For those of you that have the privilege of having a membership at a Soho House know how prestigious and elegant their houses are. Soho House is a members' club unlike other members club and it aims "to assemble communities of members that have creative souls".
Our nutrition session last Saturday at the Soho House, 76 Dean Street, was on the top floor and we had roughly 20 attendees. The top floor is a very beautiful and spacious library bar and live music space.
Our session started with an introduction of who we are and what we do. Our aim is to help people achieve a healthier, happier, more productive lifestyle by providing individuals, businesses and schools wellness programmes in London. Adriana Kucerova, Nutritional Therapist and myself Jenny Mayor, Wellness coach and Personal Trainer, lead the talk. We explored food classification i.e. carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals and water. We also, talked about the relationship between psychology and nutrition and how this affects choices.
Food influences almost everything you do. It affects the way you act, feel and look. It affects your daily functions and energy levels. Your body needs food as it is the source of essential nutrients. These are needed for the body to perform daily functions and also to grow and repair.
Nutrition should always match your lifestyle goals whether it is to maintain a healthy body, lose weight, increase muscle size, increase endurance, among others. Following strict diets can be so difficult specially when you are trying to decide your meals on your way to work or after work. Let's start with breakfast for example, you look at the food in front of you and everything says high in fat and high in salt. That's it, there is nothing to eat (or at least nothing that you fancy!) So you decide to go for the unhealthy option or just try another coffee shop or supermarket and start the process all over again-hoping that you are not late for that important meeting, of course. Opting for a healthy diet instead of following a specific diet is so much easier as you will be making a lifestyle change instead of going through food starvation for a period of time.
Making the right choices comes from understanding why you are making changes in your life and what these changes mean for your body. Another important point to consider is how our bodies react to different types of food and if we have intolerances. It is important to mention that other factors affect your health and lifestyle such as your level of physical activity, your thoughts and emotions.
Physical activity not only has many health benefits but it also helps you to feel motivated and happier. Exercising is like a magical pill for your body.
Research shows over and over, that smiling has a number of benefits for our mental and physical health. In addition, our stress levels are reduced and our decision making improves. We feel happier and more relaxed. The feel good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins and serotonin are all released when we smile.
If you have any questions about wellness in general please drop us an email. Or if you have had a lifestyle change recently, please mention it on the comments below, we would love to hear about your experience.