Yoga, Nutrition, Organic Food, Health & Wellbeing Have All in Recent Years Become Very Much Stylish

As Gsy Life gave me the theme for this month; I am sat in Planet Organic on Tottenham Court Road, amidst a flurry of people rushing to bag their supplements, gluten free crisps & organic veg, it is rammed wall to wall with funky Yoga Mat’s or bulging gym bags slung over shoulders. Queues are bustling and tills are bulging and there is a real buzz in the air. People are not only embracing the new trend of wellbeing, they actually seem genuinely excited to be taking care of themselves.

And yes, I feel stylish just being here! I’ve got the ‘gear’ on and have just ordered my healthy and nutritious salad, whilst taking a lunch break from training at a well-known London Yoga Studio, and yes it feels good to sit back and watch all this unwind in front of my eyes. I have spent much of my yoga career in and out of various global studios in all corners of the world, and, ironically a leading yoga teacher based in L.A. recently expressed to me how much she loved that London ‘was finally catching on!’

We are slowly but surely turning our backs on consuming vast quantities of fast and processed food, packed to the rim with refined sugar and salt, and lets be honest much more synthetic rubbish.

I mean we have all been there – constantly checking our phones, ignoring the aches of our bodies and cry for rest, grabbing that quick snack or processed meal because quite frankly we just don’t have the ‘time’ to stop and prepare something healthy!

We have become a population of every time the phone beeps or we hear a new sound, the hormone cortisol level spikes, but the thing is this, our cortisol levels were originally created for us to be in a ‘flight or fight’ mode when we have a rather scary encounter with a bear in the forest whilst out hunting, not for reacting to every aspect of our modern day technology.

Our sleep quality has drastically declined, our levels or medication prescribed to combat stress and anxiety has ten folded, and quite simply we are losing touch with ourselves as human beings more and more.

Now, I am not the person to bang on about how we should be, in fact I have been guilty of all the above personally – and shock horror, sometimes still even do with a studied level of awareness. I know first hand how checking our e-mails first thing in the morning, just after opening our eyes has become something of the norm. I worked in finance for 14 years and ignored my lower back pain, my stress levels constantly overwhelming me, and at one point on a secondment in Asia; finding myself amongst the rest of my colleagues after a long day watching our three flashing screens, observing market fluctuations in an array of red and green, was quite simply to head to the local wine bar and remain there until we had fully blocked any signals from the mind or body to slow down.

So my point being is that whilst Yoga and Health and Wellbeing are certainly stylish, I hope that rather than become the next fad in the cycle of cool or the latest thing, that we practice becoming fully aware and continue to take responsibility for our own health and wellbeing.

When current trends are in fashion; we tend to go head first into changing everything all at once, and cursing ourselves for when we ‘slip up’, however wouldn’t it be wonderful if instead, we just allowed these positive changes in which ever form they come to manifest by simply caring for ourselves a little better, committing to recognising when we do need to slow down, and when we are feeling overwhelmed or simply exhausted, actually taking the time to stop if only for a moment, perhaps cooking a healthy meal, as apposed to clicking onto the escapism in the form of social media.

Personally, learning how to take better care of myself in a gradual and digestible manner allowed me the chance to reflect and become a lot more mindful, and with practice to just be a little bit kinder to myself, which sometimes also means enjoying cocktails with the girls and not feeling guilty for it, and most certainly eating that last bit of cake!

In yoga, we say our practice is life long, we practice to improve our quality of life, but not to be perfect. We practice for our bodies and our minds, not for our egos.

And I truly hope with all my heart people continue to educate themselves on the vast knowledge of nutrition & wellbeing, which right now is everywhere.

Target Healthy Food and Nutrition

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Why not come by my site which I hope you will find informative and useful. To target healthy food in the current world can be quite difficult, we have less time than ever before and we are always looking to cut corners and save some time for us. Unfortunately, cutting corners affects our health and nutrition. I hope the information inside this web site helps in your quest for a new healthier lifestyle and together we can change your life forever!

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Health and nutrition go hand in hand and it is advisable to understand what is actually healthy. Just because a restaurant gives you “Healthy Choices” doesn’t mean they are healthy options, just healthier in comparison to the normal menu.
Planning and knowledge is the best way to determine how to target healthy food for a healthy lifestyle.

Most people who opt to diet, build muscle or just decide to get healthier fail before they start. Without careful planning and understanding, there is no right or wrong, good or bad, false hope and expectation. We all need a plan in life to succeed. Plan before action. Plan during action. Plan following action. All three are important.

How to target healthy food with planning.

