Two weeks ago, a cycling client of mine, who is a bit of a speedster managed to come flying off his bike, skidding along the floor and landing in a pile on the Bristol to Bath cycle path. Luckily, nothing was broken, except large areas of his skin disapeared and a few muscles around his ribs were pulled and twisted making it very hard to breath properly. Ouch! Bless his cotton socks. The danger for him was that by not taking deep enough breaths, he was at risk of getting a lung infection. Luckily for him though, we had a quick consultation and he was able to ensure that his skin wounds healed super fast, and his lungs, whilst still sore, have remained infection free – hurrah!
I’ve never really liked lots of fruit. Veg I could eat all day every day, but fruit takes a bit of mental effort for me. I recently discovered that I like apples a lot more if I just chop them up a little bit. I’ve no idea why, but it just makes them tempting like a whole apple never could be.
Likewise, my nephew never liked apples much. That was until he tried one that didn’t come straight out of the fridge. So, cool dude as he is, chilled apples just don’t float his boat. Interesting.
When you eat, you often think that you are getting lots of energy from your food. Which, clearly, you are. At the same time though, it’s easy to forget that digesting food takes up loads of energy. So, if you don’t have much energy to start with, and you eat something which takes up a lot of energy to digest, you aren’t actually going to end up the super energized bunny that you thought you would.
You may already be well into riding/running/swimming or doing any other sport, or you may just be thinking about starting. Whatever level you are at, your energy levels, recovery periods, resistance to injury and ability to heal after injury as well as overall performance can be improved. No matter where you are right now, there is always room to get faster, further, higher or lower (if you happen to be a diver perhaps!). But thinking in purely ‘energy’ terms just isn’t enough. If you give your body just energy, then it only has energy, and nothing more. Nothing to use to repair injuries. Nothing to help clear out the lactic acid or other waste products that exercise naturally produces. Nothing to protect your cells etc from the damage that occurs.
There is nothing more amazing than someone taking on a challenge. And this chap has taken on something HUGE! His name is Simon Watkins (yup, my brother-in-law) and he is cycling from John O Groats to Land’s End right now! Not only that, he is riding alone, on a single speed bike (for us non-cycling-geeks, … Read more John O Groats to Land's End – superstar
Sometimes, we just don’t think about our brains. Or if we do, it’s just because it doesn’t work as fast as we want, or that it is just too full up of random information to do what we want it to do.
How our brains work is way beyond most of us. In fact, it’s way beyond most scientists too, because our brains are just way too complicated. I do, however, like to think that a few basics can make a great difference to quite a lot of brain issues.
I love the simple links that can make life better! So here is my plan to nutrition happiness: Eating slowly = happy digestion. Eating happy = happy digestion. Happy digestion = happy body. Happy body = happiness. Is it that simple? Maybe not quite that simple, but I reckon it’s a great start. Another post … Read more Happiness – really simple…
The sun is shinin’, and I am so happy! So happy, I could just skip around – yupeeee!
What a great idea. Skipping.
One of my kids (the one who likes to be called Elvis) skips. She skips a lot. Like a LOT. Almost all of the time (except for when she is headin’ upstairs, of course).
Why does she skip? Well, it certainly isn’t because it’s cool, easy or practical (try tidying up the front room whilst skipping and you’ll see what I mean). It’s definitely not because I told her to, and not because she thinks she deserves to, or is worth it, or even that it will get her into some elite club. She isn’t trying to get fit, be healthy or improve her skipping skills (I love that phrase – ‘skipping skills’!). She is just skipping because, to her, right now, it is fun.
The Nutritional Healing Foundation is the amazing organisation which was my nutrition ‘home’ as a student for two years. The course I studied was very hard work, but a huge amount of fun, and so I was thrilled to recently be asked by the Foundation to join in and help some of their second year students by acting as a Support Tutor for a day.