In the last three days I’ve received a couple of emails from industry folk rolling their eyes about Love Island 🌴Meanwhile I have a confession…
I ❤ Love Island 🌴
I’m late to the party and currently working my way through previous series on Netflix.
I dived in out of curiosity to see what the fuss was about and 35 hours later….😍
What I discovered is that a Love Island fix smashes any supplement I could take right now in terms of supporting my health.
I know, I know, what the heck???!!!
But here’s the things I spend most of my day trying to get my head around cellular function, cancer, enzyme pathways, supplements, Facebook algorithms, wading through the emotional complications of others and lots of other serious stuff.
To land of the sofa each evening (and I’m no couch potato btw I’ve usually done 16,000 + steps by this point) and to lose myself for an hour in some good old banter, buffness and just watch people falling in love provides the perfect escape for me.
It reminds me a lot of when I met Matt, not just the bulging pecs lol, but because we enjoyed a good few years of carefree fun where life revolved around pull ups, pole dancing (him not me) and pick ‘n’ mix prior to running a business.
Now don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t swap what we have now, our business is our passion and purpose, we set up Fitter Food and launched our Fitter 16 plan because we want to transform as many lives as we can.
Having a sense of purpose is also ESSENTIAL to health, BUT love Island has reminded me that we definitely need to have more fun along the way.
GUILT is the biggest health hijacker of all!
And if you’re feeling guilty about taking time out to watch Love Island or do anything that makes you smile and lifts your mood remember GUILT is the biggest health hijacker of all.
There are close connections between our thought process, immune system and hormones, it’s known as the neuroendocrine immune system which means that negative thoughts are likely to promote inflammatory processes in the body, disrupt blood sugar regulation and wreck the quality and duration of your sleep.
Meanwhile Love Island is likely (in my experience) to increase happy hormones like oxytocin, also known as the love hormone …stay with me here… it surges when we see something that connects with our emotions, it’s released when we fall in love, bond or see something we care about.
What’s awesome is it reduces anxiety, buffers the negative effects of stress and therefore will dampen down inflammatory processes in the body so basically hugs, films, friends and a dose of slobbery dog kisses can be medicinal.
Watching Love Island you find yourself almost bonding with the contestants as you get to know their strengths and vulnerabilities.
You laugh along with the banter and practical jokes, not to mention see the blokes cry, shave their legs and powder their noses…who knew?!
The music is cheesy and uplifting, the enduring connections develop through personality, chemistry and a sense of humour not necessarily ripped bodies and biceps, everyone looks rough in morning and there’s a lot of laugh out loud moments. (Cara breaking wind in series 3 is definitely up there 🙌)
And by the way, Matt loves it way more than me 😂😂😂
But you know what we end our day talking about love, laughter, chemistry and human nature…it’s all just nice 👍
So next time someone rolls their eyes at your Love Island habit tell them it’s all in the name of HEALTH and HAPPINESS and ask them not to disturb you for the next hour!