Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Mouth ecstasy with newest lactose free combo, mouthwatering raspberries and pomegranate...




Being lactose intolerant to say the least is pretty much a pain when you see those lovely desserts you get in a restaurant or ice cream in the summer or watching a film for that matter. I miss real dairy ice cream from the days before i know what made me ill when trying food not made at home by lactose allergic mother. The best or worse (in a totally gorgeously over the top way) is Ben and Jerrys ice cream. Among my favourites where the chunky monkey, caramel chew chew and the chubby hubby. So much decadence to enjoy while watching a great movie with family or friends. I think ice cream was the hardest thing to give up when i found out that i have a near allergy level intolerance to all things dairy food. Growing up with a lactose allergic mother meant i didn't get used to cheese or butter on bread or many of the sauces made with both these. This helps to not miss things and even go as far as to avoid going past cheese shops because the smell makes me want to run a mile. Its probably a bit comical from the outside when i hold my breath passing, i can often glimpse my boyfriend holding back a joke until we are safely away.

So what happens when i have lactose food? I get ill with a teaspoon equivalent of ice cream and have a massive skin reaction to boot. The illness is sickness then dizzyness and lightheaded lasting for about 4 - 6  days.

But its not all bad as many who have food allergies and intolerances will tell. Once you discover your intolerance and get used to what you can and can't eat its amazing because you feel great and become aware of many more food options than you might have done otherwise. I love to cook, to explore new combinations that are lactose free, health promoting and also very important that look and taste great.

It makes you creative in finding yummy combos that make up for the things you can't have. My latest taste combination is mouthwatering raspberries and pomegranate pieces mounded on top of vanilla soy yogurt. Caressed with acacia honey and linseeds (flaxseed) added for a digestive system healthy option that gives a wonderful texture and nutty flavour to the mix. It gets even easier with the frozen fruit options you can buy in the supermarket making the yogurt the only thing you need to make sure is stocked at home for this great dessert. All the other things keep nicely in a cuboard or freezer for the day you want something satisfyingly sweet without the lactose, calories and has great health benefits.




Other articles that may be of interest in the fitness genre are:


Beauty tip for keeping those winter days at bay
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http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/beauty-tips-winter.html

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http://www.chicloca.com/2016/01/love-pilates-you-should-fitness.html

What is the relationship between nutrition, healthy eating and fitness
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Thursday, 14 January 2016

Beauty tip for keeping those winter days at bay


 

For many of you lucky people you are in your summer now, but us northerners the wonderful winter months are upon us. Whatever the season there is always something we can do to not only help the external beauty but also you internal exquisiteness. 

 

A winter treat, short routine to bring a warm glow


With all the changing between warm cozy houses and the fresh outdoors, its important to look after your skin. The warm dry air inside matched with the cold dry air outside robs your skin of its much needed moisture.





Gather together:
  • a massage oil like almond or peach, or simple olive oil. Different oils promote different qualities, almond oil and apricot are great for combination skin.
  • a small towel and a larger one
  • a trusted moisturizer, The body shop good moisturizers designed for different skin types.
  • moisturizing body wash
  • exfoliating cream: st.Ives apricot scrub is a great one for sensitive skin
  • an exfoliating brush with natural fibers like sea sponge.
  • something to tie you hair off your face and neck.
 The type of products you use depends on your skin type, use trusted brands you know won't cause skin irritation and allergy. If anything on the list is new for you then search out advice on what is best for you to use.

The routine:
  1. Tie you hair up so no loose strands will get close to the skin. If you have a chance do nice things for your hair before continuing with this list. Dirty hair will rub against the skin later and possibly ruin some of your work here.
  2. Take the natural exfoliating brush and move it in circles on your dry skin. This is a great for exfoliating the skin while improving circulation and getting rid of dead skin.
  3. Take a shower and use the exfoliating cream on your face and neck. If you like you can use the brush for the body here too. 
  4. Use the moisturizing body wash on your body leaving your neck and face free.
  5. Directly after your shower get the natural oil and work into all areas of your of your body including the face and neck. Massaging the oil into the skin. If your hand can't glide over the skin you probably don't have enough oil on there. The dryer the skin the more you will use, as the skin simply laps up this new moisturization. 
  6. Get the smallest of the two towels and make it wet using water at a comfortable heat for holding but warm enough that you feel its warmth seep in. Find a relaxed place to sit or lay down with some soothing music, place the towel onto your face and neck creating as much contact with the towel as possible. Relax for 10 minutes, you can repeat this if you like with a newly warmed towel. 
  7. Once you are done, take the second dry towel and rub all the excess oil from your body. This step is great for the circulation. The better the circulation is underneath the skin the more it promotes healthy skin on top. 
  8. Moisturize your body leaving your neck and face free again. Put something on to keep warm.
  9. Take the wet towel and make it warm again, gently massaging you face and taking excess oil away. 
  10. Use a moisturizer for your face and neck, you can add your normal eye cream if you use one. Give this time to dry which can be helped by gently patting your eye area with your finger tips. Avoid rubbing the sensitive skin areas as this can cause more harm than good.
  11. And you are done. Feel free to make this a bedtime treat adding candles for a relaxing mood, heating up the oil to body temperature before using a candle oil burner or pimping it up with things you do in your normal routine. Adding a face mask can also be a great addition.

