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You are Unique and so should be your diet plan.

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Heather Mountney talks detoxing with a diet plan from Notts TV on Vimeo.

Do you ever wonder why you feel worse when you follow a certain kind of diet plan, be it Atkins, or vegetarian or just calorie counting?  Do you get frustrated when after weeks or maybe months of dieting you go back to ‘normal’ eating only to pile the pounds back on.  The simple reason is that you and your metabolism are unique and this just means that one size definitely does not fit all in dietary terms.  Much research has know been done to show how unique our metabolic systems can be and if you have a simple DNA saliva swab test, this will reveal exactly how unique you are. This test is analysing your DNA your gene code and your unique polymorphisms or mutations that will reveal just how your body responds to fat, carbohydrate and protein consumption and will then become a definitive guide to how you should eat…for ever. To find out about this then please send me an email and I will send you the relevant links.

Ok, I hear you say,’ but what if I can’t afford a genetic test?’. Do not despair, there is another way of finding out how unique you are. Simply complete the Metabolic Typing online test which will give you a personalised Metabolic Type and guidance on how to eat for your unique metabolism.  The website is managed from the USA and will ask you for a charge in dollars but it is very revealing and can help you choose the foods that suit you as an individual www.metabolictyping.com.

If that doesn’t appeal, then there is another way of identifying your individual metabolic type and that’s where I come in.

Over the past three years I have been using a combination of diet plan options with my weight management clients and all have reached their weight or body composition goals and I have always achieved my goal which is to instil a long term healthy diet plan so that they continue to eat to enhance their health and not damage it.  The approach I use is to identify the diet plan that will suit each individual using a detailed Q and A, blood type and body composition analysis.

The combination of diet plan I give are always very prescriptive because they give a clear recipe plan for a given period of time, are chosen to suit the individual requirements of my clients and this ensures adherence to the diet plan and the best possible health and weight management results for them as individuals.

For the record:  my weight management clients lose between 7-10kgs over the 3 session period which is fantastic for them, but what is even more impressive is that they reach their healthy body composition levels. This means they lose many, many inches, but gain the all important muscle mass whilst losing fat mass.  This is really important from a health perspective and an on-going weight management perspective.  High muscle mass always means that you utilise far more calories on a daily basis than you did previously, but this also means that you are losing the highly inflammatory visceral fat that can be a cause of many other nasty conditions.  Visceral fat produces highly inflammatory cytokines that can be the cause of such conditions as Heart Disease, Diabetes and even cancer.

So if you would like to know more about your unique diet plan. Either use the website given or get in touch with me to find out more.

DNA Test for a healthier life.

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A DNA test can help to determine your future health and provide you with a permanent and personalised diet plan. Have you thought about getting a DNA test? At around £140 for a 23 and Me test, it can help to reveal so much more than just who your relatives are. With the right kind of analysis it can reveal what your predisposition might be towards several disease states such as Coeliac disease, Crohns and M.S. It might also reveal that you are not so good at metabolising certain key vitamins and minerals such as B12, Vitamin D and magnesium,  which can have such a profound effect on how you feel. There are certain mutations that can also give rise to a whole host of symptoms that for some reason you just can’t seem to resolve, such as fatigue and aches and pains. With the help of a Nutritional Therapist you can understand so much more about your Genetic Code and this can allow you to receive a diet and health plan that is personalised to your very specific needs.

The NHS approach to using a DNA test.

A DNA test is now one of the most powerful tools that a healthcare professional can use to help personalise your treatment. Although the NHS is permanently strapped for cash, one of the most cost effective routes they can and ultimately will take is to do a DNA test as a matter of routine investigation. No only it will it reveal your unique metabolic code which helps me as a Therapist allowing me to personalise your diet according to your predisposing responses to food groups and nutrients, but it will allow GP’s, nurses and Consultants to target your medical treatment and drug protocols to meet your specific genetic needs. This will save time and ultimately money.

There is such a huge benefit to all form completing a DNA test.

Get in touch if you would like to find out more.

Govt Announces Sugar Tax On Soft Drinks

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Lots of people who have struggled with weight management over the years may partially blame soft drinks for their problems. However, this could be a thing of the past, as the government has just announced a tax on sugary drinks.

Earlier this month (March 16th), Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne made a bold move in his Budget for 2016 by introducing a new levy against the soft drinks industry in an attempt to reduce the number of children who suffer from obesity.

By taxing big manufacturers, the government hopes they will eventually reduce the amount of sugar they put in their products.

