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Skin Cancer

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I’m Back!

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Malignant Melanoma

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Surviving Easter and staying healthy!

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Linda’s Challenging Week!

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Linda’s March update

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Linda’s Progress

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Linda’s half term issues!

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Linda’s update – Feb

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Linda’s monthly update

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Linda’s Story

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Quiz Answers

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The Truth about fat in our diets…..

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Lack of Sleep makes you Fat!

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Fat-Free/Sugar-Free???

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Suffering with Hayfever?

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Little Things Make a Big Difference

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Epigenetics

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Asparagus – Who knew!

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year

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Chemical Free Cosmetics

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Milk better for you than Water!

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Autumn Newsletter

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Kids go Healthy!

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Olympic Fever!

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Wrinkles!

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Two New Juice Recipes

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Portion Sizes

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Treat a Healthy Person!

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Five a Day or More?

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Confusion Reigns!

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Insurance – see it from their point of view!

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Cancer and Aspirin???

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Dog joins the family lifestyle!

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Kids are Juicing!

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Cereals

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Are you an Animal?

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I’m Back!

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Happy New Year!

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The basic activities needed to cut your cancer risk

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The Main Message from the Workshop – Validated by recent USA research

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Less than Two Weeks to go!

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Time to Grow!

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Congratulations and Thank you!

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What two things are now being shown to increase your chance of developing cancer?

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The Best and Worst Fruits and Vegetables to Eat

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The Stupidity of Man….

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Want to lose 7lbs in a week?

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Fatty Livers in our Kids

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Insurance for Old Age Anyone?

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What a few weeks!

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Terry Pratchett and the debate…

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Guides are in the post today!

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Welcome to a new week!

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Omega 3 Oil

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Coffee Anyone?

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Natural Health Magazine Article

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Latest Press Article for Complete Lifestyle!

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Since when did age become an illness?

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Your Guide should be with you now or very shortly!

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3 days to go!

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30 miles and still going!

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Happy Easter weekend!

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To Drink or not to Drink!

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Only 2 days to go!

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Three Points in One!

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One of our success stories is featured in May’s Good Housekeeping!

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Breast Cancer

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Lilt!

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Posted Today!

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Pancakes!!

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Next Posting Due Soon..

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Fever Pitch!

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Meat! Should we eat it and if so how much?

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Intolerances and Allergies!

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I Know Spring Must be Coming…!

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It’s Live!

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Next Guide In The Post…

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Fatty Cholesterol

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The Great Cholesterol Con

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Healthy Mind!

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Healthy Eating, Whatever Your Age

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Dieting myths uncovered

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Positive Recipe for a Healthy Life

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Harrogate Expert’s National Health Drive

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Stray FM radio – Christmas Eve 2010

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Headlines Are At It Once Again!

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A Thank You!

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I’ve Now Completed 3 Days on Juices and Salads!

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Happy New Year To You All!

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The Start Of 2011…

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Don’t Make Another Resolution!

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Top Tips For Big Meals!

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The Christmas Coma…

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Debbie’s Christmas Tips…

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What A Beautiful Morning…

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Winter Hibernation…

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A Small Dose Of Aspirin A Day Can Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer…

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I Keep Being Asked About How To Stay Well In Winter And Avoid All The Virus’s…

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The Headlines Are At It Once Again…

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Babies Plastic Bottles…

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I Caught A Virus!

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Exploding Rice!

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The Headlines Are At It Again!

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Posting Out Today!

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4 Days to Go!

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Half Term Nearly At An End…

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It’s Juice Gone Wrong!

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The End Of Another Week!

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Time Is Running Out!

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Monday Morning Again!

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Got The Code!

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Debbie's Blog

Skin Cancer

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Skin cancer hits the news again today as it’s on the rise – again!

How can that be? Aren’t the majority of us doing everything we are told to do?

I know I have written on this topic before however it is one that get’s me so irate. The only advice they had for us today, and this came from a leading dermatologist, was early detection!!!! REALLY!!!

Surely prevention would be a better approach and maybe just maybe someone will ask “why” are we getting these increasing rates.

Because this is MY blog I’m going to give you MY theory for what it’s worth – Fact 1 – the sun is the most damaging thing we ever expose our skin to, the second most ageing and damaging thing is mineral oil.

Fact 2 – 99% of all sun cream contains mineral oil

Just ask yourselves what the potential could be when these 2 damaging agents come together on your skin. Then add in a few other chemicals like zinc and parabens and you have a recipe for cell change on an enormous scale. What’s skin cancer?? – cell change.

It’s taken me many years of reading and research to reach this conclusion and the studies and facts about increasing rates of skin cancer despite our efforts to protect with SPF creams seem now to point to the fact that we are causing this ourselves.

If you are interested in reading more I have a complete newsletter written on this topic, I would be happy to email one to any Complete Lifestyle members.

I can also recommend safe sun-creams for both adults and children – again please contact me for full details.

Enjoy the sun- we need it – but be safe!

Debbie x

I’m Back!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

I would like to start with an apology, I am so sorry that my regular updates have lapsed over the last few months, I have really been on a journey recently and it is only in the last couple of weeks that I have truly started to feel back to health and true happiness.

 For about 2-4 months I have felt dreadful, I lapsed from healthy eating and wasn’t even really juicing on a regular basis, wheatgrass was a constant, however I even became rather lapse at taking my Omega oil on any sort of regular occurrence.  My poor dog suffered as I couldn’t even find the energy to take him for his lovely walks, all I wanted to do was sleep, cat napping, which for those people who truly know me, will know that to cat nap is not in my nature and nor is it in my nature to be so lethargic, pessimistic or negative.

 At first I thought it was depression or grief kicking in from my mothers death in January of 2013, I tried to tell myself as you do that my mother would not want me to be like this, my mum the most positive, energetic and delightful person I have ever had the pleasure to know, however that did not give me the jolt that I was hoping for and so I figured, along with advice from my Acupuncturist, that as I had had such a very eventful/life changing last 18 months, perhaps it was time for me to listen to my body and just let it have time to re charge it’s batteries in whatever way seemed appropriate.  I did manage to take his advice to some extent, however I’m the sort of person that needs to be occupied all the time and constantly feel the need to explore new avenues and so I started to have Reiki therapy with a lady whom I have seen in the past.  So between my three therapists, Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Reiki, I began what I hope would be a course of treatments that would bring me back round so to speak, I really did feel that I was not consciously living, just merely existing from day to day. 

 After a few weeks, I began to take note of various symptoms, moods etc and started to wonder if perhaps I could indeed be beginning the menopause, I looked this up and came to the conclusion that indeed this was what was happening to me coincidently the very next day Debbie (Chiropractor) said she had been thinking and wondered if perhaps I was starting the menopause, I decided this was too much of a coincidence to ignore it.

 I am now working with this diagnosis, knowing what is wrong with you is half the battle, I am back on track with healthy eating, (apart from the odd chocolate craving) Juicing is making a reappearance and I have stocked back up on Omega 3, I have cut out coffee completely.  I now have a lot more energy and am attending both Zumba and Disco fit classes on a weekly basis, my dog is much happier now with at least four miles of walking everyday.

 As an added bonus I decided to weigh myself today and I have gone from 87 to 83 kilos.

Linda x

Malignant Melanoma

Monday, April 21st, 2014

For anyone listening to the news this Esater Monday you will be aware they are headlining the last 40 years increase in Malignant Melanoma and putting it down to our love of travelling to warmer climes and laying in the sun for more hours than is supposedly good for us.

In my opinion they are neglecting some very important facts, primarily the fact that the incidence of skin cancer is on the rise and yet the majority of poeple are doing exactly what they are asked, they apply sun cream religiously, they cover up and they stay out of the midday sun, so why then is the incidence on the rise??

I am a going to give you a couple of other facts and let you make up your own mind and draw your own conclusions -

- The sun is the most damaging thing to effect our skin.

- The second most damaging thing for our skin is mineral oil, known to suffocate the skin, acting as if you have wrapped yourself in clingfilm, thereby preventing the skin from performing many of its intended functions.

- It is present in 94% of all our body and skin care products.

- Mineral oil is a by product of the petrochemical industry and is sold into the cosmetics industry as it is cheaper to do that than dispose of it ethically.

- Mineral oil goes by over 50 other names – a short google search will list them all for you. I suggest you do this and then be very aware.

- Sunscreen contains mineral oil and lots of it!

Conclusion if you lie in the sun (most damaging thing for your skin) AND you have put on sunscreen with mineral oil in (second most damaging thing for your skin) you have a recipe for disaster!

Is it really any wonder the incidence of skin cancer is on the rise?

Check out the stats on Malignant Melanoma BEFORE the use of sunscreen creams I think you may start to think like me.

If you’d like to know where to turn to get the answers to keep you safe in the sun my summer newsletter from last year explains all your options or you can email me for further information.

Stay safe and DON’t belive everything you hear, always ask one more question than the answer you are being given i.e. the incidence of Melanoma has risen in the last 40 years – ask “why is that?”

Have a great day

 Debbie x

Surviving Easter and staying healthy!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Well it’s Easter eve as I write this and I have stuck to my guns with regards to no chocolate this Easter (so far) I have asked for flowers rather than chocolate, so lots of gorgeous spring blooms.  I took part in Jason Vales spring juice detox a couple of weeks ago, it was a case of juicing for five days, which I really enjoyed and managed to discover some very tasty new juices from the App that I downloaded, these have now become firm favourites.  It is of course once again school holiday time and I so whilst I have enjoyed some time at home, I have also tried to be mindful of my eating habits, I have also ensured that my exercise regime is kept to a good level, I have tried to walk for at least six miles each day, of course having a dog and the lovely weather does help with this.  Nature is wonderful to walk amongst at this time of year.

Linda’s Challenging Week!

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Unfortunately I have been rather unwell for the last couple of weeks, I thought that I had tonsillitis, which amused me some what, as I had my tonsils removed 30+ years ago, after a week of being ill and not managing to shake my rather sore throat off, I had to admit defeat and visit the GP for antibiotics, the GP diagnosed sinusitis, which didn’t really explain the sore throat, however did explain the excess mucus and heavy bunged up feeling in my head. I am telling you all of this because having a sore throat has certainly effected what I have wanted to eat, I have thoroughly enjoyed having a couple of protein shakes per day, I really couldn’t seem to find the energy to make juices for a few days, however I am now back on track with them.  I have eaten some rubbish whilst I’ve been unwell, one thing being ice cream, which I only ever seem to want when I have a sore throat, I wonder if it is because it was the first thing I was given in hospital after my tonsillectomy, all those years ago?

When I was talking to Debbie and explaining my symptoms and what the GP had diagnosed, she explained that ice cream was really the worst thing I could have eaten and that dairy and refined sugars just feed the bacteria/fungus that caused the sinusitis in the first place.  So I really needed to look at the juices that I have been making as well, as they have been more fruit based than my regular juices as that was what my body was craving.

I’m on the mend now and when I look outside at the glorious Spring sunshine, it makes me want to get back to eating healthily again. 

I’m even thinking no chocolate this Easter!!!!

Linda’s March update

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Well it really has been far harder than I thought it would be to get back on track from half term week, however with the days getting longer and warmer, I am definitely finding it much easier to get up in the mornings and do my regular exercises as well as making my evening dog walks that little bit longer.  I have also managed to completely cut out coffee, I did this by just at first matching every coffee I drank with the equivalent in water, eventually I went down to one coffee a day, I then discovered soya chai lattes which then became a substitute for the coffees and haven’t had a coffee now for almost a month, I’ve also gone off the chai lattes now and am really enjoying peppermint tea.  Wheatgrass and omega oil are now both daily habits, I just need to make my exercise bike a daily habit and I will be very happy.

Linda’s Progress

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Oh dear, it would seem half term has not been a brilliant week in terms of the choices that I have been making. I had quite a few lunch dates with friends this week and with my son being home from school as well, temptation has definitely gotten the better of me.  That means that the week ahead must be full of good choices, lots of juicing and plenty of exercise.  I also need to take encouragement from the fact that I am loosing inches and kilos and use this positivity to propel me forwards. 

Linda x

Linda’s half term issues!

Monday, February 17th, 2014

My son is back for the holidays, I really needed to re think my weekly shopping trip this week, the temptation will be to join him in eating a large evening meal, where as I have been trying hard to eat my main meal earlier in the day, however with a little bit of forward thinking, I’m sure I now have this in hand.

I have also been away on some training courses for the last few Sundays and that has also thrown up some interesting choices that I have had to make, however having finished reading “Fast Exercise” (which I found really interesting) I have started to note just how long I am actually being sedentary for, driving to the venue, sitting in the training session and then usually I would sit and have lunch as well, instead I have got up and walked around at any opportunity, I also decided to stand up whilst having lunch and once I had finished it, I then went for a walk in the fresh air.  Usually I feel rubbish once I have spent a full day in a training sessions, however following these rules I actually felt really good at the end of the day, I think making the choice to have fresh fruit rather than a sugary pudding also helped with this!

Linda’s update – Feb

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Let’s start with her amazing results on measurement

Weight down to 84kg

Waist measurement down 2 inches to 42

Go Linda, this is amazing for the 4 weeks and really sustainable.

Now for your continued story…..

For the last week or so, I have been reading a book called “Fast Exercise” It is written by Dr Michael Mosley he of the 5:2 diet fame.  For someone like myself, who is more than happy to take the dog for a few walks in the day, but that really, really does not want to visit the gym, this book has come as a revelation, so much so, that I have just become the proud owner of a very smart exercise bike.  In accordance with the book, I am building up slowly, to what will become a very quick and yet effective daily exercise regime.

I’m still keeping up with my regular juicing, I did struggle a little last week, as I was out most evenings and very busy during the days, however where possible, I did my best to make good decisions regarding both food and drink and where decisions where compromised, I was grateful for what I received.

Linda’s monthly update

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

My weigh in is tomorrow! However I thought I’d update you all on my month before I see the results in numbers! I won’t be disheartened or elated whatever the results as I know I have a long way to go….!

25th Jan 2014

Well it has been a good start to my wellness regime, I definitely find it much easier to juice throughout the week, when my son is away at school, not having anyone else to have to feed/cater for certainly makes juicing everyday a simple and cost effective option.  I make the whole days worth of juices in the morning. 

 Accepting invitations to dinner and to stay away from home are tricky situations I find that I need to plan ahead for this.

 I was invited to stay with friends for a few days down south and needed to think very carefully about my options for the healthiest choices I could make.  I took my wheatgrass with me so that I kept up with that and some goodness was going to be going into my body,  I also took my own meatballs and eggs for breakfast, ensuring that at least my first meal of the day was a healthy one.   I have tried the Naked smoothies on other occasions when I have been away and took some of these with me, again knowing that I was at least having some goodness, all be it pasteurised! I know this may sound a little obsessive, however I really have been doing so well to ensure my diet has changed to that of a healthy person, that I did not want to undo all the good that I had done.  However equally, I did also want to enjoy myself whilst I was away and decided that whatever food I was given/chose I would eat with grateful thanks, knowing that I was able to make amends for it once I was back home,

 Now that I am home, I am determined to get back on track, it is very easy for me to think that I will just slip back to my old ways, however I’ve been to the supermarket this morning and have got everything I need for the net few days of juicing, soups and smoothies.

 Bring it on!

Linda’s Story

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Happy New Year!

Is this the year for the new and improved you??

It will be for my friend Linda. This is the first blog introducing you to Linda where she will explain why she wants to improve her health and why she’s chosen the Complete Lifestyle programme. As explained in the January newsletter I will be monitoring her stats over the next 12 months using basic measurements and an Insight scanner to reveal how much stress she is under internally. The scan results give her a reading called an NSFi which is a number between 1 and 100. We are aiming for close to 100 for perfect health.

I will post her starting stats up this week and then every few weeks after that. Scans will be done every 6-8 weeks.

Her story is below, so get to know Linda and support her on this life changing journey.

Linda’s Story

After a stressful, traumatic and let’s just say in general, rubbish 2013, I have decided to kick start 2014 with a whole new me.  By utilising the most cost effective tools available to me I will achieve clarity of mind along with a healthier and fitter body.  The tools that I will be using to do this will be Complete Lifestyle, Insight scans & chiropractic care all from the Family Chiropractic Centre in Harrogate, many other chiropractors around the country have this programme available and I urge you to join.

I no longer wish to feel groggy in the mornings and unable to leap out of bed.  I would like to be able to do a light jog with my dog if the desire takes me, rather than a slow amble on legs and hips that are starting to grumble under the strain of my weight gain.  I aim to be able to where my clothes without feeling the need to squeeze into them and then have to wear a baggy top to cover my spare tyre.

 I do not want to have to attend the gym to achieve this and I don’t want it to cost excessive amounts of money, I want this routine to fit into my everyday life and for me to get back to feeling fit and healthy and know that there may be times when I will fall off the wagon, however I know that I can get straight back on it, I won’t chastise myself for the odd slip up, that would just be pointless.  No missing out on any family celebrations or meals out, I will just simply make the right choices when it comes down to it, I won’t feel at all deprived by this, as I know putting a little bit of something good into my life everyday will soon add up.

I’m really looking forward to my ongoing progress and sharing my journey with you.

Best wishes                 Linda

It just remains for me to say – good luck Linda, stay focused  and be kind to yourself this is meant to be a slow gentle drift into good health NOT a journey of scarifice and deprivation. Enjoy the ride!!

Debbie xx

Quiz Answers

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Hope you’ve had time to try the quiz for yourselves, if not yet – don’t look at the answers!!! That’s cheating!!! For those that have and need to mark themselves here goes!

1. How we eat, move and think (physical chemical and emotional)

2. Adrenalin and Cortisol

3. Yes

4. Yes

5. Vegetation

6. Above 70 degrees C

7. Rickets

8. No it is a lifestyle illness

9. Approx 3%

10. 70%

11. 70% (coincidence – I don’t think so!)

12. It depends on your dietary intake of fluid rich foods such as fruit and veg however we an adult needs 2 litres of water a day from either food or water intake.

13. Aspartame and Saccharin

14. Dizzyness, headaches  and nausea

15. EPA and DHA       ratio DHA:EPA    1:1.6

16. Great condition hair, skin and nails, cell membrane fluidity, improved memory, improved concentration, improved behaviour in children, great digestion

17. 3 years old

18. Vegetation – all green leafy veg and broccoli

I hope you did well, if you ahve any queries have a look through the health guides for the explanation or if still in doubt email me at debbie@completelifestyle.co.uk

Talk to you soon!

 Debbie

The Truth about fat in our diets…..

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

I’ve read about it, researched it, even written an eBook on it and yet I seem like a small voice trying to get a big message out there to save the world from this huge myth about fat in our diets making us fat and ill. It’s not that I can claim the research was mine that proved the theory wrong and it hasn’t been my voice that has been heard the loudest, however the truth is now surfacing loud and clear!

Fat DOES NOT make you fat – Carbs make you fat.

Check out todays article in the paper at http://dailym.ai/1eIBt8X for the full story.

Validation for taking the road less travelled feels good, I now just want the policy to change, Statins to be removed from the prescibing list and lifestyle changes to be the way forward. Sickness does not happen by accident, it takes a lot of effort to make our bodies sick so change the effort to good habits and save your own life!

Enjoy the article…

 love Debbie x

Lack of Sleep makes you Fat!

Friday, September 27th, 2013

News today on the BBC discussed the theory that lack of sleep is making us fat! The inability to turn off our minds at night leading to wakeful nights is making us overweight. I just wanted to have a look at that as a theory and redirect you back to some fundamental truths.

1. We need sleep.

2. Lack of sleep is a stressor on our bodies.

3. Once a stress is detected we go into the stress response, we then release adrenalin and cortisol into our blood streams and that leads to a whole host of other issues (as discussed in Guide 4- The Stress Response)

4. The stress response is triggered also by sugar imbalances, unhealthy food, emotional stress, poor movement patterns etc etc. Remembering how you eat, move and think all equally stress your system then it is more than feasible that sugar and fat in our diets is the stressor that leads to adrenalin and cortisol in our blood streams and then we are on full alert and can’t sleep!

In my opinion it isn’t the lack of sleep that makes us fat it is our obsession and addiction to high sugar foods that lead to peaks and troughs in our blood sugar levels, that stress our bodies, keep us alert and in a state of alarm and prevent us sleeping. Once we are awake we might as well go and have a cup of tea and a biscuit….. and the cycle starts again!

Kick the sugar addiction and you’ll sleep like a baby AND lose weight!

Good sleep habits help too, don’t go to the bedroom to watch TV, play on the computer or have your phone near you. Move all electronic gadgets out of the bedroom, keep it calm quiet and dark and you will drift off into a long peaceful sleep…..

