Which diet camp is the best?


Paleo, vegan, intermittent fasting … what’s the best diet?

I am asked this question more than anything else. Do I endorse paleo, vegan, low carb, intermittent fasting, or whatever other diet is on trend?

I don’t actually believe there’s a single, absolutely, positively, without-a-doubt best diet for every person to follow, always, and forever. Everyone is different when it comes to body type, age, budget, dietary preferences, traditions, knowledge, experience and time pressures. The best diet is the DIET THAT WORKS FOR YOU RIGHT NOW IN YOUR LIFE. The key to any ‘diet’ is sustainability. Ask yourself, “can I easily adhere to this way of eating 90% of the time?”

dietPhysiologically, the human body can thrive under all sorts of different nutritional conditions. This is demonstrated by observing the traditional diets of various tribes and ethnic groups throughout the world. This goes to show that it is possible to be healthy and fit whether you eat mostly meat or mostly veggies, mostly fat or mostly carbs, many times a day or just a few times, and so on.
Typically, all these diet options all accomplish the same things:

  1. They raise nutrition awareness and attention

I know, everyone wants to talk about the food itself — the proteins, carbs, and fats. Research is now showing that simply paying better attention to what you eat is a key factor in whether you’ll lose fat, get lean, and improve your health.

  1. They focus on food quality

Very few diets recommend you eat more processed, chemical-laden “junk” food (thank goodness). Instead, nearly every diet recommends eating whole, minimally processed, nutrient-rich foods and that may be one of the most important nutrition interventions of all, regardless of the protein, carb, and fat breakdowns.

  1. They help eliminate nutrient deficiencies

In keeping with the last point, the best nutritional advocates help us shift away from highly processed foods, which are often low in nutrients, and focus on more whole, natural foods which often have their nutrients intact. Often because the transformation is so dramatic, that’s when we can become diet obsessed.

  1. They help control appetite and food intake

Always thinking about sugarWhen we’re more aware of what we’re eating, we choose more satisfying, higher quality foods, and eliminate nutrient deficiencies. We almost always end up eating less total food. We feel more satisfied. We lose fat, gain lean muscle, and perform better. Note that you don’t need calorie counting here, nor does Bridalicious Bootcamp endorse it. Focusing on food awareness and food quality is usually enough for people to tune into their own hunger and appetite.

  1. They promote regular exercise

When people start paying attention to their eating, they usually start thinking about physical activity too. In fact, many of the diet camps recommend regular exercise.

So, the best diet to follow actually is the one that can become a sustainable way of life for YOU.

With many dietary approaches, fresh knowledge and personal experience under your belt, choose the NUTRITION PLAN which will work BEST for you NOW and long into your marriage.

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Make a decision with your new husband about what nutrition approach you will embrace as a couple. If you can’t decide which one you both may like, try different meal plans and see if you can agree on one!

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4 Reasons Why Water Is Your Bridal Makeover Medicine


There is a Slovakian proverb that says, ‘pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine’ and I’m sure you already know you should be drinking more of it! With your wedding day approaching here are four reminders of why drinking water is one of the best things that you can do for your bridal makeover.

  1. Picture Perfect Skin and Hair

Drinking lots of water is the best way to make your skin truly glow from the inside out. It helps to flush waste and toxins from your body and plump up your cells, making your skin and hair look fuller, clearer and more radiant!

  1. Water Helps You to Lose Weight

We often mistake the feeling of being thirsty for hunger which can lead you to eat more than you really needed. Drinking water makes your stomach physically fuller which sends a signal to your brain telling it to turn off appetite hormones like grelin to make you naturally eat less because you are full.

Inflammation in the body makes weight loss harder and it’s often caused by built up toxins. By flushing these out, water helps the weight to fall off more easily. It’ll also help to boost your resting metabolic rate so that you burn more calories throughout the day.

  1. Water Can Reduce Stress

bridal makeoverYour body needs water to function properly and when you’re dehydrated your cortisol levels increase. If you struggle to drink enough water each day, add a twist of lemon to it! Not only will it make it tastier, it’ll help to balance your blood pH levels, boost your energy, improve your immunity and lower your stress levels.

What an easy way to say goodbye to Bridezilla and hello to Bridechilla!

