Gavin Reynoldson

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March 28, 2018by Gavin Reynoldson0
Time, give yourself time;

Allow yourself the space to process, reflect and accept.

Life doesn’t come with any guarantees, 

It’s a journey you need to learn to navigate.

Sometimes the paths you choose will lead to Eden, 

Sometimes not. 

Either way, the journey is what you make of it.

Anxiety causes distress and discomfort; 

It increases the production of intrusive and destructive thoughts. 

It pulls you into despair; allowing that nagging doubt to swallow you whole. 

Life becomes a restless fight encompassing every aspect of you. 

You thrash about, this way then that, looking for any opportunity to escape. 

You look for comfort but everything is short lived; a momentary release before you are plunged back down into the abyss of negative emotions. 

But what if there was another option? 

It can take a long time to appreciate that life is a choice. 

Pain, suffering, loss and sadness all part of our story but equally weighted with love, happiness, joy and hope.

What if we choose not to let self doubt or intrusive thoughts in? 

What if we let them pass- put them on a receding wave and watch them go out to the horizon? 

What if we choose not to let those perceptions define us or dictate how our day may pan out? 

Surely we can choose to celebrate rather than berate ourselves? 

“Life is what you make of it”

“Feel the fear and do it anyway”

That’s what we are told and while they may not be your chosen words, the sentiment is there to be understood. 

By allowing ourselves time, time to mourn, time to heal but mainly time to just be, 

we learn to appreciate that this is allowed- We are human after all; 

We don’t have to wrap all our emotions into knots, put them in a box, lock the box and throw away the key. 

We can feel and accept- moments of sadness and equal moments of happiness- that’s the merry-go-round that is life. 

But most importantly we have to choose to believe, believe that through the rutted and bumpy path, with time, our path will change again and this time it may end with blue sky and a pot of gold.  


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March 16, 2018by Gavin Reynoldson0

Science and in particular nutritional science is fast advancing and evolving. What we know is that nutrition plays a huge part in our performance as human beings, whether that’s Sport, academic or employment. It has an integral role in regulating immune, bone, hormonal and physical health.

In high pressure environments, chronic stress and competition can have a negative impact on mental and physical health, resulting in poor performance and outcome.

This may manifest in different forms from dysfunctional relationships with food; compulsive obsessive traits; poor sleep or a depressed immune system, increasing prevalence of infections and illness.

The crux of the issue is usually more management of stress and anxiety. We all know that anxiety can be crippling and the desire to succeed in the work place, can heighten this considerably. In my work I am often approached by high profile individuals who have suffered “burn out” and are struggling with all aspects of their life.

Some examples include those who take up exercise as means of managing stress; there are numerous studies that demonstrate the link between improved mental well being and physical activity. It is a dose related response, to a point.

When you are someone who is ambitious, driven to succeed, I regularly observe that you put the same effort into your “hobby”. I have worked with many individuals with high pressurized roles who have taken up endurance sport- running, triathlon or cycling as a means of managing stress levels. What starts out as a means of “down time” soon, due to their personality traits, can become something else to fixate and obsess over; 5am long runs after 4 hours sleep or cramming in 3 sporting disciplines around a 12 hour work day become the norm. That need to succeed the driving force like a task master. In all the cases I have worked with, this soon transpires as over training resulting with the physical body and mind no longer responding.

Similarly, I have worked with young graduates, starting out on their career path, eager to please in order to get ahead in the competitive world of employment. They feel the stress and anxiety and run on adrenaline; but somehow its still not quite enough. Anxiety makes us feel uncomfortable –its our body’s way of responding to threat and so when we feel physically anxious, its only natural that we want to stop it. However, here is the thing, you can’t actually control anxiety –you have to learn to manage it. People use many ways to control –alcohol, exercise and the one I see, food. What sets out as a means of trying to “help” can soon turn into a list of food rules that help them feel in “control” and “safe”. Sadly, this dysfunctional relationship with food, while may have improved their anxiety momentarily, just comes back to bite them, resulting in social isolation and a complete inability to step outside of their box of food rules.

Most companies want productivity and consistency – and in order for this to happen, they need to be mindful of the welfare of their employees.

Good nutritional practices are one way to support this.

My seminars and workshops are designed to support a healthy attitude to food, living and work.

I will first and foremost debunk the myths around nutrition and help to re-educate your mind to understand what it is to have a healthy attitude towards food, rather than looking for the next so called “superfood” or “wonder supplement”

I will discuss nutrition strategies to prevent stress but equally look at interventions for those of you who may have already identified that you may be at risk of burn out.

I can offer practical demonstrations and recipes to inspire you to eat well and fuel appropriately, encouraging a healthy gut microbiome which has been linked to reducing the incidence of depression and low mood; improved immunity and weight management.

My biochemistry background means that I can interpret blood biomarkers and provide feedback that can help to devise bespoke nutrition plans.

Similar my dual experience of working in high performance sport both as head of performance and also nutrition means I can help you to identify how to monitor your progress and look at any potential barriers that may be preventing you from meeting your goals and targets

Are you interested in learning more about corporate wellness?

Get in touch!


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