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8 Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight on Holiday

Going on holiday can always be tricky and lets be realistic, you are not going to be losing weight on vacation. However this does not mean that you have to put on an extra kilo or two or deprive yourself of the foods you love. It is about being sensible and indulging in moderation. I divide my time between Italy and London and often tend to eat a little too much pasta and pizza when in Italy but I always manage to stay the same weight. Here below are a few tips that have helped me and I hope you will find useful.

Always have a healthy breakfast

The body is at its most acidic in the mornings so it is important to keep it alkaline. Therefore make sure you start the day right by always making it a healthy meal. Start your morning with warm water and lemon followed by a smoothie, fruit and chia pudding, avocado on toast with a poached egg or a bowl of porridge.

Indulge in moderation

Your are on holiday so no one expects you not to have a treat. All you have to do is to make  sure you make sensible choices. If you want to have a treat like a dessert or carbohydrates I suggest you have them during the day preferably at lunch time. When having a treat it doesn’t mean you have to binge on your favourite foods. If you fancy some cake have a slice not the whole cake. If you want to have lasagna have a small portion and do not have seconds. If you have pasta do not eat bread with it. Whatever treat you decide to enjoy always remember to include lots of vegetables and salads with your meals. Keep your portions small.

Alcohol

It is no secret that alcohol is full of hidden calories and is no good for the liver, however most people do like to enjoy a drink or two especially when on holiday. With alcohol moderation is key. When choosing alcoholic beverages choose wisely. Cocktails taste great but they are very high in calories so remember to be sensible. If you want to enjoy a drink I would recommend drinking vodka with sparkling water and freshly squeezed lemon juice. I would limit it to 2 drinks. Too much alcohol is not only bad for the liver but it is extremely dehydrating especially in warm weather when you need to stay hydrated. To keep well hydrated it is important to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you consume.

Exercise

Most of you will be looking at this thinking that you want to relax on holiday, not workout. I am not suggesting you turn your holiday into a bootcamp vacation. However if you want to indulge in your favourite foods you must do some form of exercise. If you are on a beach or by a pool you can swim. Go for an early morning run or brisk walk on the beach. The more active you are the more calories you burn. I tend to go for 2-3 hour hikes, I am actually more active when I am away. You do not have to kill yourself. I am not suggesting you do 2 hours a day. You can fit in just a 20minute HIIT workout daily to keep the weight off.

Keep healthy snacks in your cupboards

If you know you have a sweet tooth do not keep your cupboards full of cakes and biscuits. Opt for healthy snacks like nuts, seeds, fruit, hummus and vegetables. The less unhealthy treats you have lying around the better. If you feel hungry have some hummus with carrot sticks or half an avocado. These are both filling and healthy. I do not eat a lot of dairy but I do have a soft spot for cheddar cheese. I therefore make sure I don’t keep it in the house otherwise I will end up eating the whole lot. This of course does not mean I never treat myself to a little cheese now and again. I just do not keep it in the house.

Stay away from salad dressings

You will definitely not be putting on any weight eating salads but beware of salad dressings. They taste great but are hidden with calories. Keep it simple and just use a little olive oil and apple cider vinegar for salads.

Simple is always best when eating out

Try to stay away from rich, heavy sauces and opt for grilled or steamed dishes when going out for a meal. There will always be healthy options on the menu. Many people use the excuse of dining out to stuff their faces with everything on the menu. Be sensible. Stay away from the bread basket and if going for a dessert make sure you have a healthy main like a grilled fish. Remember to always be sensible and keep your food choices simple and healthy.

Do not raid the buffet

Buffets have all sorts of foods and it can be so tempting to just keep eating everything! We have all done it. However do try to be sensible. Go for lots of salads and vegetables and protein so you become full quickly. As mentioned before this does not mean that you cannot enjoy your favourite foods. You just have to be sensible. Do not refill your plate 3 or 4 times.

It is important to remember that when you are on holiday you should enjoy yourself and not become obsessed with counting calories and starving yourself to keep your bikini body. Of course you want to enjoy a drink or two, have an ice cream or a pizza. You just have to remember that with everything in life moderation and balance are important. The older we become the more important it is to look after our health. If you would like a bespoke nutritional plan email me.

