7 Easy Weight Loss Tips

Posted on October 5, 2008. Filed under: weightloss | Tags: , , , , |

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If you are carrying any extra weight going on a diet and exercising can seem like climbing to the top of a very high mountain with a big rubber band tied round your waist holding you back. Go on picture that! 🙂

I don’t recommend diets at all, and these simple tips will hopefully make it easier for you to take it one step at a time and remove the big rubber band 🙂

  1. Eat great life giving foods. What are they? Life giving foods are still filled with the energy of life, so they are still alive. So eat lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, and proteins in other words nutrient dense foods. Eat them fresh or as fresh as possible and cook them as little as possible, even meat well done has lost most of its goodness (the only exception is chicken which must be cooked well as it often harbours salmonella).
  2. Wipe out the ‘white stuff’. White stuff simply put is anything processed or refined, take them out of your diet altogether or as much as possible and that includes: white bread, chips, white pasta, cakes, biscuits (cookies), deserts, lollies (candy), soft drinks (soda), chocolate (dark over 70% is ok), hot chips (fries), and anything else that is made of white grains or nasty hydrogenated fats.
  3. Eat in. This makes it a lot easier to control your food and your portion size and there is a lot less temptation as long as you have removed that white stuff from your home altogether.
  4. Eat well and eat lots. What? As long as you are eating fruit, vegetables, nuts and protein you can eat plenty, this is NOT about dieting this is about eating well and changing your lifestyle. Nuts, fruit and veges can be a great way to snack, think of: carrot sticks, apple pieces, unsalted mixed nuts (I like to buy a bag of almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts and pepitas and keep a snack bag of them in my handbag for emergency snacking), even whey protein makes an ideal snack (ice cold water, chocolate flavoured whey protein concentrate and isolate and some berries, blend and drink YUM).
  5. Move. Leave your car in your driveway and save on petrol, walk as many places as you can and encourage your kids to do the same. Take the time to walk them to school and spend some quality time with them on the way. Put on some great music, something that really gets you into your groove and do your housework while dancing (my favourite and my housework almost seems to do itself). Clean your bathroom more often scrubbing is great as it also provides a type of shaking or vibration which can mobilise fat cells.
  6. Do it with a friend. Sometimes losing weight can be very lonely, so find a friend and do it together. Keep each other motivated and keep is social, like dancing it makes the hard times easier and go faster. Better yet both of you join a program either online or in your area so that you have even more people to call on for help when you are feeling down.
  7. Know yourself. The most important of all, know why you want to lose that weightmake it a goal you want to reach for, something in your future that feels like a reward “I don’t want to be fat any more,” just doesn’t cut it. You want something real, tangible and exciting to reach for like a carrot in front of a donkey. Know what your biggest stumbling blocks are and avoid them, make sure you are ready for them when they appear and have a plan of action for when they do. If you have planned ahead for those times when you will want to quit or give in to temptation and have a plan of action, you will come through the other side stronger and slimmer.

It is much easier to follow a plan and have an idea of where you want to be in a certain amount of time and how you are going to get there. It’s just like planning a trip away you plan it, you book it and you know where your going and why and how you are going to get there. Change your lifestyle and welcome the slimmer, fitter and healthier you into your life.

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Mood Control, Food, Neurotransmitters and Reclaiming Your Calm

Posted on March 12, 2008. Filed under: health, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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You and I know that we can’t always control what happens in our lives, but we can control how we respond to them. What happens however when your having a bad week, your peri-menopausal or pre-menstrual? Well science might have an answer.

Let me introduce you to the world of brain chemistry and a powerful group of natural chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. The communication network in your brain is a multi-trillion maze of connections capable of performing 20 million-billion calculations per second. Yes, I did say 20 billion!

How does this intricate network operate? Well there are three major players:

§ Neurons, which power the message,

§ Neurotransmitters, which create the message and

§ Receptors, which receive the message.

In simple words, a neurotransmitter is a chemical messenger released from one nerve cell which finds its way to another nerve cell where it influences a particular chemical reaction to occur. Neurotransmitters control major body functions including movement, emotional response, and our physical ability to experience pleasure and pain.

A neurotransmitter imbalance can cause Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, irritable bowel, hormone dysfunction, eating disorders, Fibromyalgia, obsessions, compulsions, adrenal dysfunction, chronic pain, migraine headaches, and even early death. Scientific and medical research indicates that our brains use more than 35 different neurotransmitters, some of these we can control and some we can’t.

It appears, however, that we can control five of the major neurotransmitters with exercise and nutrition, and with our thoughts and behaviours.

Most neurotransmitters are made from amino acids obtained from the protein in food you consume. Two of the most important neurotransmitters are serotonin and dopamine, sometimes called the ‘happy’ drugs. They seem to play a leading role in determining our moods and thoughts.

Eating certain food and exercising at the right level, at the right time for your lifestyle is a keystone to controlling your moods and generating feelings of happiness and relaxation…
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