5 Ways to Love Your Body

Bodies come in all shapes and sizes, but rarely are they all accepted by society. Too many of us are self-conscious and self-critical, and we all see flaws in ourselves. The worst things we can do are make comparisons to and assumptions about others. Perhaps we don’t think another person is justified in his or her complaints because, “At least they are thin,” or “At least they have curves.”  We all need to learn to love who we are because we are all unique; there is no perfect body. Here are five ways to help you learn to love yourself, no matter your size.

  1. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others:

The most important thing you can do to start loving yourself is to stop comparing your body to someone else’s. Comparisons only lead to jealousy and envy, and you will never be happy with yourself if you compare yourself to another. Everyone has flaws, even if they are not visible to you. We were all made differently, and every single body has its beauty.

Don’t even think about comparing yourself to the models that you see in the magazines or on the runway. Magazines are photoshopped and what you see on the runway is often the result of heavy makeup and body sculpting.

  1. Change how you perceive yourself:

In order to love yourself, you must change your perception of yourself. Say positive things about your body and keep saying them until you actually start believing every word. The proof that this works is because this practice is how you started to dislike your body in the first place; you kept seeing yourself in a negative light and finding the flaws until you started believing every thought. Turn that process around and start finding the positive.

  1. Go to the gym:

Or the park, a dance class, a yoga class, or an exercise class. Physical activity is a great way to learn to love your body. Trying new exercises or taking on a physical challenge helps you get to know your body in a whole new way. You will discover new abilities, new strengths, and new power, just by moving your body. When you see yourself, you will also start to see just what you are capable of, instead of what you look like.

  1. Practice gratitude:

It can always be worse. Be grateful that you are healthy and that you have the resources or mental clarity to pursue something different. Be thankful for what you have, what you can do, and how far you can go.

  1. Be your own cheerleader:

When you look in the mirror, do not focus on the flaws. Find the things you love about your body and celebrate the smallest victories. Be your own cheerleader instead of your worst enemy.

Before you can move forward in life, whether it is in a relationship, a job, or a new endeavour, success will only come after you learn to love and appreciate yourself.

If you would like to learn more about my Time To Nourish 8-week group Programme, please get in touch trish@trishtuckermay.com

Love Trish

Best Foods for Aging Well

Early aging has a lot to do with your diet and your lifestyle. Our body is like a machine—good input leads to good output. What you ingest and put in your body has a huge impact on your biological system and your long-term health. A natural lifestyle does not have instant effects, but the long-term benefits are invaluable. Staying active and eating a nutrient-packed balanced diet can help slow the aging process and even prevent numerous diseases. Here are a few foods that can help you live a long and healthy life with great skin and a great body.

1.Olive Oil

Olive oil has many anti-aging benefits. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil are can have a huge impact on the prevention or delay of heart disease and cancer. Olive oil also has polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants that may help prevent age-related diseases. It is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids and the protein, minerals, and vitamins you need for healthy skin and hair. It has vitamins B and D to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and oleic acid and polyphenols to help smooth skin.

2.Pomegranate

Packed with vitamin C, pomegranates are great for softening skin and guarding it against sun damage. The juice in pomegranate seeds contains punicalagin and ellagic acid, which is a polyphenol compound that combats damage from free radicals. Punicalagin is a super nutrient that improves your body’s ability to preserve collagen, a subdermal connective tissue that makes skin look smooth and plump.

3.Yogurt

Yogurt is rich in calcium, which plays a huge role in staving off osteoporosis, and contains good bacteria that help in the maintenance of gut health. Yogurt contains live bacterial cultures, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, that fight the growth of harmful intestinal bacteria and help restore balance in the intestine. These probiotics result in better health and can help prevent age-related illnesses.

4.Blueberries

Blueberries contain more antioxidants than almost any other food. These give your skin an extra defense against skin-damaging free radicals that result from exposure to sun, over-exercise, and even emotional stress. Half a cup of blueberries every day can help in the prevention of the cell-structure damage that can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of firmness. Anthocyanin is also found in blueberries and functions just like an anti-inflammatory and can help maintain healthy brain function.

