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Lisa Faulkner does the In-Sync Chat

Lisa Faulkner does the In-Sync Chat

Glynis sits down with Lisa Faulkner and has a cosy little chat with her about her relationship with food and any questions or problems she may have about it. She explains why being in sync means you have tons of energy, sleep well and your body weight stays consistent.

Lisa is pretty healthy and doesn’t like to diet but worries about how her teenage daughter will react to all the pressures in the media. Glynis feels that focusing on health rather than diet is the way to go.

Too stressed to digest

Too stressed to digest

If you’re stressed, you can’t digest it is as simple as that. And if you can’t digest, you can’t absorb nutrients from the meals you throw down at the rate of knots because your time is snatched. And if you can’t absorb, you don’t have enough energy to keep juggling your busy lifestyle.

Caffeine and sugar hits

You will then be tricked into thinking that lots of caffeine and sugar hits—and anything else remotely stimulating—is going to supply that energy you’re in desperate need of.  In the meantime, the rest of your body’s struggling to function and your poor liver can barely dispose of the caffeine in time before the next lot heads its way .

And the problem with constantly being stressed is that the body needs even more nutrients to maintain this stress level. Also you won’t be able to digest your food properly. So what does this actually feel like?

Digestive symptoms

Here are some of those poor digestion symptoms you might be familiar with:

Difficulty swallowing
Stomach pains shortly after eating
Feeling of fullness after meals
Frequent wind (belching) after meals
Palpitations
Acid reflux
Abdominal bloating between 1-2 hours after eating
Flatulence, gas after meals
Constipation / diarrhoea
Bad breath

Flight or fight

So if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms you need to take a look at the way you eat. For example, if you regularly eat on the go, and more often than not don’t sit down to enjoy your meals your digestive system shuts down because your brain thinks you’re in danger. Then fight or flight mode takes over.

Rather than digesting your precious nutrients, what actually happens is your breathing rate goes up, your heart rate increases, your blood vessels constrict and even your bladder relaxes, even your eyesight changes. This can take a toll on your health eventually.

 

On The In-Sync Diet we offer you four pillars of health Eat, Drink, Move and Rest to help you to burn fat and increase energy levels.  We are also an anti-inflammatory diet that will support your digestive system too.

Lisa Faulkner does the In-Sync Fridge Challenge

Lisa Faulkner does the In-Sync Fridge Challenge

No-one’s fridge is safe from Glynis. She’s determined to find you what people are really eating and the truth is in their fridge. She then rates them out of 10 on the In-Sync scale. People seem to be taking this a bit personally!

Meet celebrity chef Lisa Faulkner
Looking in actress and celebrity chef Lisa Faulkners’ fridge, Glynis is surprised and delighted to find some rather unusual but very In-Sync foods including special gourmet sauces and delicious probiotic foods.
Glynis explains what makes The In-Sync Diet an anti-inflammatory diet and why it is so important to always read the labels on foods.

Jake Wood does the In-Sync Chat with Glynis Barber

Jake Wood does the In-Sync Chat with Glynis Barber

Jake Wood Chat

East Enders star Jake Wood sits down with Glynis sits down with Glynis to have a chat about his health and lifestyle habits. Glynis is keen to see how he manages to keep so healthy with his busy schedule. How often does he work out and how does he manage to keep so fit around his commitments with East Enders. Watch the video to find out.

Raw Chocolate Reishi Brownies

Raw Chocolate Reishi Brownies

These brownies are so easy to make and don’t need baking – you just put them in the fridge.  They are protein-packed and provide an incredible boost to your immune system with the Reishi mushroom powder.  You can buy the Reishi mushroom powder on the internet – think of it as an immune-boosting supplement that will last a while so a worthy investment.

Ingredients:

2 cups whole walnuts

2 ½ cups Medjool dates, pitted

1 cup raw cacao

1 cup raw unsalted almonds roughly chopped

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp sea salt

1 tsp Reishi mushroom powder

 

Instructions:

  • Place walnuts in food processor and blend on high until nuts are finely ground.
  • Add the cacao and salt. Pulse to blend.
  • Add the dates one at a time through the feed tube of the food processor while it is running. What you should end up with is a mix that appears like cake crumbs that will easily stick together. If the mixture does not hold, add more dates.
  • In a large bowl mix the walnut-cacao mixture with the almonds. Press into a lined cake tin. Place in the freezer or fridge until ready to serve (it is easier to cut these when they are very cold).
  • Store in an airtight container.

 

Why we love eggs

Why we love eggs

We have been feeding ourselves on eggs for thousands of years and they have many nutritional highlights so is there any truth in the matter that we should be cutting them out of our diet? On The In-Sync Diet we feel that in the media they have unfairly received a bad press due to their cholesterol content. But there is no good evidence to suggest that egg consumption is detrimental to health and we don’t think so either.

