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Complementary Fitness 28 August newsletter

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Welcome to this week’s newsletter & updates:

Last week, I listened to a fitpro webinar from @thefoodaddictioncoach which was all about sugar addiction and how it can sabotage our health, fitness and wellbeing.

Chronic sugar addiction can lead to us being less motivated to workout, to low mood, self esteem or self worth.  It can also lead to chronic dehydration, gut problems as well as the possibility of type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease etc.  She also said that sugar is linked to depression and anxiety and can exacerbate or make it worse.


Sugar addiction can make us feel out of control, tired, exhausted and weak.  We may feel that we ‘have to’ give in to the sugar temptation and cravings because reward centres in the brain release dopamine, the pleasure chemical.  Overstimulating the reward systems in the brain can lead to addiction.

When it comes to the sugar and fast food industry, market researcher and psychophysicist Howard Moskowitz coined the term “the bliss point” while conducting studies for the food industry.  His research determined that just the right combination of sugar, salt, and fat in food triggers our brain’s reward system, disrupting our body’s natural “you’re full, stop eating” mechanism and even foods branded as “healthy” can be engineered this way.  This keeps us returning for and buying more and it’s hard to resist.  This is engineered to maximise profits for food manufacturers but while profit margins are high for them, it can be detrimental to our health eg increased inflammation in the body and brain which can lead to memory difficulties and cognition.


Years ago, you could order the occasional ‘take away’ and go and collect it but now, it so easy to pick up the phone, order online or on an app when we’re so busy.  We can even have our fast food delivered to our door by someone on a bike instead of cooking a healthy meal from scratch.  However, with some organisation and planning, shopping and maybe batch cooking and freezing, this can help.  We can eat more mindfully, in a healthy way, know what ingredients incl spices went into our meal and savour and enjoy it.  We can feel a sense of achievement in the prep and cooking and save money too.


I can (and do) eat soup any time of the year but I like the transition from Summer to Autumn and I can soak red lentils or chickpeas the night before and make a big pot of lentil or bean and veg soup or a dhal or curry the next day.  We make such a big pot of soup/stew (well why not?) that we freeze some into portions for another day which saves time.

We got some more lovely class comments last week and I’m so grateful for those and it’s good to know that you enjoy being pushed – or should I say encouraged?  Yes that’s better.  I know you love the variety of exercises, stretches and the feeling of achievement, even when some of our classes are ‘tough’.  There are always options, adaptations and variations so ease back on the days that you’re maybe tired or had a lot going on for you.

When you come to the class and do what you can do, put in the effort, you’ve achieved something.  You can tick off your ‘exercise box’ for the day and feel good knowing that we’re upping our physical resilience as well as our cognitive resilience.


I’ve mentioned in previous newsletters but exercise promotes neuroplasticity (the adaptive capacity of the nervous system) and although we were talking about brain chemicals and sugar addiction above, a healthy way to release brain neurotransmitters is through exercise.


Its been said that exercise is the single, biggest driver of physical and cognitive change to our brains.  Also important to promote brain resilience are social connection and interactions, learning and other elements of our environment.

So we can have a positive effect on our brains’ neuroplasticity and brain connections through exercise and these other elements mentioned because for example, our brains release BDNF which is brain derived neurotrophic factors which are chemicals that are released when we exercise.  Exercise also promotes the release of neurotransmitters (ie serotonin and dopamine) which is a great way to feel good and light up the brain reward centres of the brain.


I can’t wait to continue to exercise together for all of those mind and body benefits and connections and I hope that you’ll still be ‘on board’ and join us.



Easiest and best way that you can pay for classes:

  • With cash ie £6 per class (always best and I have change)
  • Directly into my bank account (if you don’t have my details, email me and I can give you my sort code & business account number).
  • Alternatively, using my SumUp card machine (although sometimes, it seems to ‘play up’!!)


Remember to let me know if you have any comments, news and keep me updated with anything that’s happening with you ie health-related stuff, goals, achievements etc.


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