A Triad for a Healthier and More Fulfilling Life

A Triad for a Healthier and More Fulfilling Life

The old saying Mind, Body, and Spirit have always carried some gravitas but recently I think it’s lost its meaning. This is something we need to change and get back to basics.

There are so many new diets, new improved exercise methods, greater health benefits from meditation etc. etc.

The health industry has spent years promoting better health through nutrition, exercise and, to some extent, mind. But the industry still feels a little disjointed, and very much lacks direction.

With so many view points in the industry, the average person is still left confused and disorientated.  Very few diets, exercise plans etc. actually analyse the person. With an industry that is supposed to be about helping the individual, improving them and uplifting them to a better version of themselves, we seem to very quickly sell our plan as the only plan that will work for everyone! This is just simply not true. Each person is different, an INDIVIDUAL, not a puppet that can be manipulated into a mold.

The industry needs to find a new way, and become more coherent with a path for the average person to follow. We need to get a good mix of designing a path for the individual and allowing them to find THEIR way.

I think it all boils down to two things:

  1. The individual needs to become knowledgable,
  2. The industry needs to become more open to the individual’s needs.

Point one is probably the easiest to explain or understand. As the industry becomes more knowledgeable so the consumer needs to follow suit. It’s all about ownership, if they own their health and well-being, then they can become more motivated, more self-reliant and therefore help others on their path or journey. The old saying ‘Knowledge is Power’, works quite well in this instance.  For them to have knowledge we need to move onto the next point.

The industry can be very closed minded to the needs of the individual. The saying “It worked for me, it can for you” is pure pomp. We start to negate that individuals nutritional, physiological and psychological makeup. We need the “whole”-listic approach, and by simply focusing on one area we can easily put ourselves out of balance.  Nutrition, Exercise and Mind! That’s the triad.  These three should form the legs of our overall health.  Keeping them in balance for your type.

Nutrition and Exercise are the most important for short term gains or losses depending on your outcome.  Your nutritional intake is a lot like database input, “if you put crap in, you get crap out”.  For the long-term stability, maintenance and to a certain extent breaking to the next level, your Mental health is the key.  Without a balanced mind, our efforts in the gym or at the dinner table can fall short and be much harder to maintain.

Here’s a little guide:


1. Check your intake; too much of one thing can be detrimental,

2. Remove foods from your diet; see if it’s absence creates a difference,

3. Keep a diary of your intake; iPhone or notebook, see what you eat in a day,

4. Find a lifestyle; a diet isn’t going to work, switch it up for a change in lifestyle.  Something you can maintain and enjoy.

1. Start off slow; If you haven’t exercised in a while you could do more harm than good,

2. Find something you could do anywhere; IF you can do it anywhere there are less excuses,

3. Find a buddy; Do it with others. It keeps you accountable to someone.  But make sure that someone is reliable, that’s why a coach/personal trainer can help.

1. Reflect on yourself. Keep negative thoughts at bay they have no place in your mind,

2. Answer a simple question; Can you do anything about it? If the answer is no then don’t worry, if yes then sort it out,

3. Confide in a trusted person; having someone to ‘vent’ at can do wonders for letting go of emotional baggage,

4. Quiet time & Social time; Get a daily dose of each.

With these little tips you could start a journey, and that is exactly what this is, a journey.  You need to start somewhere, have a target to reach, plan your way to that target and get the help you need along the way.

P.S – Try looking into Ayurveda and ascertain your Dosha. (https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/prakriti-quiz)

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Profile Photos ⎯ Your Advert

Profile Photos ⎯ Your Advert

I was given an article the other day, entitled “Picture Perfect” from the magazine Executive PA. The article covered the importance of a good headshot/profile picture. We currently live in a world of high visibility, and a physically disconnected society. On the one hand we are connected so much via virtual means, which means we need to supply a true to life and up-to-date portrait/profile/CV of ourselves. Your face is part of selling yourself to other people, look at Nike who use professional/amateur Athletes to help connect their products to the ‘Average Person’. This type of marketing has been around for years, and with todays technology there is not reason for a business to not supply good professional photos of their staff. On the other hand, we don’t always get to ‘see’ each other. So being able to put a face to the name is crucial.

Most websites now have a section with photos of their staff. You may not have ‘staff’, but you are your staff. You are your brand ambassador for your business. So with that in mind here are a few ideas to get a good profile photo for your use on websites, ID badges and social networks (like this site!!).

  1. Find out ‘your’ colour. We all have a colour that suits our skin tone, eye colour etc. You’ve probably had people say; “You look good in blue”. Pick that colour and wear it to your photoshoot.
  2. Avoid chaotic patterns. This is distracting to the viewer and more often it confuses the camera sensor. Stick to solid colours, if possible, as these will not date as much as patterns.
  3. Get the right light. Lighting is the biggest part of a good photo. You can go from stark harsh sun light to soft diffused light quite easily. If you are doing this yourself, get a north facing window, cover with a white sheet and take your photo with the window behind the camera. The sheet will diffuse the light, and shower you with gorgeous soft light.
  4. Find You Good Side. Everyone has a preferred side. The side you like to lean to, find it out. Be conscious of which you feel comfortable with. Make sure that side is closer to the camera. (Normally your hairs parts on your better side).
  5. Watch out for Negative Space. Too much space around your head can make you look small inside the frame of the photo. Try cropping the photo so your face fills the frame. This will also make the viewer look at your eyes.
  6. Breathe. Relax, how you feel comes across in the photo. It may sound silly but if you feel angry, upset, or down it can make your photo ‘feel’ the same. If you are genuinely pleased, relaxed then the viewer will be too.
  7. Background counts. Make sure your background is clear or at least doesn’t distract from you. If it’s relevant to your style, your business and your message then include it. Just keep in mind this is about YOU not your workplace, or where you’ve been.

One final point to make, do not use a bad camera! The one built into the frame of your laptop isn’t good enough. Unless you have a high end smartphone, try to get a dedicated camera. Most laptop cameras, phones cameras, toy cameras are not made to take a good photo.

I hope this helps to create your personal brand and any marketing you may be doing

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