#ProjectHealthyAdventurer – The Spa You Need To Visit – Beyond Escapes UK

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So if you don’t know by now I’m working incredibly hard on 2 projects… #ProjectBecomeGoodAtShit and #ProjectHealthyAdventurer and I guess you could argue that the following hits both of these projects kinda well.

Last Thursday I was invited to head down to Beyond Escapes near Totnes to experience the BE Relaxed package at their BE You Spa and Gym. Now, they weren’t lying when they call it relax – having been back in the UK for less than 48hrs and jet lag hitting me hard, this kind of evening was exactly what I needed. I’m attempting to become more relaxed (#ProjectBecomeGoodAtShit) and I’m wanting to do as much exploring as possible (#ProjectHealthyAdventurer.)

We were welcomed by a stunning old building next to a beautiful modern spa, both complimenting each other and the countryside setting. We were taken down to the spa and greeted with robes, slippers and that clean, fresh spa smell – yano the type that relaxes you just by breathing?

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I wanted to experience everything at Beyond Escapes, so much to mum’s disappointment I took her, myself and my new Daisy & Co. outfit into their gym that looked out across the incredible views of the countryside and onto the sea. The gym was cosy and had everything you needed for a good circuit workout. A quick sweat and mum and I were both ready to chill.. I mean I do have jet lag after all.

We were so lucky with the gorg autumn weather because we slipped into the hydropool. Did you know that these types of pools help reduce muscle pain and tightness, and help relieve stress while boosting the immune system?

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Anyway…. we chatted about my trip to Australia and my future plans. If you know me, I’m someone that loves to be working on something, heading towards something and I love to be focused. So we chatted and laughed until mum decided it was time to steam and sauna.

 The sauna and steam rooms has my skin in a little tizz of excitement. Australia and the flights made me have really bad blocked pores, especially hormonal ones so a good 10 mins each and we were hot, sweaty and very smug about how nice this will make our skin. I’m going to try make steam and saunas a more regular thing. 6pm came and we headed upstairs for our Lava Shells Relax Massage and sweet Jesus, I’m 90% sure mum and I got put into a coma.

Now, I´m quite the serial massage receiver (if that’s even a thing) and I’ve been through my fair share of being beaten up, tickled and a few have actually been OK – much to the girls’ amusement when we were chatting after the massage. These hot shells were used across my body sending me into deep relaxation and my mum snoring… although she will prob deny this. The girls went on to explain how the shells promote circulation and the importance of getting enough water because it flushes out toxins – exactly what I needed post flight.

The package also came with £10 off any Elemis product, I purchased the lavender toner – a spray that is good for hydrating the skin and great for breakouts too. Along with the steam room this brought out all of my blocked pores and my skin is clearing up amazingly. It feels so nice on my skin and that lavender smell is unreal.

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Heading back to the gorgeous changing rooms we went upstairs for dinner in the BE Tempted Restaurant. It was quiet and extremely personal, the staff were genuinely lush and the salmon dinner I had? Even better. With this package you get a 2 course meal and as I´m more of a starter and main girl, I went for the calamari and salmon… I was so so full but they couldn’t let us leave until we had at least tried the brownie. I was like huh? As they brought out the sample size… as I took a bite I knew exactly what they meant, it was absolutely gorgeous and I wish I was joking but I think next time I go I´m going to have to pay the extra and attempt all 3 courses…. Man vs food coming up. They change their menus seasonally and often have specials too, like the World Vegan Day menu which will be available from 1st– 7thNovember.

Like I said I was lucky enough to be invited to this experience but this was genuinely one of the best spa experiences I ever had and genuinely can´t wait to head back. I’m really interested in trying their other packages, like the morning or afternoon one… You can see what they have on offer here.

They currently have some Mani-Mondays offers and also their Friday Facial which you can see more of here too.

If you want to see more about my evening with Beyond Escapes I’ve also vlogged it which you can see here…

Lots of love

Chlo

www.beyondescapes.co.uk

@beyondescapesuk

 

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Things Australia Taught Me

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I guess it’s that time again. I’m on a long haul flight home after my second most incredible trip this year.

