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Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

When it comes to matters of the mind, the body and our social environment all play a part, which is commonly entitled “bio-psycho-social”. When looking at how our issues are affecting and impacting us, they are also affecting others around us. What we might eat, drink and how we sleep will in turn affect our moods.

So hence my approach to any therapy invitations involve a holistic approach; we may discuss what you eat and drink on a daily basis, how you sleep etc. in order to gain a full picture of the optimal intervention.

Whilst the ketogenic diet is currently seen as a “fad” diet, personally I have seen people gain an awful lot from this low carb, high fat way of eating and plenty of research that may not necessarily be mainstream, supports this as a healthy way of eating. A documentary on Netflix called the Magic Pill discusses many ways in which people have been helped with this diet, from epilepsy to autism and even cancer and alzheimers. People may compare the ketogenic diet to the Atkins diet; the two have similarities but are different in that keto is high fat rather than high protein; and we are talking “good fats” such as olive and coconut oils, butter, avocados and more. If you are interested in more, check out The Big Fat Surprise (Nina Teicholz).

Please note I don’t necessarily endorse this from any medical perspective and if you plan on undertaking any new diets do check with an enlightened GP first. What you decide to do is of course, entirely up to you and what fits your lifestyle and family. Whilst I myself generally follow a ketogenic way of eating sometimes a nice plate of chips is just what my inner doctor ordered!

Other books I can recommend are:

The Pioppi Diet by Dr Aseem Malhotra
The Real Meal Revolution by Professor Tim Noakes,Jonno Proudfoot & Sally-Ann Creed

Please note the above are affiliate links to purchase through Amazon.

You may find conflicting evidence online about this approach as with anything potentially seen as “new” (it’s not, Ice Age Man was known to eat mainly fats!) but there is an lot of evidence  supporting a low carb lifestyle. It lowers blood sugar, burns excess fat effortlessly, and helps gain clarity of mind.

This youtube clip supports the idea that a low carb diet helps Type 2 diabetes. It can also support Type 1 patients but this needs careful monitoring by a medical professional.

DISCLAIMER: Please ALWAYS check with a medical health professional when undertaking any new or radically changed diet if you are concerned in any way!

WATER! Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day (herbal teas are great as well).

Many suggest that drinking a glass of warm water with a touch of lemon a great way to start the day!

A ketogenic diet helps with weight loss, clarity of mind, energy (once you are adapted from glucose to fat burning)! Do consider joining my facebook group to share ideas and tips!

This site might be helpful to find out more about following a Ketogenic Way of Eating:

Self care is so important I feel; booking a relaxing hypnotherapy session is one thing, going for a run is another; sometimes just booking in to see a hairdresser or some pampering is a great way to unwind! Whatever works for you, do share!