Sunday, 17 June 2018

Children in England have already reached this year's sugar limit, warn experts

According to a British report, children in England have already consumed more than the recommended daily intake of sugar for 2018. The report says children are consuming twice the amount of sugar that is recommended each year and are on track to consume on average 4,800 cubes of sugar by the end of 2018. The survey suggests sugary drinks and sweet treats like cakes are largely to blame.

Too much sugar is blamed for high obesity rates in children and dental decay. The Department for Health agency is urging parents to try to cut back on sugary drinks, cakes and biscuits. Its guidance says that children aged four to 10 should have no more than the equivalent of five or six cubes of sugar per day, but their intake is more than double that, at an average of 13 cubes.

“We’re barely halfway through the year and already children have consumed far more sugar than is healthy – it’s no surprise this is contributing to an obesity crisis,” said Dr. Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England (PHE). 

“Snacks and drinks are adding unnecessary sugar to children’s diets without us even noticing. Swapping to lower- or no-added-sugar alternatives is something all parents can work towards.”

Sugary drinks such as colas, lemonades and juices are still one of the biggest sources of sugar in children’s diets. They account for 10% of sugar consumed by children, as do buns, cakes, pastries and fruit pies.

Biscuits are almost as big a problem, making up 9% of children’s intake, with spreads, jams and table sugar also contributing 9%. Other big sources of sugar include breakfast cereals (8%), chocolate confectionery (7%), and yogurts, and other dairy desserts (6%).

Fruit juice and smoothies can count as one of the five fruits and vegetables everybody is encouraged to eat per day, but they contain a lot of natural sugar. PHE says one serving a day of no more than 150ml is enough, which should be drunk with a meal not as a snack.

The PHE suggests parents should swap their children’s sugary drinks for water, low or give them no-added-sugar drinks. It says lower sugar snacks should include things like fruits, plain rice cakes, and toast etc.

Sherldine Tomlinson.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Dealing With Negative People

We all have a friend, a colleague or know someone in your family who are always negative. You know that they aren’t the most enjoyable people to be around. Negative people can be real downers in any conversation. No matter what you say, they have a way of spinning things in a negative direction. Some negative people can be so negative that it feels draining just being around them. You may even feel depressed because of their constant negativity ----- of course, this isn't good for your health and well being.

People who are negative are known as ‘energy vampires’ ---- people who unknowingly get pleasure by sucking the energy out of others. I can never understand why people would spend their entire life giving off negative energy or making others feel unhappy ----- there must be something missing in their life. I say people who are always negative are just bitter. Sadly, they will take this bitterness and negative behaviour to their grave.

I won’t give a story, but I’ve dealt with a fair share of negative people in my life. However, I have learnt ways to avoid being around these kinds of people. Today, I deal with negativity on-and-off in my life. Rather than being affected by others’ negative energy, I’m now able to consciously deal with it. There are many ways you can choose to deal with negative people in your life, but here are my top 5 tips you can try:
  1. Reduce contact or totally avoid them
  2. Don’t get into an argument
  3. Stick to light topics - talk about the weather, you can't go wrong
  4. Ignore their negative comments ---- this is something I have really learnt to do
  5. Be responsible for your reaction

Sherldine Tomlinson

Monday, 25 July 2016

Ditch the Diet: Be an Intuitive Eater

It's common advice to tell individuals who desire to lose weight to move more and consume fewer calories. However, losing weight is not as simple as it sounds - it takes hard work and dedication. Research shows that the majority of dieters regain almost all the weight they lose within five year and up to two-thirds actually regain more than what they lost.

The research also shows that intuitive eaters naturally balance their energy intake and tend to have lower body weight-without dieting and restriction. You might be wondering what is intuitive eating. Well, here's a definition for you: intuitive eating is a nutritional approach that teaches you how to create a healthy relationship with your food, mind and body rather than keeping track of the amounts of energy and fats in foods.  Intuitive eaters have positive relaxed and flexible attitudes towards eating. They trust internal hunger cues and enjoy a variety of foods -both healthy and purely indulgent choices.

Here are some tips on how you can become an intuitive eater:
  1. Listen to your body's hunger cues. Eat when you are hungry, not when you're bored or tempted by the sight and smell of food
  2. Eat only until you're satisfied and not full
  3. Give up any unrealistic or rigid food rules
  4. Enjoy your food choices without guilt

Sherldine Tomlinson

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

How To Get Rid of White Hair Forever

No matter the age, both women and men are facing grey or white hair. Am only 46 years of age and I already have grey hair - it's been a struggle trying get rid of those grey hairs, it really has. This is genetic for me and one I wish I didn't have. I've tried many hair dyes -even the natural ones, but they don't seem to work or last long. I just wish there was a miracle pill you can take to rid grey hair forever. 

I found this remedy on the net that claims to restore gray or white hair to its natural colour. Yes! I know some of the ingredients are not too pleasing - I mean who wants to go around smelling like garlic or onion. Nonetheless, I will definitely try this remedy, smell and all....will provide an updated. 

