Making slim your lifestyle

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Image by www.adrianalfordphotography.com

So I was chatting to a social media follower, let’s call her Betty and we got to talking after she commented on one of my posts where the theme was ‘I walk because I hate running.’

She posted something encouraging like, “ you look great, keep it up.” So explained to her that it was just my lifestyle now, I am at my goal weight, and it’s just what I do now. No effort required, no trying, no pushing, no fear of it all coming back. Just being in peace and harmony with myself, my health, the food I eat, the exercise I do, loving it all, accepting who I am, what I want and letting go of all the noise and rubbish that doesn’t work for me.

It’s a pretty blissful place to be. I wake up itching to go for my walk, I absolutely love the raw chocolate treats and other food I make for myself. I love how it all makes me feel, which is why it could become my lifestyle – I don’t want to be doing anything else.

She explained that she wished she was at the same place, however a challenge group she was in to lose weight had her attempting 100 squats per day and as she hasn’t done much exercise – read none – in a very long time. This was proving to be a huge challenge to the point where she was dreading getting up in the morning.

Can you hear my mind screaming????!!!! Aaaaaahhh!!

What hope does she have of success if she hates it?

This is all so sad from so many angles.

First of all, I have covered before my view on bad trainers see here and here and I think this was a beach body coach, whatever that is. Once again slapping a one size fits all military style regime to the whole group, without considering anybody’s individual goals or needs. Doomed to fail and make the person feel bad in the process. Good job.

Second of all, here is a genuine person trying to make changes to her life and many overweight people are in the same boat, paddling the wrong way, making it harder for themselves, setting themselves up to fail, feeling bad and continuing to cop the ridicule of the ‘it’s not rocket science’ brigade. Just awful.

And thirdly, most importantly tying right back into the title, what kind of lifestyle is that requiring you to do 100 squats a day??!! And I am sure there is more involved too like 100 sit-ups, 100 push ups etc.

I don’t want that kind of lifestyle. That holds zero appeal to me and I can perfectly understand why people drop out and don’t do it. And the crazy part is that it’s not even necessary!

At the same token there are many people who thrive on discipline, love a tough military style routine and that is perfectly fine too, we are all different. But if you look at the stats and 10% of the population may go to the gym and 80% who sign up don’t actually go, so that’s more like 2% actually do it, then 98% of us are hating it!

So it puzzles me as to why they keep trying to apply this one method, over the top solution when it doesn’t stick? And just causes stress which increases cortisol and makes it harder to lose weight.

So let’s think about the lifestyle we really want, that we would love to do. Then the transition to where you are now and where you want to be is an awesome journey of fun and feeling good and you will wonder why you hadn’t thought of it before!

Happy discovering!

Bliss ball.

 

Kristy x

Potato Shortbread Cookies (Gluten free, 4 ingredients)

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Since I’ve discovered that heating nut flours like almond flour etc actually increases the oxidisation of PUFAs (poly unsaturated fatty acids) in them and kind of makes them toxic (eek!), you can understand why I’m not so keen to continue making up recipes with these nutty flours in it.

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Is ‘Coconut Body Milk by Eco by Sonya’ the only low PUFA natural skincare in the world?

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Quick quiz….

What is a PUFA?  –  Why is it a problem?  –  How does it relate to my skin and aging?

Ok, PUFAs are Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids and despite many a traditional dietitian still espousing that it’s the healthier oil – think nut oil, seed oil, grain oil – like sunflower, canola, rice bran – others like Biologist Dr Ray Peat say that due to its unstable nature – ie: easily breaks down in heat and light – it actually may be toxic and inflammatory and cause a whole host of issues like this:-

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DIY Healthy Chocolate Chips

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Every time I was in my local health store, I would look at the packets of healthy choc chips longingly, thinking of all the yummy treats to which I could add them – like my ice cream, brownies, slices, even biscuits.

But at $24 a pop for a little packet, that seemed a little indulgent to me – I want healthy ingredients, but that’s a bit ridiculous. And the non-healthy ones were not at option.

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Coconut water and why it’s pretty awesome.

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So hydration – quite important right? The story goes – three days without water and you’re cactus.

In recent times though the fit and healthy crew have gone a bit overboard with DRINK ALL THE WATER!

But more than you actually need is not better at all and in fact can slow your metabolism down, overtax your kidneys and dilute the minerals and electrolytes your body actually needs to function correctly. More on that whole hullabaloo another time.

However that last point about electrolytes… leads me to coconut water.

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The switch from very Low Carb to Pro Metabolic eating Part 2 – The OUT list.

saladleavesSo last post I detailed all the foods I’m including in my diet to eat in a pro metabolic way, if you need a refresher of what they were, then click here.

Now here is the ‘perhaps they are not as healthy as we thought’ list.

Some entries may shock you as they did me… approach with an open mind…

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The switch from very Low Carb/Keto to Pro Metabolic eating.

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Ok, so I’ve mentioned a few times now that I have changed how I am eating.

The reason:

…my holy grail – low sugar and low carb – stopped working for me and the weight started to pile back on!

Oh no!

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Cherry & Blueberry Popsicles

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What happened to the cherries this year? Hardly any in the stores and still so expensive. Just as well there are frozen options handy at all times.

Have been loving these fruity popsicles (or Icy Poles for the Aussies!) just as an after dinner ‘cool me down’ and little sweet hit.

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What I’ve learned… was mostly wrong!

happyny2017It’s been an eye opening last 6 months for me on the healthy food front!

I’ve discovered a whole different angle of nutrition based on nourishing, healing and nurturing your body. It supports healthy hormones, regulates your blood sugar, encourages repair and rejuvenation and is basically everything you need for a super healthy body, fast metabolism and easy weight loss/maintenance.

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Christmas Round Up

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Not sure what it is about December but as soon as it hits, the panic sets in!

I always feel like I have more time than I do to get things organised and it freaks me out when I realise I don’t! How about you?

One year, I’d love to go away for all of December and January and just skip it. Bask on a beach maybe?

As you can imagine, I haven’t been adding to the stress by trying to create new treats – the imagination is still running wild with new options I want to try, but I’m being kind to myself.

So I thought I would leave you with a few suggestions on nibbles and sweets from my past recipe pursuits, that may work for our hot weather Chrissy and keep everyone healthy at the same time.

And even better, at the end of my list, Sonia from Natural New Age Mum has compiled a fantastic resource of Christmas wholefood recipes from other healthy writers – lots of great ideas there. Totally saved me the work and more stress! Cheers Sonia!

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Starters & Snacks

Cheesy Chips

Olive & Feta Party Sticks

Tahini Dip with Celery

Avocado Dip

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Slices & sweet treats

Cherry & Orange Festive Slice

Healthy White Christmas

Coconut Snaps

Gummies – Coffee, Lemon, Coconut Cream & Lemon

Vanilla Coconut Bliss Ice-Cream

Lemoni Slice

A great wholefood Christmas resource:

http://naturalnewagemum.com/a-healthy-wholefood-christmas/

I think I’ll be trying a few of these myself!

 

Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday break where ever you venture.

Wishing you fun, love, laughter and, of course – amazing health.

Jingle bells,

 

Kristy x

(Thanks to www.adrianalfordphotography.com for the images!)