5.Fish

Fish is an abundant source of omega-3 fats, which helps prevent cholesterol buildup in the arteries and provides protection against abnormal heart rhythms. Fish oil and fish proteins are used in the beauty industry worldwide. They promote healthy looking skin and the omegas found in fish are essential for regulating blood clotting, body temperature, body pressure and the immune system.

If you would like to learn more about my gut healing, hormone balancing support book a call today.

Yours in health and wellness,

Trish Tucker May

 

How to Go Gluten Free When You Travel

When you commit to a way of life, going back to how things used to be can be hard.

Maintaining a certain diet or avoiding certain ingredients can be especially difficult. Eating out and travelling has to be planned carefully.

Gluten is a particularly tough ingredient to avoid.

Gluten is found in wheat, which is typically a big part of our normal diet.

Recent studies have suggested that gluten can have many disadvantages for a wide range of people.

Celiac disease is the most common disease caused by gluten.

Other disorders caused by gluten are gut inflammation, intestinal permeability, and damage to the gut biome.

If you are strictly avoiding gluten, eating out or traveling to a new place with different food options can be challenging, but it is not impossible.

Here are some ways to maintain your gluten-free diet while eating out.

  1. The internet is a blessing; you can use it to easily find out find out if nearby restaurants can accommodate gluten-free meals. You can also search restaurants ahead of time so you know where you find gluten-free meals.
  2. If you are planning a trip, ask the hotel you stay in if they have refrigerators you can use to store simple snacks.
  3. Packing dry nutritious items like energy bars and nuts is a good idea to fill up on in case there is not a gluten-free option readily available.
  4. You can search for groups nearby you that support gluten-free diets and ask them for suggestions or you can simply ask restaurant owners if they serve gluten-free food.
  5. In motorway services and cafes look for yogurt, salad, grilled chicken, plain hamburgers and other gluten-free standbys.
  6. If you are traveling abroad (hopefully soon) print out your gluten-free needs in the language of the foreign country that you are traveling to. This will help convey to them the kinds of food you need and help them better cater to your needs.
  7. There are many restaurants that may not have gluten-free options on their menu but can provide something if asked.
  8. Avoid most condiments, especially soy sauce.

For people with Celiac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis, the effects of straying from a gluten-free diet might not be instant but they have delayed effects that can have long-term consequences.

Slacking on your diet should not be an option, so preparing gluten-free biscuits, hummus or sandwiches for a shorter trip is a great way to stay consistent with your diet.

Away from home, internet and research will be your best friend. Stick to the basics of your gluten-free diet—fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meats, unprocessed products—and you will be able to enjoy your travels to the fullest.

If you would like to learn more about my food sensitivity and comprehensive gut tests email me here trish@trishtuckermay.com

Yours in health and wellness,

Trish

 

Healthy Chocolate Making Workshop

 

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Would you like to learn how to make delicious healthy chocolate ????
I will be running a chocolate making workshop in my kitchen.
2-4pm on the 12th March
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We will be eating, drinking and making chocolate.
Just in time for Easter. You can learn how to make delicious chocolates for your friends and family.

Recipes You Have To Try This Summer

Summer is a time for fresh food that are perfect for balancing hormones. Fun foods that you can enjoy on your travels as well as in the garden alfresco. One of the great things about eating in the summer is the myriad of fresh and healthy things you can add to your foods. These are Gloucester based Nutritionist approved. 

Here are a few healthy recipes that you should try this summer that are packed with flavour and character that are perfect for a happy tummy and balanced hormones.  

Refreshing fruity salad 

When you go for regular checkups with your doctor or Wahroonga Family Dental Centre, you won’t be surprised to hear how important fruit is for your body as well as the strength of your teeth. This salad is packed with grilled fruits and nuts to make it perfect fuel for your productive summer days. 

Ingredients 

  • 4 peaches 
  • 4 strawberries
  • 100g feta 
  • 100g spinach 
  • 100g mixed leaves 
  • 100g mixed nuts, chopped
  • 1 tbp olive oil, plus extra for grilling
  • 1 tbp raspberries, mashed
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

 

  1. Chop up your peaches into quarters and your strawberries into 3 slices. Brush with olive oil and place on a griddle pan, frying for 2 minutes on each side. 
  2. Make a dressing with mashed raspberries, oil, and vinegar. Mix well. 
  3. Assemble your salad with the leaves, nuts, fruit, feta, and dressing. 