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5 Tips to a Good Night’s Sleep

It is fair to say that all of us at some point in our lives have experienced sleepless nights or suffered from insomnia. I certainly have in the past when I was younger. Living in a city like London can often be very stressful leading to anxiety. It is so important that we switch off when we go to bed. Overthinking is not good and the more we can’t sleep the more we tend to analyse and stress as to why we are not falling asleep. Prolonged lack of sleep can have drastic effects on our health. It can leave us feeling confused affecting our day to day performance leading to inflammation in the body and lowering our immune system.

The reason for restless nights vary from person to person. Some reasons include: Stress and anxiety,  Lack of  calcium and magnesium (nature’s tranquilisers), stimulants like caffeine,  over thinking, depression, bladder problems, certain diseases like over active thyroid, Here below are a few tips I hope will help.

Keeping a sleep routine

It is important to go to bed at the same time every day and wake up in the mornings at the same time. When I was suffering from insomnia I was going to bed at all sorts of different times. It is important to let the body get used to the the same sleep routine. If at first you find this difficult, do not over stress that you are not falling asleep, simply get up and relax for 10 minutes, You can meditate or listen to some classical music. No going online or chatting on whatsapp. You want to relax your mind not stimulate it.

Foods to avoid and foods to include

Avoid having massive meals late at night. This not only will disrupt your sleep but it will place an enormous strain on the digestive system. You have to go to bed that you are feeling not too hungry and not too full. Caffeine is a big stimulant and should not be consumed after 5pm. Caffeine is not just present in coffee and regular tea. It is found in coca cola, chocolate, cocoa and energy drinks. So eating chocolate at night in front of the tv is not such a great idea. Avoid eating foods that are hard to digest like cheese late at night. Alcohol is another stimulant that should be avoided. Most people have alcohol to help them distress when in actual fact it does the opposite. You may feel it helps you fall asleep but it will only make you wake up 2-3 hours later feeling dehydrated and thirsty.

Friendly foods to include in your diet: Avocado, fish, turkey, beans, bananas, wheatgerm sprinkled onto your porridge, gluten free oats. You can even have a little bowl of porridge with a chopped banana in the evening, You do not have to have porridge only for breakfast. Drink more herbal teas like camomile tea.

Switch off all technology

In todays modern world this is rather challenging. I for one spend far to much time on my phone and computer. Most people after a long day at work, come home have a bite to eat and go online straightaway or watch tv. In order to get a good night’s sleep it is essential to relax a few hours before bed. This means no lap tops in bed. No whatsapp with friends, no tv. You want to create a relaxing bed time ritual. Going online will only stimulate your mind even more making you more awake. You want to fall asleep remember.

Creating a relaxing bed time environment

This is carrying on from the above point. So you have switched off your mobile phone, closed your computer for the day and switched off your tv. Now you are ready to relax. I would suggest a relaxing bath with epsom salts. This is truly relaxing before bed. Do not have a shower. Showers are for the mornings when you want to wake up. Play some soothing classical music. You can have music for every mood and bed  time music should be relaxing so no techno. Make sure your room is dark and comfortable. You do not want it to be too cold or to warm.

Manage your stress levels

This is extremely important. Some people keep on going until they completely exhaust themselves. You must leave your work at the office. Your mind must switch off. No bringing work papers to bed. You must learn to delegate tasks. Do not try to do everything by yourself. If you do not manage your stress it can lead to adrenal exhaustion. Regular exercise every day can help you de stress especially yoga. Regular exercise will make you feel and look great. However do not do any exercise  before going to bed as you will be too energised

I hope the above helps. I am a qualified nutritional therapist so if you would like an initial consultation please email me.

 

 

Why Diets do not Work

Most of my clients come to me to help them lose weight. I do not believe or like the word diet. I do not believe in diets. What I do believe in is healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle which is essential in preventing disease. When you are healthy and active you will have an abundance of energy. Fad diets mess up your metabolism and are restrictive depleting the body of vital nutrients.

Diets mess up your metabolism

Most women make the mistake in thinking that by starving they will lose weight quicker and become obsessed with counting calories. When the body goes into starvation mode due to lack of calorie intake it will start to use up muscle and lean tissue thus resulting in muscle tone loss.  You need to be eating every 3-4 hours to speed up your metabolism. By starving your body you are actually slowing down your metabolism making it harder to lose weight in the long term. A balanced healthy diet consists of 3 main meals and 2 snacks.