Sleep well!

Debbie x

Fat-Free/Sugar-Free???

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

I have just watched a BBC programme explaining what happens to our food to make it fat-free or sugar-free – yikes!

Any of you that have been following the Complete Lifestyle advice will know that I am passionate about trying to keep sweeteners out of our foods and fat-free is just one big con. I think the programme was presented well and gave an insight into how these big companies are out for only profit and not YOUR health, however if you are still confused and wondering what to choose when wandering around the supermarket my words of advice are -

Buy food only from the outside edges of the supermarket and don’t pick it up if your great great grandmother wouldn’t have had it available to eat. Hope that clarifies things a little!

Keep smiling!

Debbie

PS watch out for my next Blog on sunscreens – an eye opener….. coming soon.

Suffering with Hayfever?

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Try this simple self help tip.

Information taken from the recent newsletter from  Livewheatgrass – thanks guys and I’m happy to pass it on….

Hay fever, like any other allergy, exists in response to a release of histamine in the body. Histamine is the chemical (neuro-transmitter) your body produces when you’re having an allergic reaction. There is always some histamine in your body and a mosquito bite for example causes your body to release more histamine in the area of the bite, making your skin red and itchy. In extreme cases, histamine levels in someone who is allergic to a bee sting or a particular food such as strawberries can be elevated to such levels that it causes anaphylactic shock.

Histamine also regulates the body’s thirst mechanism and water intake.  When we are dehydrated, the histamine production increases, this in turn swells the body tissues, including the small sacs of the lungs. Allergies and asthma cause histamine to be released because histamine is part of the body’s immune response.  According to Dr. Batmenghelidj in Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, dehydration is the main reason for histamine release.  Antihistamine medication only block some of your body’s histamine receptors (relieving some histamine-related symptoms), they do not remove histamine and can leave you feeling drowsy and unable to concentrate. Sooo the clear answer is to drink more water.

 

What else can we do to hydrate the body in order to stop this release of histamine?
Well, we can look to diet and remove any foods or drinks that challenge the internal balance and cause dehydration. These include wheat, sugar, caffeine, fizzy drinks, processed foods, red meat, dairy, refined carbohydrates such as white rice.

Our lifestyle can also dehydrate us, so try to find ways of coping in stressful situations for example. Support your body and mental wellbeing with plenty of self-nurturing and care.

Foods that help to hydrate the body and are non-challenging are:

Organic fruits and vegetables, short grain brown rice, quinoa, millet, vegetarian protein sources such as chickpeas, nuts and seeds, water, coconut water, coconut meat , dark green leafy vegetables, soaked linseeds and a constant and high quality source of Omega 3 fatty acids. It is important to note that water and oil work well together — this becomes all too clear when studying the inner workings of the cell and the phospholipid membrane. In order to be properly hydrated you need them both.

Particular foods that help with hay fever come via our bee friends. Bee pollen is very high in B vitamins particularly Vitamin B5 which supports the adrenal glands and helps with any allergic responses in the body. Wheatgrass juice is also an excellent source of high levels of Vitamin B5.

Try also Lime flower tea, which you can get from the health food shop. I have seen some very good results with drinking this regularly during the spring and summer. Boil water for tea and add the tea bag to the boiling water. Leave for 10 min and then squeeze the tea bag to get all the goodness into the cup. You can sweeten with honey. Drink this several times a day. 

Little Things Make a Big Difference

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Yesterday I had a stark reminder why I do what I do and why I can get so passionate (some would say obsessive) about what I try and tell people and the information I try and give people that can literally save their lives.

While in the clinic working yesterday I had an appointment scheduled for a lady I had not seen for many months. It was nice to see her name in my diary again. Unfortunately what she told me when I saw her shocked me. She is a fit healthy lady, slim, energetic, works hard but has always looked after herself, eats well and knows the benefit of holidays and down time so when she told me 4 months ago she had been for her first mammogram and been diagnosed with breast cancer she was shaken to her core. What followed was the usual round of tests and treatment options, still shocked and in a whirl she took all the advice that was given to her and did what was necessary to give herself the best chance of survival.

Four months on she is doing really well and planning on returning to work shortly. Her life though will never be quite the same, there is a shadow that will hang over her and a fear will live in her that was not there a few months ago. She has asked herself a million times what caused it and there is one overriding answer to that question that I have felt passionately angry about for many years and have tried in any way I can to get people to engage with one small change that can quite simply save their lives.

The answer – deodorants!

Containing carcinogenic parabens and aluminium they accumulate in the breast tissue and cause breast cancer.

Changing your deodorant can save your life. But it doesn’t stop there, there are 1000’s of chemicals that bioaccummulate in our bodies after they are applied to our skin and years later the effects are seen.

My friend has done endless research after being told by the medical profession about this link and has quite honestly been horrified that the cosmetic and skin care industries have been allowed to sell products containing these chemicals. But as we know money talks and change is slow.

Daily use of these products sets up changes that manifest as disease; a different daily choice will prevent this.

This lady went out and bought for her entire family chemical free deodorants -her daughters, her aunts, her cousins, her nieces all have now been given a gift that IF they use and continue to use will save them from the horror of the diagnosis of breast cancer.

I feel I must at this point say there are other triggers and causes to breast cancer but that is not to belittle the significance of chemical laden deodorants. A recent study published in the Daily Mail quoted a research paper that showed parabens were found in 100% of patients with breast cancer.

That is not coincidence it’s a cause!

Make a change, a small change, do it daily for the rest of your life and your outcome will be more positive than my friend’s recent ordeal.

This is why I do what I do and say what I say because if one person changes and commits to that change I know they will have a better healthier life.

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Make a change, be different, tell a friend and save their lives too.

Have a wonderful day

 Debbie

Epigenetics

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

I heard the news this morning that Angelina Jolie had taken the desperate decision to have a double mastectomy because there is a family history of breast cancer. I feel so sad for her loss, her heart rending decision but so angry that she has allowed fear to push her down such a radical route.

Cancer cells are rogue cells and they turn because of environmental factors not because we are predestined to create a cancer cell on the 257th day of our 49th year! To believe we are preprogrammed with a blue print for chronic illness because it’s in our genetic make-up would make us the only species on earth with a self destruct button. Any animal is about survival, every moment of their lives is about surviving and being the fittest, not biding their time until their programming gives them a disease. We are no different we are just a human animal living under the same rules.

We cause our own disease and cancer is preventable by removing the initiators and promotors of it and they exist in our environment. Change those and you will irradicate the disease. If you are unlucky enough to get the disease before you have time to change your lifestyle then treat it the best way you feel for you. BUT do not remove perfectly healthy beautiful breasts with the misguided belief that you have just prevented yourself the heartache of hearing you have breast cancer. If it really is programmed in her genes it’ll form anyway and if it is environmental and she doesn’t change those factors she’ll get it anyway!

So sad, so preventable and so unnecessary!

Be smarter, think bigger and ask more questions.

Debbie

Asparagus – Who knew!

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

This article was sent to me and I know I must share it with you all. It highlights the power of food and my prediction is we will see many more articles like this over the coming years.

Asparagus — Who knew!

My Mom had been taking the full-stalk canned style
asparagus, pureed it and took 4 tablespoons in
the morning and 4 tablespoons later in the day. She did this for over a month. She is on chemo pills for Stage 3 lung cancer in the pleural area and her cancer cell count went from 386 down to 125 as of this past week.
Her oncologist said she will not need to see him for 3 months.

THE ARTICLE:
Several years ago I met a man seeking asparagus for a friend who had cancer. He gave me a copy of an article, entitled “Asparagus For Cancer” printed in the Cancer News Journal, December 1979. I will share it here, just as it was shared with me: I am a biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet to health or over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S. that asparagus might cure cancer. Since then, I have worked with him on his project. We have accumulated a number of favorable case histories. Here are a few examples:

Case No. 1,A man with an almost hopeless case 
of Hodgkin’s disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting the asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a schedule of strenuous exercise.


Case No. 2, A successful businessman, 68 years old, suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years. 
After years of medical treatments, including radiation without improvement, he began taking asparagus. Within 3
 months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.

Case No. 3, On March 5th 1971, a man who had lung cancer was put on the operating table where they found lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable.
The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the Asparagus
 therapy and immediately started taking it. By August, x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had disappeared. He is now back at his regular business routine.

Case No. 4, A woman had been troubled for a number of years with skin cancer. She developed different skin cancers which were diagnosed by the acting specialist as advanced. 
Within 3 months after beginning asparagus therapy, the skin specialist said her skin looked fine with no more skin lesions. This woman reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her kidney disease, which had started in 1949. She had over 10 operations for kidney stones, and was receiving government disability payments for an inoperable, terminal, kidney condition. 
She attributes the cure of this kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus treatment.

I was not surprised at this result as `The elements of materia medica’, edited in1854 by a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania , stated that asparagus was used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of asparagus in dissolving stones. Note the dates!
We would have other case histories but the medical establishment has interfered with our obtaining some of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to spread this good news and help us to gather a large number of case histories that will overwhelm the medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and 
natural remedy.


For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked 
before using. Fresh or canned asparagus can be used. I have corresponded with the two leading caners of asparagus, Giant and Stokely, and I am satisfied that these brands contain no pesticides or preservatives. Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to make a puree. Store in the refrigerator. Give the patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and evening. Patients usually show some improvement in 2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do no harm and may be needed in some cases.

As a biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what cures can prevent.’ Based on this theory, my wife and I have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with our meals. We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold. For years we have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as part of our regular checkups. The last blood survey, taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the nutritional approach to health, showed substantial improvements in all categories over the last one, and we can attribute these improvements to nothing but 
the asparagus drink. As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better with the latest theories about cancer.

Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called histones, which are believed to be active in controlling cell growth. For that reason, I believe asparagus can be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and in acting as a general body tonic. In any event, regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is a harmless substance. The FDA cannot prevent you from using it and it may do you much good. It has been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, which is considered one of the body’s most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.

Just a side note… In case you are wondering why this has not been made public, there is no profit in curing cancer!

Please send this article to everyone in your Address Book. 
The most unselfish act one can ever do is paying forward all the kindness one has received.

Happy New Year

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Belated but very heartfelt wishes to you all, I hope you had a lovely holiday period and enjoyed your friends, family and some time off from normal life!

I love new years, they are an amazing opportunity to draw a line and move on, so good, bad or indifferent the previous year gets left behind and you get an opportunity to do the next one better!

To grow as a person, to move on professionally, to be a better friend, to have a better relationship – whatever you most desire you can achieve in the months ahead.

Visualise it in detail and write it down and set goals and then go for gold!

If you can’t see it, you can’t achieve it, so give up on the resolutions instead set detailed goals with a short, medium and long term time frame and move your way through every step to reach you goals.

You can achieve anything you want and you can be more than you ever dreamed you can you just have to be prepared to change and do things differently. Scary – not really! Very exciting because you get what you always wanted at the end.

Go for it!

Keep smiling

Love Deb x

Happy New Year

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Chemical Free Cosmetics

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Recently I started working as a consultant for a Health and Wellness company that for 32 years has prided itself not only on its amazing business model for its consultants but its pure, safe and beneficial botanical products. Long before it was trendy to be “green”, they were and now as the Wellness revolution builds momentum they are perfectly placed to go global. The whole process of working (very part-time) in this area has forced me to open my eyes even wider to the chemicals that are present in our everyday products.

It is shocking what is placed in these everyday products and I’m going to write a full report on many of these subsatnces in the next few weeks. In the meantime have a look at what’s on your bathroom shelf!

More advice and information shortly.

Keep warm and well

 Debbie  x

Milk better for you than Water!

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Two nights ago I was watching the food hospital – which I have found fascinating and I thoroughly recommend when they showed a study into the hydration ability of milk versus water.

Dr Pixie (and Nurse Fairy – sorry I mustn’t be silly!) made a group of young boys exercise for an hour and then rehydrated them with either water or skimmed milk to drink. They then waited 3 hours! Poor very bored boys and weed into jugs. Then they repeated the exercise for an hour the drinks were swopped and then another 3 hours to wait, more wees, more measuring and then the results….

Milk is more hydrating than water. Now all I want to do here is point out a few FACTS

  1. Milk, even pasteurised processed milk contains things that just aren’t found in water.
  2. We are made up of 70% water, our bodies need when dehydrated is for water (and LIVE nutrients)
  3. From the age of about 3 we no longer produce the enzymes required to breakdown the proteins in milk.
  4. It may contain calcium – before we pasteurised it!
  5. Milk forces the body’s pH to rise; this is an alarm situation for the body (equivalent but more serious than having a high temperature) and is met with a serious internal chemical response.

I could go on and on but most of the evidence on dairy products and their negative effects on our bodies is out there in many forms to read and I am guessing that most of us either have some sensitivity ourselves or we know someone close to us that does. This is not coincidence – we should not have milk past being weaned and certainly not the milk of another animal! Why do we feel we can buck a mammalian trend that is adhered to by every other mammal on this planet except us and why do we think we will be “better” for the addition of milk in our diets.

I was so pleased to hear that nearly all the boys that took part did not drink milk I was then appalled to hear after the study they would consider swapping over to milk based on the few mls of extra urine saved.

Dr Pixie was selling the virtues of milk and promoting it as a healthy part of our diet. The evidence is clearly showing us otherwise.

The reason that the volume of urine was more for the water drinkers was because the boys bodies were better hydrated with water, their kidneys worked more efficiently and the body was able to release the “spare” water which had a greater volume than the boys on the milk when their bodies used up fluid to process the milk and detox the body thereby losing more fluid to the internal tissues and releasing less urine.

In my opinion she jumped completely to the wrong conclusion and has recommended a very poor food group to a nation of GP believers.

Think out of the box, ask more questions – it will save YOUR life!

Catch the programme next week channel 4 8pm.

 Enjoy!

 Keep smiling

Debbie

Autumn Newsletter

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Huge apologies for the lack of blogs. I have been itching to comment on so many news stories but they are here and gone before I have had time to get to the computer and write the other side of the story for you. I have however finished this quarters newsletter and it is going out on Friday so if anyone wants to make sure they get it, check you are up to date with your annual subscription and have full membership. Reminders have been sent to everyone that have completed their year with Complete Lifestyle so you should be up to date if you got the email. Check junk boxes if in doubt!

I chose the topic of immune systems as we all get worried at this time of year as the coughs and colds start to fly around and the flu season looms. The newsletter offers suggestions on how to boost your immune system, foods to choose and activities to promote well being. Hot juice recipes can be found on the juice master site or in Jason Vales recipe books, they are a great alternative when you feel a cold coming on.

My absence of blogs is also in part due to the fact I have been trying to write the last part of a book about Raising Healthy Kids in the Mdern World – a tall order but very possible. Watch this space and I will keep you updated on its progress over the next few months.

Have a happy healthy autumn, enjoy the amazing colours and crisp bright weather. Keep walking and keep smiling!

 Debbie X

Kids go Healthy!

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Following a few weeks of a very altered routine i.e. school holidays! I have been begged by my kids to let them drink juices and eat raw foods for a few days!! What led them to this? Mostly service station food! As well as eating out more than normal and definately exercising less than they are used to. Without one big holiday this year we have snatched odd days here and there (I’m beginning to feel like I live out of a suitcase and in the car!) I knew within 24 hours the lack of juices and fresh foods were affecting me but the fact the kids have really felt it has impressed me SO much. I am not a saint there have been many coffee stops on these trips and I have to admit to burger king chips actually making it into our car on two occassions! But what has warmed my heart more than I can tell you is the fact the kids actually do know that fresh stuff makes them feel better and they want to feel good. Kids love energy and looking good and when they discover a route to that it’s hard to slow them down. So wish me luck over the next few days as the juicer gets a real work out and my veggie rack gets emptied. It’s a good problem to have!

Keep smiling, keep juicing..

Debbie

Olympic Fever!

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

The last few weeks have consumed us all I think. Whether you have glued yourself to the TV for 2 weeks or just caught the news flashes about our gold medal haul. It’s hard not to feel a sense of pride for what we have achieved. The seven years of planning, the thousands and thousands of people involved with every stage of that, the games makers, the supporters and the competitors have all come together to make the days so exciting.

Lives have been changed.

That I think is the most exciting legacy of these games the changes that will/have taken places in peoples’ lives. The inspiration to aim for the impossible. The drive to push yourself beyond your wildest expectations. The courage to face your fears. On small or large levels we all can allow ourselves to dream of what can be possible. I have watched many athletes visualise their goal and then DO IT! And they DID IT! And so can you.

No change is without fear. We are creatures of habit and even if we hate our current situation we are often too scared to change it. Fear does not help us, it must be overcome and moved beyond, because just at the other side of fear is success. Even if your venture or dreams fail your inner strength will grow as you conquer your fears and from failure will come success.

Keep trying, keep smiling and GO FOR GOLD!

Wrinkles!

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

On Monday night I watched a documentary about skin damage/wrinkles and ageing. Presented by a plastic surgeon, a woman in her mid 40’s (who did look good!) she took us on a tour of the different theories and current research into why our skin sags and wrinkles  as we age and asked the question “can we do anything to stop it?”

Sun – both UVB and more penetrating UVA rays cause damage. UVA rays can penetrate glass and so she was making the point that spending long hours driving should require us to use sun protection. That brings me to a very important point regarding sun creams. Have you ever read the chemical content of a sun cream? It’s scary, most is unpronounceable and I doubt any one of us would be comfortable with the idea of eating it. Yet we put it on our skin, an organ that absorbs anything we put on it. Interestingly there is a growing body of evidence linking the increase in incidence of skin cancers not to sun exposure alone but to the use of the chemical sun screens. Without doubt burning our skin causes damage and should be avoided at all costs, but is applying toxic chemicals to warm, open pored skin the solution?? I leave you to ponder that one; I know what my views are.

Diet – this I found amazing to watch, this lady had NEVER and I mean never even considered the possibility of what she was eating having an effect on her skin! Sugar again became the culprit on two levels, firstly is gets into our system and wreaks havoc in the collagen fibres themselves and secondly it forces the body into the stress response. The key point here is that the body cannot be in a phase of growth and repair and stress at the same time. We are either repairing or degenerating we can’t do both. High sugar diets put us into the stress response and our collagen breaks down and then can’t repair because the body is too busy dealing with the stressor of the sugar diet.

The programme then took a huge turn into the corrupt world of marketing. Interviewing only scientists from Unilever (chemical company) and finally finishing by promoting a new product produced by L’Oreal I was left feeling the whole programme had been one big expensive exercise in promotion. The science may be true behind some of the most current studies she reported on but the programme was not independent it had strong bias and promoted science and our blind faith in science to get a product noticed and to market.

Magic new factors emerging onto the skin scene are MAA and glycans watch out for these names but also be wary of who is telling you about them and if the companies that have financial gain are behind a study promoting them  think twice before you buy into what they say.

Above all remember what you put on your skin goes into your body.

Keep smiling!

Debbie

Two New Juice Recipes

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

I’ve just discovered these two great juices, born out of the fact I have lots of spinach, mint and strawberries from my allotment at the moment.

One for the kids or sweeties amongst you -

Strawberries – a handful

Lime – 1/2 peeled

Orange – 1 peeled

Kiwi – 1 scooped out

Apples – 6

Put the strawberries and kiwi in a blender, then juice the apples and soft fruit (do them on a slow speed if you have the option) Add the juice to the mix in the blender and whizz! Chill on ice or in the fridge. With less apples I reckon this would make great ice lollies, try it and let me know.

Juice 2 – this is a green one!

Spinach – handful

Rocket – small handful (more if you like it peppery)

Mangetout/ podded peas – handful including the shells

Mint – depending on your love of mint, I put in 6 leaves but could have done more.

Lime – 1/2 peeled

Apples – 6

Cucumber – 1/3

Pack all the leafy veg and peas between the apples and juice the lot. Pour over ice or chill in the fridge. This one is SO refreshing and really good for you, enjoy!

Let me know any of your juice or smoothie recipes, salad creations or ways of getting veg into kids!

Keep Smiling !

 

Portion Sizes

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Having watched the BBC documentary last night – The Men that Made us Fat I thought I’d recap on portion sizes. They discussed last night the issues around supersizing our meals/snacks and how this culture came around. I didn’t realise it started quite so long ago. In fact the early 70’s saw the ideas launched in the US and as usual we adopted the same culture a little later. The reason behind the change? – Profits of course!

These enormous companies were able to easily up sell a product with a simple question not complicated sales tactics and if they got the right answer their profits soared. A few extra chips cost the company a tiny amount and yet they could charge an inflated price for that extra large portion.

