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Confession time...

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Gareth and I have enjoyed watching Masterchef over the past few weeks for a bit of relaxing evening TV. We are not big TV watchers, preferring to watch films or box sets, but Masterchef has been especially welcome in these cold winter, and even snowy, evenings! We enjoy learning about new foods that we can barely pronounce, along with imaginative ways of cooking 'said' foods, and try and guess if we would like the hopeful candidate's creations.

However, I recently noticed that I was getting “the munchies” in the middle of the programme, despite having just eaten dinner, and have found it a real challenge to avoiding mindless snacking.

This urge to snack has been compounded by the creation of arguably the best flapjacks in the world, made by my son Lewi! I’ve even found myself saying that he can’t go on his games console if the flapjack tin is empty! (Oh the parenting shame!)

But I realised this week, after speaking to Mary Rose, (one of our amazing Intentional Health coaches) was that the combination of the cold dark evenings, seeing the food on the TV, and having flapjacks readily available in the house has been a perfect storm of temptation for me - to the extent that I realised recently had succumbed and eaten six, yes you read that right - six! flapjacks in one day.

I probably don't need to tell you that this is NOT an example of a healthy balanced diet!

Before you gasp too much - I already feel even more shame telling you, because Lewi & Gareth have both been reminding me that I’m meant to be setting an example of being Intentional about my health! (proof that they are learning too! ;-))

But I have chosen to be brave and confess my downfalls to you anyway because I recognise I’ve been succumbing to cravings rather than been eating from a place of genuine hunger.

Hunger is a healthy response to a biological need. It is our bodies way of letting us know we are running low on readily available fuel. It is harmful to our bodies if we ignore genuine hunger!

Cravings, on the other hand, are a response to a psychological or emotional need - I’m looking for the flapjacks to satisfy the cravings I’m getting from a combination of; the memories of how Good the flapjacks are, wanting comfort in the cold, dark evenings when I’m longing for summer, and watching and imagining tasting the Masterchef food.

Now, obviously, there is nothing wrong with watching Masterchef, and I can assure you there is nothing wrong with the little pieces of perfection that are rolled into Lewi’s flapjacks!

BUT - I know that putting myself in the way of both of these, at the same time, when I'm already cold and longing for warm summer evenings, will lead me straight into temptation. And the more I succumb to these temptations, feel bad that I've eaten more than I should and been a rubbish parent, the more likely I am to develop an unhealthy habit of comfort eating whilst watching TV!

Downward spiral here we come!

So, to counteract those cravings before they become habits, here's my plan!

  1. Confess to an accountable community! (That- by default of you reading this -is you!) You can ask me how many flapjacks I've had at any time. That is a compelling reason to not eat more flapjacks.
  2. Other than the flapjacks I’ve asked Lewi to make for the image on this blog (which I have then taken to share at our church weekend away), I am going to be restricting the number of baked goods I ask him to make, at least until after the Masterchef final!
  3. Whilst Masterchef is still on or I'm watching TV, I’m going to do the ironing, drink a glass of water, or prepare a healthier snack like some fresh fruit instead.

If you want to find out more about the difference between a hunger or craving, why not take our Hunger or Cravings Quiz - you can download a free quiz sheet here.


If you want to start on your journey towards being more intentional about your health then why not download our FREE Intentional Health journey workbook by clicking the picture below, to help start your journey to living a healthier, happier life.

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With summer is upon us this can only mean...

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Plenty of sunscreen and time outside! :) This weekend here in Cornwall (and the rest of the England and Wales, I believe) we have had glorious summer weather.

One of the many, many reasons I am thankful for the good weather, is that it is a great trigger and motivator for getting my teenage boys out and about enjoying the beach and moving more, and not sat still in front of the X-box! (other gaming consoles are available!)

As we continue our series of 20 webinars, tonight we are exploring some of the reasons why being physically active or moving more is SOOOO beneficial for every aspect of our health and wellbeing.

We'll also consider why we might not move as much now as we used to, and how we can think of creative ways to get more active - especially for those of us who aren't naturally super sporty!

You can join us live at 19:30 (BST), or for the replay anytime, by clicking the link below to register.

https://app.webinarjam.net/register/35515/0ce354108e


Then, on Wednesday evening, we'll start our next mini-series, exploring how to be more intentional about healthy eating.

