But what if you don’t? It might be hard to believe, but the state of your gut affects EVERY aspect of your health, from weight loss and immunity to mood and skin health. Furthermore, if you’re trying to get pregnant, you need to know this, too, to safeguard your baby’s future.
There are a myriad of symptoms and conditions that are linked to digestive issues. Much of the problems arise from dysbiosis, which is where the levels of bacteria in the gut are out of balance. That might mean there are too many ‘bad’ bacteria in the gut or simply insufficient numbers of the protective, ‘good’ bacteria.
Hold that concept in mind while I run you through ten reasons you’ll want to take care of your gut – even if you don’t experience symptoms of digestive distress.
If you have any conditions linked to too much oestrogen, like endometriosis or fibroids, you should know that if you have dysbiosis, instead of getting rid of it, the body is likely to keep recirculating oestrogen tagged for detoxification. The more oestrogen in your system, the worse your gynae symptoms are likely to be.
In fact, if there is any hormone imbalance of any kind, the gut is a key piece of the jigsaw if you are looking for a solution. It’s worth noting, too, that if your gut is not good, menopause symptoms will be evil!
An imbalanced gut is bad news if you’re trying to lose weight. Oestrogen is an obesogen, which means it can make you gain weight. If your gut bacteria are out of balance, you could absorb 15% more calories from your food.
There’s also a growing amount of research that suggests your gut bacteria actually influence food cravings and metabolism, too.
Listen up if you’re that person who is always ill or gets everything worse than everyone else. About 75% of your immunity is governed by your gut. If your digestive system is healthy, chances are you will be generally healthier, too.
Not happy with your skin? Eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne are just a few skin issues linked to poor gut health. Much of this is down to permeability of the gut (sometimes called ‘leaky gut’). This is when your digestive tract is damaged and things that shouldn’t normally pass through are now able to, like bad bacteria, gluten proteins and other undigested food particles, causing widespread inflammation and a huge array of heath problems.
Additionally, this is true for hay fever and food intolerance, too, for very similar reasons.
The state of your digestive system is important for regulating your mood and for your mental health. The gut is often referred to as the ‘second brain’. That’s because, embedded in your intestinal wall are 500 million neurons that make up your enteric nervous system (ENS). Your ENS plays an important role in the production of 30 different neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters, like serotonin, are chemicals responsible for regulating mood. At the very extreme end of the spectrum, an imbalance of bacteria in the gut has also been shown to be a factor in autism, ADHD and other brain conditions, such as epilepsy.
If you have any kind of autoimmune disease you will want to get your gut sorted out because, where you have one of these conditions, the door is open to any of the others. There are over 200 autoimmune conditions, but some of the most common include Hashimoto’s disease (underactive thyroid), rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, coeliac disease, type 1 diabetes, systemic lupus, pernicious anaemia, and so on. There are a number of potential causes of autoimmune disease, but “leaky gut” or intestinal permeability is considered a front-runner.
Bad breath is typically linked to dysbiosis or bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. Candida, a yeast in the gut, is linked to athlete’s foot and thrush. Additionally, candida has a giant list of other possible symptoms. These include mysterious aches and pains, that feeling of being hung over when you’re not, depression, fatigue, anxiety and brain fog as well as a host of tummy issues.
If baby making is on your mind, you need to know that the little person you grow will get your gut immunity. If you have a healthy and balanced gut environment, then they will too. As the mother, you are the gate keeper to your child’s health. That’s because, in pregnancy, you set your baby’s inflammatory set point. If your gut flora is out of balance, there’s a 15% increased risk of gestational diabetes and also a higher risk for group B strep.
