Not another Fad diet?!

It’s that time of year again. The sun comes out just enough to remind us that we are finally on the right side of the year and summer is coming. Absolute joy at seeing blue sky and sunshine however is quickly replaced with, fear.

Lots of us go through this, year after year.

My mind races, trying to calculate how many weeks I’ve got left to try and squeeze into that dress I got for my friend’s wedding/party/social event. Can I lose four stone in a morning so that I can feel comfortable at a neighbour’s barbecue this evening instead of covering up in a cardigan/shirt, being a sweaty mess because I don’t want to show my muffin top.

All I want each summer, is to feel comfortable in my own skin. To be cool (in temperature!), to wear what I want, to not be self conscious, to be in good health and full of energy and to enjoy myself. Of course this applies to the rest of the year too but these feelings are heightened right now.

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Whilst this all seems very shallow, my health and general wellness are also on my mind, especially now I have a young family. The fact of the matter is, yes I need to learn to love myself more but if I’m feeling fat and self conscious, then I probably need to shift some weight. Be it for health reasons or vanity or both, something needs to happen.

I started this amazing program last year and lost 18.5lbs. I was full of energy and felt great. I stopped before I hit my target and now spring has arrived to kick my butt into gear once again and I am determined to get there.

I’m sure like me, you have tried the odd diet. I knew that I didn’t want to just eat cabbage or eat low fat but carry on eating sugar (more on this later). I didn’t want to fast or replace chewing with drinking. I didn’t want to deplete the nutrition in my diet and I do not ever want to gain the fat back!

No more fad diets.

What on earth makes this one so good? 

I like to refer to this as a fat loss program and not a weight loss program. This is not about detoxing for a few days and losing water (putting yourself in a bad mood and giving yourself a huge headache) or eating up valuable muscle mass (leaving you pounds down but feeling weak, drained and still hanging on to that fat). This is about ridding your body from dangerous, hard to shift, fat cells, once and for all. This is about addressing the issues why we gain the fat in the first place, putting our bodies back into balance, feeling great, getting rid of it and not gaining it back.

How does it work?

  •  A controlled, clean, low glycemic diet plan. Think, lean meats plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and healthy fats. The diet is stripped back to basics so nothing man made, processed or high in sugar or salt. Real, whole food.

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The Glycemic index (GI) is a way of measuring a particular food’s effect on your blood sugar level. Foods with a low GI value are more slowly digested, absorbed and metabolised. Therefore consuming more of these types of food, results in a lower and slower rise in blood sugar levels, stabilising them.

These foods basically keep you going for longer and stop you from going shaky  between meals or getting headaches and feeling grumpy (or ‘hangry’ as my husband likes to call it). Stabilising your system in this way is so important, especially with type two diabetes still on the rise.

  • Pre-meal drops, 10-20 minutes before eating. These drops are an all natural herbal blend that is placed under the tongue for a few seconds before swallowing. The ingredients in these drops help to combat cravings and stave off hunger. They balance out hunger hormones and stress hormones. They help to stabilise blood sugar (along with the low glycemic diet), They also give an energy boost and help to increase metabolism.
  • Move around more. This doesn’t have to be hard core exercise but some form of movement does help when put together with the rest of this program. I try to walk more, instead of taking the car for example. If you can walk or swim or take a class then great but if not then this program still works wonders, just not as quickly.
  • Use a protein drink, packed with nutrients to snack on between meals.
  • Drink pure water.
  • Take night time drops (that come with the day drops). These help you to relax and I personally sleep like a log after taking them. They too have all natural ingredients and help your body to rest and repair itself. If you have read my blog post ‘sleep better, lose weight’ then you will know how important sleep is when you’re trying to burn fat and these drops work like an absolute dream.

That’s it: Eat whole foods, snack healthy, drink pure water, sleep well and take the little drops of joy.

The drops basically make it as easy as possible for you. How much easier would it be for you if you weren’t  hungry? If you were eating real food? If you were feeling energised and happy? If you were burning fat more effectively? If you were sleeping like a cosy baby?

No more diet pills, replacement meals, low fat and sugar laden diets or quick fix detoxes.

Are you feeling like me, like enough is enough?

If you’d like to know more about this program and how you can get rid of the fat and help to keep it off, in a healthy and safe way, click here.

Message me to find out how you can save money through purchasing online or if you have any questions.

I am here to support you every step of the way.

I’ll be back soon with posts on belly fat, self sabotage, detoxing from sugar and mindset. If you never want to miss a post then you can subscribe to this blog or like the MyWellbeing365 Facebook page by clicking on the links at the top right of this page.

Until next time 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What on earth are we swallowing?

Please be aware of what’s lurking in your nutritional supplements.

 

If we eat a healthy, balanced diet then we shouldn’t need to take supplements right?

