emotions

YOUtrition is Evolving – Let’s Change Your Emotions Around Food For Life

I love  YOUtrition. My work, recipes, food and my clients are my passion.  I know though that to really make a difference for life, it is the EMOTIONS around our food choices that need to be addressed.  I have written so many blogs on making good choices on good days, when life is going great and we are feeling empowered and in control – and that doesn’t have to mean we have closed a big business deal, no, it can simply mean that the school run wasn’t crazy, it didn’t rain on the washing we left outside or that we got an unexpected bunch of flowers from the supermarket from a loved one.  OK, the last one is huge and has never happened to me, but I hear it has to others….. Anyway, to the flip side of our good days, good choices.  The ‘bad’ days, bad choices.  The days when we give up and chow down on the, literally, crap, that so depresses us and yet we feel we have no control of either buying or consuming. Why, oh why, do we do that?

What I know to be absolutely true from my own addictions (detailed in my book, This Isn’t Me),  is that the food/drink/shopping etc are NOT the problem.  They become the problem and they are the way of shouting out to the world and ourselves that we have a problem, but they are the smallest part of what needs to be addressed for long term, sustained and happy changes.  Yes, you can abstain from the foods that cause the unhappy and ill health bringing weight gain (another diet). Yes, you can stop the booze, and rip up your credit cards, but until you deal with the EMOTIONS around why you overindulged in the first place, you are living in a painful place of missing, longing and deprivation.  That to me is not life.

I have known since the day I stopped drinking, since the day that my hellish internal war (resonating anyone?), was over, that an unconscious shift had occurred and with that unconscious shift came peace.  Peace is my absolute favourite word. It does not, for me at least, mean quiet – hell no – but it does mean an internal calm and steadiness that I never even knew existed and that peace, calm and steadiness ended the exhausting conflict of “I shouldn’t/I mustn’t/I promised/I can’t stop…….” Again, resonating anyone? I know now exactly what this internal war is, and I know how to end it.  For ever.  I promise.

I knew all this that day so clearly but didn’t have the skills to share it and I KNEW I had to.  It’s no longer enough that Christopher and I are high fiving ourselves around the kitchen each morning with happiness and love.  We all deserve to live that way. No matter how old we live to be, these lives of ours are pitifully short, and we must live them with the greatest joy and peace we can.  Loving not hating ourselves, nurturing not destroying ourselves.

I write about ‘ourselves’ first because everything we do to care for ourselves is reflected back on those we love and want to care for most.  Trust me on this, our precious loves ones can either bask or wither in the consequences of what we do to ourselves.

My self-care is supreme and I see every bit of it staring back at me in the relaxed, loving, cared for and peaceful face of my son.  I feel it in his hugs when he lifts me off the floor as he laughs and in his butterfly soft, brief kiss on my cheek as he leaves for college.  Every day.

I knew I had to find a way of sharing this unbelievable knowledge and empower others who struggle.  And now I know how to.  I have recently qualified as an NLP Practitioner (something I have wanted to do for a long time), and it has been a revelation. It was the one piece missing from my tool kit.  I now have the language and interventions, as well as the experiences from my own desperate struggle to help smash emotional addiction.

I know, and I say this with 100% confidence, that I have a solution.  An easy solution, please trust me on this too, that when we work together, will end emotional addiction.  It is a ‘do with’ five step process, not a ‘do to’ and of course YOUtrition will be a big part of that as good and easy nutrition is a vital part of life.

I am working on workshops and group programs as well as 1-2-1 sessions on freedom from emotional addictions that will change your life, the way mine has been changed.  Exciting times ahead. I hope you stick with me.  x

 

 

CHAOS TO CALM – An afternoon of YOU time!

From Chaos to Calm, join us for a fabulous afternoon event designed just for YOU!  

Ever feel like you’re in a perpetual state of chaos in your life, like calm is a dim and distant memory, never to be restored?

Do you feel as though you’re a slave to your to do list?

Do you know you need to take better care of yourself but just don’t know how to break the bad habits you’ve fallen into or how to find time to take care of yourself?

Are you losing hope of ever feeling energetic and excited about life again?

If so, this event could be just the ticket!

Join us for an afternoon dedicated entirely to helping you go from chaos to calm, from surviving to thriving.

In this four hour session you will have the undivided attention of a life coach and personal trainer, a nutrition and weight loss specialist whose focus is on emotional eating addiction and recovery and a reflexologist. Between us we’ve got all bases covered!

Through a combination of talks, exercises and group discussion you’ll discover:

  • How to reduce the stress in your life
  • How to combat overwhelm
  • How to set boundaries to protect your energy and your sanity
  • How to put yourself back in the driver’s seat of your life
  • How essential oils can support your mental and physical wellbeing
  • How to make the best nutritional choices, not just on your good days, but on your bad days too.
  • Learning to understand why we make the food choices we do, when we really don’t want the results these choices give up!
  • How to reclaim your innate power

 

Why not show yourself some love this Valentine’s and join us? After all, your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you will ever have.

Further Details:

Chaos to Calm is an afternoon devoted to reawakening women to their innate power through teaching them how to use essential oils to support their health and wellbeing, how to re-evaluate the way they are living and start making changes to reduce their levels of stress and overwhelm, and how to nourish themselves in a way that supports their wellbeing.

The afternoon will begin with a grounding meditation, using therapeutic grade essential oils to help you disconnect from the busyness of your life and be present in the space.