Gluten free vegetable pasta 

This simple GF pasta recipe is packed with some healthy vegetables and can be made into a great lunch option for busy days at the office.  If you are wondering the best foods to eat to reduce bloating get in touch here https://p.bttr.to/2MZVUKN

Ingredients:

  • 500g gluten free pasta (your favourite shape) 
  • 400ml passata
  • 1 tbsp mixed herbs
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 block halloumi 
  • 100g parmesan cheese
  1. Wash and chop your vegetables. 
  2. In a large roasting dish, place your veggies with a small drizzle of oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 45 minutes at 200C.
  3. Cook your pasta according to packet instructions. 
  4. Slice your halloumi and dry fry in a pan until browned on both sides. Once cooked, chop into bitesized pieces. 
  5. In a large pan, add all of your ingredients along with half of the parmesan. Stir and heat through for 5 minutes. 
  6. Serve and add remaining parmesan. 

Moroccan chicken tray bake

Moroccan chicken is not only super delicious, but it is a healthy option for your mideweek meals and it will open up your meal plan to so many more flavours and ideas. 

Ingredients 

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp cumin 
  • 1 tsp paprika 
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp ginger 
  • 1 tsp coriander leaf 
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 500ml vegetable stock
  • 200g baby potatoes
  • 200g butternut squash 
  • 1 shallot 
  1. Chop your baby potatoes in half, dice your shallot, and cut your butternut squash into bitesize pieces. 
  2. Pan fry your chicken with oil, salt and pepper. Add the spices. 
  3. Add all other ingredients to your dish and cover. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until the potatoes are tender. 
  4. Serve with couscous or veggies. 

Try some of these fun summer recipes to fuel your body with lots of vital vitamins this season. Stay tuned for the new book out soon. Called Time To Nourish. It will be packed with recipes to support your happy gut and balanced hormones. 

Do you wonder if you have hormone imbalances?

Do you wonder if you have hormone imbalances? As we reach perimenopause and menopause, the fluctuations in hormones can cause bloating, insomnia, fatigue, skin conditions, anxiety and irritability.

It is helpful to get to the root cause of the imbalances with the use of the Dutch hormone test. As a nutritionist supporting women with digestive issues, I rely on the Dutch test for my female clients with adrenal and sex hormone imbalances.

The results give me very specific information about how to handle problems such as bloating, sleep issues, weight gain, painful periods and chronic tiredness.

The Dutch test measures your hormone metabolites from dried urine samples. The hormones include:

  • Cortisol
  • Cortisone
  • Estradiol
  • Estrone
  • Estriol
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • DHEA and DHEA-S
  • Melatonin

This test also measures your cortisol and cortisone rhythms and levels, and your estrogen metabolism pathways. The test is also beneficial for women struggling with fibroids, PMS, irregular periods, painful periods, anxiety and moodiness, and endometriosis. This test also works well for monitoring hormone replacement therapy effectiveness. This test also shows how you metabolize estrogen through your liver. If you don’t metabolize estrogen well, your risks of estrogen-related cancers such as breast, cervical and uterine cancer can increase.

Doing the test is really easy and can be done in the comfort of your own home. The instruction instructions are clear  for both the collection of saliva and little strips that are dipped into your pee. You take four urine samples at four different times of the day, and they don’t have to be on the same day. You also take 5 saliva tests during the day. Then you simply fold up the dry test strips and mail them in the enclosed envelope.

If you want to shed light on your cortisol rhythms, metabolism, adrenal, cortisol, and sleep problems this test is THE most cutting edge, comprehensive, functional medicine hormone test.

Each test result is unique. Each treatment or solution is also unique. Wonder what your hormone picture is?

Your results will end the guesswork about whether or not the root cause of  your symptoms is due to hormones and adrenal fatigue.

If you are struggling with stress, trouble sleeping, waking up tired, energy slumps throughout the day or difficulty recovering from exercise.

If you need caffeine in the morning to wake up, or throughout the day to function, if you are bloated and have unexplained weight gain.

Even if you have injuries that are slow to heal, frequent colds or difficulty regulating blood sugar, Get in touch.

Here is a link to a video where you can see my breaking down my own DUTCH test results.

