Ek! How do you get through Christmas and not gain a dress size!? It's all about giving yourself 'permission'!
Let's face it, with the abundance of celebration food and alcohol every where we look, it's easy for many of us to use Christmas as our once-a-year excuse to overindulge. In fact, it's kind of an accepted and expected part of Christmas day. Stuff yourself until you're so full that you fall asleep in the afternoon! That wall we hit mid afternoon is often because we've driven our glucose levels so high at lunchtime, that when they come crashing down we feel sleepy and tired from what's called an 'insulin' hangover. But, you can navigate the Christmas table differently and enjoy everything on offer if you follow my 5 tips!
1. Give yourself permission!
Don't make the foods you love taboo! When we make the foods we love taboo, our mind tends to fixate more on them and after a glass of bubbles or two, it's very easy for our mi...
This is my basic nut milk technique, yet you can use either other nuts such as hazelnuts or almonds as well.
Thorough soaking is necessary to release the anti-nutrients found in the skin of nuts, that prevent proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. Phytic acid binds minerals preventing them from being properly absorbed however by proper preparation and a little extra time you can 'activate' nuts and seeds reducing phytic acid and increasing nutrient availability.
I don't know about you, but I think chocolate and peppermint is a marriage made in heaven.
Add to this hazelnut nut milk, and it becomes a richly divine chocolatey treat, perfect for coughs and colds in winter when served hot, or it's cooling in summer when made with ice.
You can also change this versatile recipe to Jaffa by using orange oil instead of peppermint, or make a Hot Chilli Chocolate by omitting the peppermint with a pinch of cayenne pepper.
There’s no secret the world is facing a nutritional crisis of astounding proportion; quite literally our modern diet is killing us. Today more people die of obesity than starvation, and the obese are also often malnourished. This is a confusing time in human evolution.
Figuring out the optimal diet is a minefield and an often-emotive topic as so-called experts all claim to have the answer. As one study seems to debunk another how can we truly trust constantly conflicting advice? You do not have to be a health expert to look around the globe to see that mainstream nutritional guidelines have led us down the wrong path.
And you don’t have to be an expert to use common sense – if the ‘supermarket diet’ is killing us, then don’t eat the standard ‘supermarket diet’. Much of what we’ve been told about nutrition has been wrong and it’s time we all truly questioned why.
As you begin to understand food politics, you get a clear picture that nutritional advice is not based so much in sci...
Have you ever gazed at a child with admiration while they run around completely comfortable in their own skin? They never stop to question if they should hold their tummy in, or hide their body, they simply feel free with how and who they are. Oh the innocence of prepubescent youth!
As girls begin to develop, we begin the life long struggle of self-image and body-image. While we are all born loving our body unconditionally, as time goes on we begin to develop our human ego and with it arises the perils of ‘the body beautiful’.
According to Erik Erikson, our ‘ego identity is developed by human interaction and how an individual becomes more conscious of themselves and their surroundings.’ It is at this stage we begin to compare ourselves to others.
By the time we reach our teens our body is no longer something we love unconditionally, is can become the subject of harsh criticism and an object we judge rather than love.
Have you ever looked back at an old photo of yourself from 10, 20, 30...
Does it feel like you’re eating close to nothing at times, yet the numbers on the scale just keep getting bigger?
Has middle-aged brain fog kicked in causing you to crave the ‘wrong’ foods for energy?
And what about your waist line, does it feel like it’s taken on a life of its own?
You’re not alone!
Approaching and transitioning through menopause can be a roller coaster, but it doesn’t have to be!
After 20 years of weight loss coaching, I am here to let you know there is a simple solution for you that has worked for every one of my clients! There are no gimmicks, no pills or no magic potions! It’s all based on science and can literally reverse your biological age, stimulate natural weight loss and reshape your body like NO other eating plan.
It’s called Nutritional Ketosis, and for the past 2 decades I’ve helped thousands of women in over 47 countries just like you, lose weight and keep it off giving them the secret to feeling young forever, and I’m here to help you too!
Down here in the southern hemisphere, nothing tastes like Christmas more than a plump, deep red, sweet, succulent strawberry. However, we may be serving up way more than we realise this Christmas! We may be serving up a cocktail of toxic chemicals! According to the USDA 99% of strawberries tested in 2014/2015 contained at least 1 detectable pesticide. 29% contained at least 10 and the worst contained 21. These included nerve gas, carcinogens and a hormone disruptor known to damage the male reproductive system banned by the European Union due to its intense toxicity.
The great news is it’s easy to find spray free and/or organic strawberries at most farmers markets, and even most supermarkets stock frozen organic strawberries.
Here’s my low-carb, healthy-fat Raw Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe, so you can enjoy a guilt-free dessert this Christmas! View Video here.
Strawberry Jelly Cheesecake
2 cups of raw brazil nuts
½ cup fine desicated coconut
½ cup cocon...
Have you ever felt stuck in a cycle of losing weight and gaining weight? Has this spanned decades or your entire lifetime?
I call this start/stop dieting and some refer to it as yo-yo dieting (although yo-yo dieting could also be a cycle of losing 20 lb then gaining 25lb), but whatever you call it, it is frustrating! The energy it takes to be constantly fixated on your physical body and its appearance is just exhausting.
What causes start/stop dieting is an internal conflict between success and self-sabotage. A start/stop dieter always starts out with the best intentions, but within a very short amount of time something is triggered inside them that seems to work against their desire for success.
This self-saboteur, which I refer to in my programme as the inner critic, knows just when to appear, during the moments of doubt, or temptation, or weakness.
It could be during one the natural and healthy weight loss plateaus that occur when we diet. For a stop/start dieter, once the scales st...
After nearly 23 years as a weight loss coach I have heard every reason why women gain weight, but if we look beyond the superficial, it always comes back to how we feel about ourselves, our life, and our level of self-love. I shared this with you in this weeks vlog, if you missed it you can view it here.
If you truly love yourself, you don’t self-sabotage, or eat food you know is bad for you, so the issue is never with ‘food’, food is just a manifestation of other issues in our life. Through healing our life we can solve our weight problems for good.
I want you to ask yourself a question: do you want to feel good about yourself, would you like to even love yourself? Do you want to feel worthy of an amazing life? If you struggled to answer yes it is time to explore why.
Reflecting in ‘why’ is a very powerful exercise. I asked you write down 20 compelling reasons for losing weight earlier in this series so if you haven’t done so try that now. Then I asked you to write down 20 compellin...
Weight can be the number one challenge many women face over their lifetime and there is a reason for that. You can walk away from any other addiction, but you can’t walk away from food. I spoke about this in my last vlog, if you missed it you can view it here.
An alcoholic can stop drinking, I’m sure it is not easy, but they can have that last drink and never touch it again, but we have to eat to survive, so we can’t just avoid food as a strategy for weight loss.
What it comes down to is that how we feel about ourselves is reflected in our food choices. The more we love ourselves the more we take care of ourselves, and therefore the better quality food we choose to put in our body. So diet and weight loss is not about food, it is about the relationship we have with ourselves.
So this week I want you to start asking ‘how much do I really value myself? If in this moment, I am choosing to put something in my body that I know is bad for me, why is it ok? Why am I allowing myself to do this...