Fish For A Healthy Mind

I love eating fish, and fish is exceptionally good for the mind as it is high in omega fish oils. It has become a bit of a routine especially in this hot weather that we are enjoying here in the UK , to just simply put fish under the grill or on the barbecue and eating it within 20 minutes.

A diet rich in oily fish has a direct impact on your mood. It is widely believed that omega-3 fats help to increase the “grey matter” you have in your brain, and a diet rich in oily fish helps the brain actually grow. The so-called “grey matter” has a direct effect on your mood and the old fashioned term “brain food” is seemingly true when referring to fish.

Women going through the transitional phase of menopause are often affected by numerous signs and symptoms. One of these symptoms is depression, and dealing with it is tough. Depression usually includes, or is a result of, anxiety, low sex drive, and fatigue. Now, we all feel down in the dumps at some point during our lives, however there are foods that can stimulate the mind and may help us overcome this feeling, fish being one of them.

If however you don’t like fish, then you can take omega 3,6,12 tablets instead, but Studies have shown that tablet form does not easily absorbed into the body and therefore is not as affective as most people would like to think.

Or you could look at our seed nutrition supplement RAIN SOUL which delivers omega 3 and 6 in a more absorbable way so that your body will get much more benefit.

Another reason for eating fish is that not only is it easy to do, but it’s very low in calories high in protein has lots of good fats and is much easier to digest than heavy meats.

If you look good on the outside you feel good on the inside, you have to work at yourself both inside and out. You cannot do one without the other.

Changing your eating habits, eating healthier or have both positive effect on your mind and on your body so make that decision to take a step in the right direction and make a change today.

I wanted to share one of my favourite fish with you. It’s in the photo sea bream closely followed by sea bass – what’s your favourite?

My weightloss and Menopause

Ever since I turned 50 I have struggled to lose weight. I’ve never had this problem before in my younger years I was able to drop the weight quite quickly that I put on. This was because I guess my metabolism was a lot faster, and I was probably a lot more active than I am now.

It doesn’t actually help that I’m going through the menopausal stages. Boy are these hot flashes taken their toll on my body 😆

So I’ve been trying all sorts of diets, low-fat, low carbs, high fat, high protein just trying to find one that works with my menopausal body.

So seven days ago I embarked on a new type of diet one which personalises my macros and I can eat anything I want as long as they fit inside those macros. Right now I’m loving it, but I’m sure it’s calculating my calories is far too high because there is no way I’m able to eat all those calories I feel really fat 🤪

But the evidence is clear after seven days 3.6lbs down, my skin looks a lot healthier, I don’t have as much bloatedness which was a big issue for me, my bowels seem to be a lot more regular, and I don’t have as much brain fog and not as tired as I was before.

Of course there are a few lifestyle changes I made along with my diet. Going to keep on this for the next seven days and let you know how I’m doing.

If you have tried different things for the menopause let me know what’s working for you.

Do You Want To Lose Weight Fast?

If you are looking for feedback, tips and advice on how to lose weight fast, sorry to have disappoint you. Here’s the thing…

Most of the people I have spoken to would love to drop a14lbs or 6kg  in a month, or a dress size in a couple of weeks.  The harsh reality is that will not happen in such a short time span if your mindset and expectations are not set correctly.

Let’s get real, how many restuarant meals, or take outs did it take for you to get into your current state of being?  How long in a period of time do you imagine you put these pounds on? When was the last time you worked up a sweat? When you get into a mood is the first thing you reach for food?

Then there is the realisation period….

You know,  that moment when the dress you normally wear feels too tight, wont zip up,  rides up, is too tight across the bust, bulges are showing in all the wrong places.

Then the frustration of going on a crash diet, only for the diet to end up in a crash where no pounds are lost and more frustration as you gain weight instead of losing it.

Losing weight should be seen as part of daily living, when you make a decision to eat healthy and have a more energetic and mindful lifestyle.

You see, if you do not learn how to eat healthy, what healthy options to choose, what unhealthy foods to swap out or remove from your current way of eating, then you will struggle with achieving your weightloss goals.

Albert Einstein says ‘You cannot solve a problem with the same thinking that created it’

Similarly you cannot lose weight with the same foods that helped you put the weight on….

So where do you begin?

Start with looking honestly at your food groups. 

Are you eating enough fruits, vegetables?

Are you getting enough fibre?

Are you eating healthy fats?

Drinking enough water – soda and fizzy drinks and juices do not count.

Knowing what your metabolic base rate is will also help you to know how much exercise and calories you need to eat and expell on a daily basis.

Your MBR or Metabolic Base Rate is the number of calories your body needs to function on a day to day basis.  Your body needs energy to pump blood to the heart, to digest food, to move and so on.

