Love the skin you are in and the body within
Fiona Crichton is a kettlebells and pilates instructor from Edinburgh. Here she talks about loving your body and some great top tips for healthy eating. Over to Fiona….
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If you are anything like me then you want to feel comfortable in your own skin, to love yourself for the person you are and the body you have. Wouldn’t life be much easier that way?
Ideally I want to look good, feel good and be able to eat what I want. Thankfully in my late 30s I have found what works for me. I’m generally happy with my size, how I look and I have no health issues. You may think I’m lucky but it wasn’t always this way.
I became a yo-yo dieter
In my 20s the health issues I had were caused by a hormone imbalance resulting in digestion problems, spotty skin and very irregular or no period. At the time I was not happy with my heavier weight and felt pretty lousy.
Going to the Doctor I found they only treated the symptoms instead of the cause. I started my own research going on my own journey of self-discovery. I learned a great deal about health, exercise and what causes disease.
I tried diets, which of course never worked. The deprivation made me crave fat and sugar and I became obsessed and a classic yo-yo dieter.
It all started with Jane Fonda!
With the exploration into the world of healthy eating I came across some inspiring people like Tom Venuto; A clean eating body builder, blogger and author of Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle. I learned feeding your body with good food is the key to optimal health. However, having an 80/20 rule with food choices will help to prevent cravings and the deprived feeling.
Doing exercise from a young age has been a great benefit. I would jump around the living room to my mum’s Jane Fonda video while feeling the burn.
Now I teach my own Kettlebell Classes called Kettlercise and also Pilates. These have made a huge difference to my body and my health. It is great having lean muscle that burns more calories enabling me to eat more and I love helping others achieve their fitness goals.
I was too thin
After my first child was born I felt too thin, but now with two children my body is in great shape. What has changed in my health since then is integrating plant based vegan foods into my diet.
I eat a daily smoothie with pea rice and cranberry protein powder, a complete protein with amino acids vital for brain health and feeding lean muscle. It doesn’t cause digestion problems like soya or whey protein can.
I include greens balance, a rainbow of fruit and vegetables in one scoop. I add half an avocado with its essential fatty acids as I love what it does for my skin plus it makes the smoothie nice and creamy.. yum. Sometimes I have to share it with my kids!
Lunch and dinner mostly consist of egg and toast, soup and salad or a sandwich. Dinner is mostly meat, veg and rice or potatoes.
My top tips for healthy eating that work for me:
- Eat every 4 – 5 hours to keep your blood sugar levels steady
- Have portion control – excess carbs will not be burned causing excess sugar in your body
- Good fats like coconut oil, flaxseed, avocado and fish oil are essential for optimal health
- Going for low fat alternatives is seriously bad for your health as well as being less tasty. Sugar is added to make the low fat foods taste better.
- Fibre is essential for good digestion and you can lose as much as 9lb in one year just by increasing your fibre intake.
- Gut health is paramount. Studies now show we have brain cells in our gut. The gut feeling is our gut sending messages to our brain. There may even be a link to brain degenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease (remember the ice bucket challenge) among others which affect over 45 million people worldwide. Our gut health is being affected by processed food, our over use of antibiotics and exposure to environmental toxins. David Permutter MD states “It has become clear that the lining of the gut plays a fundamental role in determining the degree of inflammation that the human body experiences.”
- Since all of our systems in the body are connected; none of our systems are independent of each other. Therefore, gut health can affect your digestion, cause food sensitivity, change your mood, cause skin problems, diabetes, poor memory and ADHD and autoimmune disease. A solution is to temporarily remove inflammatory foods such as dairy, gluten and alcohol. Replace with good bacteria, probiotics and digestive enzymes.
- Ditch the diets. Start by loving your body the way it is then focus on making small changes every day to create the daily habits that will make a massive change over time.
Fiona helps others to look and feel their best, have more energy and to improve their eating habits on her Healthy Living Programme. Contact [email protected] for more information or to join. Or find more information on her kettlebell classes here.
A note from Honey
Thanks Fiona for that insight into your diet and your top tips.
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