I have to say I think this trip may have taken the title for best trip I’ve ever had which after Thailand I didn’t think was going to happen – although I will argue that each trip was the best for very different reasons. Thailand, I was able to put lots to be bed and find out who I was, while this trip I was able to grow even more and work out even deeper who I was.

On every trip I go deep into my thoughts and my visions because often at home I struggle to find the time too.

I often spend a lot of time focused on my future, where I want to be and where I want to go/what’s next for me – I love doing this as it really motivates me for when I’m home. I originally came out to Aus to explore the health and fitness industry and let me tell you – I very much did that! I’ve eaten incredible food, been on amazing runs and completely fallen in love with the place & the Aussie lifestyle… I now have some really exciting ideas in mind of what I want to achieve now and what parts of their amazing lifestyle I want to bring back with me. Examples: more plant based eating, exercising outside, early mornings.

Coming out to Australia made me realise that at the start of summer I was basically living this lifestyle so it’s inspired me to get back to that kind of life… I’m not that much of a party girl, don’t get me wrong when I party – I can… but I’m really sensitive and it takes a lot for me to recover. It effects me in more ways than one & It’s not really something I want to have in my life.

I’ve learnt a few things this trip, things like I ACTUALLY AM GOOD WITH DIRECTIONS! And I’m really good at taking control when I need too.

In the past I’ve been told I’ve been awful with directions and I’m ‘ditsy’ and although the ditsy part may be true in some aspects I’ve actually really surprised myself that my sense of direction was sick (Ask Kate if you don’t believe me)… btw this goes for driving too if any of my family are reading this! I’ve been told that I’m quite a good driver actually! but this has nothing to do with Australia because this dosey cow left her driving licence at home – did I mention I’m not actually ditsy? haaaa.

I’ve learnt I’m actually so up for an adventure and I’m a bit of a Dora the Explorer. I want to explore culture and I have a sense of urgency to make sure I see everything in the short amount of time I was there. I love to explore and was researching every place we went too about what we needed to see. I was conscious of the fact that we were only there for a few days so I just had to make sure I saw everything – partly because everyone we met told us 3 weeks wasn’t long enough… WELL WE SHOWED THEM!… btw did I mention I’m not competitive?

ok… yeah I’m totally competitive. I wanted to do every walk and every run I went on I wanted to do it faster than the day before. I had so much get up and go that I definitely didn’t stop even when my body told me too. This is something I’ve always struggled with, I can often tune out of my body and just keep going and although this is sometimes beneficial I learnt that my energy levels don’t gradually decrease when I’m not listening to me body, they jump… I’m really really good and then bam I’m dead.

Australia found my love for moving my body and eating nourishing foods without the need for calorie counting, calorie burning or focus around protein. I fell back in love with the fresh air runs and how good fresh food makes me feel.

I read 3 (on my 4th) amazing books and they took me to some dark places. It made me realise that I had suffered from a potential eating disorder and that my obsession with exercise was definitely worse that I first thought. I read ‘Body Positive Power’ by Megan Crabbe and Mel wells’ book The Goddess Revolution and it really opened my eyes to the culture I had been swamped with for the past few years. That culture being diet culture. I want to save the details for a few more posts but one big thing I’ve done this trip is make the decision to step away from 1-2-1 personal training at Winners.

I want to be able to help as many people as possible to feel the energy and the feel good feelings I get when I move my body and eat well. I want people to have a happy mindset that they are able to go and live their life with the greatest fulfilment.

That they are able to use their strong body and healthy insides to achieve everything they want to achieve. I realised it was my time to step away from helping people change their bodies for aesthetics. It doesn’t sit right with me people coming to see me to lose a couple inches because ‘that’s when they will love themselves’.

Self love comes from the inside, people are so much more than how they look and I felt I was contributing to the diet culture that ruined my mental health and gave me obsessions that I’ve had to work so hard to get out of.