Nutritional Highlights

Put very simply, eggs are literally packed with nutrients.  They are an excellent source of Vitamin K, important in bone and heart health and a very good source of B vitamins including biotin, thiamine and B12 – necessary for energy and brain health.  Eggs also provide you with selenium, an essential mineral for your metabolism and thyroid. And they provide vitamin D which supports your immune system. And what is more, eggs even contain omega 3 anti-inflammatory fatty acids.  So they are jam packed with health-boosting nutrients that are so essential to health that we think they should be an important part of your diet.

And what they are exceptional at is providing an incredible source of low-cost, high quality proteins. Proteins are vital to repair muscle, provide immune support and help with weight loss.  And despite the occasional study attempting to slur their reputation, several recent studies suggest that instead of contributing to heart disease they actually lower the risk.

This is because eggs are rich in several nutrients that promote heart and brain health.  For example they are a rich source of betaine which can reduce levels of homocysteine, a by-product of our metabolism which has the potential to damage blood vessels.  Elevated homocysteine has also been linked to other diseases such as osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s.  They are also a great source of choline which is particularly important for your brain to function.  It is also used to make acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter linked to muscle function.

We recommend that you choose eggs, whenever possible, from free-range of organically raised chickens that may not have received antibiotics been fed on processed grain laden with pesticides.  Enjoy them scrambled with butter, fried gently with ghee or coconut oil or poached with water and apple cider vinegar.

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Jake Wood does the In-Sync Fridge Challenge

Jake Wood does the In-Sync Fridge Challenge

The In-Sync Fridge challenge

In the In-Sync fridge challenge series, no-one’s fridge is safe from Glynis as she peers through. She’s determined to find what people are really eating behind closed doors and the truth has to be in their fridge. She then rates them out of 10 on the In-Sync scale. People seem to be taking this a bit personally as you will find out in each episode.

Glynis meets Jake Wood

In this third episode, Glynis wants to find out if mens’ fridges are different to womens’ and decides to invade the kitchen of fellow Eastenders actor Jake Wood.  Jake’s fridge is actually double sided so plenty of room for Glynis to get right in to see what he has!  Jake keeps himself very fit and active so is that reflected in the food he eats too?  What the video and find out…

 

Andrea McLean Chat

Andrea McLean Chat

Andrea Mclean Chat

In this second episode, Glynis sits down with Loose Women presenter Andrea Mclean and has a chat about her relationship with food and any questions or problems she may have about it. She explains why being In-Sync means you have tons of energy, sleep well and your body weight stays consistent.

Andrea and Glynis talk digestive discomfort

She discovers Andrea McLean often has a problem with bloating – something we all suffer with from time to time.  The good news is Glynis thinks she knows why. Together they share their secrets for banishing the bloat and Glynis explains how being In-Sync is all about following an anti-inflammatory diet. When we are out-of-sync our energy is low, our hormone balance disrupted and we feel tired-all-the time.

Andrea McLean does the In-Sync Fridge Challenge

Andrea McLean does the In-Sync Fridge Challenge

The In-Sync Fridge challenge

In the In-Sync fridge challenge series, no-one’s fridge is safe from Glynis as she peers through. She’s determined to find what people are really eating behind closed doors and the truth has to be in their fridge. She then rates them out of 10 on the In-Sync scale. People seem to be taking this a bit personally as you will find out in each episode.

Glynis meets Andrea Mclean

In this second episode Glynis meets Andrea Mclean to talk about a range of subjects from bread to champagne, from optimum protein to vegetable diversity and from lactose intolerance to the discomfort caused by lectins.
Find out what In-Sync rating Glynis gives Andrea and how she feels about it…..

Don’t underestimate the power of sleep

Don’t underestimate the power of sleep

Did you know that….

  • Sleep loss costs the UK economy over £30 billion a year in lost revenue
  • After just one night of only four or five hours’ sleep, your natural killer cells drop by 70%.  Natural killer cells are your virus and cancer fighting cells
  • Brain scans reveal a 60% amplification in the reactivity of the amygdala – a key spot for triggering anger and rage – in those who were sleep-deprived
  • Sperm counts were 29% lower in men who reported regular poor sleep

Biorhythm

On The In-Sync Diet we recognize that biorhythm is one of the most important influencing factors on health. Biorhythm is our sleep wake rhythm that has an impact on every organ and system in our body from our heart function down to our digestion.  And its influence on the immune system is massive.  When we are out-of-sync we become fatigued, hormonally imbalanced, unable to sleep and start to store fat around the middle.

We are genetically programmed for twelve hours of activity and twelve hours of rest of which some will be sleep.  When our brain senses darkness we produce a hormone called melatonin which is designed to make us feel drowsy.  Melatonin is also a crucial repair hormone that works to protect us against disease.

In this article leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker talks about  why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s and what you can do about it.

