New Year New Mindset:
building health and fitness habits that last
When we talk about the new year, one word often comes to mind: resolutions. Whether you hate or love the tradition, for many people, a new year is a fresh start – an opportunity to try something new or work towards a goal that you’ve set yourself.
But where do you start? How do you sustain it beyond January? And how do you focus on what’s right for you versus what everyone else is doing?
We got your back.
Welcome to the first of a series of educational webinars hosted by Dr Hazel Wallace, founder of The Food Medic, and three different experts each month.
To kick start the new year we are focusing on how to successfully build health and fitness habits that last by providing you with tools to help you make, and stick to, new habits beyond January and help you approach your goals in a way that offers you the greatest chance at achieving them.
This 2 hour webinar covered:
- Behaviour change and the psychology of building habits.
- How to approach specific and general fitness goals in order to get results
- Building positive nutrition habits and improving your relationship with food.
Dr Hazel Wallace
Dr Hazel Wallace, founder of The Food Medic, is an NHS medical doctor, registered nutritionist (ANutR), and best-selling author. She also hosts the podcast The Food Medic where she speaks to experts and thought leaders on topics of nutrition, health, and mindset.
Joe is currently completing a Doctorate in Health Psychology, with a special interest in the psychology of behaviour change. He runs 1-1 and group sessions in his private clinic. Joe has designed and delivered the “Health Psychology in Practice” course for Health Professionals – a 2 day training course for Health Professionals who want to learn about the psychology of behaviour change. Joe runs the Instagram page @headfirst0 and has a podcast titled “The Head First Podcast”. He is currently completing research on how psychology impacts weight loss.
Maeve Hanan is a Registered Dietitian who has a range of experience in clinical nutrition and nutrition communication. She is passionate about evidence-based nutrition and helping people to improve their relationship with food, in a compassionate and weight-inclusive way. Maeve founded Dietetically Speaking in 2015 when she began to share nutrition messages online and on social media. As well as her work on social media, Maeve provides one to one support and runs online courses for those who struggle with their relationship with food.
Adam is a Personal Trainer with 20 years of industry experience, both training people in-person and online. As part of The Food Medic team Adam leads on Fitness and Training content.
Break the Bias
for International Women’s Day
The theme for this years International Women’s Day is #BreakTheBias and to mark this we are hosting a special webinar focused on female health.
Here’s the thing, we have so much incredible medical research available to us now, but most of it is based on male cells, male mice, and male bodies, then simply applied to women.
Historically, researchers have argued that the female body is too complex to be included in studies due to fluctuating hormones and the risk of pregnancy – or too difficult to recruit because of their care-giving responsibilities and the inflexibility of research trials.
However, while our fluctuating hormones may be considered a ‘nuisance’ for researchers, they can provide us with so much insight into the inner workings of our body. Sex hormones are not only orchestrating our reproductive health but affecting our metabolism, as well as our bone, heart, gut, and brain health – and even the way we sleep.
In this webinar you will learn how to use your unique female physiology to work with you, not against you and empower you with information to improve our overall health.
This webinar is suitable for both health professionals and non-health professionals. We hope that those of you who are patient/client facing apply this knowledge in your practice so that we can better serve the health and healthcare needs of women.
Kelly is a research assistant at Northumbria University investigating the effects of the menstrual cycle and hormonal contraceptive use on performance, recovery, and adaptation in sportswomen. Founder of The Period of The Period which aims to promote awareness and increase evidence-based education on the topics surrounding women’s health in sport and exercise.
Dr Georgie Bruinvels
Georgie is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at UCL and a Research Scientist and the Female Athlete lead at Orreco. Her applied and research focus is centred around better understanding female physiology and in particular focusing on how the hormonal fluctuations throughout the menstrual cycle impact physiological, physical and psychological readiness.
Dr Sarah McKay
Dr Sarah McKay is a neuroscientist and science communicator who specialises in ‘explaining the brain’ to non-science audiences. Sarah grew up in New Zealand where she completed BSc(Hons) at Otago University, then headed to Oxford University for her PhD. Sarah is the author of The Women’s Brain Book – the neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness and the director of The Neuroscience Academy, which offers a suite of professional development programs in applied neuroscience and brain health. Sarah lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with her Irish husband and together they are raising two surfer dudes.
Optimising Gut Health
Many of us understand the gut as an organ that allows us to eat, digest and absorb nutrients – but it’s so much more than that! For example, 70% of our immune cells can be found in the gut. The gut is also home to trillions of microbes, or gut bugs, known as the gut microbiota. These microbes interact with various systems in our body including the skin, brain, immune system, heart and blood vessels, and even the brain. They feed on prebiotic fibre and produce short-chain fatty acids, enzymes and other metabolites such as vitamins and amino acids that have been linked to important health benefits – so it is in our best interest to look after them.
In the first part of this webinar we take a deep dive into research in this fascinating field of gut health and learn more about the future of personalised nutrition.
As April is IBS awareness month, a condition that affects 1 in 10 adults, we will also learn about the evidence-based nutrition and psychological strategies that can help management symptoms in this condition.
Tim Spector is a medically qualified Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the TwinsUK registry at King’s College London. His current work focuses on the microbiome and nutrition, and he is co-founder of the data science company ZOE Ltd which has commercialised a home kit for personalised nutrition . He is also the lead researcher behind the world’s biggest citizen science health project – the ZOE Covid study of over 4 million people for which he was awarded an OBE. He is the author of four popular science books, including “The Diet Myth” and the most recent “Spoon Fed” which is a Sunday Times bestseller.
Kaitlin Colucci is a UK Registered Dietitian specialising in gut health and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), as well as other complex gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and coeliac disease.
Having spent several years working in the NHS where she specialised in gastroenterology, Kaitlin now works in private practice running her own online gut health clinic, and promotes easy to understand nutrition tips through freelance and media work using the Instagram platform @themissiondietitian to help those get their gut health back on track.
Dr Sula Wingassen
Dr Sula Windgassen is a health psychologist specialising in using psychology to improve physical health. Sula publishes research on biopsychosocial approaches to gut and urogenital conditions, including in the Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.