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Metabolic Balance and PCOS

May 27, 2010

Did you know that the Metabolic Balance programme is great for any women suffering from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)?

One of the main problems of PCOS is a disordered insulin metabolism, which makes it easier to gain weight weight and more difficult to lose it.  Other issues include hirsutism (increased facial hair) and sometimes poor skin condition.  Because the Metabolic Balance programme helps balance the biochemistry behind your metabolism, it can be a great help for many of these not so pleasant side effects of having PCOS.  So not only will you find it much easier to control your weight, but you could also get support for the excess facial hair and get a better looking skin.

If you suffer from PCOS and would like to improve your hormonal health, perhaps to conceive, or to feel better and lose weight, do get in touch with us and book in for a free initial consultation.

Elevate mood with blue green algae

May 23, 2010

Phenylethylamine (PEA) is a neuromodulator or neurotransmitter in the brain.  It has a positive effect on mood and is commonly known as the ‘love molecule’ as it has been identified as one of the chemicals associated with falling in love.  Recent research indicates that PEA levels increase with moderate exercise and may cause the euphoric mood or ‘runners high’ associated with exercise.  PEA is also found in chocolate and is believed to produce chocolates positive effects on mood.

As well as being found in foods such as chocolate, PEA is also found in a particular strain of blue green algae, known as Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA).  The levels of PEA in AFA are many times greater than in chocolate, and numerous studies have shown PEA to be effective in helping to elevate mood.  PEA can therefore be useful in a nutrition programme designed to help individuals to overcome depression, as well as eating disorders, where a reduced levels of the feel-good neurotransmitters are observed. 

If you suffer from low mood, depression or an eating disorder then please do contact us at one of our London nutrition clinics to discuss how we can help you.


The Nutrition Coach at The Spirit Of Summer Fair, Olympia, London

May 21, 2010

We have just had a really fun week doing an event at Olympia in London – We were at the Spirit of Summer Fair – and we were there to talk to the public and to do a series of workshops on Getting a Summer body!  At The Nutrition Coach we have two different approaches to Weight loss – One is our Dump The Diet Programme, which is for those of you who are sick of yo-yo dieting and want to get off that treadmill forever.  It is about knowing what to do, and having a coach (usually me Kate) taking you through it.  I love delivering this course (by the way we do it one on one and also in groups) – it covers what I call “dieting metality” too – ie the “head” reasons as to why we dont apply something we know would really improve our lives.  It is more of a broadbrush stroke approach and we deliver it over a time span of three months so as to make new habits a part of daily life.  I call it a Forever Diet!  Our other approach, The Metabolic Programme is a based on a blood test and is more precise in terms of how you apply it (weighing food for example) it is great for those of you who have seriously tried to lose weight but cant whatever you do!

At the Fair – Sanna and I gave a number of talks on our two different approaches!  Here is Sanna on the podium delivering her stuff!

Metabolic Programme -Sanna doing her stuff at The Spirit of Summer Fair

Metabolic Programme -Sanna doing her stuff at The Spirit of Summer Fair

Metabolic Balance, the perfect bikini diet

May 20, 2010
Sanna Anderson talking about the Metabolic Balance

Sanna Anderson talking about the Metabolic Balance

Last week we were asked to come and talk about the Metabolic Balance programme at The Spirit of the Summer Fair in Olympia.  Amidst the loveliest beach wear and sandals it was great talking to people about their weight loss goals.  The warm weather brings with itself less clothing, and more attention the extra curves often accumulated over the winter months.

I have spoken to so many women who have been frustrated by various different weight loss programmes that haven’t helped them achieve their goals.  Or worse still, they’ve achieved their goal, only to put the weight back on in a very short space of time, plus some!

The difference with Metabolic Balance programme is that it is not only tailor made to your individual needs, but it also addresses many of the underlying biochemical and hormonal issues that can have an impact on weight loss.   For me as a nutritionist, the best part of the programme is the fact that it teaches the participants how to eat healthy foods that suit their individual metabolism.  I’m not a great fan of meal replacements or overly restrictive diets.  Once you’ve achieved your target weight after these types of diets, it’s often really difficult to integrate back into real life and work out how to eat to sustain your weight loss.

Metabolic Balance makes the re-integration easy, and therefore is much more successful for sustained weight loss than many other programmes.  If you’d like to find out more, get in touch and book in for a free consultation to help assess your suitability for the programme.

Food, mood and mental health

May 14, 2010

What we eat very much affects how we feel and our state of mind.  The importance of eating enough food, and the right types of food, is clearly demonstrated by a study carried out by Keys et al back in 1950.  In the study, 32 healthy male volunteers were put on a semi-starvation diet for three months.  The diet included an intake of 1,600 calories per day and was high in carbohydrates, but low in protein and low in fat.  In addition, the volunteers were asked to undertake lots of exercise over the course of the three months.

The findings of this study showed that the volunteers not only developed the physical changes that were expected with the restricted diet, but they also developed psychiatric symptoms similar to those of patients with eating disorders.  This highlights that eating sufficient quantities of food, and the right foods, is essential for optimal mental health. 

More recent research indicates that prolonged dieting may be a trigger for developing disordered eating patterns.  This study by Keys backs up the idea that restrictive diets could indeed be a trigger in the development of disordered eating, as normal thought processes and mental health may become impaired.

If you suffer from disordered eating patterns, please do contact us to discuss your personal situation, or book a nutrition appointment to see us in one of our London clinics.


Eating disorders and the zinc link

May 10, 2010

The idea that nutrient deficiencies could play a part in the development and treatment of eating disorders was first put forward in 1979.  Of particular interest was the mineral zinc, as researchers noticed that the symptoms of anorexia and zinc deficiency were very similar in a number of respects.  The symptoms of both zinc deficiency and anorexia for example include: loss of appetite, amenorrhoea, nausea, mal-absorption, weight loss, depression and anxiety.

Since that time, a number of double-blind trials have shown that those with anorexia are at a high risk of zinc deficiency and that zinc supplementation may be beneficial in treatment.  Zinc supplementation has been shown to help decrease depression and anxiety and trials by Dr Carl Birmingham have demonstrated that the rate of increase in body mass of anorexics supplementing with zinc is greater than that of anorexics supplementing with a placebo.

These studies show the important role that nutrition plays in the treatment of eating disorders, and the importance of assessing the intake of micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals) as well as the macro-nutrients (fats, proteins and carbohydrates) in restoring health.

If you suffer from an eating disorder, or disordered eating patterns, feel free to contact us to discuss your personal situation, or book a nutrition appointment to see us in one of our London clinics.


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