Pre-Workout Chocolate Matcha Smoothie Recipe 1

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.


OMGTEA

Time to get your blender at the ready, we’re back with another health-hoisting smoothie recipe for you to start your day (or workout) with.

It’s been a hectic few months around here to say the least.

The guys at Health Status include moving house as one of the top five most stressful situations you can go through, and the self-pitying side of me is somewhat inclined to agree…

Thankfully, we’re just about finished with the move (the second one within the space of a year), and we’re starting to get settled in the new place down in Cardiff Bay. Or the Bay Area, which I sometimes call it to sound a bit cooler…

With a fresh new place comes the opportunity for a fresh new start, and that means some fresh new habits and routines. With that in mind, I’ve been mixing it up when it comes to my training, my mindfulness practice, and my diet too.

I’ve been playing around with some fermented foods (sauerkraut smells like feet, but tastes surprisingly good), testing out a few supplements and superfood powders (spirulina smells bad, and tastes bad too), and also trying out a few varieties of tea. One of the best (and healthiest) that I’ve experimented with so far was a free sample of Matcha Green Tea from the lovely people at OMG Teas.

I’ve been drinking that quite a bit and sometimes including it in a pre-workout smoothie, which I’m gonna share with you soon. And stick around at the end for a pretty amusing story…


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5 Ways to Enjoy Healthy Juices Without Breaking the Bank

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.


Juico Budget Juicing

This article is the second in a two part series in partnership with Thrive Magazine and Juico.


 

I’ve been lucky enough to learn quite a bit over the past few years as I’ve journeyed through this crazy world of health and nutrition.

One of the lessons that has really stuck with me is that there are a lot of misconceptions floating around this space.

A big one is that you need a shed load of protein to perform as an athlete. Another is that healthy eating is always boring.

One more is that to enjoy healthy juices (or smoothies, or healthy food for that matter) you need to spend a whole load of money.

From my experience, that’s really not the case.

Sure, if you’re using solely organic, exotic ingredients like dragon fruit or durian all day, you’re probably gonna run out of money pretty fast. But like many things, if you approach juicing sensibly, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

Here are a few ideas for you to consider…


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A Simple Guide to Healthy Juicing 1

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.


Juico Healthy Juicing

This article is the first in a two part series in partnership with Thrive Magazine and Juico.


I’m gonna start out right away by telling you that I’m no juicing expert.

No sir-ee!

I’m more someone who is a little juice-curious, probably a bit like you. Sure, I’ve played around with juicing in the past, done a couple of juice fasts and felt the benefits, but it’s not something I’ve ever delved into all that deeply.

I have however, done just enough to grasp the basics, and I kinda feel that’s all you really need. Anymore than that, and sometimes I think you risk over complicating things.

So today I thought I would share with you my simple two-step guide to healthy juicing.

No frills – just basic info that you can apply to your life to get the best out of your next juicing experience.


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10 Simple Things I Do (Almost) Everyday to Stay Healthy 3

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.


Daily HabitsI wanna start this article off by sharing with you a little secret. Here goes…

I’m not always that healthy…

I know, shocking right? This coming from the guy who runs a site that’s all about living healthily.

Sure I’m sharing my ideas and my experiences with my articles, videos and Instagram images, but really they’re just small snapshots of my life. There’s plenty of other stuff that you don’t see (and you probably don’t want to).

In reality, whilst I try my best to practice what I preach here on the blog, I don’t get things right all the time. I still have plenty of habits that I struggle with.

That being said, I think perfection is overrated anyway, and it’s what you do most of the time that matters, not all of the time. I hope that message comes across somewhat in the content that I share!

So in order to make sure that I stay on the right track and that I’m living as healthily as I can, there are a few habits that I’ve really worked on over the past few years that I now perform most days without too much thought.

They’re kinda my foundation, if you like – the things that support me, that I can fall back on. Even if I’m going through a bit of a rough patch for whatever reason or if I’m not in my regular routine, I know that if I’m doing most of these things most days, I’m probably going to be alright.

Let’s get to it.


