Preparation is key to healthy living, but I know and understand how busy everyone’s lives are these days. It can be a real challenge trying to work full time, run a family, keep up with friends and family commitments, exercise regularly all whilst trying to maintain a healthy eating habits.
I do want to remind you that food is fuel, and to maintain a busy lifestyle, stable energy levels, a healthy weight and a good mood it’s important to eat well. Good health is everything, so making that little extra effort to make a few lunches during busy weeks can go a long way.
Does your mind feel like an open browser with 100 tabs open? Or are you always feeling stressed, overwhelmed, maybe you have a never-ending to-do list, chores to do at home, friends to call and catch up with, plus a family to run, or are you worried about your health, losing weight or have so much on your mind you can’t fall asleep at night? If you answered yes to any of the above then it may be time to consider incorporating some mindfulness practice into your lifestyle.
Mindfulness has become a bit of a buzzword in recent years, and all for good reasons! Study after study has shown that adopting a regular mindfulness practice can significantly reduce levels of stress, and can make a positive impact on mental and physical well-being.
Food prepping can be very overwhelming for some (especially if you're new to it). As a nutritionist, this is something I hear all the time from clients, friends, family, and it was the same story I told myself years ago! But whether you want to eat better to have more energy, lose weight, fix a health condition (which is why I changed my diet and lifestyle years ago) you need start prioritizing food prep into your lifestyle.
I see a lot of clients for weight loss who have tried everything under the sun but are still unable to lose weight. Some of my clients even have the perfect diet but still can’t lose weight. Weight loss doesn’t always come down to calories in vs calories out. There are numerous things that could be going on in the body which can affect weight loss, and I’m going to touch on a few of these for you.
Forget about the perfect blow wave, red lip, or even killer outfit. Nothing looks as good as that glow that radiates from the inside out. I’ll be real, it’s every woman’s dream (including mine) to have flawless, beautiful, youthful skin. Of course the right skincare products can help you get the skin of your dreams, but for truly awe-inspiring skin you need to get to the root cause of your blemishes. Why not look to nutrition to give your skin a boost from within? Food is what actually feeds, repairs, and rejuvenates your skin cells.
A diet rich in vegetables is key to good health! I personally try my hardest to consume 8+ servings of veggies every single day. It may sound like a lot, but trust me it’s worth it! Vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber which is all vital for our health. In the rush of life, a few days can often slip away for some people where you may not have consumed enough vegetables. If you want to feel good, have glowing skin, good digestion, a strong immune system it’s important you consume ...
More often than not I have to emphasize the importance of protein in my client’s diet, which is why I decided to write a blog post about it. Protein is actually one of the most important parts of a healthy diet. It seems to me that many people nowadays are still under the impression that protein is going to make us ‘bulky’. This is in no way true what so ever! Did you know that protein is a component of every single cell in your body, and is used to build and repair bones and tissue?
One thing I deal with all the time in clinic is peoples desire for more energy. With so many people now leading busy lifestyles and not sleeping enough, not moving their body, not making their own healthy meals, they often rely on quick fixes such as sugar and caffiene to get them through long busy days. What many people often forget is that food is fuel!
This vital nutrient is one many people don’t really think of, yet populations around the world are suffering from vitamin D deficiency. It’s crucially important to assist in the maintenance of a healthy heart muscle, bone mineralization, skin conditions, mood/cognitive function, immune function, inflammatory response, hormonal health, enhance calcium absorption and more. Today, far too many of us do not get enough vitamin D for optimal health.
Vitamin C is an essential micronutrient that we need to ingest daily from our diet as it cannot be produced by the body. The reason why your adrenal glands love vitamin C so much is because the highest concentration of Vitamin C in the body is stored in the adrenal glands. Vitamin C is utilized by the adrenal glands in the production of all of the adrenal hormones, specifically cortisol (the stress hormone, which in high levels shifts your nervous system into the ‘flight or flight’ mode).
