Emma began the MedicinalKitchen concept as a consequence of her own journey to health, overcoming the consequences of permanent spine and nerve damage and a diagnosis of breast cancer. She has battled through eating disorders and 7 stone weight loss and she wished to use it as a platform to show people that eating healthy can be enjoyable, uncomplicated and easily incorporated into a busy lifestyle such as her own. She also hoped that those following would take positivity and realise they could take some control back for themselves in their fight for health insight of whatever condition they may have by manipulating their food and fitness to have a positive impact.
Emotional and mental health is equally as important as the physical. Following her appointment as a trustee for the mental health charity State of Mind in Sport, she wrote a recipe book dedicated to improving symptoms associated with stress, depression and anxiety.
“My aim is to promote everyday health and a nourishing lifestyle that can be sustained and viewed as a balanced system that eliminates the existence of a perpetual ‘diet’.”
Continue reading “Mind Set Game #5: State of mind with Dr Emma Kirke”
In this episode of the Mind Set Game podcast, I sat down with Dr Christine Selby who is a licensed psychologist, sports psychologist and eating disorder specialist in private practice with Selby Psychological Services located in Bangor, Maine. She is also an Assistant Professor of psychology at Husson University. Continue reading “Mind Set Game #4: Psychology of relaxation with Dr Christine Selby”
In this episode of the Mind Set Game podcast, I sat down with Andy Lane who is a Professor of Sports Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton. He is a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).
Prof Lane has provided self-help material for runners at the London Marathon including 5 tips on how to use strategies such as if-then planning on Five audio files. Given the worldwide popularity of soccer and pressures associated with winning, Prof Lane is regularly asked for comment on TV, radio, website and newspapers. For example, he worked with Adidas on videos with Glenn Hoddle and Mathew LeTissier on penalty taking.
He has led high profile research projects such as ‘Can you compete under pressure?’ a BBC Lab UK-led project fronted by former Olympian Michael Johnson. Continue reading “Mind Set Game #3: Reflecting on emotion with Professor Andy Lane”
In this episode of the Mind Set Game podcast, I sat down with Greg Whyte who is currently a Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University and Director of Performance at the Centre for Health and Human Performance in London.
Greg’s former roles include Director of Research for the British Olympic Association (BOA) and Director of Science & Research for the English Institute of Sport (EIS).
He is more well-known in the UK for his involvement in Comic/Sports Relief, since 2006 Greg has applied his sports science work to assist various celebrities in completing some of the toughest challenges.
In This Episode We Discuss:
- Does the fitness industry fit an exercise to the person or the other way around?
- How the fitness industry sees its members (my view not Greg’s) and Greg’s response
- There are still people that think they achieve things by themselves
- Physical activity is a spectrum
- Boundaries are put upon ourselves
- Is beetroot juice beneficial for endurance exercise?
- Is carb loading necessary for 5/10km?
Continue reading “Mind Set Game #2: Achieving the impossible with Professor Greg Whyte”
In this episode of the Mind, Set, Game Podcast, I sat down with trainer Ben Fildes of S3 Fitness.
Ben has been involved in fitness training in one form or another for many years.
When it comes to fitness he likes to keep things varied, interesting and more importantly, fun! He believes in practising what he preaches. That’s where TRX® Training comes in. He has used these pieces of kit for years and now you can too. Because you use your own body weight you can make it as hard or as easy as you like. Continue reading “Mind Set Game #1: Functional Training with Ben Fildes”