Too restrictive

Most fad diets tend to eliminate food groups mainly carbohydrates and tend to be very restrictive leading a person feeling deprived. When on these fad diets a person will be even more sensitive to food and if they feel too restricted they will tend to crave all the wrong foods and will often have a massive binge.

Can be harmful

A restrictive diet like the Atkins diet which was a fad a while back can cause serious health problems. A diet that is too high in animal protein like the Atkins diet can cause an enormous strain on the kidneys leading to kidney stones and other problems. Your kidneys filter your blood getting rid of all unwanted waste and toxins via the urine. Eating a diet very high in saturated fats like meats can also lead to heart disease. This is why you need a balanced diet.

Cause nutrient deficiencies 

Following on from above, a balanced diet is essential for staying healthy. You need a balanced diet that includes carbohydrates, proteins and good fats. A restrictive diet will leave you feeling tired and deprived.

Carbohydrates are absolutely necessary for energy and endurance. You need carbohydrates for physical activity. Most women look at carbs horrified and underestimate their importance in a healthy diet. I am not referring to refined sugars such as white bread, white pasta, cakes, pies and processed foods which have zero nutritional value. They supply that quick burst of energy by raising your blood sugar levels followed by a quick dip in energy. This is why complex carbohydrates are what you should be fuelling your body. Complex carbohydrates are slow releasing and do not raise blood sugar levels thus resulting in energy for longer periods of time. Good sources include: Sweet potatoes, brown rice, porridge, stone ground wholemeal breads.

Protein is important for muscle repair and healing. Protein is needed to stop muscle tone loss. Good sources of protein are lean meats – please ensure you go for organic meats. You do not want to eat meat that has been injected with hormones and antibiotics. Other good sources: Tofu, lentils, beans, eggs and quinoa. Another is the super food spirulina, which is a blue-green algae rich in protein, iron and B12.

Healthy fats – your good omega 3 fats known as essential fatty acids act as an anti inflammatory by protecting your joints, ligaments and tendons. They are also good for brain function, cardiovascular health, endurance and stamina. Good healthy sources include: Wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, avocados, flax seeds, linseeds, pumpkin, chia and sunflower seeds.

I hope you have now understood the importance of a healthy balanced way of eating that a fad diet lacks. As mentioned above you need a healthy eating plan that incorporates all the food groups. You cannot isolate one or two groups and just have one. This will lead to health and anxiety problems as a person feels deprived, restricted and unhappy. Another thing that most fad diets do not mention is the importance of exercise. Healthy eating and exercise go hand in hand to maintain a healthy active body and mind.

If you require a bespoke healthy nutritional plan you can purchase my Initial consultation plan on my website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A beginner’s Guide to Meal Prepping

If you learn to become more organised in the kitchen and start planning and preparing all of your meals for you and your family ahead of time, life will no doubt become easier, especially if you have children. You come home late for work and you want to whip up a super quick, healthy but  tasty meal. Yes healthy food does not have to be boring.

What you will need

You will need to invest in good tupperware, glass containers, jars, bottles and freezer bags. How many you buy depends how many people you are cooking for. To start off do not go crazy, invest in little to see how  you get on.

Plan

Start by planning what you intend to eat the week ahead. I suggest drawing up a weekly food planner where you write down all the breakfasts, snacks, lunch and dinners for the whole week. Since you are new to meal prepping stick to recipes that you are familiar with. Once you have written down your meal plan it is time to list all the shopping ingredients you will need. Remember to make your meals varied so you do not get bored and to include vegetables, good sources of protein, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. In a healthy diet you need them all.

Good vegetables to include in your meal plan:  Bok choy, cavolo nero, kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, dandelion greens, asparagus, zucchini, cucumber, cabbage and rucola.

When it comes to protein if you decide to go for meat please make sure it is organic. You do not want your meat to be injected with hormones and antibiotics so always go organic. Good sources of protein are: Wild salmon, prawns, turkey, chicken, beef, fish, tempeh,  tofu, chickpeas, lentils, edamame and all other beans and quinoa.

Complex carbohydrates go for: sweet potatoes, brown rice, try gluten free pasta like millet and quinoa fusilli or rice and quinoa pasta, amaranth and buckwheat.

Good sources of healthy fats: Avocados, almonds, brazil nuts, selenium nuts, pecans, pumpkin, sesame, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds. Flax oil in salads or smoothies. Olive oil and coconut oil.

