MY BLOG: ON MOVEMENT
Your body shape can actually tell you what type of activity is best suited to you and your body type, helping to make the most of your natural talents.
There seems to be significant benefit derived from exercising on an empty stomach, contrary to popular belief.
Being physically active on a regular basis is the key to good mental and physical health.
While most people understand why they’d want to improve this area, there appears to be huge confusion around exactly how to do this.
Not only is resistance training important to prevent against conditions like osteoporosis and posture problems, it’s also a great way to ensure a metabolically active body throughout the day (not just when exercising).
Mainstream advice tends to suggest that better results occur with high volumes of exercise, but this isn’t the truth as recent research shows.
Move your bootie and improve your bottom line
Quick quiz. How many muscles in the human body? 642! What are muscles designed to do? Move your body.
What does it take to develop yourself physically; to achieve the ‘body’ goals you set out to achieve? I think the trick is how you use failure.
Most people don’t seem to know what they’re doing when they hit the weights area of any gym so I thought it a good idea to unpack best practice for weight training to help you get the most out of your time at gym.
MY BLOG: ON NOURISHMENT
KIDS (& PETS:)
Feeding kids for good health is every parent’s responsibility. Problem is, it’s not always easy!
As concerned and loving parents we do our best to protect our children from harm. But what about those dangers lurking in our homes?
Modern conveniences pose real risks to your children’s health so to minimise these, focus on a good diet.
Processed foods impact massively on human health; the same is true of the effects of domestic animal foods on our pets.
Animals have a means of protecting against predators. But plants also have a mechanism for defending themselves. Phytoalexins are a plant’s “claws”. Historically, we’ve assumed that a plant-based diet provides nutrients that are beneficial to human health. But what if we’re wrong?
As women, we tend to experience a great many menopause digestive issues. This is because our gut houses so many oestrogen, and other hormone, receptors. Before we get into the specifics of menopause and the gut, however, it’s important we understand the digestive process.
Some of the stressors we’re exposed to on a daily basis can be easily recognised and understood, such as junk food and drinks, food chemicals, environmental pollutants etc. Some though, haven’t been quite so well publicised, even though they have far-reaching health consequences.
We’re exposed to many more toxins in our modern world, than in previous times. Couple this with poor eating, drinking and lifestyle habits and there seems to be a need for supporting overworked detoxification organs.
Breathing correctly sustains life, feeding necessary nutrients and oxygen to your cells. To improve your health, you’ll need to learn good breathing technique.
Humans have two types of fat in their bodies – brown fat and white fat. Brown fat acts the same way as muscle does, by burning energy, whereas white fat stores energy.
Vitamin D is touted as one of our most essential health-building hormones and if levels are optimal, can reduce by 50%, your risk of dying from any disease.
Throughout history and until very recent times, man has walked, slept, and sat on the earth’s surface – skin to skin, as it were. In this way we naturally discharged electrical stress and were able to restore our natural and stable electrical state.
Lack of sleep can increase your risk of heart disease and raise your blood pressure; it can add to early aging, worsen constipation and increase your risk of dying from any disease.
When considering the question of whether or not to go on hormone replacement therapy, it’s vital that you do your own research on the topic since there is potential for harm from certain HRT drugs.
Estrogen suppresses LPL activity on the fat cells, meaning that the more estrogen there is available, the less fat will be pulled into the fat cells, and the less fat you’ll accumulate over time. If estrogen levels are low, LPL on the fat cells will have a field day, causing more and more fat to be stored.
For magnificent health and boundless energy, there are 6 imperatives that need to be addressed – thought management, sleep quality, breathing patterns, hydration, diet and exercise.
Your immune system is effectively housed within your gut, so it’s vital that you digest, assimilate and utilise the food you consume to the very best of your ability.
Mainstream opinion suggests that moderate intake of processed foods is not harmful to health, but the body requires large amounts of high-quality nutrients that can only be sourced from whole foods.
Enzymes tell the body what to do, when and how, making them very important. By eating raw food, you’ll supply plenty of them for good digestion and assimilation.
The dog’s barking; you haven’t quite finished dressing for that all-important morning meeting; your youngest has lost his toothbrush down the toilet and you still haven’t packed any (never mind healthy) lunches for school or work…
Your body’s biochemical make-up is as unique as your fingerprints so we’re all very different in the way our bodies process foods and utilise nutrients.
To achieve outstanding energy and long-lasting health you must feed yourself foods that the body and brain recognise as foods.
Tanya Wyatt answers some common diet questions with her unique approach to self and food love.
Salt is an imperative part of the human diet since our bodies require a constant concentration of it in the blood.
Grains are far more problematic for health than people realise, causing overweight, insulin resistance, diabetes and more.
