Getting Back to Health Basics for 2020

Happy new decade.  Happy new year.   Happy 2020!  Welcome to a whole new year of learning, education and empowerment. Empowerment about your health, your body and your life!  We not only want you to have longevity, but to be in great health for your entire lifespan. That’s my wish for you for this next decade.  Getting healthier and healthier and healthier and more educated. 

I hope that you had a great break. We, in the office, had a fantastic break and we’re so looking forward to this new year. We’ve got so many events lined up and you’ll be getting notified of them as soon as we are able, but definitely look forward to what we have in store, because it’s going to be great!

Over xmas and the new year your habits may have changed and things might have shifted. So, I want to take this first newsletter to get you back on track and help you tweak a few things.  This is exactly what we address with members within our online course, and everyone is loving it. New year, new habits, new ways to reset and make sure that you’re back on track.

In clinic and online, the number one thing we focus on, and discuss in our very first session, is hydration and if you are drinking the right amount for your body weight? It’s different for all of us, right? So remember if your weight has changed over the holidays, the formula is your body weight divided by 30. This is the one thing that makes the biggest impact on your wellbeing, and is easiest to put into practice, so let’s get ourselves hydrated One tell-tale sign that you are dehydrated is that you hold onto water. Also, if you need to have a little check-in with whether you need sodium or not at the moment, remember the toe touch test.  We also cover this in the online course in session two.  So just play around with that and see where you’re at.

Over the holidays, and rightly so, a lot of you have time to research different ways of eating and new recipes (which makes me really excited) but a pattern I often see is the tendency for people to latch onto new trends such as keto, paleo, vegan and intermittent fasting. Whatever it is, remember that we’re all different and you want to eat right for your body-type. So you need to customise your macro-nutrient ratios. We all have different needs for our body. A couple of key things here (as I mentioned in the New Zealand Herald article last year) are, if you’re getting symptoms from eating, then you know the diet you are consuming is not right for you. You are eating foods that are causing you inflammation, so the food just isn’t right. Although each diet trend promotes key foods, there is no superfood for everyone!   There are, however, what I have termed “powerfoods” for you and your family, and you want to work out what those are to maximise your health. 

After that, the next thing is you want to make sure of, is that you stay full from breakfast to lunch, and lunch to dinner without getting hungry.

When clients ask me about fasting, I say the first way to start intermittent fasting is just to make sure that you’re full between those meals. Why? Because you want to let your digestive system have a rest. I tell them the story of a washing machine … you know, the front loader example (I’ve said it to plenty of you and used it during my corporate talks) .. you don’t just open it up and throw clothes in half way through a cycle, so you don’t want to do that to your digestion either. 

So you know what?  Let’s just take this week to really get back to the basics – get our water right, get in some sodium if we need it, and get our macro-nutrients right for our individual bodies.

Remember, you want to be symptom free with your health this year!