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Everything You Need to Know About Sleep. Podcast Episode 25 with Dr Zarrin Shaikh.

In today’s episode of Fit and Fabulous, we’re talking all things sleep. Did you know that sleep is one of the main pillars of health? Plus a good sleep habit can help you to loose weight. Plus how to make sure we do get enough (so that we can feel fit and fabulous.)

Everything You Need to Know About Sleep Podcast Episode


We all know that sleep is good for us. Who hasn’t been on the wrong end of someone who hasn’t slept well? I’m like an angry bear who’s slept in an ant’s nest when I don’t get enough. In recent years scientists have discovered what goes on in our brains and bodies whilst we sleep. What they have discovered is fascinated. Dr Zarrin Shaikh, is here to tell us all about sleep.

Circadian Rhythm and Sleep

The “circadian rhythm” is the 24 hour rhythm that our bodies follow. Our brain generates this rhythm.

The Body Repairs Itself During Sleep

Whilst we’re busy snuggled in our beds, our bodies are...

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How to Lead an Amazing Life. Podcast Episode 17.

How do you create your dream life?

Whether you want to lose weight, get more fit or be happier, you have to make a plan.

And stick to it.

In today's episode, Dr Orlena tells her story of how she transformed her life and gives you the tools to start your transformation.

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How to Lead an Amazing Life Podcast

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Author Bio

Dr Orlena is a health coach. She helps busy mums go from "I can't lose weight" to feeling fit and fabulous. Find out more about her here.

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Health Benefits of Exercise. And How to Get Started. Podcast Episode 7


You might be surprise to know that exercise isn’t a great way to lose weight (more about that in a bit.) There are loads of benefits to exercise. Both health benefits and feeling amazing benefits!

The Health Benefits of Exercise Podcast


Shout out to Hilary

Congratulations to Hilary for the “audacious exercise award”….swimming outdoors in the UK in winter….without a wet suit.

You are amazing. And slightly bonkers!

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Exercise Isn’t a Great Way to Lose Weight

Unless you plan to become a marathon runner! If you’re overweight and want to make changes to lose weight, you’re better off making changes to your diet.

Exercise will HELP you lose weight. It will also help you to feel fit and fabulous.

As the saying goes: You can’t out run a bad diet!

Well Being Benefits of Exercise

  • You feel amazing after doing exercise! (Not to begin with but once your body gets used to it.)
  • Less stress (see Dr Marianne’s...
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How to Use Your Prefrontal Cortex to Make Changes

Whether you want to change lose weight and change the way you eat, or be less grumpy and change your way of being, you need to master your prefrontal cortex. Otherwise you'll just find yourself slipping back into your old ways.

Changing Habits Video


95% of what our brain does is subconscious. It's on autopilot.

For example, you have decided to give up flour. The prefrontal cortex, the thinking part of your brain makes that decision.

Then you find yourself eating a cake.

And then you think "Hang on a minute? What happened there?"

The answer is habits.


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Your Brain and Body Like Familiar

The more primitive part of your brain, the bit that all the animals have, went "We want what's familiar!"

When you are in that situation, your neurones are reverting back to what you were used to, which is to eat cake.

This leads to a struggle within ourselves and that is difficult to overcome.

But there are ways of overcoming it.

Mastering Your Prefrontal Cortex


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