Just When You Were Worried You’d Outlive Your Pension…

It’s awesome to know that in this day and age, we’re all living fitter, healthier and LONGER, right?
Well that’s what we’ve been TOLD – however at a recent Medical Anti-Ageing Conference we attended here in London, a surprising fact emerged…..

What to Do?

Our Number One tip is Lift Weights – research demonstrates time and again that STRONG people stay Young. Many people who are assigned to care homes and facilities have nothing medically wrong with them – they’re simply FRAIL. Maintaining your functional independence depends on remaining strong, mobile and agile as you age. Studies also show that Strength Training can help defeat low mood, and may be as effective in treating depression as the default medication!

Sports Clubs and Athletes Are Dropping the Ball…

At a recent medical conference in Taiwan, we heard about a study comparing the knowledge of nutrition held by professional, versus amateur, sportspeople. Now you’d think that a professional athlete would have a greater interest in studying and following a high-performance diet than their club-level counterparts, right? We thought so too until we heard this:

So here’s the thing – there are Clubs and Coaches who clearly aren’t teaching their athletes at any level how to best support their training, recovery or performance through nutrition – probably because they don’t have the expertise or training – even though athletes at a professional level recognise a NEED to know this vital information!  Clubs and Coaches seem to have dropped the ball in a big way on this, and we’ve also seen first-hand a massive lack of congruency in their messages.

On the one hand the Coaches exhort players and athletes to train harder, smarter and more scientifically, yet on match and event days the Clubs provide soft-drinks, booze, pies, savouries, chocolate, candy, hot dogs, burgers and fries – and at amateur levels we’re encouraged to support fund-raising initiatives through the sale of soft-drinks, hot-dogs and cheese rolls.  Seriously?

But worse yet, the research showed that athletes themselves blindly eat and drink this as if they have no minds or will of their own, blaming their own poor choices on the Clubs and Families for not putting healthier food on the table. For people supposedly trained in mental toughness techniques, that’s amazingly weak.

This isn’t just about sports and performance – although the link between poor performance and bad nutrition is clear – this is about the long-term health and wellbeing of our brothers, sisters, husband’s, wives, partners, children and grandchildren.

People training for and playing sports at any level place a high demand on their bodies, and need a higher level of nutrition than the average Joe.

It’s time we ALL raised our efforts – and expectations – to achieve this…


William Laing’s Speech

Our second-eldest grandson, William, recently gave a speech at his school.

But it was more than a speech – it was a challenge.

Here are his closing remarks:

“So, should fast food advertising be banned? Perhaps. But there’s a difference between fast food that’s junk, and healthy food that’s fast.

I think it’s the government’s job to ensure a better balance. It’s our parents job to put healthy food on the table. But it’s our job, as children, to ask for it.”

This from a 10-year old, ladies and gentlemen….

(You can view the full speech here)

Authenticity is a 3-Stage Process

If you’re a speaker, whether a professional speaker or one who speaks as a representative of a brand, the image you project to the world is vitally important.

First impressions count – this is not news to you – but did you know that at a subconscious level the way people perceive you by your appearance and behaviours may have more bearing on the validity of your message than the words you actually say?

This is even more the case in the field of health and wellbeing.  There are at least three key elements that contribute to the authenticity of your message.  Watch this short video as I explain more…

[PS: If losing weight is one of your personal health missions, check out our on-line weight management programme here: http://iopm-wmu.com . I think you’ll find the information incredibly useful, and it will certainly change the way you understand how your body really works…!]

Are You a V.I.P…?

It isn’t that uncommon to find men and women so busy running about taking care of everyone else, that they forget to take care of themselves. When it comes to your own health and wellbeing, what are the consequences of neglecting self, in favour of others…?

Here’s my take on the matter, and a very important question:

[PS: If losing weight is one of your personal health missions, check out our on-line weight management programme here: http://iopm-wmu.com . I think you’ll find the information incredibly useful, and it will certainly change the way you understand how your body really works…!]

Have Trouble Sleeping on the Road…?

One of the greatest challenges in maintaining a heavy travel schedule, is getting enough quality sleep in order to wake up refreshed and with enough energy to be effective the next day.

Of course there are many great techniques you can use to help with this.  Whilst passing through Hong Kong last week, I thought I’d jump in front of the camera and share four quick tips that work really well…

Don’t Come Back Fat

By Tim Bean

Three times in as many days I’ve spoken with both men and women who have resigned themselves to various amounts of weight-gain over the holiday period.

