Health Show Episode #15 – How to have a Healthy Christmas

In our Christmas themed Health Show we offer some tips on how to survive and thrive over the Christmas season. Practical and easy advice, while not coming across as the killjoy by those around you!! And download our Healthy Christmas Gift Guide below.

Healthy Christmas Gift Guide

Weight gain?

Some studies claim it’s a mere 1lb while others say it’s as much as 5lb. But one thing’s for sure: the scales are more likely to go up than down. “We take in about 500 extra calories a day over Christmas,” says dietician Helen Bond. “And when you think a mince pie has about 230 calories and a small chocolate about 50 it’s easy to see how the nibbles tot up.”

Don’t know about you, but I’d say I eat way more than 500 extra calories.  But I no longer buy into the myth that calories matter – they do of course to a certain extent, but in the context of health, it’s the type of calories and the effect they have on your insulin levels.  So having 800 calories only consisting of sugar/carbohydrates will stop you from losing weight long term. Whereas 1300 calories made up of a balanced diet, of protein, low carb, and good fats, means you can enjoy foods without getting hungry, feeling deprived and even lose weight.  See Episode #14 of The Health Show for more info

Listen in to our Health Show where Siobhan will offer expert tips and strategies to help you thrive this Christmas, enjoy the season to the full and stay healthy from a whole person perspective.

First two minutes are audio only! Sorry about that!

Distractions and remained focussed

Intentionally removing distractions during Christmas is a great way to have more family fun and be more focused and present during the festivities. No email, no Facebook, no TV, (for some of the day) means you won’t miss the deliciousness of the foods on your plate and conversations around you. The people we love deserve our full attention and you’ll feel more fulfilled simply by being present!

At the end of the day there’s no point in worrying about elements of your life that you have no control over. For example, you can try your best to make a healthy choice when out to dinner but the meal that someone has gone to the trouble to make should be enjoyed. When it comes to Christmas stress remember it’s just one day and it’s about the memories you create.

When it comes to festive food getting the balance right is key.  You can pick healthier portions that will fill you up – turkey is high in protein; fill your plate with gorgeous vegetables, eating nine Brussels sprouts provides half our daily requirement of folic acid and all our vitamin C needs! And then ask yourself you really need all those roast potatoes? Have one and enjoy it!! You can always go back for more. And then there are herbs such as oregano, thyme and rosemary that have a high antioxidant content.  Simply by being mindful of what you eat, enjoying every mouthful, eating slowly and savouring all the nourishing food, will leave you feeling full and satiated.

We all know when we eat crap we feel crap, so fill up on proper food and there will be no room for too much junk!  You might surprise yourself at what’s possible.

And then some of the regular things we will be eating are GOOD for us – remember, when drinking red wine enjoy all the healthy antioxidants, dark chocolate contains magnesium (a feel good mineral), choose nuts instead of crisps or sweets to snack on (they don’t raise your blood sugar/insulin as much), and finally chew your food well as this will aid digestion.

And enjoy your family, breathe more, don’t take things personally, and relax more.  It IS only a day, and think about all you can be grateful for, rather than focussing on what annoys you!

Here are some more preparation tips from students  – which I didn’t have time to share:

  1. Plug in the extra camping fridge to keep stuff cool. Have extra AA and Triple AAA batteries and a small Phillips screwdriver handy. Buy in a few extra gifts in case anyone catches you unawares. Have loads of fresh carrots n celery n cucumber n tomatoes n Chillies n basil n coriander and natural yogurt so you can whip together a few dips in a hurry.  Have the fire ready to light and a few treats that you don’t like ready to share. Haha… that way you won’t feel tempted.   Thanks Ria
  1. My tips- get as much sleep rest as you can – try to get fresh air / walks some outdoor activities in – light into the pineal gland- try not to eat too much rubbish (which is difficult with crimbo parties etc) – plan to do mini detox in the new year – rub relevant NL points liver gall bladder prob – get in some rebounding if you can – and enjoy friends and family !!!! Thanks Debra
  2. Staying present is a present. We can get ahead of ourselves and so stressed out we end up missing the day and wrecked. “Breath” and be mindful rushing about won’t get it done faster. We aren’t all used to so much alcohol and rich food so drinking lots of water prevents getting blocked up and will cleanse the body. A good digestive enzyme for the foods that get at the gut just in case and at least 6-7 hours sleep at night.    Thanks Aoife.