I wonder how many of those points resonated with you? Help is at hand if any of these are the case. Maybe you already know that I offer 1:1 nutritional therapy sessions where we can work together on sorting out any of the above. And I offer a free 30 minute call to discuss whether nutritional therapy is right for you. Book your free call here: http://bit.ly/tnt-bookcall
I just want to leave you with one final thought now you know what you know about how gut affects everything about your health… If you’re in the cinema and you see smoke, you don’t wait till you spot the fire…
As soon as the sun comes out our thoughts naturally turn to eating – and cooking – outdoors. Summer is synonymous with good old-fashioned back garden barbecuing in the company of friends and family. Barbecuing has come a long way, and it’s now not good enough to throw a few boring bangers on the grill. There’s no better way to eat well in the summertime than to combine deliciously marinated cuts of meat, fish or veggies with a variety of eye-catching salads.
If you’re a guest at a barbecue party, that doesn’t have to mean the end of all good healthy eating intentions. There’s no reason you can’t take your own food to a party. Make enough for sharing, and the host will probably thank you for it. Remember that this way of eating is both nutritious AND delicious. Don’t feel you need to explain to anyone who will listen about why you had to bring your own food. They probably haven’t even noticed! Here are my favourite summer barbecue recipes that are guaranteed to steal the show. And proof indeed that eating healthily is anything but boring!
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PS it’s not just meat… there are some lovely veg and salads too.
Many people are clear that a nut allergy can be a very dangerous thing resulting, on occasion, in death. But, outside of this, food allergy isn’t always taken as seriously as it should be. As it is Food Allergy Awareness Week on the 13th of this month, I want to give you the lowdown on food allergy and intolerance, and what to do if you suspect there are foods that don’t agree with you.
To start, let’s get clear what a FOOD ALLERGY is …
A true food allergy is an abnormal reaction of the body’s immune system to a particular food. This can range from a mild reaction to one that is severe and life-threatening (anaphylaxis). The body produces IgE antibodies in response to a food, drink or other substance the body mistakenly thinks is attacking it. The issue can be restricted to one area (your digestive system, skin and so on) or the whole body, where the immune system triggers widespread inflammation and swelling – anaphylaxis – which can be deadly. The reaction is often immediate.
If you have a food allergy, you will need to avoid the food forever. That’s because part of the immune system works on the basis of memory. In exactly the same way your body remembers its response to, say, the polio vaccination you were given as a child (and can prepare its attack should it come into contact with polio again), it remembers its response to nuts, dairy, or whatever.
If you think you have a food allergy, you can often get tested free of charge via your GP. Private tests are also available.
One clinical pearl I’m going to share with you is that, if you’re struggling with the symptoms of a true allergy (itchy eyes, swelling and the like), yet testing reveals no problem foods, the answer might be in the gut. Parasites also cause the body to produce high levels of IgE antibodies; however, these are not often considered by conventional medicine as a potential cause of allergy-like symptoms.
An intolerance is something very different, producing low grade inflammation through the body and symptoms that are far ranging, but altogether less dramatic.
These can include the following:
Although the symptoms might seem less dramatic, it really is worth dealing with food intolerances , especially if you’ve had niggly issues for years. This is because low grade inflammation is created through the body if your system doesn’t like something you are repeatedly feeding it. Consequently, this will almost certainly lead to worse stuff in the future because that’s the way these things work. ALL chronic disease is caused by inflammation of one sort or another.
You can do your own elimination diet. Cut out foods you suspect you might have a problem with for a period of time, then reintroduce them and see what happens. This can be time consuming if you are not entirely sure which foods might be problematic. A couple of drops of blood from finger prick blood test is all you need to get a reliable reading of what your body is objecting to. Ask me for details if you experience any of the symptoms I listed above.
In case you’re wondering, if you have a food intolerance, you don’t have to remove the food forever. It’s important to know that it’s not enough to just take the food out and not do anything about it.
If you find you have a food intolerance, this is your body telling you your gut needs some TLC to restore, rebalance and heal. Without this vital step, you’re likely to end up (over time) with more intolerances and more symptoms.
Please do get in touch if you are wondering whether you have an allergy or intolerance. I can help by offering a variety of testing options to help get to the bottom of the problem, and my gut health programmes can help bring your body back into balance: http://bit.ly/tnt-bookcall
Many children are fussy eaters. Although it is entirely normal, it can be frustrating and hard to handle – particularly when there’s always at least one mother whose angelic offspring eats everything and still asks for second helpings of broccoli.