It definitely doesn’t mean I’m turning my back on the industry – defo defo not! I’ve been working on a few things over the past few months and this has just given me the motivation I needed to really push through for those ideas to happen. I want to reach more of you and help more females find empowerment and love for having a healthy and strong body. I want young girls to grow up realising their worth and their abilities when they are strong and healthy – both body and mind. So please bare with me, but I am currently working n creating.

#ProjectBecomeGoodAtShit will definitely come back now I’m home – to me that’s why I move my body, I want to become good at stuff instead of chasing that ideal body I did for so many years when I was younger.

#ProjectHealthyAdventurer, my latest project is going to be in full swing with more things booked in and more opportunities coming my way – the best place to see this is probably my instagram @chlohodgkinson … but I might use it as an opportunity to get back vlogging on youtube if enough people are interested.

A big thing for me this trip was my connection to the universe. This may freak some people out so if you’re not into spirituality maybe skip this bit? haha.

I’ve felt a real connection with who I am and a real guidance on what I’m meant to be doing in this world. I realised I’m a lot more hippie and spiritual than I first thought and I love it! I saw Treena in Sydney- the lady I sat next to on my flight home from Thailand. A psychic and life coach who gave me a reading and guidance on my life. I feel I have a bit of a calling to make a change to society when it comes to health and fitness and just to freak you all out – I now take a gypsy juice every morning and every evening – basically flower essences that will help me. – did I mention I’m a proper hippie nutter? haaalp.

Australia has also made me realise that I’m a worrier. If everything is going well, I’ll try to find something that isn’t and will focus my energy on that. Treena has helped me see different perceptions on this and this is something I really want to focus on.

Australia made me realise I love affection but often struggle to give it, I’ve realised I’m a big kid that loves any type of game and I also like things to be black and white. I’m not good when there isn’t a definite answer. I’m not a big fan of the grey areas in life which often means I’m an all or nothing person … must keep working on that ‘balance’ shit.

Australia made me realise a complete different perspective on previous experiences. Ones that I had once viewed as completely negative I no longer did. This isn’t the platform to share that as it’s a bit too personal but this hit hard. You know when you see something completely differently & that’s really really hard to deal with – I try not to be a ‘what if’ person, but I have to be honest I’ve thought that a lot this trip.

I learnt I’m a bit of a people pleaser and am often happy to forget about myself and my own likes & dislikes to keep others happy – as much as I love to give, I’m going home ready to stay align with my true self.

I’ve learnt I’m no longer scared of snakes, reptiles, the sea or storms. I learnt that finding vegan places to eat even in Aus is bloody hard. I learnt that walking 25000+steps hurts my hips. I learnt that yoga is the answer to most things. But most of all I learnt that you can be complete opposites to someone yet have the deepest connection too.

Kate, If you read this, thank you. Thank you for the very very best trip and one I will never forget. Thank you for the matching tattoo and thank you for being so understanding when I need some alone time (I recharge by myself, I’m what I would describe as a extroverted introvert). Thank you for opening my eyes to vegan food and for answering all my questions when I’ve challenged you about it. Thank you for being the polar opposite to me and open my eyes to whole a new different perception. Thank you for listening to my stories about mindset and most of all thank you for accepting a spot of spirituality. Thank you for skipping through Sydney CBD when I asked you too, for the deep chats… oh and for hugging that tree when I told you too. Thanks for the laughs, the energy dips and the energy rises, the good food and the adventures but most of all, thanks for being you.

Another trip down, a lot learnt & even more memories created- now for the home stretch and here’s what I’ve got planned:

  • Fit will go live!
  • Focus on myself, my goals and my happiness
  • Yoga will become a weekly thing
  • Reading will become a daily thing
  • I’ll get back running
  • I’ll work on keep my energy levels high
  • I’ll accept emotions rather than suppress them
  • I’ll come off my phone when I’m with my family and friends
  • More adventures to come & I’ll treasure every moment.

Australia you were an absolute blast – thank you, thank you, thank you. Until next time xxxx

I’m in the process of writing the healthy guide to Australia so bare with me.

*My aim is to revisit this in a few months to reflect on this – Feb 2019.

