For some reason I have been getting lots of interest lately in the Metabolic Balance weight loss programme. These spikes of interest are usually down to some type of celebrity endorsement. Sam Smith and Boy George have both helped to raise the profile of the programme in the past. I am not sure quite sure who is behind it this time around but I will put money on it some high profile person has attributed their dramatic weight loss to the Metabolic Balance. Is the plan right for you?
There is definitely something about hitting your 50's, at least for me that was the case. Suddenly I became more focussed on the whole business of ageing or more importantly not ageing. I don't mean worrying about wrinkles or the sudden appearance of grey hair (grrrrrrr). I mean how to age well in a 'be disease free, able to leap around full of energy embracing life 100% AND with a full set of marbles'.....sort of way.
Anyone that has had a consultation with me will know that at some point I will ask about their poo. They will also know that I like all the ‘gory’ details: colour, size, shape, frequency, etc.
The reason why I always ask is that it never fails to amaze me how many people have no idea what a ‘normal’ bowel movement should be.
The old adage goes ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper’. Certainly when I was training considerable importance was placed on eating a good well-balanced breakfast; the prospect of skipping breakfast was viewed with horror and regarded as a complete no-no. However, interestingly I have readjusted my thinking on this in recent times…..
When I was studying nutrition the mantra we were taught was ‘little and often’ - 3 meals and 2 snacks was considered to be the right way to eat and very important to ensure that blood sugar remained balanced. This was an approach that I followed for very many years both with my own diet and with my clinic clients....however, is this still the case now?
I find myself increasingly interested in many aspects of healthy ageing. If you look at my twitter posts you will see that this issue features quite regularly. Without even realising it I find myself drawn to reading all sorts of articles on the subject - I guess I have hit that age where these things start to matter.
I saw a great programme this week from the BBC – “How to Stay Young”. They investigate all sorts of experiments and research from across the world to see what we can do to support a healthy ageing process. One of the thing they highlighted was the possible connection between the centenarians of Okinawa and the purple sweet potatoes that they eat