"Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;...
and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man."
~James H. West

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How can you tell if you are healthy?
Do you know your vital statistics?

What if there was a way to get the heads up on disease or impending disaster in your body before it hit?

Of course there is, your body communicates with you all the time… but how do you read the signals you are receiving?

How many of your vital statistics do you know? And do you know what they say about your body? Do this quick quizz to see how many of your vital statistics you know?

What is your waist measurement?

What is your waist to hip ratio?

What is the healthy range?

What is your homocysteine score?

What is the ideal score and what are the risks associated with elevated homocysteine levels?

What is your cholesterol ratio of HDL to LDL?

What is the ideal ratio?

Have you ever had your blood sugar levels tested?

What was your fasting glucose?

How is your blood pressure?

If you don’t know any of these, don’t worry, there is no need to feel overwhelmed, but consider the power and heads up you now have. You can go to your doctor and ask him to investigate some of these for you. When you know what your health score is, you can then work to improve it.

Know this: Most disease is preventable, there is no need for you to suffer or be in pain, find out your vital stats this week, and get that piece of mind that comes with being proactive and taking care of yourself.

Other signs you can look out for to detect warnings of ill health:

Ridges or dents in your nails; slits, lines and coatings on your tongue; cracks in the corner of your mouth; dark circles under your eyes; bad breath; loose unformed stools; stools with blood or mucous in them; congested sinuses; pain in joints; headaches, dizziness; ringing in your ears.

If you have any of these symptoms and want to know what they mean or you would like to explore any of your results in detail, please contact us with your queries, we would love to help you to achieve health worth celebrating!

Some interesting links:
Waist to hip Ratio: what it means for beauty and health
How do you measure up?
Blood sugar Control: what you need to know about testing

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Glass of milk.The answer is no…
There are many other ways to get enough calcium without needing to drink cow’s milk.
Read Harvard’s full report, get great non dairy sources of calcium and learn some of the reasons to avoid milk…

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May
02

Reflections on Keeping a diet diary

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Wow, it was an interesting month for me keeping my diet diary on line. For those of you that did manage to sign up, I hope you got lots of useful ideas and tips from following my eating habits.

The experience really put me back in the client’s seat again and it was an incredibly rewarding and insightful experience for me.
I was reminded first hand of how time consuming it can be, and how disciplined you have to be to record it daily, otherwise you just can’t remember what you ate, even the day before. What was also interesting is how accountable you feel. I really was mindful of everything I was putting to my lips, knowing that I would have to “confess it” later. Generally I have a pretty healthy diet, so I am on autopilot and like most of you have a routine and a few habits of eating that I have developed over time. What was particularly interesting and useful for me in this exercise was to be able to reflect back on some of the not so great habits, or the triggers I have which might lead me to over eat or bring me to eat foods I wouldn’t ordinarily choose.

I realised how much of my time I spend in coffee shops or in meetings, and how if I wasn’t careful how easily it would be to overindulge or get caught in the trap of “eating because its there”. In most instances, I was able to make a healthier choice, and it is these little choices and behaviours that will be health promoting.

AND, when I suffered from an unpleasant symptom I was able to look back over the last few recordings and get a pretty good idea of what had made my nose run, or my ears ring or my stomach bloated, or make me feel suddenly exhausted or suddenly giddy.

I was reminded of how advantageous planning ahead is, how often I am driving around or out and about and how wonderful it was when I was rushing or not able to have a meal, to eat the fruit or nuts that I had taken with me to snack on and keep my energy levels up.

Everything in moderation, including moderation!

And importantly I realised that I very much live by an 80% of the time principle: do the “right” thing 80% of the time, choose healthy options most of the time, as and when you can, and then let your hair down or give in some of the time!

Which reminds me of another great quote:
“Nothing is more detrimental to your health, than an overcare of it!”

Mar
30

Detox!

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To Detox or not to Detox that is the question!

The body is designed to detoxify itself, in fact it does this constantly, through excretion, secretion, urination, exhalation and defecation.
Some of the organs that are particularly vital for “cleansing” your system are your kidneys, your liver, your lungs, your lymphatic system, your colon. Sometimes the body can become overwhelmed with toxins due to our toxic lifestyles. Why not give your body a chance to detoxify itself by simplifying its work load and supporting it with these 7 easy steps over seven days. Follow these 7 steps to detox, and live simply for a week! You will feel great afterwards!

Here is a Simple 7 day “detox” plan

Step 1: Start by cleaning out the waste! Let’s start with the colon!
Cut out the junk and simplify your digestion… Start your day with a glass of water and freshly squeezed lemon (room temperature at least or warm, not ice water!).
Enjoy only fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, (soups or salads are fine), brown rice, lentils, beans, pulses, flavoured with fresh herbs and spices (ginger, garlic, chili, turmeric, chives, basil, coriander, thyme, cloves) and flaxseeds. Eat mostly raw food, and don’t have any preservatives, colourants, artificial additives, tea, coffee, sugar, yeast containing products, alcohol, drugs, or over the counter medication like pain killers, head ache tablets, no wheat, and no animal products (dairy, meat, eggs, butter included) for 7 days. You may experience headaches or nausea as a result of your system detoxing.

Step 2: Assisting colon cleansing: Add a teaspoon of psyllium husk into a ¼ cup of water and drink it down (you could add a teaspoon of bentonite clay to this as well.) Do this first thing in the morning and last thing at night for the 7 days. Have a big glass of water or freshly pressed fruit juice afterwards.

Step 3: Drink between 2 and 3 litres of water everyday. Drink parsley tea (bunches of fresh parsley infused in hot water), 1 per day for days 4 to 7 to help cleanse the kidneys.

