Health and fitness in 2019

Summers fast approaching...

What an amazing feeling it is when the sun comes out and the evenings get lighter. It means we can exercise later and feel a bit of warmth on our skin! As soon as the sun comes out, I get numerous bookings into my clinics from people that suddenly want to lose the winter pounds and get in great shape for summer!

I meet lots of patients all the time that have started some fad diet plan, or some exercise routine that they haven’t been able to keep up because other commitments just get in the way. That’s ok! The way to view life is that every day is a new start. Every day gives you the chance to do better than yesterday. Do not be disheartened!  If you are on a mission to lose weight, tone up and generally look amazing for the summer months ahead the single most important thing you can do for your health is to cut out processed and junk food. And I mean all of it! No crisps, no cakes, no bacon, no sausages etc. Then in order to gain energy and kick start your weight loss, start adding more goodness into your diet. If you eat clean you will start to shed pounds naturally. Not because you are exercising 100 hours a day or drinking powdered slimming shakes. Often with extreme ‘anything’ the weight just goes back on once you stop. The key to your perfect body weight and health is maintaining a sensible moderate diet full of goodness and exercising at least 30 minutes per day. This can be a gentle walk, fast pace run, or whatever you feel you have the ability to do. But start slowly and build your strength. The two main things I would recommend you concentrate on this time of year for incredible health results are this:

  1. Beans – meaning black beans, butter beans, cannellini beans, peas, kidney, haricot, pinto, split peas, lentils or chickpeas. Twenty-one of the top cancer researches all over the globe have summarised that one of the best things we can include in our diets every single day is whole grains and beans. Most of your plate should be covered with vegetables and whole grains, with the remainder of your plate being beans. Why? Because they are loaded with protein, iron and zinc, and have a high fibre, potassium and folate content. They are free of cholesterol and naturally low in saturated fat and sodium. These little beauties are not to be underestimated. They reduce our risk of depression, stroke, colon cancer and not only help to prevent breast cancer but increase survival rates too. They help you to stay lean and slim, and lower your blood pressure, regulate blood sugar, balance insulin levels and help you to feel full and satisfied. You can prevent prediabetes by eating these and prevent heart disease and osteoporosis too. Not only that you will sart to shed the weight and feel fabulously full without wanting to indulge in junk because you are feeding the body the correct fuel.
  2. Cruciferous Vegetables – Bok choy, broccoli, broccoli sprouts, watercress, turnips, radishes, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens and kale. Cruciferous vegetables are the most powerful source of antioxidants and including an array of these in your daily diets will offer you outstanding protection from many diseases. They not only help detoxify the liver by boosting enzymes, they boost our intestinal immune cells to help us fight against pathogens and toxins. They are considered one of the top two vegetable families that help cancer prevention, alongside the allium family such as garlic and onions. The intake of these vegetables help reduce bladder, prostate and lung cancers, and keep your brain and body strong and fit. Adding these in abundance to your daily regime may just make all the difference to your health and your weight!

If you have health/weight issues and would like to book in for a consultation to get a personalised Nutrition plan just for you please contact me for a chat: 07730671436


Denise Kelly
Posted on Wed, 17/04/2019 - 16:39