When i make time for little routines like this the results are super quick. Whether you want to improve skin condition, relax or be good to yourself this is a simple formula you can tweak to make it your own. Little rituals like these helps to bring a little peace in this hectic world.


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What is the relationship between nutrition, healthy eating and fitness
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Why We Love pilates (And You Should, Too!)

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Why We Love pilates (And You Should, Too!)




Pilates is such a great exercise system both holistic and hands on. Its often underestimated as yet another class you can do at your local gym. But it can be so much more in terms of fitness, health, a great figure and not to mention great for dancers. Find out what Pilates can do for you and some great links to professionals near you. Find out the great things it can do for your health below.

The top 6 reasons you should include Pilates into your daily routine:


  1. Increase circulation and relieve tension - Great for when you have been behind a computer all day and your circulation is sluggish due to inactivity. 

  2. Improves posture - For those style conscious people who love to wear nice clothes. The better you look and feel about your body the more you can make out of the things you wear.

  3. Enhances body awareness - In this day and age of computers and technology, people are loosing the sense of moving in their own body. Sound strange? Building up greater body awareness can help to improve core body strength and movement. Not to mention make  dance and movement activities fun while technique is quick to integrate.

  4. Improves muscle tone - working with the core muscles of the torso as a central focus for powering the arms and legs. Giving a powerhouse for controlling the multiple movements we do in everyday life. With the right muscles toned and active it also decreases the likelihood of injuries. 

  5. Improves breathing practices and energizes - The Pilates system uses a thought out and deliberate way of breathing during exercises. Consciously used doing particular types of movement for different effects. Many people these days don't have good breathing practices. These would be to breath efficiently using the stomach and lungs each time you breath in and out. We get into habits like not breathing through the nose or short shallow breaths. Breathing slower and deeper energizes the body while being more efficient. 

  6. Great for people with mobility problems - many exercises are done on the floor, sitting in chairs and using other props for help and support. You don't need to be a dancer to try this, in fact quite the opposite applies.

     

     

     My personal experience and your, build up some knowledge about yourself


    I have mixed a number of pilates exercises into a daily routine which keeps my body toned and working effeciently. I have to admit to off times where i don't practice, but always feel the difference when i get back into the flow of regular practice. My body loves it.

    For me its important to find out what you need from a daily or even 2 times weekly workout. Manageable sessions that can be repeated are key here. Important factors can include:

    • Strength
    • Flexibility
    • Build
    • Proportions of the body.
    • Movement Activities hobbies or work.
    • Health issues or weaknesses in the body



     

    Taking the above list and using myself as an example:


    • Strength - I am very strong in my legs and strong in my core muscles. weak in my arms and neck.
    • Flexibility - I am super flexible in my lower back, less in my upper back, not naturally flexible in my legs while arms and shoulder blades are very flexible.
    • Build - I am tall, with long legs and arms, medium shoulder width and hourglass figure.
    • Proportions of the body - I have longer legs than my torso but have a balanced proportion, with a long back.
    • Movement Activities hobbies or work - I am a professional dancer for my work, i like to learn other dances and movement forms to a high level including pilates, yoga, kung fu amongst others, fashion and posture are important to me as they bring an extra quality to how i look and feel.
    • Health issues or weaknesses in the body - I am super flexible in my hips and have to watch for injuries when exercise. Health issues around digestion and dizzyness due to an operation I had on one of my ears affects me from time to time.


    Find the answers for yourself:


    How to find out where you are stronger and weaker? 


    Think back to times when you are lifting things, this should give you some good answers. Otherwise check with a health specialist like Pilates, dance, or health related teaching/practitioner. This information can help to tell you where you need to work on your strength and where you should maintain your current level.

    How to find out your areas of flexibility?


