In the work that I do as a Wellbeing consultant, (coach, nutritional therapist and budding functional medicine practitioner), I often talk to people about their health. In fact, before I work with anyone, I’ll ask them how important it is to resolve their health problem. From experience I know that unless that score is 8 or above the potential client is not ready to work on the problem, get to the root cause and make some lifestyle changes. They are often surprised when I give them some questions to think about and suggest we speak in a week’s time.
It always makes me think about that phrase “Good health is priceless” because clearly there are times when it’s not. Lifestyle changes are well recognised now for being able to reverse some chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems and irritable bowel syndrome.
This seems to be a question that I’m asked a lot recently, and I can't answer that for you. A recent film on Netflix “The Gamechanger” has raised the profile of the benefits of Veganism and rolled it together with how bad meat is for you as well as blackmailing you on climate change and produced a lot of hype!!
Did you know there are certain foods that can actually help you feel less stressed?
They have pretty incredible health benefits, plus they work with your body to help soothe anxiety, cut inflammation, and generally help you feel more “chill.”
Are you ready? Here’s the list:
I’m going to tell you about a pretty incredible hormone in your body that helps you get up in the morning and start your day feeling energized!
It also gives you the “juice” you need when you’re under any kind of threat, to either do battle or run away.
But when you have too much of it surging through your body (due to too little sleep, too much stress, too much of the wrong kind of exercise, or health issues), it can do a HUGE number on your mood and your health.
My mother and father both worked hard all their lives. They both had jobs and my mother looked after the
home and kids. My father had a job in heavy engineering, hard physical work and then he grew our vegetables
and kept chickens as well keeping up with the repairs in the house. I don’t think they ever considered their own
health a priority and they had few hobbies.
I bet if I asked that in a room of a hundred people the majority would put their hand up!! I'm not talking about energy that needs constant grazing on high sugar food or the energy that comes from a train of coffee. I'm talking about that energy that just sees you through the day effortlessly, so you can work rest and play (sorry!) and sleep. You don’t have the jitters and you don’t keep piling on the weight from all the high sugar snacks.
There are so many retreats out there now you can find a retreat to suit any preferences. You can focus on physical, mental or spiritual aspects or a combination of all three. It’s something that has always interested me as I’ve often thought what a great way to revive, refocus and revitalise yourself! Spending a few days just focused on you, with time to reflect and connect with other people.
I think when I say to most people that I’m a nutritional therapist they’re not quite sure what I do. That’s okay, there is a lot of confusion about the difference between a nutritionist, a nutritional therapist and a dietician. The training is different and the ethos behind each one is slightly different. The reason I decided to qualify as a nutritional therapist is really contained in the definition of a nutritional therapist
I was in the supermarket the other day and I couldn’t help overhearing what a couple of women were talking about. And no, despite what people think I don’t check or judge what everyone has in their shopping trolley! They were saying that they really fancied some nice crunchy apples but there were no organic apples available, so they weren’t going to bother. What a shame you miss out of the pleasure and all the nutrients an apple can offer
Amongst other things, I’m a Pilates teacher and I had an appointment with a friend for a session. She texted me to cancel as she was feeling very under the weather, a recurrent bout of labyrinthitis. No problem. I wished her well and said we would re book when she was better. I saw her the following day and she looked washed out and pale. I remarked on this and she said that she forced herself to come out because she couldn’t sit still, she felt guilty doing it.
You can be aspirational, successful and enjoy your life. But it is tricky to do alone, I act as a guide to help others find balance in all aspects of their live - Jane.