2018 Blog Posts
A very important message and a very moving post written by Tim Kavermann.
For most of my life, the idea of self-love has been absent to me. To truly look within and have compassion and care for myself has been an experience I have only read about. Looking back, it seems somewhat silly to me that I have at times given those who are undeserving my love – when it’s me who really needed it. I guess I felt it selfish to take time out to discover myself, perhaps even counterproductive… Surely, giving my all to others would bring around the same in return. Time and time again it has proven to not be the case.
Sleep is such an important part of our overall wellbeing. In fact, I consider getting adequate sleep to be one of the foundations for great health. Getting enough sleep helps to lower cortisol your stress hormone, it keeps your appetite hormone in check, it supports mental health, your sex drive, hormonal health, your immune system, helps you concentrate and feel more alert throughout the day so you can perform best whether that’s at work, running around after kids, wanting to improve exercise goals.
It takes 21 days to create a habit. If you’re serious about improving your health I highly recommend trying this plan out for 21 days to create new healthy habits. Commit to it, 21 days is a short period of time but it could do wonders for your health. What have you got to lose, take the challenge!
As a holistic nutritionist, I see many clients who have a blood sugar imbalance. This can lead to all sorts of health problems, but the most common one I see in clinic is fatigue. If you want stable energy levels throughout the day then it’s time to consider how you kick-start your day. Stabilizing blood sugar levels also helps with weight management and can prevent cravings, the next two common health problems I see in clinic.
Now, first things first, I’m not pro or against coffee. It truly does come down to a personal preference and your health goals. A lot of people can do really well with 1-2 coffees per day, and there is plenty of research to back that moderate amounts of coffee can actually be good for our health.
Applying deodorant daily is something many people do, and without question because that’s what society has told us to do to avoid any funky smells. But, have you ever stopped to think about what is in your deodorant?
I’m seeing more and more corporate workers who are wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle but don’t know where to start. They feel overwhelmed by all the mixed advice out there, they have tried a range of diets but can’t stick to them, or get bored, or simply just can’t figure out what is actually right for them. Well, that’s my job! I’m here to make your life easier, healthier and take away your thought process of “what should I have tonight for dinner”. Trust me when I say healthy living shouldn’t be time consuming or boring. It IS possible to live a healthy life while working full time.
I get asked all the time, what am I supposed to eat, when am I supposed to eat, how much should I eat, what shouldn’t I eat, what is healthy. Well, unless you’re a client of mine this is very hard to answer. Why you ask ... because I’m a Holistic Nutritionist, I look at the individuals needs, no one diet fits all, everybody’s body requires different nutrients, different exercise patterns, different lifestyle requirements. It comes down to your individual needs!
When eliminating refined sugar from your diet it can seem very overwhelming. I know from personal experience. Before I went to university to become a Holistic Nutritionist I actually worked in the corporate world. I have a Bachelor of Business and worked in digital marketing for a few years. It was at this time my sugar cravings and binging was at an all-time high, and after 20 years of health struggles I decided enough was enough! It was at this point when I took my health seriously that I quit sugar, almost 8 years ago now.
Stress wreaks havoc on our body, in particular our digestive health, hormones, sleep habits, moods, energy levels, it can cause weight gain or make it difficult to lose weight, it increases inflammation which causes a range of health conditions, to name just a few. Yes, stress is inevitable, but being mindfulness of this and finding ways to manage stress can be a game changer to your health.
The more natural products you can incorporate into your lifestyle the better! Why... because it decreases your toxic load which lessens the load on your liver (your main detoxifying organ).
I see so many clients who suffer from fatigue. I’ve been there myself and it’s becoming almost too common with adults these days. In fact, fatigue is one of the top health issues I see clients about in clinic, along with weight loss and gut health issues.
The core to eating well, keeping it simple so you can feel amazing is PREP! If you’ve been following me on Instagram for a while you’ll more than likely know that almost every Sunday I prep meals for the week ahead. It changes on weekly basis but I often try to prep a few snacks, breakfasts and lunches when I know my husband and I have busy schedules the following week.
I’m seeing more and more clients who want to lead a healthy lifestyle and make positive changes but are struggling to find the time. I get you, and I’m in the same position as you. Lucky for you, this is also an area I specialise in!
Exciting news, every Wednesday I am now working from My Remedy Clinic in Browns Bay, Auckland. To celebrate I am giving you a special offer (for a limited time only), if you book in an Initial Consultation with me (in person or via Skype on a Wednesday) in the next two weeks you’ll receive $20 off your consultation, spaces are limited so get in quick by booking online, or, give me a call today (021 1264 274) if you have any questions or would like to make sure I am the right fit for you.
Nobody likes being rundown and stuck with the sniffles. We all have a lot on our plate these days, crazy work schedules, dinners to cook, lunches to make, laundry, washing, cleaning, places to be -things to do, family/friends to catch up with it, the list goes on! Life is busy, so who has time to get sick? Ensuring you keep your immune system in check is key if you want to continue performing at your best!