Prep

Once you have all your ingredients for your meals it is time to get started in the kitchen. If you are new to meal prepping I suggest you prepare food for 3 days at a time until you get the hang of it or you can prepare your lunches and dinners the night before. At first it may be daunting but trust me once you get the hang of it life will become so much easier! Your fridge and freezer will be packed full of healthy meals.

Make large batches of meat balls and burgers. These are great to have in the freezer with a delicious tomato sauce. I suggest you cook all your sauces separately. Make a jar full of your favourite sauce and keep it in the fridge for the week. Remember to always make sure to sterilise the jars. You can make batches of tomato sauce and keep it in the freezer. Soup is another good option for a quick meal. All you need to do is take it out of the freezer in the morning  and cook it when you come home. You can’t get quicker than that.

Cook all your protein in advance and I suggest to keep it simple like grilled and you can season it on the day. By keeping it simple it will last longer rather than cooking it in a sauce and leaving it in the fridge for a few days. Use spices and herbs to enhance the flavour, use cayenne pepper, salt and pepper, garlic powder.

Hard boiled eggs are excellent to have on the go and a great sauce of protein. I suggest you cook them for a few days in advance, so you can use them in the morning if you do not have time for breakfast or as a snack with some spinach.

Oats are great as they are so versatile and easy to prepare. To make breakfast easier in the morning you can prepare overnight oats which last in the fridge for 3 days. If you prepare porridge in the morning, prepare your bowl the night before with all your chopped fruit and just put it in a pan with water the next day. Get organised as much as possible to minimise time especially if you have to rush to work in the mornings.

Chop all your fruit and vegetables to make it easier for cooking. You can chop bananas, strawberries, blueberries , avocados and other fruit of your choice and freeze them, this will  make it easier to prepare smoothies. Chop all your vegetables and put store them in containers in the fridge so that if you fancy a stir fry when you come home from work you have all the ingredients you need. You can marinate some prawns or chicken pieces the night before for your stir fry as well. As you get the hang of  you will decide what works best for you. There are no fixed rules. You do what suits you.

It is important to note that meal prep does not mean you have to eat all your meals cold. As mentioned above you can have a hot breakfast. You may decide that lunches and snacks are the only cold meals you want and you prefer a hot dinner.

I hope the above tips help and good luck to your meal prepping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Drinking Water

Our bodies are made up of around 60% water. Water makes up about 90% of the blood. We cannot survive without water. As we age our cells are not able to absorb water well. This is due to all the toxins that a person absorbs over the years from their diet, environment and chemicals that can be found in water like fluoride, chlorine and pesticides. Hormonal residues from the pill can also be found in water. This is why it is important  to drink good quality water as the better the quality the better it will be absorbed by the cells leading to good hydration. You can tell by how well hydrated you are by the colour of your urine. If it is dark it means you need to drink more. Your urine should be a light pale colour. We lose around 3 litres of water a day. We lose water every day through breathing, urine, stools and sweating, especially during strenuous exercise. In the warmer weather we tend to drink more as we tend to sweat more. In winter we tend to want to drink less as we assume that as it is cold we do not need to drink as much. We actually need to be well hydrated all year round. You should aim to drink 1.5 – 2 litres of water a day. Water is vital for your cells, tissues, blood, lymph and glandular secretions.

Water flushes out toxins

By drinking more water the body is able to flush out all the toxins. In order for the kidneys to function properly it is important that the tubules do not become clogged up or damaged. The liver is the major organ of detoxification. If we are not well hydrated the liver will not be able to get rid of all the toxins and you will become toxic leading to feeling unwell with headaches, feeling bloated and having water retention and cellulite build up.

Increase fruit and vegetables in your diet

By eating 4 pieces of fruit and having 4 portions of vegetables on a daily basis is a litre of water. Foods high in water are: Tomatoes, melons, lettuce, carrots and broccoli. In general all fruit and vegetables are good to eat.

Improves mental function

If you deprive the body of water you will feel tired with no energy. Your mental function will be impaired. You will experience headaches or wake up with a clouded head as though you are hung over. Starving the brain of water creates mental confusion,  lack of memory and concentration.

Improves physical activity

When you exercise you lose a large amount of water especially if you do strenuous  exercise and sweat a lot. If the muscles are not well hydrated you will  not be able to perform your best as you will be too tired to have a good workout. In order to get the most out of your workout you need to drink water before, during and after exercise.