  1. Drinking Water is Easy!

Adapting to a healthier lifestyle is difficult for most people. You need to push yourself physically, get into a new routine of moving more in everyday life and learn how to cook delicious foods that are also healthy. Compared to all of that, drinking more water is easy! It’s also free and always available out or at home so why wouldn’t you?

How Much Water Do You Need?

The common rule of drinking 2 litres of water a day isn’t right for everyone. The amount of water you need every day depends on your body weight. You need about 30mL of water for every kilogram of body weight so:

Your Daily Water Intake (mL) = 30mL x ___(kg)

Honeymoon or Watermoon?

Pure water is the world's first and foremost medicineThe average bride puts on 3kgs on her honeymoon alone! How do you feel about undoing all of your hard, bridal makeover weight loss work so quickly?

Of course it’s your honeymoon so let your hair down! But that doesn’t mean you need to transform into garbage disposal and eat everything that’s in sight! If you want to become a fit wife for life take the first step by trying to keep your water intake up on your honeymoon! Especially if you’re heading away to a hot tropical island where you’re likely to get dehydrated, reach for a glass of water first when you’re hungry. This habit alone will help you to stay luminous and irresistible!

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As part of your bridal makeover, drink PLENTY of water! Aim for 30mL x body weight (kg) and keep it up during your honeymoon too.

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“Drink more water! Your skin, your hair, your mind and your body will thank you”

You’re Sweet Enough! How to Avoid Added Sugar in Your Wedding Diet


Take a wild guess how much sugar you eat a day? Do you think 10 teaspoons sounds like a lot? The average person eats 30 teaspoons of added sugar every day! And I’m not talking about the sugar that naturally occurs in foods, this is just the sugar that’s ADDED to processed foods and drinks. Reducing the amount of added sugar that’s in your wedding dress diet will not only help you to lose weight to reveal that fit, wedding dress body, it’ll also help you to feel healthier and reduce cravings. In this article I’m going to explain what sugar does to your body and share four tips on how you can break the sugar habit today!

Sugar, Sugar…It’s Everywhere!

added sugarThere are 65 different names for sugar and it’s important to understand the difference between natural and added sugars. Naturally occurring sugars like those found in fruit (fructose) and milk (lactose) aren’t ones you need to worry about in your wedding diet. It’s the added sugar such as regular table sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) that we want to reduce.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that an adult with a normal body mass index (BMI) shouldn’t eat more than 12 teaspoons of added sugar a day. For even more health benefits, they recommend reducing this to only 6 teaspoons per day and if you’re on a mission to be a fit, healthy and sexy bride, this is what we’re aiming for!

Added sugar is often hidden in healthy foods such as cereals, pasta sauces and fruit yoghurts so check the nutritional content panel and try to stick to things with less than 10% sugar i.e. no more than 10 grams per 100 grams.

Sugar and Your Body

Have you heard sugar being called ‘the new tobacco’? It’s actually considered an addictive drug because it lights up the pleasure centres in your brain, making you feel happier. It also overrides the natural hunger signals from your body so you feel hungry, almost straight away, despite how much you’ve already eaten.

Sugar is the new tobacco4 Tips to be a Naturally Sweet Bride!

  1. Don’t buy it and don’t keep it in the house

    – Don’t even walk down the confectionary aisle at the supermarket! If it’s not there you won’t want it and even if a craving does hit, you won’t be relying on willpower to stop yourself from heading to the fridge.

  2. Eat more superfoods

    – Cravings are often caused by nutrient deficiencies so make sure your wedding diet includes lots of superfoods to fuel you well. Check out my blog post for some ideas.

  3. Supplement with chromium and glutamine

    – Glutamine shuts down the craving response and chromium stabilises your blood sugar levels so that your body can realise more easily when you’re actually hungry.

  4. Stress less and sleep more

    – Irrational cravings are triggered by stress, exhaustion and sleep deprivation so make it easier on yourself by being well rested and relaxed.

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Take the first step to breaking the sugar habit by embracing ‘Sugar-Free Fridays’ and avoid eating anything with added sugars for the day. Don’t forget that sugar that naturally occurs in foods like fruit, vegetables and milk is A-Okay!