“Sugar consumption is a major factor in childhood obesity, and sugar-sweetened soft drinks are now the single biggest source of dietary sugar for children and teenagers,” the Budget report said.

It noted that a can of cola typically has more than the recommended daily intake of sugar for a child.

According to the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP), in 2014-15, 19.1 per cent of children aged 10-11 were obese and 14.2 per cent were overweight. These figures show one-third of children in Year 6 were overweight or obese.

As well as hoping to reduce the sugar in soft drinks in the long-term, the government expects to raise £520 million from this tax in the first year alone.

The good thing is that this will be put back into children, as it will spent on doubling PE resources to encourage youngsters to be active, funding breakfast clubs so they have a healthy start to the day, and it will go towards its plans to extend the school day.

How To Avoid Indigestion

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Indigestion can be horrible and if you’re experiencing the symptoms more often than not you would be wise to seek nutritional advice from a Nottingham specialist to see if there are any lifestyle changes you can make that will help.

Symptoms of indigestion include a burning sensation in your upper abdomen or stomach, heartburn, bloating, abdominal pain, nausea, belching, vomiting or diarrhoea. Stress can exacerbate these symptoms, something you may well have found already.

Avoiding certain foods that seem to cause indigestion is the best way of preventing the onset of symptoms, but you can also do yourself a lot of good by eating smaller meals so your stomach doesn’t have to work so hard for so long and by eating slowly.

Consider steering clear of caffeine as this will cause your stomach to produce greater amounts of acid, as will foods like tomatoes and citrus fruits.

Smoking and drinking alcohol can also irritate your stomach lining so think about cutting back or quitting in these areas as well.

It might also be advisable to try and manage your stress better as well. It’s natural to feel stressed from time to time but if it’s affecting your digestive health, something must be done. You might want to schedule regular massages or start going to yoga, or you might even find that practicing mindfulness techniques could help keep the stress at bay.

To find out more about how you can improve your digestive health today, get in touch with us here at Heather Mountney Nutrition.

High Fibre Foods In Adolescence ‘Can Cut Breast Cancer Risk’

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Young women may be inspired to eat more fruit and vegetables after reading the results of Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health research, revealing that those who consume lots of high fibre foods in adolescence can cut their breast cancer risk in early adulthood by between 12 per cent and 19 per cent.

Parents concerned about their children’s health may well wish to consult a Nottingham nutritional therapy expert to find out how they can encourage better eating habits in their daughters in response to these figures.

The study also found that high fibre intake during adolescence was also linked to a 16 per cent reduced risk of overall breast cancer, as well as a 24 per cent reduced risk before menopause. It’s thought that eating more fibre-rich foods may reduce breast cancer risk by helping to reduce the blood’s high oestrogen levels, which are strongly associated with development of the disease.

“This work on the role of nutrition in early life and breast cancer incidence suggests one of the very few potentially modifiable risk factors for premenopausal breast cancer,” lead author of the study and visiting scientist at Harvard Chan School Maryam Farvid said.

You can also help to manage your symptoms of IBS if you eat a lot of fibre-rich food, although you should be aware that fibre cannot guarantee to relieve any symptoms you may be feelings. High fibre foods include corn, white beans, black beans, chickpeas, avocado, wholewheat pasta, brown rice, lentils, pears and artichokes.

Tips On Maintaining A January Diet for a Healthier 2016

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Most of us overindulged over the Christmas period, eating and drinking whatever we wanted. That’s why January is a great time to ditch the junk food and start your new year’s resolution to be healthier.

However, after several weeks of grazing on chocolate and sipping glasses of bubbly, it can be difficult to maintain your new healthy eating regime, so here are some tips to help you.

– Give up alcohol

Heavy drinking can have a huge impact on your health, from assisting in weight gain to being the cause of serious liver conditions. And for many people, it can be difficult to end the habit of regularly drinking after the holidays.

That’s why Dry January, as it has become known, is now very popular among dieters, giving the body a chance to get rid of nasty toxins and recover from a heavy Christmas.

It may also encourage people to drink less in the future, wishing to avoid horrible hangovers and feeling generally healthier by not consuming alcohol.

– Don’t do a fad diet

Fad diets are prone to failure, as people become tired of avoiding their favourite foods. Instead, you should consult a weight management specialist in Nottingham who can help you shed the pounds the healthy way.

So few people stick to their new year’s resolutions to lose weight as a result of choosing strict diets, which is why your chance of weight loss success is far higher with a consistent diet plan that incorporates all essential food groups.

