Posts made in November, 2014


Mel Collie | Would you like an easy way to improve your balance? Balance – when we grow up our balance starts to falter, we become less steady on our feet, less secure about crossing the road, unsure about walking down the stairs, heights scare us, worried when we are in a crowd – fear of being knocked over, missing the step up onto the bus, fear of breaking a bone that will take ages to heal… Would you like an easy way to get your balance back? I’ve seen, and tried, many ways to train balance, but many of them involve you standing on a wobbly surface. Now , since I’ve been on the planet, the ground beneath my feet isnt wobbly, its perfectly sound ,no wobbles in sight, so I wouldn’t choose to put you on a wobbly surface to improve your already unsure balance system. The thought of doing this can increase fear in the nervous system which means the brain will further tighten certain muscles and increase pain. Thats not a great start… The science bit The inner ear – the vestibular system on the inner ear is responsible for your balance. It works with your visual system, your eyes, it keeps objects in focus as your head moves. So it makes sense, don’t you think, to use exercises to help your balance improve by usng your eyes and your head movements, simple moves, easily followed. Much easier for you if your balance is already a bit shaky , as these easy moves can be done seated or even lying down, standing by a wall or chair. The simple bit Watch and follow along with me to test your balance and improve it. Mel Collie www.melcollie.com www.posturegeek.co.uk melcollie@gmail.com 07800797300...

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Mel Collie |Are your actions in line with who you want to be?   I’ve recently started to train for a challenge, and its made me think about a few things…its made me wonder about actions, excuses and if you are actually stuck in a rut, what are you going to do about it? Expect others to help you out? Blame others for not helping you out? Blame the weather? When I ran Bootcamp sessions, clients started out with great intentions, then the excuses started to come in…why?because life got in the way..the excuses started to come in. So,when I started to train for the Three Peaks Challenge, it seemed like a good idea at the time. I was looking for something to challenge me, a fitness and health related challenge, to get me off my bum, away from the TV, out in the fresh air, and to earn money for a charity at the same time. I researched a few charity websites  and their organised challenges, a couple of them I might do next year, but when I chatted to my other half about them, he mentioned the challenge he had done 3 times, the Three Peaks. I knew nothing about this, and when he explained all about it , and that he would help train me, I decided I would go for it. Week one looked like this: Monday: 30 minute weights intensity training Tuesday: 3 mile walk Wednesday 5 mile walk Thursday 6 miles Friday Interval Training with weights Saturday 6.8 miles Sunday Day off, bouldering by the sea. This week looks like this: Monday 4 hour walk, 40 minute ice skating, 30 minute interval training. Tuesday 5 mile walk Wednesday – 4.5 mile walk Thursday – Interval Training Friday – 10 mile walk Saturday – 10 mile walk Sunday Day off. I have got a plan for weeks 3 – 10, but I wont bore you with them, however…Tuesday morning, I found I was knackered after such a long day, the 4 hour walk was around the Eden project here in Cornwall, followed by the ice skating session, which Im rubbish at,, but its such a laugh, and thats important, we don’t laugh enough! Anyway, Tuesday morning, I could’ve had a lie in, I could’ve made excuses, I could’ve told my self ” ah well, you can train tomorrow, its not important, you’ve done quite a bit already, do more next week” Great excuses, for some, a bit like calling in sick when you cant be bothered. I recognised those excuses, they are just thoughts.. I got my walking boots on and took myself off...

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Mel Collie | Bloated?


Posted on Nov 22, 2014

Mel Collie | Bloated? Most of us nowadays are stressed and rushing around, eating food on the go, not chewing our food well, feeling bloated and tired, anxious and depressed with obesity on the increase too…. can we help ourselves by starting with the simple things, by looking at how we eat. When we are constantly day after day stressed and anxious, spinning many plates, eating on the run, doing many things all at once, your sympathetic nervous system (fight and flight) is in dominance , which leads to IBS, digestive issues, skin disorders,sleep issues, anxieties, low calcium absorption, low uptake of minerals in the food you eat, low selenium, increased bacterial infections increase, feelings of overwhelm, reaching for bad food choices. Stress slows down the digestive system, the parasympathetic(rest and digest)  nervous system never gets a chance, it shuts down, affecting digestion and our ability to rest. Do you actually schedule a time for breakfast, lunch and dinner, do you really make time for yourself to take time out of your stressful routine when it comes to meal times? or do you grab a sandwich and eat it in the car, walking down the street, or skipping lunch and snacking at your desk in the afternoon? When you eat your food, chew it well, without the TV on, in a calming and peaceful happy environment, away from the computer/i-pad, away from social media and the noise of the TV and the distraction of the mobile.  This might seem impossible sometimes if the kids are driving you crazy, but, with some patience, meals at the table with no mobiles or tvs on is possible, mobiles and TV’s just  distract you and mean you chew less and dont even notice the food being eaten, which in turn can lead to you feeling more hungry and eating more food. Just this simple thing can make a massive difference to your digestion, your health and wellness. You will find you sleep better, your good digestive bacteria increases, constipation decreases, increases the chances of your gut healing, helps your mood and decreases anxieties as theres a connection from the brain to the gut. Also, a benefit to your digestive system is to eat fats – we tend to think fats are bad for us and we will get fat if we eat fats, but ..fat helps your brain, Omega 3 is brilliant, fish for example, or a really good quality fish oil, avocados are a good source of fats too. Omega 6 fats need to be kept lower, we dont need as much Omega 6 as we do Omega 3. So keep the...

