Weight Loss: January Review

I truly don’t understand how January is nearly over. It literally seems like 2 minutes ago since New Year, but yet so much has happened this month.

Anyway, I have decided to set up a blog series on my bid to hit my goal weight. Post Christmas, my weight reached a point of being as close to my goal weight as it was to my start weight and that in turn made me a little uneasy.

This month I’ve spent a lot of time trying to work out what works for me, and one thing I really learnt was that the idea of being restricted (in terms of what I can eat) sabotages me from the get go. Therefore after a lot of cancelling subscriptions and selling products that I clearly wasn’t going to use, I opted for calorie counting.

I set myself a 1200 calorie target (I’m 5ft 1 and my TDEE is 1700-1800 kcals per day) and have had significant success (that was until last night when we celebrated our first Burns Night in Scotland).

I’m currently 5.5lb down with 17lb to go to my initial target. I haven’t had such a loss for quite a long time so I’m really proud of this.

I won’t pretend I’ve been perfectly behaved, and perhaps if I had we could have been looking at an 8lb loss. But I’m in no way beating myself up about this, as long as I get back ‘on track’ (bloody hate that phrase) for the next meal or next day then all is good.

I’ll be posting progress photos next month (ARGH) but I would like to be another 5lb down by then 💪

Make sure you follow me over on Instagram at @thehealthyot to see what I’m eating. Photos are definitely a work in progress 😂

What Even Is Health and Fitness?

The more time I spend in depths of health and fitness online, the more I wonder what it’s even about – everyone seems to have a slightly different definition which I think, leads to a hell of a lot of confusion.

According to the dictionary, health is defined as:

“the state of being free from illness or injury”

or

“a person’s mental or physical condition”

Of course being nourished and having an efficient and strong muscle mass can prevent physiological problems within the body and exercise has found to be very beneficial for mental health, but a lot of people who wish to embark on their ‘health and fitness’ journeys are actually signing up for (and focusing on) weight loss and gym memberships rather than fuelling the body with macro (carbohydrates, protein and fat) and micro nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and exercising sensibly to support and protect their joints from too much wear and tear.

As a health professional, I work closely with other health professionals and I am very much consumed within disability. To me, a healthy lifestyle is ensure your body runs like a well oiled machine so you can live a well and meaningful life – and this is by no means, an easy feat and it will certainly never be a perfect journey or have a perfect ending.

If I’m honest, the messages that I see online are worrying. No matter what ‘diet’ you’re following, it’s wrong. No matter what exercise you’re doing, it’s never enough. For so many people now, it’s about being perfect so that huge active wear companies and food delivery companies will send you free stuff. We are forgetting that behind many of these influencers are people who don’t know a lot about health in it’s true form. Obesity is a huge problem and we should be commending the people who are doing anything to try and reduce their body fat.

Whenever I see someone referring to having a ‘perfect’ day dieting or ‘onplanjan’ it does make me a little sad inside. Our desire to become perfect is increasing on a daily basis and I would put good money that 9/10 people who claim to have had a ‘perfect’ day have had an almost perfect day. If you are having perfect days you might be gaining the physical body you desire, but what will the impact be on your mental health?

It’s why I’m a huge believer in ‘flexible dieting’ although I hate the term beyond anything else. How about we call it ‘normal eating within a calorie deficit or maintenance calories’? (Granted, it’s not the most catchy title). Sometimes this may consist of a meal Deliciously Ella would be proud of, another meal that would make her quake in her boots, and of course it could just be a meal replacement bar because I cannot be bothered to prepare lunch.

Working within your calorie goal (whether to lose fat, maintain or gain) gives you the freedom to eat what you like and you can feed your body as many (or as little) micro nutrients as your heart desires. It means you can go out for dinner with your friends, or have a Dominos on a Friday night (and know that I’m jealous if you’re doing that) – as long as it falls within your calorie allowance.

I often sit on Instagram looking at the pretty pictures of fruit and vegetables thinking ‘WHY AM I NOT HEALTHIER?!’ but then I realised in the grand scheme of things I am pretty healthy. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs. I barely eat any refined carbs (mostly because the majority of them contain yeast – trust me it’s not through choice), I’m not a huge fan of meat and only eat chicken 1-2 times a week. I have chorizo a couple of times a week too. I’m not a big fan of root vegetables and will only have potatoes a maximum of twice a week. I don’t like rice or pasta. I don’t eat huge amounts of dairy. My only vices are Diet Coke or Pepsi Max and chocolate (unless you’re considering this dairy?!) and Parma Violets (random, I know). We go out for dinner maybe once or twice a month (and I always have dessert). I cook using mostly Fry Light, but sometimes Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil. I have no more than 2 cups of coffee per day and about 1 hot chocolate per month. It’s about as balanced as I can get it.

