My energy journey…

Juggling the demands of work, family and the never-ending list of life admin is hard and tiring. I know, I’m a mum with two young kids and a home and business to run. Let’s face it, when you’re tired, you don’t feel much like exercising or eating healthily. All you really want to do is collapse on the sofa and watch a box set on TV with a packet of biscuits or glass of wine (or maybe both).  If this is how you feel most days and you’re fed up with it, I want you to know that it doesn’t have to be this way.

My own journey as a stressed-out lawyer, mum of two young boys and shock breast cancer diagnosis led me on a path of wanting to feel healthy, strong and energised every day. I know what it’s like to have masses of work stress and how draining that can be. I’ve had my fair share of nights with broken sleep when my boys were very young so I know what it’s like to emerge in the morning feeling barely able to switch my brain on. I also know what it’s like to face a major health challenge and the huge physical, emotional and mental toll that it takes.

What I discovered

throughout these experiences is that the choices I made about my diet and exercise had a direct effect on how I felt and how I coped.

On the days when I chose to prop myself up with caffeine and less than healthy food, my energy levels suffered (especially in the afternoon). I quite often felt a bit overwhelmed. I didn’t sleep well because I was feeling stressed and over-caffeinated. I was tired and wired, which can be a hard cycle to break.

But on the days when I made healthy food choices and went to the gym or for a run, I felt much more energised throughout the whole day and I coped much better.

My journey from lawyer to energy coach

Before I became an energy coach, I spent 16 years working as a lawyer. I knew right from the start that being a lawyer not my calling. I knew there was something else I was meant to do, but it took me a long time to find it.During my years, as a lawyer I experienced the pressure and stress of a demanding and highly intellectual job, which I’d often struggle to switch off from. However, it was my diagnosis of breast cancer in 2014 that finally pushed me towards setting up my own business as an energy coach. You can read more about my breast cancer story here

My journey into energy coaching began when I finally quit the law into 2016 to become a personal trainer. It was a radical change but one that made complete sense for me given my lifelong passion for fitness and healthy eating and my breast cancer experience.

Fairly soon after I started working as a PT, I knew I could help the clients I worked with in a bigger and more holistic way. I could see that so many women struggle with low energy, lack of motivation and quite often feel overwhelmed. For many of them, feeling energised, fit and healthy seems like an unachievable dream.

I knew I could help them make that dream a reality by working with them to develop healthier habits and mindset which then makes healthy choices become second nature.

I love nothing more than a client getting in touch months after we’ve worked together to say that she is still putting into practice the healthy habits we talked about during their coaching sessions and they’re feeling energised and on top of things, even when life is extremely busy!

I’m passionate about good nutrition and I love to spend time in my kitchen developing healthy, energising recipes. I also love horse riding and have recently taken up competing in dressage (at a very beginner level!).

