Top 10 Tips to Stop Mindless Eating

 Top 10 Tips to Stop Mindless Eating

A lot of women talk to me about mindless eating (eating without thinking about what they’re doing).

Do you fall into this camp? Think:

  • Standing at the fridge door thinking about what to have for dinner… holding a bag of crisps and piling them into your mouth as you go
  • Relaxing in front [insert guilty pleasure tv series] and… before you know it the whole bag of minstrels has vanished (where did they go?!)
  • Working away at your desk when... half the box of doughnuts has been devoured
  • And for all you mamas… picking on your kid’s leftovers (or food they’ve thrown on the floor – come on I know I’m not the only who’s done this)

Now before you beat yourself up for being a mindless eater, we all do it to some extent. It's when it becomes a daily habit that it can get out of hand. And if you can curb those mindless eating behaviours, you could soon start to see improvements in your energy levels, weight loss, bloating, brain fog, sleep quality and so much more. 

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Tears, Tantrums and Slow Cookers

Tears, Tantrums and Slow Cookers

Ok there weren’t any tantrums but it flows better than just ‘Tears and Slow Cookers’. 

There were definitely tears though. A lot. And a slow cooker made it all better. 

Let me start at the beginning. 

I’m 6 months pregnant, running my own business, I also work part time leading an online community for global blue chips, and I have a very energetic 2 year old little boy. Who by the way is just hilarious at the moment with his helicopter impressions, dinosaur growls and complete obsession with anything that even remotely looks like a slide (does the side of a breakfast bowl even resemble a slide?!)

And well, I think I may be a little bit tired and hormonal. 

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That's Life: How to Get Healthy in The Real World

That's Life: How to Get Healthy in The Real World

So you want to get your diet back on track. You start well. In fact you have a great few days or weeks, but then… an old friend invites you to dinner… you’re going on holiday… another wedding invite arrives… you have a busy period at work. The list is endless isn’t it?

And you really, really want to get your diet sorted. You know how important it is and you desperately want to do it, but there just never seems to be the right time.

Sound familiar?

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5 Common Weight Loss Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

5 Common Weight Loss Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

When I started working as a Nutrition Coach, I thought I'd be working with people who had pretty poor diets, but interestingly enough, it's quite the opposite.

Most women I work with eat a lot of salads, vegetables and fruit. They often drink green smoothies, include quinoa, kale and other every day super foods in their meals, tend to eat fish and chicken over red meat, and may have a little good quality cheese or dark chocolate in amongst it all.

So a healthy diet, right?

But these women still come to me because they struggle to lose weight, are often low on energy, and just feel as if they're missing the mark somehow. 

So what's the answer? 

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Favourites Foodies

Favourites Foodies

I feel so blessed that we live in a time when healthy eating is becoming more mainstream, and it's so easy to find new recipes at the click of a few buttons. However, sometimes there is too much choice, and knowing which websites or cookbooks to reach for is tough. 

So, these are my go to foodies when I need some inspiration in the kitchen. I use their websites and books (each have different sets of recipes) so I encourage you to explore whatever suits you best. 

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How to Increase Your Energy Levels, Without Depriving Yourself of the Foods You Love

How to Increase Your Energy Levels, Without Depriving Yourself of the Foods You Love

Over the last few weeks I've been talking to a load of people at my 5 Steps to Increasing Your Energy Workshops about where they struggle the most with their energy levels, and there are definitely a few things that have been cropping up time and time again.

Do any of these feel familiar?

  • "I find myself reaching for [insert your version of: chocolate/ sweets/ crisps] when the 11am/ 3pm slump hits, even though I know it's a short term fix"
  • "I don't have time to cook healthy food. I'm too busy so need something quick and easy" 
  • "I'm always tired because [insert your version of: I don't sleep well/ I've got young children who wake at night/ I have a stressful job], so reach for coffee to keep me going"
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10 Easy Ways to Live Without Wheat

10 Easy Ways to Live Without Wheat

Following on from my last post – What’s the problem with Wheat? I wanted to discuss the array of gluten free products that have flooded the supermarkets lately in a ploy to get you to spend huge amounts of your money on something that is usually dry, tasteless and really not that good for you. I’m not a fan of anything processed, and some of the ingredients appearing in these products are less than desirable.

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What's the Problem with Wheat?

What's the Problem with Wheat?

I remember when Melissa was a tiny baby I really looked forward to when she’d be able to eat solids. Being a Nutritional Therapist, I fantasised about all the culinary creations I would make. Yet Melissa was so disinterested in food it was embarrassing. I’d slave away over a butternut squash puree, meticulously freezing it into ice cube trays, but it would just end up on the floor. After ditching the blender and switching to Baby Led Weaning we had greater success, but the only food she really liked was bread. This worried me as I suffer from a wheat intolerance and hadn’t regularly eaten bread for over 10 years. Yet despite my better judgment my desperation for Melissa to eat something and give me a break from breastfeeding persuaded me that she’d have daddy’s genes and be okay. I was wrong. Even though it was subtle, I noticed that when Melissa ate bread she would become constipated, behave aggressively and wake up more frequently at night – not a happy girl.

