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I became aware, quite recently, that life has taken on a much faster pace than ever before.

It seems there is more and more to be achieved in less and less time. Faster cars, faster internet, faster travel. We have less time to spend with family, less time to sleep and even less time to eat...

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From Someone Who Knows How it Feels…

From Someone Who Knows How it Feels…

By Alonna Laing.

Farmers feed grain to stock to fatten them.  It fattens humans too.

Luckily stock meet their end before the mid to long-term effects of grain consumption kick in...

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Have Trouble Sleeping on the Road…?

Have Trouble Sleeping on the Road…?

One of the greatest challenges in maintaining a heavy travel schedule, is getting enough quality sleep in order to wake up refreshed and with enough energy to be effective the next day. Of course there are many great techniques you can use to help with this. Whilst passing through Hong Kong last week, I thought I’d jump in front of the camera and share four quick tips that work really well…

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So, When Does the Band Get Here…?

So, When Does the Band Get Here…?

Your Body is one of the most incredibly complex and marvellously capable organisms on the planet, comprising a multitude of functions and systems that ensure everything works and operates in sync. Get it right and you can look forward to many decades of great health, energy and capacity for life.

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“I Don’t Eat Meat – I Eat Fish!”

“I Don’t Eat Meat – I Eat Fish!”

By Anne Laing

We all dream of holidays on tropical beaches, with blazing sun and warm clear waters lapping at our feet. Yet this idyllic scene is coming under increasing threat, as mankind’s impact on the oceans of the world threatens to destroy this wonderful marine environment and ecosystem.

Even now as I run alongside the Thames I see raw sewage discharged and floating off out to sea.

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Why ‘Bums on Seats’ Could Cost You Dearly…

Why ‘Bums on Seats’ Could Cost You Dearly…

By Anne Laing

It never ceases to amaze me how ‘health and safety’ these days is more about preventing people doing foolish things to themselves, and almost nothing by comparison about how they can look after their health, improve productivity, earning power and personal longevity at work.

Technology has chained us to our chairs and frozen our bodies. On top of this, inertia takes it toll and we become more and more prone to inactivity.

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Can You Eat Too Much Protein?

Can You Eat Too Much Protein?

Q: I have purchased some protein powder to assist with muscle development and recovery etc., and was wondering if I should be drinking this in a one go or sipping it? Or is there any difference?

A: If you’ve been putting more work in at the gym then, yes, you’ll definitely need to upload more protein.

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Keeping Your Smarts…

Keeping Your Smarts…

It is well known that people who do not feel good about themselves do not perform well.

So what will really boost your brainpower, and what will make you lose your mind?

We are currently in Singapore and Hong Kong at the moment where is it still normal for the indigenous people to eat small meals regularly throughout the working day, and rarely consume any less than six to seven vegetables a day. The rates of obesity here are low and they suffer considerably less incidences of heart disease, cancer, diabetes or dementia.

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“Let Food Be Thy Medicine…”

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine…”

So here’s my impression of what a hospital is for: It’s a place where sick or injured people go to get better. Clearly some of that may mean having tests, an operation or other surgical procedure. Sometimes it’s simply a case of administering medicines and keeping the patient in for observation and recuperation.

But in any case an essential element of enabling a sick person to get well is supplying them with the highest quality nutrition, so the body has all the building blocks with which to recover and restore good health.

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An elephant in the room, called ‘Eating Habits’

An elephant in the room, called ‘Eating Habits’

By Anne Laing

News: “Doctors should use cholesterol-lowering statin drugs more widely to prevent heart attacks and strokes, according to Britain’s healthcare cost-effectiveness watchdog”.

Comment: Would it not be cheaper to prevent the causes of high cholesterol, than to mass medicate? Despite what the pharmaceutical companies tell us (yes the same Big Pharma that has been exposed this week for influencing NHS policies), the cost to the country of supplying the nation with statin drugs runs into hundreds of millions of pounds, and may, in the long run, cost more lives and misery than they save.

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A Proven Formula That Will Never Change…

A Proven Formula That Will Never Change…

By Anne Laing

With the London marathon looming ever closer, and for those of you who simply love exercise, I want to remind you of an old, yet very persistent, myth….

“As long as you’re training hard, it does not matter what you eat.”

Realistically, there is just no way that someone can train hard on a poor diet, and still keep their health – even those who say they can do it through having good genetics!

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Plastic, Not-So Fantastic….!

Plastic, Not-So Fantastic….!

By Anne Laing:

On any given day in the City….

Many people start the day by scooping their processed cereals from a plastic bag into a plastic bowl, and soak it with milk poured from a plastic container.

They then follow up by squeezing toothpaste from a plastic tube onto a plastic toothbrush, and scrubbing it around their mouth.

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The 5:2 Diet

The 5:2 Diet

By Anne Laing:

Here’s the thing: something like the 5:2 diet may be popular for the average Joe Blob, but if you are eating a poorly balanced diet (and from observing hundreds and hundreds of food logs, 95% of people do), then going from a lot of rubbish down to only 600 calories of the same rubbish is not going to make much difference to your long term health or weight prospects. Something has to change about the composition of your intake.

