I’m 15.7kg lighter, with 10kg of that being pure fat, I’ve lost 16cm from my bust, 13cm from my waist and 14cm from my hips, so on the outside I feel great, and I’m probably only half way through my journey! But it was the inside that worried me the most, well that has improved immensely too – my HBA1C has reduced from 45 (it should be under 41) to a very healthy 34, my liver function has improved and the doctor has said I’ve no longer got hypertension.
I don't believe most people make the changes to their diets that are needed to actually SEE the result of their hard work, i.e. they didn't lose body fat, so they couldn't see their muscles!
You don’t have to be hugely overweight to have too much of the dangerous visceral fat around your organs, in fact many people who appear to be slim on the outside can be ‘fat on the inside’.
Yes, you pretty much know what to eat and hopefully if you have been seeing me you will understand why, but are you eating too much of a good thing? It’s all too easy, especially in winter, to overeat. It’s only natural to seek out more filling food and that’s fine, but portion size does count.
I think it is true that the cooler weather sends us looking for more filling food, so it is good to ensure you have tasty, hot meals prepared. There are new recipes on my website, as well as older ones that help fill you up in winter. Think porridge, soups, casseroles and using the slow cooker so that you come home to yummy meals.
Cooler weather seems to bring more bugs than usual and there are a lot of sore throats and coughs and colds around. Supporting your immune system may help prevent your succumbing to winter ills.
My amazing naturopath and medical herbalist friend, Alison Bramley of Simply Great Health has some tips and a great offer for my clients.
Alison says - With Winter just around the corner it is a good idea to be prepared for the cold and flu season.
If you start to feel unwell:
- Increase your vitamin C intake for the first couple of days. Take in powder or gel form every couple of hours, or until you reach bowel tolerance.
- Drink plenty of fluids to keep the mucous thin and more easily expelled. Fluids could include hot toddies using Manuka honey, fresh lemon, warm water and a little ginger. A great immune booster. (*note no honey for LCHF followers)
- Good old fashioned chicken broth, made from real chicken stock, containing nutrients to help mobilise your immune system.
There are also several fantastic herbs that can help your body fight the winter viruses. Some favourites are
- Pelagonium and
To ensure you get the best formula for your individual needs and checking for any contra indications it is beneficial to see a qualified Medical Herbalist. Visit Alison at Simply Great Health for an acute consultation and herbal formula tailored to your needs.
Normally $50 but mention Nutrition for Life and pay Only $40.
That is a great deal and I can highly recommend Alison’s services. Check out her website www.simplygreathealth.co.nz
I apply three main criteria when I’m drawing up a nutrition plan with a client. Is it healthy? Will it achieve the desired result? Is it sustainable in the long term? Because I don’t believe that one size fits all, flexibility is required, as is getting to know my clients and figuring out what is sustainable for each of them.
The first few months of a new year seem to contain a fair few holidays, plus of course there is still summer socialising and various get togethers. I would say that the majority of my clients find these occasions a real challenge and it can be quite dispiriting to have been on track with your healthy eating during the week, only to let loose at the weekend and find yourself back at square one. Here are my suggestions to help you keep on track.
Yes, it’s that time of year again, when the supermarket aisles are groaning with an indecent amount of overpriced chocolate. Here are my suggestions to get you through Easter and the school holidays without falling off the wagon.
At a time, when as a nation we are getting fatter and unhealthier, we need to seriously be looking at what we are eating and what we are giving our kids, the next generation, to eat.
Lots of people gain weight over the holiday period when increased food variety and the social environment contributes to overeating. It's too easy to say that you'll start next Monday, when the kids go back to school....
I was diagnosed with Grade 2 breast cancer in both breasts and had a double mastectomy. Three months later, I was advised the cancer had spread to my bones, so I now have what is called metastatic breast cancer, otherwise commonly known as stage 4, incurable or terminal cancer. One day I will die from it.
It’s not only the emotional and social implications of carrying too much fat, it is the increasing health risks that come with it. With around 50-60% of New Zealand’s population now officially classified as overweight or obese, that has huge ramifications
Dr Fung is a nephrologist (kidney specialist) who was seeing a lot of Type 2 diabetics who were needing dialysis. He used to give out the time worn advice of ‘eat less and move more’ so his patients would lose weight. But, many of them weren’t and he came to the conclusion that there must be more to the weight loss equation.
I’m sure that is on a lot of people’s minds right now. With all the extras around, from the tempting supermarket displays, Christmas parties, treats at workplaces and nonstop advertising of delicious looking goodies, how can you get through the next few weeks without having to loosen your belt or jeans button?
What does the word Diet conjure up in your mind? To me it implies deprivation, hunger, unpleasantness and, most of all, a temporary situation.
I really dislike the word diet.
When it comes to fat loss the most important thing you need to do is to reduce your carbohydrate intake. Yes, you probably need to reduce your overall energy intake and do a bit of exercise too, but if too many calories in your diet are coming from carbs, then you most likely won’t achieve the result you want, as easily as you want. Reducing carbs and increasing fat also helps kill hunger. Sound good?
What do you think of when you hear the terms Real Food or Clean Food? I suspect that many people are left wondering when someone tells them they should be eating clean food. To me, real food is food as nature presented it, or to use the term that Dr Caryn Zinn uses, food with low HI. Low Human Interference.
This is quite a common problem and while not always diet related, it does pay to ensure that your diet and lifestyle are not adding to the issue. Here are some tips:
Re-gaining weight previously lost is something that most people are familiar with. You put the effort in, lose the weight, feel great and then you take your eye off the ball and the weight slides back on again.
Is it inevitable? No it isn’t