Contrary to what you have been taught, it is not about taking chips off your menu or chocolate or pizza …… You can and should be able to eat what you want. Everything in moderation is the key. Just by understanding the benefits of a good health and nutrition program, you can protect yourself against diseases and feel great packed with lots of energy.

Foods are to be enjoyed and savoured. There are no “naughty foods” or “good foods”.

Planning meals is what determines whether the meal will be healthy or not

Forget the fad diets! Target healthy food to eat and be healthy!

IMPORTANT!!! For health and nutrition

One third of your diet should be packed with fruits and vegetables. Aim for five portions per day.

One third of your diet should be starchy foods such as breads, cereals, potatoes, pasta and rice. Aim for 2 to 3 portions per day.

The final third should be split into three parts. 2 to 3 serves of milk and dairy per day, 2 to 3 serves of meat or fish per day and very small amounts of foods containing fats and sugars.

As a very rough estimate, men should consume 11,500 kj per day and women 7,800 kj per day. Everybody is unique and all have different body shapes and varying degrees of activity so don’t take these figures as gospel. 140kj per 1kg weight is the average recommendation.

Also inside this site, we will learn and discover the basics of food groups and how they should be incorporated in your diet for a healthy balanced diet. We will analyse the benefits of nutrients and which foods they are in. What are the benefits of a healthy lifestyle? This health and nutrition guide will be regularly updated.

Obesity – We will investigate obesity in adults and children. What are the causes of obesity and how do we combat it.

BMI – Take a look at the body mass index calculator to find the recommended range for your body.

Tips for healthy eating – Simple straight forward to do list to help steer yourself to a healthy eating lifestyle.

Target weight loss – A good healthy eating program and exercise is the focus of losing weight. We will661434_woman analyse the benefits of “super foods” in our diet. Do fat loss diets work? If you want better weight control, more self esteem, to feel and look better, lots of energy and knowing that changes made today will have long term benefits to your health then this site is for you.

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The effects of detox on the body – Do we need to detox our body? How to detox your body with a detox cleansing diet. Can you lose weight with detox? What are the benefits to detoxing? What about side effects? So many questions!!

The secrets to building lean muscle mass – Stop paying for supplements with promises to make you big and ripped. Don’t believe the hype in the magazines. They want you to buy their magazines and their supplements. Understand how they work and if they will work for you and how harmful are they to your body. If you don’t want to get sick, keep your testosterone production and prevent man boobs through excessive oestrogen levels then stop and educate yourself. How to build muscle mass steroid free. Which foods have anabolic effects are naturally occurring.

Basic cooking for beginners – We cover the basics of cooking including the effects heat has on food and the different ways of cooking. Do you want to learn to cook like a chef? This site is growing and will be updated regularly so keep checking!!

Fresh, quick and easy healthy recipes for the whole family – Have a dinner party and surprise your friends and cook various healthy food recipes from all around the world. I will keep the methods as simple as possible and easy to understand. Lots of Mouth Watering recipes will be added on a regular basis, including healthy recipes for kids. Keep a check!!

Food Nutrition for Weight Loss – Can You Really Lose Weight Entirely On Your Own?

Have you been fighting a losing battle against weight gain for quite some time now? Have you tried a variety of diets and exercise programs to no effect? In fact, it sometimes feels as though there is a conspiracy to keep you fat no matter what you eat or do. Sadly, there are lots of people who share your problem because it is really very difficult to lose weight without outside help. It is time that you approached the problem once more, but this time with professional help, especially from food nutrition experts.

The problem that most would be dieters face is that they have very little information about what they should do. Most people assume that they have to remove everything that is tasty from their diet and switch to eating insipid food. They also assume that they have to starve themselves in order to achieve weight loss.

While it is true that one has to reduce one’s daily calorie intake, it is absolutely wrong to think that one has to starve oneself. In fact, if your daily intake drops below 1200 calories or if you make a drastic drop overnight then you will definitely have to face severe health consequences. If you were to go to a food nutrition specialist, you will get the right information about what your diet ought to be.

A trained dietician will create a new diet for you around the foods that you like to eat. You will obviously have to make drastic changes in what you eat if your current diet is completely unhealthy. The dietician will advise you about the optimal size of each meal and what it should ideally comprise of. In addition, the dietician will also monitor your progress by means of a food diary that you will be required to keep. The best professionals in this field will also be able to help you understand the psychological reasons for your overeating and will help you get a solution to the problem.

