Jennifer Hanway

Enliven Your Lightest, Brightest You

Jennifer Hanway is a Holistic Nutritionist, Bio Signature Modulation Practitioner and Certified Personal Trainer, originally from London but now living in Newton Centre and working in Back Bay, Boston.

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My Top Five: Tips for Clean Eating on a Budget (Part Two)

Thank you so much for the wonderful response to last week's 'My Top Five: Tips for Tip for Eating Clean on a Budget (Part One)'. Here is part two, I hope you find it just as helpful!

1.Price Per Pound is Paramount

This was such an eye opener for me and my husband when we first started to reduce our food costs. It's very easy to just look at the price on the ticket, and not what I would now consider the 'real' price, which you will usually find on the bottom left of the sticker.

This will really help you to compare prices between stores, as most products come in differing sizes, so the price per lb is your metric when it comes to working out which options, and indeed which grocery stores are cheaper.

For example, feta cheese was $ $14.84 per lb in Star Market, 9.89 per lb in Trader Joes, and just $5.70 per lb in BJ's! 

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Price per lb

2.Learn Which Cuts of Meat are the Cheapest

This is a continuation of last week's 'Convenience Cost' tip - but is vitally important when it comes to cuts of meat. For example, I can buy a whole chicken for $1.99 per pound, but if I want just the chicken breasts, neatly divided and put into individual bags, that will cost me $4.49 per lb!

Honestly, I cant say that I don't buy the prepackaged cuts, because I do, but I try to buy a selection of cuts because of cost, and because different cuts of meats contain different micronutrients (variety is key for a healthy diet).

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3.Join a Wholesale Membership Club

Okay, I'll admit, I was pretty skeptical about this one myself until we tried it! We are now proud members of BJ's Wholesale Club, and I truly think this is the number onereason we have managed to reduce our grocery bill so significantly.

So what do we buy from BJ's? I estimate around 60-70% of our groceries come from BJ's. This includes (but is not limited to), organic fruit and vegetables, both fresh and frozen (look for the Wellesley Farms brand),organic and hormone free meat, both fresh and frozen (look for Harvestland or Perdue brands) and eggs, feta cheese, nuts, pasta sauce, Himalayan salt, coconut flour and all our gluten free grains (a 20lb bag works out to be just $1.20 a lb, and you can use it for square) all come from BJ's too.

Every time we shop there I see more 'clean eating' options, and their coupons also feature more healthy foods too week by week - yes, I clip coupons too!

BJ's offer a free one day membership so you can try it before you commit to a year. A year's membership usually costs $50, but I often see special offers from both BJ's and on sites such as Groupon for memberships starting at $25 a year. For more information on membership, click here.

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4.Hold a Clean Eating Supper Club

This is definitely one of the more fun tips on this list! Round up a bunch of friends who also have an interest in clean eating, and once a month hold a supper club, at which you all bring a healthy, nutritious, delicious dish to share.

This option is way cheaper than eating out a restaurant, and will introduce you to new ideas and recipes for clean eating. Each guest will also bring the recipe for his/her dish, so you will leave not only having eaten a great meal, but with a bunch of new recipes to try at home too. And don't forget to bring an extra empty dish so you can take home your share of leftovers!

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5.Cute Clean Eating Gadgets

Last week I highlighted some of the gadgets I use for food preparation at home, this week I will feature some of my absolute favorite money savers that I use when I'm out and about!

Mini Crock Pot

My mini crock pot has been an absolute life saver in these cold winter months in Boston! I hate eating cold food on cold days, so I found an option in which I could safely reheat my leftovers when I was at work. Enter Baby Crockpot! This mini crockpot holds up to 20 ounces of my leftovers, and gently reheats them for an hour or so, meaning I can eat a hot, nutritious, budget friendly lunch every day! Its perfect for reheating chili, soups, stews (all of the options from last week's food prep tip), and I use it for making oatmeal too.

Travel French Press

Those of you who know me personally, or are regulars know I am very particular about my coffee, and I shun the big chains such as Starbucks and Dunkin for may reasons (business ethics, price, quality of coffee). So what do I do when I want a coffee on the go? I make my own! About a month I bought my travel french press from Bodum, and I now I cant be without it!

All you do is put one scoop of freshly ground coffee in it before you leave the house, and then fill it up with freshly boiled water when you want a piping hot coffee on the go (we have a water heater at work, but most eateries will give you hot water for free, or for a nominal price)! It may seem like an investment to start, but will definitely save you money in the long term...

