The lovely people at Nelson, makers of Spatone (reviewed earlier this month) have also sent me a sample of their Bach Emotional Eating Kit and their Bach Rescue Liquid Melts to try for you.
They suggest that these can be used if you might be flagging in keeping your New Year's Resolutions. Hmm. How did they know? My resolutions were to eat better by returning to the Rosemary Conley diet I found so effective in shedding the baby weight after Ieuan (I lost 2 stone) and to be better organised. Having already missed a hospital appointment because I confused it with one that had been cancelled, and having this very afternoon 'helped' the children to finish a selection box we found in the back of the cupboard, I am afraid I might well be flagging!
There's a sort of magic dust that spreads itself over New Year's Eve isn't there? I become convinced that as Big Ben chimes, everything will become miraculously different by dint of it being a new, fresh and frisky January. But once the Christmas decorations come down and we're left with dark, rainy afternoons and no excuse to eat mince pies, it can get quite gloomy.
We shouldn't feel too bad though. Research by the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania has discovered that only 8% of people are successful in achieving the resolutions they set in January. So how do we rejoin that 8%?
Here's the advice from Nelson....
Keep it Simple
Many people use the New Year as an opportunity to make long lists of changes or attempting extreme makeovers. The average person has so many different priorities that they simply can’t cope with these overwhelming goals and give up before they even start. It is better to set small, attainable goals which you can hit at different points throughout the year.
If your resolution is feeling overwhelming, try some Bach Original Flower Essence Elm* to help you gain the perspective needed to simplify and streamline your resolution into a manageable goal.
Setting ambitious resolutions can be fun and inspiring, but the difficulty in achieving them means that your elation can quickly give way to frustration. That is why it is important to set specific, measurable targets. A resolution to ‘lose weight’ is not easy to follow but it is much easier to give up takeaways or biscuits for 6 weeks at a time.
If you need a helping hand to get you back on track with your diet and healthy living regime then try Bach™ Emotional Eating Kit. It is a set of three flower essences to help with emotional eating. You can create your own individual combination and adapt it to suit your changing moods. The essences are alcohol and artificial additive free and suitable for the whole family.
Keep it front of mind
Charting your goals can be helpful to aid success. For some, making a clear to-do list is enough of a reminder but others need post it notes stuck around the house or a journal or diary to help motivation. There are also a number of websites and apps where you can set and track your progress.
If you are having a difficult day and are struggling to find motivation, try some RESCUE® Liquid melts to help when your day threatens to get on top of you and your resolutions.
Share the gain
Try sharing your goals with your friends and family or via social networks like Facebook. A running mate or gym buddy tackling the spin class with you means you are more likely to stick to your resolution and your shared goal.
If you are hitting the gym or pounding the pavement it is important to focus on your iron intake as part of our training regime. Spatone® Apple# containsSpatone iron rich water sourced from the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia National Park – which can help top up your iron levels whilst causing fewer of the unpleasant side effects often experienced with conventional iron supplements.The additional Vitamin C in Spatone Apple can help increase iron absorption to help ensure sufficient dietary intake of iron for active people.
Believe in yourself
This is the clincher. If you don’t think you can do it then, simply put, you won’t. Make a resolution you actually believe you have a chance of attaining. Steer clear of negative environments and think positively. If you slip up, don’t give in – put it behind you and start again with a clean slate.
If you are struggling to overcome your past failures try some Bach Original Flower Essence Chestnut Bud* to help you learn from your mistakes and keep yourself on track.
As I said, I have reviewed Spatone Apple previously and you can read about it here. The Bach Emotional Eating Kit comprises 3 little bottles of different flower essences. Each essence offers a different psychological boost and can be taken as drops on the tongue or in a glass of water. Crab Apple is for acceptance of yourself and your imperfections, Cherry Plum can help you to think and act rationally and Chestnut Bud can help you gain knowledge from your experience. You can see that each one could help put you back on the path towards joining that successful 8%.
Dr Edward Bach was a pathologist, bacteriologist and homeopath who discovered a system of 38 flower remedies between 1928 and 1935. These remedies were intended to replace an earlier series of bacteria-based medicine with healing plants. The Bach System had a revolutionary focus on the emotions. Bach believed that if you heal the emotions, you heal the personality and good health will follow.
What is "Emotional Eating"? Basically using food to deal with your feelings. You know, the times when you have a chocolate bar to cheer yourself up? It's using food as a way of hiding from feelings such as concern, boredom, jealousy, or even positive emotions like joy.
I have used flower essences before and find them easy to take, comforting and reassuring. You don't have the worry of side effects as you do with many over the counter medications.
The Bach Rescue Liquid Melts are tiny capsules containing 4 drops of a blend of 5 flower essences designed to offer calmness and to help you regain clarity. You might argue that the act of pausing and taking stock is therapy enough but it is difficult to do when you are 'up to your eyes'. You simply place a melt on your tongue and let it dissolve. The drops are combined with grapeseed oil which melts onto the tongue with very little taste.
I have previously used Bach Rescue Remedy (the same blend of drops) which comes in a glass bottle but the Melts are easy to carry in your bag and each individual melt is sealed for hygiene. The Melts don't contain alcohol and they are non-drowsy and suitable for all the family. I was surprised to find that the famous Rescue formula comes in a number of formulations - even chewing gum!
In case you're wondering what the 5 flower essences in the Rescue blend are, they are Rock Rose (for terror and panic), Impatiens (for irritation and impatience), Clematis (for inattentiveness and to counteract faintness), Star of Bethlehem (for shock) and Cherry Plum (for irrational thoughts and lack of self control).
So there you have it, Nelsons offer a wealth of alternative remedies to help if you've gone a bit off course with your New Year's Resolutions. Keep Calm folks. It's only January!
Further information: Rescue Melts are available at £8.45 for 28 days' supply. The Bach Emotional Eating Kit costs £9.95 online or from stores like Boots or Holland & Barrett.
Disclosure: I was sent samples of both the Rescue Melts and the Bach Emotional Eating Kit for the purposes of this review. The views contained herein, however, are my own.