Improves constipation

If you are not drinking enough water faeces will become dry and hard causing constipation. By being well hydrated you will have better bowel movements.

Keeps joints lubricated

By not drinking enough water your joints will become stiff and painful. Most people associate joint pain with arthritis but sometimes all you have to do is actually drink more water and the joints become less stiff, less painful.

Keeps  your blood fluid

Water makes up approximately 90% of your blood. If you do not drink enough water then your blood risks becoming thick. If blood is too thick you run the risk of blood clots and heart disease.

Regulates body temperature and transports nutrients

Water helps limit changes in your body temperature when you are exposed to a warm or cold environment. When you are hot the body will release sweat and the evaporation of the water from the surface of the skin will cool the body. Water is the main transporter of nutrients throughout the body.

Is good for the skin

If the cells are deprived of water they will shrink and become dry. Lack of hydration will make the skin dry and wrinkles more prominent.

Alcohol and caffeine

These substances dehydrate the body enormously so consumption should be moderate and plenty of water should be consumed when drinking alcohol or beverages that contain caffeine.

Tips on how to drink more water

Always carry a bottle of water with you everywhere you go and sip on it through out the day. It is best to sip on water slowly than drinking it all at once.

Add lemon, cucumber, strawberries etc to your water to improve the taste.

Increase your fruit and vegetable intake.

 

 

 

 

 

A Beginner’s Guide to being Healthy

January was all about new year resolutions but how many have actually been able to stick to their resolutions? Most people believe that once the new year kicks in they have to become super healthy and fit. The first week they will throw away all the foods in their kitchen cupboards, go on a 7 day juice fast and kill themselves at the gym. No wonder this leads to numerous individuals going back to old habits after just one week! It is not about being perfect it is about making small realistic changes that will lead to a better, healthier lifestyle.

Ask yourselves the following questions:

Why do I want to become healthier?

Can I cope with change?

Do I have an addictive personality?

Do I want to change for me or for others?

You have to be really honest with yourself and keep your plan simple and realistic. If you have an addictive personality you will always be drawn to the things that are bad for you, thus making it more challenging. As mentioned before it is not about being perfect. Even if all you do is one small change towards becoming healthier that is ok. It is best to start slowly so you stay committed for longer.  A drastic change can lead to binging on the wrong foods which is not what we want. It is important that any change happens because you want it and not because society or someone else wants it! For some people being healthy is easy but for others it can be a life long struggle. Why is it important to become healthier? Because you want to remain active and disease free for the rest of your life! This does not mean that you should never ever have a treat. I eat everything in moderation but 80% of the time I am super healthy and I work out 6 days a week. This way if I do have a treat from time to time I do not feel guilty at all.

Be realistic and make small changes at a time

Don’t feel that you suddenly have to throw all your coffee, pasta, sweets and every food in the kitchen away and just live on green juice. This will only lead to you craving certain foods even more. You have to sit down and seriously  analise your diet and lifestyle. Ask the following questions:

How much alcohol am I consuming per day, per week?

How many coffees do I drink during the day?

Am I addicted to sugary foods?

How many cigarettes do I smoke?

Am I exercising enough?

Am I drinking enough water?

What foods do I crave the most?

Only you can answer these questions honestly. If a person’s diet is extremely unhealthy I do not advise any drastic action where an individual suddenly goes on a cleansing detox diet. You need to prepare the body otherwise it will be a shock to the system resulting in being ill and having cravings which will lead to binge eating. I suggest you cut down on the alcohol and coffee slowly. Do not eliminate it completely. If you are drinking 4 cups a day cut it down to 3 a day and eventually 1 a day. If this is the only change you make in a week that is ok. Eventually you can experiment with coffee substitutes  like dandelion coffee. When you are ready do the same with alcohol. Alcohol has a devastating effect on the liver. A healthier liver will give you more energy and regulate your metabolism. Do the same with smoking until you eventually quit.  Make sure you are well hydrated and start drinking more water. Stay away from all fizzy sugary drinks. Include more herbal teas in your diet. Start with little changes at a time. Don’t feel you have to give up your favourite foods for life. You don’t. Moderation is key. Exercise is also important for circulation and your lymphatic system. If you are new to exercise you can have a read of my previous post: A beginner’s guide to exercise. Again start slowly. Start with a brisk 30 minute walk. It is better to do something healthy everyday no matter how little rather than try to make unrealistic changes where you end up throwing in the towel after a week.

