Andrea Bremner BSc (Hons) MSc
Mindfulness | NLP Master | Nutrition therapy
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19-09-2019 at 10:41 AM

Vaginal birth and Caesarean: Differences in babies' bacteria

Babies born by Caesarean section have dramatically different gut bacteria to those born vaginally, according to the largest study in the field.

Read more on BBC news here:

08-09-2019 at 7:51 PM

How to eat your way to a healthy gut

Today's BBC article is a very interesting read: What should you eat to keep your gut biome in good shape? Some old-fashioned advice, it turns out, may be the key.

09-07-2019 at 3:50 PM

Microbiome Live

Great seminar last night on The Microbiome. Nearly 50 people turned up and I have already had a number of messages stating how exciting it was learning new information on how to rebalance your microbiome in order to achieve mental and physical well-ness. If anyone would like to watch The Microbiome Live, I recorded it last night. To watch it will cost you £15. You can do this via my website by clicking this link

13-01-2019 at 1:46 PM

Building confidence through body language

Many animals are known to adapt their bodies to influence other animals around them. Peacocks flare their feathers, chimpanzees inhale air to make their chests bulge. Humans do similar things but what is interesting is that the way we hold ourselves not only affects others' perceptions of us, but also affects what is going on inside our own heads.

09-11-2018 at 2:15 PM

Barry Cowan uses NLP coach to take Sampras to 5 sets

When Barry Cowan took Sampras to 5 sets in Wimbledon this year, Sampras was 13-time grand slam champion and Cowan was the the unfavoured British wildcard ranked 248 in the world. Tools of NLP helped him rise to the challenge. Click here to read more

09-10-2018 at 11:31 AM

Kids in Crisis

Interesting Panorama programme about the support available (or lack of it) for children with mental health problems Click here to read more


06-10-2017 at 12:49 PM

NLP and the psychology of weight loss

I had an article published this week on Drummond Health & Fitness Education Academy entitled NLP and the Psychology of Weight Loss. Happy reading! Click here to read more

30-09-2016 at 10:16 AM

Body fat link to bacteria in faeces

The make-up of the bacteria found in human faeces may influence levels of dangerous fat in our bodies, say researchers from King's College London. Their analysis of stool samples in a study of more than 3,600 twins found evidence that some of this bacteria is inherited.

09-09-2016 at 1:45 PM

Is your brain making you fat?

Interesting article by neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt from Yale University who claims that your brain fiercely defends a set body weight range. This range spans about a stone and within this range it is relatively easy to manage.

Click here to read the full article.

12-08-2016 at 4:28 PM

Get stronger muscles just by thinking

An experiment entitled “Is it possible to get stronger just by thinking about exercise?” on the BBC programme Trust me I’m a doctor, demonstrates the power of the mind.

29-07-2016 at 11:42 AM

Negative emotions and the sugar fix

As an exercise physiologist, nutritionist and NLP coach, I have discovered that when it comes to weight loss, nutritional and activity advice is only a small part of the equation.

06-07-2016 at 12:56 PM

Think positive and you will improve

An article published in Frontiers Psychology at the end of June reported on a large research study which proved, beyond a doubt, that thinking positive will change your behaviour and help you to perform better.

01-07-2016 at 10:01 AM

Check out your pH

The pH scale is used to determine acidity and alkalinity. The scale is from 0 to 14 with 0 to 6.9 being acidic, 7.1 to 14 being alkaline and 7 being neutral. Most diseases live in an acidic environment, so your body’s goal is to be slightly alkaline around 7.3 and 7.4 on the pH scale.
15-06-2016 at 12:17 PM

Replace carbs with legumes

To reduce carbohydrate intake and boost protein intake, consider replacing starchy carbohydrates such as pasta, rice and potatoes for the legume family such as peas, beans, soybeans, chickpeas and lentils.
06-06-2016 at 4:36 PM

Boost your protein intake but eating more grains

To boost your protein intake you can substitute low protein grain like rice, for a high protein grain like Quinoa. Quinoa is an excellent source of protein. Quinoa has more than twice the amount of protein when compared to rice. Or how about something a little different…
18-05-2016 at 12:26 PM

Lose weight by boosting your metabolism

Metabolism is every chemical and physical process, breaking down and rebuilding, which occurs inside our bodies in order to sustain life. There are three factors which contribute to the speed of your metabolism....
12-05-2016 at 2:29 PM

Nourish your body instead of depriving it

Thank you to Kris Carr to this fabulous soul story "How to live a crazy sexy life"!
04-05-2016 at 7:06 PM

‘The Biggest Loser’ bodies fought to regain weight lost

Danny Cahill, who won The Biggest Loser in 2009, lost 239 pounds in seven months which is 8lbs per week. Since then he has struggled to keep his weight down and has put over 100lbs back on. A similar outcome occurred for all contestants, some of whom reverted to even more than their original weight.
26-04-2016 at 3:00 PM

It is not death that us humans are afraid of, it is getting to the end of life only to realise that you never truly lived.