How To Maintain Gut Health In Self-Isolation

Staying indoors for a week can be stressful. More importantly, it also transforms your routine. Unfortunately, these factors can affect your gut health. Indeed, we all know how important it is for a healthy gut to stick to healthy habits and manage stress levels. So, here are some helpful tips to help you go through a week at home without putting your gut health at risk. 

The NHS track and trace app plays a significant role in reducing risks of contagions and tracking the virus spread. As such, when you receive a warning to self-isolate because you’ve been in contact with someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19, you know what to do. 

Depending on your level of exposure, the app may recommend different self-isolation approaches. However, for most people, the app suggests one week at home. The track and trace team will also get in touch with individuals in self-isolation to check their location at any time during the week.

Check items in your online grocery shopping

When you can’t buy your grocery directly from the shop, you will need to arrange for delivery. Thankfully, plenty of websites let you pass an online grocery order, including Ubereats. In other words, you won’t find it too challenging to get the food you need delivered to your home. You may not be able to find your usual products in your online shopping list. But, you can find safe alternatives for your gut.

Understanding how to read food labels (they are part of the information you get online) can be a game-changer. Once you understand the composition and ingredients in each product, you can make smart choices that support intestinal transit. You can use a simple list of nutrients to avoid and those to focus on to guide your shopping. Additionally, it’s important to use food labels for guidance rather than marketing messages. However pretty the packaging might look, don’t trust the claims it makes unless you can verify them through the list of ingredients. 

Make sure you don’t miss out on prescriptions

Do you have any medications you trust to support your gut health when you can’t follow the routine? Now is the perfect time to order these from a safe and practical platform such as Simple Online Pharmacy. You want to be prepared to make sure you can handle stress and change of habits seamlessly. Your gut is highly sensitive to sudden variations in the routine, so it’s best to take precautions.

Additionally, missing out on other prescribed medications when you can’t go to the pharmacy yourself or visit a doctor can be a source of anxiety. Be kind to your gut; avoiding unnecessary stress will help your gut ease into this new situation. The online pharmacy platform is designed especially for these situations when you can’t physically get hold of your medications. An online order that’s checked and approved by a medical expert can save you time and hassles.

Create a water schedule

Not drinking enough water can dramatically affect your gut health. Indeed, drinking plenty of water has a beneficial effect on your gut flora balance. But when your routine has been disrupted, it’s tricky to stick to healthy habits. The truth is that you might find yourself accidentally forgetting to drink. So, if you are worried about staying hydrated at home, you may want to create a drinking schedule. You can find plenty of apps that can remind you via a notification to drink regularly. You can also set up frequent alarms throughout the day, which would effectively replace the app notifications. You can also make things easier without a digital assistant by investing in a time-marked water bottle. Time-marked bottles can be kept on the desk or in your bag, ensuring you drink regularly and enough throughout the day. 

Make time for at-home workouts

Gut health is a complex topic. Introducing gut-helping workouts at home will help support your digestive health during this week at home (and hopefully later). All you need is a laptop and a yoga mat, and you’re ready to boost your gut health with targeted workouts. Joe Wicks has got some fantastic abs exercises that can encourage bowel movements and improve digestive health. These are great if you are struggling with constipation issues. You can also refer to yogi Adriene Mishler who has a helpful yoga for gut health workout that is both gentle and therapeutic. 

Keeping your gut in tip-top condition when you are self-isolating at home may be challenging at first, But there is plenty you do to support hydration, a healthy diet, medicated assistance, and natural digestive health. More importantly, staying calm and not feeling pressured will help handle the sudden change of routine peacefully. 

 

Three top tips for healthy families

When you have a family you are responsible for yours and their health. It can be a little stressful to think about your own health as parents and to make sure your kids are on the right track.

It’s easier to do than you might think, just make sure you teach them how to eat healthily, exercise, and keep up with your visits to the doctor, opticians, or Bowral Street Dental Practice.

Let’s have a look at some of the things you should keep on top of below: 

Promoting A Healthy Diet 

As an adult, you tend to have an idea about what is good and bad for you in terms of food and drink. You need to make sure you have a varied and well-balanced diet as well as your kids. They don’t know what is too much yet, or what the best choices are. It’s your job to teach them about moderation and how to make healthy choices. Encourage them as much as possible to learn about their choices. You should also try to offer water as the first choice when it comes to drinking. If you are unsure what is healthy for your kids or how much they should be eating, have a look online, there are plenty of resources and recipes to try. 