Putting an exercise regime in place for a minimum of 3 days a week of 45 minutes will also help to improve circulation, mental wellbeing, physical wellbeing and more importantly burn fat.

Inches are more important than the scales when it comes to weightloss.  Looking and feeling good in your clothes is a major confidence booster.  The scales are secondary.  My advice is whilst it is important to know where you are starting from on the scales,  measuring yourself every other week is far more productive and encouraging that jumping on the scales and finding you have put on pounds instead of losing them. 

If you are on the right diet, you will gain muscle at the same time as losing fat.  Lean muscle burns fat and is much heavier an

Keep Calm and say I CAN DO IT

yway.  More on this point in a later blog post.

Knowing how many calories to eat on a daily basis is a good start to helping you to reduce your weight in a healthy way. Click here for a great calorie counter that also explains how it should be used.

There are many healthy eating meal plans and sites available online, find one that suites your taste buds.  Just google it.

I hope this has reset your expectations and will help put you on track to losing weight the healthy way.  If weight is lost over time, it is less likely to return in abundance.  Where you lose weight quickly, there is more likelyhood for you to gain weight and some! Why? because you did not learn how to eat healthy, exercise and sustain that way of living.

Remember if you approach your weightloss as a lifestyle change, it should be seen as a more permanent, ongoing way of life, rather than a temporary fix for an event, or occassion.

If you have found the information useful, please comment on the post below.

 

 

 

This is a Truly Super Supplement – Moringa

Today I wanted to share the benefits of Moringa with you.  I recently researched some of the benefits for a customer, and found that overall there are so many health benefits from this plant I just had to share.

 

I have even ordered myself the powdered format from Amazon, and now take this daily alongside my partner.

 

Benefits include:

  • Improved Blood Circulation
  • Reduces Blood Pressure
  • Improved memory
  • Cancer fighting benefits
  • Eases joint pain
  • High in Protein
  • Great as a cleanser
  • Aids Digestion

Please watch through this short 6 minute video to hear how it is making a difference in peoples lives.

As in all supplementation, please check with your GP first before taking additional supplements as some could clash with your medication. 

Let me know if you found this information valuable, so I can share more of the same…

 

 

Got No Energy – Am I a SAD case?

Photo Courtesy of David OakesSometimes especially first thing in the morning in winter months, I  struggle with my energy levels, I am normally a morning person when it comes to getting the most things done.  However, during the winter I struggle with getting up. 

I swear I suffer from the SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) syndrome. If you have never heard of this, it is when the winter months affect your mood, your mindset, your energy and your mental health.  Some people get depressed, withdraw into themselves, struggle to get the day started, feel over tired, you get the drift….  Apparently over 2million people suffer from this in the UK and more that 12 million across Europe.

 

When it is summer I normally spring out of bed and into crazy action mode as soon as daylight hits the curtains, but in the winter it is a struggle for me to get out of bed in the dark, I feel tired, slouchy and no energy.

So what can I do about it?

  • I really need to invest in a SAD clock or light box. I’ve heard that they help you wake up more naturally in the dark winter months.  It works by gently creating a sunrise effect in your bedroom.  So when you set your alarm, it will begin an artificial sunrise 30 minutes before the alarm is due.  There are also clocks that have natural noises, such as birdsong, water etc.  I know for me just the sound of the birds tweeting and seeing daylight will get me up in a much more agreeable mood.
  • More importantly especially as I live in the UK, suffering from a lack of Vitamin D does not help with your energy levels.   So from September to April I take vitamin D supplementation.  Not only does Vitamin D help with bone health, it also helps with mood also.
  • Walking – yes that’s right walking helps according to Seasonal Affective Disorder Association (SADA).     They recommend a one hour walk in the middle of the day can help you cope with the winter blues.
  • Eat Healthy – in the winter months you are more prone to eating stodgy foods and putting weight on, this doesn’t help the situation. So eat less carbohydrates and more fruits and vegetables.
  • Get out and about into the sunlight as much as possible. This will help you feel much better, I know 🙂
  • Take up a new hobby, one that will keep you occupied and stop you thinking about the dark days and nights. 
  • Get out there and see your friends and family more during this time.  It will improve your mental health interacting with others.
  • Seek help if you are really depressed about the cold winter months, it is better to talk to someone about it that suffer alone.  There are support groups about, you can try and find one locally, or contact your local GP for more info and advice.

I hope you found this post useful, if you have any other suggestions and ideas on how to beat the winter blues, please leave a comment below to help others reading this post. 🙂

 

** Photo Courtesy of David Oakes https://davidoakesimages.wordpress.com/2012/04/26/a-dark-and-damp-day-in-cumbria/