Nutrition: weight management and health

We all eat, so what do we mean by Nutrition?

80% of the immune systems depends upon good digestive health. That’s how important your nutrition is. The food you eat is the key to your health. We eat at least 3 times a day. That means we have at least three opportunities each day to give our body what it needs. The most important message is that healthy food is not limited to lettuce and muesli.  If you can feel well because of what you eat, why would you eat to feel food that will make you feel drained and ill?

If your diet is lacking in nutrients or your gut is not healthy, you are likely to experience many problems such as,

  • low energy, low mood, over stimulation
  • chronic fatigue, this will aggravate conditions like fibromyalgia, ME or chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • lack of refreshing sleep, insomnia, tension, stress, inability to relax
  • poor concentration levels
  • mood swings, anxiety, phobias
  • pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure
  • food sensitivities or intolerance
  • allergies, skin complaints, hay fever, asthma
  • upset bowels, bloating and abdominal pains, irritable bowels and stomach problems
  • skin complaints, such as eczema, acne or psoriasis
  • lack of motivation, low mood or depression
  • repeated infections, like coughs or colds or skin conditions
  • hormonal and fertility problems, for example difficulties getting pregnant
  • excess weight or difficulties in achieving weight loss
  • tried ‘everything’ to improve your diet, yet feel locked in a cycle of ill-health
  • Do you enjoy food or is it a source of stress and worry for you?
  • increase in pain and painful joints and other chronic conditions such as headaches and allergic conditions.

Weight Management

A healthy weight is vital for health. Carrying more weight than your body needs can leads to poor self esteem and health problems such as diabetes, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome and more.

We watch our weight, stand on scales, count calories, check our BMI, BMR, use Schofield equation to obtain our ideal calorie intake, work out at the gym, run or walk to work, climb the stairs. It can be depressing and exhausting but it shouldn’t be.

Having a nutritious and healthy diet and maintaining your ideal weight is easy when you have the right tools, and it is essential for your health.

This unique weight management program combines a 30 challenge pack with vitamins, minerals and UltraMeals to help you detox and begin weight loss. You also receive meal plans and recipes. On average people lose between 7lbs – 10lbs within those 30 days with steady weight loss continuing until you reach your ideal weight. This food based package is offered with hypnotherapy, NLP coach and/or mindfulness practises so that you can retrain your mind as well as your body.

Healthy bodies need a healthy nutritious diet. Everybody knows this and generally speaking most of us know the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ food, but there is so much information about food which is often contradictory and confusing. We can read food labels, eat super food, fast food, go on fad diets, worry about good food, bad food, food intolerance, food sensitivity, special diets, try to control intake, think about high fats, low fats, essential fats, carbohydrates, sugar, artificial sweeteners, vitamins, minerals, alcohol, caffeine, glycemic index, but what does it all mean? And all that before we even start looking at recipes.

 

Poor quality food, too much or too little, or harmful food is a major and modifiable cause of many longstanding diseases and conditions.

What does Nutrition do for the body? What is energy?

Energy has many meanings but in relation to food, it refers to food that can be converted by the body into energy – fuel – and in turn provide you with the energy you need to achieve the tasks of your day.

Energy is measured in calories. Too many calories consumed = excess body weight. Obesity is a major cause of ill health, a major factor in cardio-vascular disease and Type II Diabetes. Insufficient calorie intake will result in poor energy and ill health. Finding the balance is the key.

The health of your digestive system is vital. You are not just what you eat. Your health depends on what your body can absorb from your food. This is dependent upon your digestive enzymes.

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, famously wrote, “let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” This is sound advice and even more important today given the environmental pollutants that are present in our food, water and air.

How a nutrition consultation works

All first appointments include checking for pre diabetes or diabetes, urinary infections, high blood pressure and consider how your weight is affecting your health.

During your nutritional consultation, we will look in detail at your usual diet and whether there are any changes that would enhance your health. We will consider all your nutritional needs including vitamins and minerals, to ensure that your body is receiving everything it needs.   Herbal medicine might be prescribed, and NLP or Hypnotherapy techniques will be discussed and suggested as appropriate.

I do not recommend any fad diet programmes. They don’t work. I work with healthy eating recommendations to enable you to regain a natural and balanced relationship with food.

Combining hypnotherapy, herbal medicine and mindfulness practice  with healthy nutrition can enable you to make those changes in your thinking and daily lives that will transform how you feel about your body, your day and allow your confidence to soar and your health to be as good as it can be.

Fran Stone. Holistic Health Practitioner in Bedford and Cambridge. Medical Herbalist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Mindfulness Practitioner and Nutritional Advisor.