Eat Cake and still lose weight? Yes Indeed

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Just a mouthful of each and I’m full thank you very much. Synergy Nutrition can help YOU stay trim & healthy for life…its really as easy as A B C.

If you have been trying to lose weight and are fed up of depriving yourself of some indulgent treats that conjures up feelings of guilt and makes you think- a moment on the lips and a lifetime on the hips… then maybe you need to look at the relationship you have with food. If you want to lose weight or maintain your current weight and are eating well most of time then eating chocolate or cake will not gain you an additional 2 lbs of weight after having some. Portion sizes permitting! You’re not consuming 15 ferrero rochers a day or eating your weight in chocolate? Are you? If you do then you need a session with me asap.

Three of my most recent clients lost a lot of weight within the first two weeks following their personalised eating program that I devised from them. Well done to Vivi, Martina and Denise whom I am very proud that they have achieved wonderful results fast  in a short space of time. I will post another article on their achievements soon. Was chocolate and crisps off the menu? No, it was included of course. Over the last few years I’ve found that not allowing some of these little luxuries, can result in binge eating cravings that may lead one to eat even more as mood is subsequently affected by deprivation and further guilt. Positive news is  healthy snacks and chocolate do exist, hooray! Something to smile about!

Eat Smart & control your hunger as easy as 1 2 3

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SYNERGY NUTRITIONThe mechanisms of hunger and appetite are fascinating and its only in the last few years that I myself have found the best way to manage one’s appetite. You can read countless books and go on these so called weight loss diets to reduce or control your appetite, so you eat less with the aim to lose weight. However if this worked wouldn’t everyone be slim and feel healthy? And why are so many of you ravenously hungry for sugar, caffeine and carbs? So readers, the positive news is I can help you break this cycle and facilitate you to  manage your appetite and reduce cravings for non-nutritious foods. I will show you how you can control your appetite, reduce hunger pangs and mange weight. Its wonderful to remain full for hours where your energy levels, mood and concentration are all stable and you feel on top form most of the time. Controlling your appetite is not a diet, nor a short term fix, its about eating smartly for long term health and longevity. Our bodies are more than machines, once you become in tune with your body and its needs you begin thinking and eating smartly too. It is as easy as 1,2,3. Contact synergy nutrition today to find out how.

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Control Candida Overgrowth Naturally

I get approached by hundreds of individuals who want advice about controlling Candida overgrowth naturally. There are many faddy anti-candida protocols out there and very few candida experts so if you are unfortunate to have recurring symptoms of candida overgrowth then it can be a mind-fill as to who to contact and ask for help from.

The positive thing is that Candida overgrowth can be controlled naturally and to devise the best plan for you first and foremost is to have a one to one consultation with myself where I can check if you have Candida overgrowth by a simple saliva or blood test. Then we can talk more about your current digestion, food sensitivities and diet and how to re-balance any overgrowth of yeasts / pathogenic bacteria and address any underlying imbalances by following a two month plan.

Do  contact me on the number above to find out more on how I can help you.

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Juice your way to vibrant health

Spring is just around the corner and as the weather gets milder what a perfect time to support the cleansing systems of your body and get super hydrated. I could write a long essay on the juicing and its benefits. For the purpose of this blog I will just summarise juicing. The juices that I rate highly of consist of a higher proportion of vegetables and are freshly squeezed ones not the shop bought ready prepared ones. So a juice of just apple, pineapple and orange is not top on my list as these will send your blood sugar levels soaring and then crashing. Not great if you are sensitive to fluctuating blood sugar levels or have type 2 diabetes! The juice needs to have vegetables!! Any veg: celery/peppers/cucumber/carrots/kale/broccoli. The lower the sugar content the better and the more you start juicing and tasting the better your taste buds become so you crave less of the sweeter juices. Carrots are great to add in some sweetness. You can experiment with different vegetables and spices and herbs to give it an extra zing such as ginger and lemon juice. I am not saying one has to go on a juice fast. A freshly prepared juice drunk now and again especially on an empty stomach will boost your health too. Summer is the great time to start juicing. If you do not own a juicer or cannot be bothered to juice do not worry there are many juice bars in and around London that will whizz one up for you instantly. Synergy Nutrition- Juice your way to vibrant health

Some of the many benefits of juicing:

-nutrients are quickly digested and absorbed

-contains vitamins, mineral, live enzymes and is hydrating for your body’s cells and skinSYNERGY NUTRITION: Juice your way to vibrant health

- steady energy levels

-weight loss benefits

-healthy glowing skin

MARVELOUS MONDAY

 

Synergy Nutrition- MondayWhether the Monday blues are a myth or not; many of you experience it and for some the feeling can start from Sunday afternoon as some of you start fretting about the day next ahead.

