Health

Paleo First Steps – Handling Hunger & Controlling Cravings

Whether you have been brought to the world of paleo in a bid to lose weight or just want to change your lifestyle for the better, there’s one thing that unites you with everyone else who has ever tried it, the first few weeks are tough.

While you will, over time, begin to adapt and feel your body doing much the same, there is no doubt that the initial stage is difficult. You and your body have been used to quick, junk meals. You’ve become accustomed to relying on carbohydrates so you can sustain energy during the day. You’re going to find it difficult to step away from that, especially when eating out and presented with so few paleo-friendly options. For the first few weeks, a lifestyle change such as converting to paleo is tough going.

By far the most difficult part is dealing with hunger and cravings. Some proponents of paleo eating will tell you they don’t feel hunger and they don’t have cravings – this isn’t entirely true. If you maintain the eating plan, then yes, you will get to a stage where the sudden urge to consume something that’s bad for you will fade. However, it’s going to take a little adjustment for your body to be able to realise it doesn’t need those sugary, starchy foods – and it’s during this transitional phase you’re going to be at your most vulnerable. So how can you get through it unscathed, and into the calm waters of paleo as it’s meant to be enjoyed?

Go cold turkey…

If you think you can slowly phase out the sugar and high carb items in your diet, then you’re probably in for a nasty surprise. The longer that you keep your body tuned to this way of eating, the more you’re just dragging out the inevitable. Make the break and make it as soon as you can.

This way, rather than enduring weeks of “phasing it out” misery, you go through a few days and then pass clear the other side. It’s quicker, simpler, and you’ll start to reap the health benefits faster too.

Find some support groups…

Getting your body to adapt to a new sugarless and starch-light life is going to take some getting used to, which is why you shouldn’t be afraid to look for ways to support your endeavors. It might be through using the likes of Lovidia to help control your appetite, talking to friends, or even just joining a few online support groups; anything that makes those tough few weeks feel a little more bearable is well worth it to you.

Start to experiment with recipes…

In the initial phases, you’re going to need to feel excited about food. This helps to prevent you from wishing for what you could have been eating if you’d not tried this whole paleo thing – and that leaves you vulnerable to cravings and bad decisions.

Experiment with different recipes, try new ideas, and keep yourself interested and engaged with the foods that suit a paleo lifestyle. While you might not be able to eat a takeout pizza after work, you can teach yourself to whip up a paleo-friendly dish that will taste just as good, and doing so will distract you from your cravings – perfect!

While the first few weeks might be difficult to manage, get through them and you could see your life and health improved exponentially. So keep on going, even when the going gets tough!

Leave bleeding gums behind with Corsodyl Toothpaste

In my younger days I worked as a Dental Nurse, so the importance of having great oral health is something that is as important to me as getting my eyebrows threaded.

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Visiting the dentist is so much more than just checking to see if you need a filling. Sat in the chair listening to as string of random numbers and words while the dentist prods and pokes your teeth and gums. These numbers and words not only relate to each tooth and different part of the mouth, but also the condition of your gums.

Gum Disease

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Did you know that gum disease effects about 50% of adults worldwide? What a crazy figure! When you think that toothbrushes and toothpaste can be bought at very little cost. Do your gums bleed after brushing or flossing your teeth? If they do, you have the first signs of gum disease. Now is the time to start addressing these issues, before the problems get worse and lead to possible tooth loss.

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Gum disease comes in 5 stages:-

  1. Bleeding Gums – Caused by plaque, which constantly builds up on your teeth, if not removed by brushing and flossing can lead to bleeding gums.
  2. Bad Breath – No-one wants bad breath, especially on an important day. Plaque starts to break down the tiny pieces of food in your mouth, which can release an unpleasant smelling gas. Hence the bad breath.
  3. Swollen Gums – As plaque builds up on the gum line, it causes inflamed gums, which become red and swollen.
  4. Receding Gums – As the plaque builds up and forms pockets between your teeth, the gums pull back from the gum line and expose the root beneath.
  5. Tooth Loss – If you leave bleeding gums untreated for a prolonged period of time it can lead to you loosing teeth. Not nice and certainly not pretty to look at.

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My Oral Health

Now, I wouldn’t say I am best at flossing my teeth on a daily basis. However I make sure I do at least twice a week. I have always tried to maintain a good level of oral health, sometimes when I have been poorly and rundown, I suffer with occasional bleeding gums. Like so many other people, after a couple of days of looking after my teeth and gums it has all cleared up.