Water Filter Bottle

I have just switched up my old glass water bottle to this version from Brita that is not only BPA free but filters my water too. This now means I can drink safely and cleanly from any water source, saving not just money but also helping the environment too (Americans used about 50 billion plastic water bottles last year. However, the U.S.'s recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, which means 38 billion water bottles – more than $1 billion worth of plastic – are wasted each year).

The title of this post is 'Five Top Tips', but permit me to add in one extra, one tip that may be more important than the prior ten. This one is 'Give Back'.If clean eating is on our agenda, it means we are in a very prividliged postion to be able to pick and choose what we eat every day. In 2014 8.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children. In light of this fact my chosen charity, both personally and for my business is The Greater Boston Food Bank, who do amazing work for the food insecure in Boston. For every $1 they receive they provide 3 meals for those in need.

Donate to The Greater Boston Food Bank

So consider donating the price of one of those Starbucks coffees a week, the money you save onto buying bottled water, or anything you can afford. If donating money is a challenge for you, consider donating food to one of the wonderful food pantries in MA, even if it is just one or two items (a list can be found here).

In the spirit of full disclosure, some of these are affiliate links, which means that I may get a commission if you decide to purchase anything.  I only recommend products and services that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands!

What am I missing? I'm sure you have your own tips, and I would love for you to share them with me and my readers!

Who's That Gal? It's Me!

  I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the wonderful team at Just Us Gals  ahead of their Ladies Lounge Event tonight at which I will be joining them to talk all things fitness, nutrition and wellbeing!

Name: Jennifer (Jenny) Hanway

Age:35

Hometown:Guildford, England (just outside of London)

Current 'Hood:Newton Centre

What titles you hold!  Ex-professional dancer turned Personal Trainer, Biosignature Modulation Practitioner, Barre Teacher and Group Fitness Instructor.  Do you have a favorite role?

My favourite role is all of them! Through my knowledge and experience in the areas of fitness, nutrition and wellbeing I can use a holistic viewpoint with my clients which I believe is the key to becoming your healthiest, happiest you.

You strongly believe in four key elements of wellness: nutrition, exercise, lifestyle and supplementation.  Can you speak to how each of these play into the life of us gals, especially that of 20- and 30-somethings?

Absolutely - these days we are all busier and more connected than ever, and we need reminding that if we do not have our health we are unable to show up as our best selves for all the exciting things that this time offers! Fuelling our bodies with the right foods, creating strong bodies that are capable of anything, and using lifestyle strategies to help deal with pressure and stress helps us to be our best at anything life has in store for us.

Did we read your website correctly in that previous clients of yours include that of the British Royal Family?!  Tell us more!

Ooh - gossip! I was part of the original team at barrecore, the first barre studio in the UK (founded by Niki Rein, Gwyneth Paltrow’s ex right hand woman), and our first location was in Chelsea which is a neighborhood very close the royal palaces. A member of the royal family came to take one of my classes, and then asked to train privately with me. I’m sworn to secrecy on who it was, but I can say she was super polite and friendly, and always tidied her own equipment away and said thank you!

What makes Boston a great place for your work and message?

I love the energy in Boston, and it’s becoming a great city for health and wellness, with its prevalence of runners and quickly growing boutique fitness scene. I’ve also seen some really innovative wellness companies and events evolve in the last year such as MoveWith and The Well Summit which have enabled practitioners such as myself get our message across to a very receptive audience, and build like minded community.

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Me and Em

You take a digital detox every Sunday.  How did this begin and how has it changed your life?

Social media for anyone in the fitness or wellness industry has become a necessary part of the job to enable us to reach a wider audience. It’s a fantastic tool as it allows us to reach people outside of our circle. However it can be both a blessing and a curse, as it’s so easy to mindlessly scroll through Facebook or Instagram without even really looking at anything.

Social media and the internet is an integral part of my job, but even I can take one day off a week! I can’t say I’m completely internet free on Sundays as sometimes I have to use it for research, but if I post on my blog on a Sunday I’ll try to schedule to post in advance, and only check my emails once to see if there are any client schedule changes for Monday.

It means that I can stay a more connected with what I am doing at least one day a week, and stay ‘in the moment’ a little more, whether that be research, writing, hanging with my husband or playing with my cats. And quite honestly, there are only so many pictures of fancy Chia Pudding even I can scroll through....

For the typical city girl on-the-run, what is your top fitness tip?  Top nutrition tip?

Fitness Tip: get strength training! Lifting weights is the best way to get into amazing shape for both fat loss and muscle definition. It can be a little intimidating at first if you don’t know your way around a barbell, so I would suggest booking a session or two with a trainer like myself who can show you the ropes, or try our ‘Lift’ class at BFX - a small group training class designed to help your become comfortable training in a gym environment, and to give you a kick ass workout!