 

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Being OK with Being OK

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You ever look at society and notice how obsessed we are at changing our bodies? Being stressed? Being busy? Working towards something? Ever noticed how society tells us we need to change ourselves?

If you’re a brit you might notice how awful we are at taking compliments or praising ourselves. We are surrounded and shaped by society and cultural norms.

Sometimes this Is a sensible thing, cultural and social norms are put in place to tame our animal instincts, Yano the sort that make us act like ‘wild animals’ which we basically are at the end of the day. So I guess that’s a good thing, like stopping us having sex in the middle of streets or getting run over by cars if we don’t wait for the green man.

I get those rules right, but I don’t get the social norms that tell us we can’t be truly happy with ourselves and who we are.

You ever seen someone oozing confidence and heard someone say they are arrogant?

Or praise themselves and be called stuck up?

Or get a compliment, accept it and someone thinks they are up their own arse?

Or seeing someone having fun when newly single instead of crying into a tub of Ben and Jerry’s?

I don’t know about you but im really really bored with us not being allowed to be OK.

Not allowed to be happy in ourselves because diet culture is swamping us, not allowed to be happy because ‘life is hard and then you die’, not allowed to move our bodies ‘just because’ or eat something ‘just because’, not allowed to love what we do because you ‘work to pay the bills’, not allowed to make our own decisions because society isn’t ready for that yet.

We spend our whole lives making decisions but we don’t often realise some decisions are being made for us by society, trends or big companies that earn the big bucks.

Think about it, everything we do is a decision…It’s always a yes or no and if it’s a maybe then that is a no until you say yes.

Hungry? Yes? You eat. Do you want to go to the cinema? yes, so you go. You’re tired, do you sleep? Yes or no.

So if we spend our whole time making decisions why don’t we make the decision to be happy and comfortable in every decision we make?

That goes for emotions by the way, we decide how we feel. We can decide how angry we get when someone does us wrong, we can decide how sad we get when something comes to an end and we can decide what makes us excited or scared.

Unfortunately, the decisions aren’t as black and white as choosing because we are swamped with social normals and cultures telling us what we should choose to feel and often without us even knowing it.

Who chooses to hate their body? You didn’t consciously choose that, unfortunately diet culture taught us to do that and our subconscious or unconscious mind chose to take it in.

You see, we aren’t always conscious of the decisions we make and that’s why I want to make a change to allow us to make a deeper connection with ourselves and our minds and love ourselves and get to know ourselves so we can take back some confidence and control.

I want you to know that it’s ok to think you look bloody fabulous.

I want you to know that it’s ok to love your job, it’s ok to not be busy and it’s ok to eat that cake.

I want you to know that it’s ok to love what you love and dislike what you dislike but I urge you to make sure that it’s coming from your heart and not from a current trend.

I want you to know that it’s ok to know what’s good for you and express that.

I want you to know that it’s ok to do something different to the rest of those around you – in fact that’s brilliant, that’s what makes humans so amazing – the diversity amongst us.

I want you to know it’s ok to feel sad and to know when you need some extra help and support.

I want you to know it’s ok to do things that make you happy and avoid what makes you feel sad.

I want you to know it’s ok to just do you.

I want you to know that it’s ok to be Ok with who you are and celebrate that.

I urge you to next time someone or something makes you feel in a way that you can’t express yourself or be the true you to sit back and to remember how we make decisions. If someone has upset you, that’s fine… allow yourself to be upset but make the decision on how long for and to what extent.

If you find yourself comparing your life to the instagram famous girls and it’s making you question your body and your happiness… accept the emotion, remember we can make a choice, remember we can make the decision to avoid that feeling and then decide how you will avoid that, can you unfollow them in a way to create more happiness for yourself?

I urge us all to start making the decision to make our own decisions.

Here’s to expressing ourselves, all of our individual weirdness, all of our different shaped bodies and all of our different interests and being absolutely ok with it.

xxx

Signs My Lack of Period Was More Than Just Coming Off The Pill – #ProjectP

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The contraceptive pill, or in fact any contraception can be used for a variety of reasons. The main one obviously being contraception but many go on it to regulate periods, sort hormonal acne, mood swings, PMS etc etc.