Click on this link to find out more

Glynis Barber talks to The Lifestyle News Hound about life In-Sync

Glynis Barber talks to The Lifestyle News Hound about life In-Sync

The Lifestyle News Hound is a new podcast with a new direction and a fresh look at all things lifestyle, relevant and innovative to salute women 40 plus.  Hosted by Emma Forbes and Gemma Sheppard, it is both inspirational and aspirational with love, laughter and wisdom.  In this episode the wisdom is coming from Glynis Barber as she talks to her hosts about her In-Sync transformation and gives her top tips for good health.

Click here to listen to the podcast

 

Here are some of Glynis’ key take-homes:

Eat

  • Evolutionary nutrition may have something to say about our current  lifestyle because we are eating ourselves unwell.
  • There are foods that are harsh for the gut to digest even without allergy and intolerance and these can take their toll.
  • We should forget calories because they are irrelevant and really it is all about the foods you eat. Dieting can put tremendous pressure on you. Instead we should be more proactive about what we eat.
  • Breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day and often can be our most calorific meal – even smoothies can pile the calories on.
  • If you want to have more energy you should eat less often. Yet the world we live in is all about snacking.

Move

  • What you eat and when you eat and timing it in conjunction with exercise is very important if you want to burn fat.
  • Exercise is very effective for fat burn and also acts as an anti inflammatory when you exercise in a fasted state.
  • Eating and drinking little and often is a behavior that our brains do not recognize. In our evolutionary past, hunger and thirst were signals to move and hunt and forage.

Rest

  • Rest is as important as moving – we should aim to get quality sleep and go to bed at a decent time.
  • Being In-Sync means living within your biorhythm by trying to get into good habits e.g. by going to bed at the same time, not keeping your phone by your bed. It is basically about finding your rhythm and what works for you
  • Tired-all-the-time is now a syndrome. Part of the problem is our constant grazing.  We do it to keep blood sugar levels stable but in reality it means we are constantly digesting and that consumes energy.
  • One way to prepare for the day is to start with a short meditation. This means being still and breathing for five or ten minutes to calm the nervous system.
  • You can come to the four pillars of health at any point in your life – it is never too late to get In-Sync and go back to the four pillars.

 

Why calorie counting does not work

Why calorie counting does not work

Obesity rates have also doubled in the last 20 years and in Britain we are considered to be the most obese nation in Western Europe.  Clearly the mainstream approach to weight management, by calorie counting, is not working so why is this the case?

Calories in and calories out

The calorie counting approach relies on the hypothesis that we gain weight because we have consumed too many calories that we are not able to burn off through movement.  Proponents of this approach say that by eating less and moving more we are able to manage our weight better.  To reduce weight, we are encouraged to count calories each day and stick within a certain range. Often we are advised to eat the majority of our calories in carbs and reduce sugar, which makes sense, and fat, which doesn’t – as we explain.

One of the major problems with this approach is that not all calories are equal as far as the body is concerned because they have different effects and go down different metabolic pathways.  Carbs get broken down to glucose in a process known as glycolysis and generate relatively little chemical energy known as adenosine tri-phosphate or ATP.  This is why if you have eaten a meal that is high in refined carbs as in pasta or potatoes, it is quite likely that you feel full initially because of the volume in your stomach but it gets metabolized quickly and then you are hungry again.

Protein and fats

Protein and fats also get broken down to produce ATP.  Whilst protein tends to yield as much energy as carbs, one of its benefits is that it breaks down more slowly and so offers more sustainable energy.  This means that by consuming concentrated protein with each meal we are less likely to snack.

But healthy fats get the top prize because they make so much more energy than either carbohydrate or fat.  Not only that, if we reduce our carbohydrate intake to non-starchy vegetables only and eat sufficient protein and plenty of healthy fat in conjunction with different types of exercise, we can also produce ketone bodies in the liver. Ketone bodies then provide an additional energy source.  Ketosis, the process that yields ketone bodies, is now considered to be a healthy way of shifting body fat and increasing energy levels.

Skinny fat

And on top of this, one of the main reasons why people put on weight is not that they are eating too much fat but too little.  The over-consumption of high carbohydrate foods can cause us to become skinny fat which means fat on the inside but skinny on the outside – not having enough muscle.  Reliance on the regular intake of carbohydrates makes us less likely to be able to burn fat and when on this kind of a diet, more likely to breakdown muscle instead of fat as an energy source for the body.

Not only that, eating the right kind of foods also provide so much more for the body than just calories.  All of our energy systems require nutrients that act as co-factors to enable the biochemical reactions to occur in our body.  Without nutrients such as B vitamins, magnesium and zinc to name a few, we would not be able to function well and yet the calorie counting approach does not take this into consideration.

The struggle

Calorie counting can create an internal conflict for us, negatively affecting our relationship with food and possibly leading to a stronger desire for the wrong kinds of foods.  We should not be interacting with food in such a ‘spreadsheet’ way.  From an evolutionary standpoint, we are programmed to desire high calorie foods as they would have ensured our survival.  In our evolutionary past these foods would have been those that were high in healthy fat because they yielded the greatest amount of energy.  And that is just what we should be doing now. To learn more, see our The In-Sync Diet 6 Step Plan.