Lose weight and get fit. No gym. No monthly fees. No Sweat.
Written by Sundial Clinics Monday, 21 January 2013 12:22
Do you want to lose weight and get fit this year? Do you hate gyms and fad diets? Then have a look at our new Sundial fitness and weight loss program.
A personalised exercise routine and a diet plan prescribed by experts to do at home. Targeted for quick results. Like your own personal trainer without the cost.
How to lose weight and get fit
Losing weight and getting fit is easy if you follow a few simple rules. Calorie counting has been shown to have limited value in weight loss and staying slim. All sorts of fad diets have come and gone but the same basic rules still apply – it’s more about what you eat than how much you eat.
Did you know…
Slogging away on an exercise bike or pounding the streets jogging has limited value in losing weight. Studies have shown that with increased exercise your hunger increases and you eat more. Reducing your calories in this situation will lead to weight loss as you starve yourself but the weight will pile back on again as soon as you start eating normally.
New Sundial fitness and weight loss program.
You will have:-
- a fitness assessment with our expert physio Quentin
- personalised exercise programme to do at home
- free diet and nutrition programme
- free talk from our nutritionist Shirley
- free reassessment a few weeks later
First of all, we will ask about your goals for the program and to find what is right for you. We will then take you through an assessment based on those goals to identify the key areas to work on to get quick results. This may include tests for fitness, strength, endurance, flexibility and posture as well, as weight and BMI.
Personalised exercise program.
Based on the findings in the fitness assessment we will recommend a program of exercises to achieve your goals in the privacy of your own home. These will be simple, achievable and short. Depending on your level of fitness to start with the program may only last a few minutes a few times a week. You will start noticing improvements in your fitness, strength and flexibility within the first couple of weeks.
Diet and nutrition program.
We will give you a few simple rules to follow with a clear explanation of why this is the best diet to follow for you. You will not have to buy any special drinks or supplements, but simply eat as much nourishing, healthy food as you like, following our guidelines. This will be backed up with a talk followed by a question and answer session with our nutritionist Shirley.
A few weeks later we will reassess key areas of your fitness, BMI and diet and make recommendations to take you to the next level.
Trial offer fee £36
Limited time. Limited places available. Normally £80.
Call for an appointment.
How long you decide to follow the diet and exercises is up to you. We believe that once you see the results you will want to keep going by yourself. We will always be here to help you if you need more motivation, more variety in the exercises or want to change your goals. After all, there’s always the Brighton Marathon!Learn More
Weight loss, how to get fit and healthy: 6 top tips to improve success
Written by Matthew Bennett Wednesday, 2 January 2013 05:13
Weight loss, how to get fit and being generally healthier often form part of our New Year’s resolutions. Most New Year’s resolutions will fail, but these simple tips should improve your success dramatically.
Changing habits of a lifetime is quite tricky, especially where weight loss is concerned. Most of our behaviour and our choices come from our subconscious mind, so these long established patterns don’t respond to simply thinking about them. Even once a pattern is changed, if a familiar trigger is encountered, then the same behaviour can be triggered too.
Keeping resolutions: top tips
1. Identify the trigger
If a particular time or place tends to make you reach for the biscuit tin, then recognising it helps you to do something about it. Our brains use automated responses to speed up our ability to choose. Unfortunately, this automation can lead us to make unhealthy choices again and again.
2. Substitute the habit
Just thinking about not doing something doesn’t help. The more you think about not doing it the more you want to do it! The best hope is to substitute the behaviour for something more desirable e.g. instead of reaching for a biscuit reach for a carrot or some nuts. Here’s more diet advice.
3. Plan ahead
Once you identify the trigger and how you going to change the habit make a commitment to yourself to do the substitute behaviour. If you really want to get motivated then tell friends, family and work colleagues about your plan.
4. Think negatively
Write down all the negative aspects of the behaviour you want to change to help motivate you. Also write down all the positive things of the desirable behaviour. This simple technique has been shown to help improve motivation.
5. Think big
Think about the important things in your life like family, your partner your work or some other higher core value and think about how your poor habits will impact those ideals.
6. Start small
If you try to make a massive change all in one go, you are likely to fail. Break a bigger problem down into small bite sized chunks. For example, if you’re concerned about your weight, start changing your snacks between meals. Do that for a couple of weeks and then change what you eat for breakfast and so on.
Here at Sundial, we will be announcing a Health and Wellness package which will include fitness assessments, weight loss help as well as other care and support to help you achieve your goals in the coming year.
Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick. Jeremy Dean (Da Capo Lifelong Books)Learn More
What’s a proven therapy for knee pain, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and many others?
Written by Sundial Clinics Thursday, 19 January 2012 07:44
Whilst our Brighton chiropractors and physiotherapists treat loads of bone and joint problems our effectiveness is often enhanced by the approach so brilliantly illustrated in this video by Dr Mike Evans. If your looking for a New Years resolution to improve your health there cannot be a better one than this.Learn More
Counselling & Chiropractic in Brighton, by guest contributor Diane Hedge
Written by Sundial Clinics Saturday, 22 October 2011 02:44
It’s part of our language to recognise the body/mind connection, as in: “He’s a pain in the neck.” “It’s a headache”.
What counselling can do is help you tune in to the message that your body is giving you. It allows quiet and reflective space to acknowledge what may be the real source of your pain. Stress, anxiety, depression and grief don’t just happen in our heads, they’re right in there at a cellular level, in the gut, in our breathing, in our stiff backs and necks. When we start to listen to what our bodies are saying, we can work with it. I often say to clients: “If you treated your car like this, what would happen?” And their rueful response is often “It’d be broken down at the side of the road.”
