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Bored with mash? Try this yummy option

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Cauliflower Puree

This is a nice change from Cauliflower Cheese or plain boiled cauliflower and has become a family favourite - in fact it has replaced mashed potatoes in the ‘favourites stakes’.

These quantities make 2 good servings

Half a head of a small cauliflower, separated into florets
2-3 tablespoons of cream (or plain, unflavoured yogurt if preferred)
1/4 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
Salt and ground white pepper

Cook the cauliflower in lightly salted boiling water until very tender, about 12-15 minutes.
Place the cauliflower, cream (or yogurt) and mustard in a liquidizer and process until smooth.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

For a different taste, substitute ground Cumin for the Dijon mustard.


Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts
1/4 cup olive oil
2-4 cloves garlic - minced or chopped very finely
1 lemon - seeds removed, sliced thin
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F/ 190 degrees C.
Wash the Brussels sprouts, cut off the ends, and remove any discolored, outer leaves.
Cut smaller Brussels sprouts into halves and larger ones into quarters.
Place the Brussels sprouts into a large bowl and toss them with the olive oil and minced or finely chopped garlic.
Spread the Brussels sprouts onto a baking sheet and season with the salt and pepper.
Tuck the lemon slices in between the Brussels sprouts.
Bake for 40 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts are cooked through, and begin to caramelize.

Adjust the amount of garlic, salt and pepper used in this recipe, according to personal taste.
For a slightly spicy version, toss in a bit of red pepper flakes, or a few shakes of hot pepper sauce, before placing the Brussels sprouts in the oven.

Halcyon Clinic for stress and anxiety

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Halcyon Stress & Anxiety Clinic

There has been a lot of research in recent years, proving that, for some people, the introduction of a very specific kind of exercise program enhances the therapeutic process and improvement of depression and anxiety. Below you can find details of some of the papers discussing this.

With this in mind, I have developed a therapy model incorporating many CBT and Mindfulness therapies with the use of a Specialist Personal Trainer to add exercise as part of the therapy plan.

I have called this the Halcyon Clinic.

I stress again, that not all clients are suitable, or indeed want, this kind of therapy.

Here is what you can expect from this model. Please note that the time scales given are a guide only and it greatly depends on the client’s commitment to the process.

What to Expect When

Session 1

How does this work?

  • What to expect and is this the correct clinic for you.
  • What do you want from attending this clinic and how much are prepared to put into what will be required from you.

What Results Should You See and When?

Milestone 1. Week 1.

Psychological Assessments as well as an assessment of your current fitness levels, introducing joint mobility routines and basic breathing methods.
Milestone 2. Week 3.

Getting your head around the therapy plan and starting to experience improvements in both mood and movement.
Milestone 3. Week 6.

Beyond Suffering both Psychologically and Physiologically i.e. Both your body and your mind is used to regular training and this is starting to be reflected in your willingness to change. Here we start introducing low intensity strength exercises and stretching you a bit more in terms of psychological change.
Milestone 4. Week 10.

The ability to choose the way your thoughts are reflected in your behaviour, both physiologically and psychologically. Now you will start to notice the changes physiologically in both posture and strength and psychologically in the way you react to your thoughts.
Milestone 5. Week 12.

Psychologically the real you is starting to emerge. Things are becoming a lot more intense and you are feeling the results in your body. Progress to more challenging joint mobility routines with intermediate breathing methods and moderate intensity strength exercises, while introducing low intensity cardiovascular work.
Milestone 6. Week 12.

Finding out who you are and where you are psychologically. Physiologically you will be achieving significant adaptations in body composition and general strength and conditioning.
Milestone 7. Week 18.

Leaving the distorted you behind and learning to enjoy your ‘new shoes’. You start to look for other areas in your life to feel as good as you are starting to taste now for the first time.
Reaping the substantial physical and psychological rewards of performing moderate intensity interval training while developing intermediate breathing methods.
Milestone 8. Week 20.

Discovering the real you and relishing your new abilities. By now you are able to stay in control when under stress through implementation of advanced breathing methods and applying all the cognitive change that you have learnt so far.
Milestone 9. Week 24.

By now you have learnt who you really are, what you really value and are committed to actioning these in your daily life. You will have commenced high intensity interval training and be using advanced breathing methods.
Milestone 10. Week 40.

Now you will have developed both short term and long term goals and will actively be making them happen through action. Now for the first time you have the choice to live a vital life every day.

Academic Papers:

  1. Impact of exercise on patients with depression and anxiety. Oeland AM, Laessoe U, Olesen AV, Munk-Jorgenson P.
  2. Reducing anxiety sensitivity with exercise. Smits JA, Berry AC, Rosenfield D, Powers MB, Behar E, Otto MW.
  3. Feasibility of exercise training for the short term treatment of generalised anxiety disorder: a randomised controlled trial. Herring MP, Jacob ML, Suveg C, Dishman RK, O’Connor PJ.

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