I average 5000 steps a day on Fitbit and I’m trying to do 4 additional exercise sessions a week (either strength or a HIIT). This is new to my ‘routine’ though so results are TBC (did you know that 10,000 steps was a made up number – Google it and find out for yourself!)

If I’m honest, I’m pretty happy with my lifestyle. Granted the chocolate may have to go for me to lose the 21lbs I wish to lose, but this weight loss (or should I say fat loss) isn’t because everyone else is doing it. I have put on 14lbs since I’ve got married and when I did a comparison photo, boy could you tell and at the moment I don’t like what I see. When I was at my slimmest (which was still 10 stone), I had a figure that I was really growing to be proud of and something I had never experienced before having been a chubster from the age of 11. I’m not trying for #gains or attempting to #eatclean, I just want to be happy and look after myself.

I encourage you to stop thinking about the rippling abs, the bum a Kardashian would be jealous of or how much fruit and vegetables you can pack in your stomach in a day.

Start thinking about you’re actual health.

More muscle mass will increase your metabolic rate (meaning you can eat more!) Strong muscles will help maintain bone density and reduce arthritic pain. Strong muscles will prevent injury. Stronger muscles will help prevent wear and tear on your joints. A good core will help support a good sitting position which will aid digestion and allow your lungs to fill with more air. Your muscles will be used more efficiently and you are likely to feel less tired. Exercise will help your mental health.

A well balanced diet will provide your body with everything it needs to run smoothly and is also necessary to develop the muscle mass that you would like to now acquire after reading this blog post. I must admit that I had heard countless times about the importance of Vitamin B and Omega 6 and all the other zillion vitamins and minerals, but it’s only when I completed my course on nutrition that I actually realised how important they are. My bad.

To me, this is true purpose of health and fitness.

 

 

5 Top Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

I won’t pretend it’s not ironic that I had 3 rubbish night’s sleep last week. However, I put it down to being out of routine and a ghastly sickness bug I had (which was seriously random).

Anyway, coming out of routine highlighted how much it impacts on my sleep without me even knowing. My weekly average sleep tends to be 7 hours 49 minutes (according to Fitbit) and because of my epilepsy, a good night’s sleep is essential for my health and wellbeing. However, being out of routine reduced my sleep to 5-6 hours a night which quite frankly, was nowhere near good enough!

  1. Put Down Your Phone

Classic. But sadly true. When I had my old Sony Xperia Z5 it had a little flashing light when I received notifications and every single night this would make me wake up at about 4AM. I now have the iPhone which is much better. Typically I go to bed at about 9.30PM – 10.00PM and I do NOT look at my phone once I’m in bed. This has made a SIGNIFICANT difference to my sleep. I fall asleep much faster and go into a deep sleep straight away. I also put my phone under my bed so should it light up, I won’t see it.

Last week I was guilty of looking at my phone when in bed and I wasn’t going to sleep til after midnight. It was taking me ages to enter a deep sleep as well and I was just glad I was on annual leave!

2. Start Your Night Time Routine Early

There comes a point in the evening when I have to get my pyjamas on! It reaches a point of desperation where I need to change and I think this is my body telling me it would really like to start getting ready to go to bed.

Of course, many of us are guilty of getting ready for bed/preparing for the next day as we are getting in bed, but this might not always be the best way. Increased movement can actually wake us up which is less than ideal when you’re about to try to go asleep. It depends on who you are – for some people, movement is calming and will help them sleep (you should trial both for a week each and see what works for you). If I exercise in the evening, there is no chance of me going to sleep before 11pm. However, if I come home, make my dinner, have a shower and get my PJs on and prep for the following morning, then all I need to do is veg on the sofa and get in bed when I’m ready to and drift off to sleep.

Likewise, having a bath before bed may also wake you up. I often find I need a bath or shower to invigorate myself rather than calm me down so factoring in when would be a suitable time to wash is essential in this process.