These addictive, nutrient deficient foods not only got into our diets but they arrived in larger amounts than we would ever need. The result on health was going to be bad; did they know that at the time?? I suspect not to the level that has spun out. However the writing was on the wall and nobody really took notice. Profits were everything, health a very minor consideration. We are now having to back track fast to try to regain some perspective on our food choices. Led by addictive foods, low prices, fast service and constant availability it is hard to see how sanity will prevail.

Focusing back on portion size alone, your best guide is the size of your own hands. Cup both hands together and that represents the volume of food that you should eat as your main meal in a day. Then using one cupped hand as an indicator you will know how much food you should eat for the other two meals of the day. If you were to have a snack it should fill just your palm.

Shocked?? Think you can’t survive on that little food? Well you can and you can be very fit and well using that portion guide.

Remember though if you have eaten foods with no nutritional value your body will still send a hungry signal to your brain triggering the response for you to source out more food. If you continue to put rubbish in you will continue to feel hungry but if you eat foods that supply your body with nutrients the hunger will stop and you will feel full.

Processing foods with no nutritional value is very energy hungry and you will feel tired and lethargic even though you have just eaten and should feel energised. You are setting the scene for the couch potato that keeps ordering take aways and then falls asleep. Sound familiar??

Change your food choices and portion size will naturally change and you won’t feel like you are starving.

Wouldn’t it be great if the supersized foods just disappeared and we were left with food in the correct portions? Nice dream, but profits still mean everything to these companies so before you order anything look at your hands, if it’ll fit in them at least you haven’t supersized, next all you have to do is consider what you are eating!

Good luck!

Keep smiling

 Debbie

Treat a Healthy Person!

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Statins are in the headlines again!

I haven’t been out to buy the paper yet or dig deeper into this current research report BUT I can say what I heard on the news this morning absolutely appauled me. Professor big wig from wherever actually stated that we should seriously look at the possibility of treating healthy people with statins to prevent the onset on cardiovascular disease. Point one that I won’t dwell on is that there is more evidence to state that statins although they lower cholesterol levels do nothing to prolong life or prevent heart disease but point two how can we in all conscience contemplate “treating” healthy people.

A healthy person in the true sense of the word is a person who has good normal function in all the cells of their body. All their body systems are working in a balanced way, controlled not by a drug but by the awesome innate intelligence of the human body. Our bodies do not have random responses, we are preprogrammed for them, our bodies do not make stupid mistakes, they know exactly what to do. Our problem is we interfere with the balance to such an extent we get sick. Then we need to address that sickness and drug therapy is one route, in my opinion for chronic illness it is the wrong route but nonetheless it is an option.

At no point is it a good idea to put a drug into a healthy body. All drugs are toxic and have side effects so why do it unless absolutely necessary?

Don’t forget to ask why we have chronic illness developing at epidemic rates? It wasn’t that for the rest of time we lived without statins but now they are here we can stem this surge of mortality.  No not at all, just as it is unlikely that the last headache you had was caused by a lack of neurofen, your cholesterol level is NOT linked to a lack of statin!

Treat a healthy person! Are you mad!

The only thing you should treat a healthy person  with is a pat on the back and ask them how they got so healthy, then do the same!

If you would like more information on the fantastic con we are being pulled into then please download the ebook on cholesterol on my website, its a 10 page summary on why we are getting it so wrong! Or read the book The Great Cholesterol Con by Dr Malcolm Kendrick its eyeopening but heavier going than the ebook!

One last question that I intend to answer today – who paid for the research study?????!!!

Keep smiling!

 Debbie

Five a Day or More?

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Yesterday I was watching the BBC news when they were talking about your 5 a day and how research is showing that 5 a day is a minimum requirement and it should be nearer 8 a day. What insensed me with this story was the flippant attidute of the two newsreaders, who both plainly stated they find it almost impossible to fit 5 a day in let alone 8 a day! I shouldn’t really be surprised by their ignorant attitude but they have to realise their views are heard by millions and even if they have a personal difficulty fitting in 5 a day of fresh fruits and vegeatbles (which is ridiculously easy!) they could still encourage others to do it. Just because they have failed to look after themselves why should they take everyone down with them!

Besides haven’t they heard of a juicer??

Anyway apart from ranting about the ignorance of the press I’d like to state that in fact the article was right. Five a day is a bear minimum for gaining some basic nutrients not the requirement to be well. It more reflects, the minimum it requires not to be ill. Huge difference! I feel even at 8 a day we are only scratching the surface of what is actually needed by the body to stay functioning perfectly.

Buy a juicer or blender and pile in those raw fresh fruits and veg, imagine the fun of being able to drink in a delicious drink all those things you’d turn your nose up normally. Kids love them and I’m not talking about the off the shelf pasteurised versions, I mean the made at home eaten/drunk  soon after being made type of juice. Delicious and nutritious!

A few years ago my daughter was at a science day in Leeds with school and they had to complete a form stating their dietary intake that day. They had to list how many fresh fruits and veg they had had that day – she wrote 14!! She was very chuffed with herself as she beat everyone in the class by miles. Her secret hadn’t been to eat fruit and veg all day she had in fact just had fresh juice and then some extra fresh bits throughout the day. At least half of those 14 had all been hidden in a juice.

Try it –  I know you’ll like it!

Keep smiling and START juicing!

Debbie

Confusion Reigns!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

I know I write many times that the Complete Lifestyle programme is about trying to cut through some of the confusion that is presented in the media, but the last two days news articles regarding statins could leave even the most informed person wondering what to do for the best!

On Tuesday The Mail printed an article citing observational studies and human stories of severe confusion and memory loss after being placed on statins. All the symptoms that people suffered disappeared once they were taken off the drug. Conclusive evidence in my opinion!

Put someone on a toxic drug, with many known side effects, as a preventative measure for something they don’t actually have and then watch while they present with many of the side effects and then act surprised!! Worse than that many of these people that were left suffering, some quite shocking mental issues were only reluctantly allowed to have a “trial” period off these drugs!

You know what I’d do at that moment ….run!! And never look back!

They were not really supported in their suffering and the finger of suspicion was not immediately pointed at their drug therapy, instead they were left uninformed and struggling, hence the newspapers article calling for more information and education for patients on these drugs.

Dr Malcolm Kendrick author of The Great Cholesterol Con believes there is a very strong link between these states of memory loss and mental confusion due to the key fact that cholesterol is the main constituent of the synapses in the brain. When we lose cholesterol we lose the ability of the brain to connect the neurons together, its key communication system.

In the other camp the defenders of statins twist and turn the figures and hide behind scare tactics to keep millions of people running for their next prescription. They also demand randomised control trials into any claim ever made, they use this testing as the gold standard and will not look at evidence based events such as a person’s personal reaction to medication.

Moving on to today’s article – we are told by a headline that statins may help to fight early stage Alzheimer’s. WHAT!!!

Twenty four hours before we are told that taking this drug will stop our brains functioning normally and today we are told take them and you’ll help prevent another chronic disease of the brain.

Now it may be a bit harder to confuse me than you as I have spent many years reading up and learning about health issues but the ridiculous situation that arises when we are bombarded with such headlines does nothing but confuse and complicate the understanding of our own health and wellbeing.

I’ll just point out that this latest study was only carried out on mice! They are making these claims having seen small changes in mice! AND the study was financed by the makers of simvastatin – because it wouldn’t be in their interests to find another group of potential patients’ would it!???!!

On a weekly basis I see the damage statins are doing to people and when the drugs are stopped the symptoms resolve. With dietary changes, stress management and exercise cholesterol can be well controlled too. Further information can be gained by reading my short ebook available by download from the complete lifestyle website just go to the shop from the home page at www.completelifestyle.co.uk

In summary we need cholesterol to be well but we are being advised to take toxic medication to ever lower its levels and this is very dangerous. We need cholesterol in so many functions of the human body just ask yourself how these processes can continue to happen when there is no cholesterol  left? The enormous myth about heart disease is nothing more than a myth, read more about that in my ebook or Dr Kendricks book. It’s enlightening!

Don’t believe everything that you read, ask yourself who has financed the study and how correct the research has been. Science is wonderful when done correctly and we should all keep an open mind but don’t ignore evidence based stories of personal experiences, they might not be a randomised controlled trials but they are a valid piece of information. Also remember we are all guinea pigs when a drug is released onto the market, good or bad results we all form part of the follow up studies, some of these studies last decades and only then are the dangers realised.

Keep smiling and keep reading!

Insurance – see it from their point of view!

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Unlike drug companies the insurance companies make money when we are well. They can sell the fear of being ill but they really want us to stay well, so no payouts! They have a very realistic outlook on the health of a nation and can crunch figures to reveal the honest truth better than any other profession. They need to know the percentage rise in diseases, the risk factors , the treatments available, lifestyle factors etc. they look at the big picture and set their premiums accordingly.

Has anybody noticed our policy payments decreasing as our health increases? No the opposite is happening, payments are skyrocketing and why? Because these companies know how sick we are now and what’s coming, and without a monumental shift there is nothing they can do to stop it so they have to protect themselves from financial disaster so up go our policies!

Let me tell you a story I heard last week – 2 men apply for insurance, both are aged 55 years old, both have normal weight, appear in good health, have normal blood pressure at 120/80 and normal cholesterol levels. Will they pay the same for their policies?

I said yes, I thought that was obvious but then I was told that one had normal blood pressure readings only because he was medicated to that. So in fact their policies are very different. The medicated gentleman pays very much more for his insurance cover. Why I thought as the result of taking the medication is to bring him back into line with “normal” readings therefore by medical definition he is healthy again.

No! According to ALL the statistics this man’s chance of living the same length of time as a non-medicated man is poor, continuing through life without needing more medication either to treat the side effects of the drug or other body systems is poor, having the same quality or length of life is poor and the insurance companies know this, they have the facts in front of them. So in an attempt to not lose money on this person they have to raise the cost of his policy.

This is a completely different view to the drug companies and even the medics who will tell you that by taking a drug to treat a symptom you will be healthy again, have regained normal and have along happy life. But they know this isn’t true, it doesn’t even matter that it isn’t true because they have such power and money behind them they can silence just about anybody who dares to speak up.

The insurance companies are not evil they actually have analysed facts and figures that could save us as a species if only we listened. They are trying to say you will have shorter sicker lives once you have particular findings and we are too stupid to listen. We just see a rising policy and blame them for profiteering. Fifty years ago they made good profit from lower cost policies because we were healthier back then not because they are getting greedier, their problems are arising because we are getting sicker!

We have no-one to blame but ourselves.

Think about the implications of this enlightening information and then start to question every decision you make about your health just as they have to. Their survival as a business depends on them doing this and your survival as a person depends on you doing it!

 Keep smiling!

Cancer and Aspirin???

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Aspirin treatment for Cancer

Headline news today! Before I start getting emails asking about this article I thought I’d pre-empt the questions with an answer.

Remember the two different paradigms for health – the medical model – you are sick through no fault of your own, your body has no idea what to do now you are sick and a Doctor must treat you with a drug, surgery or radiation to get you well again. Or the wellness model that believes that the body is a self healing, self regulating organism that is programmed to react to any given environment and respond accordingly. This may sometimes result in a symptom, a sign if you like that the body has lost balance, but the way to resolve the symptom is to improve the factors that caused it in the first place.

So if you believe that cancer is caused by a deficiency in aspirin then it would make perfect sense to use it as a treatment, if however you believe that there may be another cause to cancer than aspirin deficiency taking the drug will do nothing more than placate a symptom.

Aspirin is a form of chemotherapy, it is a drug intervention with toxic side effects.

The results of this study have shown some positive changes in cancer patients and that makes it worthy of discussion. I suspect the reason it has been shown to be helpful is its anti-inflammatory effect on the tissues in the body. When an area is less inflamed some healing can occur when it is very reactive and inflamed no repair can occur. Our bodies are either in a state of growth and repair or alarm, fear fight and flight. We cannot be in one both at the same time.

Sadly there are many other studies that show results as good and often times very much better than those quoted today but they relate to introducing improved diets and exercise plans to cancer patients.  As the drug companies can make no money out of a brisk walk or eating an apple these studies get no funding and no publicity but that does not decrease their validity on the scientific stage it just highlights the power of the drug companies and should make you ask more questions and be less trusting when advised to follow their suggestions.

When addressing cancer in any form it is worth remembering that cancer cells are in us all the time. Our immune systems kill off about 10,000 per day. These pre cancer cells represent mutated unhealthy cells that offer no benefit to the body.  Cancer cells need 2 things to make a change to a growth they need an initiator and a promoter both of these factors are environmental and therefore preventable/avoidable.

Surely it would be better to spend our lives living to support the body and never allow these cancer cells to take hold than constantly be looking to “treat” the disease once it develops.

I believe cancer is preventable rather than treatable; one of our biggest mistakes is our drive to discover the next miracle drug rather than address the cause. Addressing the cause means hard work and change on an individual basis and I understand that without symptoms as an indicator that things are wrong people are not motivated to change. Our laziness as a species does not excuse the fact we are looking for answers in the wrong place.

Personally I have a daily routine that boosts my immune system and I try and live according to what my body needs to be healthy. In societies that lived this way cancer was an unknown, yet in our modern day world that we created, it has been allowed to develop. Change the environment and you’ll change the disease!

I hope that answers your questions on whether you should or shouldn’t use aspirin as a treatment for cancer  – to be honest this is still a personal answer for you to find but think carefully about your belief systems. Do you believe the body knows what to do innately or do you believe doctors and drug companies have the solutions?

Big question for today!!

 But try and keep smiling!

Dog joins the family lifestyle!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

My six month old black lab – Barney has just joined our families eating habits of choosing foods that are congruent with our genetic make-up. Why am I surprised that dogs should be eating raw meat and why when I tell people are they shocked, reacting as if I’m committing some crime! Surely it’s the most natural thing in the world to allow dogs to eat as they would in the wild. The research clearly shows they have longer healthier lives eating this way, it’s cheap, easy and has benefits at all levels.

Whilst researching the change over I have discovered some amazing facts, firstly did you know there are only 5 companies behind the main pet food brands and these include 3 drug comapnies, Mars and Nestle. As with human health it is not their driving factor, profit is, so don’t believe for a moment that whatever is in the pouch, packet or tin for your pet will do them all the good they claim. Also did you know dogs have 7 different types of teeth not one that can be used for grinding and they can only move their jaws up and down! They also have no digestive enzymes at all in their saliva, all their digestion is done in their highly acidic stomachs. The facts go on and on and all are really interesting and highlight the differences in our physiology and also the perfection of their design to raw meat digestion.

Anyway I’ll let you know how it goes, so far he loves it, it’s easy, cheap and I’m so glad I made the chnage.

I have a Complete Lifestyle dog!

Keep smiling!

Debbie

Kids are Juicing!

Monday, March 5th, 2012

For any one who doesn’t yet know from reading the guides – I have 3 children – 2 boys and a girl ages 19,16 and 13 (going on 18!) Now my 19 year old left for college 6 months ago and has juiced every day he has been away! I am SO proud of him and now my other two requested at the weekend that they wanted to juice for a few days as a detox. So yesterday I sent them to the supermarket to buy the ingredients they would need for 3 days of juices and last night I listened as the juicer and blender whizzed their food for the day. They left this morning armed with a two bottles of juice each and a tummy full of juice from breakfast.

Now you may wonder why I would let kids go on a diet/detox and I have had to ask myself the same question but the answer is very simple. What juicing will do is detox them of all the rubbish I know they eat. To give the body a 3 day rest from this rubbish and flood it with live nutrients is an excellent routine for any of us to do. Children should not be an exception to this they should almost be the rule. I was very adamant that this wasn’t a diet and weight loss was not the goal. I insisted on weighing my 13 year old daughter before she was allowed to do it and I won’t tolerate a weight loss programme but a detox, healthy eating plan that gets a body back on track is something we should all consider doing.

They are both keeping notes on how they feel and how hard it is so I will let you know how it goes over the next couple of days! Personally I feel incredibly guilty for eating a meal tonight that needed chewing not drinking, but at least I let them stay out of the kitchen while I cooked!

Below I have attached an article that came to me via email today, when I was reading it I thought I’d written it as it is so similar to one I wrote on enzymes, it is packed with the facts on why we should fill our bodies with enzymes and these are found in raw foods. To read this renews my faith in the power of juicing as the quickest, easiest way to do this – after all if kids can shop, juice and drink it all day long it must be good stuff!

What are enzymes?

Enzymes are important protein molecules which are necessary for life. They are found in all living cells. They catalyse and regulate chemical reactions and are an essential part of every activity in the body. They are the key to unlock the energy the body needs to run our bodies.

Why enzymes are important

It’s very simple, without enzymes, no life can exist. Enzymes are what enable your body to function. Even for your body to utilise vitamins, there must be enzymes.

In essence enzymes: produce energy, move muscles, stimulate nerves, digest your food and help maintain your body. 

Why is enzyme supplementation so important?

Only raw foods contain enzymes. Since they are heat sensitive, cooking food destroys the enzymes. Your body then has to convert metabolic enzymes into digestive enzymes. This burdens the rest of your body as well as the immune system. Furthermore, our bodies cannot cope with the enzyme needs demanded by stressful lifestyles. Once your enzyme resources are depleted, it can have serious health consequences.

Our enzyme supplies are further depleted by stress, strenuous exercise, illness, colds, fevers, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, air & water pollution.

Benefits of adding extra enzymes to your diet:

The combination of a good varied diet, moderate exercise and enzyme supplementation/replenishment can have tremendous positive results.

Benefits of adding enzymers include:  Improved digestion, ability to cope better with stress, enhanced sleep, increased energy, weight loss, stronger immune system and clearer healthier skin.

As far as supplements are concerned Wheatgrass juice is a great, natural source and contains all the enzymes we need for our bodies to function optimally in combination with the correct minerals and vitamins. Overall, where basic nutrition is concerned, concentrated whole foods make the best supplements.

Cereals

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

A recent study done for Which? magazine has published results showing sugar levels in childrens’ cereals. Giving shocking results it is showing that these foods are so packed with processed sugar that children could be eating a packet of biscuits and still get the same sugar hit!

The compamnies have fought back stating that they offer a food source that provides a quick meal and helps prevent obesity in children. This statement is only true on the surface, and a little digging reveals that the comparison group was kids that have no breakfast! To state that a sugary cereal is better than nothing is about as postive as I can make this finding. But to be honest I would rather go a little hungry than start the day with a sugary addictive fix, upsetting blood sugar levels and stressing my body.

Just for interest a friend of mine has a dog, a six month old puppy that has had a very well balanced diet until last weekend when a 12 year old child thought it would be nice to share their Cheerios with her! Within an hour the dog had thrown up the entire feed but the child was still running on a sugar high looking for their next fix! Who has it right or wrong here? You won’t convince me that the dog did anything other than save itself from the horrors of sugar by eliminating that toxin as soon as possible. Our human addiction to sugar just leaves us looking for more!

If you have children, please think twice before you send them out for the day on a bowl of sugar. Replace it with a protein based breakfast, such as eggs or slow release carbs such as oats.

Don’t let these big companies with their high profit lines and enormous marketing budgets convince you they are doing you and your family a favour by providing you a “whole” breakfast in a colourful box. They are selling you a bag of processed white sugar with some processed grain attached!

Be smart, make a different choice!

keep smiling!

Are you an Animal?

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

I’ve just been watching a BBC programme called super smart animals – wow! What has really struck me is that we seem to be surprised by an animals’ level of intelligence. We have such an arrogance that we are not an animal on this planet like all the other species, that we are somehow above the natural laws that all other animals have to adhere to to survive. Of course they can communicate! It might not be in English, but they can communicate in useful ways that ensure all their needs are met and they survive. In most of the animal kingdom failure to communicate or understand is usually associated with death – a great motivator to learn quickly!

We have bucked every trend, used our desire for more, to be top in the animal kingdom to allow us to forget that we are just another animal and we should abide by the same laws.

The entire premise of human survival should be based more on the rules of survival for each species and not reliant on our next emergency invention to deflect a crisis we ourselves created!

The modern world has pushed us to a place which offers us very little survival knowledge. Have you ever thought how you would survive if the petrol stopped flowing, our lights didn’t turn on and our houses weren’t heated, if you couldn’t pop half a mile to the local supermarket and stock your fridge? Our lives would tumble down in days, we have lost the ability to survive on our own, we have sacrificed much for the things we covert and actually they are things that serve us poorly.

We are surprised by an animal’s ability to return to places often thousands of miles from where they are without a sat nav, we cringe at some food choices as they are unpackaged and uncooked, we cannot comprehend the instincts by which animals live day by day and survive either alone or in their community groups.