Near the end of 2016 I didn’t quite feel 100%. Being a nutritionist I am very conscious of what I put into my body, and also lifestyle factors that can impact on my health and vitality. I was eating a very wholesome balanced diet rich in wholefoods (lots of fresh vegetables, protein, healthy fats and wholegrain carbohydrates), I was exercising 5-6 times each week, meditating most day, but something still wasn’t quite right.
One thing I talk to many of my clients about is the importance of a good nights sleep. To me getting a solid 7-8 hours of sleep each night is the foundation to good health! Did you know sleep not only decreases your productivity and performance the following day but it also disrupts your metabolism (increasing your appetite hormone), disrupting your weight, your concentration, your mental health, your sex drive, your ability to cope with stress, lowers your immune system, causes nervous system dysfunction and can wreak havoc on your hormones.
Reboot and cleanse your system in 14 days! Not feeling like yourself lately? Maybe you've enjoyed the summer months a little too much and you're in need of a detox. If you want to get back to feeling healthy, energized, less bloated, lose some weight or rid your body of toxins, then this 14-Day Restart Plan is for you!
Those who have been following me for a while will know I'm big on gut health! To me great health stems from a healthy gut! Not only have I healed myself from digestive issues such as IBS over 6 years ago I've also seen and helped many clients heal their digestive complaints. A healthy gut important for the proper absorption of nutrients, ease of digestion, good bowel function, elimination of toxins, resistance to germs and avoidance of food reactions.
This coconut coffee exfoliator not only smell divine but will help moisturize and exfoliate your skin leaving it feeling silky soft. It’s also a fun, easy, economical and healthier way to ensure you know exactly what you are putting onto your skin, not to mention to ought to make your skin glow!
My passion and what I strive for every day, is to help people like you become healthy, vibrant, energized, leaner and stronger so you can achieve your full potential.
For the first 20 years of my life I suffered with asthma, eczema, allergies, food intolerances and in early 20’s was diagnosed with ISB. I was constantly run down, sick, having to take regular days off work, had low energy levels, I was constipated, was a addicted to sugar, saying I was a chocoholic is an understatement and I had food cravings pretty much 24/7 having no self-control around food. I saw food as control and exercise as punishment. I felt broken emotionally and physically.
I've been there, I know what it feels like. My sugar cravings used to be out of control! I was a chocoholic and could easily polish off half a block of chocolate if not more in one sitting, no sweat. When I went on my health journey and changed my diet and lifestyle (before studying nutrition) I put steps in place to quit the terribly addictive and health destroying stuff. You can too! Trust me, you just have to be committed and dedicated to reaching your goals.
Being a nutritionist and passionate foodie I make sure I fuel my body with healthy, delicious food every day. Not only does it make me feel good, but I use food as medicine, it provides me with energy to get through long busy days. My day on a plate often changes depending on the season, how I'm feeling or how busy I am, but what I'm going to share with you is a little glimpse into my life of my most common choices for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, if you don't already follow me on Instagram.
3 weeks until I get married! I can't believe how fast time is flying! With such a big and exciting occasion on the horizon, I am making an extra effort with my diet and lifestyle to make sure I'm ready for the big day, as every girl wants to look and feel her best! It's important for me to be a healthy bride, which is why diet and my mindset play a huge role in preparation for the day.
New year new you right? Jump aboard the healthy band wagon if you haven't already with these 5 simple habits for a healthier (and may I say happier) you! It’s so easy for life and the ‘busy’ trap to get in the way of happiness and health. There is so much going on all the time that some people often push their health to the side line. Well it's a new year and it's time to look after #1 (YOURSELF!).
I’m a sucker when it comes to superfood powders. I am all about food first in relation to getting all your nutritional needs from real whole foods, but I’ve gotta say I do love to boost my smoothies and home made sweet treats with extra goodness. I have a few staples which I use on regular basis so thought I’d share them with you.