Nutrition Tip: get organized! Spending a little time at the weekends grocery shopping and food prepping can save you money and time in the long run, and means you have healthy, nutritious food to hand at all times, which will prevent you from making bad choices when you get ‘hangry’!

Can I add a Wellness Tip? Sleep - it is the underpinning of everything!

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You hold workshops every few weeks.  How can our readers get involved?  

I would love for them to come along! We meet at a great space in Back Bay, and I aim to make the workshops informal, intimate and lots of fun! I speak about topics that are prevalent in the Wellness industry, give lots of practical advice and suggestions, and there is always a gift bag at the end! 10% of ticket sales go to The Greater Boston Food Bank, a cause that is very important to me.

Info and booking for my workshops can be found here: http://jenniferhanway.com/workshops-events-and-retreats/

Your recent workshops were about goal setting and clean eating (on a budget).  The next (February 23rd) is about “Glow(ing) for it!”  How can gals do this?  What about in the long term?

Glow For It for me means having glowing skin, shiny hair, strong nails and lots of energy! There are hundreds of ‘Glowing Skin Smoothie’ recipes available on the internet, but there is a lot more to it than that, including having great gut health and getting enough rest and relaxation.

To start I’d suggest cutting out processed food, take a good quality probiotic once a day, make sure your diet is high in plant fibre (blend a bunch of green veggies such as kale, spinach, chard with half an apple, a squeeze of lemon of juice and some filtered water once a day), and make sure you are getting enough sleep.

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Diet. Healthy Eating Woman Drinking Fresh Raw Green Detox Vegetable Juice. Healthy Lifestyle, Vegetarian Food And Meal. Drink Smoothie. Nutrition Concept.

How often do you teach at BFX?  How does BFX stand out from other fitness studios in town?

I’m at BFX Monday through Thursday (I work from home on a Friday), and spend my time teaching classes, training clients and working with my Thrive (Nutrition and Wellness Clients).

For me BFX stands head and shoulders above the other studios in Boston for two reasons: the smart programming of all the classes to ensure our clients get amazing results and the education, experience and dedication of all our trainers and instructors.

What is next for you and your brand?

There are two focuses for me in 2016: to grow the Thrive program at BFX Back and our studios in New York, which will entail me training other practitioners, helping them to learn and grow in this field, which is so rewarding, and outside of BFX to continue to spread my message through working with clients online, speaking and writing, and I plan to launch a series of online nutrition, training and wellness guides by the end of the year.

Must-have workout gear item:

Amazing pants - I’m loving the lines from Boston locals Crane and Lion, and of course the most flattering leggings from my girl Kelly Brabants. And a great sports bra changes everything.

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Favorite winter hangout in Boston:

My house, I’m such a homebody, especially in the winter (I’m still not acclimated). If I’m not there you will find me at BFX in Back Bay which is my second home.

Must-play jam in one of your classes:

The UK music scene will always have my heart, and one of my favourite new artists is Raleigh Ritchie (who plays Grey Worm in Game of Thrones). The cool down track in each class is alway my favourite as I can really go out of the box, and ‘Stronger Than Ever’ is my must play at the moment.

Your 2016 Resolution:

It was to give up coffee for January, but I’ll be honest, I lasted 6 days! I’m trying to develop a meditation practice which I have always found challenging, but the main one is to have more fun, which is so good for your health and wellness!

Three words to describe your style:

‘Athleisure’, always. I don’t need three!

Currently reading (since we’re a book club):

Fiction: The Danish Girl - I’m much more of a reader than a movie goer

Non Fiction: Super Genes by Deepak Chopra - I saw him speak at the Berklee Center last year and he is such a shining light in the Wellness field, he really makes difficult concepts so easy to understand.

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To join me, Eliza Shirazi from Kick It with Eliza and Cate Brinch from Recycle Studio tonight at 6.30 at We Work Boston for free click on the link below:

https://generalassemb.ly/education/ga-wework-just-us-gals-present-ladies-lounge-resolutions/boston/20263

My Top Five: Apps for Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

  The new year comes with a lot of resolutions for all of us, and if those resolutions include improving your health and wellbeing then read on!

It has been proven many times that we are more likely to stick to our healthy habits if they are made easily accessible to us, and what could be more accessible than our smart phones, tablets and laptops that we cant seem to live without these days!

You can use all of these apps without having to purchase an expensive gadget such as a Fitbit or Jawbone (I don't own any of these).