 

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Healthy Christmas Gift Guide
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We hope you enjoyed our Health Shows this year.
We look forward to seeing you on our next one in January 2018.

Healthy Christmas Gift Guide

Helping clients with Physio and Systematic Kinesiology

Helping clients with Physio and Systematic Kinesiology

Margaret Fitzgibbon, physiotherapist and Systematic Kinesiologist

Margaret Fitzgibbon

As a physiotherapist for the past 11 years, I encounter clients on a daily basis who have had an acute injury, e.g. ligament, muscle and joint injuries. When there is a mechanism of injury, a specific movement or event that caused the damage, it usually is easy enough to determine the type or structures affected. The type of treatment/ rehabilitation that will be administered and usually the length of time it will take to get back to pre-injury levels of mobility and comfort is also assessed.

That said, in private practice, I find a large percentage of clients who come in with pain which is of unknown origin. It started insidiously without any known event and may be intermittent over time, it often progresses or affects activities of daily living significantly, and then they seek Physiotherapy intervention.

As with all Physiotherapy assessments we would consider whether there are any red flags, orange flags or yellow flags present for the client. As we know if someone had red or orange flags the treating clinician should refer onward to the appropriate speciality or A & E.

When it comes to yellow flags, like beliefs, unhelpful beliefs about pain, worry, fear, anxiety, and emotional responses to the injury, this might suggest a poor treatment outcome.  Chronic stress is also harmful to the physical body yet while I often found I would be aware of this, but I did not have any treatment tools, other than trying to reassure the client, using explain pain books, or gaining the client’s trust.

Assisting Clients using a Whole Person Approach

Having found Systematic Kinesiology over three years ago and completed the advanced training, I know I am much more able to assist clients in removing these barriers which gives their body the right environment to a full recovery. The approach works on the principle of “MCPE”, using Kendall style muscle testing, helps to ascertain the root causes of the client’s issues. It helps reveal other way to promote health, wellness and a return from injury or pain.  In simple terms this means that the “whole person” is considered when treating clients and less focussed on symptoms only.

MCPE - the whole person approachThe MCPE approach, which covers the main areas of Mental (Mental, or emotional upset, past or present) issues, which can vary from fear of injury, to work or relationship problems or worries; Chemical issues (can range from food sensitivities, to bacterias and viruses to poor nutrient absorption); Physical issues (these are the areas we are already aware of, joints, muscle, ligament, tendon, spinal issues); and Energetic (disturbances in the meridian system) which can affect muscle strength and function.

Case Study

Recently I met a lovely lady, who had been involved in a serious accident six months prior to her visit.  She had had physiotherapy intervention for 3 months, consisting of manual therapy and soft tissue release, but she felt she hadn’t improved much over this period and then sought osteopathic treatments for a further 3 months. Although she felt both did have some benefit in the short term, the pain, tension and restriction in movement had not resolved.

When this client cam eto me we established that her sartorius muscle was a primary weakness (which in Kinesiology is found to be associated with the Triple Warmer meridian and the organ association: adrenal).  I was able to determine that she needed chemical, energetic and emotional work for the weakness to be fully resolved.  Her treatment consisted of working on the associated points for the adrenal organ, releasing chronic stressful memories of the accident and fear at the time of impact, and giving advice on appropriate nutrition that would help her system recover (such as B & C vitamins).

This is why I find Systematic Kinesiology as a fantastic additional tool in my Physiotherapy practice.

As a physiotherapist we are already familiar with muscle testing which is a bonus; yet the difference in this approach is that we can consider issues other than those physical in nature.  On her return visit two weeks later she felt her symptoms had improved by 75%, her body had released some of the energetic, physical and emotional tension from the accident, her muscle testing results had improved, and her body seemed to have started to relax and allow recovery to happen.

