FHT Member & Accredited Training Provider Ziggie Bergman hits front page news!

FHT Accredited Training Provider Ziggie Bergman, and her holistic therapy practice, has recently been featured in popular publications such as Tatler, The Daily Mail and The Sunday Times.

ziggy-bZiggie has been showcasing her talents in facial reflexology and spreading the word about her FHT accredited Zone Face Lift course. Focusing on her “Botox Detox” she talks about how her clients have come to her to receive “natural methods” that will go on to “soften and sculpt their features.”

Maya Rasamny, 48, who has received Ziggie’s therapy first-hand, has said, ‘The contours of my face have changed for the better. Some people think I’m crazy, others tell me I look amazing. This is the way forward, the future, it’s more holistic.’

Ziggie has previously worked with celebrity clients such as Kate Moss, Keira Knightly and Elle Macpherson, who have all benefited from her unique therapy.

To find out more information, please go to Ziggie’s website zonefacelift.com

Study finds nuts reduce risk of cancer, heart disease and other killer diseases

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A study reported in BMC Medicine that looked at more than 800,000 participants has found that eating at least 20g of nuts a day can reduce risk of heart disease by 30%, cancer by 15%, bring a 40% reduction in diabetes and half the deaths from respiratory disease.  

 

The study’s co-author, Dagfinn Aune from Imperial College London, said: “We found a consistent reduction in risk across many different diseases.  It’s quite a substantial effect for such a small amount of food.”

 

Nutritionalist and author Juliette Bryant says:

 

“Since prehistoric times nuts have been widely eaten as a storable source of essential fats and protein. In recent years some people have avoided these amazing foods due to the fear that their fat content will increase weight. 

 

If eaten roasted and salted the delicate fats can actually be changed into something harmful, and lead to storage of fat in the body. However, if eaten raw the body easily processes the essential fats, which support overall health. Eating over 20g of nuts per day doesn’t have to be boring and there are many raw recipes that use the goodness of nuts in delicious ways.”

 

Quick fire ways to eat more nuts:

  •          Blend a handful of nuts and blend with other ingredients into a smoothie
  •           Nut butter spreads with raw carrots, cucumber or on toast
  •           Add a handful of nuts to a stir fry just before serving
  •           Raw chocolate brownies are delicious and packed with nuts
  •           Garnish your favourite salad with nuts
  •           Blend a handful of cashew nuts with a cup of water and add to a curry or soup for a creamy finish

More recipes featuring nuts are found in Juliette Bryant’s new book, Superfoods & How To Use Them.

 

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Digital support from HMRC

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Leading up to 31 January 2017, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are providing a variety of digital products to support customers who are completing their 2015-16 Self-Assessment tax returns. These include:

  • Self-Assessment help and support live sessions, where customers can listen to live Q&A and submit questions themselves
  • Live webinars on completing the online Self-Assessment return
  • Recorded webinars which can be accessed any time
  • A selection of e-learning packages including topics such as Business Expenses are designed specifically for businesses.

There are also a range of short YouTube videos covering topics such as:

Details of all these products can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Surviving your Blue Monday

Are you feeling particularly down today? No matter how hard you try does nothing seem to be going right? You could be feeling the effect of Blue Monday and you’re not alone.

Depressed business womanThe third Monday of January is historically known as the most depressing day of the year, which could be due to a number of reasons. For example many peoples New Year resolutions start to become more difficult to keep, the dark and rainy weather throughout the day could be taking its toll and ultimately people feel physically and mentally worn out from the festivities of Christmas. Here at the FHT we wanted to share with you our top tips of surviving Blue Monday.

Positivity is key

Trying to stay positive throughout the day can be easier said than done, people tend to focus on what could go wrong instead of looking at the bigger picture. We know things can be difficult, but it is possible to overcome obstacles and reduce stress by keeping positive. In turn you will find that other solutions can present themselves.

Acknowledge your accomplishments

People can find it hard to praise themselves at the risk of sounding arrogant, however no matter how small the task, it is important to acknowledge your accomplishments. This is because it provides you with a sense of pride and reassurance that you are getting through your day the best you can. You got out of bed today no matter how easy it could have been to stay there all day, this is because you enjoy challenging yourself and the feeling you receive after a productive day.

Experience Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a form of meditation which correlates largely with improved wellbeing and a healthier lifestyle. Mindfulness exercise helps you to get in touch with your breathing, which results in opening up a pathway to the brain in order to achieve a calm state. Dr Craig Brown offers a series of free 15 minute podcasts, giving useful advice and a mindfulness experience.

Click here to read more: http://www.fht.org.uk/system/files/field/article-files/gi_ba_mindfulness_brown_itoct16.pdf

Offer a helping hand

Studies have shown that by being there for someone often results in self happiness. This is because giving makes us feel good about ourselves, which results in doing more good things for others. By offering a helping hand to a colleague, family member or stranger you are spreading the message of kindness and showing the benefits of meaningful activities

Develop your sensitivity, develop yourself

We hope you enjoyed our DIY happiness tips in surviving your Blue Monday, Let us know your tips for surviving Blue Monday!

 

Pledge to make a change for ‘U’ in 2017

Many New Year’s resolutions fail within a few weeks but this year, Heart Research UK, as lead charity supporter of the National Obesity Forum’s JanUary campaign, is asking you to pledge to make small, sustainable changes for a healthier you in 2017.

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Raised blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and poor glucose control, which can lead to a number of complex health problems including type 2 diabetes and heart disease, can all be associated with obesity.

Are you ready to embrace change in 2017?

Here are Heart Research UK’s tips to help you make 2017 different and guide you towards making those all-important small, but meaningful, changes that last and form habits for the rest of the year and beyond:

Choose a resolution that really matters to you. Perhaps you want to lose some weight, wish you did more exercise, want to finally stub out your smoking habit or enjoy a better work-life balance. Whatever you choose to change, do it for you.

Keep the cost down – making changes doesn’t have to be expensive.  If it’s too costly it will likely be another reason to give up and make you feel worse when you do. There are plenty of ways to keep active and eat healthily without forking out for a pricey gym membership or gimmicky diet plans.

Be specific – create rules for your resolution so you’re clear whether you’re sticking to it or not. Instead of saying you’ll exercise more, say you will ‘go to Zumba every Monday’ or ‘have salad for lunch at least twice a week’.

Keep track of your progress – knowing how far you’ve come is a great incentive to keep going. Set smaller goals to start with but keep pushing yourself to do a little bit more once you’re there. Keeping a diary, blog or photographs can be a great way to do this.

Small changes matter – biting off more than you can chew could set you up to fail so don’t take on too much; be realistic and choose both something that you’ll enjoy and that you will stick to. However ….

Failing is part of the journey – don’t be too tough on yourself if you have a little slip. Changing habits is hard and it’s natural to revert back to old ways. Pick yourself up and try again, remember where you started and celebrate the little victories to keep your motivation strong.

Don’t go it alone – Try to buddy up with others who are looking to achieve similar outcomes, but be careful not to let quitters ruin your good intentions if they drop out.

2017 could be your best year yet, so share your New Year’s Resolution with #HealthyJanUary and #dosomethinggoodforU and make your pledge today.

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