I wonder when we might wake up to the fact that we are the stupidest species on this earth in so many ways.

I wonder if we are being watched and studied for our stupidity not our intelligence by other species??! I wonder what my dog thinks as I kit up in layer upon layer just to leave the house for a walk and he just has the perfect fur coat for all weathers!

I think the next BBC programme should not be super smart animals, but called super stupid humans and we should look at our own existence through a microscope – I think we would be a little shocked!

Please remember you are an animal on this planet, to be well you must think how to obey some survival rules; you need to buck some trends and think more like our ancestors did and less like modern man does.

We have got much right but I think currently we are getting far more wrong!

By the way great series!

Keep smiling

 Debbie

I’m Back!

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Thank you, all for your patience, I know from your emails that some of you have been twitching to get queries about your health answered. I hope I have got through most of them now, bear with me if you haven’t heard from me yet, or give me a nudge!

I have had an amazing few weeks, the wedding was all I had hoped it would be surrounded by close friends and family we felt very loved and special. The 10 day break away was much needed and passed too fast – don’t they always?! I was going to blog today about new year resolutions and just encourage any of you that made them to keep on going but yesterdays news about Vit D deficiency got many of you asking questions so here is my comment on the suggested guidelines….

It is true that we are becoming increasingly deficient in vit D and children are badly affected as they are growing and  essentially need Vit D throughout that process. We cannot absorb the UV rays from our UK winter sun and obsessively cover up through the summer months. Combined with poor diets it is no wonder we are seeing a rise in conditions such as rickets.

 Supplementation is probably a good idea, there are some great spray versions for kids and capsules are fine for adults. Also remember wheatgrass is a fabulous source of Vit D. The only other source of it is in mushrooms.  Basically we make all our own Vit D when in sunlight – how clever!

We should aim to be in the sun in the mornings and late afternoons in the summer, with good skin exposure and no sun creams. Cover up and protect the skin form intense midday sun. This is a good formula for adults and children to follow too. We need a minimum of 20 minutes exposure to the sun each day to make enough vit D to be healthy. On that criteria alone I think winter supplementation is a good idea.

I have no personal recommendation for specific makes of supplements, take advice form your local health food shop and remember powder in a capsule is always easier to absorb than a solid tablet.

Keep smiling – and sunbathing!

My real recommendation is we all leave the UK for 4 months each year, then think how well we would all be!!

 Debbie (AKA now MRS!!)

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

As a new year is only days away, I know many of you will be thinking about making a New Years resolution. These invariably revolve around trying to improve oneself, weight loss, fittness levels a better work life balance and sadly most fail because too much is attempted too quickly.

It’s correct to start a new year with good intentions, we should start each day with good intentions and try and end each day having done more good things than bad to ourselves. Think of your health as a bank account and put more in than you take out!

Small changes over a long period are more successful than big changes that fail in a few weeks. Be kind to yourself and patient with lifestyle changes. Change things you want to change for life not a few weeks.

I will be missing over New Year as I am getting married on New Years Day – I couldn’t think of a better start to the year! I will be back around the 4th January for a few days then away for a honeymoon. Complete Lifestyle will be looked after by my assistant Linda who will register new sign ups and answer all your questions.

Can I just take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this year and wish you all a very happy healthy new year!

Keep smiling!

 Debbie

The basic activities needed to cut your cancer risk

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Eating fruits, vegetables, exercising regularly and stopping smoking are now shown on the latest cancer research material to cut your risk of developing cancer. It’s great to see this information hit headline news but it frustrates me so much that this is the information that the wellness and health revolution have been saying for years. If by reaching this level of awareness it helps get the message out to more people then it’s fantastic news, but people need help transferring this information into behavioural changes in their day to day life.
The more basic message that comes from this article is the root message from the Complete Lifestyle programme – remove toxicity and supply sufficiency in the nutrients we are genetically programmed to need to be well. When we do that we have perfectly functioning immune systems and cancer cells will be killed off just as they always were before we started changing our food sources by creating new food products, polluting our environment and believing that would have no impact on our health.
Cancer knew better!
But if we get smart again we can win the cancer war. Cancer is a modern day illness, it has taken an advantage of our weak, sick bodies and we need to fight back. Small lifestyle changes make an enormous difference to your risk of developing cancer.

Great to see this life saving info hit the headlines. This one you can believe!
Keep smiling!
Debbie

The Main Message from the Workshop – Validated by recent USA research

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

After spending a fantastic 4 hours with a group of fun, enlightened people at the last Complete Lifestyle event of 2011 they left with a strong message of some rules to follow to improve their health. today I opened up an article on the computer to read exactly what I had been talking about. I have copied it for you all to read. Enjoy!

During the Paleolithic period, many thousands of years ago, people ate primarily vegetables, fruit, nuts, roots and meat—and a wide variety of it.

Today, these staples have been largely replaced with refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, cereal, bread, potatoes and pasteurized milk products… and a much narrower selection of fruits, vegetables, roots and nuts.

While we may consider ourselves to be at the pinnacle of human development, our modern food manufacturing processes have not created a race of super-humans in possession of great health and longevity.

Quite the contrary…

Humans today suffer more chronic and debilitating diseases than ever before. And there can be little doubt that our food choices play a major role in this development.

Can a Stone Age Diet Make You Healthier?

CBS recently ran an excellent series of reports about the Paleolithic diet movement. Of the mainstream press, Dr. Kim Mulvihill was the sole member present at the recent Ancestral Health Symposium in Los Angeles. She ended up taking part in Dr. Lynda Frassetto’s scientific study on the Paleo diet herself. 

As reported on CBS:

“You can eat anything that would be able to be eaten without being processed,” explained Dr. Lynda Frassetto. That means no grains, no bread, and no [pasteurized] dairy but does include lots of fruits and vegetables, some nuts and oils and lots of fish, poultry and lean meats.

… Dr. Frassetto and her team at the University of California in San Francisco tested the Paleo-diet on out-of-shape volunteers. The group ate lots of food without losing any weight or exercising. “In two weeks, everybody’s blood pressure went down and everybody’s cholesterol and triglyceride levels got better. The average drop was 30 points, which was pretty amazing. It’s the type of drop you get by taking statins for six months,” said Dr. Frassetto.

Dr. Frassetto says Paleo foods, also known as the caveman diet, works by keeping your body’s chemistry in better balance.  The goal of the caveman diet is to reduce excess body fat, aid in the normalization of blood sugar levels and reduce toxins and anti-nutrients.”

“Normalizing” your system is the true strength of the so-called caveman diet. By eating foods that are concordant with your genetic ancestry, you can avoid many of the diseases associated with our modern diet.

This is the exact message of the Complete Lifestyle programme with the added benefit of addressing our innate movement and thought patterns as well as food intake rules.

It’s nice to feel there are others out there with the same message.

Keep smiling!

Less than Two Weeks to go!

Monday, November 7th, 2011

The final event of 2011 – the four hour workshop where you can learn how to eat the Complete Lifestyle way. Learn how you can feed an entire family with whole foods that they’ll love.

The workshop is a reminder on the basic rules of wellness and great health, a juicing demonstration, an opportunity to see the spinal hygiene exercises and give them a try yourself and the launch of the new 28day eating plan. I’ll be available for questions throughout the afternoon.

Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Date – 19th November

Time – 2-6pm

Where – The Staveley Arms, North Stainley,(just by Lightwater Valley) North Yorkshire

Price – £35 and you can bring a friend for just £15 extra

Hope to see you there.

 Debbie

Time to Grow!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Apologies for the length of time that is passing between blogs, just as my life seems full to bursting I fit something else in and that has squeezed other things out!

My latest pressures are a new puppy and an allotment!

I have been on the waiting list for 2 years for an allotment and it came up last week. I went to view it last night and was amazed to see this expanse of beautifully prepared soil just waiting for my not so green fingers to get to work. I think I was a child last time I grew something and I have to admit I am very excited at the prospect, if not a little daunted. I spent hours last night reading the seeds magazine and planning what to plant and when. I am now more confused than I was looking at the patch of soil, but I’ll get there! I then spent last night dreaming about all the things I would grow and by the time I woke up I had an amazing crop from all my seeds – if only real life was going to be that kind!

For me this is an important missing piece of the puzzle, as I talk and advocate so much about the quality of the food we eat it always frustrated me that I was stuck buying supermarket food at inflated prices when I knew I could do better. My garden was too small to use and so the allotment idea was all I could plan for, it’s just great it’s come up at this time of year as I have the winter to plan all my activities for the year.

Secretly I’m very excited about having a little shed on my plot, somewhere to keep my wellies and chair that I can sit in and survey my hard labour and watch my veg grow!

I’ll try and share my ups and downs with you and please if anyone has any tips that will save me making big mistakes, please let me know!

Keep smiling!

Debbie

Congratulations and Thank you!

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Twelve months ago today I was packing up the first guides to be posted out to the early adopters of the Complete Lifestyle programme and today I am preparing to send out the first Newsletter and begin the second year follow on support programme for everyone that has enjoyed the information they have learnt over the months.

I want to say an enormous thank you to everyone that has read and instigated even the smallest change in their lives over the last year. All positive input moves you towards better health and nobody can do that but YOU. So I thank you for having the will, the intelligence and the faith in me to go down the route of change.

It has been a year of ups and downs, managing computer systems and learning to blog, Facebook and twitter have been my personal nightmares, my highlights have been the amazing team that has developed to support me and to them I say a huge thank you, I would have floundered months ago had it not been for their calm support and unwavering faith in the message I was trying to get out to the masses. The press coverage has been amazing and boosted membership every time an article was printed. The coverage helped to take the programme not just national but international and I now have members in 6 countries!

In all honesty I never thought much beyond the 12 monthly guides and the website being a source of information for people but over the last 6 months it became obvious that the formula of small pieces of information delivered regularly is one that has been enjoyed, so we move into year two!

What’s in store?

Quarterly health guides will be delivered via email in PDF format to be printed out and stored with your original guides, forming a concise library of health information. I intend them to follow health topics such as cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, beauty products, children’s health etc etc. the list is endless and I will be working on more current news linked eshots to bring to you monthly, just to keep you in the health loop!

Your continued membership gives you access to the website and me, I am always happy to answer all your health questions if sent in via email debbie@completelifetsyle.co.uk

There is one last workshop being planned for the end of this year, watch your inbox for further details. I will be launching a new and exciting venture at that workshop.

I will also be working on a book! I think it is important that all the information is pulled together in one place finally and so that venture will take me into the next year or two!

Mostly I want to say congratulations to you all, you are inspirational in as much as you see you need to change your lifestyle to save your life. Not many people understand this, nor do they know the information that is needed to make the correct changes, still being led by mistruths and governed by advertising and peer pressure, they continue to go down a route that leads to chronic illness. You have information now that can literally save your life and you were smart enough to go for it.

Some of your success stories are heart warming and I know I don’t hear them all. I love receiving them it encourages my journey to help people rather than feeling like a lone voice in a very big world.

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to represent the Chiropractic profession at a political conference. The opportunity to place literature in the hands of people that make policy and create change, literature that proves we are doing it wrong and need to change direction. It was an important point in my career and makes me realise the importance of turning the tide on our nation’s health.

I also spent some time yesterday talking to a GP, who by their own confession hates what medicine has become and knows it has got it wrong! If only they were all brave enough to stand up and say that we would instantly beat the epidemic of ill health.

My mission is big, but I don’t feel alone. There are so many of you out there trying to make sense of the world and make it a better place for you and your families.

I’m going to sign off on this momentous day for me with a quote, written on a tomb in Westminster Abbey it says –

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it too seemed immovable. As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me. But alas they would have none of it. And now as I lie on my deathbed I suddenly realised: if only I had changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement I would have been able to better my country and who knows maybe even change the world!

Thank you for changing yourself, big changes start small and grow into big ideas.

Keep smiling!

Student Life!

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Life has been somewhat chaotic over the last few weeks as I have packed my oldest son off to college. Nobody prepares you for the emotional trauma this can be for both parties and I’m sure my emotional health is not all it could be right now! On the other hand my son is embracing student life and making me very proud of his ability to keep his healthy lifestyle going at the same time as surviving freshers week! When we arrived in his house we set up his bedroom and then he made me laugh as he positioned his juicer and blender in the kitchen! Three weeks in and he has managed to juice everyday! He has sourced a local greengrocer and picks up his fruit and veg every few days. He is managing well within budget and feeling quite chuffed with himself!

I have often said that you cannot lay food rules down for older children as they will always make their own choices BUT you can show them a direction to go and give reasons why they should embrace the better choice. Saying no to a small child is hard enough but saying no to a teenager is impossible as they will always have free time and money and if they want something enough they will have it. So the only route to health for our young adults is the truth about the products they are choosing. Over time this method wins and like my son is proving can even surprise mum!

Now that I know he is settling away from home, apart from missing him my emotional wellbeing can regain some balance again. I’m going to give me a chance to get back on track now, I’m planning a week of detox and a step up in my exercise levels, that should go a long way to me being less worn out by all the changes!

A lot of the rules about being healthy are about staying healthy and that means noticing when stressful factors in your life are building up and doing something about it before they cause you to be ill. I love feeling well and so regaining some balance early is very important to me. Watch for signs in your life that your stress load is building and act quickly! Remember stress comes at us in how we move (too much or too little) what we eat and what we think – all separate categories and all equally important.

Keep smiling!

What two things are now being shown to increase your chance of developing cancer?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Headline news today has revealed some alarming statistics for the increase in our rates of cancers. All cancers seem to be affected by these two factors and yet news articles have rarely before now given a big enough voice to them, preferring the alarmist headline that cancer is in your genes!

Imagine the annoyance of the drug companies if it was shown the real power to prevent cancer lay in your own personal decisions to live a different way and not in some drug they can prescribe you.

Imagine being able to decrease your chance of bowel cancer by 65% by engaging in this activity for just 30 minutes a day.

So what are these miracle two factors?     DIET and EXERCISE!

It has now been shown that the way we live our lives might actually have some affect on how well we are through our lives!

Is it just me or are we losing focus here a little. The simplicity of our position is exactly that – what we do in our lives will reflect in our health. We become the product of our own past and cannot blame anyone else for the consequences of our actions.

It really should be no surprise to anyone that this report has been able to come up with these finding because they are the true cause of our chronic illness epidemic and that includes cancer and the truth always finally finds a voice.

Cancers require an initiator and a promoter to develop a tumour and both of these factors are found in your own personal environment i.e. they are reflective of your choices on what you eat, drink, how you exercise and what your thought patterns are (emotional stress.)

You can easily change the outcome by changing your lifestyle.

The Complete Lifestyle programme is based around educating you to do exactly that. Arm yourself with information, improve your lifestyle choices and you will not become a statistic of our increasing cancer levels.

Keep smiling!

The Best and Worst Fruits and Vegetables to Eat

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

I don’t want to become too purist and lecture you on the benefits of organic foods. It is an enormous subject and one I can only encourage you to research further. There are a lot of cons and marketing strategies that play your decisions into the hands of food producers and improve their profit line and not your health. Now a decision between a non- organic vegetable versus an organic one will always come out as a choice to have the organic but a choice between a non-organic one and nothing would be non-organic. Some fruit and veg is definitely better than none!

The subject of toxins entering our food system from sprays and fertilizers is one I’m planning on looking into in depth and depending on what I uncover I will write an ebook on the subject of chemicals in our environment and how to avoid them. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 60 percent of herbicides, 90 percent of fungicides, and 30 percent of insecticides to be carcinogenic, and most are damaging to your nervous system as well. In fact, these powerful and dangerous chemicals have been linked to numerous health problems such as:

  • Neurotoxicity
  • Disruption of your endocrine system
  • Carcinogenicity
  • Immune system suppression
  • Male infertility and reduced reproductive function
  • Miscarriages
  • Parkinson’s disease

This information alone should give you pause when considering whether to buy local, organic vegetables or not. But I encourage you to do further research about organic versus conventional farming conditions. I believe that after researching the facts and statistics, you’ll come to the conclusion that organic vegetables are far more nutritious than conventionally farmed vegetables.

Of the 43 different fruit and vegetable categories tested by the Environmental Working Group and included in their Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce, these 12 fruits and vegetables had the highest pesticide load, making them the most important to buy or grow organic:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes (imported)
  • Pears
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes

In contrast, these foods were found to have the lowest residual pesticide load, making them the safest bet among conventionally grown vegetables:

  • Broccoli
  • Eggplant /aubergine
  • Cabbage
  • Banana
  • Kiwi
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet corn (frozen)
  • Avocado
  • Onion

I would advocate washing all your fruit and vegetables in a proper vegetable wash, available from health food shops or on line. Personally I always wash anything that I buy that isn’t organic before it goes into the fridge or fruit bowl, or else it tends to only get a quick dash under the tap and that is not sufficient to remove these toxic residues.

The Stupidity of Man….

Friday, August 26th, 2011

When asked “What is the stupidest species on the planet?” the Dalai Lama replied…

Man, as he sacrifices his health to make money and then sacrifices his money to re-coupe his health and then he’s so anxious about the future he does not enjoy the present, the result being he doesn’t live in the present or the future. He lives as if he’s never going to die and then dies having never really lived!

 Anyone that was listening to Radio 2 yesterday will have heard this quote, I heard it and just knew I had to share it. To me it represents the stupidity of the materialistically driven decisions that rule our lives.

Its my new affirmation, maybe you’d like to make it yours?

Keep smiling!

What’s turning you grey?

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

As the years tick by the signs of ageing show up in many ways but one of the most obvious and stressful is going grey. Its not that we cant override this particular issue its more that it faces you daily when you look in the mirror, acting as a constant reminder that we are ageing. Researchers in America have been looking into chronic stress as the route cause of our greyness and early results are showing some very strong indications that our modern day stress levels are to blame. The reason for this is thought to be the fact our stresses are chronic, they no longer present us with life and death situations where we have to use our full blown flight or fight response, no these stresses are lower grade, ongoing and in many ways more damaging. The studies so far have been making the almost “fun” link to the fact stress turns us grey but what is clear from these studies is that the same process that now appears to turn our hair prematurely grey could also be responsible for cancers and other chronic illnesses. This is not the strange leap it may seem, our physiology is determined by our environment and when under stress it behaves very differently than when it is relaxed and well balanced.
The entire wellness premise is based on the fact that decreasing the stressors in your life and your environment will help prevent chronic ill health, it now appears it can stop you turning grey too! If I wasn’t convinced before I am now as the alternative is many hours spent having chemicals put onto my hair to cover the grey that I caused in the first place!
As a little foot note the research is also mounting as to the dangers of hair dye chemicals and their links to cancer. Watch this space, I’ll be writing more on chemicals in our environment shortly.
Anyway I thought that bringing your attention to yet another piece of evidence linking stress as the root cause of a symptom was worthy of a blog.
Just remember stress comes at us through physical, chemical and emotional directions so eat, move and think your way to better health.
Keep smiling!

Holiday Time!

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Just before I went away for a week in the Lakes I was reading about the Dukan diet, it was strongly promoting the fact that you can still have a holiday and stay on a diet – my question is – why!!!???

Surely the point of a holiday is to relax, not to feel you are monitoring everything you put in your mouth. I am not advocating a complete lack of responsibility to your own health, but the stress of staying on a strict regime while everyone around you kicks back and enjoys themselves is much more stressful than participating in the first place. Please take this advice with a big dose of common sense, you can’t lie by a pool all day drinking alcohol, have all your meals cooked for you and eat three courses at each meal, take almost zero exercise and overeat your way through two weeks and expect a result any different than a deterioration in your health.

Ensuring you get 30 minutes of exercise a day, staying well hydrated and eating plenty of fresh fruit and salads should be enough of a regime to keep you on the straight and narrow until you can return home to a more structured approach to your well being. Don’t come back heavier or less fit than you go, be sure to make that pact with yourself, but do also promise yourself to enjoy your time away.

Holidays are rare these days and should not be filled with deprivation and sacrifice, forget the diet mentality, embrace life and have fun!

Personally the Lakes may not have provided wall to wall sunshine (wall to wall rain is more guaranteed up there!) but we did walk daily and even swam in the lake, spending hours on the river in canoes and then anything the kids could find that was inflatable – even a lilo more suited to the Carribean (drinks container included!) did its time out on the lake! We had heaps of fun and heaps of treats too!

We are no fatter, no thinner, probably fitter but we all had a great experience and a lot of laughs, something I doubt would have happened if I’d been strict with everyone’s food and drink choices!

 Have fun on your own holidays.

 Keep smiling!

Want to lose 7lbs in a week?

