Build a team

It is hugely important, when you are having issues with complex and chronic health problems, to build a team. One that can support you in mind, body, and emotions.

For example, my team are my doctors, Dr Pip Cullen and Dr Tom Pierce whom lately helped me, my osteopath Eoin Flynn, Dee O’Connor energy healer, and Dan Sainsbury tranformational coach. And not forgetting my fitness health where Annchen Clarke of 3YO coaching and and Adrian O’Brien of OBF fitness support me.

My biggest support however is MY SELF, followed in close second by my amazing fiance Garron, my cousin Vikki, my closest friends and family. I believe a support team is crucial at all times for me regardless of where my health is because of the work that I do with people.

Who is in your team? Do you have a team? Please have a listen; especially if you are going through challenges with your health and lets start the journey together towards healing.

love,
Andrea

 

Our first coaches corner where you can see us!

We had super fun today on coaches corner; our first time using Skype and I sense that the competition is on now for best hat and mug combo. Mitch won today; with Ian in sensible grown up clothes coming in a firm second.

We have built up a real treasure trove of resources for cyclists and triathletes; so if you are interested in having a listen to other podcasts you can find there here to stream in any format that suits you best and also here on YouTube. I have also detailed many of the podcasts here: (I may have missed a few).

Here is today’s awesome podcast 🙂

Today we discussed:

  • Early (warning) signs of health crashing and tips about what to do to prevent getting sick and return to full form as quickly as possible.
  • Indoor vs outdoor powermeter and what to do with your numbers – also, if you do not have a PM outdoors – how to pace yourself?
  • Theia offers words of wisdom on “failure- or is it?” I felt like she was speaking to my soul given the personal context for me; thanks Theia! Her words are worth listening to. I really enjoyed the tip on  “what am I going to give in a race” and I learnt that for me the importance of holding my health sometimes has far greater meaning in the context of my work and home life. I need to be healthy for what matters; and crushing this in a race just isn’t worth it.
  • Concept of a “Floor” in our Training Peaks numbers – and how to use it.
  • This week in the LAB.

As promised here are my words of advice regarding what to look out for and what to do when your health starts to veer off track:

Warning signs:

I have kept it light hearted; if you wish to read the official consensus on Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of the Overtraining Syndrome: Joint Consensus Statement of the European College of Sport Science and the American College of Sports Medicine click here and another topic close to this and equally concerning is relative energy deficiency in sport and here is the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Consensus Statement on Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S): 2018 update.

Normal warning signs and symptoms that I see when training stress starts to ramp up are the following – without getting too in-depth!

Respiratory tract:

  • Allergies and asthma
  • Sinus infections
  • Head colds
  • Sore/ tickly throats
  • Constant cough
  • If really unlucky chest infections or pneumonia and viral conditions (that don’t need an antibiotic) worsening into bacteria complicated infections (that may need an antibiotic).

Gastrointestinal tract:

  • IBS type symptoms
  • Looser stools
  • Greater difficulty managing nutrition and feeling like food isn’t digesting well
  • Reflux and indigestion
  • More frequent food poisoning / gastritis incidents
  • Poor nutrient absorption – iron and B12 deficiency

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Connecting to your baby….

In addition to the world of science and food, medicine and the complementary, emotions-mind-body, illness, and high performance (yep that is already enough to confuse most people) I also work in the realm of spirit.

I wouldn’t want to try to explain how to you because some things are best left as magical (nor could I in a million years put the right words on this to describe it only that everything is energy and vibration and I often feel this), but I have a skill to connect to spirit babies and babies in the womb.

Babies talk, and I listen and they usually have a lot to say, or show as often is the case. More often than not what I receive is nuggets of love, or pieces of information guiding you in the here and now. Words of comfort, or specific guidance. It rarely comes as a lot; because this often means having to do a lot at a time when your energy may not be 100% and your mind needs respite. More often than not it is just simple guidance for your next steps along with words of wisdom and sometimes a nice insight into babies humour and temperament.

Although babies will often have an energy of being a boy or girl I would never hedge all my bets on what sex they are as energy can have a feel of feminine or male in that moment and in their chosen means of communicating with me. It is fascinating!

I love this work! It is pure love.

From what I have read I carry an ability to do the work of many women that have come before me in various cultures and communities. In years gone by this work was considered a normal part of the society. I hope that we can restore this “listening and supporting” work to a place of importance once more.