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Recently, I suffered with a very sore mouth. I had many painful ulcers all over my Buccal Mucosa (the inner cheeks), under my tongue and on the roof of my mouth. Not forgetting my sore and swollen tongue. This nasty mouth issue came on very quickly, starting with a couple of little ulcers, then before I knew it I was unable to eat and could drink very little. Great for the waist line not so good for a healthy lifestyle. So, after a couple of days of struggling to get a tooth brush to my teeth, I purchased some Corsodyl treatment mouth wash. Before I knew it, by using the mouth wash a couple of times a day, my mouth was so much better. I was able to eat again and more importantly look after my teeth and gums.

Only using it for a couple of days at a time. I love using Corsodyl treatment mouth wash when I have soreness or irritation within my mouth. I have also recommended it to many friends. In fact in the dental practice it was something that the dentists also recommended to patients on a regular basis.

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Since then, Corsodyl have released a range of toothpastes, designed for daily use to help stop and prevent bleeding gums. Corsodyl’s daily fluoride toothpaste targets the bacteria that builds up along the gum line causing bleeding gums. It’s proven to be four times more effective at removing plaque than normal toothpaste.

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I have been using Corsodyl’s new Ultra Clean toothpaste for a couple of weeks now. I don’t think my mouth has every felt so fresh and clean after brushing. It has a very strong minty flavour, almost too much, it took a couple of brushes to get used to the sensation of this toothpaste. So many toothpastes are now gel style, with various ‘whitening’ elements, gritty or white flecks, this is really a paste. Slightly pink in colour and smells very fresh when you open it up. I haven’t had any other mouth issues since using this, it could just be that i’m feeling quite healthy right now, so no ulcers or it could be the toothpaste. Either way Im really happy using this toothpaste and I shall continue to do so.

Do you suffer with mouth problems? Why not try Corsodyl toothpaste to help leave bleeding gums behind.

 

* This post was in collaboration with Corsodyl. As always thoughts and options are my own.*

Loosing my Mum to cancer…… 5 years later

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Today is the 5th Anniversary of my wonderful Mum passing away. I thought I would share my story with you all…

How life changes in a few little words…

The 8th March 2012 was a day my life changed, everything seemed to stop. This was the day we were told that my Mum had cancer. As a close family of 4 we cried, planned, prayed and hoped for 24 hours until we were told by the consultant that the cancer was terminal. How is that even possible?? My Mum……… My MUM!!!!!

By now my beloved Mum was very poorly and just wanted to be at home. Having been in hospital for around 8 weeks we were told she had Diverticulitis then Crohns disease, seeing a diet specialist……. how wrong they were!!

I’m still angry at the hospital for not finding out earlier, she been in hospital a few times between the October and March and yet it still took them so long to diagnose her!! In fact 5 years on I have so much hatred for what the hospital put us through. With all of the tests, scans and cameras they used on her how could they not see it was cancer?

5 days after we got the ‘I’m sorry it’s terminal’ we got Mum home. She had decided that she did not want to be prodded and poked by the hospitals anymore. So she would not have more tests or any treatment. It was believed that Mum had secondary bowel cancer and we had been told the primary cancer was likely to have been lung cancer. Not that Mum had any symptoms you would believe for lung cancer. No cough, no coughing up blood, no chest pains or shortness of breath.

The next couple of weeks at home we met the wonderful Macmillian team and the Nurses and Carers from the local hospice.

Mini Bucket list

We made plans as a family. A mini bucket list. Horse racing, sea-side trips, family weekends away. My cousins wedding was 6 months away. My Mum was amazingly proud of her niece and very close to her, it was one of her goals to make it to her wedding, though it was not to be…

In fact over the next couple of weeks Mum went down hill fast. We made it to the point to point horse racing. But that tired Mum out so much we were then unable to do any of the other things we had planned. It is one of the many reasons I’m still angry with the hospital. If only they had diagnosed earlier we would have been able make lots more happy family memories and completed these few things Mum wanted and lots more. Even if the outcome was to be the same.

Soon we changed the house around, setting up a hospital bed in the living room. With either my Dad, sister or me with Mum at all times. Mum wanted to be at home with us, she didn’t want to be in hospital or a hospice and we didn’t want that for her. We wanted her at home, with all of our family memories around her. My amazing Dad became her carer along with the brilliant nurses and carers from the local hospice, Macmillian Nurses,  Marie Curie Nurses,  and my sister and me as much as possible.

My little boy was my Mum’s pride and joy. She had cared for him while I worked, from him being 7 months old. He loved her and they had such a close bond. On Mum’s poorliest of days whenever he visited (which was as much as possible) her face would light up even when she could no longer talk.

6 weeks to the day of being told Mum had terminal cancer she passed away at home, with my Dad and sister at her side. I couldn’t be there as the Hubby was working nights so I had to be at home with my son. I took the phone call at 03:05 and just knew she had gone. My heart broke. I cannot even begin to explain how I felt getting that phone call in the middle of the night. My life just seemed to stop.