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Fuel Your Weight Loss With Colour…

Fuel Your Weight Loss With Colour…

By Anne Laing:

The latest overwhelming evidence now links obesity with malnutrition!

We all respond to colour at an emotional level; a vivid blue sky, a bright red sports car, or a rich green forest – and there are good reasons for this. Colours are primal signals that help us survive and thrive on this planet, but they also balance our body, mind and emotions.

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Keeping an Eye on Your No.1 Asset

Keeping an Eye on Your No.1 Asset

By: Anne Laing

Why is it that as executives or entrepreneurs we are willing to invest our money, time and attention on the maintenance of our cars, properties or businesses, yet rarely invest the same amount of time or effort into the condition of our bodies?

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You Wouldn’t Do THIS, Would You..?

You Wouldn’t Do THIS, Would You..?

So Why Take a Risk With Your Health..?

Cancers, gut disorders, allergies, learning disabilities and fertility problems – just to name a few – are on the rise. Funnily enough, so are toxic chemicals in our food chain… Go figure.

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Your Ultimate Power Source…

Your Ultimate Power Source…

By Anne Laing –
I was going to skip my daily gym workout yesterday afternoon. We had already walked hills planting trees, plus it was cold and I had computer work to catch up on.

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Sleep: Why All The Fuss..?

Sleep: Why All The Fuss..?

By Anne Laing

– We know that sleep deprivation affects concentration and reaction time, but did you also know that your memory is affected, your emotions go haywire, and levels of your fat-regulating hormone leptin decrease whilst increasing the hunger hormone ghrelin?

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Soy, & Why You Should Avoid It

Soy, & Why You Should Avoid It

In this recent article by Sally Fallon & Mary G. Enig, Ph.D. it’s revealed why the propaganda that has created the soy sales miracle is all the more remarkable because, only a few decades ago, the soybean was considered unfit to eat – even in Asia!

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The Power Of Beetroot!

The Power Of Beetroot!

By Anne Laing
In a recent study conducted by Professor Andy Jones of Exeter University (Pub. Journal of Applied Physiology) it was found that BEETROOT JUICE increased stamina by making muscles more fuel-efficient.

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Exercise Won’t Make Up For A Bad Diet…

Exercise Won’t Make Up For A Bad Diet…

By Tim Bean

It was personally interesting to me to hear Bill Clintons address on CNN recently about child obesity. It his address he reflected on his own lifelong battle with weight, but said that he had always been very active and done lots of exercise.

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Vegetarians In The Wild…

Vegetarians In The Wild…

It might not be as healthy as it’s cracked up to be… By Anne Laing
I absolutely agree with the moral reasons to go vegetarian/vegan because increasingly the commercialised production of our animals is appalling in this over-consumptive world.

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Too Busy To Eat Lunch?

Too Busy To Eat Lunch?

By Tim Bean

When would you consider it more important to work hardest on taking the best care of yourself – when things are tough and stressful, or when things are easy and cushy?

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Why Butter Is Better

Why Butter Is Better

Adapted from an article by Dr J Mercola

Are you still shunning butter from your diet? You can stop today because butter can be a very healthy part of your diet..

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Sweat The Small Stuff!

Sweat The Small Stuff!

By Anne Laing
Successful people make fundamental decisions over and over every day.  These are decisions that aren’t necessarily major or dramatic in their execution, but rather in their effect – small things, but things that are important in principle nonetheless.

 

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How Are You Training Your Child?

How Are You Training Your Child?

By Anne Laing

Repeated exposure builds taste preferences.  Children fed unhealthy foods learn through repetition to prefer them.
Many pre-schoolers are now easily able to recognise fast-food and fizzy drink brand images before they can even read!

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Alcohol, Schmalcohol

Alcohol, Schmalcohol

By Tim Bean

New research from the Boston University Medical Centre in the US reveals what many of us have known for some time: even just a couple of glasses of wine a day can pose a serious long-term threat to your health (Metro, 16.02.11).

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The Bacteria You Just Can’t Do Without!

The Bacteria You Just Can’t Do Without!

By Anne Laing
Just as a healthy garden needs healthy soil, so our bodies need healthy diverse bacteria.

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Are You Showing Your Age?

Are You Showing Your Age?

By Anne Laing

Scientists have finally confirmed what insomniacs, new parents and jet-lagged travellers have known for years; a bad night’s sleep will inevitably show on your face!

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Running The Stack

Running The Stack

By Anne Laing

One of the main reasons 95% of the population gains all or more of their weight back within one year of losing it, is because they don’t train with weights…

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Create Your Best Body For Ageing

Create Your Best Body For Ageing

By Anne Laing

Which would you rather look like? Which looks healthier?

Let’s start with a bit of straight talking. Getting healthy and staying healthy takes work. You live in a body that was designed to work hard, yet you live in a world where strenuous work is discouraged.

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Weight Off Your Mind

Weight Off Your Mind

Guest Feature Article:

(Published in The Guardian, Wed 18 June, 2014):
Making time for exercise and healthy eating doesn’t just benefit your health. As Guy Clapperton finds out, there are compelling business reasons for staying in shape too…

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