3. Don’t Go To Bed Hungry

January is the worst month for this. Our stomachs are stretched after the indulgent festive period, but we are all busy trying to reign it in and quite frankly I have never been hungrier than I am at the moment.

On the three nights I couldn’t sleep, I was also STARVING (possibly because of the weird stomach thing) – I’ve literally never been so hungry. However, the subsequent pain, nausea and general discomfort I was feeling was preventing me from falling asleep. On the flip side you also don’t want to go to bed full because it’s like lying with a brick in your stomach.

4. White Noise

Yes I am a baby but get over it. I have developed a terrible habit which I’ve become quite accustomed to. Last summer, I ended up sleeping with my fan on after our heatwave and I now can’t sleep without the fan! I also enjoy the subzero temperatures it brings as I can’t sleep when I’m too hot either.

The only problem is that the fan is beginning to break and it really isn’t the right season in Scotland to buy one that isn’t a heater. I’m sending positive vibes to it every night for it to keep going til more fans become available to buy that aren’t going to cost me the earth.

If like me you are reliant on the use of white noise (I also like the breeze too), there are White Noise videos on YouTube (that last 10 hours) to keep you in your deep slumber.

5.  Don’t Stress About Falling Asleep

I genuinely believe that in most cases, our bodies will dictate how much rest we need even if we feel like we could sleep for 85 hours in one go but only end up getting 7 hours. It’s aiming to achieve the balance between having a productive day where you are tired but without doing too much that you feel stressed and overwhelmed.

Don’t clock watch, try not to stress about what tomorrow will bring or what happened during the day. The bedtime process is for you to chill out and restore your body. As my Mum used to say – rest and let the little soldiers fight all the germs. Tim thinks I’m off my head when I repeat that back to him, but I think it makes total sense.

Despite the research that suggests stress can be good for us, I will always be anti-stress as it is the bane of my life. However, whilst the little soldiers are fighting the shizzle going on in the body, the last thing we want to do is flood the area with some cortisol and make it more challenging for them.

Ensure you have a comfy bed, you can tolerate the person’s sleeping habits if you share your bedroom with someone and snuggle in for a cosy night.

 

 

The Healthy OT

New Year, New Me.

Nah, not really. New Year Same Me.

HOWEVER, I have decided to change the name of my blog from Telle’s Nutritional Life to The Healthy OT.

When I first set up the blog, I didn’t know whether I would continue as an Occupational Therapist – I continued to believe in everything the role was about, but I had been left battered by various job situations and wasn’t sure if I wanted to proceed with it.

In October, I started a new job as an OT and I adore it! I’m able to be the therapist I want to be and work with clients who continue to inspire me every single day (as cliche as that sounds). Despite the job being successful, I don’t want to say goodbye to everything I have invested into this blog, my YouTube channel (second video is up now – so committed!), and my Instagram.

I found that Telle’s Nutrition was limiting me to nutrition, and although I have now received my Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Management, it is certainly not my specialism (to the extent OT is anyway).

I want to continue to encompass what OT is about, incorporate my knowledge and my passion and felt that ‘The Healthy OT’ achieves this. I want to continue to focus on healthy eating, healthy lifestyles and healthy habits.

My content won’t be changing (‘Booo’ I hear you cry) but I just wanted to let you know that this will be the final name change as I think I’ve finally found my groove.

Thank you so much for continuing to visit this site and read my posts and I look forward to boring you all in 2019. Jokes, I’m HIGHLY entertaining.

Start Your 2019 By Decluttering and Spring Cleaning Your House

Over the years I have become an avid declutterer – partly because I like to be able to see surfaces (I am officially turning into my mother) and secondly, if I did not declutter there would be no room in my house for me to live in it!

I try to apply the ‘have I used this in the past 12 months?’ to about 50% of things in my house. This includes clothing, books, DVDs, toiletries and food. I am slightly more generous with technology and items that are only meant to be used now and again.

I then collect all of these items and put them into what needs to be thrown, recycled, sent to charity or what could be sold.

The most challenging part is our very large collection of penguin memorabilia. Tim’s favourite animal is a penguin but for some reason EVERYONE buys him penguin related items every Christmas. This year alone we got 8 coasters, placemats, a jumper, shirt and ornament. We also have a duvet set, canvas, 5 other ornaments, 2 books, 2 more hoodies, a blanket, a cushion and mugs. I think you would agree with me that that rivals the gift shop in a zoo, but they are presents from close family, some of whom haven’t seen that sadly we do not have enough space to cater for all of these penguins. So for now, they live in a box and are on rotation to ensure they are used.