Thank you Prince Ea for this YouTube video. Watch this and learn that when we get to the end of life, we do not regret the things we did but regret the things we didn't do.
21-04-2016 at 5:24 PM

Stop addictions, get connected

A fascinating 5 minute video on addiction. Not only is smoking and alcohol addictive, so is food. Especially sugar. This video explains why connection with your life, and the people in your life, stops addictions.
15-04-2016 at 11:36 AM

WHO reveals that number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled since 1980

“Globally, an estimated 422 million adults were living with diabetes in 2014, compared to 108 million in 1980,” the UN health agency said, warning that the condition had spread because of worldwide changes “in the way people eat, move and live.” But how do you stop eating sugar, which is a highly addictive substance?
06-04-2016 at 5:13 PM

Paleo diet could make you gain weight

A study by Melbourne University researchers has found that following the low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet for just eight weeks could lead to rapid weight gain and a spike in insulin levels.
31-03-2016 at 1:11 PM

Rewards that motivate healthy lifestyle changes

My role is to give tools to my clients which will enable them to make permanent heath driven lifestyle changes. It’s hard to maintain these changes but my job is to get clients motivated and then for them to keep themselves motivated. In this article, Srini Pillay makes it clear about the types of rewards required to motivate us:
22-03-2016 at 12:42 PM

Mental health badge launched for Girl Guides

BBC News reports that a new Girl Guides badge called "Think Resilient" will be launched in April.
15-03-2016 at 12:46 PM

Once you hit 70 it’s booming marvellous

I have recently read an interesting article in the Times. A National Survey for Health and Development has discovered that 3,000 people, born in 1946 and now reaching the end of their 7th decade, feel more cheerful, confident, optimistic, useful and relaxed than in previous decades of their life.
08-03-2016 at 12:52 PM

Portion Sizes in Restaurants Quadruple Since 1950s

With my clients that are trying to lose weight and change their lifestyle so they can keep it off, one of their 10 daily food goals is to reduce portion sizes. Paul McKenna did a great experiment to highlight that we eat everything on our plate, even if we do not need it or want it. He invited 10 people to dinner and he gave them all a 600 calorie meal...
02-03-2016 at 5:29 PM

Tackling the underlying thoughts and feelings that you are turning to food to avoid

Here is a very interesting article by Nutritionist Sara Best. She claims that "... over the past year of working with clients directly I’ve also come to see that true health is about much more than what we eat." The mind plays a bigger part than the food that we all know we should be eating. It' not food education we need, it's mind re-programming.
25-02-2016 at 9:01 PM

Yoga too taxing? Try knitting instead…

When my clients tell me they have a bad habit that they want to stop, like going to the biscuit tin “because they deserve a treat” or having a glass of wine “to relieve the days stress”, instead of stopping the bad habit we always replace it with a positive ritual.
22-02-2016 at 8:16 PM

Paleo diet could make you gain weight, new scientific research shows

A study by Melbourne University researchers has found that following a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet for just eight weeks could lead to rapid weight gain and a spike in insulin levels. Even more proof that a healthy balanced diet is the way to good health and a healthy weight. Forget these fad, celebrity driven diets!
19-02-2016 at 3:35 PM

Wow! Can no amount of exercise really not make you lose weight?