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Should you exercise when you’ve got your period?⁠
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This is a question I used to get asked a lot when I was working as a PT.  My answer was (and still is) “listen to your body”. ⁠
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There is no reason why you can’t exercise when you’ve got your period - or at any other time of the month for that matter. If you’re feeling ick or really low in energy, you just need to adjust what you’re doing so that you give your body what it needs. ⁠
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Some days that might mean doing a shorter or more gentle exercise session. Other days it might be giving yourself more rest.⁠
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The theory is that the optimal time for doing more intense training is in the first half of your cycle (the follicular and ovulatory phases), with a shift to gentler exercise during the second half of your cycle (the luteal phase). ⁠
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However, there are plenty of women who exercise at more or less the same intensity throughout the month, with a few gentler days just before or during their periods. ⁠
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🤷🏽‍♀️ So, what’s the right approach? ⁠
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It very much depends on how your body responds to hormonal fluctuations and what you feel your body is capable of at each point in your cycle. ⁠
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If you're feeling strong and energised, then make the most of it and push yourself. ⁠
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But if you're feeling yuk and fatigued, then don't. ⁠
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However, do bear in mind that even on the crappy days, your body (and mind!) will benefit from some form of exercise such as some gentle stretching or a walk. ⁠
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Fresh air and a bit of movement can work wonders, especially when you feel your hormones are getting the better of you. ⁠
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PS registration for my hormones and energy webinar is opening soon. DM me to go the VIP list.
Should you exercise when you’ve got your period?⁠ ⁠ This is a question I used to get asked a lot when I was working as a PT. My answer was (and still is) “listen to your body”. ⁠ ⁠ There is no reason why you can’t exercise when you’ve got your period - or at any other time of the month for that matter. If you’re feeling ick or really low in energy, you just need to adjust what you’re doing so that you give your body what it needs. ⁠ ⁠ Some days that might mean doing a shorter or more gentle exercise session. Other days it might be giving yourself more rest.⁠ ⁠ The theory is that the optimal time for doing more intense training is in the first half of your cycle (the follicular and ovulatory phases), with a shift to gentler exercise during the second half of your cycle (the luteal phase). ⁠ ⁠ However, there are plenty of women who exercise at more or less the same intensity throughout the month, with a few gentler days just before or during their periods. ⁠ ⁠ 🤷🏽‍♀️ So, what’s the right approach? ⁠ ⁠ It very much depends on how your body responds to hormonal fluctuations and what you feel your body is capable of at each point in your cycle. ⁠ ⁠ If you're feeling strong and energised, then make the most of it and push yourself. ⁠ ⁠ But if you're feeling yuk and fatigued, then don't. ⁠ ⁠ However, do bear in mind that even on the crappy days, your body (and mind!) will benefit from some form of exercise such as some gentle stretching or a walk. ⁠ ⁠ Fresh air and a bit of movement can work wonders, especially when you feel your hormones are getting the better of you. ⁠ ⁠ PS registration for my hormones and energy webinar is opening soon. DM me to go the VIP list.
Your hormones have a huge influence on your energy levels.  If you’ve experienced PMS, pregnancy or menopause, you’ll know what I’m talking about.⁠
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🌧 Body zapping exhaustion.⁠
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🌧  Difficulty sleeping.⁠
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🌧  Sugar and food cravings.⁠
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🌧  Cramps, bloating and aches and pains.⁠
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The above list is just some of the symptoms of PMS (the full list runs to 150!) and here are some eye-opening PMS statistics…⁠
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➡️ It’s estimated that between 70 and 90 percent of women who have periods are affected every month by PMS. ⁠
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➡️ 30 to 40% of women experience symptoms debilitating enough to interfere with their daily lives.⁠
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➡️ The average women has period for between 35 and 40 years, amounting to 7 years of menstruation. If a woman has PMS before each of these periods, that’s 7 years of PMS. ⁠
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That last fact really hit home for me. ⁠
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7 years of feeling crappy. Wow.⁠
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So what can you do about it? ⁠
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It won’t go away on its own - until you stop having periods. ⁠
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But there are many natural options and lifestyle changes you can make that will help to balance your hormones such as…⁠
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🧡 Diet is a big one (with a spotlight on the usual suspects of too much sugar, alcohol, highly processed and junk food). ⁠
🧡 Managing your stress ⁠
🧡 Getting sufficient good quality sleep. ⁠
🧡 Regular exercise. ⁠
🧡 Eating organic food and reducing your exposure to pollutants and harmful chemicals.⁠
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All the things that we know we should be doing to have optimal health and good energy. ⁠
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If you got 7 years of your life back, wouldn’t you be all in??⁠
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Photo credit Laura Chouette on Unsplash⁠
Your hormones have a huge influence on your energy levels. If you’ve experienced PMS, pregnancy or menopause, you’ll know what I’m talking about.⁠ ⁠ 🌧 Body zapping exhaustion.⁠ ⁠ 🌧 Difficulty sleeping.⁠ ⁠ 🌧 Sugar and food cravings.⁠ ⁠ 🌧 Cramps, bloating and aches and pains.⁠ ⁠ The above list is just some of the symptoms of PMS (the full list runs to 150!) and here are some eye-opening PMS statistics…⁠ ⁠ ➡️ It’s estimated that between 70 and 90 percent of women who have periods are affected every month by PMS. ⁠ ⁠ ➡️ 30 to 40% of women experience symptoms debilitating enough to interfere with their daily lives.⁠ ⁠ ➡️ The average women has period for between 35 and 40 years, amounting to 7 years of menstruation. If a woman has PMS before each of these periods, that’s 7 years of PMS. ⁠ ⁠ That last fact really hit home for me. ⁠ ⁠ 7 years of feeling crappy. Wow.⁠ ⁠ So what can you do about it? ⁠ ⁠ It won’t go away on its own - until you stop having periods. ⁠ ⁠ But there are many natural options and lifestyle changes you can make that will help to balance your hormones such as…⁠ ⁠ 🧡 Diet is a big one (with a spotlight on the usual suspects of too much sugar, alcohol, highly processed and junk food). ⁠ 🧡 Managing your stress ⁠ 🧡 Getting sufficient good quality sleep. ⁠ 🧡 Regular exercise. ⁠ 🧡 Eating organic food and reducing your exposure to pollutants and harmful chemicals.⁠ ⁠ All the things that we know we should be doing to have optimal health and good energy. ⁠ ⁠ If you got 7 years of your life back, wouldn’t you be all in??⁠ ⁠ Photo credit Laura Chouette on Unsplash⁠