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Drink your greens

WHAT’S IN LEAN GREENS?

Lean Greens is a superfood powder which dilutes in water in order to create a neutral flavoured greens drink cocktail absolutely brimming with the following uber-nutritious ingredients:

• Wheat Grass, Barley Grass, Alfalfa, Spirulina and Chlorella – otherwise known as the fantastic five when it comes to grasses & algae, which combine to create an alkaline blend to flush your body of toxins.

• Broccoli, Spinach and Carrot – three superfood vegetables, chosen for their dense nutritional value, to provide your body with a kick of minerals, from A to D, and everything in-between (…namely B and C), in addition to healthy doses of iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium!

• A bountiful blend of blueberries & blackcurrants (try saying that after a drink, and we don’t mean of Lean Greens!), widely regarded as some of the healthiest fruits to add to your diet.

• Not four, not five, but six digestive enzymes, all of which contribute to the healthy running of your gut, and in turn help to reduce that uncomfortable bloated feeling.

• And last but by no means least, the metabolism-igniting, energy powerhouses that are Siberian Ginseng and Green Tea, you know, for that extra bit of gusto!

 

Here is the link to take you to the Lean Greens web page.

They offer other high quality nutrition products as well so you may want to have a look at them also.

80% of women…

This is a scary statistic…nearly 80% of women aged between 40-60 are either overweight, obese, inactive or (and??) drink too much.

(Guildelines for alcohol intake is no more than 14 units per week – both men and women)

Will you make any changes to move away from that statistic?

I see about 15 people a week coaching them to improved health. The main issue with many of them is that they spend the majority of the day sitting at a desk.

How can you break this up when you have a sedentary job?

  • Lunch time walk?
  • Walking to the next block of toilets or coffee machine?
  • Walk to chat to a colleague instead of calling?
  • Take the stairs instead of the lift
  • Walking meetings
  • Stand when on the phone
  • Get a standing desk (if funds are available)
  • If you get an hour’s lunch break – 30 minutes could be spent doing a fitness class
  • Stretch every hour – minimum!!

How stress makes you fat!

 

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Take a lunch break

When feeling stressed the adrenal glands release the hormone cortisol into the blood supply to prepare the body for flight or fight. Cortisol increases blood sugar levels so your brain, muscles and organs have enough fuel to get you through that stressful situation – either running away (flight) or pushing on through even though you are tired and anxious (fight), this put very simply, promots our body to store fat.

 

So how would you describe your current stress levels?

A little bit of stress is not a bad thing. The problem occurs when you are constantly in that stressful state and not allowing yourself to come down from it, relax and take time out. Chronically elevated cortisol increases blood sugar levels, which then elevate insulin levels preparing the body for fight or flight…this, among other things, will stop you from burning fat no matter what exercise or diet program you follow.

 

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH YOUR STRESS?

 

Chocolate? Biscuits? …Comfort eating!  » Read more

What’s Your Stress Perspective?

In a potentially stressful situation...how you view things can help you manage stress.

Once you learn how to deal better with stressful situations you will find your health and outlook on life considerably improve.

When you think of stress what do you think of?

Possibly getting uptight when external issues are getting to you such as...

  • your boss giving you even more work to do
  • or getting stuck in traffic which means you may miss your train...
  • or just too much to do in your life!!

Stress is caused by the mind or body not coping with life's challenges.

How you view a situation and how you respond to it is in your own hands...your individual perception of whether it is stressful or not.

Let’s take one of the examples above...

You are due to catch a train but you are stuck in traffic, real bad traffic due to a lorry dumping it’s load and causing a total blockage in the road. So you will miss the train.

There is nothing you can do about it...you’re stuck!

You may be sitting in your car listening to the traffic reports and getting more and more stressed and irate.

Or you may put some calming music on and think ‘so I’ll get the next train’. Yes it’s inconvenient, yes it may cost you the price of another train ticket, yes you may have to delay or postpone a meeting. But how is getting stressed going to help your situation? It won’t.

In fact it will make things worse

...you may need the loo...quickly...but where???

...you may start making decisions about the meeting, the train, the journey which are wrong because you’re unable to think clearly

...you could have a heart attack!!!

 all systems of the body are effected by stress including muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine (hormones), Digestive, nervous and reproductive systems

If we put ourselves through constant stress the body never has time to recover and over time this can lead to many health issues. Here are a few that I have come across with my clients:

  • Migraines from constant muscle tension around the neck and shoulders
  • Irritable bowel syndrome causing digestive problems
  • Weight gain or loss due to digestion problems and emotional eating
  • Hormonal problems due to constant high cortisol levels creating hormone imbalances
  • Tiredness from adrenal fatigue and lack of sleep

And worse

  • High blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes

External stress is a state of mind of how you deal with a situation.

Think to yourself...what’s the worse thing that can happen? I use this question a lot and it really keeps me from getting on the stress train! Try it.

Obviously there are other stress reduction techniques such as time management, planning ahead and making lifestyle changes that will also help with stress.

What about internal stress then?

These are things for another blog. Too much information can be stressful.

Let’s just concentrate on our stress perspective for the time being.

Remember...

small manageable steps to fantastic health and wellness

 

Does your mood affect your food?

Why should you keep a food diary?

Research has long highlighted that people who keep a record of what they eat and drink and how active they are (‘self monitoring’) have more weight loss success.

Writing down your intake also gives clues about where any extra calories are coming from. getfit2 food diary

Writing down everything you eat and drink can seem a chore and will be confronting. It will open your eyes to what you are eating and will also get you to think about why you are eating something, and this may not always be due to hunger! It may be because you see it in front of you, or perhaps because you are feeling bored, unhappy, stressed or maybe » Read more

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