Nutrify Your Life
To nourish oneself does not mean simply to add nutrients, we nourish ourselves with movement and with actions that bring us joy and contentment.
My name, Tatu, means three in Swahili, perhaps the reason I employed a three-pronged approach to wellness. I noticed early on in life that nutrition alone would not create a certainty of wellness, neither would movement alone or a content mind by itself. I started to explore these different aspects of health within myself in my early twenties and continued to delve deeper, observing responses in myself and those around me to changes in the balance or lack of balance in the three areas. Research has long shown that both nutrients and movement aid in attainment of optimum health and now we are starting to see an acknowledgement of the essential health of the mental emotion self for physical health.
We are, quite literally, what we eat.
Each human differs from the next in the way in which we process not only what we eat but also the substances we are exposed to through our lives due to DNA make up and life experience. With this in mind, each food and nutrient plan for each client is tailored specifically to the individual, there are no one size fits all in my practice. I am very happy to work with genetic testing if this resonates with my client and utilize the information for long term preventative plans.
In some cases, I may request that a client purchases supplements but will often try to create balance through diet first where possible.
Humans were made to move, we have hugely efficient bodies with a diverse range of movement that, sadly with our increasingly sedentary lifestyle, is often overlooked. Each of my plans will include a movement element to suit my client’s needs and abilities. Movement is not just heading to the gym, movement is the proprioception and the physical response to that. Daley et al. (2008) demonstrate the strong correlation between higher risk of IBS and lack of exercise, Messeir et al. (2009) found excellent results in patients with arthritis adopting dietary and exercise regime, Khademi et al. (2010) found that PCOS patient’s symptoms improved significantly with regular exercise. There is a wealth of trials and research into the benefits of movement/exercise.
I have attended several training courses with the Wildfitness tribe and learned much from them, I combine this knowledge with my learning’s on my 6-month yoga teacher training and leisure reading on the topic. I work closely with specialists in the field for a more in-depth look at movement and personal training, consulting with them regularly and if my clients would benefit from a referral I am sure to choose the right movement expert.
This is the one we often neglect and its impact in profound. Adopting simple self-care practices help reduce stress and the resulting effects on our physical body. Enjoying a warm bath, a massage, a gentle swim, enjoying a favourite author by the fire, these are all forms of self-care and self-soothing that reduce emotional stress. C. Ryff and B. Singer explored this in detail in “The contours of human health”, interesting there is a great deal of research and theories to support health care professionals with mindfulness to enable to them to perform their jobs successfully but not quite as much for patients to support their own health, although this is slowly changing. Mindfulness and the practice thereof shows positive results on mental health (Mandal et al. 2012) and it is well documented that poor mental health decreases life expectancy by 20 years. When we feel despondent we often are not in the right head space to self-care and self soothe and may in many cases make decisions that are harmful to our health, for example knowing that dairy is a trigger and deciding to have a toasted cheese sandwich or something very different such as placing oneself in physical danger. Through supporting our mental and emotional self we can not only reduce the possibility of such behaviours but also stress and its direct effect on the health if the gut (Fakoda et al. 1993).