The crux of any good diet choice lies in understanding your own unique body, finding eating habits that suit you, then loving what you eat.
One of the most important aspects of good health is optimal hydration. Understanding your own water requirements will help you achieve outstanding health, increase energy and lose excess body fat.
Beware of low quality supplements; take only what you need and only if you eat a very healthy diet.
Let me introduce myself. I’m what some might refer to as a molecule of water. I prefer to think of myself as a massive, unfulfilled storehouse of potential energy…
Clearly the low fat, high carb food pyramid offers poor advice, given the world has become fatter and unhealthier.
It would be ideal to eliminate all processed foods from our diets, but this just isn’t a realistic option. Health is about balance, not about punishment; it should never be ‘banting or bust’. Banting (high fat, low carb) isn’t a ‘diet’ – it’s a lifestyle choice that’ll work best if you keep it real.
You need to learn what your personal fuel requirements are in order to stay healthy and in ideal weight, but before you do that you need to know more about the macronutrients that comprise a healthy diet.
Use your instinct to help understand your ideal food requirements and eat only real, unprocessed foods.
Do you feel anxious about getting through the festive season without picking up weight? Fear not, for there is a relatively simple way to handle al this and still coming out looking and feeling decent.
After a workout you won’t want a high carb snack/meal as this interferes with human growth hormone production (which leads to tissue repair and fat reduction).
Sugar cravings occur as a result of a nutrient deficiency or over-supply, so to eliminate them you need to understand where to add or subtract in the diet.
Ok, so you’re in the store, picking up a loaf of bread and as you’re paying, you spy a chocolate and decide it’ll keep you going ’till dinner’s ready…
The food pyramid was based on bad science and clearly doesn’t work, so a big shift in dietary approach is necessary.
If you could change one thing that might define your success with optimising weight and health, it would be to see these as long-term goals, worth investing everything you can in them.
Fat loss: one of those gender-crossing, depression-causing, joy-killing straws on the proverbial camel’s back. It’s what I typically see clients about and by the time they get to me they have a set idea about what the experience is going to entail…
Recent research suggests that we can gain huge benefits from going without food for brief-to-prolongued periods of time.
Only the timing of calories, their quality and how efficiently your body ‘manages’ them is important.
Your body will let you know whether or not your last meal worked well for your unique biochemistry.
Research shows that intermittent fasting (temporary hunger) coupled with exercise, forces the breakdown of fat and glycogen, helping your body burn fat without sacrificing muscle mass.
Ever been to a clothing store where they sell only one size? Nothing designed for humans is ever just one size. So why, when we talk diets, do we use the measure of one-size-fits-all as the holy grail of whether or not it works?
Jack and Jill lived at the bottom of the hill. Their water source was at the top, until a national supermarket chain opened next door. Although a great convenience, they had to beware the marketing wolves, who were intimately schooled in parting people from their money…
Little Red Riding Hood never made it out of the woods. Was she eaten by the corporate food wolves; rendered immobile by too many unfulfilled gym memberships, or spiked on a branch of this-alone-be-the-whole-truth?
Prof Noakes has come and gone so those entrenched in their high carb eating habits (the same people who seem to dislike him intently), can take a deep breath, pull up the couch, switch on the telly and relax.
Would you believe it if I said that overweight and obesity may have nothing to do with over-eating and lack of exercise? Rather, these are side effects of fatness!
Insulin plays a massively important role in determining how much fat you will or won’t store. Another of its other roles is to ‘manage’ storage of both protein and fat, which it does primarily through two enzymes – lipoprotein lipase (LPL) and hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL).
LPL is our ‘fattening’ enzyme, but did you know that we have a ‘leaning’ enzyme too, called HSL (hormone sensitive lipase)?
The amount of body fat you store in your fat cells has a great deal to do with how much LPL (lipoprotein lipase) sits on these fat cells – the more there is, the more fat you’ll store.
Gary Taubes’s book centres on some key themes – lots of LPL on our fat cells makes us fat; lots of carbs can make us overweight; the obese are neither ‘lazy’ nor ‘greedy’; sufficient HSL on our fat cells keeps us lean; if female, we can maintain leanness by ensuring that our estrogen levels remain optimal.
MY BLOG: ON MINDSET
Overall, our capacity to manage the stress in our lives depends on how successful we are with finding the leverage to change things; recognising that this might be hard; and developing the strength to withstand the impact of stress.
Negative stress impacts on your adrenals glands which are responsible for producing all stress hormones. If they’re not given good recovery time, they can become so tired that they fail to produce enough health-enhancing hormones.
We all have the best of intentions when it comes to setting new resolutions, but often the reason they don’t stick is because we’re trying to change a habit overnight. For sustainable, realistic changes, these habits should be overcome gradually and consistently.