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Lessons from Week One of My First Cleanse

Lessons from Week One of My First Cleanse

Soooo... one week in and I've already wanted to pack the whole thing in numerous times (namely when my mean husband has made delicious smelling coffee or ordered our favourite Indian take away while I'm munching away on a salad - I know!) Anyway, I haven't, and I'm glad. Only a third of the way in and I have learned a LOT, and I'd like to share those lessons with you.

A lot of people are still asking me why I'm doing this cleanse. One reason is to better understand my body and how I respond to certain foods. By taking out the main toxic triggers (allergens) from my diet (gluten, dairy, added sugar, alcohol, caffeine, soy and corn), I'm eating 100% 'clean'. This means when I introduce those potential triggers back in after 21 days, I'll know if any of them are problematic for me. 

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My First Cleanse

My First Cleanse

So I decided this morning to start a 21 day cleanse. Why? Well, during my nutrition studies I learned a lot about detoxing but have never actually done one! Fancy coming on this journey with me? Whether you decide to do a cleanse or not, over the next three weeks I'll be sharing with you:

  • Why people do cleanses
  • How to tackle a cleanse
  • The challenges you may encounter 
  • How it makes you feel
  • Whether it was worth it!
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10 Steps to Becoming a Healthier Happier You

10 Steps to Becoming a Healthier Happier You

People often ask me what they can do to lead a healthier life, and for me that also means leading a happier life. Being healthy isn't just about the food we eat and the exercise we do. It's about the choices we make, the kindness we show ourselves and others, the pace at which we operate and so much more. So, here are my 10 steps to becoming a healthier happier you.

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Top 10 Ingredients for Healthy Living

Top 10 Ingredients for Healthy Living

A number of people come to me when they're trying out a new healthy recipe and ask if it's worth buying certain ingredients, as they don't want them sitting in the back of the cupboard gathering dust once they've been used! Some of the culprits on this list include raw cacao powder, buckwheat flour, maple syrup, agave syrup, coconut nectar, vanilla powder, dates, nut butter... the list goes on! Whilst I do actually have most of these ingredients to hand now, it wasn't always the case. When I first started out in this new world of healthy eating, I was overwhelmed with all the new foods, some of which I'd never heard of! So to help you along your way I've complied my top 10 ingredients for healthy living below to take all the hard work out of it for you!

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Top 3 Tips for Feeling Energised

Top 3 Tips for Feeling Energised

One of the most common questions my clients ask me, is "what can I do to give me more energy?" Being a new mum myself (ok maybe I'm not new now Jasper's 11 months old, but you get what I mean), I totally understand the need for quick fixes that will leave you feeling energised and ready for the sometimes loooong day ahead! 

So, here are my top 3 tips for feeling energised. Try 1, 2 or all 3 of these for 3 full weeks (as it takes 21 days for new habits to form), and I guarantee you will feel like a different person! If you don't, please feel free to shout at me and call me names. 

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Interview with Ta Tas at the Table

Interview with Ta Tas at the Table

I was lucky enough to meet my dear friend Ingrid Lindberg when running corporate events. She has been the Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer at a number of large international organisations, but more recently (apart from running her own customer experience consultancy - http://chiefcustomer.com), she has set up a group called Ta Tas at the Table. Ta Tas is a place for women to meet, share stories, and help each other progress in their chosen career.

Ingrid set this up because she was all too often the only woman on the Board of Directors (i.e. at the table), and she believes passionately in helping other women succeed. I think this is such a fabulous endeavour, so when she asked me to do an interview I was over the moon, and so very honoured that she thought my story could help other women progress.

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Top 10 Tips for Creating the Perfect Salad

Top 10 Tips for Creating the Perfect Salad

This month I'm focusing my efforts on creating some killer salads. Salads totally rock in my world. They're easy to make, provide you a broad range of vitamins and minerals, and they look fabulous (if you follow my top 10 tips that is!) A few salads I've made this month that take my top 10 tips into account are lentil, squash and beetroot salad with toasted pecans and pumpkin seeds, C salad (cabbage, courgette and carrot) with blueberries, super simple quinoa salad and roasted veg and amaranth surprise. Recipes for the others coming soon!

So what's the secret?

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5 Simple Steps to Improving Your Cooking

5 Simple Steps to Improving Your Cooking

Whilst friends often compliment the food I make, I'm far from having any culinary training. I didn't grow up learning to cook from my mother or grandmother. In fact I'm just an ordinary person who loves food and finds great pleasure in being in the kitchen. So what is it that makes my food taste great? Well for starters, it doesn't always! In fact sometimes I get the "maybe don't cook this one again darling" comment from my husband, and that's ok! Luckily it doesn't happen too often, and I think it's because I use 5 basic rules that I thought you might find useful to help you get more success in the kitchen.

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