It’s one of the most popular tools used in clinical practice and apparently schools are now sending letters home to parents if their child is tracking at a higher percentile (!) But is this a good tool?
For those unfamiliar with BMI, it is calculated by dividing your weight (kg) by the square of your height (m). The number given will then fall into a category - Underweight, Normal Weight, Overweight, Obese.
The limitations of this approach however are somewhat obvious, for example, we know muscle weighs more than fat, and therefore a sports person could be classified as overweight/obese according to this scale just due to their muscle/fat ratio. Also it doesn’t tell us the distributions of body fat, to assess whether it is therefore harmful to health.
The reason we started using this tool was to monitor trends in population over time, not actually as a measure of ‘health’ however it would appear that it is now being used to decide if people are he...
Intuative Eating - Principle 1 - Reject The 'Diet' Mentality.
I want to take you through the Intuative Eating process, as mentioned in my Happy New Year post, dieting can lead to lots of different negative health consequences and in general is ineffective.
A lot of these 'diets' that pop up here, there and everywhere usually require a huge amount of discipline, restriction, restraint, time, rigidity, social exclusion and when they inevitably fail, place blame upon the individual and their lack of 'will power', however ultimately their difficulty in sustainability is due to these reasons.
So is the solution to all of this Intuative Eating? A way of eating that doesn't focus on weight, an individual learns to eat in accordance to their innate physiological hunger and satiety cues and from new areas of research show to have helped address some potential problematic eating behaviours.
So what does 'Reject the diet mentality' mean?
This is an approach that requires putting health on the back bur...
FOOD ADDICTION - Can you really be addicted to food?
There’s always a lot of chat amongst people about how they’re ‘addicted’ to a certain food, therefore.. they must cut it out! Media and research speculation has not helped this idea of food addiction, especially with the region in the brain linked with the reward system is also involved in the process of substance abuse. However there’s lots of reasons, aside from addiction that can explain why we receive the rewards response from eating.
🍑 Human Survival - the brain reward system is necessary to ensure survival. This involves the brain chemical dopamine which triggers a pleasurable response and motivation behaviour. Other behaviours such as hugging, intimacy, terms of endearment also trigger this same rewarding feeling. We need the response to ensure we continue to eat to survive!
🥑 Hunger Enhances Reward Value - if you’re hungry, your reward value of food is heightened. For example you may feel more excited for cooking, or intereste...
With the wellness world forever growing and the insane pressure on society to be ‘healthy’ and of a particular size, it is no wonder that what might potentially start as an innocent kick start to a healthy lifestyle, it can turn into something harmful. There are hundreds of different diets out there – Atkins, Paleo, 5:2, ‘clean’ eating, weight watchers… to name a few-so it’s no wonder it can be an absolute minefield as to what we should be doing, where to start and second guessing our own interceptive awareness to follow something that we might believe to have benefit to us. The word ‘diet’ can be an ever facing demon.
Although it is great to be mindful of nutrition and nourish our bodies with certain foods, it’s more beneficial to have a good relationship with food and by that I mean all food. Obsessive behaviours with food can spiral out of control and can take control of thoughts, emotions and behaviours. So what does a good relationship with food mean/look like?
It's something that I get asked about a lot, should I be taking supplements? Will they improve my performance? Will they make me feel better?
It seems to be an ever growing market, with huge stores dedicated to just selling the stuff, but how do you decide if you should be taking something and if so, what should you be taking?
Let me start by saying this is an overview of how to decide to take a supplement - I am a) not saying you 100% should be taking anything and b) everyone is completely different, you all take part in different sports and eat different diets.
So in terms of supplements, what are they? The purpose of supplements are exactly as the name suggests, they are there to 'supplement' the normal diet, in order to improve general health and wellbeing. There are a HUGE range on the market which all claim to do/improve various different things such as:
It gets to about the same time every year when people feel like they need to 'diet' to get in shape for summer/holiday. Yet these are the same 'diets' that are being promoted year on year... juicing/carb cutting/whole 30/calorie counting/5:2... etc. There is a reason they're heavily marketed and you have to do them every year for your 'summer bod' and do you know why? Because they're not sustainable.
Yes you might lose weight and feel great for a few weeks/months, however majority of people who lose all this weight in such a short space of time when dieting for their summer bodies put the weight straight back on. There is in fact a statistic that found 95% of people will in fact regain all the weight they lost in a year.
So why is that?
There is a lot of science behind dieting and how it can play havoc with your metabolism and your overall health, let alone your sanity. With so many rules and regulations around food it can become exhausting.
Firstly - when you attempt to lose weight, your...