Happy New Year!
This month I have some great advice to help your body recover from the christmas ‘overload’.
I hope you have all had a wonderful festive few weeks. During the Christmas period we went away for a couple of days and before I left a friend asked me if I exercise whilst on holiday…..YES it’s probably the time when I enjoy exercise the most. I went for early morning walks / jogs along the beach, practiced aqua yoga in the pool and played golf with my son…..so the next time you are away try your chosen exercise in a different environment. I love to practice yoga in the pool, its refreshing and nvigor8ing – why not give it a go next time you are in a pool? Click on one of the shots below to open the photo:
I would like to begin 2014 with some tips for keeping healthy during the winter months.
Classes during January and February will concentrate on:
BALANCE BONES & BREATH
To balance the body from the outside to the inside. I am bringing focus to the PH levels in our bodies, trying to establish a healthy state within and release more energy and vitality. We will strengthen the body using breath throughout the class and I hope to encourage you to nourish your body from within by feeding you with some nutritional knowledge every month via my newsletter. Please do ask any questions before or after class if you want to learn more.
- Green Tea
- Alkaline Diet
JANE’S TOP TIPS FOR JANUARY – create an ALKALINE BODY!
Aim to get at least 8 hours of sleep and hit your bed by 10pm. With sufficient rest your immune system will stay strong. Without it your immune system will be compromised and the desire for exercise will decrease!!!! ARGH!
Stay hydrated – during the cold winter months opt for herbal teas instead of water if you are cold. There are a large range of wonderful teas and I will be offering some free samples of my favourites during the first classes of January.
Drinking green tea with lemon will help boost your antioxidant levels.
Ginger is an ancient treasured spice, it is suggested that ginger can be used for many ailments. Try adding a little piece of ginger to your green tea and of course use it in abundance in your cooking.
Eat an alkaline diet to help your blood ph levels stay slightly alkaline. It takes work for our bodies to stay within the correct levels and the more acidic our diet the more we work against our bodies efforts. So, if you are eating what you think is a healthy diet yet still feeling tired you may need to fine tune your eating patterns. I am studying ph levels this year so if you would like more advice please let me know.
Try simple breathing exercise once or twice a day to give your body a huge helping hand in removing acids. It allows you to stop, focus your mind, visualize and relax, which can also be alkalizing.
Sit comfortably, close your eyes and follow this simple breathing pattern:
1. Breathe in for the count of 4.
2. Hold for a count of 5.
3. Breathe out for a count of 6.
4. Repeat 10 times.
EAT AN ALKALINE DIET
I am often asked by clients how they can ‘shift’ some weight. I have never ventured into this side of the fitness industry … until NOW.
To me a ‘diet’ is the food that an individual consumes, not something you are ‘on’ for a couple of weeks! I believe that you should feed your body to fuel the muscles and your mind – I always want a refreshed mind and energised body to fulfill all my desires during the day, so I need to feed it with the correct fuel!
This is not about starting a ‘diet’ and is not as difficult or as technical as it sounds. Starting an alkaline diet is not about counting calories or losing weight (although you probably will), more about consuming those foods and drink which have an alkaline effect on the body. And this will in turn boost your health, vitality and well being.
This effect is based upon the mineral content of the food and therefore the alkaline or acid effect this has on the pH of the body. Some foods have an acidifying effect (usually those containing sugars, dairy, preservatives, sweeteners, chemicals etc), whereas others have an alkaline effect.
Conveniently for us, it just so happens that the foods that contain alkaline minerals (and leave an alkaline effect) are all the foods we already know are good for us: low sugar foods, fresh alkaline vegetables, nuts, seeds, salads, sea vegetables, water rich foods etc.
And for the foods that contain minerals that have an acidic effect? You guessed it, sweets, alcohol, meats, dairy, pizza, cola, biscuits, chips, white breads and pastas, refined foods, processed foods etc.
Of course, everybody is different – but most of us should aim to eat 70-80% alkaline forming foods and a maximum of 20-30% acid forming foods.
TOP ALKALINE TIPS
- Less Fruit
- Weight loss
Lemons, while containing citric acid have a very high content of the strongly alkaline minerals potassium, magnesium and sodium. It is basically about what effect the food has on the body once consumed rather than it’s acidity or alkalinity in its natural state.These minerals have a very alkalising effect on the body.
Fruits should be treated as a treat, or ‘emergency food’. Better than a chocolate bar, yes, but the sugar content of fruit makes it actually quite acidifying. You really need to avoid all sugar, whether it is fructose, sucrose, glucose (anything ending in -ose). They all have the same effect on the body – sugar is sugar is sugar, no matter where you get it from and fruit is absolutely packed with it.
Here’s my quick and easy list of the foods to aim for if you want to be super-alkalising:
– Green grasses – such as wheatgrass & barley grass
– Green leafy veg – such as spinach, rocket & watercress
– Any other salad, vegetable or high-water content, low sugar food!
Just think big bowls of salad and big plates of veggies!
The body is alkaline by design and one of the most common symptoms of being over-acid is weight gain. When you’re over acid your body both hang onto fat to protect your major organs, and is also unable to process the excess fat from the acids you consume. When you start to alkalise you quickly shred through this fat.
There is some complex science behind this, but if you consider that on a daily basis you are going to be consuming loads of fresh, raw salads, vegetables, nuts, seeds, healthy fats etc. and be totally hydrated, while at the same time consuming zero sugar, chocolate, crisps, sweets, alcohol etc. it is pretty clear to see that you can loose weight.