Make breakfast the most important meal of the day

A coffee with a danish pastry or a croissant is not a healthy breakfast. It will taste good but do no wonders for your health. You want to remain alert, active and sharp during your day, especially if you are going to work. Sugary foods will give you a momentary burst of energy and then suddenly make you feel sleepy and tired. It is ok to have a sweet treat once in a while but try foods like porridge, eggs or a smoothie in the mornings. Smoothies are very quick to prepare  and you can even take them to work with you. I have heard so many people say that they do not have time to prepare breakfast in the morning because they are in a hurry. Trust me when I say that investing a little time in your health will benefit you enormously in the long run. Our health is the most valuable thing we have in life.

Include more fresh whole foods into your diet

Try to cook everything fresh from scratch. If you fancy a burger or chips make them yourself. They will be much healthier than the ones you buy from the supermarkets. By cooking meals yourself you will see exactly what goes into your food, how much salt you use. Include garlic, ginger and turmeric in your cooking. Try to increase your vegetable intake. If this is the only change you make it is still good. Ideally, half of your plate should be vegetables or salad. Always make sure you wash your fruit and vegetables thoroughly especially if not organic. Non organic produce has more pesticides. Wash with apple cider vinegar or bicarbonate of soda. This is very important to avoid toxins. Include more raw foods in your diet. This is easier to do in the summer as the weather is warmer. It is normal to crave warming foods in the winter but maybe a smoothie a day can help you have more raw foods.

Stay away from all processed ready made meals

Ready made meals in the supermarkets may be cheap but they are full of rubbish. They are full of salt, sugar, colourings and flavourings. I would definitely cut back and eventually eliminate them. As mentioned above cook everything fresh yourself.

Have protein with every meal

Protein with every meal is important  as it balances blood sugar levels. Remember that the protein should be the size of your palm and no bigger. It is important not to have too much animal protein. Try to mix it up with plant based protein. You can have eggs for breakfast, quinoa for lunch and some chickpeas for dinner. If you do go for animal protein make sure it is of good quality. If you decide to have meat please go organic. This is very important as non organic meat is injected with hormones and antibiotics.

I hope the above advice helps you towards your journey of health and fitness. If you would like more advice or a bespoke nutritional plan please email me.

Different Methods of Detoxification

As Detox January comes to a close I have put together a post about all the different ways you can detoxify the body. Detoxification is a great way of giving the digestive system a rest and ridding the body of accumulated toxins. I will be talking about fasting, juicing,  colon detoxification, skin brushing and more.

When embarking on any detox it is important to prepare at least two weeks before, especially if you have a diet high in meat, alcohol, caffeine and sugar. So you may want to cut down on these slowly. For example if you drink a lot of coffee cut it back to 1 cup a day in the two weeks leading up to the detox. The reason for this is that during a detox it is normal to experience withdrawal symptoms. You can experience headaches, nausea, lethargy, dizziness, skin outbreaks, constipation or diarrhoea (mainly diarrhoea as your intake of fibre increases), coated tongue and bad breath as the toxins are released into the blood stream. This is perfectly normal. It means the detox is working. The more toxic you are the more you are likely to suffer from the above symptoms. These symptoms normally last for about 24 – 72 hours. After this time period you will start to feel better. If you are new to any cleanse only do it for 1 day. Make sure you are drinking 2 litres of water a day when detoxing.

Signs and Symptoms of Toxicity

Chronic fatigue

Waking up constantly tired

Irritable bowl syndrome

Anything that appears on the skin like: acne, psoriasis and eczema is sign of liver toxicity

Foul smelling stools

Bad breath

Headaches

Cancer

Liver disease

Fasting

There are different fasts that can be done. I would recommend a fast one day a week or  a month. This is really a good way to give the digestive system a rest. Some people do a water fast but I would strongly recommend doing a fast based on fruit and vegetables. Different fasts include: liquid fasts which consist of fruit and vegetable drinks. Another fast is when you choose one fruit or vegetable per day and eat only that all day. Or a vegetable and fruit day. Many people when embarking on a fast go for liquid only.

Liquid fasts are quite hard to do and it is perfectly fine for people to have a piece of fruit. If you suffer from blood sugar imbalances then it is very important that you do not go hungry for long periods. This is very important!