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“Eat less sugar, you’re sweet enough already”

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10 Superfoods to Make You a Superbride


Did you know that in 10 months, none of the cells in your body right now will be alive? You’ll have a whole new body so what you choose to include in your wedding diet will literally make your wedding body. It’s essential that you’re eating a nutrient-rich diet that’s going to give you the energy you need to shine from the inside out. It might be tempting to reach for a packet of chips or a bar of chocolate when you’re stressed or flat out, but a healthy diet is THE very basis for making you feel energised, able and happy. For your bridal makeover, include nutrient-dense foods to make you feel full of vitality and lose weight for your wedding. You really are what you eat so fill yourself with these 10 superfoods so that you can look AND FEEL your very best on your big day!

  1. Broccoli

    – Broccoli should be a staple for every bride with lots of antioxidants and fibre to fill you up with all of the right stuff!

  2. Walnuts

    – These nuts are the richest plant source of omega-3 fats. Try to have 30 grams a day or a palm full as a snack.

  3. Berries

    – Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and cranberries are full of antioxidants and very low in calories making them an ideal addition to every bride’s diet.

  4. Oysters

    – One oyster on its own will give you almost an entire daily serve of zinc which keeps your immune system in top shape and helps you heal faster.

  5. superfoodsOats

    – Oats have one of the lowest GIs of all grains and are high in soluble fibre to keep you energised and full for longer.

  6. Salmon

    – High in omega 3 fats, salmon is a tasty way to keep your hair, skin, heart and brain healthy. It’ll also help to reduce any inflammation you have from your wedding workouts and has even been shown to help you sleep better.

  7. Red capsicum

    – This bright vegetable is rich in carotenoids, an antioxidant that helps to reduce inflammation and enhance weight loss efforts.

  8. Flaxseed

    – With high levels of omega 3’s, flaxseeds have been shown to help with weight loss.

  9. Eggs

    – Don’t throw the yolks away! Eggs are an eggcellent source of protein and 18 other nutrients including vitamins D and B12 to keep your body functioning well.

  10. Green tea

    – Drink 3 cups of green tea a day to fill yourself with antioxidants and help you to lose weight for your wedding.

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Choose at least 3 superfoods from the list above and find tasty ways that you can add them to your regular diet to keep you glowing from the inside out!

“Each time you sit down to a meal, you’re making life and death decisions. Does that sound scary? Rather than scary, you should look at it as an exciting opportunity to make choices that will direct the course of your life no matter what age you are” – S Pratt

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Fit Your Wedding Dress with Intermittent Fasting

Have you ever tried that standard approach to weight loss – exercise more and eat less but never skip a meal? Has it worked for you or have you found it hard to stick to, been low on energy and craving all the foods that you’re not meant to eat? What if I told you that if you ate normally 5 days a week and only ‘dieted’ for 2 days a week and could lose more weight than if you’d been eating low calories all week? That’s the basis for intermittent fasting and it’s a great wedding dress diet strategy to lose weight more easily!

What is 5:2 Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a sustainable approach to weight loss that’s a great way to lose weight for your wedding without jeopardising your health. It doesn’t mean stopping eating entirely but just reducing the amount of food you eat on some days. The 5:2 or ‘fast diet’ involves cutting your calorie intake to ¼ of your normal level (about 500 calories for women), 2 days a week and eating normally on the other 5 days.

65% of the body's energy is directed to the digestive organs5 Reasons to Try Intermittent Fasting

On your wedding day you’ll want to look healthy, fit and radiant! Intermittent fasting is a great way to lose that extra 5kgs so that you can feel fabulous in your wedding dress without having the stress of trying to stick to a restrictive diet and not having enough energy to work out. Intermittent fasting is ideal for your wedding dress diet because:

  1. It’s easier to stick to

    – More than 80% of dieters fail at trying to eat less calories day after day. Intermittent fasting is easier to stick to so you’ll be less likely to backslide with a tub of ice cream.

  2. Starvation mode is a myth

    – The theory that skipping meals will put your body into ‘starvation mode’ where it stores fat, is untrue. Your body has enough glycogen in the muscles and liver to fuel your body for 3 days without any food at all.

  3. Improved cell repair

    – Skipping 1-2 meals a day for a couple of days a week frees up energy that would be used for digestion and allows your body to repair and recuperate itself.

“It is estimated that 65% of the body’s energy must be directed to the digestive organs after a heavy meal. Fasting has been called the “miracle cure” because it frees up energy and initiates the body’s healing and recuperation mechanisms.”