I love anything that makes wellbeing easier, and as someone that couldn't live without her iPhone I wanted to share with you my top five apps that I use to help with my nutrition, fitness and wellbeing.

1) My Fitness Pal

Available as an App and via their website, My Fitness Pal is my go-to for food tracking for both myself and my clients. It is so easy to use, and has a huge database of foods ranging from grocery store goods to restaurant dishes. Even better, you can scan barcodes on food packaging for easy uploading.

You can also allow your friends to see your food diaries, and this can help accountability, and also makes it very easy for your nutrition coach to keep track of your food intake too (I see you...)

As with all food tracking apps I do not agree with their 'one size fits all' approach to calculating calorie allowances, so I suggest setting your own custom macros in accordance with your goals.

My Fitness Pal is free.

2) Nike+ Training Club

One of the originals and in my opinion the best of all workout apps available, you cant beat the behemoth that is Nike for a huge variety of beautifully shot and easy to follow workouts.

You can set the workout to music from your iTunes library, reiview all the exercises before you start the workout (I love this feature), and view the workout on your television if you have Apple TV. Workouts range from 15 minutes to 45 minutes so even those strapped for time have no excuses!

Nike+ Training Club is free.

3) Yoga Studio

Yoga Studio by Gaiam is my favorite of all the yoga apps available as it is so easy to use, clearly shot, and easily accessible to beginners. It has options for viewing ready made classes, from which you can select based on focus, ability or duration, or you can create your own class depending on what you want to achieve from your practice. From what I have seen so far all you need is a mat and some space, and you are ready to go. I love the Yoga for Back Pain classes, and the Deep Relaxation ; )

Yoga Studio is $3.99.

4) f.lux / Sunn 

Such a simple concept, but I've really found these two apps life changing. Both apps make the color of your computer or smartphone displays adapt to the time of day showing as warm at night (less blue light) and like sunlight during the day. Bringing down the amount of artificial light you are exposed to after dark can lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and normalize our circadian rhythms, helping us sleep better at night.

I use f.lux for my laptop, and Sunn for my iPhone, as Apple do not allow f.lux unless you jailbreak the phone.

f.lux is free and Sunn is $3.99.

5) Headspace

Headspace is a relatively new app for me but I love it already. Think of it as 'meditation for non-meditators'. You are guided through a series of  'brain training sessions' by the creator Andy Puddicombe (a meditation and mindfulness expert and a fellow brit - this app is worth downloading for his soothing British accent alone), in which you are asked to focus on your breath, physical sensations and noise around you, making for practice that can be adopted by anyone.

Your are also able to track your progress, find friends who are also using Headspace, and pick practices from collections to suit your mood and lifestyle.

Headspace is free for the first 10 sessions, then moves to a paid subscription starting at $7.99 if you sign up for a year.

 

I'd love to hear about the apps you use to enhance your nutrition, training and wellbeing! Please share your suggestions below so we can all reap the benefits!

The Nitty Gritty of Goals

So here it is, January 1st, 2016. I love a clean sheet, a fresh start, and a opportunity to learn and grow, develop and improve. Some of my resolutions (developed from my 'Core Desired Feelings' ) are to have more energy, reduce my inflammation, cultivate a yoga practice, and forgive myself and others more. If you have read my previous post on 'Setting Goals with Soul' you will know I'm a huge fan of goal setting and wanting to improve your health and happiness, so I've detailed below the process I use with both myself and my clients for goal achieving.

1) Work Backwards

Where do you want to be with your wellbeing on December 1st, 2016? Rocking a little black dress, hosting a healthy dinner party, celebrating the marathon you ran, or relaxing on a yoga retreat in Guatemala? Identifying some BHAG's (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) should make you feel a little nervous and a little excited at the same time - think good butterflies!

Setting these goals gives us a destination for the journey, and once we have a destination we can start plotting out the journey...

2) Chunk the Journey

Let's start to make this journey more manageable. If you are holding an extra 30 pounds, rocking that little black dress may seem a little far fetched. If you've never run a 5km, but completing a marathon is your goal, you may feel like giving up before you even lace your sneakers. But by setting mini goals and mini milestones it makes the process seem less daunting, and maybe even fun!

I like to use each quarter of the year as my mini milestone, so I look at what I need to achieve by the end of March, end of June, and the end of September, to get to where I want to be by the end of December.

Chunking the journey also gives us reason to celebrate our successes along the way, which is going to keep your more motivated and more compliant than waiting 12 months to give yourself a pat on the back!