This week we'll be exploring the UK's current government guidelines for what a balanced diet looks like using the Eat-well guide, before next week looking at how to read food labels, to make informed choices, how meal planning can help us stick to a healthy eating plan. We'll even be exploring alcohol and healthy drinking too.

If you'd like to join us for any part of this series- again to attend live, or access the replay later, see the full schedule below and click on the relevant links to sign up.

Balanced Diet - Wednesday 21st June 19:30 (BST) https://app.webinarjam.net/register/35515/0c53b443...

Reading Food Labels - Monday 26th June 10:00 (BST) https://app.webinarjam.net/register/35515/cdaf8758...

Meal Planning - Tuesday 27th June 19:30 (BST) https://app.webinarjam.net/register/35515/25c7c183...

Health & Alcohol Thursday 29th June 19:30 (BST) https://app.webinarjam.net/register/35515/0d2d9363...


Can you believe tonight's webinar sees us half way through our 20-webinar series?

Next Monday we'll publish the rest of the webinar series topics, dates, times and sign up information, which will continue for about another month.

After that time we will be returning to our usual blog, and are looking forward to featuring more guest posts and some amazing individual stories.

Until then, enjoy the sunshine and see you in the webinars!

Niky & Team

PS - don't forget to share this with others who you think might find these topics interesting!

Balanced Life or Burnout?

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There is one thing for certain...

We can't have a healthy balanced life and Burnout at the same time.

If we live a healthy balanced life, get sufficient rest and sleep; we avoid burnout.

If we live an unbalanced, unhealthy life, we are heading in the direction of burnout.

None of us wants to live a life that ends up being sick, exhausted and burnt out, but many of us are regularly, unknowingly, making decisions that mean we are heading in that direction.

This week we are hosting 2 FREE 30 minute webinars to explore these areas.

In our first webinar, we are exploring why we burn out and what prevents us from investing in ourselves. We also have a free worksheet to share that helps you with a little self-reflection and identify how at risk you might be of burning out.

Our second webinar will be sharing what we need and how to get a good nights sleep, as well as what difference sleep makes to our health and wellbeing.

1. Balance & Burnout

Join us for our first 30 minute Balance & Burnout webinar this evening 19:30 (BST) using this link: https://app.webinarjam.net/register/35515/970be0a670

(or register now, and we'll send you the replay to watch at your convenience if you can't attend in person tonight)

2. Sleep and Rest.

Join us for our second 30-minute Rest & Sleep webinar on Thursday evening 19:30 (BST) using this link: https://app.webinarjam.net/register/35515/b5e13ddc1c


In all of our webinars, we work through a free accompanying worksheet. If you would like to download these before the webinar you can do that here.

Click here to download the Balance & Burnout worksheet


If you have problems sleeping, we will have a worksheet to help you too and will share the link for this later in the week. Be sure to register for the sleep webinar if you are interested in this worksheet.

https://app.webinarjam.net/register/35515/b5e13ddc1c


See you in the webinars?

Niky, Gareth, Tom & team

Did you notice the good or bad habits?

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If you watched the replay of last weeks webinar, you'll know that there are no such thing as good and bad habit loops, habit loops are just a pathway.

That's why it's good to put ourselves in the way of "good things"

because it is the triggers and cues, and associated behaviours that are good or bad, not the habits themselves. (although, healthy or unhealthy might be a more helpful way to describe them!)

If you haven't watched the replay and don't want to miss out, here's the link

https://app.webinarjam.net/replay/35515/26fd6d8791/0/0

Oh, and you'll want us to send you the accompanying worksheet beforehand if you want help trying to identify your own habits, you can do that by letting us know your email address - you can do that by clicking here.

https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/217810?v=6

And if you want to find out how best to change habits, you might want to join me and Gareth live on Tuesday 6th June 7:30 pm (BST), or watch the replay at your own convenience later.

Either way, you can register here!

https://app.webinarjam.net/register/35515/87a700819a

We love it when you join us live - it's really fun and interactive and we can answer your questions.

We also try and mention those of you who have helped us along the way, so it's good not to miss out on your moments of fame!

See you in the webinar?

Niky, Tom, Gareth & Team