Yes she was very very poorly. Yes she was in pain and I understand she no longer had a good quality of life. No, I did not want her to suffer, but still it was my Mum. A constant in my life. An amazing inspirational lady who never asked for anything. Who did everything she could to help others, she lived for our family, my Dad, her girls and of course my little boy.

Suddenly taken away, how can that be fair? Why her? Why my Mum?

Life goes on….

I couldn’t understand how this event for our family was life changing. Yet everyone else’s life just carried on as normal, going to work, school, shopping. Yet, here we were. Lives seeming to fall apart, the person at the centre of our family gone. How could we carry on? How would my Dad cope on his own, married for 30 years, to a woman who did everything for him.

As the days passed in a blur of sorting things out. I never knew there was so much to sort out when a person dies. On the lead up to the funeral people seemed to care asking how we all are, how my Dad and Sister were doing, but this stopped shortly after the funeral. As though we would all be ok…

No. It was not ok. Yes, we all returned to work. Yes, we all tried not to break down in tears. Yes we carried on, but for me on the inside I was breaking. Trying to be the best Mummy to my 2 year old and help him understand that we could no longer see Nanny. Explain that she was now a star in Heaven.

People kept saying time is a great healer. I think this is true, we got on with life, the tears slowed down but there was an ever present empty space in our lives. Even now I still want to phone my Mum up for advice only a Mum could give. I want her to see her wonderful grandchildren grow up.

Each year we spend the 20th of April together as a family. We often talk about Mum, now with less tears but just as much emotion. Mum was taken away from us far to soon, we will always remember my wonderful Mum. I still talk to her photos now. Mum will always be with us and we will share her memory with her Grandchildren, so they know lots about her.

My Mum always said that when a Robin visits, it is a loved one coming to make sure everything is ok. I have a lovely Robin who often visits my Garden. I always think of him as my Mum coming to say hi.

Have you struggled to deal with the loss of a parent? Did you find some support? I was luckily to have my wonderful Hubby, family and friends around me, I’m not sure how I would have done it on my own.

 

*My Mum loved flowers and the garden, hence these beautiful images*

What is Hygge Living?

what is hygge living?

Everyone is talking about Hygge living, but what is this Danish concept that we all need in our lives?

Hygge pronounced ‘hoo-gah’ in English simply translates as ‘cosiness’ although it means so much more. Think, cosy home, candles, soft lighting, lots of natural materials, wood, wool and leather. The Danish are known as some of the happiest people, they believe it is down to their firm belief in Hygge living. Believing it contributes to their psychical and mental well being.

what is hygge living?

The concept behind Hygge is to make the ordinary things, such as a cup of tea, special or meaningful. Enjoying your surroundings and the company around you. For you to benefit from Hygge you need to disconnect from your phone or lap-top and turn off the TV and other electronic distractions  Start to enjoy and embrace the simple things. Things that happen around you everyday yet you just don’t enjoy or see. Light some candles to create a cosy atmosphere, purchase some flowers to bring the outside in, or drink some tea from lovely china cups. All very simple things that help to lead to happiness.

Hygge is all about simplifying your life, a feeling of comfort and cosiness. Being aware of the good moments as they happen. Enjoying time with friends and family. Stopping and thinking about the simple pleasures in life.

what is hygge living?

With all of the cosiness that comes with Hygge, it would seem very much like a something to get through the winter months. Which I guess it is designed to do, as in Denmark their winters are long and very dark. However, the concept of Hygge can be applied through the rest of the year. Grab a bike and head out into the countryside and enjoy the sounds and scents that are all around you.

what is hygge living?

Helen Russell moved to Denmark from the UK, she wrote the book ‘The Year of Living Danishly’. She describes Hygge as ‘Complete absence of anything annoying or emotionally overwhelming’ with ‘a focus on togetherness and prioritising the people in your life’ Sounds so simple when you think about it. It’s what we should all be doing, with busy lifestyles it’s not always easy.

Your Hygge living essentials

  • candles
  • open fire
  • warm socks
  • books
  • hot tea
  • cosy blanket
  • snug bedding
  • calming colour scheme

Having these few items in your life, will lead you on the way to a happier more relaxed lifestyle. Or so the world of Hygge believes. On a Sunday evening we light the log burner, get a nice hot drink and sit together reading. It is just lovely. It helps us both to relax after a busy weekend. So perhaps Hygge living is a style that suits us. So grab a cup of tea, light some candles and snuggle down with a good book.

What are your thoughts about Hygge living?

 

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