The most body-focussed counselling is psychodynamic. It works on the principle that our history is stored in our feelings. So, instead of dismissing “random” thoughts and feelings as illogical, you’ll be encouraged to be respectful of the source of those feelings. Very often we run on old software without realising it. Counselling allows us to “map” old patterns of behaviour. And knowing the map means we can recognise when what we feel is in the now or belongs to us, say, when we’re growing up. That insight is empowering, gives us choices in how we run our lives.
Brighton Chiropractors and Counsellor working together
Your chiropractor, of course, is there to treat your body. He/she will, as part of that, be asking how you are “using” your body. Are you hunched over a computer for much of the day? Do you have to drive a lot? What are the stressors (physical and emotional) in your life? How do you handle them? In short, listen to your body – it may be trying to tell you something.
Diane Hedge mbacp
Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Matthew meets Hollyoaks actress Gemma Merna
Written by Sundial Clinics Thursday, 30 June 2011 04:02
Matthew Bennett attended the launch of the new Mole & Skin Check Guidelines that have been developed jointly by the Melanoma Taskforce and the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) especially for health professionals and met Gemma Merna from Hollyoaks
The guidelines provide clear and simple information about the signs of skin cancer. As chiropractors we have an important role in noticing abnormal moles or changes in skin and advising patients to seek advice from their GPs. The guidelines have been developed by skin cancer charities, dermatologists, nurses, GPs and oncologists and are endorsed by professional associations representing the health and beauty industry.
Matthew was in Westminster on behalf British Chiropractic Association as he is Vice-president. He talked with MPs and the new president of BAD and impressed upon them the important role that chiropractors can play in the early detection of skin cancer.
The highlight of the afternoon was a photo opportunity with Hollyoaks actress, Gemma Merna. She is the celebrity face of the campaign having had a skin cancer scare a while ago. She is popular with the younger target group the information is aimed at.
For more information about skin caner and how to protect yourself go to www.bad.org.ukLearn More
Hayfever? Simple, effective and natural help
Written by Sundial Clinics Friday, 29 April 2011 02:14
If you have hayfever you probably know all about the symptoms:- runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing. You probably also know that it is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen. Up to 1 in 5 of us will suffer from hayfever at some time. Other microscopic particles like house dust or dander from animals can cause a similar allergic reaction to hayfever.
The histamine connection
When you get a whiff of pollen up your nose or into the eyes your body reacts if you have an allergy to that particle and produces anti-bodies which in turn produce histamine which cause the typical inflammation, redness, swelling and irritation. It is the histamine that causes the sypmtoms of hayfever. If you can reduce histamine you can reduce hayfever.
Treatment for hayfever
Although the medical treatment for hayfever is anti-histamines there are things you can do without taking drugs which may have side effects like drowsiness. For instance HayMax is an effective organic, natural and simple to use pollen barrier balm that is applied to the base of the nose to reduce pollen entering the body.
Omega 3 oils found in oily fish and supplements such as Pure Bio’s EPA/DHA reduce inflammation and may help. Vitamin E (800 iu a day) has been shown to help reduce hayfever symptoms.
You can lower the overall levels of histamine in your body by reducing the histamine containing foods in your diet.
What is Histamine?
Histamine is made by the human body and by bacterial degradation from the amino acid histadine. Therefore many ripened foods like cheese, wine, beer, sauerkraut and smoked meats may have very high amounts of histamine and the amount of histamine can be an indicator of the quality of the production process.
Very large amounts of histamine may be a sign of decay. For example, fresh or immediately frozen fish hardly contains any histamine. On the other hand, older or stale fish, which has been bacterially contaminated or just stored too long may contain extremely high amounts of histamine. Fresh cheese or cottage cheese, which has only ripened for a few days also has remarkably less histamine than older types of cheese.
Also, slightly contaminated yeast cultures (like those being used in the production of beer and wine) favour the production of histamine. All this explains the huge variances in the histamine content of various foods.
In our body, any excess of histamine – from the body’s own production or by an increased content of histamine in foods – is normally rapidly metabolized by the enzyme diaminoxidase (DAO). When this enzyme is deficient, a great variety of intolerance reactions may occur, depending upon the amount of histamine present.
If you are very sensitive you may experience symptoms from extremely small amounts of histamine. In addition, alcohol and certain drugs may block DAO and thereby worsen the symptoms. Histamine is resistant to cold and heat and therefore cannot be destroyed by cooking (including microwave), baking, grilling or deep freezing. If you think you are sensitive to histamine you should consider reducing high histamine foods eg:-
- Sausages and ham: all smoked animal products are high in histamine and should be avoided.
- Fish: Deep frozen fish is usually well tolerated; tinned fish or fish which has only been cooled (not frozen) may be a problem. Seafood may contain extremely high amounts of histamine depending upon how fresh they are.
- Cheese: Fresh cheeses like cottage cheese, quark etc should be well tolerated. Also small amounts of soft cheese should not cause problems.
- Alcohol: May cause problems for most histamine sensitive people as most types not only contain large amounts of histamine but because alcohol also blocks the DAO.
- Chocolate: Contains substances similar to histamine which may also trigger headaches and migraines and should therefore be avoided or greatly reduced.
- Sparkling wine has the highest contents of histamine, beer the lowest and is therefore usually tolerated in small amounts by most histamine sensitive patients.
Industrially produced wines like those from Australia, USA and South Africa are often showing lower histamine levels than traditionally produced or home-made types of wine. The histamine content of various wines and sparkling wines differs so greatly however, that we recommend to avoid these types of alcohol as much as possible or stick to those types which have been well tolerated before. The histamine content is also dependent upon vintage and vineyard.Learn More
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