In the course of 2 years, my interest in nutrition has deepened passionately and I have researched 148 individual diets, and I have come to the conclusion that diets simply set us up to fail. Even the word “diet” makes me want to run for a snickers bar and leaves me feeling deprived! Change your mindset, set yourself up to succeed. Forget the word diet and set yourself a goal to just simply be healthy and see what happens as a result of that…I think you will be blown away with the ensuing results. I sure am! In November 2012 I was 94kg (possibly more – I had actually given up weighing myself!). Now in February 2014 (15 months on), I am 60kgs (I fluctuate between 59-61). So on average I have lost 34kgs, which actually isn’t that dramatic over a sustained period of time but I believe it will stay off as it wasn’t crash dieting.
We are all looking for that elusive diet, but the simple fact of the matter is that we are all so diverse that what works for you may not work for me, there is a little problem of bio-individuality at play here; factors like age, ethnicity, anatomy, cell structures etc. Whilst my body reacts badly to red meat protein and dairy, yours may bloat with plant protein, so my big tip is to listen to YOUR body and look at what you are eating. If your diet contains a lot of refined foods and sugars and you feel tired, lousy and overweight then simply start experimenting….
Watch this space because over the next couple of days as I will be sharing with you what been working for me. I will be sharing my daily food tips, daily food log, what keeps me motivated and my lifestyle secrets on how I keep the weight off and energized!
Let me start off by sharing my basic everyday tricks . . . .
I cannot stress enough WATER, WATER, WATER….It is such a simple thing but the last thing we remember. Drink 2-3 litres alone without changing anything else and you will see a massive difference in your weight, skin, hair and mental clarity.
Keep a food Diary – It’s so easy to “forget” the odd caramel slice, but sadly the belly and hips don’t!!!
Keep an eye on your booze portions!!!! How “standard” is that drink you are pouring. I remember pouring a wine for my friend and me and a whole bottle had disappeared into these 2 amazing wine glasses…scary!
Exercise – I feel like a hypocrite here, because it took me 10 months to actually do any, but I have friends in wheelchairs who do yoga from their chairs – Just a 10 minute walk will help to give you clarity of mind, it doesn’t have to be a marathon. 10,000 miles always starts with just a single step.
Try and add some clean, green, enzyme and nutrient food to your daily regime. It has taken me a year to realize I am now 80% raw and plant based, but I began slowly just adding a simple juice daily and gradually “crowded” out the bad, processed stuff without even realizing it, so I lost all cravings and it was a gentle process. Don’t go all gung-ho, be kind to yourself. Don’t set yourself up to fail. For me the transition happened gradually and it was never about losing weight, I simply made a decision to get my body as healthy as possible to avoid having to take a cocktail of devastating drugs. I felt I had nothing else to lose. Little did I know that the gentle changes I made would lose me weight, which was a wonderful side effect!
I juice twice a week: On a Sunday and Wednesday in 3 litre batches, so I have a Litre a day always prepped. (Enzymes last up to 72 hours with the Hurom),
Buy organic produce for juicing. Yes it does cost a wee bit more but aren’t you worth it? Below is a good little tip for people who can’t afford to buy organic all the time. The ones on the left absolutely should be organic due to heavy pesticide use when farming. The ones on the right you can get away with being non organic. I’m mindful that that people may object and say organic is too expensive! But then what price do you put on your health?
Get the DVD from TVSN website called “Hungry for Change” – Item no. 166583. This single DVD has changed my life forever and I advise all my wellness-coaching clients to watch this first and then come back to me if they are ready to change their lives. Do NOT watch this DVD if you do not want to change your life. It is impossible to watch it and not feel empowered to make changes.
Follow amazing people like Jason Vale and Food Matters.tv on social media. You will get so much inspiration…seek out those who you desire to be like, bringing positive influences to your life. What I love about Jason is that he’s so darn down to earth and honest, but then he has come from exactly the same place as you and me when it comes to health and wanting to improve.
Supplements I take; Livermate, Kalari crush, passi flora, flora maxi greens, mega B vitamins, Vit D, Carla Oates,
If you are hungry or find you cannot ever eat breakfast then just have a weighless: Full of essential nutrients and vitamins and minerals. Nourish your body, don’t starve your body. Don’t feel self-indulgent or selfish for wanting to focus on YOU and your health. There is only one you. YOU are worth it! Your health is not a luxury.
Watch this page as tomorrow I will be sharing my food log and my favourite juice recipes 😉