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New Year, new you!


Although New Year’s resolutions come in all different shapes, sizes and styles, it seems many of them lean towards health and wellness. After all, healthy body, healthy mind, right?

So if you’re looking to make 2020 your healthiest year yet, we’ve got the inside scoop from women’s health expert, author and speaker, Holistic Nutritionist Jessica Giljam Brown BSc, from Wellness by Jessica.


Can you tell us a bit about your personal journey to better health and wellbeing and how this came about?
I was diagnosed with chronic pain at age 17 after an accident and my journey began there.

It wasn’t until later that I really found out how much control I had when it came to looking after myself and healing.

At university, I learned about the science of the body, the chemistry of food and the reactions that take place, but it wasn’t until several years later, once I began working, that I learned about the immense healing power of food.

There is a vast array of options outside of the traditional medical matrix that can help heal the body.

It took a lot of trial and error to find exactly the right balance that worked for me; how best to reduce the inflammation that was triggering the pain, which nutrients I needed to boost to help support my mood and what steps to put in place when my pain did flare up again.

Since my early days in clinic, I have grown immensely and have been very lucky to have some really great mentors who have opened my eyes to the wider world of both natural and mainstream medicine.

I enjoy working right in the middle of natural and mainstream medicine, and pulling treatment options from both sides alongside my clients’ GPs and specialists.


How critical is healthy eating to overall health and wellbeing?
Your food supplies the energy and nutrients you need in order for every single function in the body to happen.

Without energy and nutrients, your body can’t function as it should, so it is absolutely critical to eat well in order to function well.

Food should always be the foundation when making health changes and trying to resolve issues, with sleep and stress management being on par too.


What are some of your favourite foods and meals that contribute to health and wellbeing?
Real food provides us with the best density of nutrients, so I try to make sure my diet is predominantly real foods, rather than processed.

Green leafy vegetables are one of my favourite food groups because they provide so many nutrients.

Kale, cabbage, lettuces, spinach, silverbeet and herbs contain vitamins A, B, C and K as well as magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium and lots of fibre.

These nutrients support all of our processes in our body.

Fat rich nuts and seeds are something I encourage everyone to increase their intake of.

The low-fat era has thankfully ended, but there still seems to be some residual fear around nuts and seeds.

These foods are rich in heart-healthy fats, vitamin E, fibre, zinc, B6 and magnesium.

These nutrients are particularly important for healthy sex hormones and skin health.

Nuts and seeds provide valuable fats to our meals to help us feel more satisfied, keeping us feeling fuller for longer.


You take quite a holistic approach to healthy living, so it’s not all about just eating well. What are some of the other key areas we should be focusing on when it comes to looking after ourselves?
The body is affected by stress, sleep, environment, connections and relationships and movement, so all of these areas need to be focused on alongside what you eat in order to be truly well.

I work with my clients on all of these areas, pulling in extra expertise as needed.

I find that stress management and sleep improvement is what is most needed for the majority of people and is something I always address.

I encourage clients to set up relaxation practices that work for them, it could be meditation, a short yoga sequence, breathing exercises, walking, reading, or dance.

I also help them set up a sleep hygiene routine that helps them get more restorative sleep.

Once stress and sleep are better managed, I find that people can make far better choices about what they eat.


What’s your biggest piece of advice when we start struggling with our resolutions or fall off the bandwagon completely?
Focus on getting ‘more’! It’s so much easier for the human brain to want ‘more’, so play to your strengths.

Instead of ‘eat less chocolate’, change the goal ‘to eat more fruit’, or instead of ‘lose 5kgs’, set goals like ‘increase veggie intake to seven handfuls each day’, ‘walk 15-30 minutes per day’, ‘take a filling lunch so I don’t have to buy lunch each day’.


What does 2020 have in store for you?
I am really excited about 2020, there is a lot happening for me both professionally and personally.

I am really proud to have a team behind me to help me bring all my ideas to life.

We have lots of women’s health courses coming this year to help women resolve their hormone concerns and some couples’ fertility courses to help prep couples for a healthy pregnancy.

To stay up to date with what is happening, you can follow along via Facebook and Instagram.


