Summer holiday self-care – reasonable reality or popular perception.

Uncategorized Jul 27, 2018

Summer self-care – reasonable reality or popular perception?

Self-care is an investment for your family, friends & colleagues, as well as for yourself

If you are a working Mum, the summer holidays can be a particularly challenging time for self-care. It may feel impossible to find time for yourself whilst trying to honour work commitments, spend quality time with your children and get ready for time away – or tackle the washing mountain when you return.

Healthy eating, mindfulness and other self-care activities are often the first to get brushed aside during the busy summer holidays

So, it’s at times like these that its vital to remember the most important person to take care of is you.   If you’re not healthy, you won’t be any good to anyone – work or family.

Also, remember the best legacy you can give to your kids is an example of a life well-lived. They may listen to what you say, but they will do what you do. If you tell them to...

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Losing weight on holiday

Uncategorized Jul 15, 2018

As I look forward to my upcoming beach holiday at an all-inclusive resort with my family I find myself wondering whether I will over eat. I know it is entirely up to me and I have a choice. I know that if I do gain weight I can lose it again without a load of drama, but what do I truly want?

1. Decide what your goal is for the holiday

What will make it truly enjoyable and fill me with joy and happiness?
How high a priority is eating and drinking?
I would like to truly experience the Caribbean. I’ve not been before, and I want to soak up the sights, sounds, aromas and atmosphere.

I also want to spend quality time with my husband. Both of us have been working like crazy over the past few weeks, barely having time to speak to one another. And I’m really looking forward to catching up over a good cup of coffee, or gin and slimline tonic.
And I want to connect with my children (if they’ll let me)! When you have teenagers time on holiday is one of those rare opportunities...

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Drink water for improved energy and increased weight loss

Uncategorized Jun 28, 2018

Drink water for improved energy, increased weight loss and good well being

Increasing your water intake is one of the simplest and most beneficial things that you can do to improve your energy, support weight loss, and improve your overall sense of well being.

The more you practise drinking water regularly throughout the day, the quicker it will become an effortless habit. Try these ideas to help develop your water drinking habit.

  1. Always carry a water bottle or flask with you
    Treat yourself to a good quality, funky leak proof water bottle or flask and keep it in your bag.
  2. Always drink a glass of water before you eat
    If like me drinking doesn’t come naturally to you (I often forget to drink but never to eat!), it can be useful to associate drinking with eating by always downing a small glass of water before a meal or snack.
  3. Make your own infused fruit drink
    Infused fruit water looks so pretty. Make up a big jug keep it in the fridge and let the fruit infuse overnight....
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Food for Fuel

Uncategorized Jun 25, 2018

The food we eat is our ‘fuel for life’. The right food nourishes us and keeps our body and mind healthy and in balance.

I believe that there is no right or best diet. What works best for one individual is different from what works for another. And what works for an individual during at one point in their life will be radically different from what works at another time in their life, whether this is due to their age or their circumstances.

When I refer to ‘diet’ I mean ‘way of eating’ not a ‘diet’ in the typical sense of trying to eat in some restrictive way for as long as you can before you give up. Or at least that’s what ‘diet’ used to mean to me!

When I explore what ‘diet’ or ‘way of eating’ works best with a client I don’t just consider the food type and quantity that they eat; I evaluate how they eat, when they eat, where they eat and who they are being when they eat.

All my...

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Life Hacks – Clair MacKenzie Life Coach

Uncategorized Jun 14, 2018

Whatever our life experience we have developed knowledge and skills that we can apply to any situation.

Life hacks

I’m all for transferable skills and I find that much of what I learned in the corporate business environment can be valuable when applying it to the areas of my life I associate with life, healthy and weight loss coaching. From planning and processes to time management and reviews and analysis. Here are three of my strategies for simplifying the work, family home juggle. They help me create the physical and mental capacity to take care of myself too.

  1. Meal planning and online shopping
    I have three, weekly meal plans that I rotate. Each weekly plan has an associated shopping list within my online shopping account and I simply upload each week and it gets delivered in my regular 6.30 to 7.30 Monday morning slot. I can do my weekly shopping in a matter of minutes and there’s no time wasted deliberating over what we should eat. And when my children get fed up...
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Mind Management – Clair MacKenzie Life Coach

Uncategorized Jun 07, 2018

Many of us find that whilst we know academically what we need to do, to get what we want, we don’t do it.

We know that if we follow a healthy eating regime consistently we will lose weight. We know that if we exercise we will likely feel better and have more energy and feel less stressed.

Whilst we may want something ‘really badly’ we often do not take the seemingly simple steps to get it. Whilst our behaviour patterns are complex we can start to understand them when we consider the following three aspects of mind management.

First, we should consider that we have more than one brain and two of them are frequently in conflict.

Have you found yourself being offered a gorgeous cake when you are trying to follow a healthy eating regime? Whether or not you decide to eat the cake or say ‘no thank you’ depends on which brain you listen to.

Your lower brain is the oldest part of the brain. In fact, it’s prehistoric and even fish have something similar....

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