I often get asked about intermittent fasting, usually by women wanting to know whether it would be helpful for them in their quest to lose weight.
My answer is usually the same; yes, it can be very helpful, but there are different ways to do it, and some generally suit women more than others.
Ladies, when we hit our late 30’s, 40’s and into our 50’s, midlife weight gain is real and affects many of us.
But beyond the typical concerns about what we look like, and our feelings around that, there is a much more important issue to consider. The fact that this type of fat gain is unhealthy!
I work with lots of professional and business women. They come to me for all sorts of issues including inability to lose weight, gut issues, menstrual cycle issues, tiredness, low mood, disillusionment, wanting to get their 'mojo back, feeling stuck in some aspect of their life ... the list goes on.
One question I get asked time and again is "What should I actually be eating?" or "What is the ideal balanced diet?" So I thought I'd write something to try to give you a good broad idea of what a good balanced diet looks like, to me. I say 'to me' because there are many schools of thought on this, but this is what makes most sense to me.
This is a question that has crossed my mind many times, and especially recently…
“Who are you to coach people to lose weight and/or help with eating issues?”
I was having some coaching recently from a business coach called Ankush Jain, and this question arose. I explained that because I have never had big weight loss challenges in my life, I sometimes feel that I’m an imposter… His answer, and the subsequent chat that followed, was both enlightening and eye-opening. My personal journey of self-discovery had another chapter to be written.
So unsurprisingly, this was the topic that was chosen by an overwhelming majority in one of my recent groups when I ran a poll, so I decided to turn it into a blog post too, so more people could benefit from it…
Often we make great choices at home, or even when at work, because we are making things ourselves. But eating out is a different ball game as you can't quite be sure what is in things (and who wants to be the person asking the waiter for the ingredients list and nutrient breakdown for each dish!)
So with that in mind, here are some tips for making better choices when going out:
I know, I know, I talk about this A LOT! My clients will vouch for this but it’s with good reason. Why? Because it is so fundamental to how we feel! It’s fundamental to good health and without it we can’t be truly healthy. And when we understand the concept, and start to make changes to the way we eat, and drink (!), we feel SO much better. Add to this the fact that we naturally lose excess weight, the healthy way. Our body loves us for it!
It is estimated that a huge % of the UK population are deficient in Vitamin D. It is also estimated that the pandemic of Vitamin D deficiency affects one billion people worldwide and is getting worse but no-one is entirely sure as to why. There are various theories including the fact that we are spending more time indoors and when we do go outside into the sun, we are slathering ourselves in sunscreen. Whatever the reason, there are things that we can do to help raise our levels.
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