3) How to Get There

This is the nitty gritty of goal achieving, and my favorite part of the process (I LOVE to plan and organize)! When I work through this process with my clients I help them break down their wellbeing into four components:

  • Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Self Care

From here we look at another process called 'habit layering'. Habit layering is a wonderful tool as it provides a managable structure to create healthy habits. When we try and change everything all at once it becomes too overwhelming, and we are more likely to throw in the towel. Healthy habit layering is the process of introducing one new habit a week from the catergories above and implementing 'Action Steps'. For me the most important part of this process are the Action Steps as they are the concrete strategies to achieve the goals.

For example, if a client's goal is to lose 30 pounds by the end of the year, her first week of habit layering may look like this:

Component

What Action Step
Nutrition Increase intake of Fruit and Vegetables Sign up for local farm box delivery
Fitness Find a Personal Trainer Research gyms in local area and book at least one trial session
Lifestyle Meet people who are interested in healthy living Find a healthy living Meetup group nearby
Self Care

Increase hours of sleep Set regular bed time of 10.30pm

Creating these tables every week, on a month by month and quarterly basis quickly adds up to so many healthy habits that it cant fail to create change! It designs a wonderfully simple roadmap to follow to guide you through the journey to wellness to the place and person you wish to find at the end of the year.

I love working through this process for both myself and my clients, and I'm excited to be facilitating this both online through my Pop Expert Sessions, and through my 'Real World Wellness' workshops for those of you in Boston.

If you plan to make 2016 your healthiest, happiest year yet I have an amazing goal achieving package to give away!

Comment below to win a copy of my favorite book about goals and desire: Danielle LaPorte's 'The Desire Map', A Pop Expert One to One Healthy Goal Setting Session with me, and a ticket to my Real World Wellness: Goal Setting Workshop for those of you close to Boston.

To enter just comment below with one of your health and wellbeing goals for 2016. Not only will you be entered into the giveaway, I will also respond to all comments with an Action Step for you to take to help you reach your goal.

The winner will be picked at random and will be notified by email by 1/7/2016.

Wishing you all the healthiest, happiest 2016!

 

 

2016: Your Healthiest, Happiest Year Yet!

I love goals. I love fresh starts and new challenges. I love the beginning of a New Year! I’m seeing a lot of negativity on social media around New Year’s Resolutions, and it makes me sad. Of course I am of the opinion that healthy habits should be sustained year round, but what is the harm in wanting to improve your life and become a better version of you? In my opinion that should be celebrated, whether the catalyst for you is the start of a new day, new week or new year.

I’ve always been a big fan of goal setting, and when I moved to the US nearly 3 years ago it was a perfect fresh start for me to take my career to the next level. And I had time, plenty of time. It took six months from my arrival to being granted my Green Card, so I had plenty of time for goal setting and planning!

I wrote huge lists, and guided by Jack Canfield’s book ‘The Principles of Success’, gave my goals clarity, detail and a completion date. And then sat back and felt completely unmoved.

Don’t get me wrong, my goals were pretty awesome: write for a fitness magazines, work for the top studios in the area, build an online business, keep a client base in the UK, look great in a crop top, all exciting and certainly achievable. But it felt like a ‘to-do’ list, endless chores rather than a guide to building an exciting and valuable life.

Enter Danielle LaPorte. I had first heard of Danielle’s work via Brene Brown, via a goal setting workshop I had been a part of with the UK Lululemon team. I downloaded Danielle’s book ‘The Desire Map’ via Audible, and got to listening. And it changed everything.

‘The Desire Map’ turns goal setting on its head: it switches the focus from what you want to achieve to ‘how do you want to feel’, and it that though process is the game changer. 

As part of the process you are asked to define your ‘core desired feelings’, two of mine were ‘authentic’ and ‘of service’. Defining these helped me to pinpoint my goals with more depth of feeling, the goal of writing for magazines was really my wanting to reach a wider audience to help more people improve their health and wellbeing, working for the top boutique fitness studios in the area was my desire to continue to learn and hone my craft. And the crop top? That turned out to be my wanting to ‘live authentic’, to live and breathe my message, in other words, to ‘practice what I preach’.

Danielle LaPorte’s work is still part of my goal setting practice, whether setting goals for myself, or when working with my clients to help them define what health and wellness means for them. If rocking 2016 is on your agenda I highly recommend checking out Danielle's work to create what she calls 'Goals with Soul'! 

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If you would like to work with me on a one to one basis to set your healthy goals for 2016 I’d love for you to join me via Pop Expert for my : Real World Wellness Workshop: Setting Healthy Goals for 2016. 

