5 Steps To A Healthy Lockdown

5 Steps To A Healthy Lockdown

Last night Boris announced that the entire country will go back into a full national lockdown until at least mid-February. Of course, none of us wanted to hear this news, but here we are. So what can you do to ensure you have a healthy Lockdown 3.0?

 

Faced with the fact we are going to spend the vast majority of the couple of months in our homes, now is the time to consider how you want to approach this next lockdown.

 

My team and I have been consulting clients virtually, every week, throughout this year. We have seen some amazing transformations from clients who, back at the start of the first lockdown, decided they wanted to use the time to focus on their health and losing weight. As one client said to me “If we are in lockdown for three months I could either gain three stone or lose three stone, I know which I want”. This client has now lost over 50lbs.

 

We have also received a lot of enquiries from new clients who gained weight during the first lockdown. The statistics are there to back up our experience with a King’s College London survey of 2,254 people finding that 48 percent of respondents had gained weight during lockdown.

 

So what can you do to ensure a healthy lockdown this time around?

 

REFLECT ON PREVIOUS LOCKDOWNS

Taking time to reflect on how your first two lockdowns went is the first step to a healthier Lockdown 3.0. What healthy habits did you develop or maintain? What less healthy habits crept in? Be honest with yourself, did your quest to develop the perfect sourdough / banana bread recipe result in a bit of a carb fest? Have a think about what went well and what you’d do differently this time.

 

Read more: How To Break Bad Habits

 

CREATE A ROUTINE

Many of us have experienced those days when your sense of time feels blurred and you’re not sure what day of the week it is. Creating a routine can help to overcome that ‘what’s going on?’ feeling and instil a sense of normality. Establishing a regular sleep and wake schedule, regular meal times and a plan for daily exercise (even just getting out for a short walk) can also be invaluable in supporting your health and weight management.

 

MIND YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

There is no denying that lockdowns impact our mental health. Even those of us fortunate enough to have roofs over our heads and enough money to live on are not having an easy time. Check in with yourself the same way you would check in with someone you really care about. Journalling can really help here. So often I will recommend journaling to clients who are sceptical at first but soon become avid journallers, amazed at the extent to which they have benefitted from the practice. Being mindful of the things that can trigger anxiety is also important – do you need to set a time limit on news apps? If you’re aware that your mental health is suffering, don’t hold back from seeking help. Call a friend, speak to your doctor, email us… just don’t be alone.

 

GET OUTSIDE DAILY (IDEALLY IN NATURE)

The benefits of fresh air and exposure to natural light cannot be underestimated. Not to mention the positive impacts of walking and other outdoor activities on our health. If it’s safe for you to do so, I would strongly encourage you to get outdoors daily for a walk or other form of exercise. Having a dog means I am committed to daily walks but reflecting on our first lockdown, those walks are certainly one thing that kept me sane.

 

MAKE A PLAN

It’s easy to focus on what we can’t do, but it’s worth stopping to think about what you can do. I was messaging my family during last night’s announcement. My sister announced that this lockdown, she’s going to lose the stone she gained during her pregnancy with my beautiful niece Erin, born in July. My mum has decided she’s going to work on improving her Italian. We are also collectively looking into ways that we can support those less fortunate than us. Focussing on what we can control helps us to feel empowered rather than completely out of control of what’s going on. Thinking ahead to the end of this lockdown, what would you like to have achieved this time around? How can you ensure a healthy lockdown?

 

Lockdowns aren’t anyone’s idea of fun, but they do present an opportunity to work on ourselves without many of the distractions of daily life. If you plan to use this next lockdown to improve your health or lose weight and feel like you could benefit from expert help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 



AILSA HICHENS

 

Ailsa is one of our most experienced practitioners. She specialises in helping clients to lose weight, develop a healthy relationship with food and finally feel comfortable in their skin. Ailsa’s mission is for everyone she works with to enjoy the journey and that working with a nutritionist should not be a punishment, but your access to a new possibility.

 

Ailsa is not only an experienced weight loss nutritionist, she is also a skilled coach. She helps our clients overcome emotional eating, destructive habits and self-sabotaging behaviours that have prevented successful weight loss in the past. Ailsa has spent years in clinic working with clients who have experienced yo-yo dieting and have discovered that long term weight loss is not just about eating less until you can stand it no longer.

 

Working with Ailsa you will be comprehensively supported, not only in improving your nutrition and lifestyle, but also your eating habits and your relationship with food. When you work on all these elements together, the results can be truly astonishing.

 

To enquire about working with Ailsa, please contact us.

Test Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of the business. Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning. A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

NIKKI ANDRIANI

 

Nikki is our Practice Manager, managing our team of practitioners and heading up the day-to-day running of th clinic.

 

Nikki is involved in the strategic development of our practice, coming from a strong business background in town planning.

 

A Florida girl, Nikki relocated to the UK in 2014 with her husband and two children.

STÉPHANIE ACHAR

Stéphanie is a skilled nutritional therapist and functional medicine practitioner with additional training in eating disorders, disordered eating and obesity. She believes that working towards both physiological and mental health is key in achieving optimum wellbeing.

 

Stéphanie’s personal experience of emotional eating and the ongoing struggle to find the right support led her to combine the science of nutrition with behavioural coaching to motivate and empower her clients. She specialises in helping people who struggle with their weight and their relationship with food. She helps them develop a healthier and more peaceful relationship with food and their bodies.

 

To enquire about working with Stéphanie, please contact us.

INNA WEARN

Inna is passionate about supporting women on their journey to improved health and wellbeing. She believes that the solution to effective weight loss does not lie in ever more restrictive diets, but a more sophisticated approach that optimises health and vitality, as well as promoting effective weight loss.

 

Working with Inna you will benefit from her in-depth knowledge of female health and hormones. She will support you in developing a healthy diet, lifestyle and mindset that ensures you reach your ideal weight and maintain it in the years to come.

 

Inna is passionate about food with a wide repertoire of delicious healthy recipes and meal ideas to ensure your weight loss journey is as enjoyable as possible!

 

To enquire about working with Inna, please contact us.

ANIA MASON

 

Ania is a firm believer that improving your health and losing weight should be a positive, empowering journey, not one centred around deprivation.

 

After being diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions in her twenties, Ania spent several years educating herself on the power of food and nutrition. She put it all into practise and changed her diet and lifestyle, reversing her endometriosis and thyroid disease. After experiencing such a significant improvement in her health, Ania had a big desire to help others. She embarked on a four year journey to study nutrition, graduating from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition with distinction.

 

Ania specialises in autoimmunity and works with clients who have underlying health issues preventing successful weight loss. Her expertise enables her to successfully support our clients with conditions such as hypothyroidsm (underactive thyroid), PCOS and diabetes. 

 

To enquire about working with Ania, please contact us.