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Want to make yourself ill, poison your system, kill off brain cells, remove essential fatty acids from your body then maybe you do want to be tempted by the latest diet craze – the Dukan Diet! With a four page spread each day this week in the Daily Mail, free diet sheets and celebrity endorsement its hard to be a voice loud enough to be heard against such PR, but please please don’t be fouled by this diet it is dangerous, toxic and as with all diets will offer no long term health benefits or for that matter weight loss that remains a loss.

It has an attack phase which as you can imagine is hard hitting, hence the promise of extreme weight loss in the first week, but understanding just a little about what the body does internally when faced with these changes can help you see why diets are NEVER the smart choice.

I know I recommend juicing and if soemone wants weight loss the 3 or 7 day programme can act as a great kick start to lifestyle changes. It detoxes the body and floods it with essential nutrients that will be missing but most importantly once started juicing becomes part of the daily routine, it is not something that is done for a few weeks with the intention of giving up and returning to old ways. This is a fundamental difference with lifestyle changes versus diets that if you understand can save you many weeks of sacrifice and deprivation on diets that will always fail as you will always want to return to eating the way you believe you should/can.

It is very impressive when you see someone looking great and then crediting that change to a diet routine, you believe you can have that too, but wouldn’t it be even better to live with complete freedom to choose what you eat, when you eat it and have great health, weight and vitality without constraint, restriction and sacrifice.

The goal we are all seeking doesn’t come from any diet, there have been hundreds of fad diets and there will be hundreds more and why are there so many you may well ask, well there are so many because none of them actually work longterm so the search for most people goes on and on hoping constantly that one will give them the magic answer and sadly it never will. We would all love the quick simple fix, in reality I think we would all like it if someone did it for us, no effort just great results  but that isn’t reality and living a life on fad diets isn’t reality either, it makes us unhappy and some of them actually make us unwell.

The most alarming fact I read about the Dukan diet was the push to get you using artificial sweeteners and chewing gum! A very short internet search under aspartame – symptoms related to its use will show you how dangerous a substance this is and any diet that can advocate its use should be shut down immediately. This dangerous substance will be banned in the coming years, the lobby in the USA to get it removed from our food is growing daily and we will see its prevalent use change as this lobby and scientific data continues to prove it’s toxic affect on the human body.

For more information on aspartame view my article printed a few months ago in Positive Health magazine, the link is on the homepage under news articles.

If a recipe catches your eye by all means try it but I would strongly suggest that the Dukan diet is one to stay away from for all the reasons above.

Keep Smiling!

Homeward Bound…

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

You’ve been away from home for two weeks, you’ve been living in hostels, travelling on night trains, eating junk food and drinking far too much alcohol, how do you think you’d feel?

Pretty awful! It’s a hard lesson to learn when you’re 18 and think life is one big party and you are invincible, to discover you actually want to be home, eating healthy food, sleeping for a full night and the hardest lesson of all is that mum was right!!

This is my son’s last two weeks, he arrives home in 2 days, 2 sleeps as he keeps putting it, his last week has been really tough, he’s not been well so keeping up with his mates has proved impossible and he has spent time alone in the evenings trying to sleep and get well. He has put his body through a torturous two weeks and he knows it, he has stressed it in almost every way possible. He now completely undersatnds what good health means and how valuable it is. He is ordering fresh juices and detox foods for the second he gets back, so I’ll be the mum standing in the arrivals lounge with a pint of juice in my hand and I don’t know who/what he will be most pleased to see!!

I know it has been a hard lesson for me too, I have taught them all this stuff over the years and yet I now realise that until you really own the information you will never truly live it. Sometimes you have to see the other side, be scared by the consequences of your actions to know how you want to live. I don’t think there is any question in his head now on what he values and how he will choose to live. He’ll party and have a good time but I don’t think he will ever willingly put his body through the rigors of travel, sleep deprivation and toxic foods that it has just been through again. That on the back of 5 months A’level study and exams!

I think a lesson has been learnt!

So for all of you with teenagers trust that if you have role modelled and taught them well they will find the right way, even if it takes a harsh experience to teach it!

I can’t wait to have him home again and get him well!

Fatty Livers in our Kids

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Shocking news this weekend that our kids are developing fatty livers, kids as young as 4 are showing all the signs of irreversible liver damage due to their diets and exercise choices. This has to be awake up call – we are living a lifestyle that is making us very ill at a very young age.

Time for a change – I think so!!

Sadly most people who read or saw the press coverage of this study will immediately think fatty liver must cut out more fat from my child’s diet – WRONG!!

I have two words for you Fois Gras for those of you that don’t know this is fatty goose liver. Tasting like a velvety pate it is a delicacy for the food connoisseur. However it comes at a price, the goose is force fed to bulk its weight and fed a diet that forces it to lay down fat in the liver. The result is identical to what we are now seeing in our children.

You make like to know what the geese were fed to produce those fatty livers…

Grains! Processed grains!    Not fat just grains.

What are we feeding our kids 90% of the time, processed grains, what are we getting – fatty livers.

The geese don’t survive and neither will our children if we don’t change our understanding of a healthy diet. We are genetically programmed to eat fruits and vegetables, nuts, pulses and grass fed meats not processed grains, dairy and sugar.

Please learn how to feed our children in a way that keeps them healthy.

I am currently writing an ebook on how to raise a healthy child in the modern world; it should be available on the website within a month or so, please watch out for it and read it as soon as you can.

 Keep Smiling!

Insurance for Old Age Anyone?

Monday, July 4th, 2011

This debate will rage for some time to come and in fact I doubt it will ever resolve. We have a desperate dilemma brewing in how to care for our ageing population. I once heard a lecturer pose the question “who treats the elderly the worst?” as we all wracked our brains for the single most deserving culprit he gave us his answer –“the elderly themselves!” I was shocked at the time as I thought of an elderly person within our society in need of support, how could they be to blame?

But they are. Think about it…

We all chose to live our lives a particular way and those choices have consequences, however it is our later years that often sees the realisation of those choices and our time of greatest need arises. Who should be made to pay for that lifetime of living? I am not trying to say that there should be no help for people on the contrary I believe we should be able to provide support and care when needed my question is should we be turning a blind eye to poor lifestyle choices and still support chronic ill health?

All the chronic illnesses that are plaguing our modern day society are slow to develop, they require years of dedicated effort of poor choices to create. We have to fail to eat, move or think well for decades to become so ill we are a burden in old age. The plus side of this type of illness is that we have many opportunities in those years to change our habits and improve our position. If we valued our health more and feared the consequences of losing it more we would not become the older generation in society that is a burden to all the other generations. Surely we owe it to ourselves and those we love to look after ourselves more throughout our whole lives, that way we can live longer happier, healthier lives without the fear of chronic ill health.

The diseases we fear the most do not exist in many societies, they are diseases of civilisation and modern day living and therefore preventable by better lifestyle choices.

Don’t get panicky and caught up in this unwinnable debate, nobody wants to pay for your ill health and so there will always be fights to get out of that commitment. Get busy living better and you won’t need to depend on others as you age and if you do the support will be there.

Good lifestyle choices don’t guarantee a long healthy life but poor choices guarantee an unhealthy, shorter life.

Make whatever provisions you want for your own peace of mind, insurance, health checks, ring fence your finances or home, lobby your MP but don’t lose sight of the fact we are all individually responsible for our own health.

 Keep smiling!

What a few weeks!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Sorry about the silence over the last few weeks, I love writing the blogs but just haven’t managed to find a spare 5 minutes – not what I’d advocate to have a stressfree life!

I’ve had two kids one doing A level’s and one doing GCSE’s (is it normal to feel the stress of each exam with them!?) I was rung out by the end of 4 weeks of them, now the kids start having fun for the whole summer and I’m just back to work!!

I have just had a weekend in London, I think I’ve walked further than I would on a walking holiday in the lakes and the pavements are harder than anywhere else! I concluded fun as it was that I just couldn’t live there full time, the number of people, traffic and congestion is mind boggling. It was also very hot while we were there and so everything was a huge effort I found myself desperate to find some water to play in! The closest I got was watching some kids play in some shooting water feature coming out of the pavement!

I am now thinking how to bring the Complete Lifestyle programme to city workers, they need it more than anyone else. Their polution load is SO high and the quick grab foods so poor for their diets, they must find it very hard to feel well in that environment. I know we were glad to be home and walking in our field. It’s not buzzing and happening like the city but much better for your health!

 Have a great week everyone, the sun is shining and the days are long!

Keep smiling!

 Debbie

Terry Pratchett and the debate…

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Millions of people tuned in last night to watch a very cutting edge documentary on assisted suicide and whatever your view on the subject I’m sure you will agree that the debate is one that has no winners. I found myself completely understanding the dilemma in law, the dilemma on human rights and the moral dilemma that assisted dying stirs up.

Many years ago I had a family dog that developed liver cancer about the same time my grandmother developed bowel cancer and was later diagnosed with liver cancer also. I remember thinking at the time that her last days were an unnecessary indignity/torture that had us watch and support her through a slow deterioration that no human being should ever have to suffer through. The dog on the other hand was peacefully put to sleep when life for them became more pain than pleasure and the quality of any life as they would know it had gone. I kind gesture – I thought so.

Last night as I watched the programme I was struck with the level of health these people had to have to be deemed fit to make the decision to die. What an irony, you have to be quite well to die!

I had a very disturbed night’s sleep, in which I dreamt my 18 year old son and girlfriend decided to take their own lives by drinking this poison just because the A levels had been tough and they thought life would get harder and then again in my dreams I killed off my partner, his reason for dying was stress from work was never going to get easier. I awoke this morning not rested at all but quite troubled by the awful dilemma we face as a society. Nobody can take from you the power to decide when to die, no doctor should hold that right, no family member or friend, it MUST be personal to you, so I applaud the fact there is somewhere to go that offers that amazing release. What I cannot fathom is that Dignitas is basically selling a product, something you want, you research and decide to purchase. They sell guaranteed death and to purchase you must show you are of sound mind and that means not gasping your last breath but being relatively quite well. You needed to be physically capable of performing the act necessary to end your life. Thinking of my grandmother again when she most wanted and needed to be released she was in no state to perform any act at all, in fact she was completely dependent on others for every assistance possible.

There are no rights or wrongs, no clear answers except one that occurred to me as I walked this morning in the beautiful sunshine. Many of the diseases that we all dread, the chronic illnesses that are plaguing our modern lives and devastating our futures are preventable!

If not getting the diseases in the first place is an option, surely that is what we should all be striving for. To coin an old adage “prevention is better than cure.” In this scenario I think this may be our best chance as none of our other options look that great!

I have renewed vigour for living a healthy lifestyle and doing everything in my power to prevent these diseases creeping into my life. If I fail I honestly don’t know what I would want, how I would want it or who by then may be deciding my fate. With so many unknowns I am going to work harder and faster than ever to get the message out about lifestyle changes.

The debate will rage and no-one will ever win it, but our fates do lie in our own hands and our hands alone, but that is decided not by how we choose to die but by how we choose to live.

 Keep smiling!

Guides are in the post today!

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Just so you know to look out for them, they are all being posted today! Anyone from Guide 2 onwards who is struggling to source Omega 3 to the quality required for great health please visit the members section in the “where to shop” area and you can order directly from me. I’ll post it straight out to you.

Enjoy the month’s information, any questions remember you can contact me on debbie@completelifestyle.co.uk

Keep Smiling!

Welcome to a new week!

Monday, June 6th, 2011

It’s Monday morning and a new week lies ahead, excitingly for me this week is post out week for the guides! I will be sending them out to you on Wednesday morning so watch out for their arrival!

Have a great week and keep smiling!

Omega 3 Oil

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

In answer to many of your questions I have now been able to source and can supply directly to you the best omega 3 oil I have ever found. In my guides I give you the rules on sourcing this for yourself but many of you have found it very hard to get the quality and availability of the product. The oil I mention in the guides comes from Norway and is molecularly distilled for purity of the product; it has exactly the right constituents of EPA and DHA and tastes great too! The name has been changed since we went to press on the guides, then called Innate Choice it is now called Omega 3 Deluxe and is slightly differently labelled. But I can assure you it is the same product.

I can post to any UK address and you can place an order by going into the “where to shop” section on the members website. Just follow the instructions from there.

Any problems please get in touch via email.                                                                                      

I’m really pleased to have solved this problem for you all and I know you will be pleased with the oil – I am – daily!

Keep smiling!

Alarming News!

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

The UK Department of Health is putting the fast food companies, processed food companies, and soft drink manufacturers at the heart of writing government policy on obesity.

The companies in question include McDonald’s, KFC, PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Mars and Diageo.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has set up five “responsibility deal” networks with businesses to come up with policies. Many say this is the equivalent of putting cancer policy in the hands of tobacco companies.

The guardian recently printed ““The groups are dominated by food and alcohol industry members, who have been invited to suggest measures to tackle public health crises … In early meetings, these commercial partners have been invited to draft priorities and identify barriers, such as EU legislation, that they would like removed.”

Have we completely lost the plot??!

Could we not forget please that these are enormous companies with share holders expecting a return on their money every year. Your good health and turning you away from buying their products will never deliver this and so how can we trust a word they ever say. I implore you to get smart, think smart and make decisions on your health and your family’s health never based on an advert or directive but on common sense and knowledge that will deliver you good health and money left in your pocket not some corporations.

This directive will drag the UK down the same route as the US with government lead decisions being driven by corporations needing to make profit not create a healthy nation.

Keep smiling!

Coffee Anyone?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Are you as confused as me? I have been hearing and reading all sorts of odd data about coffee this last week, has Starbucks or Costa suddenly commissioned a pro coffee research programme?

I’m going to try and put a little perspective and common sense on this for you. Let’s start with the understanding that coffee is a drug, a stimulating drug. It has been used for thousands of years by many nations and has recently developed a culture of followers that are in love with the brand as much as the beans themselves. Personally I love a take away cup of coffee, you know why? It reminds me of happy times; trips away in the USA when calling in for a coffee on my travels represented an exciting new experience, a day of freedom and adventure in a new town. Why do I have coffee here – because it’s social and reminds me that life is an adventure!

 Why do you drink your coffee? Do you NEED it to get going each day, is getting up in a morning a forlorn hope without the caffeine shot, do you hop through the day looking for one stimulant after another? If that sound like you, then you have a problem and for anyone to say otherwise is wrong – you need to ask yourself why are they telling me that? What’s in it for them to keep me drinking high levels of caffeine? Let’s also not forget that caffeine isn’t just found in coffee, it’s found in tea and many other boost drinks and some foods. The moment you need anything, tea, coffee, chocolate, cigarettes, alcohol, sugar you are hooked. When you plan your day around a substance you have a problem, if not having it fills you with fear or leaves you feeling needy, you need to think hard about your reasons for wanting that substance.

The suggestion that caffeine is good for you is wrong; it burdens the body with the pressure of taking the toxin out. A healthy body is more than capable of achieving that, the kidneys, liver and digestive process manage to rid the body of the toxin in a very short period of time, however if your body becomes overloaded with toxin it will fail to regain balance and you will be moving down the road of ill health and developing a dependence on the caffeine to rid you off the symptom of withdrawal, a symptom that would never exist if it wasn’t for the exposure to the caffeine in the first place. It’s a vicious cycle that needs to be broken to give your body chance to rebalance, detoxify and get well.

Dehydration is a major issue with caffeine consumption, to rid your body of the toxin requires water to filter and finally eliminate. If you don’t rehydrate after drinking caffeine you put a very heavy burden on your system.

I have a few questions I would like you to ask yourself as you read studies into caffeine consumption and health benefits.

  1. Who commissioned the studies?
  2. Where and when were these studies done?
  3. How perfect were the research conditions, for example one study took 90, 000 middle age men and women over 10 years and studied coffee consumption VS health issues. Can you assure me that 90,000 people lived IDENTICAL lives for 10 years and the only difference was levels of coffee consumption – (I think not!!)
  4. The type of coffee people drink, organic VS non-organic
  5. What gets added into your personal cup of coffee, milk, sugar, sweeteners?
  6. Instant VS fresh
  7. Different countries have varying cultures over coffee consumption.
  8. Other lifestyle issues, other health conditions, other medication that may be taken.

Can you see how flawed a test group could be?

Can you see how results can be reported to give an impression of anything?

Please be very wary when someone tells you something you know is toxic has health benefits. They used to say that smoking had health benefits and everyone should do it, it was almost an expected norm for a period of time and everyone was expected to participate for THEIR OWN HEALTH BENEFIT!

 We are very close to falling into the same trap. I am not saying don’t have coffee, I am saying enjoy an odd cup, do not become dependent on it, be aware of the damage it does to you and view it with caution. But when you do decide to have a cup of your favourite coffee – ENJOY IT!!

Remember though coffee will never make you well!

Keep smiling!

Natural Health Magazine Article

Monday, May 16th, 2011

The June issue of Natural Health magazine – which is in the shops now – carries a wonderful four page feature that I wrote for them to inspire people to make a few simple changes to the way they eat, move and think in readiness for the Summer. The 12 Step Vitality Plan shows you how to get your health back on track after a long, sluggish winter. What it proves more than anything else is that good health doesn’t require drastic action, it needs a step by step approach and a small change in direction. I hope lots of people will read it and be inspired. It gives a little taster of the Complete Lifestyle 12 month programme which brings you tips and moral support month by month, online and in the post. If you enjoy the article why not come along to our workshop on June 20th and live the Complete Lifestyle way for a day? We’ll show you some simple exercises, encourage you to think more positively and introduce you to juicing. Sign up online on the workshop page.

Latest Press Article for Complete Lifestyle!

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

The June issue of Natural Health has a 4 page spread written along the Complete Lifestyle wellness programme guidelines for good health. It has a 12 point guide to revamping your life, it’s obviously not as detailed as the full 12 month programme but touches on some key points and offers a great start for anyone trying to make lifestyle changes. I am personally thrilled to have such great coverage in such a well read magazine and hope the message about lifestyle changes has a chance of reaching more people.

Keep smiling!

Since when did age become an illness?

Monday, May 9th, 2011

I nearly fell off my chair the other morning when I heard the news that all you now need to do is hit 55years of age and you will automatically be awarded with a cocktail of drugs! Blood pressure pills and statins handed out like candy as if they are not dangerous drugs with major side effects but something that is a natural part of ageing! We are being conditioned to believe some bizarre realities.

I was pleased to see even a GP stating in response to the directive that their patients would be reluctant to take a combination pill just on age alone. She believed she would have a hard job selling that point to her patients – I should think so! How stupid do they think the public are???

To suggest for a moment that we should be in line for drugs due to age alone makes me shudder. Since when was the ageing process a clinical illness in its own right? That is not to say we all age without health issues, of course we do. As we age we often lose the ability for the growth and repair processes to perform as they did when we were younger but to suggest that a 100 000 lives could be saved by giving every person over 55 a combination drug daily is ludicrous. Almost 25% of all deaths in the western world are due to drugs and surgery i.e. medical interventions. How do we expect that figure to come down with such a directive being proposed?

Please imagine for a moment a hunter gatherer man aged 60 or even 70, how fit, vital and energetic they are, how they contribute to their families and society, how they remain active until they die. Now imagine an elderly person in the modern world, how they are overweight, inactive, a burden to society and their families, taking a daily concoction of drugs just to stay alive.

 You will never convince me that the lives we choose to lead don’t impact our health and to be led to believe that however you chose to live your life a pill at 55 years old will make it all okay is a murderous approach to your wellbeing.

This is a classic example of the power of the drug companies; the enormity of the money involved would clear our national debt and leave change! It is quite terrifying how these drug companies can be the ones commissioning the research to show the exact results they need to get more sales of their drugs. If you think I’m kidding do some research yourself there is plenty to be found in books and on the internet to uncover links between these directives and the companies that are set to make money out of your fear.

Good health, takes effort and there will never be a short cut to being well. Get busy working at being well or your body will fail you and you will be forced to be ill and have to sign up to drugs for life just to stay functioning.

Read, learn and fight back, you’re worth it.

 You can be smarter than they can so….

keep smiling!

Your Guide should be with you now or very shortly!

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Everyone is on a different month but that is just what the programme is about – progression through changes at your own speed. I keep hearing so many great reports back on people’s life changes. They are finding them easy and fun and loving the energy, vitality and often weight loss that is coming back into their lives. Your stories are really important to me and I love to hear them so please email me your experiences, the good the bad and the ugly, it’s all part of the process and your personal journey.

If you are failing in areas, have a read back and try harder to engage with the change or research into the subject more, read a book on the topic or email me for a kick up the bum!

Keep smiling!

3 days to go!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

May’s post out of the guides will take place in 3 days, so if you’ve been dithering around wondering whether this is the programme for you bear this date in mind as it can be very frustrating missing it by just a day or two and having to wait 4 more weeks for your first issue.