This one to one workshop is perfect for anyone looking to improve their health and wellness in 2016, whether you are taking your first steps on the journey, or are looking for the next level in becoming your healthiest, happiest you.

During the 50 minute session we will cover the following:

  • Setting the goals you wish to achieve by 12/31/2016
  • How to break down those goals into segments of 3, 6 and 12 months
  • Detailed planning for the next 3 months on how to achieve those goals by using my four ingredients for the healthiest, happiest you: nutrition, training, healthy lifestyle and self care
  • How to ‘habit layer’ each week to make your goals manageable and enjoyable to achieve
  • Practical, real world advice to implement these habits
  • Accountability in the form of a private Facebook Group
  • Discounts on all of my Online Services throughout the year of 2016

To book the session please click on the link below, go to 'Book Now' and select the day and time that works for you. Once you have booked I will be in touch with more details about what you need for the session, and to get some information from you so I can be fully prepared to give you my best guidance.

https://www.popexpert.com/jennifer-hanway

But wait, there is more! I love goal setting so much that I have an amazing goal achieving package to give away! Consisting of a copy of the book that changed everything for me, Danielle LaPorte's 'The Desire Map' and a Pop Expert One to One Healthy Goal Setting Session with me! 

To enter all you need to do is post just one of your health and wellbeing resolutions in the comments below. The winner will be picked at random and will be notified by email by 1/7/2016.

Wishing you all the healthiest, happiest 2016!

Beat the Christmas Bloat!

Some people have what my Dad would call 'cast iron guts'! They can eat or drink anything they want, and have no nasty side effects. I am not one of those people. I am on the extreme end of the spectrum however; I have a severe gluten allergy that was undiagnosed until my early 30's (like a lot of the people in the health and wellness field I became frustrated when conventional medicine could not help me, and started to do my own research, but thats a story for another day), I'm intolerant to dairy (gluten and dairy sensitivities often go hand in hand), and I caught Typhoid whilst working at a fitness resort in Mexico in my late twenties.

Because of this I am very strict with my diet and avoid gluten, dairy and eggs like the plague. Even so, being out of routine, increased calorie intake and more alcohol and sugar than usual (my mother in law bakes amazing GF and DF treats for me) can result in 'stomach upset' (my polite English terminology), which in my case means bloating, gas, constipation and generally feeling miserable.

Below are my 3 tried and tested ways of helping my gut through the holiday period:

Friendly Bacteria

Probiotics are in common use now, and most people understand the benefits of incorporating them into their diets either in the foods they eat or as a supplement. I like to go two-fold on this when I know my digestive system is going to work a little harder than usual: I up my intake of probiotic rich fermented foods (goats milk kefir and sauerkraut are my favorites, you can buy both from Whole Foods), and every evening I take a good quality probiotic supplement from the Poliquin Group.

What is not as well know is that Probiotics need to feed on Prebiotic fiber to be active in the gut. I like to ensure my prebiotic fiber comes from my diet, great sources are fibrous veggies such as artichokes, leeks, dandelion greens and chicory. These are best eaten raw, but you can still get some of the benefits by lightly steaming them. Bananas (the greener the better) are also a great source of prebiotics.

I've also started to bring a bag of " target="_blank">Tiger Nuts with me when I travel - these little guys are not nuts, but tiny little tubers that are an amazing source of prebiotic fiber. You can also cook with Tiger Nut flour, and watch out for some Tiger Nut recipes on the blog in 2016!

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Tiger Nuts

Get Moving

Such a simple thing, but I find it makes a huge difference in my digestion and ahem, motility. I've learnt the hard way that I need to move my body everyday for all aspects of my health, and my favorite way to do this on holidays is to go for a walk, and practice some basic yoga poses that aid digestion.

Here is a 5 minute Yoga for Digestion video from ekhartyoga.com that is suitable for everyone:

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Green for 'Go'

The fiber from green smoothies (not juices) is a great way to help everything move through the digestive system with a little more ease, and adding pineapple, lemon, parsley and ginger can help with gas and bloating. Below is my favorite 'stomach saving' green smoothie recipe:

1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks 1 cup water or coconut water (or 1/2 and 1/2) 1/4 cup fresh parsley 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 1 cup leafy green veggies such as kale, chard, spinach or dandelion greens Big squeeze lemon juice Blend together until smooth and enjoy!
1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple chunks 1 cup water or coconut water (or 1/2 and 1/2) 1/4 cup fresh parsley 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 1 cup leafy green veggies such as kale, chard, spinach or dandelion greens Big squeeze lemon juice Blend together until smooth and enjoy!