Introduction to Systematic Kinesiology for Physiotherapists

As a KinesiologyZone Course Leader, I’m delighted to be running CPD training specifically for physiotherapists. The weekend training is where I share these additional ways to help our clients.  The course is set up for you to learn how to easily identify other areas that may be blocking a client’s full recovery. Taking into account the meridian system (without the need for acupuncture needles) you’ll learn how to balance the body using various points (Chapman and Bennett points), testing for basic food sensitivities, learning the relationship between specific emotions and certain muscle groups.  On top of that you’ll learn an emotional destress technique that is easy to learn.  The weekend will equip you with simple yet powerful skills that will help a wide range of clients.

To find out more about the next course simply click this link

Kinesiology for physiotherapists

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of Systematic Kinesiology and how I use it in clinical practice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  Margaret@kinesiologyzone.com

Margaret Fitzgibbon’s clinic is based in Westport, Co Mayo.

Since finding Systematic kinesiology, it’s has changed the way I look at my own health and well-being and that of my clients. The ability to ascertain what is affecting my health most at any given time, be its emotional stress, my diet or lack of energy, through muscle testing, allows me to simply find out what I would be best focusing to create change quickly. It has also helped me find long lasting ways to balance my lifestyle for promote my own physical & emotional health.

With regard to the clients I see in the clinic, the main response I hear post muscle testing and explaining the root cause of their personal issue is “that makes sense”. It allows clients to feel the effects specific thoughts, emotions or stressors have on the strength of their physical body & teaches them ways to reduce the effect. I love that it allows me to work holistically with the entire person and find the root cause or causes of their issue be it digestion, diet, emotion or energy.   It makes me feel fulfilled as a practitioner and “makes lots of sense to me”.

Since Systematic Kinesiology has made such an impact on my clients I hope to inspire other physios to learn this integrated healthcare solution and am delighted to be offering Systematic Kinesiology courses to physiotherapists around Ireland.

 

Health Show Episode #14 – World Diabetes Day



Cross Crawl: Increase your Mind Power



Cross Crawl: Increase your Mind Power

Cross Crawl is one of the first techniques learnt on a Kinesiology course, and it is so very powerful.

Did you know.. that the cross-crawl technique is one of the easiest ways to activate your brain development and nervous system. It gives the proper motor and sensory stimuli it needs to take control of your bodily functions thereby preventing or rehabilitating health problems. Often known as ”supercise” it’s simple and easy to do.

It is essentially an exaggerated walk which facilitates the crossover of energy between the left and right hemispheres of the brain. The brain is bathed in Cerebro-Spinal Fluid or C.S.F for short. Stimulating the flow of the vital C.S.F yields great benefits. A list of some of the real advantages of using this exercise can be seen below.

Use it regularly to both discharge and recharge your attention and energy. It’s a great break from over focusing and it works just as well to bring body and mind online.

Signs that your cross-pattern movements could use some sharpening include:

  • Lack of coordination and balance
  • Difficulty reading
  • Exhibiting learning disabilities, such as dyslexia
  • Clumsiness
  • Saying things backwards

Fortunately, you can reprogram nervous system and strengthen the connection between the right and left sides of your brain using cross-crawl exercises. Remember, nerves are very much alive and willing to learn new things.

How Do You Cross Crawl?

When you watch someone do their first Cross Crawl the first thing you will notice is the person will begin to smile!

Stand with your feet apart and your arms open parallel to the ground. Shift your weight to your right foot, lift your left knee and touch it with your right hand.  Step back to both feet and immediately shift weight to on your left foot as you lift your right knee and touch it with your left hand. Repeat this several times in a comfortable, upbeat, rhythmic way. Breathe fully and enjoy.

The Cross Crawl movements should be performed very slowly. When the exercise is done slowly, it requires more fine motor involvement and balance, consciously activating the vestibular system and the frontal lobes.

Anyone who wants to find out even more about potentially life changing techniques to boost the health and well-being of you and your family, you may like to consider investing in some Kinesiology Training.

Check out when our next dates for “Balanced Health” are taking place where this and lots of other techniques to improve health are taught.  We also run “Taster events” for anyone who wants to find out more before they commit.

Dates and Locations can be found here:  www.Kinesiologyzone.com/booknow

Halloween made healthier with Pumpkins

Halloween is one of our favourite holidays we love the scary movies and Halloween decorations.

Halloween is also the a big sugar high season with bags and nags of sweets on offer in every supermarket. And while it’s pretty hard to avoid sweet treats, having altogether, it is possible to make better choices and not overdo it. Having Healthy snacks available and healthy options helps the kids not overdo it on the sugary treats and with Pumpkins widely available this time of year we should make the most of them.

