What words immediately come to mind when you hear the word fasting? Hunger, deprivation, crazy people, not going there... Fasting in some form or other has been around for a very long time, but in more recent times there have been a lot of studies which point to many health benefits which may come from fasting.
Who hasn’t heard the saying ‘what you believe you can achieve’? It’s true too when it comes to weight loss. If you haven’t got your head in the right space and you aren't ready to make the necessary changes, then the chances of you going the distance aren't great.
At 25, I was at the peak of bulimia, was over-exercising up to 12 times a week, and had a restrictive diet dictated by the binge, punish, reward, binge and repeat cycle. I was size 6, 10.1% body-fat, had been ammenoreic for 2 years, and was constantly exhausted and cold.
How would you feel if you popped into your local café for your latte and muffin and on your table there was a menu listing the calories in the drinks and cabinet food the café supplied. Would you like to know, or would you rather not?
In April 2017 I was the unhealthiest I'd ever been. I'd lose weight, gain weight, not know which foods were causing the loss or gain and just keep going around in circles - only to end up back at the same starting point.
For a lot of people summer can be a challenging time of year to work on fat loss. There seem to be a lot of social occasions, impromptu BBQ’s, invitations to pop around for drinks – you know how it goes. One minute you are smack on track with your eating, next thing it all goes out the window once the nibble platters appear.
I would like to highly recommend Lynda and her approach to healthy & balanced eating.
Isn’t that what we all want? Especially after the holiday season. Fast. Fat. Loss. Why not throw in easy, effortless fat loss? If you read the magazines and look at all the advertising that bombards us in January, from celebrity diets to promises of big fat losses from drinking powders instead of eating meals, you can lose weight fast – BUT, can you keep it off?
Here are lots of tips and ideas for entertaining platters, as well as Christmas gift suggestions for those interested in keeping healthy.
With less than 8 weeks until Christmas and Christmas functions and outings ramping up, a real fear for many people is how to keep off the weight they lost during the year. Who wants to lose flab and then whack it back on again, only to have to lose it again in the New Year?
Studies show that having a high level of blood glucose can be a factor in developing dementia and cancer, as well as having a role in many inflammatory conditions. The sad fact is that way too many Kiwis don’t look after themselves. A poor quality diet, obesity, stress and lack of regular exercise all increase your risk of becoming a Type 2 diabetic, along with the resultant health issues. Are you complacent enough to let it happen to you?
Switching to the low carb, high fat lifestyle recently has been like a dream!! Doing LCHF as a vegetarian/pescatarian has been delicious.
You need to ask yourself that question and be honest with your answer. What is it you are unhappy with and what are you prepared to change in your lifestyle in order to get the result you want.
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 has some tips and a great offer for my clients.
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.