I hope these suggestions help you as much as they help me. If you have any questions about this post please comment below, and if you have any 'stomach savers' you would like to share I'd love to hear them.

Rest and Reset: The Importance of Less Stress, More Sleep

The holidays are a wonderful time, but they can often mean self care and sleep get a little neglected. With this in mind I wanted to draw attention to an old post that rings true especially at this time of the year...Isn't sleep a blessing?  Not only does sleep make you feel wonderful, it has some pretty amazing health benefits too: 

  • It helps to control weight and improves body composition (ration of body fat to lean muscle) in two ways. Sleep regulates the hormones that effect appetite, and when we don't get enough sleep our bodies produce more of the hormone ghrelin which in turn leads us to make poor food choices and consume more calories. Research studies have also shown that lack of sleep leads to less energy output, i.e. we are less likely to exercise (or even walk around the block) due to tiredness and lack of motivation.
  • It increases your ability to handle both mental and physical stress. Not only this but sleep lowers both blood pressure levels and the stress hormone cortisol.
  • It has a beneficial effect on our mood and our thinking. Not only does it make us feel happier and less worried (studies show a long term sleep deficit can lead to depression and anxiety) good sleep increases cognitive function, leading to better judgement, improved focus and less tendency to takes risks.
  • It enables cell repair throughout the body, important for both repairing muscles post workout (we are at our weakest state post workout due to the breaking down of muscle fibers, they will repair and get stronger whilst we sleep) and beautiful skin (repair at the cellular level results in less fine lines and wrinkles, and gives us a glowing, even complexion).
  • It decreases inflammation: chronic inflammation is the source of many diseases, including cancer, obesity, and heart disease. We all need some level of inflammation in the body to help heal and fight off infections, but when too much inflammation is present (this can be caused by a myriad of things, from stress to bad food choices and poor gut health) it can cause the immune system to malfunction, relating in auto immune conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and arthritis.

There are many simple ways to improve the quality of our sleep, below are five easy to implement health habits:

  • Introduce a caffeine curfew: for me this time is 3.30pm, for others it may be later or earlier, depending on your tolerance for caffeine. If you find your mind racing the minute you close your eyes start moving your caffeine curfew back by half an hour to see if it helps. One of my favorite alternatives is the caffeine free Turmeric tea from Numi Organics:

Numi Organic Turmeric Tea Amber Sun

  • Get outside in daylight: as the days become shorter we can find ourselves not seeing the daylight hours. By taking just a 10-15 minute walk outside at lunchtime you can normalize your circadian rhythm, letting your body know it is time to ‘wind down’ when the sun goes down.
  • Ensure adequate magnesium levels: due to our modern diets and extra environmental stresses the majority of us are magnesium deficient. Magnesium is needed in over 300 metabolic processes in the body, and is vital for ensuring a restful nights sleep .
  • Do not take the phone into the bedroom! Use an old fashioned alarm clock, or if you must use your phone turn the wifi off and switch to airplane mode for good measure. The electrical signals will have a negative impact on quality of sleep, even if you do not wake up. I love to use a daylight alarm clock for the most gentle, natural way to wake up:

Philips HF3500/60 Wake-Up Light

  • Consider supplements for sleep: they are many natural supplements available that can help aid sleep, my favorite is a product called RestoREM from the Poliquin Group. RestoREM contains the nutrients 5-HTP, Phenibut and melatonin and to improves serotonin levels, resulting in better sleep patterns to leave you feeling refreshed and energised when you wake up.

The Poliquin Store

Sweet dreams everyone!

The information and materials provided in this blog are to support and assist people who are looking to improve their health and wellbeing I understand that all new dietary/supplements/ exercise programs should be undertaken after consultation with a medical doctor. Jennifer Hanway is not responsible for any injury or illness sustained whilst following the information in this blog.

My Top Five...Last Minute Holiday Gifts for the Wellness Warrior

Happy Sunday Everyone, and welcome to My Top Five...Last Minute Holiday Gifts for the Wellness Warrior! The Weekend Wellness Round Up has now become 'My Top Five ...' as this gives me more scope to bring my tried and tested recommendations to you in an easy to use format!

This week's top 5 is for those of you (including me) who still need to find the perfect holiday gift for the Wellness Warrior in your life. All the companies below either guarantee delivery by 12/24 (if you order by 12/21) or are gifts and services that you can deliver online.

