Monthly Archives: August 2011

Healthy holidays are possible.

The healthy holiday paid off! My personal trainer decided to weigh me this morning to see if I really did have a healthy holiday and after missing 6 days of gym and being away my weight was only up by 200g!!!!

I can live with that!

Healthy Travels

I Went to Scotland this weekend, Started in Edinburg for the Fringe festival and then hopped onto a three day tour from Edinburg up to Loch Ness, Isle of Skye and then Inverness. It was my first trip to Scotland and I really enjoyed all the history, the castle and all the myths and legends.

I’m quiet a traveling junkie and try to see as many countries as I can while I’m living here in the UK. I’m from
South Africa and find it very hard and inaccessible to travel around the world while based at home. So I have done what most people do and moved to London for a few years of working and spending as much time as I can travelling.

I have noticed that it is exceptionally hard to keep a healthy diet while on these trips, and find when you are constantly “eating out” it’s difficult to know if the healthy options you have chosen are actually that healthy.

Without trying to be a complete control freak, I have managed to make this trip a healthy one. Changing the snack food on the bus from chips and chocolates to Fruit and nuts, the fizzy drinks to water and a little fruit juice.

Instead of eating out every night we opted to cook our own food, that way making sure we stick to a healthy diet. But let’s face it, not all of us want to spend our holidays cooking and we did spoil ourselves to a few meals out.

The trick is to start by choosing the right restaurant, My top 3 are

1 – Greek

Traditional Greek foods like dark leafy veggies, fresh fruit, high-fiber beans, lentils, grains, olive oil, and omega-3-rich fish deliver lots of immune-boosting and cancer-fighting ingredients that cut your risks of heart disease, diabetes, and other diet-related ailment.

This cuisine also ranks high because of how it’s eaten, The Greeks often share small plates of food called meze, having just a bite of meat along with low-cal, healthy Greek staples like fresh seafood, slowly digested carbs (beans, eggplant, or whole-grain breads), and small portions of olives and nuts.

If you’re eating out, order grilled fish and spinach or other greens sautéed with olive oil and garlic.

Danger zone: Unless you make it yourself and go light on the butter, the classic spinach pie (spanakopita) can be as calorie- and fat-laden as a bacon cheeseburger.

2 – Vietnamese

Fresh herbs, lots of vegetables and seafood, and cooking techniques that use water or broth instead of oils — these are some of the standout qualities of Vietnamese food.

This cuisine, prepared the traditional way, relies less on frying and heavy coconut-based sauces for flavor and more on herbs, which makes it lower in calories.

One of the healthiest and most delicious Vietnamese dishes is pho (pronounced “fuh”), an aromatic, broth-based noodle soup full of antioxidant-packed spices.

Danger zone: If you’re watching your weight, avoid the fatty short ribs on many Vietnamese menus.

3 –  Japanese

Traditional Japanese cuisine can be super healthy. Not only is the diet rich in cancer-fighting fruits and vegetables, but they also prepare them in the healthiest way possible, with a light steam or a quick stir-fry. The Japanese also practice Hara Hachi Bu, which means “eat until you are eight parts (or 80 percent) full. These simple diet rules may be why people in Japan are far less likely to get breast or colon cancer.

Japanese staples that are amazing for your health include antioxidant-rich yams and green tea; cruciferous, calcium-rich veggies like bok choy; iodine-rich seaweed (good for your thyroid); omega-3-rich seafood; shiitake mushrooms (a source of iron, potassium, zinc, copper, and folate); and whole-soy foods.

Healthy choices the next time you visit a Japanese restaurant? Miso soup, which typically contains seaweed and tofu, or a simple veggie-and-tofu stir-fry.

 

Danger zone: White rice can cause a spike in blood sugar, so ask for brown rice,
rich in fat-burning resistant starch (RS).

Meal replacement

After a lot of research on-line and in the stores I have made my decision on a meal replacement supplement. It was quiet a process for me as I wanted a supplement that would assist with weight loss but not make me bulk up (don’t want to look like the next champion body builder)it needed to  contained all the nutrition I needed and give me enough energy to take it before a tough gym workout. I also wanted one I didn’t have to take with milk.

I have decided to go with a meal replacement called “Diet Whay”.

Diet Whey™ contains a precision, slow-release protein blend to maximise satiety and ensure no hunger pangs or energy crashes during the day. It has fat-loss ingredients which assist with the building of fat-free muscle, without any bulking or excess calorie intake.

I started taking it about a week ago and only replace one meal a day at the moment.

Let’s see how it goes

Back to being motivated!

Ok I’m back to being motivated!

Went for all my measurements today and had good results, I have lost 4kg of body fat and managed to reduce my total body fat percentage by 3.2%!! The biggest result is my hips; I have lost a total of 7cm! So exciting.