I was on it primarily for contraception and changed my pill a few times in to sort my moods (only to find out later that the pill had nothing to do with this ‘down-ness’). When I came off the pill and I started waiting for my period… and waiting… and waiting some more. It inspired me to research into why it was taking so long, I spent my evenings knee deep in websites all about periods and contraceptive pills and while it’s normal for you body to take a while to regulate it should normally regulate by 3 months. Mine didn’t.

I came across hypothalamic amenorrhea. A condition where your period stops due to an issue involving the hypothalamus. Basically, it’s where your periods stop due to your hormone levels… leading to even deeper research about the female hormones – we are bloody more complicated than men even claim we are btw.

I started looking at how your hormones can become imbalanced and therefore lead to a lack of period… everything I list in this blog post here… are big causes of imbalanced hormones.

I then started to look at the symptoms of hypothalamic Amenorrhea….

  • Low libido – yep.
  • Feeling cold often – cor, yessss.. 5 jumps & a scarf.
  • Depression and anxiety – Not so much depression, but was down and v.anxious
  • Difficulty sleeping – 2pm, 3pm, 4pm wees.
  • Increased hunger – I snacked constantly.
  • Low energy – I napped every day before my evening clients.

What scared me the most reading this was finding out that when you’re on the pill, you don’t actually have a period – you have a fake period. Basically when you have a break from your pills your body has a period, this doesn’t mean your body can still have a period by itself. This is also why doctors will put you on the pill ‘to bring back your period’, if you’re suffering from amenorrhea, research really does support to stay off and look at your lifestyle instead.

When reflecting, I had all of the above symptoms for about 2/3 years finally giving them all a boot around May this year. I can now say I don’t suffer from any of the above unless i’ve had a heavy weekend on the Vodka (alcohol anxiousness & rubbish sleep / energy … but all my own fault) No longer is this day in, day out.

I’ll be writing in my next blog post exactly how I got my period back and balanced my hormones again!

stay safe

Chlo xxx

 

Why I Lost My Period – #ProjectP

periodquote1.pngAhhh the dreaded thing that comes round every month. That thing every girl dreads (and often boyfriend ha). The thing the causes nothing my stress and havoc. That thing that I wanted more than ever.

It was a running joke with my friends that I was probably one of the very few desperate to have a period. I was so desperate in fact that I started #ProjectP on my Instagram, a way of documenting my journey and actually talking about it.

You see, what you guys may not know is having a period is actually really really bad for a female. A humans roll is to reproduce, a female’s roll is to give birth, if you aren’t on any contraception and you’re not having a period it means your body isn’t healthy enough for you to do your primary job as a human. It means your body isn’t healthy enough to allow you to have children. Your body will stop you having periods and stop your ability to have kids in order to keep you alive. Savage.

Or is it? Some may be buzzing about not having a period and not having kids but not having a period genuinely suggests that there is some serious issues going on inside us. Not having a period can destroy our hormones, weaken our bones and even increase your rick of cancer… now that’s savage.

Anyway, so I lost it. I was diagnosed with secondary amenorrhea.  We don’t quite know when it went because I was on the mini pill where It stopped me having a period all together – my doc predicts from my previous years of training and then eating habits that it could have been some time. When looking back and looking at my behaviour and actions, I think I could have lost it in my first year of uni, about 4 years a go maybe.

I think I went through a period lol pardon the pun of changing my pill quite a bit last year (I wont go into why I was changing it, I’ll save it for another post in this series) and my doc thinks that constant change in hormones wouldn’t have helped anything.

I came off the pill in December after a break up and deciding a) I no longer needed it (lol soz mum n dad) b) I had been on it since I was 15 and was sick of putting artificial hormones in my body c) I went through a stage of independent woman, don’t need no artificial hormones paha… anyway, it never came back. Until last week.

