How healthy are you?

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

 

How healthy are you?

Do any of these apply to you?

  • Can’t seem to shift those extra pounds like you use to
  • Is your concentration a bit hit and miss
  • Do you have a niggle that won’t go away,
  • Regularly get the sniffles or feel rundown
  • Are you feeling less energetic and more tired
  • You drop off to sleep but then you’re wide awake at 3 in the morning
  • More and more food seems to upset you
  • You’re peri or menopausal
  • Is your diet out of control
  • You just can’t be bothered!

Many of those things can be attributed to or helped by the food we eat and the lifestyle choices we make.  As a nutrition coach I can help you redress the balance, get you back in control and in the driving seat. I look at the foods you eat or don’t eat and your lifestyle and ask you to make small but permanent changes for longterm benefit

Certain foods are great for improving your iron levels, reducing cholesterol, balancing blood sugar, controlling cravings, improving mood, hot flushes, stress and many, many more. But some issues need a diagnosis to know what we are dealing with and what your baseline is.

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And that’s where my new partnership with Medichecks comes in. Let me introduce you to them…….

https://www.medichecks.com  

Established in 2002, Medichecks established the UK’s first direct to consumer blood test and health check service and are now the UK’s leading online blood test company. With over 1200 tests available from single markers like vitamin D to full health profiles looking at hormones, organ function and nutritional health, we have a test to suit everyone.

Simply order online, receive your test kit in the post, take your sample at home or visit one of our partner clinics and a few days later receive your results in your own secure, personalised dashboard with doctor’s comments included.

Medichecks offers a simple, affordable and convenient way to track your health over time.

Sounds good doesn’t it.  

Now I know many of the tests Medichecks carry out can be done free of charge by your GP, and that is still where I signpost my clients to in the first instance.  But for many the wait is too long and some tests are refused.  That’s where Medichecks and I come in.  I have a very handy discount code that allows the recipient to receive 20% off the price of a test or series of tests.  For instance a vitamin B12 check (low levels are the major cause of fatigue) costs £39, with my discount that reduces to £31.20.

Here is a word from Amy, Medichecks Business Account Manager

me and medichecks

If you were my client, I can then work though your Medichecks data with you and together we can start to make changes to your diet and lifestyle.  I can help with recipe ideas, healthy swaps and nutritional support and guidance.  I also deliver vegan cookery classes, so you may decide that learning some new recipes and making changes to your diet (based on the data supplied by Medichecks) could be beneficial.

Contact me for further details or contact Medichecks direct (03450 600600) to assess what tests would benefit you the most.

20 discount code

 

Obesity – It will be the death of us

Obesity – It will be the death of us

ObesityThe latest health figures for the over 40s makes pretty somber reading.  83% of 40 to 60 year-olds are either drinking too much, are inactive or are overweight. Particularly, 77% of men and 63% of women in middle-age are either overweight or obese

 

Obesity is rising for all age groups including children, and I believe we are in an obesity crisis situation.  Public Health England (PHE) created a new initiative called ‘One You’ for the over 40s to try and engage them in healthy eating and lifestyles so as they age they still maintain good health.

 

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Why not take their ‘How Are You’ quiz. It will help anyone who wants to take stock to find out quickly where they can take a little changes to make a big difference to their health.

 

 

 

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The Nottingham Post asked for my views on this tricky subject. You can read the article either on line or in yesterdays paper.

But what do you think we need to do?

 

 

 

One of the knock on effects of obesity is the increased risk of certain illness including heart disease, certain cancers and type 2 diabetes.  Diabetes alone is costing the NHS over £10 billion a year and 80% of the issues they treat in hospital are about managing avoidable complications

 

So what can be done?  

I believe it has to be a combined approach, with the individual at the heart of it.  They need to take responsibility for their own and their family’s health; by looking at portion control, how often they eat ready/processed or takeaway meals, how often are children given fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolates. What level of activity to they undertake?  Some simple solutions are sit-down less and move more.  This can also be carried out at work; try and take breaks from your desk regularly, have a walk at lunch time, get off the bus one/two walkingstops earlier and walk the rest of the way home.  Buddying up with a friend is a good way to maintain an exercise programme.

 

I am getting more enquiries from parents who want to come and learn to cook with their children, so as a family they can eat healthily.  And its great watching them learn together and make a meal that is healthy and delicious.  I also give healthy eating advice and get vegan cookery poster jpegthe family to try different ingredients, and offer simple tips to make the shopping cheaper such as buying frozen veg, make soup with leftovers and what ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ really means in an attempt to avoid food waste

portion-sizesI advise that when out doing the food shop, never do it when you are hungry, make a list, plan your meals in advance so you don’t get sucked in to buy the special offers or be tempted by the cakes, desserts and crisps

 

_68243258_foodlabelManufacturers/supermarkets also need to take a responsibility; have more special offers on healthy food like fruits, veg, wholegrains etc.  Have clearer labelling on the front of the packets, especially about portion size.  Posters in the shops about the benefits of fruits and veg, recipe cards with simple, quick and cheap family meals

The government needs to deliver stronger and harder hitting messages about the dangers of obesity, type 2 diabetes etc (a bit like the smoking campaigns). And offer helpful advice about portion control, cheap healthy quick family meals etc

Schools need to follow on with a consistent message about healthy eating; get children growing veg, cooking, helping in the community.  Their school meals could use some of the homegrown veg and have fewer vending machines on the premises.

fast-food-outletsLocal planners could look at how many fast food outlets, sweet shops etc are located near schools or near housing estates and take a responsible view

 

So I believe we all have a responsibility is tackling this epidemic.