    Do some simple stretching exercises and be careful of your bodies limits. Again ask a dance teacher or other movement professional for some exercises if you are unsure which ones to use. This information can help to tell you where you need to work on your flexibility and where you should maintain your current level.


     What type of build and body proportions do i have?


    Body build is often a bit difficult to know offhand. Ask some people around you what they think and find people in the street who match how you see your self and then ask where you would but their build on the scale of things. There is a lot of great information on the web about build and proportions so maybe give google a try. Otherwise get in touch with our contact form, i am happy to help. For proportions get a long mirror and ask yourself 2 questions: 1. Is my body longer than my legs or vice versa, 2. what are the general lengths of my arms, legs, torso in relation to the size of my head.

    This information can help to tell you where you about your body, how to work with posture and also how the length of the body often shows the things you can work on. Longer limbs usually need core body exercises and movement control/awareness while being naturally graceful. Shorter limbs often get more tension and need to work with relaxation. These are gross generalisations. Its difficult to describe the complexities of proportions and body build here and its always best to get expert advice in person.

    If you find some funny things out, please don't worry. When we really look at ourselfs we reallize we are a bit strange looking and beautiful. Keep in mind everyone who does  this will probably feel the same. You are unique and beautiful, don't forget it.


    Why are my health weakness's, work and hobby activities important?


    These allow you to keep in mind important factors that you should keep in mind while exercising. Any health problems of weaknesses you might have should be taken into account when trying Pilates or any other activity alone. Notify your teacher if doing a class. In places where you body is weaker do less repetitions and lower level intensity exercises to build up the strength in that area. Too much can lead to injuries, take care of yourself.

    The movement things we do for work and hobbies are useful bits of information. It tells us how fit we are, whether our body is used to moving or not and the types of movement it knows in its body memory already. A more movement active person can often learn things faster and take more intensity while those less used to moving need a little more time to build up on knowledge and intensity.

    Couple your growing knowledge with a great exercise system like Pilates and you are made for life. If Pilates doesn't workout then try one of the other great ways to exercise and experiment until you find one that is right for you.

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Saturday, 19 December 2015

Whats the relationship between nutrition, healthy food and fitness

Whats the relationship between nutrition, healthy food and fitness? Some people would say that healthy food equals good nutrition but is this really the case. i won't pretend to have all the answers but instead share a little of my experience delving into this no mans land of what you should and shouldn't do. The simple thing is that many of us want to eat healthy food but this doesn't always give us the right nutrition that our bodies need to be healthy. Like any good thing we can also overdo it, loading our bodies with something it has to digest and which takes its toll too. i think more and more people are understanding the idea of fitness, but even within this word there are different sorts of exercise and ways to be fit. So what is the one answer to being healthy, eating the right food for good nutrition and exercising in a way that hits all the fitness targets?

In my experience there isn't one, our bodies are as individual as our personalities. While we may look similar there are so many variations in our makeup that make it impossible for a one size fits all policy and quite frankly i wouldn't believe anyone selling you this concept. But below are some tips i found useful, quite often falling into them but nearly always by trying out possibilities.


Tip 1 - find out if you have any allergies, strong or weaker intolerances.

i found that only through testing could i really get to know the nutritional needs of my body. When i talk about this with friends who have also gone through similar processes the way of finding out has been so similar but the results are often completely different. Seeming random if you didn't know any better. i realised when i was 14 that i had a strong lactose and milk intolerance. This was after having extremely milky tea and coffee for years. When i got rid of the diary products out of my diet the changes were incredible. I got slimmer, healthier and felt more free in my body. My skin improved which had always been a problem in my teenage years.


Tip 2 - find the combination of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that work for your body and lifestyle

At 14 i realised that if this one thing could make such a difference, what else was i doing that would make me feel either good or less good in my body. So i started to experiment with healthier eating. After four or 4 days of having vegetables, fruit and a high level of protein coupled with all the sports i was doing, i felt amazing. To this day if i cut out coffee and sugar for this combination i feel really good. Experiment with finding which food groups do you good and the amounts. Often men need more carbohydrates than women, my boyfriend almost dies without bread in his diet. i can do without bread for days but need high levels of protein instead. Protein is very good for building up metabolism and lean muscles that aid this process so i would suggest not cutting protein out entirely. Fats are funny in the sense that not all fat is bad and actually there are good and bad fats.


Tip 3 - its often said that the right amount is great but too much can be lethal

i will never forget when i was 18 and a doctor friend of mine told me about the actual plate size we should eat compared the the amount we actually eat. And how tv dinners and such like where our brain is distracted from our food is a big cause of over eating because our satisfied mechanism doesn't kick in in the same way. For clarity its not about starving yourself but overloading the body with food takes a lot of its energy. Eating smaller meals and more often if this suits you is a great way to feel more energy.