There are a few things you may not know about me.. like for example I’m really into healthy eating and training. Lol, I hate myself too. Anyway here are few reasons about why I think I lost my period – we don’t know the exact answer as it came back without any tests from the doctor until recently but from reading books like No Period, Now What? And spending my evenings researching amenorrhea here’s why:

 

  • I was constantly stressed – I was always on the go, never stopped.
  • I was constantly caffeine-d up – I’ll take a black first thing, an almond milk capp after the gym… oh and one mid afternoon plz.
  • I under ate – I went through a time of eating 1000 calories which is when I think I lost it, I then upped it to eating about 2000 calories, but with how active I was and how much muscle I have… it still wasn’t enough.
  • I over trained – 7 days a week of HIIT. Doh.
  • I avoided starchy carbs – Carbs were the only thing that made me fat.. lol doh. (not true FYI)
  • I never rested … lol doh.
  • I didn’t eat much fat – always been a fan of nut butter, but that’s kinda it.

 

All of these were contributing factors and basically the ideal recipe your body needs to lose a period.

I’m so excited to share this #ProjectP series with you guys and hope it gives you some info about the importance of your monthly cycle as well as helping you maintain real health on your fitness journey.

Chlo xxx

A Moment with Gregg Wallace, on children’s health.

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We’ve seen him on Eat Well for Less changing people’s lives on how to enjoy healthy foods in a cheaper way, you may have also seen his 3 stone weight loss which he did by swapping his meals to be done with lean meats e.g lean mince chilli as a way to slash the calories but still enjoy his favourite meals… I chatted to Gregg Wallace about his thoughts on children’s health…

1) What were your main reasons for wanting to work with children in these books? 

I myself didn’t have a great upbringing and I became a single parent 15 years ago.  I wanted to help.

2) In your opinion, how do we get children actively being healthier? 

I would like to see a small percentage of school time dedicated to cooking and nutrition and more encouragement into sport. 

3) What do you think, are the barriers 6-18year olds face with cooking & being healthy?

The barriers are obviously what is going on at home.  Filming Eat Well for Less has made me realise there is a chronic shortage of basic cookery skill.

Like The Body Coach, healthy kids is a big passion of mine. I don’t want the young kids to have to go through the mistakes I did (more on this to come), I also don’t want kids growing up being completely unaware of how food can make them feel and what can be done to make them feel their very very best – to me I want food to be celebrated to make us feel amazing rather than labelled as ‘healthy’ more labelled as ‘energy’ … anyway I could ramble on about this all day but there are some key things I wanted to share that I’ve read and heard from other parents thathelp them keep their kids healthy….

  • Watch caffeine and sugar. This pays havoc on their hormones and their moods. Give them sugar and caffeine (diet coke etc) and they will have a huge spike in craziness and then a massive drop making them feel exhausted and prob moody… win win if we can manage this one.
  • Keep them hydrated. Our brain often confuses hunger with thirst – monitor how much they are drinking and make sure they are having enough.
  • Get cooking & get the kids cooking too. Playing a game of how many colours you can get on a plate makes the meal times more exciting, it gets them involved and educates them at the same time. Encouraging the kids to help make dinner could also encourage the whole family to eat a diverse range of meals and foods – kids get bored easily, so wont want to make the same meal over and over! Gregg has also released a cook book for kids by kids…you can buy here….

Personally for me, I think we should just get children as active as possible while watching the amount of sugar and processed foods we eat. I don’t think we should fuss about calories or make a big deal out of it because I think that can lead to other issues like becoming eating disorders or body confidence – allow kids to have treats but make them treats, I don’t believe processed or high sugary foods should be a staple in a diet, but if they have them more often then just get them moving to use the energy? I dunno maybe im wrong and maybe as im not a parent it’s easier for me to say the answer … either way, it’s a big passion of mine to make it easier for teenagers and children to make better choices because they want too.

 

How do you think we tackle getting kids healthy?