You will feel very confident about your chances of losing weight if you have the support of a professional food nutrition consultant. Your positive attitude alone will help you overcome many of the hurdles that you might face when you start your weight loss efforts. You should also bring a friend or loved one on board so that you get extra support and encouragement. This will ensure that you do not give up halfway through.

Weight Loss – Simple Strategies To Prevent Relapsing

If you have committed to start eating healthier, there is no question there will be hard times along the way. Everyone deals with food cravings from time to time, not to mention hunger that can get the best of you. If you want to maintain your results though and go on to lead a healthy life, it is essential you are laser focused on your effort to continue.

Need a few strategies to help you on your way? Let us look at a few of the best techniques you can use to ensure you stay on your diet plan…

1. Join A Support Group. First, consider joining a support group. Many people think support groups are only for those who are wanting to lose weight, but the fact is they can be for those who are attempting to maintain weight loss as well.

These groups are great for giving others support when temptation strikes or when they are just struggling to stay focused. The more people you have in your court, the better.

2. Focus On New Goals. In some cases, it can be beneficial to focus on a new goal. One reason many people relapse is for so long; they have been focusing on one goal: to lose weight. Then they lose the weight, and now they no longer have direction.

So give yourself direction. Set a new goal to follow and you might find you are less tempted to give in to foods you should be avoiding.

3. Keep It Out Of Sight. As the saying goes: “out of sight, out of mind.” Do your best not to bring harmful foods into your home. If they are in the pantry, chances are high you will eat them eventually.

Keep only healthy foods around and make your home a “safe haven” where you do not have to worry about snacking on those sugary foods.

4. Avoid Getting Stuck In A Rut. Finally, avoid letting yourself get stuck in a rut; this happens far too often. You are always eating similar meals at the same time, day after day after day. Start mixing it up a bit. One of the best things about being in a period of weight maintenance is you can be a little more experimental with your food choices.

Being experimental with your food choices does not mean eating unhealthily – it says you should not be focused on eating the same foods. Variety is critical, for eating healthily and for good nutrition.

If you keep these tips in mind, you should find it become easier than ever to maintain your weight loss and prevent a relapse.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

Weight Loss Pills Explained

Within the pharmaceutical industry, obesity is now seen as the “trillion dollar disease”. That’s the estimated amount of profit a successful weight loss drug can expect to make. But are companies getting close to delivering a diet pill that really works – meaning, a pill that is both safe and effective at solving obesity? The answer, it seems, is No.

Pills To Reduce Obesity

It’s true that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a tiny number of weight loss pills like Xenical and Meridia for long term use in the treatment of obesity (BMI > 30). But evidence accumulated in clinical trials suggests that the effectiveness of these obesity drugs is less than impressive. Total annual weight reduction tends to be in the range 8-20 pounds. Furthermore, the highest weight loss tends to be achieved by patients who participate in supervised trials involving a combination of drug treatment, diet, exercise and counseling. Which makes it difficult to ascertain the precise effect of the medication itself. By comparison, less well supervised obesity drug trials tend to have a higher drop-out rate and reduced weight loss. And the longer the trial, the lower the compliance and the lower the weight loss. In short, while helpful to some patients, weight loss drugs are not yet the answer to obesity, especially when factors like cost are taken into account.

Should we be surprised? Not really. After all, even bariatric surgery is no guarantee of long term weight loss unless patients comply with the necessary post-operative dietary regimen. Indeed, some obesity experts claim that medical interventions like drugs and surgery are almost by definition doomed to failure, for the simple reason that they take control and responsibility away from patients. According to this view, it is only when patients accept full responsibility for their eating habits and lifestyle, that they have a real chance of achieving a normal weight in the long term.

Unfortunately, this view satisfies no one! It doesn’t satisfy the pharmaceutical companies, who need to make money. It doesn’t satisfy doctors, who need to give hope to their overweight patients, and it doesn’t satisfy consumers who want instant weight loss without having to change their eating habits. In short, there is an overwhelming demand for an obesity pill, but a viable product has yet to emerge.

Pills For Cosmetic Weight Loss

Demand for diet pills is not limited to those suffering from clinical obesity. Millions of consumers with less than 40 pounds to lose take non-prescription pills to burn off body fat or increase their rate of weight loss. According to a study conducted by the University of Michigan, almost 25 percent of girl students turn to anorectic diet pills when they’re trying to lose weight, including laxatives and diuretics.