Health benefits and nutritional breakdown

Many people think of pumpkins as little more than a Halloween decoration and if you make it a family event and crave the pumpkins you most likely dump the insides of the pumpkin on the bin.But a Pumpkin is a highly nutrient-dense food. It is rich in vitamins and minerals but low in calories. Pumpkin seeds, leaves, and juices all pack a powerful nutritional punch.

Health Benefits

  • Support Prostate Health
  • Protect againist Diabetes
  • Lowers Cholesterol by 13%
  • 100g seeds provide 30g Protein
  • High in zinc
  • Regulating blood pressure
  • Help supplement the fiber shortage
  • Pumpkin can protect immunity.

Nutritional breakdown

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database one cup of cooked, boiled, or drained pumpkin without salt contains:

  • 1.76 g of protein
  • 2.7 g of fiber
  • 49 calories
  • 0.17 g of fat
  • 0 g of cholesterol
  • 12.01 g of carbohydrate

This amount of pumpkin also provides:

  • more than 200 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin A
  • nineteen percent of the RDA of vitamin C
  • ten percent or more of the RDA of vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper, and manganese
  • at least 5 percent of thiamin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus

Preparing fresh pumpkin at home will deliver the most benefits for your health.Steer clear of canned pumpkin pie mix. This is usually placed next to the canned pumpkin in grocery stores, and is sold in a similar can. It contains added sugars and syrups.

Adding Pumpkin into your diet

There are many ways pumpkin can be incorporated into desserts, soups, salads, preserves, and even as a substitute for butter. We love roasting seeds and roasting pumpkin seeds is very easy.

Roasted Pumpkin seeds

Wash the seeds. This is easiest just after you’ve removed the seeds from the pumpkin, before the pulp has dried. Put the pulp and seeds into a large bowl of cold water.

Boil seeds in salted water. Simmering them first, in salty water for about 10 minutes, solves this problem helps them roast evenly. Dry the seeds Drain the seeds in a sieve and dry with towels. Place them on a baking sheet

Drizzle the seeds with about 1 teaspoon of oil. If you prefer, omit the oil and coat with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle with Achill sea salt and bake at 325 degrees F. Roast until toasted, about 25 minutes. Stored in an air-tight container, your pumpkin seeds will keep for 1-2 months in the refrigerator, or at room temperature for about a week.

Health Show Episode #13– Steps to Take to Help Your Thyroid

Health Show Episode #13– Steps to Take to help your Thyroid

Thyroid disorders are on the rise, and is a serious problem that’s causing so many health complications. Because millions of people around the world are suffering, we decided to highlight this topic and was the theme of this month’s Health Show. But since we would look at the problem as a symptom, and not necessarily the source of the problem, we wanted to showcase our approach to finding the underlying cause(s) using our whole person approach.

A bit of background about the Thyroid

The Thyroid gland is one organ found in the “Endocrine System”. This system of glands works together to regulate body temperature, metabolism, sleep, reproduction, mood, growth and development. The other glands are the pituitary, parathyroid, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries/testicles.

In this Health Show you will learn that it is totally possible for you to take good care of your thyroid health. It is a HUGE topic and while we covered a lot in episode #13 of the Health Show, it can’t compete with getting to the root of your own issues by visiting a practitioner.

Types of Thyroid Conditions

Your thyroid can either be functioning normally, or if not it can either by Hypo-(low), or Hyper-thyroid (high), and when they get chronic enough, you can be diagnosed with either Hashimotos (a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid) or Graves Disease (also a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid). The usual treatment is either surgery or medication to treat the symptoms and to normalise the blood readings of the thyroid hormones. Both men and women can have an underactive thyroid. However, it’s more common in women.

However, in the Systematic Kinesiology when organs are in trouble we look at that as being a useful signal. BUT we also have to be mindful that often – where it IS it ISNT, in that we want to understand WHY the thyroid isn’t functioning properly, and the blame is often not the thyroid at all. Testing through Systematic Kinesiology we can identify imbalances before they become a chronic problem.