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Mel Collie | Are you always right?


Posted on Nov 19, 2014

Mel Collie | Are you always right? I am one of those types of people that believes their version of life is the right version, I believe that I can be extremely stubborn, my mums like it (love you mum!) so was her mum and so was her mum, so maybe its hereditary! But…for a while now, through relaxation techniques Ive adopted over the past couple of years , I’ve recognised this is a stressful thing for me, and I dont like it, I dont like the friction it can bring and confrontation that can occur as a result of having to be right. What if there is no right or wrong?. Right from the beginning of our life on Earth, we are taught the difference between right and wrong, which helps us to see the right way, and can steer us towards our beliefs and values. However when we grow up we harbour those feelings of being bad or naughty , and they become our daily habits. We continually judge ourselves when we are being, what we perceive, as bad, telling ourselves off for not sticking to a healthy habit like eating more vegetables and less sugar for example, for not exercising more, for not being good enough, for not keeping up with the neighbours. When we fail, we feel bad, it can spiral out of control, and lead us to binge eating or purging, hiding away and ignoring our feelings Feeling shame and not sharing our story My kind of liberation from the chains of right or wrong, good or bad, came when I read “Conversation with God Book 1 – 3 “by Neale Donald Walsch , and “Dying to be me” by Anita Moorjani My lessons learned and understood are that we are all equal, all part of a tapestry, all the same. We all fear the same things, all feel shame and, we all worry what others think of us, when we act out our “should have done that” or” could’ve said that” , or, “it would’ve been like that if only I had…” All regret, all based on fear, all based on what we perceive as right, wrong, good, bad. All perceptions. Core beliefs. I went to sunday school when I was little .It was a common belief that you had the fear of God put into you if you were bad…who was to decide whats good or bad in the first place, is it based on their own principles? Their own core beliefs? Who says eating a whole bag of Revels is bad? (ok, every day maybe….) Who says that not drinking 3...

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Mel Collie | Anxious & Stuck? Breathe…   Isnt it annoying when someone tells you to just relax…especially when you are stressed, busy, feel anxious, cant seem to find a way out of the circles you rush around in Whats going on and how can you help yourself? Lets have a look deep inside your system, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) which controls the functions to maintain life. The ANS has 3 systems, two of which I will discuss here , that cannot work at the same time, its one or the other, and as these systems can be out of balance which can affect your stress levels, breathing, mindset, digestion, immune system, inflammation, anxiety.. So lets first look at the PNS: PNS – that stands for your Parasympathetic Nervous System. This is your rest and rebuild system. One of its jobs are to be responsible for your digestion and repair of your body and elimination of waste and toxins. To help it, relaxation, de stress, healthy eating, quiet times. SNS – that stands for your Sympathetic Nervous System This is also known as your fight or flight system. It prepares your body to fight or flee, run from a threat or danger. Are they out of balance? When the SNS is dominant you will probably be feeling anxious, stressed, drinking caffeine and eating processed foods and sugar. Maybe over training at the gym and not recovering or resting. The SNS requres delivery of the blood to the muscles which means that it takes it away from your centre,from the digestion. Thats why they recommend you dont exercise after eating . If this happens, one symptom you may have will be constipation as the digestion will be poor. SNS dominance can also show up as you waking up feeling as though you havent slept well, sweating at night, feeling anxious, stress from financial issues, over-eating (especially processed foods that fail to nourish you with minerals and vitamins) , lack of sex or passion in your relationship through either your reduced desire (Too busy, too tired?) or you move towards the other end of the scale and have too much sex but with little connection with your partner- or who ever you are with. We can suffer from many of the all at once cant we..feeling tired, worried about the mortgage, worried about deadlines at work, drinking a lot of coffee to stay awake, reaching for toast and sandwiches and pasta for quick and easy solutions for food, no time for sex, shallow breathing, bad digestion, constant colds and inflammation, feeling anxious…its not hard to see that many of us...

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Mel Collie | Cellulite?


Posted on Nov 17, 2014

Mel Collie | Cellulite? So you have cellulite, dont we all, well yes, in fact we do. Ladies tend to have a lot more Cellulite in the thighs because we have more receptors in the thighs that attract the fat that cause those dimples in the skin. What makes me mad is those ridiculously expensive waste of time magazines that show pictures of famous people in bikinis on the beach , with an enhancement of the cellulite on their thighs…shock horror, they are human afterall! They arent perfect! They havent been airbrushed! So, you may not get rid of your cellulite, its perfectly normal, but, you may be able to reduce it, and heres an easy way: Eat more greens – cabbage, sprouts, brocolli, watercress, cauliflower, spinach, kale, cavolo nero, collards They have a compound called Indole- 3 – carbinol which is attracted and helps remove to the the toxins in your thighs, because thats all it is, toxins, which your Liver doesnt know how to deal with and it becomes fat, as our Livers are the basecamp for our health and welbeing, if its overloaded with toxins, your body will have extra fat. Toxins can be many things…chemicals in the things you put on your body like perfume, make up, shampoo, conditioner, hair colour – choose the most natural products you can afford. The indole – 3 – carbinol breaks down the fat molecules and excretes them – nice! Eating greens with every meal you have will go towards helping you reduce cellulite, help your Liver detoxify and improve your immune system, reduce the risk of cancer. Thats it. Eat your greens, and just fall in love with the fact that you have cellulite like everyone else and arent perfect, just human. 🙂 Mel References: http://www.canceractive.com/cancer-active-page-link.aspx?n=1417 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12840226 http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=21757  ...

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