Fad celeb diets loved by Martine McCutcheon, the Kardashians and Alexandra Burke ‘DON’T work and actually make you GAIN weight’.
People who go back to eating normally after losing weight on a calorie-restricted fad diet tend to pile on the pounds much faster.
“My main concern is that even if it works short term, it doesn’t educate the dieter on how to live healthy and eat healthy and plan meals.
“That’s one of the reasons people regain all the weight afterwards, because they stop the diet when the weight is gone, but they still don’t really understand how to eat healthily.
To read the whole article I wrote for The Sun Newspaper click the link below:
Mental health problems affect millions of women around the world.
I’ve had my share – anorexia, depression, and times of danger and darkness running so deep I was hospitalised more than once, for months at a time.
Mental health issues are still a taboo issue, but that needs to change if sufferers are to accept their situation and seek help, as well as for others around them to recognise signs and be able to help.
One woman is doing her (very big) part in sharing her own story of battles with her head, as well as many inspiring stories from women around the globe.
Carly Jennings is nothing short of a fighter, and, a fitness professional by trade, is now helping support and inspire women to embrace who they are, low days and all.
And what sets these women apart is how, far from letting mental health issues hold them back, strength, courage and empowerment can come out of challenging times.
How I overcame anorexia to become stronger than ever – read my story on the Wiggly Girl blog here.
Oh and in case you were wondering a ‘wiggle score’ is a way of assessing how you’re feeling that day, with the aim being an on top of the world 10/10 more days than not.
Since my Eating Disorder recovery videos went viral and I was invited to speak on Sky News, I’ve been able to reach out and offer support and encouragement to other sufferers and their families.
I remember the first day I was admitted to hospital – one day, when I was strong enough, I would give back and help others.
It was a long, tough journey, one I nearly didn’t make it though.
But I did it, and you can overcome an emotional relationship with food too.
This time well known Registered Dietician Priya Tew published my story on her blog as she works with eating disorder patients.
Loving and respecting your body is so important. If you can do that, the healthy eating bit becomes easy, because you want to look after yourself.
“When I heard Polly’s eating disorder recover story I knew I had to share it. Working in the field of eating disorders can be frankly hard work. It is a long road to recovery and a battle. It takes dedication, support from others and challenging yourself at every meal time. However it is possibly and it is worth it. I hope sharing this inspires others.”
Click Here to read my story on Priya’s blog, where you will also find other nutrition related articles, recipes, and contact details if you need guidance from a Registered Dietician.
Clean eating has been a massive trend for some years now,
But what exactly is it, is it healthy, and is it right for you and your family?
While there’s no official definition of clean eating, most advocators insist on no processed foods, no refined sugar or flour,
And some cut out dairy and gluten and eat only organic food as well, though not everyone is as strict.
It’s not the same as a vegan diet which cuts out animal products – ‘clean eaters’ often still eat meat, fish and eggs, and some dairy.
Click Here to read the full article and learn all about clean eating in Just For Families Magazine: http://www.thefitmumformula.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/KS-JFF-Clean-Eating.pdf
Have you tried a stricter version of clean eating? Or do you simply try and eat more healthy food and less unhealthy food? Let me know in the comments below.
Is it ok to eat mince pies when you’re trying to eat healthily?
What about all the other tasty festive treats we’re surrounded by over Christmas, surely they’re going to ruin your diet?
The ‘problem’ with these foods is that they are usually high in sugar and fat, making them high calorie (which adds up to weight gain), and very tasty, so easy to overeat and not stop at just one.
But here’s the thing – being a healthy weight is not the only thing that matters in life.
Not only is eating tasty treats occasionally not going to hurt in the long run, living a life of restriction and deprivation every day of the year does not make for a happy existence.
Of course there’s a balance to be had, and the reason most people who preach about ‘moderation’ is because their idea of balance and moderation is a little skewed.
But I’ll certainly be enjoying the odd mince pie this Christmas, and when PT Magazine asked me to write about why I was happy to encourage others to relax a little too.
Click Here to read the Article PDF on why it’s more than ok to eat mince pies this Christmas! http://www.thefitmumformula.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/pt-mag-mince-pies.pdf
Do you enjoy mince pies, yule log or any other Christmas treat? Do you still eat them when trying to lose weight?
What is it like juggling a business you love with kids you love more (but in a different way)?
That’s what I was asked by Devenia Besant of deveniabesant.com , a site dedicated to supporting women in business who are juggling family life at the same time.
How long have you been doing the Hustle and Juggle?
3 1/2 years
What is the Juggle to your Hustle?
I always wanted to be a stay at home Mum and only put my kids in nursery because it was right for them, I’m lucky in that I have that option. Bella (now 4) does 3 mornings only, so fitting work in happens very early morning, often as early as 4am! Then during nursery hours, in the evening, while they’re having their tea, and of course from my phone at every opportunity! That last bit I feel guilty about – but otherwise those little jobs would eat into better quality time with them playing at home, so I guess it’s the better choice of the two.