  1. Healing power

    – Research has shown that intermittent fasting improves a long list of physical conditions including allergies, arthritis, digestive disorders, skin conditions, cardiovascular disease and asthma.

  2. Improved insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance

    – Fasting improves insulin sensitivity and tolerance of gluten which improves your general heath and makes it easier to lose weight.

intermittent fastingHow Much Will I Lose?

If you use the 5:2 approach to intermittent fasting women should lose around 0.5kgs per week. The key to your success is not over-eating on non-fasting days but eating your normal, healthy diet!

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Pick 2 non-consecutive days this week to try 5:2 intermittent fasting. On these days you’ll reduce your energy intake to 500 calories and eat a normal amount on the other 5 days. Mondays and Thursdays are great for most people but choose something that works with your schedule and try to avoid fasting on your hardest workout days.

“There is nothing else you can do to your body that is as powerful as fasting” – Michael Mosley

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Is Portion Distortion Hindering Your Wedding Weight Loss?


Did you know that portions have increased as much as 50% over the last 20 years? It’s important to know WHAT to eat, but knowing HOW MUCH to eat is also crucial if you want to achieve your wedding weight loss. Plates are larger, restaurants are serving up more food and anything packaged comes bigger than it was before. Don’t let portion distortion stop you from losing weight for your wedding! Take control and learn how much food your body really needs to fuel itself without overeating.

What’s On Your Plate?

To make sure that you are getting the right quantity of macronutrients to fuel your body every meal and snack should consist of an equal portion of carbs and protein.

Use your fist as a guide to serve yourself up an amount of protein and carbs that is perfect for you! A smaller person doesn’t use as much fuel as a larger person, so using your fist will give you the right amount of food for your own body rather than just serving up the same amount as your man eats.

If you are used to eating everything that’s on your plate regardless of how hungry you are, serve yourself up 80% of your normal serving or use a smaller plate.

Don’t forget the Hungermeter test and try to keep your tank ¾ full or ‘satisfied and not hungry’ at all times.

weight loss‘Hari Hatchi Bu’

The Okinawans are a Japanese community that are renown for living long, happy and healthy lives. They have a tradition of saying ‘hari hatchi bu’ before each meal which means, ‘eat until you’re 80% full’. This is a great principle to live by for optimal health and allows a buffer for the 20-minute delay between when we eat food and when our stomach registers that we’re full.

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Over the next couple of days take a look at your plate before you start eating and see if you’re having a fist sized portion of carbs and proteins with half a plate of vegies or salad for lunch and dinner. If not, start using this as a guide to make sure that you’re getting the right amount of macro-nutrients to fuel YOU and support healthy weight loss!

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Stop Restricting and ADD Real Foods to Lose Weight!


Most diets are all about restricting certain foods; don’t eat anything with added sugar, cut out fruit, are you really going to have potatoes with that?!? This negative mind-set is one that we try to avoid here at Bridalicious! Make your wedding weight loss journey a positive one by focusing on ADDING real, unprocessed foods to your diet to watch that weight disappear.

Changing your attitude towards dieting to concentrate on INCLUDING more fresh, live, organic and nutrition-filled foods will set you up to lose weight more easily and reveal your wedding dress body!

Every single day your body needs fuel to produce skin, muscle and bone along with rich, red blood cells that carry nutrients and oxygen around your body. Without the right raw materials, your body can’t function properly and may lead to ‘cell starvation’. Your body needs at least 30 differentWhen you eat a meal that is high in calories from fat and sugar, for example a Big Mac meal, your cells are starved of the nutrition that they need and you’ll be left longing for more food, despite the total number of calories that you’ve eaten.

There are at least 30 vitamins and minerals that your body needs but can’t make on its own in sufficient quantities. Your body depends your diet to get these essential micro-nutrients so that it can function properly and get the most potential energy out of the food that you are consuming.

Instead of depriving yourself of food to try to lose weight, make sure that you eat whole, fresh foods that are nutrient-dense to give your body what it is actually craving! Doing this as part of your wedding dress diet will allow your body to function better, give you more energy and you will often see that excess weight seemingly ‘fall off’.

lose weightShould You Take Supplements?

While there is a place for supplements in the diet, taking pills should NEVER be an excuse to eat foods that are lacking in nutrition. Researchers have shown that consuming foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals is far better for your health and well-being than taking supplements. If you are lacking in a particular nutrient, try to include more foods that are naturally high in it even if your doctor has also recommended using a supplement.