This last month saw an enormous number of members joining, thanks to the Good Housekeeping article from Mays issue and most of you will soon be reading your first guide.  Remember this is a health programme, guiding you to be well. Weight loss, energy and renewed enthusiasm for life just come with being well, so don’t think of this as a strict diet and exercise routine, this is your journey into wellness. It should be steady, easy and good fun, it should endure for your lifetime and you should never lose focus on maintaining good health – it is our most precious possession.

I hope you enjoy the programme – I know you will!

 I look forward to hearing from you and hopefully even meeting some of you.

The members that joined the programme at the start are well advanced now, if you’re wondering what happens after issue 12, don’t panic, I’m working on some new plans to keep you informed and motivated. Watch this space!

Enjoy whatever issue you are on and keep smiling!

30 miles and still going!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

What a beautiful Easter weekend it was, whether you were in the garden, with friends or away we were all blessed with a wonderful sunny few days and I hope you all enjoyed it.

I walked over 30 miles in the few days we were away, up hills, down dales, along streams, through forests it was GREAT! My exercise bank account is full up right now! With another long weekend looming it’ll be great to get out there again and top it up after a week back at work.

 I love the analogy of your health bank account, with withdrawals and deposits in your food choices, exercise patterns and thoughts. It’s a simple way to address the concept of putting more in than you take out and feeling the health benefits that come from all those extra deposits!

Well with my bank account full of healthy exercise patterns, I’m working on maintaining that now and keeping a close eye on those other areas of my life too.

Finally having confirmed a date for the Complete Lifestyle day – 20th June I am in the process of creating the health and detox experience that will benefit you all the most in just the few hours we will have together. Non members are welcome to attend too, so feel free to bring along a friend even if they don’t receive the guides yet.

Sign –up above on the home page.

 Keep smiling!

Happy Easter weekend!

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

A little early I know but I am heading off tomorrow for a few days in the beautiful Lake District, the weather is set to hold for the weekend so there is mounting excitement in our house tonight as we are packing shorts not rain coats!

I wanted to wish you all a happy Easter weekend and whether you are spending it at home or away, enjoy the break. Relax, unwind, spend time doing something you enjoy and don’t eat too many easter eggs!

Keep Smiling!

Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Obesity and Happiness!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

All in our headlines this morning and interestingly all with the same root cause. Whatever the story or the angle the media are portraying step back for a moment and see that all these conditioned are linked by a single thread – that of stress!

The Diabetes type 2 epidemic is now being addressed as the NHS reaches panic levels with soaring treatment costs that will bankrupt the service. They are considering more gastric bypass surgery to “nip” the problem in the bud, or put another way try and help someone to lose weight before diabetes can set in. They estimate this will represent a long term saving to NHS funds.

I say shall we address the cause! – help that person remove the emotional, physical and chemical stressors in their life and regain good health rather than treat the symptom with life threatening surgery to prevent onset of a second condition. These decisions are cost driven NOT health driven – I have a major issue with that approach!

Alzheimer’s – exciting new data is showing that daily physical exercise is helping patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementia related disorders. The reason for this is so simple – exercise is the one action we can perform that breaks down the stress response. Once we can step away from the stress response in our bodies we can get busy with growth and repair and this includes the cells in our brains, this CANNOT occur when we are stressed.

Remember our stressors come from 3 sources – how we eat, move or think.

Getting a group of dementia sufferers up and moving daily will have an enormous benefit on their wellbeing, but how much smarter to prevent the onset with exercise?! Just 30 minutes daily for life has a chance of lowering your chance of developing degenerative brain disorders by 47-62%! Imagine what other improvements could be made with changes in eating and emotional help.

Finally happiness – how happy are you, how do you grade your happiness level? These are the types of questions being asked. The answer is the same-  if you are living a life of well balanced emotional, physical and chemical influences you will feel happy, energised and well every  day.

This is achievable even in the modern day world with all our external pressures and toxic lifestyles, you can carve a way through and regain balance in your body and happiness is a result of that well being.

 It all sounds a bit flowery but truly happiness is a result of well being. The entire Lifestyle programme is designed around teaching you how step by step to regain balance in the health of your body, how to lower these stressors in your lives and thereby prevent ALL these states of sickness and chronic ill health.

Always ask one more question than you are being given the answer to and always suspect that some large company somewhere has their profit lines prioritised over your health.

 Keep smiling!

To Drink or not to Drink!

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Are you like me starting to get really confused by the sheer weight of conflicting advice that the press seems to bring to our attention on almost a daily basis?

First we are told that a small glass of wine each evening lowers the risk of a heart attack and now we are told that drinking alcohol increases our chances of developing cancer. So choose your disease of choice and cheers!! (The Complete Lifestyle Guides offer education and guidance with these types of questions and help you see the truth in amongst the information you are being given.)

Basically any scientific information that is brought to you from a study will almost certainly have had to be carried out using the gold standard randomised control trial. This has so many pitfalls I cannot go into them all here, the first problem is often encountered with the question that is being posed. If you ask the wrong question you are very likely to get the wrong answer!

You may be wondering how the information can be so conflicting; surely if something is bad for the body it is bad for all the body. The confusion occurs because of the narrow minded approach scientific experiments are forced to take and the fact medicine does not view the body as a whole just many individual parts.

A few basic principles lie at the root of ALL chronic illness – insulin metabolism and the stress response are almost exclusively to blame for the state of our health in the western world. The debate should not be about whether a single unit of alcohol is going to push us over the edge into the abyss of illness and symptoms but how did we get SO close to the edge to start with. How does a body get so out of balance that it clogs our arteries, grows cancerous tumours, stores fat, fails to control sugar metabolism, destroys its own cells and allows brain cells to die off in their millions each day? This is a process that takes many years to hit crisis point, it truly takes a monumental effort to create a chronic illness and these ad-hoc theories that get thrown up as headlines each day hinder not help us see a clear path through into wellness.

I won’t tell you to have a drink or not, I will tell you that alcohol is toxic and adds to your own personal toxic load, how your body deals with that load and for how long is dependent on many factors in your lifestyle. Toxicity and deficiency push our bodies into illness, sufficiency and purity help keep us in balance and functioning optimally, they keep us well. No glass of wine can give you cancer, just as no glass of wine has the power to prevent you having a heart attack, understand it is toxic and make your own choice but do not allow yourself to get confused by the headlines, if all else fails take a step back and use common sense!!

Keep smiling!

Only 2 days to go!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Just a reminder that in 2 days I will be posting off your next issue of the guides. If you are thinking about signing up but haven’t quite done it yet, please do or you’ll miss the deadline and have to wait a full month for your issue.
Keep smiling!

Three Points in One!

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Comments on 3 different things today, starting with something positive – a book recommendation from a member. I will be ordering it and reviewing it properly but for now the name is “Boxing Clever” by Jacqui Jones and Joan Wilmot apparently it is packed with vegetable recipes, she comments that if there is a processed grain product in a recipe try and replace it with an alternative grain, always choose wholegrain products and avoid wheat where possible. Thanks Gill for the steer I’m sure it will help people get some inspirational ideas for those veggies!

On a more serious note I watched the news today with interest as the Irish government debated whether or not to debate the subject of advertising junk food! I wonder how many committees will be formed in an attempt to answer these issues. I wonder what food they serve at break and lunchtimes!!?

Obesity is a very serious issue and is epidemic within our society. There is no doubting there needs to be a change and fast. Dieting has a 95% failure rate so telling an overweight person to get a grip and shed the excess pounds is not going to be the solution. Education will play the biggest role. Why do we clean our teeth each day? It’s not inspirational or exciting yet we all sign up to the job daily – WHY? Because we have been educated into the benefits of that lifestyle choice.

Good health comes from making more healthy choices than poor choices, so as long as you can be educated into the importance of some choices I don’t feel that people are stupid enough to continually ignore that information. One burger will not kill you, but if they are a staple in your daily intake of food, expect some major health issues. We are now eating diets that are excessive in calories and completely devoid of essential nutrients. This is what causes our health issues.

If you don’t take time to make your body well your body will force you to take time for it to be sick.

Deprivation and sacrifice that elimination diets ask you to undertake will fail 100% of the time, make health your goal, your weight will drop away without the emotional trauma.

The debate in Ireland will go on and other countries will follow, it’s not that I support the advertisers in their promotion of fast food, it’s just that I know until we not only ban the toxic food advertisers but then allow educational health information to filter through we will keep failing to get the message out there and we will keep getting fat and sick.

The Complete Lifestyle programme is gaining a large following and I am realising how many people out there need this information. It’s not rocket science, in fact it’s the simplicity of it that makes it so successful. Many others out there have the same message and it’s a good message. Take back control of your life, gain great health and your quality of life will improve in ALL aspects. We have become processed people and we need to stop!

Lastly there is a lot of press hype about water bottles being left in cars and the toxins that are released into the water as the plastic warms up. Guide 2 is devoted to water and the issues surrounding plastic. There are some real dangers here and if you get sent an email about these dangers have a good read, it speaks sense. It is a little sensational but I wouldn’t expect anything else.

Dioxins, these dangerous chemicals are not only present in plastics but are found in fish that are taken from polluted seas, which sadly is most of our oceans these days. The higher a fish is up the food chain the greater the bioaccumulation of dioxins and other toxins. I would implore anyone not to use a microwave at all, it changes the chemical make-up of anything that is heated within it and certainly allows toxic poisons to pass from plastic heating containers into the food.

Being healthy is about being sufficient in good nutrients and also about removing toxins. These two current topics highlight both these points perfectly. More information can be found on the website about water, obesity and diabetes and the Complete Lifestyle programme can be signed up for online.

Keep smiling!

One of our success stories is featured in May’s Good Housekeeping!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

 I’m feeling very excited this week because one of our success stories has been picked up by Good Housekeeping magazine and is featured in their May issue as part of a feature on reducing abdominal fat.

 The Complete Lifestyle programme tackles this health problem in a unique way – there are no diets or fads, just straightforward advice that will help you may some key lifestyle changes.

 The Complete Lifestyle Guide is a 12-month programme that encourages people to make small and gradual changes to the way they eat, move and think for long-term weight reduction and vitality.

 I initially intended to write a book but realised I would be giving people too much information at once and they would be unlikely to stick to the advice.

 By serialising it into 12 issues, each of which advises on small changes that can be made without giving up the things you enjoy, I believe there is a greater chance of long term health improvement.

 There’s also a great members area for people who sign up which has exercises, articles and recipes.

 My lifestyle tips have already been featured in the regional and national press, including the Mirror and the Independent so it’s great to have even more national coverage for a concept that doesn’t involve any gimmicks, just education and motivation.

 We’ve welcomed lots of new members as a result of the Good Housekeeping article, which has already gone out to subscribers of the publication, and I hope plenty more will join us when it hits the newsagents’ shelves!

Keep smiling!

Monday, March 28th, 2011

I heard a great saying the other day – “if you put a drug in a healthy body that body will get sick, so why do we expect a sick body to get well with a drug??!!” I smiled as I read it thinking about how stupid we can be and then today one of the first news headlines I heard was the fact that they think they can now give you a drug to prevent developing breast cancer!

Cancer cells are in us all constantly but a well functioning immune system will see them off in no time. What allows these cells to become problematic are stressors within our lifestyles, they suppress our immune systems and allow the cells an opportunity to multiply. All cancers need an initiator and a promotor to allow them to multiply and both these factors are ENVIRONMENTAL.

There will never be a drug that can safe guard you against the life you choose to lead.

Please don’t wait for the magic pill for some ailment as an excuse to live a compromised life. Grab good health, enjoy it and keep it. If you need help to understand how to do that then the Complete Lifestyle plan is for you, sign up today.

Keep Smiling!

Debbie

Spring is here!

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Wow what a beautiful day! Walking this morning we caught our first sighting of the swallows, they are back from their winter in Africa! The first three brave little birds somehow made it all those thousands of miles without a sat nav, service station or transport! We seem very inferior sometimes when you think of the wonderous things some animals do.

It’s hard not to smile when the day is so inviting. If you’ve been stuck indoors all day, promise yourself you’ll have a walk when you get in tonight, it’ll energise you!

Keep smiling!

Breast Cancer

Friday, March 18th, 2011

I have just read a new report from the Department of Biomolecular Sciences in Urbino Italy shedding some light on the high incidence of breast cancer and I felt I needed to bring a few points to your notice. The connection is being made through research that high levels of aluminium and “free iron” are found in the breast fluid extracted from the tissues and ducts of the breasts in women with breast cancer tumours. The aluminium levels are twice that which would be found in a woman without breast cancer and the free iron levels are 5X that expected.

Why?

Cancers are very dependent on iron, it is found in the DNA of fast replicating cells, such as those found in cancer tumours.

It is important for me to point out that dietary iron does not correlate with the risk of breast cancer, but rather the release of iron from its protective proteins, such as ferritin and transferrin is the key factor. Over 90% of iron absorbed from your diet is normally bound to these protective proteins. Recent studies have shown that some things we do can cause too much of the iron to be released into surrounding tissues, and if this iron exists as “free iron”, it can trigger intense inflammation, free radical generation and lipid peroxidation.

The two factors to be wary of are alcohol consumption and aluminium toxicity.

We now know that both aluminium and alcohol can displace the iron from its protective proteins, raising the level of harmful free iron.

Obviously it is easy to monitor and regulate your own alcohol consumption but it may surprise you to know where you are getting exposed to aluminium.

Underarm deodorants are a key culprit, the absorption is made worse by shaved or waxed armpits and as this is a common practice in the western world it correlates well with the increased incidence in these areas. Aluminium free deodorants are available and effective and I suggest a change in your buying choice immediately to avoid this risk factor. I can recommend The Green People, contact details are available on the “where to shop” section of the website.

Our other source is vaccinations; the amount of aluminium in vaccines is tremendous, especially in vaccines such as the anthrax vaccine, the hepatitis vaccine and tetanus vaccine.

A recent study by Lucija Tomljenovik and Chris Shaw found that a newborn receives a dose of aluminium that exceeds FDA safety limits (5mg/kg/day) for injected aluminium by 20-fold, and at 6 months of age a dose that was 50-fold higher than FDA safety limits.

Aluminium at this young age will accumulate in various tissues and with new vaccine recommendations, children and young adults may be exposed to many more aluminium containing vaccines every year throughout life.

With the ability of aluminium to displace iron from its protective proteins, we may start to see not only breast cancer links but other illnesses and more cancer links emerging as more research is carried out into the dangers of free iron and its causes.

For more information on aluminum toxicity see the advice section on the members’ site.

Keep learning… keep smiling!

Lilt!

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Now as a child I have to admit this was one of my favorite drinks but for many years now I haven’t touched a fizzy soda bought from the shops. However yesterday I made a juice that tasted so like Lilt (without the fizz) that I thought I’d share the recipe with you.

Firstly you will need a juicer! If you don’t have one yet – get one! They are amazing. Next you will need 1 large or 2 small pink grapefruits

1/2 pineapple

6 apples

1/2 lemon (rind off)

Juice the grapefruit and lemon on slow spin, then juice the apples and pineapple on fast spin.

Drink as it is, lovely on ice. Or add some water to have a refreshing squash type drink or add some carbonated water for that fizz effect!

It was delicious and one I will definately make again. If you have made any great juice discoveries email them to me and I’ll add them in the recipe section for all to see.

Enjoy and Keep Smiling!

Debbie

Posted Today!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Just to let you all know I have posted your next Guide to you today. I hope you enjoy it, the months seem to be flying by, half way through for some of you now! If you’re not actioning as much as you wish you were, go back and read a few previous Guides then get going again!! Nobody can make you well but you, this is a great time of year for postitive change, so what are you waiting for???

Grab good health with both hands and go get it!!

 Keep smiling!

Pancakes!!

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Today is Shrove Tuesday, for many of us it means nothing except we will have pancakes for tea! You will all be realising by now that some of our food choices do not do us as much good as others and so before you pile in the white flour and milk into your pancake mix, maybe think about alternatives. Personally I make pancakes with rice milk and spelt flour, they are delicious and cook just as well if not better than their white flour partners!

Processed grains and milk products make us very acidic internally and that forces the body to neutralise the pH. This process comes at a cost to our health. More details of that process can be found on the advice section of the website, but for those of you that can’t access it yet, just try choosing a different flour and alternative milk to make your pancakes.

Historically today represents the clearing out of your cupboards before Lent begins, now I’m not going to preach any religion to you but if you are using the next 40 days as an opportunity to give up something and are dreading it, maybe you should do it differently this year and instead of giving something up, add something good in!

Maybe you could commit to walk 20 minutes each day, drink more water, or eat some more fruit or vegetables. Putting good things into your body or providing it with much needed movement activities will do you so much good and benefit all aspects of your health.

It is feeling spring like every day now so embrace the extending days and sunshine and make a positive change today.

Keep smiling!

Next Posting Due Soon..

Friday, March 4th, 2011

The 7th is fast approaching again and anyone who has been thinking of registering but hasn’t yet pushed that button, might like to consider doing it before midnight on Monday! Your next issue will be posted on Tuesday, so watch the post for your next issue! Those of you that began at the launch will be on month 6 now, half way! I hope you are feeling some real benefit to your new lifestyle. Remember to use the website as a source of more detailed information and a contact point to me for any queries.

It’s bright and dry at the moment so grab this opportunity to get outside and do more exercise, you’ll feel great afterwards and ready to do more!

Keep smiling!

Fever Pitch!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Those of you who know me and have ever asked me about children’s health will know there is one topic I am very “hot” on – FEVERS!! As a mum I can say in 18 years and raising three children I have never artificially lowered their temperatures with medication. Why you may ask – was I just defiant in the face of medical advice or did I maybe have other information that made me act that way?

My “other information” is what has spurred me on to never medicate their fevers away. That information is simply that the body knows what it is doing and will always respond in the most appropriate way when under stress. I’m sure you’ll agree that being under invasion from a virus or bacteria constitutes a stress on the body, and what would you like your body to do? I’d want my body to launch an attack and kill the invader. Not surprisingly that is exactly what it does, at many levels the body attempts to fight and rid the body of the invader. Raising a temperature is just one of many things that go on within our systems to regain health.

Our body’s work at a very precise temperature, too high or too low and we would ultimately die. Viruses and bacteria are no different they cannot survive at high temperatures. As our temperatures go up the invaders firstly cannot multiply and secondly die off. Great result, we survive they die!

Think now for a moment about what happens when that system is prevented from occurring. The extra strain placed on different and more complicated responses in the body’s immune system is huge. The extra strain often proves too much and we find ourselves with infections and illnesses we can’t fight and relying on antibiotics to do the work for us.

As every drug has a toxicity we must always weigh up the benefits versus the side effects before we decide to use it. Nobody we think that having a temperature is pleasant on the contrary it can make you feel very poorly, but it’s meant to! Your body cannot work well when you are ill and the elevated temperature slows you down, forces you to rest and allows you to use your energy for fighting the infection.

There won’t be a holistic medical practitioner out there that is surprised by today’s news that elevated temperatures might actually be beneficial. I would like to know what our GP’s thought the point of high temperatures were if not to assist a fight against an invader. Did they think they hit randomly, for no known reason and had no perceived benefit, therefore should be suppressed immediately they appear? I am at a loss to see how they can be surprised by these findings, but I am over the moon that finally the sense in the function of the human body is being recognised.

My last note will be to say that I understand how awful it is to have a sick child, sometimes it is very inconvenient and very tempting to give them something that will make them “feel” better in the short term. Surppressing  symptoms will never result in good health, it will always compromise the body more.

If you ask my kids what they do when they feel unwell, they will tell you that they need to get hot to feel better! They take themselves off to bed, to rest, sleep, get hot and to wake feeling well again. It has worked every time, even when they were very small. They actually understand the process and don’t fight it. They have never had medication for a high temperature.

They have learnt also that prevention is better than cure and keeping well is even nicer!

Don’t forget these rules may have been highlighted towards kids but the exact same rules apply to adults, burn a temperature to get well quicker, it’s the body’s natural response. Work with it not against it.

Keep smiling!

Meat! Should we eat it and if so how much?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

It’s meat’s turn to hit the headlines! It seems there is a constant stream of conflicting information about food choices that we are supposed to wade our way through and are then expected to make the correct choices for our own wellbeing. Today meat is in question!

Meat – should we eat it or should we really be vegetarian?

Answer –Fact, within the human body we have the necessary equipment to break down and digest meat. We have teeth to chew, acid in our stomach to dissolve it and a long intestinal part of our gut allowing plenty of time to absorb the hard to digest material. Of course all of that process only works well and benefits us if each stage of that process is working optimally.

