Lifestyle

Let’s talk about exercise

In continuing thoughts about self care, let’s talk about exercise. Exercise makes us live longer. Exercise makes us healthier. Exercise improves our sex lives. It improves our energy. It makes us happier. It makes us look good. It helps us sleep well. It is the elixir of the gods. The neurobiology around exercise is amazing. It reduces stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin; making us calmer, more focused, more able to cope. It opens serotonin, dopamine and noradrenalin channels; boosting our sense of well being and even treating depression and anxiety. As our skeletal muscles work they release Brain…

Let’s talk about self care- introduction

We are biological beings. At a basic level everybody knows that for a plant to flourish it needs water, nutrient rich soil, air and sunshine. Human beings aren’t that different. To thrive and avoid disease we need at minimum a healthy diet, exercise, fresh air and like our chlorophyll infused friends- sunshine. It seems obvious, doesn’t it? When we are hungry, we should eat. When we are tired, we should rest. Yet, for many in my practice, meeting these basic biological needs seems like an indulgence. An unobtainable luxury. Success is often driven by grit, determination and a high threshold…

Let’s talk about food

I am taking a break over the holidays. For the next four weeks I will be republishing a few of my favourite blogs. In continuing with thoughts about selfcare, I would like to talk about food. I hosted a dinner party the other night and there was a vegetarian, someone who was Banting-it and a gluten intolerant guest. We generally agreed that Trump was a disaster, wailed about corruption in SA politics and lamented the drought. But when we got to food, the opinions clashed and arguments got heated. I bet that Mrs Cavewoman host did not have these problems.…

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