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Our Health is In Our Hands

The pillars of our health are diet, exercise, sleep, emotional health and mindset.

Diet Is Pillar Number 1

Eat lots of vegetables and less packaged foods!

Exercise is Pillar Number 2

Movement is life!

You don’t have to do heaps of exercise.

Sleep Is Pillar Number 3

We’ve only recently come to realise how important sleep is to our health and productivity.

Emotional Health and Mindset are Integral to Our Wellbeing

Alcohol is Very Damaging to Our Health

See: How to Love Your Life Without Alcohol

2.Daily Routine is Everything

The small things add up to make or break our healthy lifestyle.

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3.Value What You Have

It’s so easy to undervalue what we have. We all have something that we can be grateful for.

We need to take time to appreciate the good things in life.

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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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How to Love Your Life Without Alcohol. Podcast Episode 16

Alcohol is widely accepted in society today. It’s considered normal to drink large amounts of alcohol because it’s fun and helps us to socialise.

We’ve all been there. I don’t know about you but I look back on my University years and my liver shudders. Medical students are some of the worst offenders when it comes to alcohol consumption.

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Alcohol is Bad For Us

The sad thing is that alcohol is bad for us. I know many people don’t like to think about it but alcohol damages our bodies.

Much easier just to pour yourself another beer and forget about the consequences.

Alcohol is a risk factor for many cancers. Drinking alcohol in excess damages our livers, pancreas, hearts and immune system.

(For more horrible details of what alcohol can do, check out this article.)

See also: Reducing Your Risk of Cancer with Diet. Podcast Episode 11.

What is “Excess” Alcohol?

The problem is that none of us think we drink in excess. We think everyone else drinks...

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How to Create Habits that Serve You. And Help You Live a Healthy, Amazing Life. Podcast Episode 15.

We are creatures of habit. We do most of our daily actions out of habit. Without thinking.

This means that habits can help us feel better, get more fit and healthy.

Or they can make us feel worse. Eating out of habit. Not exercising out of habit.

Once we’re “in a habit”, it’s easy to maintain.

But why do we so often think, “I can’t be bothered to create that habit”?

Often it’s because we can’t see the benefit in that small action.

We only look at the “10 minute walk” and think, “how is that going to make a difference?”

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How to Make Habits That Serve You Podcast

The Compound Affect of Habits

Instead of looking at the result of doing the habit once, we have to look at the result of doing the habit over a longer period of time.

What will happen if I do 10 minutes of yoga every day for a year?

Rather than looking at just 10 minutes of yoga.

Next Time You Think You Can’t Be Bothered With a Good Habit

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How Magic Words Change Your Actions. Podcast Episode 14.

 

The way we talk to ourselves can have a powerful impact on the actions we take.

I introduced the “thought/ emotions/ action” circle in podcast episode 2, “Letting Go of Anger”.

Change Your Actions with Magic Words Podcast

We Want to Feel Emotions Without Being Overwhelmed

A great analogy is being on a raft in the “river of emotions”. When we are overwhelmed by emotions, we’re swept along with the current.

When we understand how our emotions work, we’re able to steer our raft down the river. The swirls of emotions will affect our raft, but we’ll be able to steer it where we want to go.

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My Kids Demonstrate How We Talk to Ourselves Affects Our Actions

Kids can teach us so much about how our minds work.

When my daughter was learning to ride a bike, she kept telling herself that she couldn’t do it. Despite the fact that she could.

Another example is my son who tells himself that he doesn’t like certain foods....

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Reducing Your Risk of Cancer Through Lifestyle With Dr Mhairi Morris. Podcast Episode 13

In this podcast episode we’re looking at how to reduce our risk of cancer with lifestyle. Today’s message is that there are so many things that you can do. So many things that you can do that are easy!

Today I am talking to Dr Mhairi Morris, lecturer at Loughborough University UK and founder of Essential Cancer Education.

Reduce Your Risk of Cancer Podcast Episode 13

How to Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer with Lifestyle

  1. Exercise
  2. Don’t smoke.
  3. Avoid sun damage.
  4. Be a healthy weight.
  5. Sleep 7-8 hours a night.
  6. Avoid “bad stress”.
  7. Breastfeed
  8. Don’t take HRT.

