Archive for the ‘Wellbeing’ Category

Red Moon Women’s Workshop in London 17/18 December

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Miranda Gray, author of “Red Moon” and “The Optimized Woman” will be holding an Introductory Workshop on 17th and 18th December at The Hall at InSpire, The Crypt at St Peter’s, Liverpool Grove, London SE17 2HH (nearest tube – Elephant and Castle).

This is an amazing opportunity for women of all ages and with all kinds of cycles (or no cycles at all) to understand more about the unique female energies, and how to harness these. If you view your menstrual cycle as an inconvenience, this workshop can open up an entirely new approach to the unique nature of your body.

Cost: £50.00 (student concession £35.00)

Booking: To book contact booking@mirandagray.co.uk or go to http://www.mirandagray.co.uk/miranda-gray-workshops-redmoonbooking.html

For enquiries please contact Belinda on belinda.garciareyes@gmail.com or 0775 816 0191.

April 2011 News: Book publication, Natural Health article, thyroid and more

Monday, April 18th, 2011

It has been a busy few months. My book “Seasonal Awareness and Wellbeing” has a publication date – 28th October. Information about it will soon be appearing on the O-Books website. The article I co-authored with Miranda Gray (www.optimizedwoman.com) was published in this month’s “Natural Health” magazine. We talk about the power of understanding the menstrual cycle, and how being more in tune with it can help your fat loss efforts! Sound surprising? Get your copy to find out more!

Also, I’m delighted to be helping at Fat Attack Bootcamps in East Grinstead and Essex (www.fatattack.co.uk), giving a talk on my approaches and offering consultations. Well done to all the participants – its a fun but demanding weekend, and a great way to demonstrate just how much we are capable of physically.

Finally, I’ve been dealing with my own underactive thyroid, but I may have found a way to boost it naturally – watch this space for more information on my approach.
www.optimizedwoman.com
www.o-books.com
www.fatattack.co.uk
www.naturalhealthmagazine.co.uk

Twitter: What’s your #mynewthingforspring?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Connect with BPC_Wellbeing on Twitter and let us know what your “new thing” for spring is!

This is a popular time of year to try a detox, or to get going with a new healthy lifestyle plan. But does it work? Do you find you have more energy at this time of year, or do you experience spring tiredness? Share your experiences with us!

The surprising truth about fruit sugar, from a pioneer of functional medicine

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

What could be more a more virtuous food choice than fruit? Natural, full of fiber and vitamins, it is a great snack, and a healthy way to start the day. Or is it?

Dr Georges Mouton, MD, pioneer of functional medicine, gives lectures on – amongst many other health and wellbeing topics – Fructose Damage, that sum up why we should limit intake of this sugar.


Fructose as a potential health hazard

Fructose is the natural sugar found in fruit, and many people believe it is a healthier sugar than glucose, or sucrose (which is around 50% glucose and 50% fructose) – because the body does not bring insulin into play to process it. For this reason, sweet products for diabetics often replace the glucose with fructose, and generally we feel that using agave or fruits to sweeten a dish is preferable to using standard sugar.

However, there are many reasons to steer clear of fructose, whether it comes from completely natural sources such as fruit or honey, or – much worse – in processed forms such as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and from agave nectar, which is rarely genuine and often little more than well-marketed HFCS.

In his lecture, Dr Mouton explains how a high fructose diet can accelerate chronic kidney disease and potentially cause certain types of liver disease. He also cites studies that suggest a link between a population’s fructose intake and the incidence of high blood pressure. The metabolic syndrome, which involves central obesity, high blood pressure, and abnormal blood lipids, pre-disposes towards cardiovascular disease and also seems to be triggered by excessive fructose consumption. One study suggests that reducing fructose intake might help to slow the growth of pancreatic cancer.

If all that is not enough, a high intake of fructose can lead to fat gain, in both adults and children.

Fruit – an unnatural food if consumed in excess
Whilst much of the problem with fructose comes from processed forms, such as HFCS widely as a sweetener, overuse of fruit juices and smoothies and simply eating too much fruit can alas be harmful for fat loss efforts, and for longer-term health. Many people find this difficult to accept, since fruit is a naturally available food that humans have enjoyed for millennia.

The truth is that until relatively recently, the overwhelming majority of fruit consumed was seasonal, and available mostly in small quantities – bananas and oranges would have been a luxury in the UK, and there would be no strawberries available in winter. Now we can have any kind of fruit at any time of the year, and this is not how fruit should be eaten. Additionally, the plump, sweet varieties of, for example, strawberries on the supermarket shelves are far removed from their wild cousins – consider the size and taste of a wild strawberry.

In Northern European climates, fruit would naturally only be available for a few months – late summer and early autumn. It would then of course be possible to preserve fruits over the winter, putting up apples, or making jams, but the majority of the fruit eating would probably take place over a short period. Before these methods of preserving came into being, early humans would only have been able to eat fruits as and when they were available, and combined with our natural liking for sweet foods, this would have meant a brief fruit fest, before the weather turned colder. There may be an evolutionary reason for this timing, allowing the acceleration of fat storage before the possibility of winter famine.