Yesterday I gutted our abode. It took me 4 hours to clean and I sorted through my preexisting selling pile and worked out what needed to go into recycling or the rubbish (at this point it’s been up for sale for approximately 3 years).

I always feel that when you have a good clear out and clean you can feel your home sigh with relief. We got rid of 2 bin bags of clothing to a textiles recycling bank and hoovered so much the Dyson needed emptying twice!

Research has indicated that a cluttered environment increases the cortisol (stress hormone) in women. It also overstimulates your senses and makes your brain think there’s still more work to do, making it much more challenging to relax after a stressful day at work.

As I have decided that 2019 is going to be the best possible year yet, I encourage you to put on your rubber gloves, get a couple of bags and get busy tidying away this weekend!

NB: I personally have made at least £500 over the years selling unwanted items on eBay. Don’t underestimate what people will pay for the stuff you don’t want anymore!

My New Year Resolutions – 2019

It is FINALLY 2019!

Now normally I don’t hugely set goals for the forthcoming year because I know it’s unlikely I’ll achieve them so why pretend? However, after the ‘fun’ of 2018, I would like to put some goals in place to guide my successes for the forthcoming year.

  1. Lose Weight

I even bore myself saying this but I’m now the heaviest I’ve been since 2013 so I really need to nip that in the bud. I would like to try and lose between 21lb and 28lb (see when I get there what that might look like). At my lightest I was 21lb lighter than I am now and I felt INCREDIBLE. I’ve got a pretty decent figure under all the blubber so if that could be accessed once more that would be just dandy.

I will be documenting all this shizzle on YouTube so I’ll let you know when it goes up!

2. Invest In My Appearance

I set the bar pretty low on this one since getting married. But basically I would just like to have some nicer clothes in the wardrobe, straighten my hair once in a while and keep on top of my eyebrows. Marriage has not been kind to me. LOLZ. I’ve already booked an appointment for Keratin treatment.

3. Blog More/ Vlog?

I have been exceptionally negligent on here since I started my new job and I can only apologise. I was enjoying the quiet life so much it didn’t leave me much to talk about but as 2019 is looking snazzy so far, we could probably get this going again.

I still REALLY like the idea of vlogging but I just think my life is far too boring. The only solution I have so far is to film on either a Saturday or Sunday and post during the week. As we are going to Florida in July, this may inspire me to get into the routine but I do feel like a massive dork whenever I try. Any tips??

4. 100 Happy Days

I really want to take more photos of the things I experience, so I will be completing #100happydays to help facilitate my exceptional photographic skills. As everyone was posting their ‘best nine’ on Instagram yesterday, my year looked pretty uneventful – mostly because we couldn’t afford to do anything. I know every year won’t be smooth sailing so it’s definitely important to remember the highlights.

5.  Develop A Morning Routine

I HATE myself for this being on the list. I still don’t get the hype about a morning routine and a bedtime routine. If you know why this is a thing, can you please explain it to me? Anyway, I would just like to get out of bed at 6.30am and have time for breakfast and a coffee before I leave the house rather than running around with 5 minutes to get washed, dressed and prepare my breakfast.

6.  Clean My House

To clarify, I do clean my house. I would just like to do it more consistently and have a scheduled time for cleaning. Because I am a granny.

I think that’s enough to be getting on with for 2019. This year is mostly about enjoying every moment that I can and continue to be grateful for what I have.

Happy New Year!

2018… You Have Been Weird

I know… I’m rubbish. Since starting my job in October, this blog has taken somewhat of a hit. I’m sorry!

However, as we fast approach 2019 (and yes one of my resolutions is to crack on with this again), I thought it would be rather apt to look back on the past 12 months and think ‘WTF WAS THAT?!’

I won’t bang on about how rubbish the first 10 months of this year were… there are many many posts about that. What is super weird though is how the year is ending. In the past 3 months, miracles have occurred.

I started my new job which I adore. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. I wish I could tell you where it was and what it involved, but alas I cannot. However, I’m still an OT and it’s all going rather splendidly. That was a close one guys.