To feel confident and connected means more than anything….

This is a magical journey if you wished to connect more to pregnancy, desired pregnancy, miscarriage or the baby souls that came to be with you in other realms and not in physical – the path for us as their mothers often ends in ways that can be hard to understand yet the journey is often perfect as we and they planned. To hear more clearly can provide great comfort and support.

Often these heart connections that I feel and see create more profound healing than anything I have seen in terms of medical technology or from books. It is a journey of love and trust. And something that you can start to connect into once shown.

Our world is overwhelming enough; there are a gazillion experts out there with an opinion on what you must and should do. What if there were only a few simply things in each moment that was all the guidance you needed? Wouldn’t this help you breathe and relax and feel more confident.

If I can help it would be my pleasure.

Love,
Andrea

Two great website resources!

click here folks: http://burnfatnotsugar.com

and here: https://optimisingnutrition.com/2018/03/17/energy-density/

Remember these mantras:

  • Keep it real (food).
  • Be environmentally aware and ethically conscious.
  • How can I make this meal better? Do what you can and then go one step better.
  • Preparation makes a big difference in our success.
  • Have I earned it with activity?
  • Become a master of your emotions; eating them away rarely helps.
  • Food builds you, heals you, powers your brain and body, recovers you, fuels you, protects you from illness, sustains you for the long-haul. The right food is life changing (and so is the wrong food).

Andrea x

 

How to eat

Be curious:

My title of How to eat implies that I know all the answers to the complex questions of what is the perfect diet and how to eat. The straight up simple answer (from my experience anyhow) is that there is no one absolute and perfect way to eat. To think so is daft and to argue so is closed-minded. How can one diet at all times and phases of life work for so many culturally and geographically diverse people?

We are dynamic beings in an ever changing world, with multiple ‘things’ influencing our health and homeostatic balance at all times; our environment is constantly changing, our stress levels fluctuate alongside our ability to tolerate “stress”, and alongside this the trillions of cells in our gut are in constant dynamic flux alongside us – the beauty of symbiosis. We are complex, food is complex, and health is complex!

I think it is best to say: get curious, learn to be intuitive, take people’s big claims of knowing the definitive answers like a pick and mix adding what you intuitively agree with to your health strategy. Try things but don’t cling blindly to them; test them out and see where it gets you.

Learn about your body, your ancestry, your environment from the ground up: the soil, wild plants, what you can grow yourself in a vegetable plot, local agriculture, farmers markets and the whole local supply chain. Learn about the food our oceans and rivers provide. Get to know your food likes and dislikes, be inquisitive about your food cravings and mostly, be flexible because our health needs also change over time.

Veggies from my colleague Ginny Ross’s garden. Ginny manages to juggle a busy practice with a phenomenal veg garden #itcanbedone! http://www.limericksportstherapy.com/

There are many theories proposed about the cause of our current health and obesity epidemics. I think food and nutrition, activity levels and weight, genetics and environment are very complex and interrelated issues. They cannot be explained by just one theory: we are mind, body, emotions and the memory of all events in our lifetimes. Our health even extends beyond our own control and experiences as research shows us that genes are influenced by the stress our mothers experienced before and during pregnancy, what we were fed as an infant and even what our mothers and father ate in the preconception and pregnancy period. Amazing! Generational trauma can also influence our health.

Some things we can change, some we can improve; the rest we cannot worry about and all of us can do our best to nurture and nourish our bodies and minds.

A few things I would pay attention to are food volume (we eat too much), food processing such as refined and high sugar carbohydrates, heat processed fats, poor quality or burnt charred protein; food (and health supplement) quality, excessive use and hence intake of food additives, pesticides, artificial sweeteners, herbicides, etc; our environment and exposure to endocrine disrupters, heavy metals (e.g. amalgams, water quality, food quality, local industry) and carcinogenic substances; medication use and its impact on our homeostatic balance in addition to the gut microbiome; gut health especially in relation to food quality and also foreign travel, stress management, sleep, exercise and movement and our emotional / psychological health.

Our bodies health relies on a delicate balance of so many factors.

A healthy body is resilient, resistant to illness and infections, and adaptive; but there are only so many insults that it can take before it all starts to spiral into a mess.

The sooner you pay attention and make changes whilst removing trigger causes, then the better.

Ethical dilemmas:

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