Helen Talks Health

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Helen Turner has worked in the Health & Wellness industry for over 14 years. She runs her own business as a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Acupuncturist all while maintaining her finely curated wellness & travel blog www.helenturnerhealth.com and freelancing for ‘Destination Deluxe’ www.destinationdeluxe.com, a luxury travel and wellness publication.

 

Helen has advised women from various backgrounds and lifestyles on tackling specific issues with regards to their health, wellness and skin. So, we asked Helen to talk health and enlighten us with her holistic approach to wellbeing.

 

Women today are balancing several aspects of life, (i.e. family, career, business, friends) and aim to live healthily but, well, sometimes have to compromise because of their busy lives. What would you advise to women who want to improve their well-being without stressing out?

 

Here are the 5 key rules Helen recommends women live by:

 

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1. Understand your own body. As women we get so caught up in what other people are doing, eating, wearing that we lose touch with ourselves. You have to understand what YOUR body requires and set personal goals around these requirements.

 

2. Do a variety of exercises! So many of my clients say things like ‘I do yoga 3-4 times a week as my exercise’ and they seem really proud of themselves. Yes, it’s good that you do yoga, but why are you doing it? and where is your cardio? where are the resistance exercises? when are you using your fast twitch muscle fibres? I personally love weight training and hate cardio, you wont ever find me on a cardio machine in the gym, they are mind numbingly boring to me. Does that mean that I don’t train my cardiovascular system? No! I find something that does work for me, and that thing is boxing. It’s a fast paced, constantly changing routine that keeps me interested and entertained.

FYI: Do I expect all my clients to do boxing? Absolutely not. You have to find what you enjoy yourself, not just follow the latest workout trend that some celebrity is doing.

 

3. Don’t diet. I studied over 100 different dietary theories as part of my Health Coaching certification but I don’t follow or recommend any of them. Diets don’t work because they are unsustainable long-term. I encourage people to eat balanced healthy meals and to make small healthier changes. These can be things like:

 

– Changing the type of cooking oil you use

– Skipping sugar in your coffee or tea

– Drinking more water

– Switching to sweet potatoes

 

You have to make changes that people will carry on with for the rest of their lives not just for the next couple of months to be able to fit in your Xmas party dress.

 

 

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4. Balance your life! Make cooking healthy dinners a family event, give everyone a task, teach your kids to help you. Go to exercise classes or the gym with your friend. Reduce your stress. I made the decision to do the work I do and work for myself. It wasn’t easy, but money to me isn’t the most important thing, I’ve worked with some of the richest people in the world and they still have the same problems as everyone else. You can’t buy health and happiness.

 

5. Set Goals…for every aspect of your life, short term and long term. This helps to keep you focused and productive. Also people’s goals change so don’t be afraid of changing them as you grow as an individual. What you wanted as a 25 year old isn’t probably what you want as a 30 year old or a 40 year old.

 

And we just have to ask this question since Fall and Winter season are here, as is the festive season. What are your tips for anyone who wants to avoid that extra 5kg weight gain?

 

Veggies! I love Autumn and Winter foods. It’s an easy time of year to increase your vegetable content in your diet. My favorite things to cook are Butternut Squash Lasagna and Chicken casserole. Instead of eating more carbs it’s a great way to fill yourself up on vegetables.

 

Also eat slower! We are all in a rush these days and forget to actually chew and taste our food. Learn to enjoy it and taste the different flavors, this alone will decrease the portion size you are eating.

 

Helen is photographed wearing Michi-NY, courtesy of La Femme Projects. Interested in learning more? Reach out to Helen at info@helenturnerhealth.com and visit her instagram page. 

 

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Thank you to Rocycle Studios, Amsterdam for letting us shoot at their location. 

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