 

I have decided to not go clothing shopping until I have reached my goal weight or when my current cloths are un-wearable. This has been really difficult as I LOVE to shop but it has been a good motivator. Today I decided
to go and do a little window shopping, you know one of those “this is what I’m going to buy when I’m thin”. While I was there I thought I’ed try on a pair of jeans in a size smaller then I usually get just to see, and YAH, they fit, a little tight

BUT THEY FIT!

I am so motivated for this challenge!

Keeping it going.

When using the quick fix diets you tend to see results right away and feel great, the problem is that these quick fixes are usually some completely crazy diet were you practically eating nothing and within a few weeks you back to your old eating habits and you have put all the weight on again.

The one nice thing about those quick fixes is that you are seeing huge results in a matter of days, now that I am doing the right thing and making it a life change I am finding it hard to keep motivated when the
results now take longer to show.

I know I have lost weight but because I am also building muscles the scales are not showing much of a weight loss. On Wednesday im having a full weight and measurements so we can then see the results.

Im hoping that I have lost a few centre metres and that should keep me a little more motivated for a little longer.

I’ll give you an update on Wednesday; let’s hope its good results!

Off to spinning tonight, im LOVING it- Its addictive!

Save the world!

Every day I am becoming more and more aware of how we are killing our planet and I really want to do my bit to try save it. About 8 months ago I turned vegetarian, it was fist for the health benefits but it is
more and more becoming about ethical reasons. I’m not here asking all of you to turn vegetarian tomorrow but there are ways we can all start saving the planet.

Bottled water!

We are told we need to drink at least 2 litres of water a day, and if you’re like me then on a good gym work out you can probably meet that target very quickly. If you are buying bottled water every day to meet these targets then STOP!  There is nothing wrong with tap water! I live in the middle of London and drink tap
water every day.

Get yourself a good reusable bottle and start filling it up yourself.  Keep some in the fridge if you prefer a nice cold bottle.

Watch this video for the full detail behind it; I couldn’t say it better even if I tried!

 

Stop Smoking!!!!

If you are like me and are on a road to a healthier, thinner
you then STOP SMOKING! I now know that any smoker reading this is either saying “they enjoy it too much” or “it’s not that easy” But that’s where you are wrong.

I was a smoker, I smoked every day for 10 years from the age
of 13!! And never looked back, I was under the impression that I was not addicted and could stop at any time but I wasn’t going to because I enjoyed it. I eventually went through a few attempts of trying to stop and failing terribly.
I must be honest I never really put my hole heart into stopping because I did enjoy it and love the social aspect of it.

I then started dating “the man of my dreams” and he is not a smoker and really didn’t like my habit but I was not going to stop just because he didn’t like it. He never pressured me and even though I knew he hated it he
never threatened me with it or tried to force me to stop.

He then told me about this seminar I could go to where i would be guaranteed to stop straight away otherwise full money back guarantee. I went onto the net and spoke to other people about it and all seemed great. The people that had been on it had never smoked again and their website had said they have a 99% success rate.  I decided to do it, I thought if I did stop then great and if I didn’t then my boyfriend would see that I had tried.

It’s been over a year and I have never smoked again, I can truly say I am a happy non-smoker and it was the easiest thing I have ever done!

Allan Carr, Easy way to stop smoking really works!

What I loved about it was that I never wanted to stop when I went. Most of these things you do you need to have the right mind-set to get it right or you need to use all your will power. With the Allan Carr method you
walk out of a half day seminar and you truly don’t want to smoke. I went out the same night sat with all my friends that still smoked and never wanted one.

It was amazing.

Do it!!!! It will be the best thing you have ever done.

http://www.allencarrseasyway.co.uk/?gclid=CJHMkoGKyqoCFcSCDgodAipiGg

Decisions, Decisions

Unfortunately no update on my measurements today, got to gym this morning and the power went out so we all had to leave, but I promise on an update soon.

I have decided to take a meal replacement supplement for Breakfast, I have done some research and it seems
like the way to go. A lot of websites have said it is a good way to go, especially
if you are trying to lose weight.  I was worried about if the shakes had the correct nutrition and energy needed for a good work out but have read that by law, meal replacement products must provide the recommended amount of nutrients needed for good health, so no worries there anymore.

When doing my research I found that www.weightlossresources.co.uk
had a large amount of information and very user friendly, another good one was the article on the www.ivillage.com website titled “The Truth About Meal Replacement”

Now the decision is which band to use?

Supplements, Yes or No?

I have found myself looking into the idea of taking some
sort of meal replacement supplement for the mornings that I go to gym first
thing. First reason is to make sure I am having breakfast before gym as I always
seem to find myself running out the house with a piece of toast in my hand, and
the other reason is because I have heard that it can boost energy levels and
assisting is weight loss.

I have been trying to do some research on line and will keep
you all updated on my findings… If any of you have any info on this I would
love to hear from you.

Tomorrow is my first measurements since I started with the
trainer so hold thumbs we see some results

Great spinning class

Spinning last night was GREAT! Tyron, (the instructor) Brilliant! 🙂

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