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The Fascinating Truth About Childhood Trauma and Healthy Habits

Trauma and healthy habits

This is a guest post by parenting, trauma and childhood behaviour expert Jane Evans. She recently teamed up with a company called Fink Cards and released a product that is centred around raising awareness of childhood trauma and its impacts.

This article is all about the links between trauma and healthy habits. Over to Jane!


You may wonder what my Parenting Impacted by Trauma Fink Cards have to do with physical health and good eating habits, at a glance it’s not obvious and if you aren’t a parent, even less so!

However, all of us have been parented or cared for by someone when were young children and that will have a profound effect on our diet and exercise habits today, especially if we were exposed to high levels of anxiety and/or adversity in those formative care­giving relationships.

Looking at how, why and what our relationship is with food and exercise often reveals a great deal about someone’s earliest years. If they then go on to work with, parent or care for children or young people then being able to identify and potentially address a more complex relationship with food and physical activity can be life­ changing.

A new born baby comes in to the world with a survival based drive to connect with those who are closest to them or they will not get fed, held, changed and soothed. Limited brain development means their efforts are simple ones, track with their eyes, cry and imitate facial expressions from those closest to them.

They also are very tuned in to their Mother’s emotional state, having been inside them for 9 months, and they also work hard to tune in to any other significant figures in their daily lives. When they are being fed, whether breast or bottle fed, they like to be close to the person feeding them and so they will pick up on their emotional state.

If the person feeding the baby is feeling anxious about it, ‘will they take the right amount/am I doing it the right way/will they sick it all up/are they putting on enough weight’ or, if the adult is stressed in other ways, perhaps because they are in an abusive relationship and their partner tries to hurry them through the feeding as they don’t like them being preoccupied with the baby, or they are constantly criticising them, or a parent is struggling with depression and not getting much emotional connection with their baby the baby begins to relate feeding as something stressful as they feel the tensions.

Why does this early experience matter and what does it have to do with adult behaviours around food and eating?

Babies and children learn most about everything from those around them, how they make them feel and what they see them doing and hear then saying. A parent who has their own childhood trauma to cope with every day may have a complex relationship with food. Over-eating sugary, fatty foods may act as way of numbing emotional pain, sugar has been found to have numb out the stress response so making people feel more ‘emotionally comfortable’.

Likewise, under eating, purging or limiting foods serve as a similar distraction from internal stress and distress as they are about focusing on something else. Grow up in a household where food is a ‘big thing’, meal times, even as a toddler are stress­ related, celebrations and commiserations all revolve around food ‘treats’ and patterns are easily established.

Research into the fact that we have brain cells in our stomach and digestive system, how early trauma impacts our digestive system in emerging all of the time. The same goes for exercise, having a stressful childhood will mean needing adult habits which alleviate our systems default ‘stress’ mode. Sometimes that’s through excessive exercise, or through feeling too overwhelmed and exhausted by the stress cycle to even attempt it.

Again, learning how to sensibly and effectively use healthy food and regular exercise comes from childhood and watching the adult’s behaviours.

For me, the great hope comes from the fact that brains can be reshaped and rewired to enjoy healthy food and eating habits and regular exercise. It’s good to have support to do this as it can seem like entering an ‘unknown land’ without a map and emotional knock backs and increased stress can send us back to what ‘feels’ familiar, however unhealthy that is.

As a parent or carer, changing what you do today WILL change what your child does moving forward. If you suspect your own childhood stresses are the foundation for complex eating and exercise needs look for support to have the life you and your children deserve!

 


About Jane

Jane Evans has been working with families with complex needs around early childhood trauma for over two decades. As a passionate advocate of offering an understanding of the impact of early childhood trauma in all areas of our lives, Jane speaks and trains around the World.

Jane has written two books to be used for young children who have lived with domestic violence (How are you feeling today Baby Bear? & Kit Kitten and the Topsy Turvy Feelings) and her work with traumatised families has also featured in Channel 5’s documentary ‘My Violent Child’.

For more information about Jane visit: www.parentingposttrauma.co.uk

Or connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram

 

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