Do we spend long enough chewing our food into small enough morsels that the acid even has the slightest chance of dissolving the chunks we send down? If the lumps are too big they will pass beyond the stomach undigested and at that point will be of no nutritional use to us. What the body does with any food it has failed to process may seem obvious – surely we just excrete it? But no, autopsies have proved conclusively that that is not always the case. Evidence is common that undigested meat can stay in the gut for weeks, months and even years! The twists and turns of our intestines leave many hiding places for lumps of undigested meat to sit hidden. The rotting meat will fester while embedded in the corners of our gut.

What surprises me is that with such abuse of a system we are even surprised that excessive consumption of meat could be a precursor to cancers of the bowel. I think I would expect to develop bowel cancer if I had forced lumps of undigested meat down there for years.

The digestive system represents the most amazing fuel recycling unit, when  it works correctly it provides us with all the nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, minerals and fuel we need to sustain our own life, when it is under stress it works sluggishly and fails to provide us with our basic requirements. Illness is surely to be expected in these circumstances.

In response to today’s news, I can only agree that our meat consumption is too high. We choose to fill our bodies with 10X the daily requirement of protein and we often choose sources that are toxic themselves.

My advice – source meats that are hormone free, antibiotic free, GRASS FED, free range and when you find your meat limit your daily intake to a maximum of 2oz. That will have shocked you I’m sure but at 2oz a day you are unlikely to encounter any negative effects from eating meat.

Remember a chunk of meat is of no use to us unless it can be broken down into amino acids. We then use those amino acids to build proteins again within our body tissues. All growth and repair needs amino acids to create proteins that produce the growth. If the breakdown cannot occur through digestion the entire system breaks down.  You will have a surplus of meat to digest and will be malnourished in the protein department.

Ease the pressure on your system, limit your meat consumption and choose your meats wisely.

After that enjoy them, you are designed to digest them, use them and grow strong because of them.

More detailed information can be found and a list of suppliers of grass fed, hormone free meats on the website (members section).

Keep smiling!

Intolerances and Allergies!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

I’m not sure whether to be really pleased or disappointed by the news today that allergy testing is something GP’s are going to be getting involved in. Firstly there is an enormous difference between an allergy and an intolerance. An allergy can kill you, an intolerance makes life uncomfortable and in severe cases can make some people very ill, but it is rarely life threatening.

My disappointment does not stem from the fact that our doctors are now prepared to address these issues for people, which I commend, no, my disappointment comes again from the inability to link some very basic dots and ask the correct questions.

These issues have had to reach epidemic proportions before anyone in the medical profession has had to address them as a concern. Most of us will know someone who has a sensitivity to something? You may be reading this knowing you fit in this category yourself.

When we are exposed to substances that are foreign to us we launch a response, this usually causes the symptoms of the reaction that we then find chronically irritating and lead us to seek relief. Understanding what substances irritate us the most is one of the most preventative approaches to stopping this “normal physiological” response. The very best time to do this is when we are young.

If you can keep children away from irritant foods, drinks and external toxins you will almost certainly decrease their chance of ever developing sensitivity. Sadly if you are an adult with allergies/intolerances you have a process to go through. You need to assist your body in regaining balance, in repair and re-growth. Understanding this process is key to getting well not just allergy testing.

This brings me full circle to why I am applauding the GP involvement in identification of sensitivities but how I know it will ultimately fail to regain good health for people unless they can be taught more facts than just what they are sensitive too.

On a final note, I leave you with one thought - that nowhere in nature, in no other species do these type of allergic reactions occur.

WHY – because we are the only species that doesn’t live congruently with our genetic make-up. We push boundaries of what we believe our bodies can cope with. So maybe it should be of no surprise when our bodies fight back, with a runny nose, sneezes, sinus problems, bowel issues etc and say NO we don’t like that inside us!!

Always ask one more question than you are being given an answer to.

For example – what am I allergic to? Next question – Why am I allergic to that?

For more information on foods and substances we tolerate very poorly, view the advice section on the member’s part of this website (you would need to be a subscriber to the health Guides to receive an access code)

Keep smiling!

I Know Spring Must be Coming…!

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Thank you all so much for the encouraging comments I am getting about the website. No major hiccups so far, so I am breathing a sigh of relief! Expect some new recipes up there shortly, there are some really tempting ones coming through. I’m tempted to try them before they get up there, but I might just trust you all with your own successes!

Isn’t it gorgeous to be seeing the lighter nights and mornings? I have been out walking the last few weeks before work again and I can now say it is light as I leave home! This is the first time in about 3 months, the birds are chirping and it is spring like. I can hardly wait! I try so hard to persevere through the winter months but it is more a trial than a pleasure, now, however it feels the pleasure is returning.

 As a word of encouragement it is now a great time to start doing more, enjoy the light, bright and hopefully warmer 6 months.

Maybe I’ll see you out there one morning!

Keep smiling!

It’s Live!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

The Complete Lifestyle website with a fully functional members section is now live!

A huge thank you to Cath and team, you have been patient and so accommodating and I know there are some tiny changes still to do but it’s 99.9% there and I am thrilled with it. You took what was in my head and made it real and for that I really thank you.

Now for the rest of us it’s time to play and use it. I welcome feedback, life stories, recipes and any questions I may be able to help with.

I started this project to reach a wider audience and you can really help me do this. If you know one person who should be helping themselves with a lifestyle change please direct them to the website and let them have a look for themselves.

You should have received a personal email letting you know your username and password, if you have not please email me directly at debbie@completelifestyle.co.uk and I will send one on to you.

Play and enjoy!

Keep smiling!

Next Guide In The Post…

Friday, February 11th, 2011

I have sent the next Guide out in the post, watch out for the Postie!!

Keep smiling

Fatty Cholesterol

Friday, February 11th, 2011

It’s hard not to rant to the point of high blood pressure at the stupidity of some of the misinformation that is sold to the general public. It is deceitful, wrong and often downright dangerous. A full page spread in the Daily Mail has continued the mythical link between cholesterol and high fat diets and death!! It even stated that cholesterol is made from fat. If there is a biochemist out there you will back me up when I say that there is no fat needed to produce cholesterol. The starting point for its production is a substance called AcetlyCoA (this is not a fat), 14 steps later a very clever liver gives us cholesterol, an essential life promoting substance.
I wish the truth would begin to filter through as the lies are killing thousands and soon to be millions of people ever year.

On a positive note I was thrilled to see the headline that breast cancer had a lifestyle link! Catch up boys anyone involved in wellness never doubted it and have been screaming it out for years. The trouble is the drug companies can’t make much money if we all keep ourselves well by running round the block and eating well! Research into healthy living gets NO support from the drug companies as it isn’t in their best interests and that of their share holders to not make money!

Your health in their hands – don’t believe it!

The facts that are seeping through are correct – there is an amazing benefit to lifestyle changes, weight loss, exercise, distressing and eating fresh raw foods filled with nutrients. Now this approach really can save your life!
Read more in all the Health Guides and on-line throughout the website. Members pages to be live any day.

Keep smiling!

The Great Cholesterol Con

Friday, February 11th, 2011

I know in my last blog I mentioned reading to improve your health, but I never explained what I had been reading. My chosen book (among others) was The Great Cholesterol Con by Dr Malcolm Kendrick, I have read this book before but I decided to take a highlighter pen to it this time and then write up a summary of it for your benefit. The subject is huge and represents the biggest con of our time and as I read and wrote I realised I may be a small voice against some very big boys. But many have gone before me trying to blow all this misinformation into the public domain. Then this morning I was given an article to read in the health section of The Week, WOW!! Dr James Le Fanu had had his full article in The Daily Telegraph earlier in the week, but the summary was enough for me. He describes the truth of the statin situation, the money that changes hands and how your health is not the primary motivator for these people/companies – surprise, surprise!

My version will be available to view very shortly on the members section of my website. Please read it if you have any questions about cholesterol, statins, heart disease etc. Information is king and I no longer feel like a small voice. The truth will come out and I’m starting to think it will be sooner than later. This is excellent news, especially for those millions of people on statins unnecessarily.

Keep smiling!

Healthy Mind!

Friday, February 11th, 2011

I have just been lucky enough to escape the UK winter for some warm sunshine; it was a 9 day break that was much needed and much enjoyed. This is going to sound very sad but I took quite an amount of work away with me, I had a lot of reading to do and quite a lot of writing so the day had to be split into fun, relaxation and some work! Whenever we met anyone walking on the beach and engaged in casual conversation it always seemed to crop up that I had taken work away with me and the admission was greeted every time with a gasp of dismay that anyone could be away and consider working! Now I am no workaholic but I do juggle a lot in my life, but, what struck me on reflection was that it really wasn’t an effort to read a book related to health while sitting on a beautiful beach, in fact it was an absolute pleasure!

How lucky I was to have a job I love enough to WANT to take it away with me!

But then I thought a little bit further and decided that an investment in learning about your own body, health and wellbeing could never be wasted, because if we don’t care enough about ourselves to want to help ourselves then there isn’t much hope for mankind!

We are now the sickest species on the planet! Not such a great statement when you think we are also the most intelligent species on the planet! How is this tide of ill health ever going to turn around? I believe it will come from people power, when enough people are convinced that we are heading in the wrong direction, being guided by the wrong rules, there will be a shift.

How will this change happen? Again I believe it will come from people engaging with their own health and not having a blind trust in others to take care of them and the only way that will happen is for new information to filter through.

So can I make a heartfelt suggestion that the next time you have a few spare hours or are packing your holiday case you read a book that could save your life!

Keep smiling!

Healthy Eating, Whatever Your Age

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Debbie Saxton, author of the Complete Lifestyle Guide, insists that eating, moving and thinking your way to better health is something that can be achieved whatever your age.

She shared some tips with Mirror readers, advising: “Don’t simply cut fat out of your diet as it creates many health issues.

“It’s important to put plenty of goodness into your body – fresh fruit and veg, preferably before every meal, a fresh smoothie daily or take a multivitamin and mineral supplement.”

And think about exercising with your friends. Invite everyone to the park to play team sports such as football and rounders.

As featured in the Mirror on 31st January 2011

Read the full story:
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/health-news/2011/01/31/eat-for-your-age-115875-22887012/#ixzz1CbZ14vmz

Dieting myths uncovered

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Debbie Saxton, author of The Complete Lifestyle Guide, provided expert comment in The Independent as part of a feature on dueting myths.

She said components in so-called diet food and drink can actually lead to weight gain, not loss

“Phenylalanine and aspartic acid both stimulate the release of insulin and leptin, hormones that instruct your body to store excess energy as fat. In addition, phenylalanine can drive down serotonin levels when consumed in large amounts. Serotonin helps the body feel full and low levels of the hormone lead to food cravings, in particular junk food.”

Read the full article:
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/diets-the-big-fat-lies-2193233.html

Positive Recipe for a Healthy Life

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Debbie Saxton was always the fat kid at school, the last one over the finish line on sports day and the shy girl in class who sat at the back and hoped she wouldn’t be noticed.

So what happened to transform the 40-something mum of three into a dynamic businesswoman who loves nothing better than to stand in a room full of people, right at the front, sharing her passion for healthy living?

Read the full article:
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/health/The-positive-recipe-for-a.6680572.jp

Harrogate Expert’s National Health Drive

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

HARROGATE health expert Debbie Saxton has put together advice for anyone wanting to get 2011 off to a healthy start.

Debbie, who also runs a chiropractic clinic on Leeds Road with a special interest in paediatric and postnatal care, has launched a new step-by-step guide to health and wellbeing that she hopes will promote better health throughout the UK.

Read the full article:
http://harrogate-news.co.uk/2011/01/05/harrogate-expert%e2%80%99s-national-health-drive/

Stray FM radio – Christmas Eve 2010

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

An interview with Debbie on surviving the party season with your health intact was broadcast every hour on Christmas Eve 2010 on 97.2 Stray FM

Headlines Are At It Once Again!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

BBC news has just announced the results of a breast feeding study that has been published in the British Medical Journal it is presumed to carry some weight. I would urge caution and encourage people to look below the surface of the story. The conclusion that appears to have been drawn here is that breast milk may not be the perfect food for babies and there is therefore a suggestion that baby milk companies have it just right and nature has it all wrong.

Initially I feel extremely sorry for mothers of small babies; the information is confusing, conflicting and changeable, but let me try and cut through some of the rubbish here.
The perfect food for a baby is breast milk, provided for them by a healthy mother with a well balanced diet.

This, I’m sorry to say is really where it all goes wrong. We are fed so many mistruths about what a well balanced diet should be that most of us do not actually manage to achieve the basic dietary requirements. If a mother is deficient in anything she will be unable to provide that substance in her milk for her baby.

Is this a problem with breast feeding? – NO!

Should all mothers swap immediately to formula for fear they cannot provide basic nutrients to their babies? – NO!

The formula manufacturers must be rubbing their hands together gleefully with these headlines. Don’t give them the satisfaction of deserting nature.

We must supply our bodies with all that is required to be healthy whilst endeavouring to remove toxicities. This is the foundation of the Complete Lifestyle principle and our monthly Guides provide all the necessary information about sufficiency and toxicity.

Mums, don’t panic! Eat loads of fresh raw fruits and veg, drink plenty of water, source grass fed, hormone free meats to eat, limit grains and dairy. Have your biggest meal at breakfast and make it high protein and keep your fuel tank topped up all day. That way you will provide excellent quality, high nutritional milk to your baby for as long as you wish to breastfeed.

As a footnote I could add that other studies have shown that the best time to move your baby onto any solid foods would be after they begin cutting teeth. The eruption of teeth is a great indicator that the body is getting ready for foods other than breast milk.

Eat well and your baby will be well.

Keep smiling!

A Thank You!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Thank you for all your kind words regarding the newspaper article in the Yorkshire Post last week. It took us by surprise, we were expecting it a week later but it was great to see it there early in the year, hopefully helping to inspire many people to lifestyle changes that will improve their quality of life.

I am getting quite a number of messages through varying mediums as to how people have begun their New Year and their health promises. I just wanted to say well done and offer you some words of encouragement. The journey will be fun, there are no set rules and you have many friends associated with this site of likeminded people doing exactly as you are. Never feel alone, look to us for support if you need it. Keep learning and improving your choices and your health will improve.

For those of you on a 3 or 7 day detox, keep going some days are tougher than others but you will feel AMAZING by the end! You might even what all the fuss is about food that you have to chew!
There are some more press articles coming out soon, I’ll try my best to give you a bit of notice if I know of a date beforehand.

Keep smiling!

I’ve Now Completed 3 Days on Juices and Salads!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

It was so easy, I feel great again after the Christmas inactivity and change in eating patterns. I hadn’t really stuffed myself at any meal but I had enjoyed the champagne at New Year and eaten things I wouldn’t usually eat. Weight gain was probably only 2 lbs but it’s always easier to lose that than let it be the start of something bigger – meaning me!!

I have really loved an avocado and lime based juice with added green Superfood and Wheatgrass and also finally grown to enjoy a ginger and veggie juice. I felt refreshed and energised by lunchtime the first day and now feel great and I have lost 3 lbs!

My next step is to start getting outside again for some real exercise, I missing it terribly but with time commitments and the weather it has been really hard to walk before work each day. I have done spinal exercises each day without fail so I can still touch my toes!!

I know many people starting the New Year with intentions to improve their health and I hope this year to be able to help and guide more of you through than ever before.

Keep in touch and keep smiling!

Happy New Year To You All!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

I hope you have had a nice Christmas and are looking forward to 2011.

2010 was a very exciting year for me, I didn’t quite write the book I set out to, but I did write a series of monthly health Guides launched in October.

The reason for the change of direction was a realisation that too much information in one go would be hard for anyone to take on board, no matter how motivated they may be to lose weight and improve their health. Instead, they receive the advice in monthly instalments making it far more likely that they will stick to it.

My clinic patients were the first to have access to the Guides and I am grateful for all the excellent feedback so far from those of you who have signed up.  In 2011 the programme will be rolled out nationally and there is already a huge amount of interest from health experts and the media.

I have recently been on local radio and articles are due in the Harrogate Advertiser and Yorkshire Post in the next few weeks.  Two national magazines have articles written and ready to go and without doubt the most exciting development has been an endorsement from Jason Vale himself – the world renowned Juice Master.  We are in discussion about the promotion of my guides alongside his own books and website. I am flattered by his endorsement and I hope it helps the health message spread further and faster than I could do on my own.

More than half of those on my patient database are already receiving the monthly guides and in the coming months they will have access to lots more online material, including recipes and advice to help them improve their health and well being for the long term.  However, many of you attending the clinic are not my direct patients and may be unaware of the concept we have created for improved overall health and wellbeing.  I would therefore like to invite you to view the website or talk to me the next time you come into the clinic.  I would be delighted to give you more information about the Complete Lifestyle programme, as will any member of the clinic staff.

You have already been smart enough to trust us with your Chiropractic care: – in 2011 maybe you would like us to help you more with improving your overall health?

The Guides are delivered to your home once a month.  There are 12 Guides in the series and they educate and guide you through health information you need to improve your health and that of your families.  The advice covers diet, exercise and positive thinking for an overall improvement in well being.

Health takes time to create and if you don’t create that time your body will just become sick.

All I will finish by saying is this is NOT a diet; there are no fads…. Just great health for life!

(Posting is done after the 7th of each month, so cut off dates for registration are the 7th of each month.  There is a one off payment of £22 that can be made online or at the clinic).

The Start Of 2011…

Monday, January 24th, 2011

I’m sure like me most of you have gone back to work or school by now feeling a little bit of Christmas lag. How nice it is to spend time with friends and family but it always seems a little odd returning to the life we left just a few weeks before.

Some of you may have heard me on local radio on Christmas Eve trying to help with tips on staying healthy over the festive weeks. You may also have heard my views on New Year resolutions – DON’T make them!! If you have you will be feeling deprived right now and that is doomed to failure either very quickly or in a short while, depending on your will power and resolve.

Instead you should be promising yourself to improve your health and look after your body to the best of your ability for the rest of your life. If not and no joking, you will find yourself living in a very sick shell! If you don’t make time to create good health your body is forced to be sick and nobody likes how that makes you feel.

After a degree of over indulgence the last 2 weeks and certainly less exercise than I like I am having a short detox for 3 days. I’m doing this using juices and eating only raw foods. It is simple, tasty full of nutrients many of which my body has been forced to function without for some time and will leave me with energy, slimmer and ready for the healthy new year I know I want.

I’ll keep you updated with my juices and food choices and even my detox symptoms if I get any!
Keep smiling – its 2011 and it could be your best year ever!

Don’t Make Another Resolution!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Don’t go on another fad diet or join an expensive gym, stop wasting your money on options for a quick fix that are guaranteed to fail.

The New Year is a great time for fresh starts and new beginnings and many promises are made to improve health in those early weeks of January, but even by February many have failed. There will never be a successful outcome when you feel you are sacrificing or depriving yourself of something you want. You will always long for the day you can have it again. The only successful outcome will be when you feel free to choose anything, anytime but understand the consequences of your actions. It’s more about learning new information than it is about making big changes.

The Complete Lifestyle guides are designed to ease you through the process of learning new information and trying new lifestyle habits out. Twelve months from now you can be a new you with no sacrifice or deprivation. Sound tempting…… give it a go. If you’ve not already signed up to the Lifestyle Guides just click on the button on the home page and follow the sign-up procedure it couldn’t be simpler. Once a month you will get an 8 page Guide informing and teaching you of the best health choices you can make in the modern world today.
Good health is simple if you just remove all the interferences and give the body what IT needs.

Happy New Year!

Keep smiling!

Top Tips For Big Meals!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

• Start with something fresh and raw.

• Choose smaller plates, especially for the main course.

• Ensure 50% of your plate is covered with vegetables.

• Remember you only need 2oz of protein a day, so don’t overdo the meat.

• Don’t drink water through the meal.

• Chew your food thoroughly.

• Put your knife and fork down between mouthfuls, don’t keep shovelling!

• Leave 20 minutes between courses.

• Do not continue to eat if you feel full.

• Go for a gentle walk about 30 minutes after a meal.

• Try and eat larger meals in the middle of a day not in the evening.

• If you have a sweet tooth and insist on a desert ensure it is very small or maybe have a small piece of dark chocolate instead. A sweet tooth is caused by a severe imbalance in the bodies gut bacteria and the cause of this must be treated before the craving will go away, until then keep it small!

• Remember why you are having that meal, if it is for the company, enjoy that more than overeating. The smiles fun and laughter you have with good friends is not proportional to the size of your meal, it happens despite the food!

Be the smartest person at your table, enjoy the food but enjoy the occasion more and keep smiling!