Some tips below from Synergy Nutrition to ensure your Monday is as marvelous as any other day.

-Complete as much work possible on Friday – you’ll have less work to worry about on Monday.

-Try not to eat too many sugar rich foods or caffeine and alcohol on Sunday as they can have an impact on your energy levels and sleep and may leave you feeling groggy the next day.

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-Get yourself to bed early on Sunday night. You will wake up refreshed and ready for the productive week that lies ahead.

-Wear a bright top or accessories with some colourful jewelry. Bright colours can do wonders in brightening your mood!

-Treat yourself to a magazine or new nail varnish colour on Monday.

-That morning cup of coffee is fine, but make sure you start your week with a healthy breakfast and stay hydrated with herbal teas and water.

Don’t forget that Monday is just another day of the week. So make your Monday morning mantra “Happiness is a choice and I choose to be happy!’’

 

OPTIMUM LIVER HEALTH

In general, most people do Synergy Nutrition-OPTIMUM LIVER HEALTHnot think about their liver until it malfunctions. The liver’s functioning does not really decrease with age, so in the absence of disease, it should work optimally right into very old age helping to keep all body systems functioning normally. Many ancient cultures, from the most advanced to the most primitive, have believed that the liver was the centre and the source of life. Being a natural multitasker, not only does the liver process and neutralise toxins and poisons; it has hundreds of other roles including manufacturing enzymes, proteins, bile for digestion, storing vitamins and regulating cholesterol and glycogen reserves.

Many organs play a supportive role in the process of detoxification, including the stomach (digestion), the small intestine (assimilation) and the skin (elimination of toxins). If any of these essential organs are not operating at optimal capacity the normal daily detoxification process may be impaired. The health of the bowel or colon is crucial in ensuring liver function is optimum too. Sluggish bowels often lead to the liver function being compromised as toxins are not readily excreted and are instead reabsorbed back into the blood stream consequently leading to feelings of sluggish, brain fog, headaches. Other symptoms of liver dysfunction range from flatulence, distension of the abdomen, fluid retention and constipation-all the way through to jaundice and cirrhosis. The Chinese talk about the liver as housing the emotion of anger and this is also supported by the old saying that somebody is feeling “liverish” today.

Preparing the body for a detox programme

Detoxifying is a unique experience for everyone. It is a positive step to spend a week or two preparing the body before you start a detox programme. You can do this by cutting down on caffeine, cigarettes and alcohol and opening the channels of elimination by taking a gentle fibre supplement, increasing water intake and drinking vegetable juices. Many people may experience a dull headache for a few days when weening off any vices, this is because the body is craving the nicotine or caffeine. Drink plenty of filtered water and herbal teas such as Dandelion, Burdock, Chicory, Red Clover, Chamomile, Ginger and Peppermint as these teas assist digestion and increase liver processes. Green tea has also been shown to contain flavanoids that may protect the liver. One of the easiest ways to support your liver immediately is to start your day with a tall glass of lemon water at room temperature. This stimulates your liver first thing in the morning, helping to cleanse it and promote detoxification. It can also stimulate a bowel movement, which is essential for the body’s aid in detoxification. The vitamin C content helps the liver synthesise toxins into a water-soluble substance for easy removal by the body. Be cautious of detox products and liver cleansers on the market, which claim instant results. The liver is a powerful organ, which detoxifies 24 hours a day so we only want to rebalance its function.

We are bombarded with toxins every day as they are found in the environment, in our food and drink and even in our hair and beauty products. Thoughts can also be toxic. One does not have to undergo extreme detox regimes to cleanse the liver as the liver being a smart robust organ does it all by itself. You can however support your liver function by reducing the amount of toxins you consume and by incorporating foods that support the pathways for liver detoxification such as those listed below:

A diet high in antioxidants protects the liver from the high levels of free radicals that are naturally produced during the process of detoxification. Stock up on seasonal fruits, nuts and seeds which contain vitamins A, C and E. Do you remember which foods contains antioxidants? Blueberries, broccoli and goji berries are a few examples of rich sources.

Greens are super cleansing foods that offer a powerful support to the liver. Leafy greens, including dandelion, chicory, endive, and rocket. The bitterness of some of the greens helps to stimulate bile flow within the liver, which assists in removing waste from the organs and blood.

Artichokes are also known to help the liver regenerate and stimulating bile production. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and kale are also good sources of sulfur and help the liver to produce enzymes it needs for its detoxification processes.

