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Wanna kick-start your day

Wanna kick-start your day?

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Tell me, how do you start each day? Do you set yourself up for the best possible day filled with energy, vitality and health or are you running out the door with a coffee and a toast? ‘Do I really need breakfast?’ is probably one of the most frequent questions I get asked, hotly followed by ‘What is a good breakfast?’ Let me begin by answering the first question, with personal nutrition advice I have found over the years that you never have an answer for everyone, we…

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Turn up your immunity!

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Right now, we are currently at the peak of cold and flu season, it seems like we can’t escape those sniffling friends, coughing relatives or multiple ‘out of office’ replies. There are many reasons why we are more susceptible to illness at this time of year: we spend more time indoors, after all it is cold and grey outside, lack of sunshine, the last time we had a vitamin D hit in the UK was October. Our important reserves that are essential to our immune function are now low…

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Good Mood Food!

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The third Monday of January has been awarded the gloomy title of Blue Monday due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills. Making the right food choices can have a huge impact on our cognitive function, so to ensure you are beating the blues today and everyday, I have 3 easy-peasy good mood food tips: 1.Fat is your friend Omega-3 fats are called essential fats, because they can’t be manufactured within the human body, and therefore it is essential…

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Start 2017 with a BANG!

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Over the next couple of week’s the drinks will be flowing, the food will be plentiful and the sofa will be calling! Sound familiar? This is the same old recipe that often leads to us starting each year feeling a bit under the weather. With Christmas just a few days away, I want to give you a different recipe that will ensure you have a fabulous Christmas and kick off 2017 with a bang!!! Here’s my top six, for a festive fix: 1.Offline is the new luxury! Oh and…

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Revitalise your Managers. Reinvent the Workplace

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Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution 200 years ago, people have been valued for what they can produce, but very little attention has been paid to what it takes to be sustainably energised and productive. Instead, working styles have been aligned to the machine, and in recent times, the computer. Essentially always-on, over-connected and operating in a linear fashion. However, in today’s knowledge-based society, the best measure of success is not time spent at work. More accurately, it’s how much energy employees bring to their hours spent…

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Fermented foods, there’s got to be something in it!!!

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Currently fermented foods are enjoying a resurgence, you can’t escape the every increasing range of fermented foods on offer. From the classic German sauerkraut moving up a few shelves in the supermarket, to the exotic kimchi and kombucha now available in more and more shops and cafes. If you have not given them a try yet, then fear not I am here to explain a little about these very special, bacteria-packed superfoods! The question is where to start? In human history there has always been some form of…

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How to Make Your New Year Resolutions Stick!

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As the clock strikes midnight on the last day of every passing year most of us are filled with good intentions for the new year ahead. These usually revolve around our personal lifestyle, maybe a new diet or a new exercise regime. If this is you, then like me they don’t always ‘stick’ around for long after January. The reason is usually down to the fact that these new commitments are too complicated, there are too many of them, normal life starts again and we get overwhelmed or…

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Festive Medicinal Spices!

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the addition of a little Festive spice. The spices long associated with this time of year are cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Whether added to mulled wine, used to spice up ham or even in wonderful gingerbread they add something extra special to the flavour and experience of Christmas. But did you know that these readily available, seasonal spices also have beneficial medicinal effects too?! Let’s have a closer look: Cinnamon is a naturally heating herb, helping us to defrost on cold wintry days….

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Why bread is NOT the bad guy!!

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Over recent years the humble loaf has really taken a battering in the media, so much so it has actually changed our eating culture in the UK. Toast is no longer the main stay of our breakfasts, there are now ‘bread’ less sandwiches (not sure what the 4th Earl of Sandwich would have to say about that), the bread basket is rarely a feature on a restaurant’s table and you can even order a burger ‘without’ the bun. The question is then, after 30,000 years of bread being…

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Life Begins At 80!

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Experts have calculated that the capacity of the human body is around 90-100 years. Yet here in the UK the average life expectancy according to the Central Intelligence Agency’s 2013 figures, is around 80.29 years, with women outliving men by around 4 years.   So, if the estimate of up to 100 years is true that means we are leaving around 20 good years of life on table. But, surely this is down to genes or something? Well, yes some of it is genetic, this was proved in…

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Corporate Wellbeing

We increase business performance and productivity by coaching your employees to improve their health and energy!

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Personal Coaching

Life is fabulous… but sometimes times we all need a little support to reclaim or fully realise our optimum health and wellbeing.

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Retreats

Need to make some lifestyle changes, but don’t have a clue where to start?

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Testimonials

The seminar was educational, eye opening, entertaining and importantly reinforced key messages that will aid performance and reduce risks associated with alcohol consumption in the sporting population. Thanks very much for your expertise.

 

Rob Leather, Head Physio, LCCC

Colette is a hugely knowledgeable and highly enthusiastic individual who has a natural ability to inspire people to improve their understanding of health and wellbeing issues. Colette is armed with a number of simple but highly effective tips which will help make a difference to the quality of individual’s lives.

Phil, Analyst, Enterprise Operations Telecoms

Colette speaks with real passion and belief which really shines through.  She also shows true understanding and empathy with her audience.  Highly recommended for well-being and health coaching in the workplace.

Hilary, Internal Communications, Mobile Telecoms

Amazing and a truly inspiring presenter, Colette makes accessible to the busy person health and wellbeing. Thanks for showing us the way – I guarantee your expert advice and guidance will be put to good use within our team for a long time to come!

Matthew, Corporate Sales, Software

Inspired, invigorated and feeling valued. This is how I left Colette’s workshop. After 18 years in a Corporate environment, no-one had ever offered advice on how to manage stress or improve my nutrition and energy levels, so this was a breath of fresh air. Thank you kindly for your insight. I plan to make ‘big’ changes.

Helen, Marketing & Communications, Telecoms

The approach to the subject area was the crucial bit for me, Colette made it relevant to business needs and used language that made it easy to follow. From the workshop I have made a number of changes that are positively affecting my energy levels and productivity inside and outside of work and 3 months on they are still part of my life. I highly recommend Colette and Optimum Living’s approach to any large global business looking to make some ‘real’ improvements to their team’s wellbeing

Richard, Global Account Manager, Mobile Telecoms