1) Apparel 

Two of my favorite fitness apparel suppliers are both offering delivery by 12/24 if you order by 12/21 (Monday):

Athleta: a great 'go-to' for fitness wear as their cut is super flattering, and they have styles to suit all tastes. Play it safe with a section of accessories such as their beautifully designed yoga mats and yoga towels, or their cosy hats, scarves, gloves and leg warmers, or have fun with their huge selection of pants with playful prints.

Bandier: my favorite fitness fashion wear site - I have to hide my credit card every time I visit! Stocking well known cult favorites such as Spiritual Gangster and Phat Buddha, along with some lesser but even more hip designers such as Lucas Hugh and HPE (shout out to the London brands). Order today for two day shipping (in gorgeous packing).

2) Green Beauty

True Moringa: a new favorite of mine, not only are their products wonderfully effective (I love the lavender facial oil ), they are produced ethically, give back to the community in which the Moringa oil is farmed, and are based locally in MA. Even better, use the code 'JENNIFER15' at checkout to receive a 15% discount.

Beauty HeroesI've dropped many hints to Husband Hanway about Beauty Heroes Subscription Boxes! Filled with wonderful, non toxic beauty products from industry favorites such as Josh Rosebrook and Vintner's Daughter this subscription is guaranteed to please even the most particular of Wellness Warriors (i.e. me, hint hint, Husband Hanway)....

3) Magazine Subscription

Magazine subscriptions are a great last minute gifts, and Magazines.com has all my favorite health and fitness fitness such as Health, Shape, Oprah, Self, Gluten Free Living and Mens Fitness and Mens Health.

At the moment Magazines.com is having 'Red Tag Sale', meaning most of the magazines in the Health category have up to 80% off the retail store price!

4) Amazon

Don't discount Amazon when shopping for the fitness fanatic or healthy foodie in your life, they have so many products to help enhance health and wellbeing. How about a Crock Pot for those who want to eat healthier but are pushed for time, or my favorite Wake Up Alarm Light - the best way to start your day! For more information on the benefits of an alarm clock such as this read here.

5) Online Programs and Services

There are some amazing nutrition, fitness and wellbeing resources available at the touch of a button today, from online workouts, to guided nutrition programs, to online video chatting with experts in your field of interest.

Barre enthusiasts? My alma mater barrecore offers a monthly subscription to all their online workouts for just $37 a month. Yoga Lover? Gaia.com has wonderful online classes for all levels and styles of yoga.

For those looking to improve their health and wellbeing through nutrition and lifestyle I offer two services that can be accessed online:

Thrive Online 

My Thrive program is a monthly services in which you (or your loved one) will receive the following each month:

  • A 60 min initial Skype consultation to discuss health history, current nutrition and training, challenges and goals

Following the initial consultation you will receive:

  • A personalized nutrition plan including a database of foods selected for your body type and goals, and a 7 day suggested meal plan
  • Individulized supplement protocol
  • Lifestyle adaptations and strategies to best support your goals
  • Advice on the best style of training for you (perzonalized workout plans can be designed if required)
  • 3 Follow up Skype consultations
  • Email and text support

To purchase as a gift (or for yourself) please email jenniferhanway@icloud.com or click here.

For someone with a specific question or challenge, Pop Expert sessions enable me to chat one to one with clients via video chat at a time that suits them best. Gift Cards are available for these sessions. Presently I am offer Pop Expert sessions at a 50% discount as I love the service so much!

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Stop, Drop and Meditate: Post Workout Meditation

Every Friday I am going to be helping you to 'Stop, Drop and Meditate' with the help of Meditation Expert (and wonderful friend) Charity Collier. This week's guided meditation is perfect for when you have just finished your workout. Training can cause a raise in cortisol (the stress hormone) which is great for giving you that push when you are sprinting on the treadmill, hitting that punchbag, or PR'ing your Deadlift, but for both our health and our body composition we want to bring cortisol levels down as quickly as possible once we have finished our session.

So what are you waiting for, lets 'Stop, Drop and Meditate' with Charity!

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For more information on Charity and Meditating Together check out her daily meditation affirmations, inspirations and education posts on:

Facebook: Meditating Together

Instagram: @meditatingtogether

Twitter: https://twitter.com/meditating2ther

Email: meditatingtogether@gmail.com

YouTube: Meditating Together

Periscope: @meditating2ther (Every Wednesday I do a live meditation on Periscope at 9pm EST)

 

 

Weekend Wellness Round Up 11/14 - Focus on the Well Summit 2015

Put the kettle on for turmeric tea and curl up in your cosy chair because its time for this weeks Weekend Wellness Round Up!

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Contact: jenny@jenniferhanway.com