Promoting Exercise 

Getting enough exercise is a vital part of living a healthy lifestyle. It’s even more important when you are looking after a family too. You can give your kids the best start and introduce healthy habits by teaching them they can easily include exercise as part of their normal routine. Kids who take part in the exercise as a normal routine will usually carry this into their adult life and become healthy adults who lead a healthy lifestyle with our finding it stressful. Whether it’s a family cycle or hike at the weekend, taking them to football, cricket or just walking to the shop instead of using the car, these little pieces of exercise will become normal and not forced. 

Family Check Up’s 

With a family, it is more important than ever to make sure you are going to regular check-ups. Not only does it keep your family healthy, but it also teaches your children the importance of them looking after themselves and getting help when they need it. Whether it’s for a recurring issue or it’s a yearly check-up, it’s a good idea for children to become involved from an early age.

A child seeing a parent sitting in the dentist chair could help them overcome fears. There are many adults who are scared of places like the dentist or optician because they don’t remember it in a positive way from childhood. Your oral hygiene has a big impact on your gut health so don’t ignore it. 

These should help you to keep your family healthy. Your families health should be something that comes to the top of the list.

Do you have any others tips that could help?  Join the Thriving Gut Health FB group to discuss more ideas. https://www.facebook.com/groups/goodgut

Please share some in the comments below. 

 

Why Travelling Is Good For The Gut (And How You Can Do More Of It)

While the COVID-19 pandemic meant that travel plans were put on indefinite hold, it’s clear that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and we will soon be able to travel freely again. As a result, it’s important that you understand that while a lot of fun – travelling is also a gift for the gut and the soul. In fact, there are many hidden benefits to travelling. For example: 

 

  • Travelling offers you the chance to change up your daily routine, which can reduce burnout and provide you with new inspiration.
  • Travelling introduces you to new cultures, thoughts and perceptions, which allow you to learn more about yourself and the world around you. By expanding your mindset, you can begin to bring around lasting change in your life for years to come.  
  • Travelling can reduce stress and anxiety, meaning that heading out on an adventure can also be good for your health
  • Travel and relaxation is very beneficial for the gut and can improve the immune system and help with weight loss.
  • Travelling can expose you to different foods. Diversity can be very beneficial for the gut microbiome.

 

However, travelling can also be rather expensive, meaning that we spend a lot more time at home than we would like. With that in mind, here are some top (purse-friendly) tips that you can use to make travelling a more regular occurrence moving forward! 

 

  • Avoid costly hotel and flight fees by converting a van into a camper van. This means that you can head out on a road trip whenever you feel like it – the only thing you need is your keys. To get started, visit your Nearest Vauxhall Garage in search of the perfect van to convert!   I love our converted horse box. It is a spacious 2 bedroom apartment on wheels. It means we sleep in our own bed and have freedom to stop where we like. 

 

  • Work travelling into your budget – whether that means you plan to do at least one-day trip each month or put a set amount of money into a ‘travel bank account’ each month to use for future travels. For example, if you set aside an extra £10 a week for travel, you’ll have £520 to spend by the end of the year. 

 

  • When travelling, keep an eye out for free activities to participate in. This means that you can avoid overpriced fees at the attractions that are typically geared towards tourists, making the entire process a little kinder on your bank account. It also means that you can get a more authentic feel for a town or city, as you are experiencing it the same way the locals do.

 

  • Scour the internet for the best deals before you commit to a holiday. While it may be tempting to book your entire holiday through one site (i.e. pay for an all-inclusive package), you can sometimes save hundreds of pounds of the cost of the holiday by booking each element (hotels, flights, transport) separately. To get the most out of your money, use price comparison websites and speak to various holiday providers. For example, you can compare the cost of flights on sites such as Sky Scanner.

 

  • While dining out in restaurants is a great benefit of travelling (especially when you get to try out new and nutritious foods), try to look out for accommodation with kitchen or cooking facilities. This is also useful if you are trying to stick to a healthy diet.
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