 

Chlo xxxx

 

 

A Moment with Nutritionist, Fiona Hunt

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An email slid into my dm’s (inbox) sharing how people with really cool careers eat and train their way to success – as someone obsessed with all 3 (eating, training & success) I was a sucker and when I had read it was written by nutritionist Fiona Hunt, I felt like I needed to get a minute with her and for me to share with you guys what I found out… here’s what I did:

What are the latest trends in the food industry that you can see?

One of the biggest trends amongst consumers at the moment is a move towards eating a plant-based diet, vegetarianism and veganism. The number of vegans in the UK has risen by a whopping 350 percent in the past decade and the veganism is the fastest growing lifestyle trend this decade. Avoidance of gluten and dairy is another growing trend. The food industry has responded by making products to suit the needs these consumers – everything from seaweed pasta to diary free milk alternatives.  Last year the ‘free-from market’ showed a 27% rise in sales.  Functional and fortified foods also continue to grow along with foods that support digestive health and boost the growth friendly bacteria in the gut

2) How has the industry changed over the last few years?

One positive change is that consumers seem more aware of the role of diet in not just their long-term health but also how they feel and perform on a day-to-day basis.  There was time, not so very long ago, when if you wanted to buy something ‘healthy’ like brown rice or lentils you would have to go to a health food shop now all supermarkets have an extensive range of healthy ingredients are foods available.

3) Do you have any top tips to increase fertility in women or for someone who has

lost their period? (for my ProjectP if you follow me on insta, @chlohodgkinson

A healthy, balanced and varied diet is a key element in ensuring optimum fertility. What you eat can affect your ability to conceive a child – both positively and negatively and nutritionists are increasingly coming to believe that what you eat in the months prior to conception can have an important and lasting impact on the health of your baby after it is born.

It’s worth remembering that it takes two people to create a new life and to maximise the chances of conception both partners need to think about getting in shape. Ideally you should start to prepare at least 6 months before trying to conceive.

But it not just what you eat that’s important – how much you eat is also important. It’s well documented that being over or under weight can impair fertility. A certain level of body fat is necessary to regulate the hormones that control ovulation and menstruation, when body fat drops below, a certain critical point ovulation and menstruation cease. Obesity can also reduce fertility in women by impairing ovulation and can reduce sperm production in men. So, if you‘re overweight or underweight its worth doing something about it.

4) Do you have any tips for someone wanting to improve their health? 

The best things you can do improve your health is the eat a healthy balanced diet, take regular exercise, minimise stress ( or at least develop strategies to help you cope with stress) and be happy

5) Healthy habits you follow in regards to nutrition

I based my meals around vegetables – I do eat meat and fish and other animal proteins, but they are not the main part of meal. Whatever I’m cooking I like to include as many vegetables as possible. I also try to make sure I eat a variety of different foods, it very easy to get stuck in food rut eating the same few foods week in week out   – variety maybe the spice of life but it’s also the key to healthy balanced diet.

6) As the fitness industry has boomed, what have you seen happen to your industry?

Unfortunately, interest in nutrition means that there are a lot of untrained people giving nutrition and fitness advice, advice which is not always supported by strong science – this can leave people feeling very confused about what they should be eating

7) What things do you think someone who is training hard should bare in mind? 

Sometime people think that if they are training hard – burning calories they can eat what they want, that’s a huge mistake. You need to give your body the right nutrients to fuel your training but also to keep your immune system strong because if you get ill you can’t train.  After training you need a combination of protein and carbs to help repair muscle and restore glycogen stores but It doesn’t have to be a sports drink or energy bar –unless you are an elite athlete  a glass of milk and  banana are  just as good for most of us

8) Any tips for someone just starting out in a fitness journey to lose weight/build muscle?

Choose a sensible diet – there are lots of faddy diets around which promise rapid weight loss in short period of time, but they really don’t work – at least not in the long term – in my experience people who lose a lot of weight very quickly with fad or crash diet usually end up regaining the weight the lost because extreme diets are difficult to sustain. The best way to lose is to make small changes to your diet and lifestyle which are design to help you reduce your energy (calorie) intake and increase the energy expenditure.

And there you have it… a moment with Fiona – Check out the article I loved here.

Speak soon treacs

Chlo xxxx