New year tips to kick start your health

Even if you don’t have real resolutions most of us see the New Year as a new start in life, when we’re going to get fit, go to the gym, lose weight, eat and drink less, exercise more, work harder…..Try these tips for a good start to the year:

 1. Drink water for more energy Cut down on tea, coffee, and colas as they contain caffeine which is a stimulant that gives a quick fix followed by a slump, and opt for water instead – eight glasses a day is recommended to flush out the toxins – and try peppermint, fruity or dandelion herbal teas instead of your normal hot drink.

2. Get plenty of zzz After partying over Christmas and New Year when the days are short and dull it’s a tiring time, but the body needs sleep to heal itself and be fit enough to fight off all the circulating winter bugs, so try to aim for seven or eight hours a night.

3. Binge on fruit and veggies

They are the healthiest thing you can eat because they are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which fight free radicals that cause cell damage, cancer and heart disease – avoid pesticides by choosing organic and try home-made soups and fresh juices.

4. Shedding those extra pounds

Don’t give up eating because you’ve overdone it but eat healthily – three meals a day and regular snacks of nuts, seeds and fruit with plenty of fruit, vegetables, rice, pasta, and pulses like lentils and cut out or reduce bread, sugary and processed foods.

5. Up your vitamin intake

Pollution, smoking, stress and alcohol all wipe out nutrients in the body, so take a good multivitamin/mineral supplement to make sure you’re not deficient in any of them. Taking Vitamin C as well helps to prevent colds and flu, reduce stress levels, ensure healthy skin and turns food into much-needed energy in the body.

6. Exercise boosts your energy

Even though you might be feeling sluggish the more exercise you do the more energetic you feel, so check out the gym or try Yoga and Pilates classes for good stretching exercise, or simply add a 20 minute walk to your daily routine to keep trim and healthy.

7. Remember to relax

Stress is the scourge of 21st Century living and too much leads to illness, so try to give yourself half an hour a day to relax – even if you’ve got kids or a hectic job – take a long aromatic bath, listen to music, read a book or learn to meditate.

8. Hide the chocolate

If you’ve eaten too much over the festive season try to keep it out of reach from Monday to Friday at least and have some on the weekends if you can’t give up altogether. Too much sugar causes blood sugar levels to fluctuate giving highs and lows so try to reduce intake of sweets to a minimum and see if you feel better.

9. Make this the year to give up smoking and start now!

There are so many ways to quit smoking from patches to pills that the doctor can give you or for something different you can try acupuncture, hypnotherapy or have a go at the charity Quit’s email support:

10. Have a herbal boost

Herbal remedies can give you much needed support at this time of year – Echinacea enables the immune system to fight infection and stave off colds, Milk Thistle protects the liver if you’ve over-indulged this year, and Siberian Ginseng is energising and helps you to focus. (Check with a doctor if you are taking other medication or are pregnant).

To purchase A. Vogel Echinaforce Echinacea, Milk Thistle, and Eleutherococcus Siberian Ginseng, 50ml each, £9.15 go to and put in the code HSoul1 for a 5% discount.

Losing weight

Losing weight is never easy. First of all you have to be in the right state of mind and determined that you want to succeed, and secondly you have to identify what you should and should not be eating.

Most health experts agree that eating healthy foods such as fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, pulses, fish, chicken and seeds and nuts, while drinking plenty of water enables you to adopt a diet that is sustainable and filling but enables you to lose weight. This also means cutting out coffee, tea, colas and alcohol, sugar, and saturated fats.

 The 21st Century Epidemic

Currently 24 million adults are overweight, and predictions are that half of the population will be clinically obese by the year 2030. The government is particularly concerned because obesity is one of the main risk factors for cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

A recent survey claims that the so-called ‘hourglass’ figure will no longer exist as waist sizes for women which currently average 34 inches are going to go up to 42 inches in 50 years’ time if we keep getting bigger. The research was commissioned by the magazine Prima which found that women’s waists are now 7 inches larger than their grandmothers were! According to the Daily Express the 1950’s woman had a waist of 27.5 in and now it is 34 in. So no longer the 36, 24, 36 that was considered so desirable, with busts now at 39 in as opposed to 37 in and women an inch taller now at 5ft 4in on average.

People who are classed as obese have a body weight of over 30 BMI (body mass index), while anyone of 25-30 BMI is considered to be overweight.

Body mass index is obtained by dividing a person’s body weight in kilos by their height in metres squared (times itself) For example, you might be 1.6m (5ft 3in) tall and weigh 65kg (10st). The calculation would then be: 24.8 BMI – just below the overweight bracket!

  • There has been a 25 per cent increase in the number of overweight and obese children since 1995;
  • Almost 17 per cent of children are now estimated to be obese;
  • It is 50 per cent more prevalent in boys and 80 per cent in girls from the lowest social groups;
  • Presumably the prevalence among girls is because teenage girls tend not to play sport, whereas many of their male counterparts do;
  • Exercise is a big factor in keeping people slim and healthy.

Unfortunately highlighting the issue can make obese people feel as if they are being persecuted. There are so many reasons why someone becomes overweight and it may be better viewed as an addiction, like alcohol or drugs, to be treated with compassion.

Emotional factors:

‘It’s like shedding the layers of an onion getting to the real cause behind obesity,’ according to counsellor, Bar Hewlett. There could be any number of factors that lead people to have mixed feelings about food including:

  • Conflict at the dinner table as a child;
  • Dysfunctional families and sibling rivalry;
  • Discipline based around food – ‘you’ll go without your tea for that!’
  • A need for attention seeking;
  • Self-loathing

The result can be one of two extremes – obesity or anorexia. It’s too trite to blame obesity on overeating – the question is why do some people need to eat more than others? Some people feel that when things go wrong in their lives their way of gaining control is to eat.

Addressing the emotions that make people want to eat is the best way to lose weight. See Emotional Eating.

Healthy Soul advocates healthy eating, exercise and addressing emotional issues where weight is a continuous and serious problem for you.

Organic Weight Management Plan

Viridian has launched an Organic Weight Management Plan that consists of four food supplements to encourage your body to lose weight. This isn’t some faddy new ‘miracle’ diet but a sensible balance of nutrients to help stabilise blood sugar levels and metabolism, regulate gut flora, restore the correct balance of acid/alkalinity so that the body is not too acidic, and help to safely detoxify leading to loss of weight. It consists of:

• Organic Green Tea in capsule form
• Organic Soulfood Greens
• Organic Mineral Complex
• Organic Nopal

Green Tea has a number of properties that help in weight loss – it increases metabolism, thereby increasing core temperature, which burns more calories. It also is high in antioxidants and has been shown to increase the detoxification of enzymes.

Organic Soulfood Greens consists of Spirulina, wheatgrass, barleygrass, alfafa leaf, wild wrack, seaweed and chlorella which provide a huge array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids and antioxidants to raise energy levels, restore normal acid/alkaline levels in the body and help to detoxify.

Organic Mineral Complex contains over 80 essential trace and macro minerals together with nettle and horsetail herbs which help to eliminate excess fluid.

Organic Nopal comes from natural dehydrated leaves of the prickly pear cactus, which is very high in nutrients and fibre. The high fibre content increases its own volume in the stomach making you feel full up and as it digests slowly it regulates glucose in the body, stabilising blood sugar levels. It also reduces fat absorption, regulates gut flora which improves digestion, and can have a diuretic effect, reducing fluid from the body.

The Organic Weight Management Plan from Viridian, includes 90 veg caps of each of the above with a daily dose of three of each at each meal time, and a 24 page informative booklet on losing weight. It costs £65.00 from Nutricentre.

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