January 10, 2010

UK: A happier, healthier, slimmer you for 2010

. LONDON, England / The Sunday Times / Life & Style / Diet & Fitness / January 10, 2010 Combining the latest knowledge from the world’s experts, over the next three weeks we've a ten-point plan to get you into shape Edwina Ings-Chambers It’s time to get holistic about your health. Not just because it’s January and time for new resolutions, and not just because the release of the movie of the international bestseller Eat, Pray, Love will have us all feeling the need to get some spiritual speed in our lives. No, holistic health is important because it is not just about how the body works, it’s about understanding how our minds and emotional selves play a part in keeping us healthy. Over the next three weeks, we will outline a brilliant 10-point plan to get you physically and emotionally to a place of genuine wellbeing. We will show you how to recover your energy, how to stop your past from holding you back, and how to measure your homocysteine levels, a key to good health that most of us have never heard of. We will also have a special issue on how to concentrate on you: how to find “me” time, how to feel strong and confident in yourself, how to find a purpose in life and how to exercise smart. Mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to how we feel and how we look, and once we’re physically and mentally healthy, everything we wish for in life has a way of coming true. Related Links A better way to eat, starting now Alongside all of this, we will feature delicious recipes from the Nordic Diet, a diet for life that’s not about punishing yourself and cutting back on calories but about guiding you to eating healthy, but scrumptious, food, the kind your body actually needs to function at its optimal level. To kick it off, we’re focusing on the fundamentals. We look at how to get your gut working properly, because what your body digests and absorbs affects your energy, your life span and your state of mind, as well as your general health; how to relax properly, with exclusive tips from the LA guru everyone is talking about; and which health and beauty supplements you should choose from the thousands on offer. We also introduce you to the best foods for good digestion and to protect against ageing. This new year, there really could be a whole new you — we’ll drink (two litres of water a day) to that. 1: LEARN TO RELAX According to the yoga guru Maya Fiennes, learning to chill out is one of the most powerful ways to reinvent yourself. “Relaxation is key to crea­ting a happier, healthier self,” she says. “For most women, there is just too much going on, not just physically, but in our heads as well. Our minds are on overload. If you learn to breathe properly and focus on the present moment, you will find it easier to tap into your intuition, that little voice that tells you what it is that would really make you happy.” A former classical pianist, Fiennes, who has been dubbed the Nigella of relaxation, has dev­eloped a celebrity following in LA, where she lives with her music-producer husband, Magnus (brother of the actors Ralph and Joseph). It’s not hard to see why she is in such demand — she offers strategies that anyone can try without having to check into an ashram. Fiennes’s tips are startlingly new because they are quick and maximise those dead zones of time — queuing in the supermarket, sitting in traffic or waiting for the computer to do its thing. They are based on balancing the chakras, the seven power centres of the body. And the good news is, you can access this energy without contorting your limbs or standing on your head. [rc] Chakra-balancing on the go Click here to continue reading Copyright 2010 Times Newspapers Ltd.