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Embrace ‘Magic Mondays’ to get your week off to a great start by ADDING loads of fresh foods and eliminating processed foods. THIS Monday base all of your meals and snacks on plant-based, whole foods and watch the momentum and confidence that starting your week right can build!

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“Many nutritionists believe that 9 in 10 people receive insufficient vitamins, minerals and essential fats from their diet”

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Quit Carbophobia AND Get Your Wedding Dress Body!


Have you ever been on a low carb diet to find yourself with brain fog, no energy to work out and all you can think about is chocolate or ice cream?

We’re often told that cutting carbs is the best approach to losing weight but did you know that carbs make up the majority of the nutrients that your body needs to function? Stop being afraid of carbs and instead use them to shed that unwanted weight to reveal your wedding dress body!

Yes, people do lose weight on low carb diets but studies have shown that weight loss may just be from a calorie deficit instead of the fact that they aren’t eating bread or pasta. Because your body stores three grams of water for every gram of stored carbohydrates, initial weight loss on a low carb diet is usually just dehydration, not true fat loss.

Your brain, muscles and organs don't do low-carbDepriving yourself of carbs usually just zaps your energy and increases your cravings for less healthy foods making it super hard to stick to your wedding weight loss plan!

What Actually Are Carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are simply sugars that the body converts into glucose to keep your brain, muscles and organs working. They’re your primary source of energy so it’s no wonder that life really does feel more difficult when you are deprived of them! Grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables all contain carbs and shouldn’t be cut out of your diet when trying to lose weight.

The Glycaemic Index (GI) is a scientifically based measurement of how different types of carbs affect your blood sugar levels. Low GI foods are broken down more slowly than high GI foods and spikes in your insulin and blood sugar levels. Include low GI carbs in each meal to keep your energy levels even, stop yourself from getting ravenous and help you to achieve that wedding dress body!

Carbs 4 Weight Loss!

Fibre is your best friend for weight lossFibre is a type of complex carbohydrate that contains zero calories and slows digestion to make you feel full for longer. It is your best friend when it comes to reducing hunger and can be found in fruit, vegetables, nuts, wholegrains, seeds and legumes. Aim for foods that have more than five grams of fibre per serve to help you lose weight for your wedding without allowing uncontrollable hungry to make you give into sugar cravings.

When you’re fueled with quality carbs you should see your endurance improve and find it easier to push harder during high intensity workouts meaning that you can burn more calories! Your body also won’t be missing a key nutrient so cravings for sugary foods should naturally reduce making it easier for you to stick to a healthy, balanced diet.

How Many Carbohydrates Do You Need?

For sustainable weight loss and that sexy wedding dress body, aim for 3-5 grams of carbohydrates per kilogram of body weight. If you are highly active (regularly doing high intensity, long duration or very frequent exercise) you will need more than this to give your body the energy it needs.

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During this week, quit the carbophobia and just be aware of what types of carbohydrates you are consuming:

  1. Look at the nutrition information panel on items at the supermarket and try to consume foods with less than 10% sugar i.e. no more than 10g/100g
  2. Replace high GI foods with low GI alternatives including:
    • Oats, barley and/or bran based cereals
    • Legumes in at least 2 meals per week (lowest GI food group)
    • Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
    • Vinaigrette dressings
    • Wholegrain breads, rice and pasta
    • Grains such as quinoa or pearled barley

 

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MACRO-NUTRIENTS: What Are Those Wacko Macros?

What in the world are macro-nutrients? Let’s break that down…Macro means big…nutrients are what you get from your food. So, MACRO-NUTRIENTS are the biggest parts of or ways to group your food: protein, carbohydrates & good fats. For now, we will focus on the first two: proteins and fats, then later, I’ll help take all the mystery out of carbohydrates. By learning more about your food, you will be able to make smarter choices because you will be educated about what goes into your body.

