Everything in moderation?


Photo Credit:Scott Webb

Ok, so not everything might be good in moderation, but taking a break and not being obsessive or extreme about our health might be healthy once in a while!

August is a traditional time for holidays, and holidays can traditionally mean good food, wine, lazing around and re-connecting with friends and family.  Any healthy eating and drinking, routines and making time for exercise can easily go out of the window. If we are not careful, we can end up feeling guilty and ashamed for overindulging- which can lead to comfort eating and a negative spiral of healthy habits later on.

Here at Intentional Health, we see holidays as a healthy break from the "norm" that can help us be more intentional later.

By enjoying some holiday foods and relaxation, especially if it is combined with extended times reconnecting with family and friends, we can really appreciate and enjoy the "treats". If we don't have Cornish pasties, fish and chips and ice-cream every day, then why not intentionally enjoy them on a trip to the sea-side? After all, they taste so much better there!

We don't need to over-indulge to appreciate them, and we may realise that these treats, which may have previously made up a large part of our staple diet, are not part of our norm anymore. If that's you, make sure take a moment to appreciate just how far you have come on your journey!

Being intentional about a holiday might just mean that before you go, you put a date in your diary to reflect on which healthy habits or behaviours you might like to focus on and revisit when you get back.

Til next time,

Niky & Team

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


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.

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)

Reading Food Labels - Monday 26th June 10:00 (BST)

Meal Planning - Tuesday 27th June 19:30 (BST)

Health & Alcohol Thursday 29th June 19:30 (BST)

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

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Did you notice the good or bad habits?


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

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.

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!

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