If you have ever picked your own fruit, you will know how tiring collecting and selecting fruit can be – this is another element that is removed, when we can obtain any fruit without effort.

Conclusion
Fruit was once a seasonal treat that required physical work to obtain. Now it is readily available all year round, in whole and processed forms (smoothies, juices, bars), and we are encouraged to eat several portions of it per day. This style of fruit consumption is unnatural, and many of the fruits we eat are unnatural, in that they are bred for sweetness, and consumed out of season, in countries where they would never normally grow. Add to this the problem of high fructose corn syrup, and we see that our diets are drenched in a type of sugar that has been shown to be potentially harmful for health.

For fat loss, I recommend cutting out fruit. For active, lean individuals, the best fruits are those that are in season and that are less sweet; the best time to eat these is around intense exercise.

Dr Georges Mouton is an internationally acclaimed pioneer of functional medicine. He lectures all over the world, and runs practices in Spain and in London. He is the author of “Dr Mouton’s Methods” and “The Intestinal Ecosystem and Optimal Health”. To find out more and to read his articles and lecture notes, see www.gmouton.com.

Dr Georges Mouton, MD

Seasonal Awareness and Wellbeing Book coming soon!

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

My book on Seasonal Awareness and Wellbeing will be coming soon!

This is a fresh approach to looking and feeling better. By harmonising with the seasons, it is possible to reduce problems such as winter depression, and to make the most of other seasonal energies. For example, making massive lifestyle overhauls in January is out of kilter with what happens in nature at this time of year – it is not a time of great change. By refining your goals at this time, making small modifications and waiting until the days lengthen to really get going with a new diet or exercise plan, you greatly increase your chances of success, and will avoid reinforcing the idea that “healthy living is difficult”.

See the book’s Facebook page for seasonal insights and the opportunity to discuss seasonal topics!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Seasonal-Awareness-and-Well-being-Book/179327908745865

Also follow us on Twitter @BPC_Wellbeing

Hypothyroidism article

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

My article about sub-clinical hypothyroidism was published in the December edition of Natural Health magazine.

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Look great in 2011!

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

We have a great event in the diary at Tres Health & Well-being, Chelsea that will help you look and feel your best!

Find out how to get younger looking skin – without surgery, how to lose fat for good, and how to sparkle with your own personal style! You’ll have the opportunity to network with experts, try out superb products and will get a fantastic goodie bag, worth over £30 to take away, as well as a number of special offers on the night.

Tickets cost just £20, and this is redeemable against any treatments. Places are limited so book soon on 0207 622 2252!

Exclusive event Friday 28 January

Armathwaite Hall Spa Break

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

MC will be contributing to the “Unlock the Secret to Weight Loss and Well-Being” spa break at Armathwaite Hall spa in the English Lake District.

The break will take place form 8-10 November, and is a fantastic opportunity to boost your weight (fat) loss plan, whilst relaxing in beautiful surroundings.

Places are limited, so hurry to book!

http://www.armathwaite-hall.com/lake_district_winter_breaks.html

Corporate discounts on Harley Street

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I am now seeing clients every Monday morning at 121 Harley Street, and am offering an introductory discount to corporate clients – contact me to find out more on mc@bodyprogresscentre.com.

Autumn at Champneys

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Yesterday was the start of the Champneys “Seasonal Secrets” cycle, opening with a City Spa Event at Champneys Enfield. Each season will see City Spa Events and resort breaks, all tailored to the season and in line with the Champneys book.

But what is seasonal wellbeing and why is it important? Talking about how we are “disconnected from nature” has become quite a cliche, but it does matter for our health and wellbeing. In the past and in other cultures today, people modify their diets and activities to fit with the season and the weather to optimise health and provent issues from occurring.

Autumn can be a difficult time – each day is a little darker and colder, and there are 6 months of darkness ahead. Low light levels can cause winter blues or Seasonal Affective disorder, low levels of vitamin D can contribute to increased risk of infections and longer term health problems, and coughs and colds become more common.

However, by increasing awareness of the season and taking steps to prevent problems in good time, it is possible to enjoy the “back to school” energy of autumn, starting new projects and exploring interesting new seasonal foods.

See below for more information on Champneys Autumn and Winter events.

City Spa Events http://www.champneys.co.uk/Town-and-City-Spa/Events

Autumn Retreat http://www.champneys.com/Booking/Packages/Wellbeing-Breaks/Season-s-Secrets-Autumn-Retreat?date=17%2F10%2F2010

Winter Retreats

http://www.champneys.com/Booking/Packages/Wellbeing-Breaks/Henlow-Seaons-Secrets-Winter-Retreat?date=26%2F11%2F2010

http://www.champneys.com/Booking/Packages/Wellbeing-Breaks/Tring-Season-s-secrets-Winter?date=05%2F12%2F2010