I have completed by Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Management which has proved very useful. It is very challenging not to become embroiled in the dieting industry on Instagram… every diet has an excellent sales pitch. However, I will be doing my best in 2019 to follow what I have learnt from this course. Of course, I would love to be rocking my active wear with my belly out by tomorrow, but firstly, let’s be realistic and I also want to incorporate healthy habits into my daily life to ensure I enter my elderly years in the best way possible.

The final and best thing that’s happened this year however, is the change in my attitude to life. Now I know… When I used to hear people speak of daily gratitude I was the first to do an eye roll and think it was all a load of tosh. Just ask my friends. HOWEVER, when it was all going a bit wrong, I really started working on being grateful for what I had and let go of all the dreams to own this, that and the other because I had to for my sanity. Now don’t get me wrong. There were many days when I sobbed on the phone to my Mum asking her what was the point in working so hard to lose it all. I am only human. However I started listening to podcasts on Mindfulness, being thankful for what I had e.g. my incredibly supportive family and friends and REALLY worked hard on not trying to freak out.

And I’m now a completely different person. I’m not afraid to say I feel content and at peace for the first time in as many years as I can remember. Granted there are more awkward silences because I have nothing to moan about, but it’s a small sacrifice.

Of course, I still go on Right Move daily and spend my days on Instagram trawling through millions of photos of dogs. I have put on a few lbs but it is another resolution to get that weight off ASAP. But I’m not sitting here beating myself up too much. To have maintained until December is a small miracle in itself after the turmoil this year has brought.

My life is far from perfect but the reality is, perfection doesn’t exist. As I’ve said before, as long as there’s a roof over your head, food on the table, water to drink and you’re surrounded by loved ones, you don’t really need much more than that.

I won’t miss 2018 by any stretch of the imagination, but I can only hope that it has equipped me with everything I need to have an amazing 2019!

 

My Perception of the World Has Changed

I can only apologise for the lack of posts since starting my job. I’m so mentally pooped when I get home, it’s so hard to try and think of what to have for dinner not alone write a half decent blog post.

If you’ve kept up to date with my blog, you will see that during my time of unemployment I really worked hard on myself to shift my negative mindset into a more positive one. At the time I wondered if I would ever truly commit to my new thinking style… it worked in the moment but it didn’t feel real that I had changed my mindset forever.

Now I’m back in the real world and my new mindset is still very apparent. It’s also being challenged on a daily basis. I appreciate I was given a (somewhat stressful) opportunity to work on myself, and not many people get that chance and it’s so easy to see who is on the brink of needing a time out and who isn’t.

I work in a very emotive environment and it’s hard to resist getting sucked into that. But so far I’m able to identify the days that I might be slipping into old habits and work on changing to stay in my more positive mindset.

If only it was so easy for losing weight 😂

The reason I don’t want to go back to my old habits is that they are pretty darn stressful and can make life quite miserable. I’m enjoying being grateful and without meaning to oversimplify things, I wonder if that’s where most of us are going wrong. What we are not appreciating is that being positive is so much less stressful than being negative.

We aren’t grateful so we always want more.

We struggle to ‘get’ more because life gets in the way (inflation, breakdown of relationships, loss of jobs etc)

We then are hard on ourselves because we have failed to get more.

For example, Tim and I were discussing the cost of phone bills last night. When I took out my first phone contract back in 2006, I paid £30 a month for an all singing all dancing contract. Now a basic contract is around £36 and people will happily pay out £40-50 for the new iPhone. We personally could not justify spending that much to keep up with the latest trends and if we were 10 years younger this might really get to us.

Our question is….when did it become okay to pay these prices – and paying for something that is impacting on our social skills and mental health?

Don’t get me wrong, I spend hours on my phone, but it’s an interesting concept.

The one downside to this shift in mindset is that I find it harder to empathise with people’s problems that aren’t actual problems.

I appreciate that all problems are very ‘real’ in the moment to that person. But when you are able to stand back and say ‘how much of a problem is this in the grand scheme of things?’ then it’s altogether a very different story.

People still come to me for advice and their problems aren’t that significant but because they are so consumed in all the stuff they don’t have, they are forgetting to look at what they do have, and it can be quite frustrating to listen to.

I maintain that if you have a roof over your head, food on the table, people that love you – then you are winning. On top of that, if you have a job that pays the bills and gives you a little spending money – then that’s the real lottery.