It seems to be an inevitability.  A given.  A side-effect of getting on a plane.

All year round they’ve struggled to get to the gym, organise their food or control their eating & drinking because:

a) The children have to be dropped at school at the same time the only exercise class they want to go to is scheduled…

b) They have to be out the door before the rush-hour traffic, and get home late because of the rush-hour traffic…

c) Client dinners mean they have to eat late and drink wine…

So leaving all of these pressures behind should allow you to focus on everything you can’t seem to get on top of at home, right?

Apparently not.  Because now you’re on holiday.

Seriously?  NOW is the perfect time to get on top of your exercise and nutrition in an environment that will really allow you to get ahead on this.  If you decide to make a bit of an effort here, you could come back relaxed, tanned…and several pounds lighter!

All it takes is a little thought and effort.  For example, what’s the first thing you should do when you check-in at your destination (Hint: It isn’t “Go to the bar”).

Whilst on a recent speaking trip to Cancun, we came up with some ideas to help you get organised from the minute you arrive:

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine…”


So here’s my impression of what a hospital is for: It’s a place where sick or injured people go to get better. Clearly some of that may mean having tests, an operation or other surgical procedure. Sometimes it’s simply a case of administering medicines and keeping the patient in for observation and recuperation.

But in any case an essential element of enabling a sick person to get well is supplying them with the highest quality nutrition, so the body has all the building blocks with which to recover and restore good health.

The ancient Greek scholar Hippocrates is quoted as saying, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine thy food.”  Interestingly enough he’s also the same fellow to whom the Hippocratic Oath is attributed, and to which physicians the world over swear to “apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick, and do no harm to any human being.”  (Did you notice the word “dietetic” in there…?)

So you would think that in a hospital full of doctors, they could somehow connect those two dots.

Yet in a case reported to me by a client, it seems this has not occurred.  Her young daughter, having contracted a particularly nasty strain of stomach bug whilst in the South of France, was hospitalised for several days whilst staff conducted various tests, diagnosed and then treated her condition.  Our client remained on the premises to be with her daughter, but sent me an urgent text saying there was nothing healthy available to eat.

“Are you serious?” I replied. “In a children’s hospital?”

“Exactly” came back the response, “See for yourself…”, and she sent me the photo you see below.

Prison food in Childrens Hospital

For nearly 3 days they supplied her with nothing but stale bread and a bowl of water at meal times.

(Mind you, having said that, this was possibly because she had already turned down the soggy fries, mystery nuggets, crisps, soft-drinks, ice-cream and candy bars that made up the other meal-time options.)

There was a time in our dim, dark past that a diet of stale bread and water was the fare reputedly served to prisoners after a day of hard labour on the chain gangs.  However I understand that this is less commonly the case in these enlightened times, and those incarcerated behind bars may now enjoy a diet that is a culinary feast by comparison!

To serve such nutritionally depleted foods in any establishment (including schools, by the way) would be considered archaic and poor stewardship of the interns – whomsoever they may be – but to fail to provide nutritionally adequate meals in a children’s hospital, of all places, is downright criminal.

So, what are YOU giving your children for dinner tonight?

– By Tim Bean

Do No Harm…?

Accident Businessman Injured

By Tim Bean –

I’m currently having a dialogue with a large company here in the UK, whose mandate for employee Health and Safety is to “Do No Harm”. This may sound a bit trite on the face of it, until you discover that their genuine intention is to achieve ZERO workplace accidents and injuries in the workplace.  A laudable, and ambitious, aim, and one I think they could well succeed in achieving.

(I’ve always thought it interesting that, up until now, “Health and Safety” usually has everything to do with preventing people doing stupid things to themselves, and virtually nothing to do with your health…!)

They are also in the process of creating a completely new and separate policy around “Health and Wellness“.  It will be interesting to see how that evolves in both policy and practice, but I’m hoping that it will go much further than simply “doing no harm” to the wellbeing of its people.

You see when you have large populations in an organisation who spend their days chained to their desks, under pressure, and suffering from fatigue, lack of movement, poor nutrition and dehydration, simply striving not to make them sick doesn’t go far enough.  Not being sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy, in the same way that not being bankrupt doesn’t mean you’re wealthy.

I believe that true health and wellbeing in the workplace occurs when every person, every day is practicing habits and rituals that will consistently ADVANCE their health position.  In other words it’s about creating an environment that will actually make people more healthy, energised and vital when they leave the office than when they arrived.

Now wouldn’t THAT be interesting!