• 3 large onions
• 10 garlic cloves
• 10 strains of curry leaves
• 300-400 ml of coconut oil

• Put the curry leaves, onion and garlic in a blender, or simply chop all the ingredients.
• Add coconut oil.
• Boil the oil for a few minutes until the ingredients become slightly caramelised and crispy. Mix at regular intervals.
• After cooling, strain the mixture and pour it into a bottle.
• Apply this remedy on your hair 20-30 minutes before washing.

This mixture stimulates hair growth and restores the natural colour. For best results, use it every day for at least 2 months. If you can’t find curry leaves, you can use curry powder. The amount for this recipe is 25-30 grams.

Unlike other natural oils, coconut oil is absorbed into the hair better and faster. It enhances natural shades of hair and prevents graying. Coconut oil also accelerates hair growth and thickens your hair. Vitamins and essential fatty acids nourish the scalp and help remove sebum accumulations from the hair follicles.

Sherldine Tomlinson.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Ways To Improve Your Mental Health In 2016

People often focus their New Year's resolutions on improving their physical health, but how about focusing on your mental health this year. Mental health affects how you think, feel and act on a daily basis, as well as influences how you handle stress, make decisions and connect with others. If you're set on making a vow for improvement next year, add mental health to the top of your priority list. Here are some easy ways to do that:

1. Talk to your doctor
2. Practice gratitude
3. Try meditation
4. Write in a journal
5. Go to therapy
6. Exercise whenever you can
7. Lean on your support system
8. Educate yourself
9. Adopt a well-balanced diet
10. Sleep more
11. Express kindness towards others
12. Learn to say no

Here's to 2016 being the year of you!

Sherldine Tomlinson.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Your Metabolism and Dieting

Many people go through their weight loss regime trying different dieting plans regardless of whether they work or not. What many don't realise is that some of these dieting regimes are detrimental to their health. A low calorie, a rapid weight loss or a food restriction diet for example greatly affect your metabolism by decreasing it and at times making it difficult for you to lose weight. Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. You then can use this energy for many different things such as exercising. 

There are many ways in which drastic dieting can affect your metabolism, here are three: 

  1. Eating increases metabolism due to the energy required for digestion and absorption of the food. Skipping meals causes a decrease in your metabolic rate until you eat something. Skipping breakfast and lunch and eating a large dinner means missing out on two important chances to increase your metabolism and boost the number of calories you burn. 
  2. Significantly reducing calories lowers the body's metabolism. Your body treats any reduction in food intake as an impending starvation situation and prepares itself by slowing your metabolism to conserve calories. The more drastically you cut calories, the more your metabolic rate drops. 
  3. Losing weight through dieting alone without adding exercise depletes your muscle tissue stores. Muscle requires many calories each day to maintain itself. The faster you lose weight through dieting alone, the more muscle tissue you lose. Exercise prevents muscle tissue loss and adds muscle.

The best way to keep your metabolism elevated, and to burn more calories, even at rest, is to: 

o    Avoid rapid weight loss diets 
o    Eat frequent small meals or snacks throughout the day when you are hungry 
o    Add more muscle to your body through strength and interval training 
o    Burn more calories through aerobic activity like interval training  

Sherldine Tomlinson. 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Coping With Breast Cancer

Being told you have breast cancer is emotionally devastating. Whatever your initial feelings, you will most likely go on to experience many different emotions over time. The following information below describes some of the emotional effects of breast cancer, and where you can find help and support if you need to.

Coping with a diagnosis of breast cancer

How you feel when you’re diagnosed with breast cancer is an individual thing. Some women might feel frightened about what the future holds for them, while others may feel shocked or angry, or some may be relieved that the cancer has been found and is going to be treated. There’s no list of right or wrong, good or bad feelings and no order you must have them in.

Managing anxiety

It is perfectly natural to be anxious when you’re coping with a potentially life-threatening illness. Anxiety can have many physical and emotional effects, from making you feel irritable to loss of appetite where you stop eating or you have trouble sleeping.

Feeling low or depressed?

If negative thoughts are interfering with your life and they don’t go away within a few weeks or keep coming back, you could be a sign of depression. Depression is a common condition and can occur at any time during your diagnosis, treatment or after treatment has finished. There are various treatments available for depression including natural remedies. Consult with your healthcare practitioner to see what treatment is best for you. 

Finding support

There are many ways to find help to cope with the emotional impact of breast cancer. Friends and family can offer support, you could speak to your healthcare practitioner or hospital team, or you could try Breast Cancer Care’s services in your area.

Help from friends and family

Don't be afraid to ask for support from those who care about you. It can help to talk about your feelings and try not to distance yourself from people. Talk to other people affected by breast cancer or even start your own support group. 

For some people, talking to others who are in a similar situation can help to decrease feelings of anxiety, isolation or fear. Our online discussion Forum has helped many people affected by breast cancer and provides opportunities to share experiences and learn different ways of dealing with problems.

Taking care of your well being

Regular physical activity has many health benefits, but it can also help improve your mood and reduce anxiety and depression. Eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep may also help you to cope better with stress. Some people try complementary therapies, such as aromatherapy or massage, alongside their conventional medical treatment.

Cancer changes your sense of self and your future. Grief is a normal response as you begin to develop ways to cope with your illness. Your feelings need care too, just like your physical body needs care.

Sherldine Tomlinson.