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The science of healthy living?

The other day, my eye was caught by a banner headline on the American news magazine, Newsweek, that announced articles on “The Science of Healthy Living”. Well if you have been following any of these online coaching sessions, you will know I could not resist this and so I duly purchased my copy. Sadly, it…

Inflammation – the silent killer

Being a ‘recovering course junkie’, I have greatly reduced my time away from home at weekends in recent years, after decades of travelling the world searching for better skills to change lives, both my own and others, then teaching others what I have learnt. These days, I am enjoying the novelty of more weekend time…

May Blog 2010

“Breasts, half of us have them so what is all the fuss about?” said Anna Scott, played by Julia Roberts in the film, Notting Hill. Well good question. One way or another, as far as anatomy is concerned, breasts get a lot of attention from both men and women. And this month I wanted to…

From bus conductors to the modern Gym: Exercise who needs it?

As a young sociologist, in an earlier incarnation, I remember reading about Jerry Morris’ original 1949 study into levels of heart disease amongst London bus drivers and conductors. This was in the days when these were two separate jobs, one requiring constant sitting and the other a lot of standing and running up and down…

Ten biomarkers of aging

Research at Tufts University in Boston at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Centre and outlined in their book Biomarkers by Dr.s Evans and Rosenberg found that there were ten key biomarkers all of which could be affected positively with greater physical fitness, particularly better muscle to fat ratio that comes with strength training. These were:…

April Blog 2010

Last month I chose to focus on why we should bother with Exercise and drew your attention to more ideas and support on this on our website were I list  some of the 30+ reasons why is so essential, if we want to have optimal health and full functioning of our bodies for the maximum…

March Blog 2010

“Our findings add to the growing body of evidence that physical activities such as walking or weight lifting may turn out to be the best medicine that physicians can prescribe to help their patients feel less anxious.” — Matthew Herring, department of Kinesiology, The University of Georgia Thanks again for all those who let us…

Integral Life Practice – Book Review

There are so many wonderful helpful guides on all aspects of exercise out there, some of which I have referenced here. However, one that helps put it into a more profound, less material context I especially enjoyed last year is: Integral Life Practice: A 21st Century Blueprint for Physical Health, Emotional Balance, Mental Clarity, and…

Food Inc. review

Imagine what if it  would be a national policy that the idea would be that we had such nutrition dense food that people actually felt better, had more energy and weren’t sick as much – now that’s a noble goal! –Gary Hirschberg, Stonyfield Farms, Food Inc. Last week, in our February E-Coaching, I stuck my…

Food, Inc.

Looks at America’s corporate food sourcing. I am going to stick my neck out on this one as, so far, this documentary has not been screened in the UK and, therefore, I have not yet seen it. However, it comes with such glowing reviews as a powerful, measured, factual account of what has happened to…

February Blog 2010

Last month, we started our Feast or Famine season looking at how we eat and move and how this is starting to make so many of us sick and die before our time. This is a great paradox, for it is only recently that most people in the developed world have had enough to eat,…

Food is better medicine than drugs

To start us off this year what better book than Food is Better Medicine than Drugs by Patrick Holford & Jerome Burne. I have known Patrick for many years and he is a great populariser of powerful, science based information that is often not otherwise widely disseminated. He and  award winning medical journalist, Jerome Burne,…

Feast or famine?

It often happens that after the feasting of Christmas comes the fasting of January. This is no bad thing if it is done naturally and as part of the rhythms of life. In traditional cultures, this was ordained by the landmarks laid down by tradition through the year. In many Catholic countries of Europe, for…

Happy New Year

With a New Year and decade many of us come over all resolute and with a firmness of mind or purpose make a decision to do something different this year than last. After the feasting of Christmas we set out, in the cold light of the New Year, to steer our life on a new…

Book of the month

Well, it had to be Martin Seligman’s best seller Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realise Your Potential for Lasting Fulfilment. Pymble, Australia: Simon and Schuster, 2002. A good, inspiring read that could be read by even the most hard-boiled and cynical pessimist, that will get you thinking about those intentional activities that…