Nourish joins team at the Newquay Therapy Centre

NTC logoHow it is the last day of June I have no idea – where have the last couple of months gone? I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this (I even heard someone says it’s less than 6 months to Christmas now – as much as I love the festive season I definitely can’t get my head around that fact!).

Anyway, it’s been far too long since my last post – no excuses other than the usual – busy juggling being a working mum, helping lovely clients, and looking after my wonderful family.

I also met a lovely lady called Donna Smith who recently opened the Newquay Therapy Centre, and I’m pleased to announce that I have joined the team of therapists there, so that I can see clients for Nutrition & Wellbeing Coaching sessions, in the relaxed surroundings of the centre.

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Being in Newquay, it is perfectly placed for combining a visit to see me and my colleagues, with a relaxing walk on one of the many beaches, and a stop at one of the lovely little cafes too – The Jam Jar being one of my favourites for a Matcha Latte or Green Smoothie.

I shall be holding a launch event at the Newquay Therapy Centre next month for anyone local (or down on holiday), so watch out for announcements on both my Facebook page and the Newquay Therapy Centre’s website.

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You can read more about my Nutrition & Wellbeing packages here, and I am happy to be able to offer initial free 15 minute consultations at the centre too, so we can have a chat about how I can help you.

I’m really excited by this opportunity to work alongside a lovely bunch of people, and there are lots more plans to come…

Wishing you all a lovely rest of the week.

Amanda
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Sugar, Fat and the tale of how we were all misled…

Firstly, welcome to March!  It seems a while since I last wrote and I have a good excuse, I’ve been busy studying and helping clients and to be truthful, the days have just run away with me.  I’m sure like you though it feels amazing to be having more daylight hours, and the sunshine this week has been wonderful – I’ve had my running shoes back on and have had some beautiful runs with my dog!Primroses

I’m sure you’ve heard the news about the Sugar Tax in the budget this week – it’s really good to hear and is definitely a step in the right direction.  I think we all know though that the battle against sugar has only really just got started, as over the last 30 years there has been so much misleading information, that people are now, understandably confused.

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There is a lot more research and evidence in the public domain now that disproves the advice we were told to follow in the 1980’s, saying that all fat was bad, and that we should follow a low fat, high carbohydrate diet.  During this time, instances of heart disease have continued unabated, cancer has continued to rise, and Type II Diabetes and Obesity occurences have gone through the roof, both in adults, and sadly children too.  Even back in the 1950’s Professor John Yudkin presented much research on the topic, and advised that carbohydrates (sugar) was the problem (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Yudkin).  In addition to that, more extensive research has been done on this, and Dr Deidre Tobias is known for her contribution, and findings as reported in the Lancet http://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(15)00367-8/abstract.  All of this has influenced the guidelines we are now hearing, and why sugar is now known to be the enemy and healthy fats are indeed our friend.

Amongst regular research I do on diet & health, there is one functional medicine professional I follow with interest and admiration for his work in healing, and that is Dr Mark Hyman MD. You may be asking what is functional medicine?Dr Mark Hyman

Functional Medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease & illness, addressing the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms.

I thought I’d therefore share with you his recent interview by Lewis Howes – you can watch it here, and I’d really encourage you to take a look.

In his interview he talks about the past, and clearly explains the reasons why we now know the truth about sugar. I do hope you find it interesting and helpful.

I will be writing more next time about this shift in thinking, but in the meantime do contact me if you have any questions, I’d love to hear from you.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Amanda

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Why New Year health resolutions often fail, and how to make 2016 different!

Healthy Happy New Year

Our focus in January is always drawn to new year resolutions or health focus – all of which can be good but we can so easily put too much pressure on ourselves to achieve goals which are often unrealistic, seen as a short term fix or are too much of a change too soon.