– Make exercise a part of your life

January is the busiest time for gyms as membership take-ups soar following the holidays. However, very few of these new members will continue hitting the treadmill once the month is over.

That’s why it’s important to make exercise a natural part of your life – whether that’s by cycling to work or walking the kids to school. The more you get used to moving your body and ditching the car or public transport, you’ll feel much better for it.

What’s more, if you can exercise outdoors in the winter, you’ll be a pro by the time springtime rolls around.

4 Million Brits ‘Now Have Diabetes’

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You might like to seek out advice from a Nottingham nutritional therapist if you’re keen to make dietary changes this year to protect yourself from diabetes, especially given the fact that the number of people with the disease has now reached more than four million.

Figures from Diabetes UK show that there are now 4.05 million people with diabetes in the UK, while it’s also thought that there are 549,000 who are currently living with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes.

Currently, over 24,000 people with diabetes die each year because just 60 per cent of those with the condition get the eight recommended checks to identify problems early on, because hospital care for those with diabetes is consistently poor and because education courses are not available to people in more than one-third of regions in England.

“We also need a concerted effort led by the government to take active steps to address the fact that almost two in every three people in the UK are overweight or obese and are therefore at increased risk of Type 2 diabetes. Basic measures such as making healthy food cheaper and more accessible, introducing clearer food labelling and making it easier for people to build physical activity into their daily lives would have a profound influence,” chief executive of the charity Chris Askew said.

Get in touch with us here at Heather Mountney Nutrition if you think you need some help making healthier choices this year. We can advise you on a wide range of subjects to help you change your attitude to food.

Disturbed Sleep ‘Increases Risk Of Diabetes’

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Having disturbed sleep patterns can increase your risk at developing diabetes, according to a recent study.

Findings published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism by Dr Patricia Wong at The University of Pittsburg revealed having different sleep schedules throughout the week messes up your body clock, putting you in danger of developing diabetes and heart disease.

Speaking to Reuters, Dr Wong said: “Social jet lag is a habitual form of circadian misalignment, when individuals have to essentially sleep and wake at times that are out of sync from their internal, biological clock and shift back and forth in their sleep schedules due to social obligations.”

The research looked at 450 middle-aged adults who had devices attached to them while they slept. Those with varying bed times and lie-ins were more likely to develop the side effects that contribute to these conditions. These symptoms include extra girth around their midsection, higher sugar and fat levels in their blood, and low levels of ‘good’ lipoprotein cholesterol, which prevents damage to blood vessels.

As a result of the findings, people may decide to give their weekend lie-in a miss to avoid disrupting their sleep patterns.

They can also visit a nutritionist in Nottingham if they are concerned they are at risk of diabetes, as changes in their diet and lifestyle could have a huge impact on the likelihood of developing this condition.

This comes after the British Heart Foundation’s recent study showed the number of those diagnosed with diabetes has risen by 65 per cent since 2005. There are almost 3.5 million adults in the UK with diabetes, so more people may be inclined to watch their eating, sleeping and exercise habits closely.

How To Maintain A Healthy Gut

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If you’ve been to see a Nottingham IBS specialist in the last couple of weeks, you’re sure to want to know how best to maintain a healthy gut. Here are a couple of tips to help you keep your stomach in good working order for as long as you can. It is wise to see a nutritional therapist who can assess symptoms to determine the best course of action for helping to alleviate and reverse IBS, because there are many reasons and root causes of the condition.

Avoid stress

Having high stress levels will not benefit your digestive health so if you are experiencing a lot of stress at the moment, make time each day to relax. What about doing yoga or having a weekly massage so you can take time out to focus on yourself on a regular basis?

Take your time

When eating, don’t wolf your food down. You need to make sure that you chew your food properly, which is excellent for your gut. Eating little and often is also advisable – graze, rather than gorge.

Eat fibre

Having a diet that is high in fibre can really help control your symptoms of IBS but you need to introduce this to your diet gradually if your intake hasn’t been as high as it could perhaps have been. Be aware however that fibre is not guaranteed to relieve your symptoms.

Hydrate

Limit your intake of fizzy drinks which will do your tummy no good whatsoever, but make sure that you drink a lot of fluids. Water is the best option and you should drink between six and eight glasses a day.

Exercise

If you want to improve your overall health, head to the gym or increase the amount you walk. It’s easy to start getting more exercise – instead of getting the bus to work, why don’t you start walking some or all of the way?