I have just watched a presentation by Professor Yoni Freedhoff at Canada's Physical and Health Education conference 2015. Before you watch it I want you to remember that exercise is the single most important modifiable determinant of health. Nothing you could do would help your health more than regularly exercising....
17-02-2016 at 1:15 PM

Focus on the positive intention behind the negative behaviour

Just read a fascinating study by Wesnousky, et al, 2015 which found that where people believe that a negative side to their personality has a positive outcome, eg. impulsiveness made them more creative, they performed much more creatively in subsequent tasks.
08-02-2016 at 6:13 PM

The power of visualisation

I have just read an interesting study by Ranganathan. et al. A group of people who were taken through visual imagery of them doing a strength training workout, built almost as much muscle mass as people who actually did the work-outs!
04-02-2016 at 1:24 PM

Movement vs Exercise

Interesting observation around movement vs exercise from researcher Clyde Wilson, Phd. “It is not news that exercise reduces disease risk, and may add to one’s longevity by a decade or more. But …
28-01-2016 at 10:39 AM

Why sweetener is no substitute for sugar in the brain

I have just read an interesting article in the Telegraph printed on 28 January 2016 which states that sweeteners are unsatisfying compared to sugar because it is calories the body craves not sweetness.
25-01-2016 at 12:52 PM

Interesting study by the American Council of Exercise

Follow link below to read whole study but the interesting bit for me is the Exercise Enjoyment Factor. This declined progressively across the duration of the study but got even lower as the exercise got more intense and uncomfortable ...
19-01-2016 at 9:44 AM

Struggling in being motivated to be active?

In The Times on Monday 18th January is stated that one in seven people has done no exercise for more than a decade. A fifth said that they never exercised and 15 per cent did so less than once a week, according to a survey by the British Heart Foundation.
17-01-2016 at 2:51 PM

Pet owners are healthier

The Habri Research Foundation has determined that pet owners visit a doctor less than non-pet owners saving the US economy $11.7 billion!
15-01-2016 at 3:19 PM

Exercise equivalent to calories consumed

Interesting webpage (see below) developed by the British Heart Foundation. Calculate how many calories burnt up by different types of exercise – from walking, sports, gardening, all the way through to fast running.
13-01-2016 at 9:44 AM

Definition of worry

Worrying is like praying for what you don't want!
12-01-2016 at 1:42 PM

I'm slim so why am I at risk of diabetes?

Interesting article on 12 January 2016 in BBC News on Diabetes in Asia and its relationship with their diet.
11-01-2016 at 11:43 AM

Why don't we ditch the F-Word?

Here is an interesting article passed to me from my good friend Tim Webster. I really like the message that Biddle puts across here... Stuart Biddle, formerly head honcho at Loughborough and now working in the public health arena out of Victoria University Melbourne, has garnered a fair amount of media attention in the past year based on his assertion that - among other things - willpower alone is not enough to sustain a regular exercise [or weight loss] programme.
05-01-2016 at 5:10 PM

Emotional eating

ACE, the American Council on Exercise, recently stated that “From a very young age we become emotionally attached to food. As children we’re often given treats, both to console us when we’re upset and to reward us for good behaviour...
12-11-2015 at 3:31 PM

Is obesity going unnoticed in our children?

A concerning new study, published in the journal Childhood Obesity finds that nearly all parents of overweight children misperceive their kids as being "the right weight."
12-11-2015 at 3:30 PM

Improve health all round by eating more fibre rich foods

Latest research from Newcastle University concludes that we are not eating enough wholegrain foods. Only 17% of adults and 6% of children are getting enough.
12-11-2015 at 3:29 PM

Music Can Make You Healthier

Shakespeare once said “Music can minister to minds diseased, pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow, raze out the written troubles of the brain, and with its sweet oblivious antidote, cleanse the full bosom of all perilous stuff that weighs upon the heart.” Sounds like good stuff eh?
12-11-2015 at 3:28 PM

What does NLP mean?

Neuro linguistic programming. A very long word for a very simple concept. Neuro stands for the brain and central nervous system. Linguistic is the language of the brain and how we store language in our brain and central nervous system, which we store both verbally and non-verbally. Programming is how we act, how we behave.
12-11-2015 at 3:26 PM

Plan, plan, plan!

Abraham Lincoln once said "if you have 8 hours to chop down a tree, you better spend 6 hours sharpening your axe!" When you want to achieve something you need to plan for time in order to get yourself organised.
12-11-2015 at 3:25 PM

Do you REALLY want to change?