Common Symptoms

Fatigue
Weight gain
Depression
Slow wound healing
Itchy dry skin
Hair falling out
Loss of outer eyebrows
Very sensitive to cold weather
Constipation
Crying easily
As well as the regulation of the menstrual cycle

In this Health Show Siobhan Guthrie demonstrates how we can test for low thyroid, the factors to take into consideration, and talks about the Steps to Help Restore Function

Factors to consider when approaching health from a Whole Person and lifestyle perspective:

M – Mental realm: emotional stresses
C – Chemical realm: toxins in the environment, food sensitivities
P – Physical realm: whiplash and other structural problems
E – Energy realm: energetic blocks.

 

Here are some of the vitamins/minerals and foods that can help you keep your thyroid health in good condition

B Vitamins – Apart from helping you with your mood health, energy levels, and metabolism, B vitamins can also help you improve your thyroid health. Some of the most common plant-based sources of B vitamins are avocados, broccoli, sweet potatoes, nuts, seeds, coconut, beans, legumes, and whole grains.

Vitamin D – particularly useful for people who have auto-immune problems as lots of studies link auto immune problems to Vit D deficiency. It also plays an essential part in your mood, bone, blood sugar/diabetes, heart, and muscle pain. Since Vitamin D is primarily obtained from the sun, the best way to get it is to be exposed to sunlight for about 15 minutes every day it is not always that easy in Ireland so consider taking a supplement.

Selenium – Apart from being vital to your skin and hair, selenium is also good for your thyroid health. The best source of plant-based selenium is the Brazil nut.

Glutamine – particularly useful if you suspect digestive or even leaky gut issues.

If you have blood sugar issues, then Chromium and Magnesium and Zinc may be indicated. Zinc if low can impact on the production of T3, a thyroid hormone.

Iodine – You’ve likely heard that iodine is good for the thyroid. However, since it’s a micronutrient you don’t need very much, and since it is possible to get from our diet, may not be a factor in your thyroid issues. Eating seafood is a good dietary source of iodine.  Other natural thyroid support.


To make an appointment with a Systematic Kinesiologist to get tested to best support your Thyroid and treating the underlying causes, you can find a list on the Association’s website
here
https://kinesiology.ie/practitioners/

 


Next month’s live recording of the KinesiologyZone Health Show will be on 15th November at 12.30 as usual. We will be covering ”Sleep Problems” and how Systematic Kinesiology can help you.

If you have any comments or want to share the success you have had using these techniques please post below.

Living with Fibromyalgia: Kinesiology can Help

 

Living with Fibromyalgia -Kinesiology can help

Also called fibromyalgia syndrome, is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.

It comes from three Latin words:

  • ‘fibro’ meaning fibrous tissues, such as tendons (tissue that connects muscles to bones) and ligaments (tissue that connects bones to bones)
  • ‘my’ meaning muscles
  • ‘algia’ meaning pain

Earlier this month, Lady Gaga announced the cancellation of the upcoming leg of her world tour due to her ongoing battle with fibromyalgia syndrome alot of people had never heard of it until them and wonder exactly what was Fibromyalgia.

How common is it?

The number of people who suffer from fibromyalgia in Ireland is not known but approximately 14 million people in the EU have the syndrome and 1-3% of the global population. In most cases, it occurs between 30 and 60 years of age, but it can develop in people of any age, including children and the elderly.

The number of people who suffer from it in Ireland is not known but approximately 14 million people in the EU have the syndrome and 1-3% of the global population.

It can be a difficult condition to diagnose because there is no specific test and the symptoms can be similar to those of other conditions.

Many people with the syndrome may have:

Pain and tender points
Fatigue
Sleep problems
Concentration and memory problems, known as “fibro fog”
Anxiety or depression
Morning stiffness
Numbness, and tingling in hands, arms, feet, and legs
Headaches
Irritable bowel syndrome
Problems with peeing
Painful menstrual cramps
Pain and Tender Points

Almost all people with fibromyalgia ache all over. It can feel similar to osteoarthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis, but it’s over your entire body. This is usually what makes you go see your doctor.
https://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/fibromyalgia-symptoms#1

It is a chronic condition which can be treated multi dimensionally. There is a clear physical component and chemical component that Kinesiology can address, the first line of defense is to decrease pain then to address the cause, and Applied Kinesiology can pinpoint exactly what nutrients and herbs will be effective for you. Lastly fibromyalgia is almost an emotional component. Kinesiology can identify the stress and where it is coming from in your life.