These non-prescription pills are more difficult to evaluate, as they are not subject to the same high level of regulation as prescription-only drugs. Thus not all ingredients need to be tested, dosages and other labeling requirements are less stringent, and reporting of “adverse events” or health problems is not mandatory. Furthermore, few long term clinical trials are conducted on non-prescription pills, so hard evidence as to their safety and efficacy is scarce. Meantime, the huge profits to be made from these weight loss products means they can be supported by expensive advertising campaigns to increase consumer acceptance, making regulation and control even more of an uphill struggle. Indeed, the FDA has found it almost impossible to ban over-the-counter diet pills, even after reports of illness and injury.

Herbal Diet Pills For “Healthy Eating”

The past five years has seen a huge rise in sales of herbal diet pills, which are marketed as a form of “healthy eating”. These herbal supplements typically include a variable combination of vitamins and other active ingredients which supposedly offer a healthier type of weight loss. Such claims are not generally supported by clinical evidence, and some suppliers are under investigation by both the FDA and FTC. Nevertheless, rising demand for these herbal weight loss pills is yet another confirmation of our huge appetite for what is essentially a non-dietary approach to weight control.

How Do Weight Loss Pills Work?

In simple terms, weight loss pills are designed either to alter body chemistry in order to reduce appetite, or to interfere with digestion in order to reduce calorie absorption. Appetite suppressants include amphetamine-like stimulants such as ephedra, or pills to increase serotonin or norepinephrine levels in the brain. Pills that interfere with the digestive system include fat-blockers (lipase inhibitors) like Xenical and chitosan, carb-blockers, and very high fiber bulking agents such as glucomannan.

Are Weight Loss Pills Safe?

Obesity drugs are generally safe when used correctly and under medical supervision. The trouble starts when users do not follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Adverse health events for these pharmaceuticals include heart or blood pressure problems and strokes, as well a range of less serious complaints. The same applies to non-prescription diet pills, whose adverse health effects include high blood pressure, heart palpitations, irregular heartbeats, dizziness, blurred vision, headaches, insomnia, intestinal blockages, anxiety and depression. In extreme cases, both prescription-only and non-prescription pills can cause life-threatening conditions. Even so, safety remains a relative concept. Cigarettes, alcohol, cars and stress kill millions of people every year. By comparison with these things, diet pills cause far fewer “casualties”, and if you consult your doctor before taking them, you can reduce the health risk to a minimum.

The Real Problem With Weight Loss Pills

The biggest problem about relying on drugs and supplements to lose weight is not health, it’s reliability. In my 20-odd years of dealing with overweight individuals and their families, I have yet to hear of anyone who achieved and maintained any significant weight loss by using pills. But I have met a huge number of people whose weight and emotional state of mind had been significantly worsened through the use of pills. They were afraid of food, they had absolutely no confidence in their ability to make sensible food choices, and tended to rely on purging, laxatives and similar products to control their eating habits. One client – a former annual weight loss winner with one of the major dieting companies – had been fed deliberately with pills in order to achieve the weight reduction that the organization required. When she came to me for help, she had regained 70 pounds of her original weight loss. In short, relying on pills for weight control can mess up your body and your mind.

The Small Print Says It All

Advertisements and infomercials for diet pills are dominated by headlines like: “Effortless Weight Loss” or “Lose Weight While You Sleep!” and so on. But the small print often tells a different story – either that users should follow a calorie-controlled diet, or only eat at certain times of the day, or stop eating certain high-calorie foods, or some combination of all three. There may also be a reference to the need for exercise. In other words, if you want the truth about a weight loss pill, check the small print. Because, as all obesity experts and dietitians will tell you, no long term reduction in weight is possible without controlling energy intake and expenditure.

If You Must Take Pills

Whether you are a diet pill addict, or just an occasional user, here are two ways to make weight loss easier. Look for a healthy, gimmick-free diet, and follow it as carefully as you can. In the process, focus on healthy eating rather than calorie reduction. Aiming to eat healthily is much more positive than calorie control. Secondly, join an online dieting forum and get encouragement and advice from other people. Because all surveys show that losing weight is a lot easier when you have others to lean on. My own forum for instance includes a large number of former diet pill users who are now enjoying their food and losing significant amounts of weight in the process. Which proves that when it comes to weight control, people power is much more effective than popping pills.

Weight Loss Pills – Can They Help You Lose Weight?

When you are desperate to lose weight, diet pills are indeed a highly tempting proposition, more so if you have already tried and tested the conventional methods of losing weight without too much success. According to a recent report, Americans are spending more than $50 billion on weight loss products. This figure is expected to shoot up in the coming years. There is nothing surprising in that. For desperate weight watchers, the attraction of miracle weight loss pills with their astounding weight loss claims is too hard to pass up. But before you go out and empty your purse on the next batch of weight loss pills to hit the stores, make sure that the pills you have selected deliver what they promise and are safe for consumption.

