1. Win a £10 Gift Voucher.

      The London and Brighton Marathon’s may seem a long way off yet, but if you have been lucky enough to win a place, it’s not too early to check out your nutrition.

      The sun is shining and it’s a great time to be out running, so to help you along your way, the first five people to contact me and book a consultation will receive  a £10 LGM Nutrition Gift Voucher. You can either use if yourself as a discount against your consultation, or maybe give it to a friend or relative who will be running with you?

      Only one voucher available per person, can only able to be used against a consultation with LGM Nutrition and and the voucher is valid for 6 months from the date of receipt.



      Sports nutrition for winter training

      If you are inspired by today’s Great North Run to get out and start your training for the Brighton Marathon and Brighton Half Marathon, don’t forget to pay as much attention to your nutrition as to your running.

      Starting any new exercise regime over the winter can leave you prone to injury and deplete your immune system, making you more susceptible to winter bugs, so you don’t only need concentrate on eating for energy, but also for immunity and repair.



      ‘Know Your Numbers’ Week

      Next week is ‘Know your Numbers Week’ when everyone will be reminded of the importance of checking vital medical markers such as blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

      So why is this so important?

      Raised blood pressure and high levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol could suggest that you are at risk of heart disease or a stroke. High levels of glucose in the blood could indicate the risk of diabetes which can also cause complications such as kidney disease and nerve damage. All these diseases could potentially be prevented or averted if action is taken early enough; however, symptoms aren’t always apparent.

      Did you know that in the UK, someone has a stroke approximately every three minutes and a heart attack every two minutes, and cardiovascular disease now kills more people than cancer with nearly four times as many women dying of heart disease than breast cancer? (Source: British Heart Foundation).

      So what should you be checking?

      By way of guidance*

      • Optimal blood pressure is around 120 / 80 (120 being your systolic or beating rate, and 80 your diastolic or resting rate). 130/95 is still considered to be normal, but 180/110 indicates severe hypertension.
      • Total cholesterol should ideally be less than 4 or 5 mmol/l
      • ‘Bad’ (LDL) cholesterol is ideally less than 2mmol/l but the ratio of ‘good/HDL cholesterol’ to ‘bad’ cholesterol is also important and should be checked with your GP.
      • Blood taken after fasting should ideally contain less than 6mmol/l of glucose

      If you aren’t familiar with your ‘numbers’, take the opportunity to check them with your GP or Practice Nurse.

      For more information about ‘Know your Numbers Week’ visit the Blood Pressure Association


      *These numbers are ‘ideal’, but individuals may vary, so always seek medical advice if you are concerned.