Protein’s main role is to build and repair cells. It’s a pretty important role considering that we are made up of cells. Protein packs a punch when training because it speeds recovery of lean muscle tissue. Protein is also fantastic for keeping you feeling full longer since it takes longer for the body to break it down. Additionally, since it takes longer to break down, you have a continuous supply of good energy. Eating more protein will help you avoid energy slumps throughout the day where you would otherwise feel the need for an instant sugar fix. Do your best eat protein following exercise and also in the morning since it will help you avoid visiting the donut box at work once…or twice. The main source of protein is meat but it’s also found in nuts, seeds, legumes (beans), eggs, cottage cheese or yogurt. But, be careful not to over consume protein. Eating too much protein can still turn into fat if you’re overdoing calories or are not active enough. So, how much do you need? It’s recommended you eat 0.75gm protein per kilogram of body weight.

Your body needs all the essential building blocks

Let me dispel every ugly thing you’ve heard about fat. EATING FAT WILL NOT MAKE YOU FAT! Fats are the most energy dense of all nutrients with 1gm fat equating to 9 calories. Closely following is alcohol at 7 calories per gram and tied 3rd is protein and carbs at 4 calories per gram. There is, however, such a thing as good fat and bad fat. The fats that are considered bad— trans fatty acids and saturated fats — are those that increase the body’s bad cholesterol levels. A general rule of thumb is that if the fat is solid at room temperature, it’s bad. Saturated fats are mostly derived from animal fats, such as butter, cheese, whole milk and meat, which is why they’re in the EAT LESS category of The Optimal Diet.

Good fats are those that can improve your blood-cholesterol levels and are cardio protective—polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. If your fat can remain liquid (or has a low melting temperature like Coconut oil, then it’s ok!)  Monounsaturated fats are derived mainly from olive, peanut and canola oils, as well as from avocados, while polyunsaturated fats are found in corn, soybean, sunflower seeds, as well as fish. Omega 3 is a fat that must be acquired from food and is abundantly found in fish, flaxseeds (linseed) and fish oil supplements. Transform yourself from the inside outReady for a fun fact!? Archeologists have determined that man began to advance with tools and hunting and have even found that their brain began to grow once he incorporated fish into his diet! That’s right, early man got smarter from eating fish! It’s brain food, honey! But, how much fat do you need? Fat intake should equal 30% of your total calories which equates to approximately 7-10gm fat per kilogram of body weight.

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Want a quick “cheat sheet” when in the grocery store? When looking at your nutrition info panel on items in the supermarket look at the 100gm column and shoot for items with <10gm fat per serve and where possible >10gm protein (to aid in hunger control).

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Stop Crying On Your Ice Cream!


We are involved in a biological warfare with ourselves. Many times, these biological grenades manifest as addictions. Whether it’s an addiction to food, drugs, sugar, or sex, each of these causes a chemical reaction of pleasure in our brains. The brain is a powerful thing. When it gets a chemical reaction it likes, it tells you it needs it more. Then we blame these biological grenades as the problem but instead, it’s our attachment to them that gives them their power. Ultimately we can only break free of these addictions, distractions, or “biological grenades” by looking deep inside and figuring out why we continue to engage in destructive behaviour.

One of the best ways to understand the underlying nature of our insatiable appetite is by looking at our cravings. Often when we crave something, it’s not because we are genuinely hungry, but it’s an emotional response to something deeper. Many times, we overeat (or give in to stronger cravings) not because we’re excessively hungry, but because we mindlessly shovel food in our mouths the minute an uncomfortable truth or feeling arises. The brain is a powerful thingWe try to mask or minimise this emotion with food – HELLO EMOTIONAL EATING! When you get angry or upset, this emotion creates chemical responses which demand soothing and, many times, you try to medicate with food. After you’ve given in to your craving, you later have forgotten about what upset you and caused the emotional binge, but your body hasn’t. The craving is rarely about the situation but rather the feeling that it caused in you. The more you can ride out the storms INSIDE, the clearer and brighter the future will be. Get REAL with yourself, learn to ride the wave and you will conquer cravings.

Throughout the week when you have a craving for something sweet, salty, or fatty, take a moment to analyse the craving before you give in. Ask yourself, “What’s really going on here?” Are you just bored? Many times, boredom causes cravings because we fill the void of tasks with food. One time, a friend told me, “if you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re not hungry. You’re bored.” More often than not, if we are honest with ourselves, we will see that the over eating or craving isn’t the problem, but it’s something bigger that our stomach—it’s our emotions.

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When you have a craving, drink a glass of water and wait at least 15 minutes to determine true hunger from cravings. After this time, if you find the craving hasn’t subsided, be honest with yourself if you are truly hungry or dealing with an emotional issue.

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