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How to have a healthy holiday

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
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on Tuesday, 01 July 2014
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How to have a healthy holiday?

Holidays are fun, relaxing, exciting and for most of my clients are a time to unwind, take time out and stop thinking about work, home, but more importantly for them they stop thinking about healthy eating and exercise.  Yes, it’s the time of year when you want to indulge a little, have a few drinks, try a few desserts and forget the scales.  But for many this mind set can mean a whole heap of trouble when it’s time to go home.  The holiday blues come with weight gain, no routine and lower fitness levels.  So, how before you jet off this year could you plan to beat the holiday bulge?

First change how you see your holiday.  It is a time to relax and enjoy yourself, but that shouldn’t mean going mad at the buffet or the bar.  Think about healthier options most of the day with have a little of what you fancy now and again. Jillian Michaels’ from the TV show ‘Biggest Loser’ has some inspiration on her website.  Secondly, if you’ve lost weight and are exercising before you go away, you need to think that healthy eating and exercise are part of your life – all the time.  People who maintain their weight don’t see being sensible on holiday, whilst still enjoying the odd treat, as a problem.  They see it as part of who they are and what they do. The story or conversation they have in their head is ‘I can have a few more drinks and will choose lower calorie one’s’ , ‘There isn’t a gym but swimming or playing with the kids is fun so I’ll make that my exercise, or I could do a few lengths of the pool each day or take a long walk’ or ‘it’s nice to eat out and not have to cook, but I’ll keep the portions small and just taste some of my favourite puddings’.

 

So plan ahead, think about how you can exercise and be active, enjoy your treats and favourite things without pilling on the pounds and relish all the other things there are to enjoy about a trip away…

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Can getting up early improve your health and wellbeing?

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
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on Wednesday, 14 May 2014
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5am and rising...would getting up at this hour of the day make a difference to my wellbeing?

I’ve often wondered how some people jump out of bed at the crack of dawn feeling refreshed and ready to get on with the day. Frankly, I don’t feel that way very often.  And I know that could be down to all manner of things, too much coffee or wine, a sleepless night, eating late, that my body clock is wrong, that I work late evenings with clients...

So after a number of my friends reminded me how they were up at 5am and feeling good and telling me I was more likely to:

Eat breakfast & exercise more readily

Feel more optimistic, positive, calmer and relaxed

Be purposeful and productive

And be more successful in my life

I thought, I’ve got to at least give this a try! But first I had to get over my nagging doubts and excuses that ‘I couldn’t do it, that it wasn’t for me, that those that did get up at 5 were mad!’

My barriers to this crazy idea were:

I work late and don’t get home until after 9 a few nights a week

I like my social life at weekends, so how will it work then - what about my nights out?

I’ll be really really tired (getting the right amount of sleep & quality – BBC news 13/5/14)

But the more I looked into it, the more I found research and reports that the benefits to being up with the lark were true. I read ‘The Ultimate Guide To Waking Up Early – How to start your day at the crack of dawn and transform your life by Gordon Sharp (Real Cool. Media)’ which was a great little E-book and also looked at some of the successful people past and present who attributed their success to an early morning start.

So now how was I going to do it- time for action!  5am may be a step too far to start, but how about 6:30am?

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Food and Mood Diaries

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
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on Monday, 28 October 2013
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Why use a food and mood diary...

Raises your awareness of what you actually eat

Allows you to reflect on how food makes you feel physically and mentally

Shows patterns in what and when you eat

Explores how you felt before and after eating

Allows you to calorie count easier

Helps identify meals and snacks more easily

Helps recognise the difference between physical and emotional hunger

Help you recognise when you are full or have eaten too much

Explores the idea that physical exercise can affect your mood

Identifies where you were and who you were with when eating and any impact it had on choices you made

 

Food and Mood diaries can be in paper format, set out in a table or a mind map, or you can use a spreadsheet on your computer or app for your smart phone or tablet.  Take a look at this example and check out what’s available on line and choose something suitable to how you work best.