The Christmas Coma…

Monday, January 24th, 2011

How many of you fell asleep after a large Christmas lunch?

Are you sure you were just asleep?

I’m going to tell you that because of the stress you put your body under trying to process and digest the enormous volume of food consumed it could not maintain consciousness and digestion at the same time!

That’s right you were in a self induced coma for an hour or so while your body shut down every system it could to process the enormity of food it was presented with.

It’s not something we should be proud of; to place such a strain on our bodies is not kind and takes a lot to recover from. What’s worse is the food that stressed us so much is almost devoid of any nutritional value except that is for calories! We are in fact over eating but malnourished.

Just to leave you with a last thought, think about the TV interviews you have seen with supreme athletes that have pushed their bodies to the absolute maximum, on crossing that finish line they get a microphone thrust in their faces and are still capable of coherent speech. Now think about Uncle George after his Christmas pig out, he cannot be raised to hold any conversation – he is in a short comatose state induced purely by food! Even an Ironman competition (10 hours of solid endurance) does not leave its competitors unable to speak, yet Christmas lunch does!

If you want the proof that the food you ate had little nutritional value then think about that search for a turkey sandwich after you wake form your coma! Your body is still trying to tell you brain it needs nutrients and all we send down is calories!

It’s no wonder we gain weight over Christmas….

Check out my top tips on my next Blog to try and make wiser food choices at these eating extravaganzas!

Keep smiling and maybe walking!!

Debbie’s Christmas Tips…

Monday, January 24th, 2011
  1. This is a time of self allowed overindulgence we over eat, over drink, over spend and usually over stress about everything!  Rule number 1 if you’re going to do all these things at least enjoy it, don’t feel guilty.

  2. Whatever your favourite tipple is at Christmas have the same volume of water.

  3. Eat some fresh fruit or raw veg before every meal – nibble on some cut up carrots or have some grapes to hand.

  4. Try and do more eating earlier in the day and lighten your meals as the day progresses.

  5. Start each day with a walk.

  6. Try not to sit all day, create the family get together around some physical activity, walks are great for this.

  7. Don’t stress! Of all the things we do wrong at this time of year, the over eating and drinking  pale into insignificance next to the emotional stress we put ourselves through. It’s just a day! Enjoy it and keep smiling.

  8. Don’t allow yourself to do everything you view as naughty indulgences for the Christmas and New Year period with the promise of a resolution in the New Year to diet and exercise. They never work long term. Instead promise yourself an ongoing desire to be well and gain improved health and well being. Step by step over time you can achieve this without ever giving up anything you don’t want to. No deprivation or sacrifice, just complete freedom of choice in your lifestyle. BUT be prepared for the consequences of your actions if you make poor lifestyle choices.

  9. No fads, no diets just great health for life……that’s Complete Lifestyle

  10. Remember Rule No.1 don’t feel guilty about any of your choices, if you’re going to do it, ENJOY IT!!

Happy Christmas to you all

What A Beautiful Morning…

Monday, January 24th, 2011

They heavy frost is making the world white yet we can all still get around – perfect!

The kids are now on school holidays and I feel very much that we are on the countdown, 5 sleeps as I’ve just been reminded. This isn’t a time of year when you want to be reminded to be healthy; in all honesty it’s the time of year you want to be given permission to do everything naughty. Well I’ll give you that permission as long as you promise to enjoy the overindulgence and not feel guilty. The emotion of guilt is very damaging to the body, it stresses it far more than an extra mince pie ever can, so if you indulge enjoy it but remember it is a step off the real world and you have to take better care of your body in the future. If you can’t eat and drink to excess without feeling guilty then don’t do it!

I have been invited to speak on Stray FM on how to have a healthy Christmas, so keep an eye on my blogs as I’ll be putting all the points up as the week progresses, wish me luck!!

Keep smiling and keep warm!

Winter Hibernation…

Monday, January 24th, 2011

I feel I have many modes at the moment from winter hibernation to frenetic juggler of kids Christmas schedules at school, shopping to be done and work to catch up on following last week’s disruption. I know Christmas is only a day and all that matters is that we all have a nice day together, so I do wonder why we let ourselves get so stressed about little things, animals don’t get like this! Life was definitely simpler before we put all these extra pressures on ourselves.

My pre-Christmas message to you all is don’t over-stress, over indulge or get overly panicked. These things are all so bad for our health. Try and maintain a balance, remember to take care of YOU. Eat well, don’t comfort eat just because it’s cold and grey outside, don’t forget to exercise even though it’s dark most of the day now and keep your happy loving thoughts flowing. A tall order I know but very achievable. Remember to get lots of sleep and keep your immune system boosted up – this is best done through exercise and eating fresh raw fruits and veg every day.

Keep smiling and keep warm, the freeze is on its way back!

A Small Dose Of Aspirin A Day Can Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer…

Monday, January 24th, 2011

It sounds tempting doesn’t it? I am currently looking into the details of the study that has prompted this amazing headline and what Dr Peter Rothwell’s research has been based on. Firstly remember things are never as good as they look. I haven’t yet been able to uncover the cancers they are claiming to help prevent, but I am sure they won’t be the site specific ones like breast and prostate that are the most common.

As a word of caution remember you do not have a deficiency in Aspirin, that is not why it may be useful. If there is any benefit wrapped in that little white pill I guarantee it will be because it contains something nature provided and man has mimicked in a lab, something we could easily source in a natural form and something many of us may already be getting regularly in our diets.

Also as a word of caution remember a 20% decrease in cancer rate doesn’t come close to the 100% reduction that occurs when our lifestyle works to keep our body’s functioning in balance. When we live in that state there is no opportunity for the cancer cells to grow and the diseases we all dread so much cannot exist. Cultures around the world that are not exposed to the chemicals, environment or lifestyles we have adopted in the modern world are completely free of our modern diseases such as cancer.

I don’t know about you but I’d rather have a 100% less chance than 20% less chance of developing cancer. I’d also rather not have a toxic drug going into my body daily that will give me holes in my stomach lining!

Get smart and don’t believe everything you see or read without questioning it fully.

Keep smiling!

I Keep Being Asked About How To Stay Well In Winter And Avoid All The Virus’s…

Monday, January 24th, 2011

that get spread around. The truth is you can’t avoid them, they are spread through the air we breathe and the surfaces we touch so avoiding them really isn’t an option. The answer lies is helping and supporting your body to fight off what it encounters. If you don’t feel you have a very strong immune system then you have to put some real effort into building it up. If you suffer with other health issues you can help yourself by addressing these and trying to understand why you may be suffering with a particular issue. Remember all chronic illnesses are caused by lifestyle choices so you can make different choices and have a different outcome. If you help your body function better it will be able to fight off viruses much more effectively.

We all get run down and tired and stress is a very negative influence on our body. It is often the reason an opportunity arises for the body to be invaded by a bacteria or virus. They are opportunists not evil, they want to find a host with the perfect environment to survive and multiply in. if we weren’t as sick as a population we wouldn’t be getting the issues with chronic infections that arise.

In the monthly guides I show you how to boost your immune systems step by step and over a few months you can achieve a vast improvement if you know what to do and what to avoid.
Watch the members section on the website over the next few weeks for an outline of how to achieve the boosted immune system.

Keep smiling!

The Headlines Are At It Once Again…

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Making the common sense link between our lifestyles and our well being! It really isn’t rocket science if you eat, move and think badly you cannot be well.

However if you try and improve your lifestyle in ALL these areas you have an excellent chance of improving the quality and longevity of your life. The government has no choice but to keep trying to get the public to engage with change as health funds will never come close to what will be needed to treat a population where the majority is reliant on medication and surgery. Unfortunately neither of these two treatment options will EVER result in improved health, just symptom suppression.

Instead arm yourself with truthful information and begin making better health choices on a day to day basis. This WILL result in improved health.

The Complete Lifestyle guides are the perfect start point for information and guidance to incremental change that will improve your health.

Question everything you ever hear or see presented to you by the media and remember..

Keep smiling!

Babies Plastic Bottles…

Monday, January 24th, 2011

The plastic babies’ bottle that can potentially harm your baby but will not be removed from sale before mid 2011!! Is it just me or does this seem ridiculous? There is now proof that the toxins that leak out of babies bottles causes harm to infants and yet it isn’t instantly removed from the shelf!

Bisphenol A (BPA) is particularly easily leaked from old, scratched bottles of poor quality plastic and the heat of the milk in the bottle allows the chemical to be absorbed into the fluid and enter into the baby. From there it does untold damage, but there is now a strong enough link to health concerns to have it banned in Canada immediately and the EU will follow next year!! Why wait??

Plastic bottles and containers can leak chemicals into any substance they contact. There is a number on every plastic bottle/container that relates to a scale out of 20. The lower the number the poorer the quality and the more potential harm it can do. Avoiding any bottle that does not rate above 15 is a sensible decision. Baby bottles and most water bottles rate very low on the scale and therefore the risk is increased. Avoiding these products will help prevent serious health issues.

Use glass containers and bottles whenever possible. Store food and drink in glass not plastic and avoid clingfilm for the same reasons.

There will undoubtedly be a battle behind the scenes from the plastic companies who will fight tooth and nail to have these products kept on our shelves. Again, never believe large companies have your health as their best interest; it is all about profit lines for their shareholders. Make your health decisions on sound information not advertising.

Dump those bottles now do not wait until 2011!

Keep smiling!

I Caught A Virus!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Apologies for the lack of blog this week but my computer was invaded by a virus that temporarily destroyed it! The entire experience has been an eye-opener for the reliance we all have on the electronic box on our desks! As long as it works well we never give it a thought, it just keeps doing its stuff and we keep loading more and more onto it.

I was very guilty of not taking good care of my computer, out of lack of understanding on how they really work I just ignorantly kept doing what I do and expected it to do what it does and then it was invaded! Don’t get me started on the type of people that design and send out these viruses to invade and destroy our lives at the touch of a button. Needless to say they won’t be on my Christmas list! However I am partly to blame, I did not keep up with regular back-ups, I allowed my antivirus programme to lapse, always thinking I’d do it next time I had a spare few minutes. But those spare minutes never came and the back-up never got done and I have paid a high price for my stupidity.

The silver lining in amongst this whole exercise is the clever man who has managed to restore my electronic life. He has retrieved most of my data and I am now back up and running.

What have I learnt from this – everything! I will now without doubt be more careful, I will back-up regularly and I will get my antivirus up to date. Closing the door after the horse has bolted? – Probably! But if we can’t learn from our mistakes what is living for?

You may wonder why I am writing today about my computer issues, well it dawned on me while out walking this morning that many of us treat our bodies like I was treating my computer, we neglect and ignore them, trusting and expecting them to keep functioning perfectly. On the surface all may seem OK but behind the scenes the cracks are appearing and when the time is just right we are invaded by opportunists. If we kept our bodies in top shape all the time, if we invested the time and energy into creating balanced function and good health we would not offer these invaders a home, they would look elsewhere!

My computer from this point will be better looked after.

Will you begin to look after your bodies better too?

Keep smiling!

Exploding Rice!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

I have just watched the Food Factory and after laughing at the stupidity of exploding rice at 100mph to puff it up, felt saddened by the fact that 95% of the UK population have cereal breakfasts as a staple in their cupboards. As you read and understand the information written in the health guides you will share my sadness with such a statistic.

The damage these processed grains do to our bodies is significant and the fact that such a high percentage of people ingest them on a daily basis is going to prove a mammoth challenge to change!

The Headlines Are At It Again!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Today they are giving out the message AGAIN that they have identified a gene as the cause of our modern day battle with obesity. There is a mounting theme that we can blame genes for our illnesses. This is wrong. Genetic issues affect about 3% of the population and we all know and recognise many of their presentations such as Down’s syndrome. What is getting the blame at the moment is not genetic mutation where we are suddenly discovering our genes are programmed for ill health, instead it is genetic expression.

This is something entirely different from genetic syndromes and represents a far more devastating phenomenon as it has the potential to affect every single person. Genetic expression is how our body responds to the environment it finds itself in. We can turn on or off our genes, make them available to be read or not depending on the environment we find ourselves in. Obesity issues are no different, if we find ourselves under constant assault from inappropriate diets we will begin to express different genes for our bodies to read, interpret and respond to. It is called survival. We will change the genes available to read only when the environment improves.

Be wary of the press on this issue, they will continue to deliver stories to you of genetic discoveries to cure all ills.
For more information I can recommend the book The Biology of Belief by Dr Bruce Lipton.

I have just read with complete dismay the government “change4life” autumn newsletter…

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Although I admire their stance on trying to improve the health of a nation, they are seriously wrong with some key facts.

If there is one point that gets me steaming it’s the recommendation to take natural sugar out of children’s diets and replace it with a chemical concoction that was discovered accidentally in a lab!

It causes untold damage to the human body as it crosses the blood brain barrier. The brain has a barrier for a reason, it is so important it must be safeguarded at all times. Yet this artificial chemical crosses it every time you ingest it and wreaks havoc on your brain cells, blood chemistry, digestion and countless other systems.

Please, please, please never eat it yourself but more importantly NEVER give it to a child.

Thank you

Keep smiling!

What A Wet, Wild, Windy Day!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Sadly it put a complete stop to my morning walk, so I juiced a lot, made a huge fruit salad for breakfast for everyone! It’s not quite the same to miss the exercise and be good with food but while this weather persists it’s the best I can do.

Last few days for my guys on their juice weeks, keep going, you are an inspiration and I can’t wait to read your diaries.

Keep smiling!

Posting Out Today!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Your issue will be with you in a couple of days.

If you have any questions email me at debbie@completelifestyle.co.uk and I will do my best to get you an answer.

Currently we have 4 people doing the more radical 7 day juice diet to act as a kick start to healthy living. For all of you – keep smiling, day 2 and 3 can be a little rough depending on how toxic your bodies have become but you’ll soon lift out and start to feel amazing. Their stories will soon be on the website so you can follow their weeks ups and downs.

Good luck and keep smiling!

4 Days to Go!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

4 days to go until the next posting of the Guides so if you’ve been thinking about signing up but not quite got round to it, maybe now would be a good time to push the button!

The feedback so far has been really encouraging and shortly I expect the website to be fully functional with testimonials on from people of all ages and with all sorts of problems. I know these stories offer huge inspiration to others and I am eager to get them up there.

My walking has been a little curtailed the last two days as the river I walk near has flooded across the fields, it’s very frustrating as it was nice to have the light mornings back, but I’ve found myself stranded at home doing just  postural exercises. Something is better than nothing, but I wish the rain would let up!

Have a great day and keep smiling!

Half Term Nearly At An End…

Monday, January 24th, 2011

I hope it’s been fun for both kids and parents. I’m always a little sad when the routine of the school week returns but as I have 2 out of my 3 doing big exams over the next year, I know they have to get back into it and work really hard. My job will be to keep them as healthy as I can.

Thankfully after some time educating them into what is good for them they do know and although I know they are not angels they are better than many. In all honesty I don’t know how we expect kids of this generation to perform well academically or socially with some of the poisons we put in their bodies.

They also become so addicted to these poisons that we become the big bad wolves when we try and remove them from their diets. My words of advice are know what you are aiming for and step them to that goal slowly. Introduce good things in before you take anything out. It’s a tough term with our dull wet climate and dark nights so let’s boost the kids up a bit and help them stay well!

keep smiling!

It’s Juice Gone Wrong!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Over the last few days I’ve just made 3 horrid juices and smoothies and discovered why they all taste so bad – spirulina! I have been using it for sometime but tried a new make and I can honestly say I won’t be using it again. I use the wheatgrass from the same company and its fine, a little hard to dissolve but fine, however the spirulina flavours the juices to resemble what I thought was manure! The company Health Elements may be best avoided unless you want to turn your nose up with each sip!

Spirulina is an excellent form of amino acids and really good for us so don’t be put off altogether, just hunt around for a different make. Visit the juicemaster site or your local health shop for alternatives. Sorry I hate to be negative about a product but I love my juices and I felt really bad that I had made such awful tasting ones. Tomorrows will taste better as I now know what I did wrong!

Three years of juicing and I can still get it wrong!

Good luck with your recipes and keep smiling!

The End Of Another Week!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

But what a great week. Since launching this project I have been amazed by how many people out there need support and help to change, but mostly about how much people want to change their lifestyles. Many of you are writing your stories for me and I look forward to getting them up on the site in the next few weeks so you can inspire others. I have a few teenagers on a juice plan for the next few days so can I just wish them lots of luck, willpower and enthusiasm. I know the reasons you are doing it and you will be successful. Keep going guys!

I am away for a few days, weather permitting having some long walks in the Lakes but whatever I will be enjoying the break. I almost hope it rains a bit as I have so many books I am dying to read, once read I can recommend them to you (or not!)

I hope you all have a great weekend and half term break if you have kids around.

Keep smiling!

Time Is Running Out!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

ONLY two weeks left before the next posting so if you know anyone who should be reading this material please encourage them to register. This is not material linked to chiropractic; it is for everyone in all areas of their lives. It’s simple and based on the sole principle of adding in not taking away. Imagine that – no more dieting with a mentality of deprivation and sacrifice!

If you don’t believe me soon you will be able read and connect with stories of other people’s experiences on the members section of the website. A number of people have been keeping diaries for me on their experiences and these will be available to view shortly. If you would like to tell me your story, just email it on to me and I’ll post it up there.

Keep smiling!

Monday Morning Again!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

I have just spent the last 3 days either travelling or sitting in a conference room! The hotel provided very mediocre food and the environment is anything but healthy, the information I learnt was great and the speakers very inspirational but I do wonder why it seems so impossible to create a healthy environment from which to learn. Kids in schools must be victim to this day after day and it is no wonder it impacts on their posture, concentration and general well being as much as it does. It makes me even more determined to try and spread the message of lifestyle improvement as it is the only way to help people sliding down the slippery slope of chronic ill health.

Needless to say I got home and juiced immediately and then went for a brisk walk! Immediately I felt SO much better. With renewed enthusiasm and knowledge I look forward to what this next week will bring!

Keep smiling!

Got The Code!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

For anyone wanting to purchase juicers or any other accessory to help them get underway with this new healthy lifestyle go to the Complete Lifestyle website and then go to the members page, if you click on the banner from Juicemaster you will get a 5% discount on all you purchase.

My personal recommendations are the juicers, but that probably goes without saying! The biodegradable juicy bags are great and the wall chart for the 7lbs in 7 days programme is really useful to keep pinned up close to your juicer. Even if you don’t follow the programme the recipe ideas are a great reminder. Wheatgrass is available in most good health food shops but the Juicemaster one dissolves particularly well. Again, my personal suggestion is if taking wheatgrass is to have it as a shot, mixed with apple juice and remember it is always best to be taken on an empty stomach.

Keep smiling!

It’s really nice to hear your positive feedback on the Guides and your questions are coming in thick and fast!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

I must apologise to any patients that saw me today as I ran very behind, caused entirely by trying to answer questions. You seem to be understanding the concept of toxicity and deficiency really well and I am pleased as it is the corner stone to understanding how to make yourself well.
The fresh fibre first rule, in case any of you are wondering why? It is to ensure you have live nutrients in your stomach before any cooked food gets there. With the raw stuff in there first you’ll digest the whole meal much better. The added benefit is you often feel fuller before you eat the main dish and will therefore eat less.
My morning walk was like a moonwalk this morning, it was SO dark. Not sure I’ll be able to do it much longer at 6.30am! Which is such a shame as I adore starting the day that way.
I am working on getting a discount code for anyone wanting to buy a juicer from Juicemaster.com, it’s only 5% but every little bit helps! Watch this space…….

Keep smiling!

If Royal Mail has done their bit the first issue of the Complete Lifestyle guide should be with you today!

Monday, January 24th, 2011

My count down completed it is now time to move on to inspiring you.

In my office I have a stone tile engraved with the words

“Instead of thinking about where you are…….
think about where you’d like to be”

This is a great place to start for all of us. The beginning of a new week opens up all sorts of opportunities, some will be harder than others but if you have a goal and you keep moving one step at a time closer to it, YOU WILL GET THERE!

When this is your health you have to regain it step by step too, remember that’s how you lost it in the first place. Have an image of where you want to be and I will help you get there. If you love where you are, what you have, how you feel then well done you already have it all, for the rest of us we’ll catch you up over the next few months!

Yesterday I had a wonderful day walking in the lakes, we stood high at the top of the hills and I felt very lucky. Today the sun is shining again and I have had a morning walk and done some exercise and made a fresh juice, kids are at school and now it’s on with the day……

Let me know your positive achievements each day; follow on twitter, facebook or the full version on the blog.

Keep smiling!