Since I have been trying to lose weight through various weight loss measures, I can say with assurance that a large number of diet pills available in the open market are not only ineffective, but they may also put your health in jeopardy. Diet pills that promise a quick fix to your weight loss problems are often ineffective.

But that does not mean that weight loss pills are completely a sham. There are certain pills that can speed up the weight loss process. The trick is to identify weight loss pills that can actually help you lose weight.

In my observation, weight loss pills that help you lose weight are safe only if they are 100% natural. Use products that are made from plant extracts. Such products do not have any side effects. Even if they exhibit mild reactions like a rash or an itch, you can be sure that they will not produce any long-lasting side effects.

Always select a weight loss diet pill that has undergone some amount of testing. Products that have been approved by the FDA are generally considered safe. To be sure, visit the website of the concerned weight-loss pill and look for client testimonials. This is one surefire method of ensuring the effectiveness and the safety of certain weight loss pills.

Next, understand the action of the weight loss pill in your body. Do not fall for pills that promise to melt the fat off your body. Weight loss pills work in a variety of ways to help you lose weight, and none of them actually melt fat. Some weight loss pills suppress your appetite and thus help you stick your diet. Others promote metabolism and help you convert fat into energy. Fat binders are yet another classification of weight loss pills that slow down the absorption of fat into the body. Before you buy a certain pill, make sure that you know its intended effect on the body.

Weight loss pills are notorious for the amazing claim that they make. Ads claim that weight loss pills can make you sleek and slim without diet and exercise. Claims such as these are nothing but fiction. Weight loss pills can only accelerate the weight loss process; they cannot initiate it. To have the desired effect, you must combine the intake of your weight loss pills with proper diet control and effective exercise. Only such a three-pronged approach can help you fight fat.

6 Vital Criteria to Look For When Buying Commercial Gym Equipment

We are all aware that buying commercial gym equipment, whether to completely stock a gym or to top up existing fitness and weight machines, is an expensive undertaking. For any gym owner it is probably the most capital intensive undertaking they will undertake.

That is why it is essential that you buy quality. But with so many companies offering supposed quality how do you know what it is you should be looking for? How do you decide from the companies and commercial gym equipment manufacturers who are offering their wares? By assessing what they offer, and measuring them against set criteria. So let us study the most important criteria that you can judge them by.

Is the gym equipment sturdy?
It is no secret that gym equipment can take a huge amount of stress in a very short time. Treadmills have large numbers of feet pounding them, chest presses have weight smashing up and down, cables taking huge amounts of strain.

To this end it is vital that you are sure that the commercial gym equipment is sturdy and unlikely to break. Check the tolerances, the thickness of cables and how ‘solid’ the frames are. The less you have to fix or replace the better value for money.

Is the gym equipment easy to maintain?
Parts break, even the most sturdy pieces of commercial gym equipment have a certain shelf life. But how easy is it to maintain these pieces of equipment and prolong their lives, giving more value for money?

Look for equipment that you are easily and cheaply able to get parts for, that have simple instructions for replacing high pressure parts and that can be easily fixed. It will help with long term value for money if you can replace parts and fix machines quickly and cheaply.

Attractive equipment is important in a gym
Pieces of equipment that look good in your gym aren’t just vanity pieces, they are essential for bringing in new gym users. The better your gym looks the more likely a new customer is to sign up. Bring in attractive pieces of equipment and you will bring in new customers and so more money for the gym.

Effective for customers?
Gym equipment is there to be used by your customers. For the customers to stay they have to be getting results. Therefore it is essential that you look for equipment that is able to target what you want it to, whether that certain speeds of treadmills or specific muscle groups.

By bringing in quality, effective pieces of commercial gym equipment you will be giving your customers exactly what they want and ensuring yourself that vital repeat custom.

Recommendation
Reputation is usually over emphasized and media biased, a good marketing campaign can build a reputation that isn’t deserved. Instead look for recommendations before investing in commercial gym equipment. Ask around gym owners to see what they might recommend. Ask the potential company you will be purchasing from for testimonials and references.

Price
There’s no hiding from it, commercial gym equipment is a big, though very worthwhile, investment. Price is a factor. If the equipment is able to meet all your other needs than price should be important, and all equipment should be within the budget you know you have.

Fit-equip-commercial are able to provide success in meeting all these criteria, allowing you value for money, repeat customers and peace of mind. Check out their catalogue online or contact them via their website to see just what they are able to provide you with.