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This week we’re going to repeat a post we originally wrote in the early days of our blog, back in 2016. It follows several similar conversations we’ve had with Clients recently, which is always a hint it would make a good topic for a blog post (!). Sadly, it’s even more true today than it was then although, on the plus side, there does seem to be much more awareness that there is another, more natural approach to health… 
So, here we go… 
Having been in practice for a number of years we’re aware that our perspective on life generally – and health in particular – is rather different to everyone else’s (!). Or, as a younger family member so delightfully puts it, “You’re not normal, why can’t you be like everyone else?” Much to his annoyance we take this as a compliment, rather than the wind up he was intending! 
With “that” time of year rapidly approaching, we smiled to ourselves at a challenge posed by one of the blogs we subscribe to. On one hand it sounds deceptively simple. Not doing something we all say we don’t want to do AND only for 30 days. 
With most challenges involving doing something we HAVE to do every day, it makes a very refreshing change. 
It’s something we all do at one time or another. And, in some cases, much, much more often (!). 
It’s a while since we’ve heard anyone mention this simple tip to help improve your eating habits. If you missed it – or had completely forgotten about it (!) – it’s quite simple. To include as many differently coloured fruits, vegetables and salad with every meal. 
Not only does it make every meal look much more interesting and appetising – hurrah (!) – but encourages a much more diverse diet bringing with it a greater selection of nutrients. So, an easy way to improve your diet with the minimum of effort. 
We all try to do the “right” thing, whatever that may be. Whether in our own lives or affecting the wider world. And, let’s be honest, sometimes we wonder why on earth we bother – or whether it’s really making any difference. 
Having had this conversation several times recently with both Clients and friends – which is always a hint it would make a good topic for a blog post (!) – here’s a great little story to remind you that it’s ALWAYS worthwhile. 
If you’re sitting comfortably, then here we go. 
We often talk about the importance of spending time outside every day. Not only does it feel good to have a break away from the hurly burly of modern life, but natural daylight plays an important part in helping set our natural body rhythms. Often referred to as the Circadian Rhythms, they control many different body functions including the sleep – wake cycle, release of hormones, body temperature, eating habits and digestion. 
Before we go any further, let’s quickly dispel one very common misconception. So far as your body’s concerned, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a beautiful sunny day or a wet overcast one. It’s being outside in natural wavelength light that’s the important thing. You’ll still reap the benefits regardless of what the weather’s doing. 
We all have them from time to time, those days where things don’t seem to flow as smoothly as we’d like. Or, perhaps, don’t seem to flow at all (!). When everything is so much more of an effort than usual… 
As with everything in life, there are many different reasons why this may be the case. 
If you’ve flown off to sunnier climes this year – hurrah (!) – you’ll have heard these words of wisdom during the pre flight safety briefing. That is, if you were listening... 
“In the event of an emergency put your oxygen mask on FIRST, THEN help others.” Perhaps you’ve even wondered why they keep saying something that seems so blindingly obvious. 
Well, the answer is quite simple.  
Goodness, mid September already, it must be time for our usual pre Winter post about the forthcoming “Colds and Flu” season. And, with the mainstream media already busy talking about the “next pandemic” and how steps are already being taken to avoid it, this year we’re going to focus on applying a little commonsense to the issue. 
Let’s start with the very obvious. Well, to us, if not to everyone else (!). 
And, if you’re wondering why we’ve put it in emboldened block capitals, it’s to get your attention to this very simple fact – and one the mainstream media continues to completely ignore. 
A couple of days earlier than usual – just to confuse everyone (!) – a quick post to say that we’re going to take a short break from our weekly blog posts, back as usual on Wednesday 20th September. 
However, with over 450 posts on our blog page, there’s still plenty to choose from in the meantime! 
We’ve talked before about how focussing on what you don’t want – or desire (!) – isn’t the same as focussing on what you do. And, yes, we know this goes completely against prevailing logic. 
While they may look like two sides of the same coin, they’re VERY DIFFERENT, for one simple reason. One which seems to evade most people. Focussing on what you DON’T WANT is still putting all the energy and emphasis on the unwanted outcome. It’s NOT putting it into the one you’d like. 
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