For the next week I challenge you to write down three things a day that you are grateful for… they don’t have to be elaborate. It can be thing such as ‘having toothpaste to brush my teeth with’. Not everyone has that luxury.

Why We Should All Try Harder To Stop Moaning

The fact that I am writing this is absolutely HILARIOUS as I was known for my moaning.

And I still moan. Today alone I have moaned about traffic lights, slow cars, being tired, not knowing what I wanted for dinner and a sore arm.

But what I have noticed is that I moan a lot less than I used to 😳

I would argue that about 80% of messages I receive from friends and family contain some form of moaning… tiredness, workload, loved ones, the weather, traffic, colleagues. The list goes on.

During my period of unemployment every penny was accounted for; we couldn’t do anything recreational, we came close to selling my car, losing our flat and my wardrobe has considerably less belongings in it than it did. As a result it made me grateful for the smaller things in life.

I realised that if we downsized our flat/apartment, we would still be able to live in Scotland, which was our main goal. In the mean time, we could still go for walks and see the gorgeous scenery Scotland has to offer. If we had still been living in Surrey and this situation had occurred, then I’m not sure what we would have done! (Fortunately it didn’t come to moving flats but we were one month away from having to inform our landlord).

As you know, I’ve spent a lot of time on social media and one thing that I found really struck a chord with me…

‘If you keep food in the refrigerator, your clothes in a closet, if you have a bed to sleep in and a roof over your head… you are richer than 75% of the population’.

Now I don’t know how accurate the statistics are before anyone starts but they are arguably within the ballpark.

We have SO MUCH to be grateful for, but instead we focus on the negative. What I should have been saying this morning is ‘I may be tired but at least I had a good sleep’ and ‘at least I can afford a car and sit at traffic lights’.

I’ve also noticed that this approach to life has had a significant impact on my happiness levels. I am happy.

As a notorious control freak I’ve noticed I’m less anxious. I’m happy for life to go the way it wants to go. What will be will be. What’s the point in stressing?

I encourage you to try the following. Instead of moaning that your soup at lunch burnt your tongue, take a moment to be grateful that you had soup AND lunch.

If you’re anything like me, it won’t take long to notice the changes in your thought processes and at least be aware that you are moaning.

Gratitude is definitely underrated.

GPs Are Now Prescribing ‘Nature’ As Treatment

GPs in the Shetland Islands are now ‘prescribing’ nature (e.g. walks and bird watching) as a treatment for mental health, diabetes, heart disease, stress and other conditions.

Now before my time in the health care system I would have said ‘well what’s that going to achieve? – what a load of twaddle’ – but now, I can’t really deny that they make a good point.

Medication is all very well and good and is certainly needed to keep me afloat, but with the findings that walking can help Type 2 diabetes and that people who don’t exercise are more unhealthy than those on dialysis and people who smoke – I think it’s definitely worth a try.

Whilst I wasn’t working between May and October, we went for a lot of walks and obviously we had our little trip to the Highlands. I actually remember saying to Tim ‘it’s hard to remember why I’m so anxious and stressed when I’m faced with these views’- I felt like a bit of a loser for saying it, but it was totally true.

Aside from the benefits of walking itself, I think getting back to basics with nature helps us put our problems into perspective. We have created this world that quite frankly at the moment, is a bit of a s*** show! The more time I spend on social media the more I wonder what an epic mistake the invention of social media was; there are so many mixed messages on EVERYTHING that it’s easy to lose sight on how to even live. It was even brought to my attention that I breathe wrong whilst I was training as a therapist. True story. And people wonder why sometimes my confidence is low!

In reality, we are no different from the other animals gracing this planet. You don’t see a sheep getting out its iPhone and Snapchatting sheep in another part of the country. They spend their days munching on grass, having the odd run in with each other and just doing their thang.

I’m also a HUGE believer in early intervention and prevention. Our bodies aren’t designed to put up with the huge amounts of crap we consume – be it processed food, smoking, alcohol, drugs, excessive exercise – and whatever else goes on in the world that I don’t know about. Yes these things are fashionable, tasty or addictive, but our bodies are not designed to effectively digest them without causing implications. Why not make the changes before we find ourselves knocking on the GPs door begging for help.

So that’s why I’m quite happy about Doctors prescribing nature. It’s sad that it’s come to that and not recognised as a starting place before the trip to the local surgery – but I think taking it back to basics is exactly what the Doctor ordered!