Unfortunately, many of us don’t eat what we should. We live in a world now where supermarkets are full of processed, high sodium, high sugar, high fat, nutritionally deficient foods, ready meals and snacks.

Even if we stay away from all that and eat our seven a day, cook everything from scratch, using only whole foods, it is still incredibly difficult to get every vitamin and mineral our bodies need, through diet alone.

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Our fruit and vegetables are not what they used to be. The loss of nutrition in our food over the last 60 years is mainly down to our modern and intensive agricultural methods. The use of pesticides and fertilisers and the sheer volume grown, have stripped the soil, leaving it depleted from those vital nutrients. Then add to that the amount of time the food is stored and takes to process…

So not only are we not eating as much fresh produce as we used to, it’s also not as good for us!

We already know that through taking certain types of supplements we are preventing  real health problems. Folic acid for example is prescribed to pregnant women to significantly reduce the risk of birth defects. Iron tablets are recommended if suffering from Anemia etc.

Deficiencies in vitamin A, vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Iron, Iodine, Calcium and Magnesium are now fairly common place. Causing various symptoms such as fatigue, light headedness, memory loss, depression, constipation, diarrhoea, insomnia, dry skin, loss of appetite, headaches and muscle cramps. I bet there are many of us, walking around just living with these symptoms, and accepting them as normal ‘hectic life’ side effects.

Vitamins and Minerals are essential nutrients that the body needs to grow, develop and function but cannot make and therefore need to be ingested. In this day and age, the solution must be nutritional supplements.

Bearing in mind, supplements are just that and are not a substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle.

There are so many to choose from, however, many well-known products available in the supermarket or health store are lacking in quantity and quality of nutrients and full of other things that most people are unaware of.

If you already take supplements, then have look at the label to see exactly what is listed. We all trust well known, off the shelf brands and unfortunately they have some rather questionable ingredients. I’m hopefully going to open your eyes as to exactly what it is you are ingesting and why, most of it, is just helping your body to make expensive urine.

What to look out for.

Firstly, this is one of those times where you do get what you pay for. The quality of the ingredients is usually reflected in the price.

 

Bio availability. 

Are the vitamins and minerals derived from whole foods, plants and herbs or are they laboratory created chemicals?

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The latter is a synthetic, imitation vitamin compound that your body struggles to recognise and fully process (hence the expensive urine). These typically list their ingredients by their isolated names for example:-

Ascorbic acid instead of Vitamin C,

Cyanocobalamin instead of Vitamin B12.

DL before a name also indicates the synthetic version for example dl-alpha tocopherol instead of vitamin E.

Fillers.

Artificial additives, chemical colourings, binders, synthetic flow agents, coatings and preservatives!

Why put all that good stuff into a supplement and then a little bit of bad? It makes absolutely no sense. If we are trying to nourish and protect our bodies then those toxic and non-beneficial substances are the last thing we want to be swallowing.

Magnesium Stearate /Stearic acid. We could be forgiven for thinking that this was good for us due to it’s name. In fact it is not a source of nutritive magnesium. It is an anti-caking agent with no other use than to stop the manufacturing machinery from clogging up. Scarily, it could in fact cause harm and actually stop your body’s ability to absorb vital nutrients. How ironic.

Titanium Dioxide. This is a metal used as a colourant and not a natural food ingredient. Studies have shown that long-term exposure to this can lead to problems with immune function in the body.

Dicalcium phosphate. A cheap, inorganic form of calcium, used to bulk out tablets.

Hydrogenated oils. If we avoid these in our diet then why would we want them in our supplements?

These are just a few of the added extras that are lurking in your supplements.

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Capsules vs tablets

Some manufacturers lead us to believe that more product can be packed into a pill. In actual fact, these tablets need binders to hold them together. These are not natural substances and they have no nutritional value.

The ingredients are also compressed under very high pressure which causes a significant amount of heat. This heat has the potential to destroy some of the nutrients in the tablet.

Capsules are only filled with product and therefore tend to be more bioavailable. They have no sharp edges or corners and can be easily swallowed and digested. They are not compressed or heated and because of this usually cost more to produce.

What is the dosage?

Typically, there is not enough room in a one a day multi vitamin, to pack in what we need. Look for, ‘twice a day’ and ‘to be taken with meals’ as this will be better absorbed.

How are they graded?

Most health shop, pharmacy and supermarket supplements are only nutritional grade or food grade. This means that they are fit for human consumption, may or may not contain what is listed on the label, could contain fillers and may or may not be produced under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

Pharmaceutical grade supplements however are made under GMP conditions. They are pure, safe and reliable. Every step of the process is quality controlled from sourcing the ingredients to the standard of equipment and facilities that the products are made in.

Ideally, supplements will have whole food ingredients with no nasty extras, in a natural coloured capsule (or one that uses natural dye), with possibly more than one a day required and pharmaceutical grade! You can find them here.

Please remember, it’s not just about what you put into your body but what your body is able to absorb.