I was reminded by my wonderful yoga teacher at Oceanflow this morning that during the festive season our bodies are often stressed with the amount of arrangements to organize, whether it’s hosting Christmas Day, or remembering gifts for school teachers, costumes for plays or just a myriad of all including lots of social occasions where we over indulge (those festive lattes and mulled wine & mince pies are so tempting…), and survive on less sleep etc. We may have been less active during this time too and then expect our bodies to suddenly jump into a new running or gym routine (so we can try out the fab new sports watch we got for Christmas!) or we begin to chastise ourselves with the “I’m going on a diet” mantra, and tell as many people as possible to receive supportive comments and understanding nods.

Whether it’s exercise or diet, or indeed both – January sees gym memberships and slimming clubs attendance rise.  Statistics show that most gym memberships then lapse by Easter, and we may feel happy with initial weight loss but are constantly reminded that we are deprived of treats, or indeed they are seen as sins, and are encouraged to save these for a blow out at the weekend! Then yo-yo dieting ensues.

Neither of these approaches leads to what we really want to achieve, which is ultimately a healthy & happy mind & body, with long term good health and enjoyment of life, whilst loving our body as much as it deserves.

You may have seen me say before that I don’t like the DIET word, as on the whole it is seen as a short term thing, to fix a problem.  Unfortunately many diets focus on just calories, and not good nutrition (100 calories of apple vs 100 calories of a Mars bar are a good example), and also don’t encourage and empower us to learn to change our way of eating forever, without the incessant calorie counting and stepping on weighing scales, and with more of a focus on loving our bodies and understanding how they work with what we feed them with, and how that can affect how you feel, how you look and also ensure we are having a wide variety of nutrients to nourish ourselves.

Do we feel good when we heat up a plastic coated microwave meal which is the right amount of calories or points?  Does it look amazing visually (which is the first part of our body engaging in the digestive process)?  Does it taste delicious and fresh, and is it packed full of nutrients to flood our body with goodness?  I think you’ll agree with me that the answer to these questions have been or would be no.

Here’s the thing…it doesn’t need to be like that.  All of us are different – different sizes, different likes & dislikes but the one thing we should all share is the respect for our own body.

Healthy weight management can be far better achieved with a focus on making gradual small changes towards your relationship with food overall.  Understand better what your body needs, and how you can nurture it with delicious and fresh natural ingredients to produce meals which are a feast for the eyes, stomach and every cell in your body.  Help your body to reach your goals naturally, whilst still enjoying wonderful food and healthy natural treats.

These small changes will grow into more changes, which will grow into major changes……and slowly you will transition to an overall healthier lifestyle where your choices are guided by your enthusiasm to love and nourish your body, as you not only love your new way of eating as you feel energized and happy, but the word diet no longer features in your vocabulary.

So today, I’d like you to think about how do you feel, how does your body feel, and consider how you could start making small and gradual changes to a long term healthier you.

I will be writing lots more about our journeys with food, so keep reading and if you’re on social media, check out my Facebook page too www.facebook.com/nourishkitchen

For those of you who would like to know more about how I could help you with your journey, have a look at my For You page on my website www.nourishkitchen.net

For now though, remember “You are what you eat – eat food that loves you back”

 

Love

Amanda
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Feeling the love!

Porthcurnick beach near Portscatho, Cornwall

Wow! I’m sitting here typing my first blog to all you lovely people, totally feeling the love since my website launched!

Many of you who have followed me on Facebook for a while, will know how passionate I am about what I do, and what an amazing journey I’ve had so far getting here.  My website needed to be an extension of me, and what I’ve already created, hence the time it took with my gorgeous friend Belinda to put it all together.

I was so excited when we agreed to push the “live” button, and I have so many amazing things to share with you.

As a typical mum though, juggling having recently moved house, and it being the school holidays, I’ve been dying to get in front of my laptop, but boxes needed unpacking, and trips to the beach have kept me rather occupied!

This is the start though, and I can’t wait to indulge you more….

Don’t forget to sign up to my newsletter, and thank you for finding me.

Have a lovely weekend!

Love Amanda x