Changing a habit is harder than it appears. The answer seems to lie in understanding the link between the habit itself and the behaviour which results in the habit.
We often tell our children about the magical transition of the caterpillar into a butterfly; of how ordinary can transform itself into beautiful in one big leap. It’s the story of the Ugly Duckling and Cinderella. It’s the story behind every diet and New Year gym membership!
Many may think my business is about bodies – what you put into them; how you move them; and how you use that stuff between your ears to think about them. Well they wouldn’t be wrong, but the real work I do concerns patterns.
We’re all looking for the magic formula – the one thing that will take care of our weight and health. There isn’t one – it’s down to you and you alone…
A habit takes a good few weeks to change, so trying to achieve more than one small change at a time can be a mighty difficult thing. How about setting yourself 12 new health-enhancing habits for the year ahead … one for each month.
It burns my arse when peeps moan about their bodies, but do NOTHING to change or improve the situation!
You can try to just exercise, or just diet, or just spot your negative thinking patterns. But to truly develop a happy body it’s going to take doing everything in combination.
How do I love myself? Let me count the ways… gluten-free chocolate cake from Vovo (when they have it in); a really good book (when I have the time for it); a manicure (on my birthday); a good movie (when I’m able to stay awake long enough to watch it)…
I’m 46 and I’m in good shape. As a woman, this has invariably led to me being regularly called (amongst other things) ‘lucky’, ‘genetically gifted, ‘fortunate’ or – simply – a ‘bitch’.
It was Arnie who recently said (in his deadpan Terminatoresque voice), “I’m old. But not obsolete”. Clearly he’s feeling a lot like I am these days.
Imagine looking at yourself in the mirror and saying “I am, quite simply, the most wonderful person I know!” What kind of day at office are you likely to have?
How useful is a mirror or scales in providing feedback on our bodies? Do they tell us anything about what our body is capable of, how sexy it is, or whether we can dance the Tango?
So the PE birdie flew past me the other day and whispered this gentle piece of feedback into my ear – “Erm, Tanya, I hate to be the one to say this but – frankly – you dress inappropriately and your body makes other woman feel rather out of sorts!”
Get off the hamster wheel, allow yourself to chill but keep your goals in mind; this way your healthy diet/exercise regime is a lifestyle worth adopting.
We think/are sold the premise that if we can just lose those extra 5-15kg we put on when we were pregnant (with our now 15 year-old child), life will be absolutely fantastic and we’ll be happy at last. At the unconscious level though, we know it’s BS.
Your ‘physical body’ is a configuration of your atoms. If you want to change the way they configure (i.e. if you want to change your ‘shape’), you’re going to have to do a lot more than focus on ‘physical world’ tools.
Conformity will be the death of us. More specifically, that of our kids. I’ve been seeing a lot of teenagers/young adults with anxiety issues recently. This kind of trend is always massively concerning, though not remotely surprising.
If 2020 was the year for catalytic change, 2021 may be the year we stay open to everything; the year we give our all to finding passion and self-fulfilment. Let’s think creatively and expansively. Let’s grow beyond our wildest imagination.
Summer is in the wings, winter is exiting stage left; in a few weeks the curtain opens to one thing … the beach. Time to panic.
It’s time to start thinking for yourself when it comes to developing your unique nutritional programme.
The promise is simple. Just do this one-and-only, quick-fix exercise blitz a few times a week and hey, presto – it’ll flatten your abs, perk up your arse, tone your arms and shape your legs (makes coffee too).
Is it possible to be fit, strong, healthy and happy, all at the same time? The key challenge is not in knowing what you ‘should’ eat or how you ‘should’ exercise; it’s knowing what ‘should’ means to you…
The only sure way I know of not falling off the wagon is by not being on it in the first place…
On 6 May, Eliud Kipchoge became the fastest marathon runner in the world. He completed 42.915km in an astounding 2 hours, 25 seconds! Twenty-five SECONDS short of breaking the 2-hour barrier! Did Eliud fail, or was his run an extraordinary success?
Am I the only woman on the planet who feels as though an alien parasite hijacked me during pregnancy (and beyond)? Don’t get me wrong – I loved being pregnant, but…
While many people underestimate the power of the mind in helping to improve both performance and health, it’s indisputable that what you think can affect your state of being.
Considering what it is we do, we’re often asked what our philosophy is on living a healthy, happy life, from a practical perspective. Our feeling is that attaining good health and ideal weight is a fairly simple formula.
People are living on an ever-increasingly rapid treadmill. Many health and weight issues stem from this pace of life and in our experience, there’s a yin and yang to everything, including our ability to expend or create energy.
In our modern world, with our tendency to outsource food production, we’ve lost our connection to almost every aspect of the food chain, resulting in health consequences.