Streamline Fitness

March 2014
27 March 2014 In Blog

How confident are you? Confidence is not the same as happiness but if you are confident in your appearance, attitude and ability, to an extent this may contribute to a certain level of happiness. Be aware by fixing things such as outward looks and appearances you can indeed give yourself a welcome boost of self-esteem, but if it is fear of being in certain situations and coping that affects your confidence then this is only a quick fix and not a long term solution to addressing your inner needs.

A wave of low self-esteem is affecting us from an early age. Nine out of ten teenage girls are unhappy with their bodies and are obsessed with looking like their favourite (mostly adult) celebrities. Four out of ten young girls have considered plastic surgery. Only eight per cent of girls as young as thirteen had no complaints about their figures. The trend for perfect slim figures and attractive facial features is making this generation of teenagers want a new body and personality before their own has fully grown and developed. It is not suprising that teenage girls are wanting to follow the way their mums are turning to plastic surgery as a means of 'fixing' the ageing process or to perhaps find a new look to feel better about their relationship or career. As an adult, it is personal choice as to finding the things that will work for you within the areas of your life that could need a little injection of esteem and confidence, it is not just looks that count.

20 March 2014 In Blog

The next time you are over - reacting to something trivial or searching in the recess of your brain to remember some information that you should easily recall consider what you have eaten prior to this.
Certain foods can have a powerful effect on us emotionally, mentally and physically. Foods which contain excess sugar, starch and refined white flour are associated with a dip in blood glucose shortly after eating them, inflicting a blood-sugar imbalance and this can cause a fluctuation in our moods. These fluctuations can cause us to become anxious, irritable, confused, lacking in concentration and to have a headache. An amino acid called Tryptophan, is present in certain foods and has a role in regulating our moods. It helps the brain to produce another chemical called seretonin ('the feel good chemical') which keeps us satisfied, calm and helps sleep regulation. Foods such as wholegrain cereals, oats and breads will enable the brain to have a more constant release of the seretonin, providing calmness for longer. Fresh dark green leafy vegetables and celery contain magnesium, which helps to calm and fight misery and confusion. . Other foods to help with promotion of seretonin are apricots, bananas, honey and nuts.

12 March 2014 In Blog

Meaning- a strong physical desire to satisfy a bodily need (e.g. for food)

Appetite is controlled by the hypothalamus in the brain. Signals from the brain make you want to eat, especially if your store of energy is running low. When you have eaten enough, signals are sent to the brain for you to stop eating anymore. Appetite is influenced not only by the quantity of food but the type eaten. Fatty food can give us a comforting feeling but it does not make us feel full so we can feel hungry quite soon after. Carbohydrate and protein are much stronger appetite suppressants than fats. We must eat to live but when our eating habits become inconsistent and there is a desire for junk food this can not only cause weight gain but also health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Other factors that can contribute to overeating are emotions. They can cause us to eat when we are bored, unhappy or stressed and this is not necessarily meaning the body is hungry but that it needs comfort. It is also possible if you have cravings that you suffer from blood sugar imbalance or even a food allergy, which is worth checking.

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