What you need to know is that, most of the time, fussy eating isn’t about food, and it’s (usually) not about you either. It’s about children wanting to be independent.
If you’re graced with a fussy eater in the family, I’d like to share some tips on how to handle it.
First, a word about fussy eating…
Children frequently object to the shape, colour or texture (and sometimes all of them) of particular foods.
You might also find they will like something perfectly well one day, but dislike it the next, refuse new foods, and eat more or less from day to day. It might drive you insane, but this is all part of a child’s development. It’s a way of exploring their environment and asserting their independence. And – as a side issue – it’s also because their appetites go up and down, depending on how much they’re growing and how active they are.
It WILL get better, I promise. Fussy eating is generally something that children grow out of. Their palates change as they get older and they don’t need to exert quite the same level of control over their environment and, very gradually, something resembling normal family eating can resume …
Your child’s willingness to try food will depend partly on the eating environment. There will be times when you want to tear your hair out. This will have the opposite effect of what you are hoping to achieve. Try these steps for a low-stress mealtime.
Sometimes your child will refuse food just because this gets an interesting reaction from you. If children refuse to eat a food, it doesn’t necessarily mean they dislike it – after all, they might not have even tasted it yet. They might just be putting on a show of independence to see what you’ll do. Be prepared and consider what your response will be – this scenario will occur!
Consider this: children learn by testing the boundaries of acceptable behaviour. It’s all part of their social, intellectual and emotional development.
Punishing your child for refusing to try new foods can turn new foods into a negative thing. If your child refuses to eat it, you can offer it to them again another time.
It’s tempting to offer your child food treats just so he ‘eats something’ – for example ‘If you eat your vegetables, you can have a biscuit’. But this can make your child more interested in treats than healthy food. Of course, you have to decide on your house rules, but this sends the message that eating healthy food is a chore.
It’s easy to worry, if your child refuses food, whether they are actually eating what they need to grow and thrive. If your child has enough energy to play and learn, they are probably eating enough. If your child eats an incredibly limited range or foods or refuses entire food groups for a prolonged period of time, it might be worth booking to see your GP or health visitor.
Scientific research continually demonstrates that our body’s ability to function is significantly affected by what we eat. So much so, that it is becoming common practice for people to turn to nutritional therapy to help manage a wide array of health problems. Often, they simply use it to enhance the way they look and feel.
When people think about the food they eat, they often see it as simply supplying their body with energy. However, food really is so much more than this. When we break it down into its constituents, it interacts with our body on a chemical level.
Nutrients speed reactions up, inhibit others and allow organs to communicate and work synergistically. They give our body the tools it needs to flourish in the way that it is designed to. As such, it is obvious that what we put in our bodies can alter our concentration, our ability to fight disease, to reproduce, and to sleep soundly. Given that the modern world places many obstacles in between us and the path to health, supporting the body nutritionally is all the more pertinent.
Nutritional Therapy is not as simple as being told what to eat and when. Or what foods are good for you and what to do if you want to lose weight. The objective is to work to identify what imbalance or dysfunction is at the heart of a specific health condition and manage it in a sustainable way. Even niggling little symptoms we consider to be part of day-to-day life, such as bloating, headaches, blemishes, PMS and energy imbalances, are a sign that our body is not working optimally. Biochemical testing is undertaken where necessary to ensure approaches are targeted to each individual.
Nutritional therapy, nutritionist, nutritional coaching, nutritional counselling… It’s all essentially the same thing. You can expect evidence based, targeted nutrition advice tailored just for YOU and no one else. This is combined with some gentle, encouraging support to help you reach your health goals.
I’ll listen to your complete health story right from when you were little because it’s all part of who you are today. I’ll explain things simply, allowing you to ask all the questions you need to in order to understand your programme. I promise never to judge you and will give you a programme that’s easy to follow because I realise that everyone likes to make changes at their own pace. And we will work together and interactively and in confidence. Why not schedule your appointment today, and let’s get started!