Your Food and Mood diary

Your diary should include:

·         What you ate – the exact food and how much will be useful

·         When – be specific with the time and date

·         How was I feeling before hand – both physically and emotionally. Did you feel tired, fed up, lonely or bored

·         Have I exercised or been active today – what did I do

·         Also think about whether you’ve eaten this way a little, sometimes or a lot in the past and if you can remember when you might have started to do it.

The diary will give you insight and fact into what and how you are eating.  You can then look at putting solutions into place as to how you might change.

 

My Understanding Your Eating course can help with gaining a better insight into your relationship with food. 

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Lose weight by understanding why you eat not just what you eat

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
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on Monday, 28 October 2013
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Trying to get pregnant, avoid/reverse diabetes, reduce the risk of heart disease and you're usually told to lose weight.

Even though you know it makes sense and you being told by everyone, getting into shape can be so difficult.  Even for those couples struggling to conceive the prospect of a baby sometimes doesn't unlock the key to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. So why is it so difficult?

First, we live in a society where food is available 24/7 and it’s literally as cheap as chips! 

Secondly, If you are overweight it’s likely you have a difficult relationship with food and haven't been eating well for some time, so all the willpower in the world might just not be enough.  

By understanding WHY we eat rather than just focusing on what we eat could lead to long term change.  

·         Keep a food and mood, be clear on what you’ve eaten and what might lead to your choices  Seeing your thoughts on paper can help gain better perspective on things.  

·       Are you really hungry? Ask yourself, what is the food for, what is the food going to do?  It might give you instant gratification but is likely to leave you feeling guilty and upset as you’ve just done what you’ve told yourself not to.  The feeling that caused you to raid the fridge will still be there!

·         In our society these days it seems we can’t meet friends and family without food and drink being involved and this could be where you’re eating and nourishment is going of track.  Think about doing  other things where the focus isn't just eating and drinking. Go to the cinema, meeting for a walk try walking for health for some inspiration and get fit too. Or visiting a gallery or place of interest in your area.  You could plan to meet outside meal times or suggest you will eat at home before meeting at a friends’ house.  

·         Stop eating to relieve boredom.  Lots of my clients complain of eating when they are bored, so list down all the things you say you never have time for – writing to a friend, planning a holiday or trip, pampering yourself, calling your friend, reading a book, listening to music or do a puzzle.  Any time you feel bored or vulnerable to eating pick something from the list to do instead. 

To crack the weight issues our society has we need to look at not just what we are eating but why we are eating as a double pronged approach.

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I'm not stressed, I'm just busy!

Posted by Joanne Neville
Joanne Neville
Energetic lifestyle coach specialising in weight related issues, loving the outd
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on Thursday, 24 January 2013
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It seems to me these days that many of us think unless we squeeze just one more thing into our day then we frankly aren’t trying hard enough!
An article the other day suggested a 1/2 hour work out for your lunch hour.  It involved a walk to the gym (just to squeeze in a little extra fat burning) a complex number of exercises and then a walk back to work.  At no point did they tell me when to eat lunch even though it was my 'lunch hour'.  How dare I think about stopping to eat and resting for one whole hour! There just isn’t the time, is there?

As we squeeze more in and time is so precious our heads are buzzing with ‘noise’ – things to do, places to be, TV/radio noise, chatter, email, social media – when does it stop?  For most of my clients it seems it doesn’t and the result is them finding very little time to stop and do absolutely nothing, be totally quiet and give your mind and body a rest.

The opportunity to be still and mindful is proven to help keep stress at bay and improve our feeling of wellbeing. So as I’m all for that I started meditating regularly recently and whilst I’m not some calm, chilled version of my former self, I’m definitely able to unwind & have stopped clock watching quite so much. 

For a quick burst of free meditation help and for 10 minutes a day, try www.getsomeheadspace.com

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