Avocadoes contain glutathione-producing compounds that have antioxidant properties for the liver. Turmeric contains a high concentration of curcumin, a potent anti-oxidant that protects the liver from damage.

Supplements for the Liver

In astrology the liver is ruled by the Roman god Jupiter who is associated with good living, male sexuality, worldly success, wisdom, justice, spiritual laws rules the liver herbs Dandelion and Milk thistle. Milk thistle is a very common ingredient in most herbal liver support blends. The active ingredient thought to protect the liver is a flavanoid called Silymarin, a strong anti-oxidant extracted from the seeds of the milk thistle plant.

Alpha lipoic acid- sometimes called lipoic acid is a naturally occurring compound that is produced in small amounts by plants, animals, and humans. It is known as the universal antioxidant” because of its potent ability to neutralize a wide range of free radicals. It has a further unique role as it also recycles or regenerates several other important antioxidants including vitamin C and E.

Did YOU KNOW…?

There are 0 vitamins & minerals in sugar

2% of people maintain a 20lb weight loss

2.7% of men & women were obese in the UK in 1972

Olive oil has 9 times the saturated fat of pork

Obesity rates for women in the UK increased 10 fold between 1972 & 1999

90% of people in the UK will be overweight or obese by 2050

98% of people don’t lose weight or regain what they lost

If the calorie theory were correct, every human would lose 104lbs every year, with a 1,000 calorie a day deficit (no matter their gender, starting weight etc)

The average Brit consumes 1,130 sugar and flour calories each day

A vegan needs to eat 2,222 grams of sunshine grown mushrooms every day to get the RDA of vitamin D (10mcg)

The world’s heaviest man is 1,235 lbs (88 stone; 560kg)

912 million prescriptions were dispensed in Britain in 2007

There are 1.5 billion overweight or obese adults (20+) in the world

References

The above facts were extracted from  http://www.zoeharcombe.com/the-knowledge/

Balancing Body Chemistry with Nutritional Therapy

Balancing Body Chemistry with Nutritional Therapy

Healthy individuals ideally should have a blood PH which is alkaline and close to pH 7.4.  In naturopathy nutrition we believe health problems arise when the body is in an acidic state. The pH of the human digestive tract is not the same throughout, as it varies from one organ system to another. For example the stomach’s PH has to be acidic due to it destroying harmful bacteria or pathogens that are ingested. However for good health the blood’s pH should be alkaline. Lots of things can trigger acidity to build up in the body. A diet high in sugars and dairy, stress and toxin overload from exposure and what we consume are just a few examples. The body tries to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If the body does not contain enough minerals to counteract the extra acid, a build up of acids in the cells can occur. One school of thought of how cancer proliferates is in acidic +  low oxygen environment. So in terms of disease prevention you want to ensure you have the right pH which will further enable your body to effectively assimilate vitamins and minerals and stay energised and healthy for the long term.

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You may be thinking….right I should get my pH levels tested. I do not believe this is necessary, especially as the body’s saliva and urine readings can fluctuate depending on the time of day. What is more beneficial is how to maintain the alkaline state and a consultation with a Nutritional Therapist or Naturopath can facilitate you on how to achieve this and balance your body chemistry with foods and supportive natural remedies.

Erase the Stretch Marks

If you are one of the 70% of women who has stretch marks did you know what you eat can speed up the healing of them. Here’s the lowdown on what’s behind stretch marks….

  • Skin can handle slight changes in shape, but when it stretches a lot in a short space of time – skin fibres break which leads to the streaked appearance
  • Common during: pregnancySYNERGY NUTRITION, after rapid weight gain & puberty
  • Can be a genetic trait associated with them
  • Good News- they can fade & disappear over time
  • Topical use of roseship oil and vitamin E may speed up healing
  • Prevention is better – staying a healthy weight and a good diet with key micronutrients and oils. Do contact me for more tailored nutrition and skin advice.

Apple + Chocolate= Autumn Antioxidant delight

I love Autumn! The changing colours of the leaves, sweet potatos, carrots and vegetable soups and celebrating Halloween and the festival of lights Diwali! In the spirit of autumn I have been making many chocolate apples. They are easy peasy, quick and fun to make.  I used good quality 85% dark chocolate which I melt and Braeburn apples which are fantastically crisp and delicious. Below is a picture of my chocolaty version of the classic toffee apples which I find are too sticky sweet and non tooth friendly. My chocolate apples are a tasty healthy treat, free from artificial flavourings and sweeteners as I skipped the sprinkles. Apples contain vitamins, minerals the antioxidant quercitin which keeps the immune system strong and a good source of fibre which is great for digestion. The dark chocolate also contains antioxidants and some magnesium which is good for the heart and soul!

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