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Healthy Habits in Lockdown
In November I am running a small group focusing on supporting people with Healthy Habits in Lockdown.
- Do you eat regularly, skip meals or snack constantly?
- Do you ever eat because you’re bored/ stressed/ anxious/ on the go/ standing up/ driving?
- Do you plan what you are going to eat and use up leftovers?
- Are you eating the right foods for you or are you struggling to eat well?
- Does eating make you feel uncomfortable (bloating, belching, flatulence, energy dips etc)?
- Are you eating a wide variety of foods or are you stuck in a recipe rut?
- Do you feel rested and refreshed in the mornings?
- Do you struggle to either fall asleep or stay asleep (or both)?
- Do you have a bedtime routine?
- Do you experience anxiety or depression?
- Do you get overwhelmed at times?
- Do you feel that you are always putting others first?
If you have answered these questions and are not happy with the answers, why not join in my group coaching programme for the month of November*? Groups will be small, with a maximum of 6 participants. Each programme includes:
- 30 min 1:1 call with me to figure out your own goals for the programme before the start
- Weekly Zoom meeting (recorded for you to review if you cannot attend live) focusing on the topic. Each week will include tips on food, lifestyle and supplements (based on your own goals)
- Private WhatsApp group to stay in touch with weekday contact from me, including:
- New Recipes
- Encouragement & support
- Answering your questions (designated day of the week)
- Relevant research & information
- 30 min 1:1 call with me to review your progress at the end of the programme
Cost of programme is €120 (€30/ week) (same as 1 initial 1:1 consultation!)
If you’d like to join in, contact me at email@example.com or via private message on social media (Instagram and Facebook). If you have lost income due to Level 5 restrictions, please get in touch as I will offer 1 participant 50% off in each group if required.
*Zoom meetings will be on Thursday evenings at 8.30pm Irish time and last one hour.
Cholesterol and Heart Health
Cholesterol has long had a very reputation with regard to Heart Health - leading to higher levels of the use of Statins in an effort to reduce cholesterol levels. I've read some interesting material on the topic, most recently 'The Great Cholesterol Myth' by Jonny Bowden and Dr. Stephen Sinatra. It was a bit of an eye opener!
Others have written about it, such as Mercola, who outlines some research that aims to disprove that fat is the enemy where heart health is concerned. Read his article HERE.
I also came across a blog about the high risk of disease with LOW cholesterol - a statement that would surely cause a lot of doctors (and pharmaceutical reps) to gasp with horror. Have a read and see what you think for yourself. Link HERE.
McDonald's transparency - a good thing?
McDonald's have been trying to be more transparent, you may have seen the video on the production of their McRibs. Being transparent may be backfiring, as it transpires that their fries contain 17 ingredients. Click here for the article, but make sure you don't miss the video of Michael Pollan speaking about the potatoes in McDonald's fries (it's at the end of the article).
20 food ingredients to avoid
Do you know some of the harmful ingredients in food? Do you read labels? There has been a lot of discussion lately about the labelling of foods, but companies continue to be able to add substances without using the common names - an example is MSG, most people know about negative effects from this, but did you know it has many other names, such as 'yeast extract'?
Here is a link for a list of the top 20, compiled by Marco Torres, a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.