Tip  4 - exercises and stretchs for the body that get the metabolism going and shift tension in the body.

The body loves exercise, even sometimes we don't like it. My personal journey lead me to pilates. It worked well for my body and i added other exercises a a good pilates routine that covered all bases. Working on only a few of the bodies muscle groups is less effective than finding exercises that get the whole body moving in one go. Exercise should be fun so why not search for something you like. Team sports could be a great option for those who like to socialise while you exercise. Solitary person then a nice stretch routine or jogging in the countryside or closest park could be your thing. Be creative, it doesn't have to be your worth nightmare and if you find something that gives you energy and fun you just might not be able to put it down again. Exercise is addictive once you get the right bug.


When i applied all four tips together i got closer to a fitter healthier feeling me, but was i nutrionally healthy even though i was eating healthy food? This is a good check point once you  have established what works for you. I find that while normally i have a good basic intake of food that works for me, every now and again i need or crave something else. This can be something sweet, or red meat, or a particular food i see when i am in the supermarket i don't eat very often.  i found giving into these cravings for food was a good way to bring in variation and give myself something my body wanted in moderation if less healthy. This was far more sustainable than sticking to the same eating routine day in and day out making higher hte risk of missing certain nutrients one needs in your diet.

So tune in, find yourself, get creative with exercise ideas. Just because one thing doesn't work for you it doesn't mean you failed. Sometimes it take years to really find what works for us. So believe in yourself, healthy living is for life not a fad.



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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Womens health and body building

In the good old days you would see the competitions where men compete on TV, lifting everything from the heaviest objects ranging to the weirdest that the organizers could find. i have to admit as a child i was intrigued by them and would watch from beginning until the end. But what about this new seemingly underground phenomena brought to the surface by the all magnifying effect of the internet in recent years. Women bodybuilding, good for the image of womens health or extreme beauty make over yet again?  So what is the attraction for women to get into body building after decades of high profile promotion as a mans sport and what is the difference between women body building, extreme makeovers and womens health.

Depending on who you talk to you will get very different views about women bodybuilding and whether this is actually healthy or not. Often things that are healthy in the first levels can easily become addictive and go too far in a path that leads to things that are less healthy and quite extreme. Fueled by the needs of conforming to a group, exchanging personal wishes for expectations that come in from the outside. Asserting control where there might be a loss of this feeling, possibly through conforming but also any number of other things happening around us on a day to day basis. In many ways we are a society built on perfection that is a stress factor because we can never be this ideal, its unreachable for many. Starting with someone who would like to be healthy. Bring together factors of giving up personal power for conforming, a need for control and perfectionism. Suddenly you have a completely different animal on your hands. This animal will go to all lengths to achieve a desired outcome that is somehow unreachable.



Take this new phenomenan that fit is the new thin, it promotes something healthy but maybe for the wrong reason. Thin was the old way women could conform to a very strong expectation from society  to be feminine, fit with fashion and now being fit is the new thing. The stopping point is different for many and the motivations that drive can be more or less strong.

The problem is that there is a focus on the external, its about image and perfection not health. Someone might start and stop in 2 days. Others who keep going in time get more fit, the first level isn't enough anymore. There is a tendency once in the swing of things to push yourself harder and harder. One extreme of fitness is bodybuilding. Womens body building seems to have taken the typical body image away from the stereotypes of femininity into a whole new direction of strength and power. Using all sorts of tanning and oil lotions to bring show off their muscle. They train for show not health, the bigger and more pronounced the muscle the better. Personally i admire the lengths they go to but at the same time don't understand why you would want to go beyond healthy. Particularly when you hear that some women builders train to the point where they feel breast implants and other accentuations done surgically are necessary to achieve the desired results.


For me personally the idea of womens health is more holistic than all this. It includes eating, thinking, talking, dancing, feeling, exercising, enjoying healthy. The point is that there is more than the perfectionized image that only looks at what we want to attain and through this creating bad psychological health in many. A good healthy lifestyle in men and women brings together a healthy body, mind and heart or in this case emotional well being. By all means be image conscious but for myself i have made the decision that inside comes before societies fashions, but being true to oneself there is more inherent beauty.

Anything that promotes a happy inner world while keeping body, mind and spirit happy for me is the true Healthy.

 Lastly i love this quote from Bob Marley (rough translation):

 'the most beautiful curve on a womans body is her smile'.



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