Diet tips

Is beauty only skin deep?

January 12, 2016
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What do you think? Is beauty only skin deep?

To me the most beautiful people aren’t necessarily physically beautiful in the conventional sense of the word. They exude a special life energy of joy and love. And those people tend to love themselves well enough to look after themselves from the inside out. Are you one of those people? Would you like to be?

What we put into our bodies is as important as what we put on our bodies. Do you see your body as a temple?! If you did then how would you treat your body differently?

Unfortunately, there is a cultural trend to focus on looks and we’re encouraged to cover up perceived flaws rather than accept them. Many women have resorted to surgery for fat reduction or breast enhancement and chemical substances are often used for wrinkle reduction and acne treatments.

Some things may be better to just accept – I’m never going to be a curvy girl and there is no use in trying. But other things have a deeper cause that if we look at it and ask the right questions, we might find simple answers.

Healthy eating is the simple answer to many of our beauty concerns. Cleaning up our diets can reduce acne – I eat an apple everyday because I know I tend to get spots if I don’t. Sometimes, we may need to look at our stress levels or circumstances like where we live or work to find answers.

I don’t think beauty is skin deep at all – in most instances the person who honours their own needs for healthy food and relaxation will radiate true beauty. Healthy living is vital for us to present ourselves well in the world and since my background is also in nutrition I can help you with that in my Style & Presentation One on One.

 

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Shape Up For Summer

June 15, 2015
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Recently I launched a unique healthy eating programme to help you to shape up for summer.  It’s not for the faint hearted however – you have to give up all sugars, starch and carbohydrates for 2 weeks!!!

How does it work, I hear you say??

Well, the basic understanding is that the more balanced your Blood Sugars and Insulin levels are, the more likely you can burn fat. The first workshop takes just over 2 hours and I explain the concept and science behind it in detail so you understand what  you are doing. I monitor your progress regularly and we keep in touch by phoning and thought our private Facebook group. The final workshop explains how to maintain your results. It’s a cinch to keep it up after being on the strict plan  for two weeks! And once you have seen the difference in your body shape in such a short time, you’re going to want to keep up your good work.

Shape up for Summer 14 Day Challenge

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What not to eat!

April 28, 2014
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These days there is a lot of debate about what is really healthy for us.

A lot of the information available about healthy eating actually seems to contradict itself – like protein is good for you vs that it might give us a deadly disease!!!

So, how can we navigate the stormy waters of misinformation and keep our sanity at the same time?

My story

I remember seeing a nutritionist in 2002 who seemed so shocked that I ate a small bar of chocolate every day that I was shocked!

Surely, a small treat every day was okay?? She recommended I try dark chocolate so I dutifully went to the nearest health shop and bought two large bars of 70% dark chocolate.

I went home…

…and cooked a proper meal of salmon and roasted vegetables and then sat down in front of the TV with my cup of peppermint tea and my dark chocolate. Before I knew it I had finished the whole bar and was looking for the second one. But I still didn’t get the sugar hit I was used to!!

Luckily, I realised that it was the sugar hit that I was addicted to and NOT the chocolate! Knowing I was addicted was a turning point for me.

I began by repeating this mantra 50 times a day to reprogram my mind – “I have the best diet of anyone I know”. I literally would count on my fingers as I did it. And it worked!

I cut out all refined sugar from my diet for a full year back in 2003-2004. I ate protein at every meal for a few years after that.  I didn’t have a mars bar for about 6 years and when I finally tried one again I spat it out again because it was too sweet!!

BUT… like many people on a healthy buzz, I became tired of all the deprivation and started to add more treats into my diet as time went by within the guidelines below.

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well” Virginia Woolf

I’ve spent about 10 years working in the health and wellness industry – I worked in Health Shops for about five years and after getting my diploma in holistic nutrition and dietetics I worked in gyms for a few years…

But not everyone has the time or energy to study health to that level – and though some of what I know isn’t common knowledge, a lot of what I recommend here is common sense…!

  1. DO NOT rely on packaged foods. Almost every processed food has additives and hidden sugars of some kind.
  1. Eat real foods – eat some fresh vegetables and learn to cook fish or meat from raw… at least you will know what is in it! Check out Jamie Oliver’s recipes for tips.
  1. Eat breakfast. If you haven’t eaten early in the day then you are likely to crave junk food later. Please don’t use sugary cereals to start the day if you can help it!
  1. Don’t eat dessert until after your dinner. Avoid sweets unless you’ve eaten a proper healthy meat first.

 

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