If you are planning on embarking on a fast that will last longer than 2 days you should be supervised.

If you are on any type of medication you must speak to your doctor before embarking on a fast. When fasting no medication or supplements should be taken. However I do not encourage anyone to stop taking medication that has been prescribed by their doctor. An example is a diabetic that is insulin dependent. This applies to all fasts, even if it is just for one day. ALWAYS tell your doctor if you are about to fast.

Contraindications to fasting:

Pregnant, breast feeding

Diabetes (especially if insulin dependent)

Anyone taking prescription drugs

Anyone taking recreational drugs

People suffering from eating disorders

Children

People with severe liver or kidney disease

As mentioned before, always contact your doctor before embarking on a fast or any detox diet, especially if you are on medication.

Make sure that you are in a relaxed environment when doing a fast. You want to be relaxed. No intense exercise.

The results of fasting is clearer skin, an abundance of energy, memory and concentration improve, becoming less acidic and more alkaline and a stronger immune system.

Juicing

Juicing is good for quick absorption of nutrients. It takes 15 minutes for the nutrients from a juice to hit the blood stream. This is very good in people that have digestive issues and want to give their digestive system a rest. Juicing is also good as it includes raw foods packed full of enzymes that are often lost during cooking. Juicing places less of a strain on the liver. Ideally fruit and vegetable juices should not be mixed together. Apples and carrots are the exception. Vegetable juices are best for people suffering from blood sugar problems.

Colon Detoxification

The best way for colon detoxification is colon hydrotherapy. it consists of water inserted via the rectum. This allows the whole colon to be washed. The benefits are: Softens, loosens and expels faecal matter, tones and exercises the colon.

The following conditions can be improved by colonic irrigation:

Diarrhoea

Constipation

Bloating

Chronic fatigue

Headaches

Diverticulitis

Liver congestion

Cellulite

It is important that you go to a qualified practitioner for your colonic irrigation. The first time you have one will feel strange, you will feel your abdomen expand and you will have the feeling you want to go to the toilet. It takes time to get used to but is very good at eliminating toxins.

Skin Brushing

Skin brushing is great for the lymphatic system, it stimulates the circulation. Skin brushing removes dead skin cells thus opening the pores so the skin can eliminate toxins. It is done by using a bristle brush starting from the lower legs brushing in circular motions working the way up towards the heart. This should be done before a shower or bath. Skin brushing should be done on a daily basis.

Saunas and Steam Baths

These are great for getting you to sweat out  the toxins from the skin. Saunas are  considered to be better and they make you sweat naturally. It allows the pores to open and sweat out all the toxins. To get the best benefit it is ideal to have a cold shower afterwards washing away the toxins. A lymphatic drainage massage after a sauna is the ideal to get the lymphatic system moving and increase blood circulation. Make sure to drink plenty of water afterwards to flush out all the toxins. There is a sauna called infra red which is far superior to normal saunas and is really good for a number of health issues like arthritis.

Contraindications are:

Low blood pressure

Pregnancy

Heart disease

Kidney disease

Exercise

Daily movement is an excellent way to eliminate toxins, improve the lymphatic system and circulation. If your lymphatic system is clogged up you are more likely to store toxins and have cellulite. Athletes do not have body fat or cellulite due to the enormous amount of exercise they do. Naturally we are not athletes and I do not expect any one to go and spend hours working out until they drop dead. Moderation is key. Find a physical activity that you enjoy. Enjoying what you do always makes it easier and fun. It can be running, swimming, yoga, dancing, tennis, football, pilates, gym etc.

I would like to mention that with everything moderation is key. Detoxification is good for eliminating toxins however, you have to build after a detox making the body stronger through a healthy lifestyle. Some people detox 24/7 and this is not healthy. Too much of anything whether it is healthy can be harmful. Another important point to note is that everyone is different, what suits one person may not suit another. Don’t feel that you have to go on a fast to be healthy. You do what suits you. Personally myself  I do not do any intense detox. Every Friday I make sure I eat no animal protein, I have very light meals. A smoothie in the morning followed by a salad in the summer or some steamed vegetables with chickpeas or other beans for lunch during winter, and another salad or vegetable soup in the evening. I keep my portions small. This is my ways of cleansing. Every so often if I feel I have over indulged I eat like this for 3 days.

I hope the above helps. If you would like a bespoke nutritional plan please email me.