Most people have now heard of gluten, but many have a pretty poor understanding of what it actually is and how it affects gut health.
Did you know BOTH males and females should consider pre-conception care AT LEAST 3 months prior to trying for a baby? I know a lot of people who are either trying to conceive, considering trying in the very near future and unfortunately some who have been struggling to conceive for some time. Infertility rates are increasing, and because of this I really wanted to emphasise the importance of pre-conception care!
I've been there, I know what it's like and how hard it is to quit sugar. 7+ years ago if you put chocolate in front of me I would have demolished the whole thing in one sitting. And if someone offered me a slice of cake and told me to stop at one slice I would look at them and think they are crazy. Quitting sugar is a real problem, and something I help clients with on a weekly basis in clinic.
Lost Your ‘GetUpandGo?’
Most people have experienced low energy or fatigue at some point in their lives. After juggling home, work and family life, it’s no wonder there is little energy left for yourself! Anyone can feel tired at the end of the day, but ongoing fatigue can sneak up on you and become your ‘new normal’ – even though it’s not normal to be tired all the time. Persistent fatigue can often be misunderstood, as diagnostic procedures (such as blood tests) may not show any imbalance within your body. If you have persistent fatigue, don’t accept this as normal.
Think you know what's healthy? You might — but here's how you can still benefit from working with a Registered Clinical Nutritionist such as myself. Whether you’re looking to lose or gain weight, quit sugar, improve energy levels or improve your digestive health, find out how a Holistic Nutritionist could support you.
If a client comes to see me presenting with low energy levels, lethargy, weight management problems, sleep concerns or poor dietary habits one of the first things I’ll do is check for nutrient deficiencies. This means looking at their diet, assessing symptoms and looking at their recent blood tests.
I don’t often talk about my skin conditions, but eczema is a common condition which I help many clients with in clinic, so, I thought I’d share with you my experience on how I healed my eczema naturally. When I was a child until my early 20’s I used to suffer with eczema. It would often be itchy and painful and would come and go all the time in the creases of my arms, legs, random spots on my stomach, hands, arms and sometimes around my eyes. I could never really put it down to anything specific except for having “sensitive skin”. Before studying nutrition and learning how the body worked I thought eczema was something I had to live with forever. Boy was I wrong!
If you want to lose weight, what would your answer be if I asked you “why do you struggle to lose weight”? Answers I commonly get to this questions in clinic is to do with emotional eating, eating out of boredom, portion control, struggling to say no to “office treats”, feeling too restricted or losing motivation. This doesn’t come to surprise me, a lot of people I see in clinic often have tried dieting, restricting foods, followed a new food trend (paleo, low carb, fasting) or followed what worked for their friend or family member, which is a problem. One size does not fit all. Typical methods of losing weight are often too restrictive, lack flexibility and this doesn’t often fit into your schedule and everyday life.
Recently I’ve seen an increase in vegetarian and vegan clients. Many of which have only become vegetarian or vegan from watching documentaries such as Cowspiracy or What The Health. My opinion on those documentaries can be saved for another day, but, if you are considering giving up meat and becoming a vegetarian there are a few things you need to consider.
When wanting to lose weight the common theme I see in clinic is people ramping up their exercise routine and eating less. In theory it makes sense – burn more calories than you eat, and the kilos will come off. But, the truth is which study after study has shown that, in the long run dieting is rarely effective. Eating a low calorie diet for a long period of time does not improve your health and can do more harm than good.
Smoothies are an amazing way to get a variety of nutrients in your diet. They also take very little time to make so are the perfect breakfast option for anyone who is short on time in the mornings. It’s almost too easy to get carried away with smoothies by adding a little of this, a handful of that a sprinkle of that and voilà! A healthy meal in no time, right?
Currently I’m in week 2 (day 9) of my 14-Day Restart Plan and I’m already feeling ahhmazing, so much lighter, more alert, energetic and finding it much easier to get out of bed in the mornings. I too enjoyed a few more wines, cheese and crackers and ice-cream than normal over the holidays, which is why I’m doing my 14-Day Restart Plan, I really wanted to start nourishing my body again with whole foods so I could feel vibrant and mentally focused once again. I thought I would share a day on my plate with you while on the plan so you can get an insight into what foods you would be able to enjoy whilst being on one of my programs or working with me.
Not sure about you, but I sure did enjoy a few more wines, ice-creams, cheese and crackers over the Christmas/New Year season. I like to relax a little more over the holiday season as often I’m away with friends and family and I don’t put pressure on myself to eat perfectly. I know it’s only for a short period of time, and I’m all for balance! But, I’ve had my fun, and now I’m in need of a reset. Anyone else feeling the same?