Hear Roberta’s Story

Roberta joined our course last year and just recently spoke publicly about her struggles with Fibromyalgia and how Kinesiology has helped her come off her medication. Hear her powerful story here.

You can make an appointment with Roberta or connect through her facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/rbholistictherapies/

Wellness is vital in fibromyalgia, and Kinesiology can give you tools to be willing to take care of your mind and body with education. Because when you are willing – anything is possible!

Get your kids off milk now !



The milk industry has been working hard for decades to convince us that it’s absolutely essential for everyone to drink milk.
Milk supporters – and the milk industry – tend to focus their marketing on bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis to sell their cupfuls. And while intuition may tell you that the consumption of calcium must, in turn, do a body good, the medical literature isn’t so sure

Conventional cows milk is a food that can cause leaky gut. The component of dairy that will harm your gut is the protein A1 casein. Also, the pasteurization process will destroy vital enzymes, making sugars like lactose very difficult to digest.

The mechanism behind dairy causing the damage it does lies in several areas:

1. It stops the formation of glucosamine in the gut lining, thereby creating a leaky gut. (Glucosamine is known to help repair the mucosal-lining defensive barrier in our small intestine.)
2. It impairs immune system development in the gut and the maturation of important immune cells known as T helper cells – this can lead to autoimmune disease, asthma, allergies.
3. The milk from other mammals is too high in protein and phosphorus and the protein damages the gut lining.
4. Dairy products are highly chemically laden, the highest per gram of all food, and are thereby toxic to the gut lining.
5. Dairy creates a mucous “slime” in the lining of the gut that prevents the absorption of some nutrients as well as causing gut inflammation. – (https://glutendoctors.blogspot.ie)

Hear from Brian who joined us for a recent workshop he believes ” we should not be drinking milk”

Brian’s take on milk is rather straightforward. Milk does not appear to the magic food whose consumption leads to strong bones or everlasting life. It is also not the dietary problem that’s poisoning the nation. And although a source of calcium there are many alternative sources of calcium and that, if bone strength and general health is your concern.

 

Hear more from Brian Miller – https://betterbodymanagement.co.uk/about/

 

If you feel your health is suffering from eating dairy prodcuts a visit to a Kinesiologist can determine if you are lactose intolerant.  Using muscle-testing, we can find out whether a particular food is stressful for a person by placing the item on their body and pressing on a muscle We can also test to see if it is an allergy or an intolerance and see how it might be affecting the person emotionally as well as physically. (In some cases, a particular food can switch a person into sabotaging themselves – in other words, when they eat it, they tend to make unhealthy choices in life. A good example would be dairy.)

Find your local Kinesiologist here- https://kinesiology.ie/practitioners/


 

If you want to learn how to do food testing or allergy testing join one of our Balanced Health Course
www.Kinesiologyzone.com/training

KinesiologyZone Diploma Class of 2017

Is a low-fat diet causing you to gain weight ?

Good versus Bad – Why we all need it in our diet

We know that diet plays a big role in the health of the body, but an essential nutrient that has been demonized for the past 50 years or so is fat. Low-fat foods have been recommended to be healthy, yet long term chronic health issues are on the rise which are much nastier than the acute health issues from the past.
By eliminating it from the diet and replacing it with sugar and artificial sweeteners has not made us healthier; yet society in general relies on sugar and carbohydrates for energy and continue to struggle without essential nutrients.

It is needed to build cell membranes, the vital exterior of each cell, and the sheaths surrounding nerves. It is essential for blood clotting, muscle movement, and inflammation. For long-term health, some fats are better than others. Good fats include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Bad ones include industrial-made trans fats. Saturated ones fall somewhere in the middle.

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats  are known as the “good fats” because they are good for your heart, your cholesterol, and your overall health. These can help to:

  • Lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Lower bad LDL cholesterol levels, while increasing good HDL.
  • Prevent abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Lower triglycerides associated with heart disease and fight inflammation.
  • Lower blood pressure.
  • Prevent atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries).

Adding more of these healthy fats to your diet may also help to make you feel more satisfied after a meal, reducing hunger and thus promoting weight loss.

