By David Saunders, Health Editor | Updated 14th July 2020
Whether it’s your job, sex life, relationships or something else, life may feel like it’s becoming a little too predictable. Whether you’re too much of a yes person, a no person, or a sitting on the fence person, it’s never too late for a change in direction. So move aside excuses about why that can’t be you and say hello to the spark that’s about to ignite.
“I’m never going to get that promotion?” – does this sound familiar? Instead of using your energy on thoughts that aren’t useful, think of little things you can do on a day-to-day basis to ignite that get up and go feeling.
Leading London Nutrtitionist, Lily Soutter (www.lilysoutternutrition.com) lives by the saying the right food = the right energy = the right success! “Our brain runs on sugar to function, and uses as much as 20% of all energy required by the body to function.
All carbohydrates break down to sugar, however only the slow release and fibre rich carbohydrates provide us sustained fuel all day long. Opt for wholegrain carbohydrates such as brown rice, brown bread, brown pasta, chickpeas, lentils, beans, quinoa, oats, beans, lentils, chickpeas and leave the skin on your potato.”
If you’d like a helping hand Lily Soutter, specialises in implementing nutrition focused wellbeing programmes within corporate organisations across the UK and offers a number of consultations. (www.lilysoutternutrition.com).
I ncrease your libido
“I just can’t get in the mood” – does this one resonate with you? “Most sex therapists agree that sex begins in the head – in a way it’s an idea that overtakes you. Your body’s physical reaction follows.
A key part of starting that sexual idea is setting the mood and romantic music can help, , try low lighting, a candlelit bath, or your favourite romantic or raunchy film. If you haven’t felt sexy for a while, touching yourself can also be a way to reconnect with your body as a sensual, sexual pleasure.
Once you’re back in touch with your own desires it can be easier and less daunting to connect with your partner’s,” explains the UK’s Leading Nutritionist and author of Getting Pregnant Faster, Dr. Marilyn Glenville (www.marilynglenville.com).
“I just need a change” – we’ve all said it at least once, am I right? Creating a change often involves unlearning past actions, thoughts or behaviours. Qualified psychologist, working with ThinkWell-LiveWell (www.thinkwell-livewell.com), Suzy Reading explains how this mindfulness platform can help, “TWLW connects the user with their own personal motivations, their all-important ‘Why’ and this is the key to making the commitment to doing things differently. TWLW helps the user create incremental change and this is essential to making it sustainable and maximally effective”
Longing for energy? “Take a good multivitamin and mineral supplement. Our body needs a variety of vitamins and minerals – including B vitamins, magnesium, calcium and vitamin C – to efficiently break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats and convert them into energy.
While you should get the majority of these nutrients from the foods you eat, a top-up can be helpful,” explains Nutritionist Cassandra barns. The Natures Plus Source of Life Gold Liquid (RRP £44.95, www.revital.co.uk), provides a complete daily vitamin profile of 13 vitamins and 8 minerals in one 30ml dose a day and it’s vegan!
W ork up a sweat
“Exercise can instantly invigorate and energise us, and is one of the most underutilised stress relievers,” explains Lily.
Spark up the motivation to get fit – “many people with type 2 diabetes are relatively unfit and overweight.
It’s important to start an exercise regime slowly and to build this up to prevent soreness and loss of motivation. Ideally work with a gym buddy or trainer to keep you on track,” advises Dr Sarah Brewer working with the type 2 diabetes supplement CuraLin (www.curalife.co)
O ven gloves at the ready
The Journal of Positive Psychology published a 2016 study on the benefits of creative activities revealing that small, daily endeavors, such as cooking and baking, shifted the participants’ moods and gave them something to look forward to in the coming day.
We’ve got the perfect simply and seasonal treat for you to kick start your cooking journey. Autumn and Halloween come to life in these Paleo Protein Muffins.
Ingredients: 2 cups almond flour, ¼ cup coconut flour, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 ½ tsp. Natures Plus Pumpkin Seed Protein (RRP £25.70, www.naturesplus.com), 1 tsp. baking soda, ½ tsp. salt, ¾ cup melted coconut oil, ½ cup maple syrup, 2 eggs (room temperature), ¾ canned pumpkin, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, ½ cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips (optional).
Preheat oven to 180°C and line a muffin tin with muffin cases
In a large bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, Natures Plus Pumpkin Seed Protein and salt. Stir and break up any large clumps.
Add the pumpkin, eggs, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla to the mixture. Stir well until completely mixed.
Fold in the chocolate chips, if desired.
Scoop mixture into muffin tin. Leave about ¼ empty space at the top so the mixture doesn’t overflow whilst baking.
Bake for 20-23 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Enjoy as a snack to give you a boost during an afternoon dip or pop in your bag for the ideal on-the-go breakfast!
Ignore what everyone else is doing and take your own risks! Isabella Venour, London Coach and Founder of Mind-Style (www.mind-style.com) explains, “It’s easy to compare ourselves with others, especially when we get stuck scrolling through social media and get a brief snapshot of someone else’s life – their gorgeous holiday destination, their funny night out with friends and their booming business or career.”
“We often know what we don’t want in life, so spend some time thinking about what you do want and watch how your mind starts looking for and finding solutions.”
K ick start your brain
Everyone has the occasional “senior moment.” Maybe you’ve gone into the kitchen and can’t remember why, or can’t recall a familiar name during a conversation. CBD oil, such as CannabiGold (RRP from £9.90, www.cannabigold.pl) can help spark those thoughts.
“Research suggests CBD oil promotes neurogenesis, the growth and development of neurons and it protects the brain from damage. In particular the neuroprotective effects of the CBD oil are on the CB2 receptors. These receptors are anti-inflammatory, protective, reduce oxidative damage and significantly improve memory,” explains Nutritionist Alix Woods.
S ay no
Saying yes to everything can suck all of your energy. “If you feel the symptoms of stress coming on, learn to get your priorities right. There is nothing in your life right now more important than your health.
Learn to say no if you feel that you have taken on too much. Being assertive is invigorating and empowering. It also helps to make lists of what is, or is not a priority, and to tackle the priority tasks first. This will help give you a sense of control,” advises Dr. Marilyn Glenville (www.marilynglenville.com) and author of The Natural Health Bible.