Posts Tagged ‘healthy eating’

It is of little surprise to anyone who pays attention to what they eat (if I ever neglect to eat properly I find my tempter shortens very quickly) but here’s more evidence to support the importance of a healthy diet As a mum, I am particularly concerned about the food choices we make at home and how this will impact my children and so am very conscious of what they eat regularly. It’s also a difficult balancing act to let them try process food (when out/ at parties etc) to demystify it without it becoming something they are allowed too often.

Eating a diet high in processed food increases the risk of depression, research suggests. What is more, people who ate plenty of vegetables, fruit and fish actually had a lower risk of depression, the University College London team found.

Data on diet among 3,500 middle-aged civil servants was compared with depression five years later, the British Journal of Psychiatry reported. The team said the study was the first to look at the UK diet and depression. “ The UK population is consuming less nutritious, fresh produce and more saturated fats and sugars ” Dr Andrew McCulloch, Mental Health Foundation

They split the participants into two types of diet – those who ate a diet largely based on whole foods, which includes lots of fruit, vegetables and fish, and those who ate a mainly processed food diet, such as sweetened desserts, fried food, processed meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy products. After accounting for factors such as gender, age, education, physical activity, smoking habits and chronic diseases, they found a significant difference in future depression risk with the different diets. Those who ate the most whole foods had a 26% lower risk of future depression than those who at the least whole foods. By contrast people with a diet high in processed food had a 58% higher risk of depression than those who ate very few processed foods.

Mediterranean diet

Although the researchers cannot totally rule out the possibility that people with depression may eat a less healthy diet they believe it is unlikely to be the reason for the findings because there was no association with diet and previous diagnosis of depression. Study author Dr Archana Singh-Manoux pointed out there is a chance the finding could be explained by a lifestyle factor they had not accounted for. “There was a paper showing a Mediterranean diet was associated with a lower risk of depression but the problem with that is if you live in Britain the likelihood of you eating a Mediterranean diet is not very high. So we wanted to look at bit differently at the link between diet and mental health.”

It is not yet clear why some foods may protect against or increase the risk of depression but scientists think there may be a link with inflammation as with conditions such as heart disease. Dr Andrew McCulloch, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, said: “This study adds to an existing body of solid research that shows the strong links between what we eat and our mental health. Major studies like this are crucial because they hold the key to us better understanding mental illness.” He added people’s diets were becoming increasingly unhealthy. “The UK population is consuming less nutritious, fresh produce and more saturated fats and sugars. We are particularly concerned about those who cannot access fresh produce easily or live in areas where there are a high number of fast food restaurants and takeaways.”

Margaret Edwards, head of strategy at the mental health charity SANE, said: “Physical and mental health are closely related, so we should not be too surprised by these results, but we hope there will be further research which may help us to understand more fully the relationship between diet and mental health.”

Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/health/8334353.stm


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weight_lossSome people decide to take a break from their weight loss / healthy eating programmes for the Christmas festivities. Others still take their products but ALSO eat and drink to excess …. and then wonder why they have put on weight! Whatever you did, the key is to “get back on the horse” straight away otherwise your old habits can get a chance to re-establish themselves and then it’s more difficult to get started again in the new year.

If you’re following one of our Herbalife programmes it’s really easy to get back on track – simply go back to basics and follow the directions of your Coach PROPERLY! You will lose weight again  in no time – unless you (a) cheat, (b) take medication that causes weight-gain, (c) get pregnant and have to stop your weight loss! Assuming the last two are not an issue, you just  need to not cheat!!!!

Here are questions to ask yourself  when getting back on track.

  • Are you having your 2 shakes every day?
  • Are you having ALL your vitamins, minerals & herbs 3 times a day (or as directed)?
  • Are you sipping Thermo Green Tea Boost throughout the day?
  • Are you drinking enough water (2 litres per day)?
  • Are you avoiding alcohol??????????
  • Are you snacking too much?
  • Are you eating one healthy balanced main meal (including a range of colourful fruits & veg)?

Generally, the answers to these questions will tell you exactly why your weight loss isn’t on track. Speak to your Personal Herbalife Coach and agree a new “Day 1” and new realistic goals then get going!

Remember to measure and weigh/ take a body composition reading on your first day back on the programme and report back to your Coach – if you are exercising, remember that you may find the weight isn’t as noticeable as the cms so body composition and measurements are more effective than weighing alone!!!

If you haven’t yet started a programme but would like to, please feel free to contact us for a personal consultation or browse our store to order online today!


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I am thrilled to be able to share with you a progress update on Emma C & Paul who are half way to their December Wedding and have completely changed their lifestyles since January when they started using Herbalife Weight Loss Programmes and taking regular exercise.

There are so many before and after pictures to choose from, I didn’t know which to pick so here is a small selection! (more…)

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As you may have seen from my earlier post, I was in Manchester this weekend to attend the Herbalife UK & Ireland Spring Spectacular. I feel truly honoured to have spent the weekend with so many incredible distributors who are really making huge contributions to the people they are able to touch through their Herbalife businesses – not only their clients and of course their own families but also in their communities and beyond.

There were a number of times I had to hold back tears – and once or twice that I couldn’t!! (more…)

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The week 9 results from our bride-and-groom-to-be are in.

Paul and Emma continue to exercise, eat healthily (mostly) and follow their Herbalife nutrition programmes. Like everyone, they’ve had good days and bad, and do find it more of a challenge when they are eating out a lot or tempted by hot cross buns and birthday cake (!) but it really is worth while.


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  • Vanilla formula 1 shake powder – 2 scoops
  • Personalised Protein Powder (optional) – as directed
  • 1 small banana
  • 250 ml pineapple juice
  • small handful of sunflower seeds

Blend all ingredients together and enjoy – especially good after a heavy workout!

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The Robinsons have had great results again this week. This is the rather excited email I got from them:

“Yayyyy……we have lost weight ….. and we’re both at our lightest for ever, since we were born* we will do photos and do weighing next Tuesday.”


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