Are you over 40 and enjoy a tipple, then you need to read this.

When you reach 40 and if like me, you enjoy a drink, experts are urging us to spare a thought on the damage our drinking habits are doing to our bodies. A recent survey found that 28%  of women over 45 admitted they drank as much or more than their grown-up children, also those 65 and over stated that they are most likely to drink on five consecutive nights each week.

Why does it feel like the effects of drinking are so much worse after hitting 40? Quite simply “The organs that metabolise alcohol such as the liver and the stomach shrink as you get older, so alcohol stays in your system longer,” says Dr Tony Rao, consultant old age psychiatrist at the South london and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

This could explain why you feel you now suffer from a two-day hangover  “Plus, the total fluid in the body is a lot less – we get more dehydrated as we get older – so because alcohol is distributed in blood which will be more concentrated, it won’t be broken down as quickly as it would in the bloodstream of a 20 year old.” It has also been evidenced that the brain is affected a lot quicker than the liver therefore drinking regularly can result in depression and moodiness, however the good news is that this can be reversed with 6 months of not drinking.

Alcohol also causes a flushing of the skin, causing flare ups of Rosacea and you may find you get spots after a night out, heavy drinkers tend to look a little worse for wear as the skin becomes dehydrated, this can then lead to puffiness around the eyes. In addition the excess sugars you’re consuming damage the DNA and collagen in the skin which can lead to more rapid ageing.

Alcohol can definitely have an effect on you if you are trying to lose weight given that it contains seven calories per gram, nearly the same as fat (9 calories per gram) and when you drink the body recognises its by-products as toxins and chooses to break these down first over the nutrients in food, explains nutritionist Robert Hobson, co-author of The Detox Kitchen Bible (Bloomsbury £14.99).  ‘ When the body gets round to metabolising the food, it may no longer require the calories, so they get stored as fat.’

So try to understand why you’re drinking and see if you can consider an alternative to help you relax, de stress and always aim to have a few consecutive nights rest.
If you have found this interesting, please feel free to share. I would love to hear your thoughts on alcohol as I personally do reach out to everyone that comments, do you notice it is having more of an effect on you as you get older? Finally if you would like my FREE guide “20 ways to de-stress and relax” then jot down your email and I’ll send it over.
Resource: The Telegraph
Sharon
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Fasting, is it any good for you?

Fasting; fasting has been around for years and is very common with specific religions.

What is fasting, quite simply it’s reducing the amount of food/calories into your body and comes in all shapes and sizes. With recent weight loss plans of 5:2, Intermitent Fasting and more recently 16:8, it is becoming a hit with many people.

Most people fast to lose weight, by cutting the number of calories on a specific day or eating within a certain window period will reduce both your appetite and stomach. However weight loss isn’t the only reason people fast, as previously mentioned some fast because of their religion and others to help with bloatedness or for an overall cleanse of both body and skin. Either way, fasting is very common these days with many variations of it too, including juicing, vitamins and reduced calories.

So now we know why people fast here are my top 5 tips to surviving a fast.

  1. Drink plenty of water; this will not only help with any stomach rumbles, but will keep you from feeling lightheaded and will also aid the detox.
  2. Plan what you are going to eat and going to do. There is nothing worse than rummaging around the cupboards when you are hungry, you need to avoid any temptation. In addition, don’t plan any social gatherings, this would be too hard but not impossible.
  3. Have the correct mindset, tell yourself it is only for a short time and it will come to an end.
  4. Go to bed early, if you are like me who always feels more tired on a fast day, staying awake until 11pm isn’t going to help you. Brush your teeth and get an early night.
  5. Stay busy. Sat around with nothing to do will make you think you are more hungry than what you are. Do whatever it takes; clean the house, the car, iron, anything just to keep your mind occupied and your hands busy.

I hope you have found these 5 tips helpful, please share if you have and if you would like my low calorie guide for free, do reach out or find me on linktr.ee/shaz_crowley.

See you soon,
Sharon 

Why your ‘diet’ isn’t working for you!

Have you ever wondered why your ‘diet’ just isn’t working for you? You may even not say you are on a ‘diet’ and call it a healthy eating plan as these days the term ‘diet’ sounds so negative.

Here are my top 4 reasons why I believe your diet just isn’t working for you at the moment.

  1. You are eating food that you don’t like; there is a reason you stopped eating Kale and Spinach when you were twenty, it is because you don’t like it. If you do not buy avocado’s regularly, just because they are now classed as ‘free’ does not mean you will like them any more. Stop eating food you don’t like.
  2. You are not eating with the family; this was an all too familiar theme on my many quests to find the perfect diet. I rarely ate with my family. I tried to avoid tea times if I was fasting or alternatively I was cooking separate foods which resulted in an increase in shopping costs. Meal times should be family time where you can sit and chat together and enjoy the same foods. Therefore start cooking what you will all eat.
  3. You are craving the foods you have been told you are not allowed to eat. Your diet starts and straight away you know you have ‘this’ or you can’t have ‘that’ and what is the first thing that you start to crave, ‘the forbidden list’. Yes, to lose weight you do need to reduce the calories and to get healthier you do need to change your habits but complete withdrawals will generally only lead to binges and lost willpower. Tread carefully and either choose healthier versions of the treats you want or have a little of what you fancy but no more.
  4. You have not got the right mindset. If you are constantly thinking negative thoughts such as the shopping bill has increased, I can’t believe I can’t eat any more chocolate, weekends are going to be so boring then this will have a huge impact on how far you get on your journey. Turn this around to thinking more positive thoughts such as how much more energy you will have, think how much your confidence will grow as each day you become more successful.

I hope you have found some value in this and it has shed some light on why your diet just may not be working for you at this moment. If you are working to get healthier this year, do reach out as I would love to connect with you.
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See you next week
Sharon x

(written from the heart)

How to Stay Motivated

Do you struggle to stay motivated on your healthy journey, are you already bored of what you are eating, you simply want a pizza on a Saturday Night? We are now only into the second month of the year so if you are already struggling with motivation let me share some tips with you on how to stay focused.

Changing habits for the better are never easy and research now confirms that it can actually take up to three months for a habit to become an every day occurrence without giving it any thought. With that in mind we need to keep on doing what we are doing if we are to get healthy so here are my top 5 tips on staying motivated.

  1. Have an event/holiday planned – the reason for this is it will give you a specific time frame of when you need to achieve your goal.
  2. Switch things around – if you are getting bored of what you eat; try a new recipe, a new food. If exercise isn’t your thing, try something that is fun; pole dancing, Glo Aerobics.
  3. You need to see results fast – if you are seeing fast results, then you will stick with it. How do you get these quick results, simply increase the exercise and reduce the quantity of food you are eating. No snacks and No alcohol for a week will give you fast results.
  4. Write it down – having a journal on this journey is a lifesaver. When you are not feeling great about yourself, be honest and write it down and then refer to it when you consider opening the biscuits. It will help you understand why you are getting healthy, you don’t want to feel miserable. On the other hand when you are having a great day, fitting into new clothes, getting compliments, write that down also and you can refer back to it if you start to lose momentum.
  5. Get a buddy to do it with you – having an accountability buddy can help spur you on whether this is your partner or a friend. You can share tips, recipes, success stories and give each other a kick up the bum when you need it.

I hope you have found these five tips on staying motivated useful, I would love to hear back from you and if you would like my free Cheat Sheet on how to increase more exercise into your daily routine, comment below or reach out to me on FaceBook @shazsbeautysecrets.

As always feel free to share and I’ll see you next week

Sharon