Tell me more about your business?
I help tired, overworked and frustrated Mums look and feel like their old selves again. My members get both their body and their body confidence back, with a system that not only really works well but can be done within the confines of even the busiest schedule, because it’s all online, open 24/7.
I’m not into quick fixes or cookie cutter plans. That’s not to say my Mums don’t get quick results, but they’re not at the expense of long term ones. What works for one won’t work for another, so I work with each Mum so they learn how to nourish their body in a way that’s perfect for them.
What is your Hustle and Juggle story?
Well for starters I’m typing this from my bed when I’m supposed to be recovering from a nasty stomach bug! I’ve *almost* finished today’s *essential* tasks ha ha.
I think when you want something bad enough, you find a way. I’ve pulled all nighters to get websites launched, conducted live interviews with National radio stations in the loo, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s answered a call with ‘can we schedule a chat for this afternoon, I’m just in a meeting’ when you’re actually at toddler group!
The hardest was my longest ever trip away to America – 4 days including travelling. The kids weren’t bothered at all, in fact they were just really chuffed that Grandma had decided all meals must involve sweets….!
What’s your message to anyone reading this to inspire them to keep going and remain visible?
Always know your ‘why’. Why are you doing what you do? What’s the passion behind it? When you have a meaning and message that can help people, you just want to get it out there.
Also importantly, are you enjoying it? Because life is short and if you’re not happy, do something else. Usually this is very short term; some nights I’m just like, sod it, those email replies can be done tomorrow, it’s time hubby and I indulged in a bit of trashy Netflix before my brain explodes!
Mums weight loss is different to non-Mums, which you’ll have realised as soon as you became a mother and attempted to get back into your pre-baby jeans!
There are certain factors that all personal trainers, nutritionists and weight loss coaches need to be aware of when helping Mums.
Motherhood is a round the clock job; no holidays, no time off for sickness, and many challenges along the way that can really slow progress.
A Mum is sleep deprived.
Mums are stressed.
Mums have access to leftover kids’ food.
At home we’re near our cupboards.
Kids get sick and stay off school.
Our hormones are all over the place.
I was asked by respected fitness industry magazine PT Magazine to advise on how Mums like you need support from professionals like us.
Are there any important factors you think I’ve missed that I need to consider when helping you?
What are your personal struggles? Comment below so that I can help you better.
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What do you need to become and online personal trainer or nutrition coach?
With many trainers (and indeed people in other industries) wanting to transition to the online world, it begs the question, how do I get started?
Working online, via the internet, is not a passive income.
Make no mistake, there are no 4 hour work weeks and money rolling in effortlessly while you alternate between sleeping and sunbathing.
It is, however, a more flexible way of working, giving you the control to fit your work in and around other things in your life, and be able to adapt them to your circumstances.
For example you can take a holiday anytime, you just need to prepare for it, get ahead, set a few things in place.
Many things can be automated or scheduled ahead of time, such as newsletters, blogs, and social media posts.
Outsourcing regular tasks is also another way to create freedom and free up your time to do the things that only you can do. Bookkeeping and accounting are a good place to start – not many people in the fitness industry enjoy those!
Fitness Insurance company Insure4Sport interviewed me about life as a digital personal trainer and weight loss coach.
Read the article by clicking the link below:
Think your IBS symptoms could be stress related? You’re probably right.
“Our emotions and our digestive functions are inextricably linked, because when we are feeling anxious our body releases adrenaline — the ‘fight or flight’ hormone intended to help us deal with stressful situations.
Unfortunately, this adrenaline diverts the blood supply away from the stomach towards our heart and lungs, effectively switching off a digestive system it doesn’t see as critical in times of crisis.
Nutritional therapist Alison Cullen says: ‘This means you’re not producing enough digestive enzymes to help your food travel through the digestive tract and be broken down effectively. It leads to uncomfortable distension of the abdomen and painful inflammation of the gut wall.’”
I was asked about my personal experiences, which show that even people with nutritional knowledge like me aren’t immune from gut problems:
“Yet even with the best diet and relationships, women can also be stricken by terrible stomach aches. The reason? They don’t get enough sleep, as Pollyanna Hale, a mother-of-two and weight-loss coach, from Bosham, West Sussex, can testify.
Pollyanna, 32, who is married to James, 36, a property developer, started suffering stomach aches after her daughter Bella was born in September 2012.
‘With the constant feeds, I averaged five hours sleep a night. I couldn’t nap during the day because I had Bella’s sister, Aurora, then three, to care for.’
Exhausted, she started to suffer from fluctuating constipation and diarrhoea. ‘The more tired and stressed I got the more stomach aches I had. Eating healthily made no difference. I looked so bloated strangers would ask if I was pregnant.’
Tests last summer revealed that she had a bacterial infection in her stomach — common in those who are constantly stressed.”
Read the full article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3757187/Keep-getting-agonising-tummy-aches-STRESS-warn-doctors-seen-rise-high-flying-women-experiencing-stomach-problems.html#ixzz4IKxqkAQc