Using her extensive knowledge of and passion for essential oils, Adele will then demonstrate how they can assist in supporting you to manage the white noise you experience in relation to your never ending to do list. She will cover how essential oils can support your emotional well being, help to create relaxation, improve the quality of your sleep and help to support your body’s systems, with a focus on hormones.

In Corinne’s session you’ll be given the permission and space you need to start questioning the way you are living and how it is or isn’t serving you. During this session you’ll be introduced to ways in which you can reduce stress and overwhelm in your life, be provided with practical tools that you can implement right away and be woken up to your innate power so that you can take back control of your life.

As a recovering addict, who has only recently found her personal way from ‘chaos to calm’ Sonia knows the absolute importance of good nutrition to both nourish our bodies and regain the balance we all need for us to live the lives we deserve. Using her own simple YOUtrition routines and strategies, Sonia will gently guide you to a stress free way of eating that won’t add an extra burden to either your already busy lives or your overstretched pockets, as well as addressing some of the reasons why we continue to make the food choices we do, even when they are the very choices that keep us in an unhappy space.

Treat yourself this Valentines and join us on 17th February, 1.30 – 5.3o in Beaconsfield. 

Link to book tickets below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chaos-to-calm-tickets-42075378590

 

New Year, New You – How’s that going?

New Year, New You – so, it’s the first week of 2018 and I suspect most of us are bursting with new resolutions, hopes, dreams, determination for a NEW US, as well as holiday food and booze.

The fact that we have mostly stopped quaffing and scoffing the ‘finer’ things in life, sadly does not mean we are not still wearing them snugly around our waists/hips/busts – sod it, everywhere we can conceivably carry on our persons this excess of ‘fineness’.

Fear not though, we know the problem and we know the solution! We are determined on regular visits to the gym (full of machines we have no idea how to use). We have committed to a brisk daily walk.  A thrice weekly swim.  A dance class, maybe boxing.  Whatever, we have a plan and we are going to stick with it, aren’t we?  Just like last year, so um, maybe not.

Most of our wonderfully planned New Year, New Us, resolutions are over by 3rd January.  Mine, to stop eating mince pies, was over on the 2nd when I found all my favourite brand pies reduced to 10p in Sainsbury’s, yes, just 10p from £2.50 – heaven came knocking on my door again.

I bought 12 (as you do) for the freezer to enjoy every now and then throughout the year with a coffee in front of the TV.  Except that I had eaten them all 2 days later!  Of course I had.  Thank goodness the shop has now sold out otherwise I would eating out of date mince pies until, well, the store ran dry. Oh God!

From the above total failure to stick with my resolution, you might have concluded that I am weeping in a corner, having jumped from the size of a small terraced house to the size of say, Downton Abbey.  I am not.  And, whilst  I have possibly added a small ‘extension’ to my frame, I won’t be imposing rules and limitations on myself (aka, New Year’s Resolutions), to dismantle it.

I know that by making hard, inflexibly strict rules I am setting myself up for failure, for disappointment, for feelings of cravings and deprivation.  I would be preparing myself to be miserable. Heck no!  Instead, I acknowledge my weight gain, go back to my normal eating habits, move a little bit more and give thanks for the wonderfully, happy Christmas and New Year I have been allowed to enjoy with my loved ones.

I will move forward with my health & weight goals by being consistent in my helpful, healthy food and lifestyle choices, and by consigning the unhelpful, unhealthier ones to celebratory occasions such as birthday’s, weddings etc that crop up during the year.

By remaining calm about any weight changes that have occurred over the holidays, and by making good food and movement choices without being frantic and panicky, my weight and health will easily re-balance and I will look and feel exactly how I want to feel without punishing myself physically or emotionally.  I am not useless, or a failure and my world won’t come crashing down because my jeans are a little (actually, quite a lot), tighter for a few weeks.

To give you a boost, here are my top 10 tips to get you back on track. Let’s go smash this New Year thing. Here’s to 2018!! xx

  • Eat breakfast – include a protein to keep you fuller longer, egg/oats/chicken
  • Limit caffeine to 1 – 2 cups a day.  Switch to herbal teas, give your over worked body and brain a rest from stimulants.
  • Drink WATER throughout the day – the first sign of dehydration is hunger. Drink first, wait, then eat only if you are still hungry
  • Keep small snacks with you, palmful of nuts (healthy fats), small banana, apple, oatcakes
  • Eat lunch – make a huge salad filled with a wide variety of colours and textures and portion up each day. Add a tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil and squeeze of lemon.  Or make a big pot of homemade veggie soup to portion out.
  • Whole foods only. Packed with fibre and nutrients these will get you slim and glowing in no time.  If it comes packaged with a list of ingredients, its not a whole food.
  • Dinner – fill your plate with 2/3 with steamed veg, add a protein – baked salmon or chicken in foil is soooo easy.
  • Use smaller plates – invest in some cheap smaller dinner plates and put the bigger ones out of sight. You will not notice the reduction in food that way.
  • Avoid sugary sweets/snacks – these and alcohol are the ultimate diet saboteurs.
  • MOVE – walk a little more every day. Use a phone app and count your steps, aim for a minimum of 10,000.  Buddy up and have a competition to see who can complete the most in a day.  Loser buys the coffee!
  • Think positive. Your weight at any one time is just a snapshot.  It is not your ‘for ever’ weight unless you choose it to be!