Work Smarter: 4 Steps to Starting a Mindfulness Practice
Only yogis and people that have lots of spare time practice mindfulness, right? They have hours to spare, so choose to do it sitting cross-legged, chanting in a contemplative state. Well, this isn’t what it is all about. Mindfulness is a life tool, not an escape, but a practical way to manage ourselves in a more resourceful and sustainable manner. Peak performers in all walks of life are using mindfulness to enhance their results, from professional footballers, ballet dancers to CEOs and executive teams – there has just…Read More
Top 5 Reasons to Buy Local and Seasonal Foods
Why buy local? We are likely to have heard the argument for why local food is better for the environment, all those air miles, refrigeration units and plastic packaging, creates a huge carbon footprint. In addition we can probably also see how this positively affects our local economy and community. However, there are also some other compelling reasons to consider, most importantly our personal health. This topic is something that is something that is close to my heart so here’s my Top 5 Reasons to Buy Local and Seasonal…Read More
Why bread is NOT the bad guy!!
This week in the UK it is Real Bread Week the annual celebration of supporting your local, independent Real Bread bakery and maybe even baking your own. Over recent years the campaign for real food has gained weight and for very good reason, especially when you read about the dangers of the additives added into so many of our foods such as bread. There have been scary recent headlines too – The unpalatable truth about ready made meals However the humble loaf has really taken a battering in the media, for I believe the wrong reasons, so…Read More
Work Smarter in a Hyper-connected World
We switch between 37 different tasks every hour and spend 2 hours recovering from distractions! No wonder we are so busy, wired and tired! Overwork does not have to be the ‘new normal’ we talk about – there are a few different choices YOU could make each day without adding doing more to your schedule. So, grab a cup of tea, take a moment, join me and the inspiring Dr Mandy Lehto to hear about a few ideas on how to optimise your day, what the first 30 min look like? What retro pieces of gear I suggest? And how…Read More
Life Upgrades from the People that Live the Longest!
World Health Day is a global health awareness day celebrated every year on 7 April, sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It has actually been celebrated on this day since 1950, as the WHO held the First World Health Assembly on this date. It a huge opportunity for to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health. Here in the UK the average life expectancy is now around 81 years, with women outliving men by around 4 years. Yet experts have calculated that the capacity of the human body is…Read More
Wanna kick-start your day?
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…Read More
Turn up your immunity!
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…Read More
Good Mood Food!
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…Read More
Start 2017 with a BANG!
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…Read More
Revitalise your Managers. Reinvent the Workplace
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…Read More