  • Avocados
  • Olives
  • Nuts (almonds, peanuts, macadamia, hazelnuts, pecans, cashews)
  • Sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds
  • Fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, trout, sardines)

Bad fats

The worst type of dietary fat is the kind known as trans fat. It is a byproduct of a process called hydrogenation that is used to turn healthy oils into solids and to prevent them from becoming rancid. When vegetable oil is heated in the presence of hydrogen and a heavy-metal catalyst such as palladium, hydrogen atoms are added to the carbon chain. This turns oils into solids. It also makes healthy vegetable oils more like not-so-healthy saturated fats. On food label ingredient lists, this manufactured substance is typically listed as “partially hydrogenated oil.” (www.health.harvard.edu)

Examples of bad ones – (Trans fat )

  • Cookies, cakes, pizza dough, chips
  • Stick margarine, vegetable shortening
  • Fried foods – fried chicken, chicken nuggets, breaded fish
  • Anything containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, even if it claims to be “trans fat-free”

Saturated fat. While not as harmful as trans fat, saturated fat can raise bad LDL cholesterol and too much can negatively impact heart health, so it’s best consumed in moderation. Experts recommend limiting it to 10% of your daily calories.

Saturated fat – primary sources include:

  • Red meat (beef, lamb, pork)
  • Whole dairy products (milk, cream, cheese)
  • Butter, Ice cream
  • Lard
  • Tropical oils such as coconut and palm oil

If you eat carbohydrates, you body floods your bloodstream with insulin. So eating more carbohydrates means less time in fat burning mode. Which means more fat accumulation in the fat cells. Then this means feeling hungrier and weight gain. Eating more fat and fewer carbohydrates means fat will burn quicker, you are less hungry, and more likely to lose weight.

Your diet determines how much insulin your body will produce over time. From the documentary “Fat Head.”

We think by simply eating healthy carbs, (in small amounts) lean protein, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Avoid processed foods that contain trans and saturated fats.

Remember not all ones are bad, and there are healthy ones that are essential to a balanced diet. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends healthy Americans, over age 2, eat between 25 and 35 percent of your total daily calories as fats from healthy sources like nuts, fish and oils.

To get more help visit a Systematic Kinesiologist who can help with food intolerances, sensitivities and emotional triggers. https://kinesiology.ie/practitioners/

 

Health Show Episode #12 – Helping anxious children



Helping Anxious children and teenagers at School

If you are a parent, aunt, uncle, teacher or carer of kids, this month’s Health Show is a must watch.

Going back to school can be stressful at the best of times. But with anxiety, and learning difficulties on the rise (up to a third of students), it can be a very tough time for kids and for parents doing their best to get them out the door.  One of our KinesiologyZone Diploma graduates, Paula Phillips, helped four kids who wanted to improve their exam results, as part of her research study that she undertook during her Systematic Kinesiology training.  Anxious kidsAs exam results are measurable, she was able to see how Kinesiology’s holistic interventions made a difference.  Listen to Paula tell you about the results these kids and the one adult who also benefitted!

Children are faced with lots of stresses in life today and often children are unable to express their true emotions and feelings. Communicating how they are feeling is sometimes also difficult. They do however have the ability to accept change and move with this fairly easily. It is this reason that Systematic Kinesiology has such wonderful and powerful effects on children.

Watch and learn how children have gone from being unable to complete maths homework or reading to being happy children, much more confident and even motivated students.  And who doesn’t want that!

Paula really believes ‘‘ Transform your beliefs = Transform your life”

You can learn the techniques and approaches to help kids that Paula used in her research can be learned on our Balanced Health programme.  They are simple and powerful to use on yourself and to help kids struggling with reading, writing, and comprehension.

If you want to make an appointment with Paula you can email her on pp99phillips@yahoo.co.uk

To make an appointment with another Systematic Kinesiologist you can find a list on the Association’s website here –  https://kinesiology.ie/practitioners/

Anxious kids helped with Systematic Kinesiology


Next month’s live recording of the KinesiologyZone Health Show will be on 18th October at 12.30 as usual.  We will be covering ”Thyroid Issues” and how Systematic Kinesiology can help you.

If you have any comments or want to share the success you have had using these techniques please post below.