This message first of all is a marketing exercise, mostly put out by those food manufacturers who want you to consume their junk products. They want you to associate these foods as treating yourselves, or being the rebel by being just a 'bit' naughty, the thing is when I was a child these foods really were treats, and were for hi days and holidays. They were homemade by my mum, with wholefoods, with ingredients that were pronounceable, and still recognisable as food, we didn't have them everyday, and we didn't expect them everyday either no matter how many times we asked for them.
Now I see people 'treat' themselves with junk food everyday, often this is for just getting through the day! A bar of chocolate in the afternoon, a raspberry muffin for breakfast, a large coffee with syrup on the way to work, and a takeaway on the way home because it's been such a long day etc.
Ok is having a treat once in a while that bad for you? Firstly can I ask you, is it really once in a while, because I find it isn't as rare as that, it is normally daily or weekly. To be honest let me come back to a key question, what do you want your health to be like? Stop and ask yourself this question, because only by determining that will you know if it matters to have the odd junk food treat in a while. It only matters if you want to have excellent health, energy, vitality for life, and if you want to live a long life. No amount of junk food with chemical ingredients will give you a long healthy life, they don't give you energy, and they certainly don't give you any vitality.
Many of you will know that consistency in how you do something makes a huge difference to your long term success. So your health success depends on how often you consistently put your wholefood diet to one side to 'treat' yourself. Just consider the treat for a moment, sugary confectionary will create chaos with your hormones, and removes calcium from your bones, fried food will create arterial plaque, and inflammation, that Chinese takeaway with MSG has given you neurological damage. Eating junk food leaves your body in nutritional deficit, and you can't recover from it, yes you can reverse some of the impact, but once you have created the deficit the affect is cumulative.
The less you compromise your health, the more your body will repay you in both the long and short term. Your immunity will rise, you will become stronger, and more energised, do nothing in moderation that will jeopardise having excellent health.
Many people now end their day at work by settling in for the evening watching the TV with a nice bottle of wine to help them wind down and relax. This is something which when I was growing up was a rare occurrence only for special occasions, which has now become an everyday occurrence for many people.
I am told regularly by my clients that many of them find it hard to relax from their day without a more often than not big glass of wine, but this moderate drinking is having an impact on their health. Most people realise that binge drinking and heavy drinking is going to be to their detriment health wise, they know that heavy drinking increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and increase your risk of cancer by up to 30%.
But even a couple of drinks each evening can increase the risk of breast cancer in women by 10%, and if you increase this to more than 3 drinks a day the risk becomes 30%. This is something to consider when you are using your glass of wine to relax, maybe you want to think about using other forms of relaxation which don’t carry these type of risks.
This type of risk isn’t something to disregard, and in reality this type of risk is un-necessary to place on your long term health. Cancers are increasing all the time, and if you are using wine or something stronger to relax yourself after work then consider using simple techniques that will relax your body instead. Just by reducing this impact you are reducing the risk you are carrying long term. You are probably feeling that you need a drink for several reasons, pressure of work, that you are overwhelmed and can’t mentally stop without one, that you are too busy and don’t physically stop with a glass of wine, and that you are stressed. Consider coming to my Stress-Less workshop where you will learn simple techniques to manage stress, cut out the nightly tipple and return to drinking socially, or on special occasions, replace with juice preferably vegetable rather than fruit juice, or just drink water, your body will thank you for introducing water to it whilst it is in a stressed state, and it will help you to relax. Use meditation, listen to some calming music, go for a walk or do gentle exercise like yoga to help you to get in touch with your body, and learn to relax it.
Learning to switch off naturally, quieting the mind, and allowing your body to relax itself is key, without using something which will be to your health detriment in the long term.
Yes I really do believe that, and the reason is because they are driven not by a health agenda on the whole, they are driven by profit, and who is paying their advertising. Sadly what a lot of the articles don’t tell you in the magazines, newspapers or TV is who has given them that piece of information to use, and why, because unfortunately nowadays that is generally what tends to happen. A company or organisation wishes to focus you on buying more of a certain vitamin, mineral, medication, or food type so they send out press releases about it. The media don’t tell you it’s a press release to promote this product so that you will buy more of it, why would they disclose their interests, but those interests are not focused on your health. This information tends to be wildly biased as you would expect it to be, with their only interest in boosting sales, whether you personally should be eating it or not.
I have a lot of clients turn up who are taking supplements they have no need to take, or are eating diets which they tell me are healthy, healthy as learnt unfortunately from the media. This media is totally funded via companies via advertising, and this often means their healthy media led diet is inherently unhealthy for them personally. I also sadly have clients turn up who have been given poor nutritional advice from their doctor, can I just point out that those who are medically trained in the UK get less than a days nutritional training, but significantly longer in pharmaceuticals, they are often poorly qualified to offer nutritional advice, hence why I end up seeing people generally when they have been to the doctor numerous times to try and resolve things. After World War II medical training was changed, medical schools started to focus on disease states, symptoms and their treatment and it became pharmaceutical led with easy, quick and repetitive ways of dealing with these symptoms and states of disease, these were designed to ease of prescribing not for your good health. This way often doesn’t take into account the whole person, their lifestyle or the environment they are living in which with simple changes can make all the difference to health.
