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Stress and weight gain

stress and weight gain

During stress, we adapt our physiology and behaviour so that we are able to survive. This is known as the stress response. Under normal conditions, the stress response is vital and healthy. However, when activated repeatedly, it can have negative effects on our health. An over activated stress response is associated with weight gain and many chronic diseases. This article highlights ways in which stress can influence weight gain.

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Lifestyle factors and type 2 diabetes

lifestyle factors and type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes results from genetic and lifestyle factors. The great news is, lifestyle can be changed. Changes to diet, physical activity and weight (especially body fat) levels prevent and reverse type 2 diabetes. This article covers the key lifestyle factors that contribute to type 2 diabetes and tips on how to start changing them.

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Inflammation and type 2 diabetes

inflammation and type 2 diabetes

A well-balanced inflammatory response maintains good health, prevents illness and aids recovery. However too much of an inflammatory response, known as a low-grade inflammatory response, is associated with a host of chronic diseases, one of which is type 2 diabetes. This article covers factors associated with inflammation that may increase risk for type 2 diabetes.

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A Healthier Approach to Barbeques

a healthier approach to barbeques

In this article, I am going to highlight some of the challenges with grilling and barbequing food. How there may be some health implications with the foods you choose to cook and how you cook them. Equally I want to offer some solutions to help mitigate the potentially negative effects of this type of cooking.

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Batch cooking ideas

batch cooking ideas

Thankfully the initial madness that surrounded coronavirus food shopping habits and the access to food seems to have now finally calmed down. I have had a number of requests for meal ideas that can be batch cooked at home and have prepared a selection of our recipes for you to try!

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Home exercise routines for during this period of social distancing / isolation

home exercise routines during isolation lockdown

In a previous article titled Online exercise class schedule to help you through lockdown, we provided a class timetable for online classes. You can download the PDF that we are updating on an ongoing basis. Simply reach out to the practitioner offering the class via their website or social media platform and they can provide a link to their class.

For many of you however, attending classes at set times might not fit in so easily with your schedule. For that reason, I have also put together a number of pre-recorded or designed exercise programs that can be done at your leisure. These have been kindly sent over to me from colleagues in the fitness industry, so I would like to say thank you to them for allowing me to place their content on here.

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Loneliness, connectivity and protection

loneliness connectivity protection

At this exceptionally unusual time of coronavirus, there are a lot of negatives that we can focus on, however there have also been a number of positive shifts occurring as well that we should feel gratitude for. One that I have recognised is the increased sense of community, increased connection and engagement with friends, family and our neighbours.

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Fay’s Halloween Recipes

fay halloween recipes

Hey everyone. Fay here to spread some Halloween fun. I love Halloween for dressing up, making big curries and also for pumpkins. I love carving them and I love using the flesh to make some amazing recipes. They are seasonal and so it makes these dishes even more special as we only eat them in Oct/Nov.

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Vitamins & Minerals: Why they matter

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Vitamins & minerals are collectively known as micronutrients. They are exceptionally important for maintaining and optimising health. Even though they are required in relatively small quantities, many functions within the body are dependent on sufficient amounts of these micronutrients – and even a single micronutrient deficiency can cause significant imbalances, symptoms and ill health.

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Water: Why it’s important and how much should you consume?

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There is a striking resemblance between the amount of water on this earth and the amount of water in the human body. With around 60-65% of the human body being water and 75-85% of the brain being made up of water. In this article we are going to look at some of the functions of water, signs and symptoms of dehydration and then try and set some guidelines on how much water might be right for you.

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Hitting the wall: What is it and what can you do about it

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For those of you that have signed up to a long-distance event like a marathon you would have undoubtedly heard of “hitting the dreaded wall”. I myself am doing a 100 mile bike event in June of this year and as I increase my training volume, I am now having to be much more mindful about my fuelling strategy to optimise performance.

In this article I look at what that wall is, why you can hit it and what you can do to avoid hitting it.

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What fats are best to cook with

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In this review we are going to look at why we need to be aware of the fats we use when cooking, especially when cooking at high temperatures. We then look at what goes into choosing a fat that is appropriate for your needs, and finally provide a list of fats that might be best to cook with.

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Understanding Hunger: Physical and psychological cues

understanding hunger physical psychological cues

Have you ever had a sudden urge to eat something or following a meal had a significant desire to eat more, especially something sweet? Why is it that this seems to happen at the same time of day each day or in certain environments? In this article we look at hunger and try to determine what hunger actually is, what contributes to true hunger and the sensations we experience, what is more of an emotional hunger, perhaps not hunger at all, but something that drives us to want and desire foods even when we can’t or shouldn’t be hungry.

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Should digestive health influence your exercise program?

should digestive health influence exercise program

Most of our clients think about movement only in terms of weight loss, fitness, strength, competitive sports or maybe body sculpting. There is a lot more to movement than this. And for clients suffering from digestive troubles, the type of movement program can directly affect your symptoms and likewise the digestive issues can impact the success of the movement program. Here’s how.

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The art of failing well

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Most of us start our journey of health with massive ambitions. You feel energized, motivated and ready to turn your diet on its head, or rather, on its feet. You clear all the crisps, sweets and treats from your cupboard, and fill your trolley with Wholefoods goodness. But two weeks in, and you’re binging on a tub of Ben & Jerry’s while watching a trashy film.

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A Functional Medicine approach to Endometriosis

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In this article one of our trusted professionals a fellow Nutrition & Functional Medicine Practitioner Katie takes a look at the traditional symptoms associated with endometriosis, how it can develop, risk factors and the conventional approach to treatment. Following on from that she then looks at nutrition and lifestyle considerations, potential use of supplementation and finish with a summary of your key considerations.

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