How we react to the world has very little to do with our current situation but everything to do with what is stored inside of us: how we have programmed ourselves to behave. How do you know to be scared of spiders? How do you know to get angry when someone pushes in a queue? These are all learnt responses and sometimes we would like to respond differently.
12-11-2015 at 3:23 PM

Type-2 diabetes time bomb

Recently, in the Health & Science section of The Week, there was an article on “The type-2 diabetes time bomb”. It stated that children as young as seven are now developing type-2 diabetes.
12-11-2015 at 3:20 PM

Obese people can lose up to eight years of life

A report in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, used a computer model to record obesity risks and then to calculate the impact of carrying excessive weight on life expectancy. Obese men aged 20 to 39 years lost 8.4 years of life and women lost 6.1 years.
12-11-2015 at 3:18 PM

Modern day stress is killing us

Our bodies probably haven’t changed much over the last 100,000 years. And 100,000 years ago we developed an inbuilt ‘fight or flight’ response to stress to prepare us to attack the enemy or run from it. In the past, when we faced a challenge or a threat, our body rapidly mobilised energy from storage sites and sugar flooded into the blood stream to give us immediate energy for our muscles to work hard to save us!
12-11-2015 at 3:14 PM

Manage your portions

You may be overeating with portion sizes which are much too big. I once saw an experiment where some people where given a meal and were told to stop when they were full. All of them finished the food on their plate. The following week they were given a similar meal and were asked to stop when they were full, but this time they were blindfolded.
12-11-2015 at 3:09 PM

What counts as our five-a-day?

Almost all fruit and vegetables count. Raw vegetables and fruit contain the most nutrients because cooking can remove some goodness. Frozen fruit and vegetables are still good as is dried fruit such as apricots and raisins.
23-10-2015 at 5:27 PM

Sugar tax backed by health chiefs

Public health chiefs have advised the health secretary to introduce a sugar tax as part of a range of measures to tackle child obesity. Ahead of their child obesity strategy, ministers asked Public Health England to review the evidence on how to reduce sugar consumption and the body has now confirmed a sugar tax is one of its recommendations together with;
23-10-2015 at 11:42 AM

Modern day stress is killing us

Our bodies probably haven’t changed much over the last 100,000 years. And 100,000 years ago we developed an inbuilt ‘fight or flight’ response to stress to prepare us to attack the enemy or run from it.
23-10-2015 at 11:39 AM

Manage your portions

You may be overeating with portion sizes which are much too big. I once saw an experiment where some people where given a meal and were told to stop when they were full. All of them finished the food on their plate.
23-10-2015 at 11:38 AM

What counts as our five-a-day?

Almost all fruit and vegetables count. Raw vegetables and fruit contain the most nutrients because cooking can remove some goodness. Frozen fruit and vegetables are still good as is dried fruit such as apricots and raisins.
23-10-2015 at 11:37 AM

Being Mindful

There only is the present. This moment… and this moment… and this one. But all too often we let we let the present slip away, allowing time to rush past unobserved and unseized.
23-10-2015 at 11:34 AM

Reflect, be grateful, be happy

I once heard that the key to happiness is reflection and gratitude. Too often in life we spend so much time focusing on what we want, we fail to recognise what we already have.
23-10-2015 at 11:33 AM

Overeating for satisfaction

Sometimes we overeat in search of nourishing foods satisfy our appetite. But what is nourishing and what is not? Unfortunately, the easy foods which we can get our hands on are not nourishing enough to satisfy us and hence we crave for more.
23-10-2015 at 11:28 AM

Life is not a battle

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
23-10-2015 at 11:26 AM

Developing a positive attitude for success and happiness

I believe that there is a direct correlation between a positive attitude and a successful, happy life. I also know that a positive attitude is directly related to what you pay attention to.
23-10-2015 at 11:25 AM

News alert to all post-meno pausal women!

A new study has discovered that post-menopausal women can decrease their risk of breast cancer by 10% if they exercise regularly.
23-10-2015 at 11:21 AM

Being overweight is linked to cancer

BBC news reported recently that being overweight puts people at greater risk of developing the most common cancers. According to research in the Lancet medical journal led by scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, if obesity levels continue to rise there may be an additional 3,700 cancers diagnosed annually.
23-10-2015 at 11:17 AM

Seven portions of fruit and veg a day

Research suggests eating at least seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day is more effective at preventing disease than the government's current five-a-day recommendation.
22-10-2015 at 10:28 AM

Active lunch breaks

BBC news has reported that employers are being urged to encourage staff to take decent breaks. In a recent study of about 2,000 people, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy revealed that one in five employees worked through their lunch.
22-10-2015 at 10:31 AM

How active should we be?

Government guidelines say adults should do at least two and a half hours of moderate activity each week - or one and a quarter hours of vigorous activity - or a combination of the two.
23-10-2015 at 9:52 AM

Fizzy drink tax and junk food adverts banished

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which represents nearly every doctor in the UK, said ballooning waistlines already constituted a "huge crisis".
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