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How Exercise Can Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

Exercise can help you to not get cancer in the first place. It can reduce the risk of getting a second cancer. It can also help treatment to work better.

Exercise is part of a healthy life.

In contrast, a sedentary lifestyle increases your risk of cancer.

The Geeky Stuff

  1. Exercise can prevent cancer growth.
  2. Exercise can kill “wobbly cancer”...
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How to Make Big Changes. Podcast Episode 12

It's easy to let the stresses of life overwhelm us. Our lives in modern society are busy and stuffed full of "things to do". We often don't even notice the underlying stress.

How to Make Big Changes Podcast

Today I want to tell you how I realised that I was in a chronic state of stress and anxiety. I wasn't showing up as the parent, wife or person that I wanted to be.

At times overwhelmed swept over me. Leaving me frustrated and angry.

I snapped at my kids. 

I whined at my husband.

I sabotaged myself.

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Why Do We Get Stuck in Negative Behaviour?

Why would I do that you ask?

Because our brains are wired to be negative. It's easy to get into a spiral of negative thinking.

When you're aware of it, you can stop it and replace it with helpful and positive behaviour.

My journey started when I looked at my family and wanted to create a "harmonious and loving family".

I started by working on myself. Including loving myself and prioritising my own needs.

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Reducing Your Risk of Cancer Through Diet with Dr Mhairi Morris. Podcast Episode 11

We all want to reduce our risk of getting cancer. It can be difficult to wade through the conflicting advice and sensational headlines.

Today I am talking to Dr Mhairi Morris, lecturer at Loughborough University UK and founder of Essential Cancer Education.

Mhairi explains (in simple terms) the current research. Which foods and diets will increase your risk of cancer, which won’t and which need more research to decide.

Cancer and Diet Podcast

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Good Cancer Diets

There is enough evidence to say that these diets can help reduce our risk of getting cancer.

  1. Ketogenic (high fat diet that works on keto genesis rather than carbohydrate metabolism)
  2. Mediterranean Style Diet (see Episode 1 The Health Benefits of the Med Style Diet.)
  3. Intermittent Fasting

You can combine intermittent fasting with either the ketogenic or Med Style Diets.

Mentioned by Mhairi: The Longevity Diet by Volter Longo

Stopping Eating After 8pm Can Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer

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Why Your Health Is a Powerful Reason to Lose Weight. Podcast Episode 10

 

Today I want to talk about why you should bother to lose weight. Many people want to lose weight to look good or feel confident. These are powerful motivating reasons. But there is one reason that trumps them all. Your health!

Health and Weight Loss Podcast

I Was Listening to Two Women Talking About Losing Weight

One of the women had struggled with weight loss and was now a healthy weight.

Both women had struggled with “the inner critic” and had learnt to accept their bodies.

The second woman accepted her body and described herself as “fat”. She was content with her body and didn’t feel the desire to lose weight.

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Losing Weight Starts With Self Acceptance

Both women started their “weight loss journey” by accepting the bodies. They learnt to love themselves. And to approach weight loss from a place of love rather than criticism.

I 100% agree with this philosophy.

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Coping With Stress. Interview with a Psychiatrist. Podcast Episode 9

 

We all know that too much stress is bad for you. But is all stress created equally? And what can we do to have more of the “good stress” and less of the “bad stress”.

Dr Orlena Kerek talks to Dr Marianne Van Den Broek, psychiatrist and leadership coach to find out all about how to manage the stress in our lives.

Coping with Stress Podcast

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What is Stress?

Stress is the activation of our sympathetic nervous system when our body perceives danger. Such as being chased by a lion!

Our flight, fight or freeze reaction kicks in. Our heart starts to pound (beat faster and with more force), our blood pressure goes up and our pupils dilate.

This is a “physiological” response triggered by the hormone adrenaline. (That’s the same hormone you get injected with when you have a heart attack or an anaphylactic shock. It’s strong stuff.)

The adrenaline surges around our body helping us to run away for the lion. Or tiger. Or bear.

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