Step 4: If you are very toxic you may wish to supplement milk thistle and vitamin C and MSM to help support the liver and the immune system through the detox process. You could also consider taking a deworming course, if you have pets (remember to deworm the whole family at the same time.)

Step 5: Walk or jog for 30 minutes at least once a day, twice a day is better, do 20 star jumps on the spot morning and evening and do dry skin brushing in long strokes towards the heart on your limbs and in circular motions on the rest of your body to assist elimination from your lymphatic system. If you can lie with your bum against the wall and your feet up for at least 5 minutes in the evening to help with lymphatic drainage.

Step 6: Get rid of toxic emotions. First thing in the morning, write down a list of everything you can think of to be grateful for 5 minutes, set a timer and don’t stop.
Last thing at night, dump down any grumpy or unpleasant thoughts onto paper for 5 minutes, be willing to let them go, then tear up the pages and burn them or flush them down the toilet or throw them in the rubbish bin. Meditate or sit quietly for a few minutes every day.

Step 7: Have a candlelit Epsom salt bath, (either Epsom salts or sea salt in hot water) every evening. Don’t use any moisturizers or skin care products for the week, if you can only use natural shampoo, skincare etc. for at least the week of your detox).

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How would you like to wake up without your alarm clock, feeling rested.  You jump out of bed as the sun comes up, you feel like getting some exercise straight away and then instead of going for a walk around the block you skip around the block?  Nothing is too much of a challenge, you breeze through the day, with a clear head, you’re organized, alert, energized, effective and feeling powerful.  You are excited about the day ahead, you get results, you excel.  You come home after work, you are able to switch off and relax without needing a glass of wine or a stiffer drink, you enjoy helping to prepare the evening meal and you settle in to enjoy a nice dinner with your family, good conversation and an easy enjoyable evening, the cleaning up is done effortlessly, you are at peace with the world, in control and in love with life.  You get into bed and fall straight to sleep and wake up completely refreshed for the new day! 

Any of that sound appealing?  Is that you now? Or…

Do you wake up in a haze with the alarm clock or the sound of your kids? You hit the snooze button or pull the covers over your head.  Eventually you drag yourself out of bed, you still feel tired.  You head for the kitchen and your caffeine hit.  Time starts to register, and you rush around like a maniac trying to get ready and going.  You arrive at your destination, already exhausted, stressed and irritable.  More coffee.  The hunger begins to hit, but you are busy, busy, busy, too busy to eat.  You push through.    You chase your tail, your day is unstructured and stressful.  You grab some food, something quick and easy and high energy and high fat.  You get home late, tired and cranky.  You don’t feel like cooking, you need a stiff drink, you don’t want to talk to anyone or have to be nice.  You make it through the evening, you hit the sack, but you don’t sleep well.  Your mind is racing, you are trying to figure out how you are going to do today’s unfinished tasks on top of the ever increasing work load.  The alarm clock sounds…

What does your nutrition status affect?

Mood, motivation, energy levels, weight, power, strength, mental and physical ability, disease risk

Do you suffer with any of the following?

Cramps, indigestion, diarrhoea, constipation, sinusitis, acne, arthirtis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, gout, weight gain, weight loss, diabetes, headaches, irregular menstruation, low libido, food addiction, allergies, food intolerances, eczema, psoriasis, frequent colds and flu, more immune system, Poor memory, fatigue, aches and pains…

Many people seem unclear about what it is a nutritionist or nutritional therapist does, or why they might want to see one. 

Basically nutritionists help you to get more out of your life.  They do this by identifying underlying causes of disease or health concerns.  While nutritionists are prevention focused, this often translates into restoring health, PROMOTING LIFE and preventing pre-mature death.  If you have a health concern, it is good to start with the basics, the root or core of the problem.  Every cell in your body requires nutrients to function, that means every process, everything you do, requires nutrition.  If your nutrition status is sub-optimal, this is going to spill over into every other area of your life.  Your performance will be sub-optimal, you will feel and be below your game, your mind cannot operate clearly… and life becomes a drag… something you get through day to day… rather than something you LOVE, ENJOY and CELEBRATE!

“Nutritionists work with each client to produce a tailor-made programme to address specific issues and help you reach your health goalsThis could be clearer skin, more energy, improved digestion or weight loss. Nutritional therapy can also help more complex issues such as overcoming infertility, alleviating migraines or supporting a particular medical condition.” 

 

The results are you feel more in control of your life, you have more energy, you are more productive, you feel more alive, you have better relationships with your self and others,  and experience an overall better quality of life. 

Why isn’t this enough of an incentive?

You can know what to eat, and hear all the healthy messages out there in the world and still not implement it or change or even WANT to change.  We all have a relationship with food.  Food services much more for us than just nutrients.  We use it to reward or punish, to celebrate, to commiserate… Much more important than the type of food you eat, is the way you are thinking about the food you eat.  The internal processing, what are you telling yourself about the food you eat, the guilt, the shame, the peace, the praise, the associations… all the sub conscious stuff. 

 

Nutritional Therapists are aware of the multvariate factors that prevent individuals from implementing appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes, and will work with them at their own pace to adapt to new circumstances. 

 

I like to take it one step further, working with you to understand the triggers, the motives, the underlying stuff and then look at practical ways of moving forward, empowering you, supporting you to implement lifechanging, sustainable strategies, to heal yourself and take back control of your life!

For more information of nutrition or nutritional therapy, these are two of my favourite sites!

 

http://www.saant.org.za/nt/defining.html

http://www.patrickholford.com/content.asp?id_Content=414

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