I know for many that this news might be unpalatable, but I would just put the media led diet down and back off from those supplements that you have bought on the back of it, you are most probably wasting your money. Without understanding how your body works with supplements it can become an expensive exercise, and to be honest I wouldn’t touch most of the high street advertised supplements with a barge pole. A great diet is one that keeps your weight and body as a whole feeling balanced, healthy, and energised, and this is slightly different for each client I meet. I have general guidelines but as I drill down on diet with people to get optimal health it works slightly differently for each person, and this is why you would see a nutritionist to get that right for that part of your life.
So if you are wondering if your supplements are actually of use to your body, come and have an Asyra Health Screening, this quick screening will tell you if your supplements are making a difference or an expensive waste of time. If you just want this service then I charge only for the time you are with me, and not the whole session price. So 10 minutes of screening your supplements will cost you £10 and save you how much over the next year? No brainer really!
Fancy waking up feeling vibrant, full of energetic, with a clarity of mind that doesn’t need a coffee to bring it alive in the morning, enabling you to enjoy and feel invigorated about the day. I know you think it can’t be attained, well it can, and although it might not be for everyday, it can happen 80% of the time, which is pretty good in my books.
Many of you start your days by drinking coffee to bring you alive, then take medications to remove the pain, or symptoms that are plaguing you. These are only a temporary fix and in reality you know that, as all they do is mask what is truly going on in your health, and give you a few more hours of the day pain free or slightly more energised. None of these are addressing the true underlying causes of the fatigue you are feeling, or the pain you are experiencing, so in the long term you are unlikely to gain the vibrancy and energy that you seek by taking this approach.
Your Doctor will give you only about 5 minutes of his time to diagnose what is going on with you and give you that panacea of illness a pill. This pill supposedly will resolve the issue completely leaving you feeling better than ever, but in many cases this isn’t what actually happens.
When you take medications you are also risking having to deal with side effects that are often in the long term much worse than the initial health problem you were having. These side effects with each medication build up, and what I am finding is that these lead to further ill health as the issues become more and more to deal with, and the medications become a longer list to have to deal with.
When you consider using a natural approach it seeks to find the underlying issue, and doesn’t just address the outward symptom but the whole body. It looks at what is causing the illness to happen and place the body in that state, and looks to deal with the root cause, enabling you to remove the symptoms in the long term and not just mask them. Therefore a consultation with myself takes up to 1.5hours yes not just 5 minutes, because I want to truly understand what is going on to cause your ill health, and how we undo that naturally to give you back good health permanently.
These changes not only remove the illness, but also help to eliminate the fatigue and mind fog that comes when you are not feeling your best, so pitching for a natural approach over medications can give you more than just removal of the problem. Prevention in the long term rather than cure is the approach though, and is worth it’s weight in gold in the long run, as it prevents a whole host of chronic illness and sick care as I tend to call it!
The costs of natural health care are far less than you think so give me a call today to talk about how to have naturally good health, energy and vitality.
When we go to buy food that is produced by a manufacturer we rely on their description of the food to be honest and accurate to help us work out if that food is healthy for us. But this can be one of your first mistakes when out shopping because many food manufacturers are not interested in the healthy aspect of their food at all, they are interested in the profit margin, the shelf life it has, and the addictive quality of it. Therefore they will tell you on the label what you want to read which is that it is 'natural' when it really isn’t.
The food manufacturers use words all the time to describe their food, which are solely to sell the product to you and entice you in. They will use the words natural, even if they only have a few ingredients in them that are that way, so you have to check. Often I find the natural label that is given to products are far from being that way, they are often highly laden with sugar, and highly processed fats, as well as additives like colours and preservatives, none as natural or healthy for your body as may be thinking or trying to focus on buying. These foods lead long term to health problems and allergies, I see a number of people eating ‘natural health bars’ which have colourings in them and masses of hidden sugars all labeled under different names to confuse. They eat these as a healthy alternative to breakfast, because they are easy to eat on the run, but often the only aspect of health in these bars is the wording on the packaging!
Don’t think that labels are meant to give you information either, they are to entice you to buy, and often they will confuse you purposely by giving you serving weights or sizes so small that you would never normally eat that little of the product. They do this to try and make the produce seem like it has less sugar or salt in it that it actually does, so check the label.
I advise that you go out and learn to read more than the ‘Natural wording’ on the label on the front of the product, or even better do as I do, and just don’t buy processed package foods. Whole foods don’t need labels in the same way because you can see exactly what they are. Nutritionally most processed food that has been sat on a shelf has little life in it, therefore it has little nutritional quality for your body. You are far better off making it yourself, and therefore allowing yourself to know exactly what has gone into it, and it probably will taste much better.