 

Winter survival essentials


The days are getting shorter and colder, and we get it – all you want to do is snuggle up and never leave the house. But life beckons us to reluctantly crawl out of our caves, and mustering up the mental and physical energy to get through the day doesn’t come easily to the best of us. We look at three essential vitamins to keep you in tip-top shape this winter.

 

 

Vitamin C: Taking regular Vitamin C supplements is the key to a top-performing immune system all winter long. Not only is it a godsend when it comes to warding off colds and flus, Vitamin C also protects and improves the function of cells, supports the absorption of iron and helps to maintain healthy bones, cartilage, skin and teeth.
Vitamin D: According to recent studies, there is in fact a link between Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Vitamin D deficiency, which explains the winter slump. Vital for healthy immunity, energy and mental wellbeing, the vitamin is unfortunately not present in most foods, but relatively high doses can be found in cod liver oil capsules. Battle depression, anxiety, fatigue and muscle aches with this little warrior!
Vitamin B12: Researchers have discovered that individuals with B vitamin deficiency may find themselves more sensitive to cold temperatures. Vitamin B12 is required to make healthy red blood cells that are needed to carry oxygen throughout the body and the result is poor circulation – meaning cold hands and feet and general intolerance to low temperatures. Find high quantities of this nutrient in animal liver/kidneys, nutritional yeast and Vegemite.

Keeping Winter Fit: Unichem Forté Pharmacy


Unichem Forté Pharmacy, located on Kilmore Street, is the ideal, convenient, central city pharmacy that offers a wide range of services, along with that ever so important carparking factor.

 

With winter looming, now is the time to be the smart cookie for you and your whanau, and think about those crucial vaccinations that safeguard family health, such as influenza (flu vaccine), whooping cough, shingles and meningitis vaccinations. For those who find winter equates with feeling the blues, a B12 injection lifts energy levels and fights fatigue; improves metabolism; helps with weight loss; increases concentration, boosts immune systems, and best of all, helps restore better sleeping patterns.

Breast pumps and tens machines (which give relief from labour pain as well as general chronic pain), are available for hire, and they also do medicine compliance packaging, e.g. blister packs, and free blood pressure monitoring. There’s a fantastic free delivery service for those living nearby, which is very handy if, for instance, you live in a retirement village and find it difficult to get into town. Owner of Unichem Forté, Annabel Turley, says she wants people to know that they don’t have go to Forté Health to access the pharmacy. “Anybody can come here. We welcome everybody; no matter what our customers might want or need to purchase, even if it’s to post their mail or get their ears pierced!” Annabel laughs.

Located at 151 Kilmore Street, open 8:30am to 5:30pm, phone 03 595 5493 or find them on Facebook at @fortepharmacy.


 

Yoga Therapy Training: Flow Hot Yoga


As part of its dedication to healing and safe yoga practice, Flow Hot Yoga is now offering an intensive 100-hour course of Hansa Yoga Therapy Training with global yoga expert Vincent Bolletta.

 

 

So what exactly is yoga therapy and how is it different from regular yoga practice? Yoga therapy utilises poses, breathing techniques and meditation to benefit and improve overall health. While any type of yoga can bring health benefits, yoga therapy works at a deeper, more involved level to support the practitioner and teacher, more than basic yoga training does. It can be used to add to a teacher’s toolkit but even those with no yoga training can experience its benefits.

It can also be used as another skillset for those already working in the health sector, such as massage and occupational therapists, who will be able to apply the principals of yoga therapy in their day-to-day work. New yoga teachers will find Hansa Yoga Therapy training a great way to support their students and it acts as a bridge to other areas of practice such as meditation, Yoga Nidra, Yoga Asana and anything from Ashtanga, Vinyasa to Kundalini.

To start your journey with Hansa Yoga Therapy, enrol now for the 100-hour training in 2019. Session times available are Friday 19 July to Wednesday 24 July and Saturday 27 July to Wednesday 31 July. The cost is $1800 per 100 hours (early bird $1500 by 1 June), held at The Vineyard at Rossendale Event Centre, 100 Old Tai Tapu Road, Halswell.

For more information visit www.flowhotyoga.co.nz or phone 03 348 8889.