SIBO is small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, which interferes with healthy digestive and absorption processes. With SIBO, malabsorption of nutrients, particularly fat-soluble vitamins and iron are common. The bacterium actually consumes some of the foods and nutrients, leading to unpleasant symptoms, including bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue, rashes and eczema. This is a chronic condition and as we age the … Continue reading What is SIBO?
Let's talk sugar. This has to be the biggest betrayal of my life. 12 teaspoons of hidden sugar in my typical lunch time meal from a well known "health" chain. 12! When you learn to read labels, and understand them i.e. 1 teaspoon of sugar is roughly equivalent to 3.5g of sugar on a label, … Continue reading Sugar demon cure
What are you feeling deprived of? On a scale of 1-10 (low-high), how do you feel about the following: Sleep Time to yourself/ Freedom Physical/ Mental energy Emotional support Love Friendship Career opportunities. So, with a little clarity, what next? -You ask why. Anyone can develop an unconscious habit of self deprivation. Usually it results from a childhood trauma. Ask … Continue reading Don’t tolerate deprivation, make a plan
Although I'm not for want of information about how to stay well in winter, it's wading through all there is, and knowing the right things to do, for me. Having had the flu and a subsequent cold in the space of 2 months, I've been seriously lax in keeping myself well this season! So, in my sheer annoyance at the second bout of … Continue reading Staying well in winter
Writing a journal has been two things for me. In my teenage years it was an emotional outlet, a way to pacify overwhelming emotions, stress and anxiety, because I was badly bullied at school for 3 long years. After that period had passed, I read some of the pages back at random, and it gave me … Continue reading Journaling to pacify
Rumination is over-thinking or obsessing about situations or life events, such as work or relationships. The constant replay of a stressful event, or rather the story we tell ourselves about that event, entrenches a false belief that makes us think there is a real danger, and distorts how we think and feel - that self-talk that stress sets off. … Continue reading The self care antidote to rumination
Numerous factors can equate to feelings of being overloaded, tired and stressed. Because I can't relate to this from a family management perspective, I'm coming at this from a work angle. As Director of my team, I see the added value in helping them prioritise their work, being there to listen, and genuinely seeking the best for them day … Continue reading Take charge of that full plate of yours
Taking care of yourself. Simple. But when we’re busy and overwhelmed, a small reprieve can often feel like an indulgence. Your physical, mental and emotional health should be a priority, not a luxury. Ironically, self care is usually the first thing to go when we have a lot on. If you've forgotten what it means to take care of yourself, I … Continue reading Self care design