Transforming your mind and body …inside out

Transforming your mind and body …inside out

All programs are not created equal. When it comes to living well and living young, there’s one obstacle that millions of us are trying to overcome. Whether it’s hunger, lack of willpower, or life getting in the way, reaching a healthy weight and shape is a very difficult endeavour. The desire is certainly there, but you need your mind and body working together – and working for you. Transformation is about more than a number on a scale. It’s about redefining your body composition to build a healthier, leaner you. There is no magic pill for weight loss!! No matter what you have read or have been told, it’s simply not true – there is no magic bullet when it comes to weight management and body shaping. What does play an essential role in healthy weight management is lifestyle and dietary factors. All weight loss is not equal, nor is all weight loss beneficial; therefore the number on a scale should not be considered the ultimate measure of success. Diet after diet, fad after fad, we’ve become obsessed with a number on the scale. We weigh ourselves every day hoping the number will go down—and cringing when it goes up. It’s time to lose that dependence on the scale and embrace a better approach to the way we look and feel. The key to a lean and healthy body is not about the number on the scale, but rather about building a healthier, leaner you. With traditional diets, the weight people lose is part water, part fat, and part muscle. Did you know that muscle loss can account for...
Loss of vitality affects any age!

Loss of vitality affects any age!

Getting older is a given, but our diet and lifestyle play a huge role in how we look and feel along the way! Aging doesn’t necessarily mean getting sick or feeling less than our best — if we pay attention to a few key factors and make a few important shifts, we can age healthfully and feel as optimal as possible. THE INNER YOU The two biggest complaints we all have about getting older are looking older and feeling older. What I’d like to talk about is feeling younger and what it can mean for you. While everyone accepts that we all age at the same pace as everyone else; that doesn’t mean we want to feel time’s effects. Part of feeling older is feeling that loss of vitality. Of our strength and energy needed to live a good, rewarding, happy and productive life. If we age prematurely, we lose vitality in numerous ways: Phyically – losing vitality in our physical bodies means we quickly lose endurance, stamina, and we get tired much easier. We notice we don’t respond to stress as well; we don’t handle late nights as well as we used to, and certain tasks or even hobbies we enjoyed doing, take just that little more effort. Mentally – As we get older, our mental sharpness begins to decrease, and there are subtle changes in the way we think – we notice it takes longer for us to solve a problem, it becomes more difficult to learn new skills, remember names (sound familiar?), or even find the car keys. In today’s busy and stressful world, we all...
STRESS AGES YOUR SKIN – How to keep that Youthful Glow

STRESS AGES YOUR SKIN – How to keep that Youthful Glow

We all know that too much stress is bad for our health. But did you know that a recent study found that stress also increases the risk of depression, heart disease and infectious diseases, and increases inflammation throughout the body – which, by the way, increases skin aging as well. I don’t know about you, but my experience is that when I’m stressed, I’m less likely to eat right, get enough sleep, and the exercise routine is pushed aside. These actions not only affect our overall health, but also our appearance. The skin fails to get the nutrients it needs to repair itself. You know, you get up in the morning, look in the mirror and your skin has that inconvenient acne eruption or a skin flare up. While it’s hard to escape stress completely, there are steps that will help your skin resist the negative effects of stress. How Stress Affects Your Skin People who suffer from conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea know that stress can trigger embarrassing and uncomfortable flare-ups. But, even people without these skin conditions will feel the effects of stress on their skin. In fact, it has been noted by Dermatologists that stress can aggravate the skin and trigger unexpected flare-ups, which in effect, creates even more stress for the patient. What happens when you are dealing with stress, your body releases the stress hormone – cortisol – into your bloodstream. This causes an increase in oil production, which in turn can lead to oily skin, acne, and rashes. Research has noted that stress has a negative effect on the barrier of the...
Why should I be active

Why should I be active

It’s simple really – physically active people are healthier. Being physically active is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle and there is plenty of scientific evidence that clearly links regular physical activity to a wide range of physical and mental health benefits, and that people who enjoy regular physical activity tend to: Live longer Manage their weight better Be less likely to have a heart attack or stoke Have reduced risk of developing diabetes and some cancers Feel more energetic Have a healthier blood cholesterol level Have lower blood pressure Have stronger bones and muscles Feel more confident and happy Be able to sleep better Now, you may be thinking – I was fit and healthy in my earlier days – played sport every week; jogged on the beach; swam; went to the gym, I should be able to get fit pretty quick! Unfortunately, benefits attained early in life can’t be stored – physical activity needs to be regular, and ideally, taken every day. So what do I mean by 30 minutes a day of ‘moderate activity’? I have some great news – important health benefits associated with physical activity can be gained through moderate intensity activity, such as walking, swimming, gardening or playing golf (yes Golf!). Of course, for those of you who wish to be active in a more vigorous way by participating in activities such as organised sport, aerobics or jogging should continue to do so, as these activities can provide additional health benefits. Medical experts now recommend that adults of all ages do 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on all or most...
Eat Well with an effective Eating Plan

Eat Well with an effective Eating Plan

So what is an Eating Plan? The specially created eating plan for the 90 day Transformation Weight Management program focuses on helping you learn how to build a healthy meal that gives your body the nutrients it needs every day while staying within your daily protein intake. A healthy eating plan will also lower your risk for heart disease and other health conditions. A healthy eating plan: Emphasises vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy or non dairy products Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts Limits saturated and trans fats, sodium, and added sugars Controls portion sizes A differentiating factor of this amazing 90 day Transformation Weight Management Program’s Eating Plan is that it utilises hand sizes as a guide to food portion sizes. A simple and easy to understand and follow Eating Plan is one of the three integral components of the 90 day program and is clearly outlined in the Program Handbook given to participants once they have registered. No special meals to cook; no difficult recipes to follow; no dramatic changes to the average pantry, and participants have access to handy and family friendly recipe ideas that suits the whole family. No need to make a meal for you, and a meal for everyone else! Simple meal ideas that will suit everyone. Want to know more? It doesn’t cost anything to ask. Connect with us...