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Secrets to Winter Living

This last couple of weeks has seen the winter set in here on the mountain.

Now, I do love the idea of the fire roaring, tucked up and cosy in front of it, with a hot soup and homemade bread, savouring the joys of winter.

Roaring fire winter

Wintertime fire

Home made soup_bread

Homemade soup & bread

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, winter Queensland style, the daytime temperatures are still getting to 20 degress celcius – I shouldn’t be complaining at all, and I’m not, believe me!

Crisp winters day with clear skies and sunset

Crisp winters day with clear skies and sunset

I grew up with frosts, snow, rain, hail and some sunshine during the winter months, so this is bliss for me!

 

With the joys of winter, along comes some of the lesser joys – coughs, colds and flu.

 

The secrets to living through the winter and using nature to support us through the colds and flus that I use include:

 

  • Homeopathic remedies
  • Essential oils
  • Herbal teas

 

Specifically, I recommend the following:

 

Homeopathic remedies

  • Anas barb – first sign of aches and pains associated with the flu
  • Aconite – first sign of a sore throat, burning/pricking sensation, comes on quickly
  • Ferr-phos – first sign of just not right, just not 100%

Use these remedies at the first signs of a cold or flu

  • All-c – clear, profuse, burning discharge
  • Bell – sudden onset, with high temperature, very sore throat, pounding headache, nagging cough
  • Hep-sulph – thick, yellow/green discharge, sore throat, splinter pains, productive cough
  • Merc – infected throat, night sweats, bad breath/taste
  • Nat-m – violent sneezing, runny nose, clear like egg white discharge
  • Puls – bland, thick yellow discharge, dry mouth, no thirst, poor appetite

Use these remedies during a cold or flu

Essential Oils

  • Clove bud
  • Lemon or Lime
  • Eucalyptus staigeriana

Use these oils in your oil burner to keep the rooms fresh and reduce the viral load in the air surrounding you, also they break up the building mucous and assist in removing the mucous

 

Herbal teas

  • Licorice tea (or liquorice), my favourite also includes Fennel (anti-inflammatory, mild expectorant), Aniseed (expectorant and anti-spasmodic for coughs) and Lemongrass (may reduce fevers)
  • Lemon (lemon juice has more Vit C than oranges, lemon juice benefits sore throats) & ginger (increases sweating, thus reducing fever) tea
  • Lemon & honey tea

Use these teas when you have cold or flu.  They support the immune system, can assist in reducing fevers, reduce coughing, break up the mucous that is building and assist in removing that mucous too.

 

Diet

  • reduce diary products (mucous forming)
  • increase garlic (supports immune system)
  • increase ginger (increases sweating, thus reducing fever)

 

Note: take the homeopathic remedies and the essential oils on advice of a qualified practitioner, and, if symptoms persist please seek medical advice

Have you ever struggled?

“Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished:

If You’re Alive – It Isn’t”

                                                         – Richard Bach

Recently I was reading a lovely email that was titled “make meaning from your struggle”.

It reasonated well with me on a number of levels:

  • everything really does happen for a reason
  • there are no good or bad experiences, just experiences
  • experiences where you feel the world has abandoned you, are learning experiences in hind sight
  • experiences you have allow you to be the best person you can be today
  • without these experiences you wouldn’t be where you are now, experiencing the joys of those around you, of the universe surrounding you today
  • experiences allow you to grow into a stronger person on a daily basis

 

The email ended with this lovely statement

There is a plan for your life and, so long as you continue to learn

things will get better

 

Take heart, all our experiences are learning experiences for us to grow stronger and enable us to continue on our path that is meant for us while we are here. Have a great experience today!

 

If you're alive, you are on your mission

If you’re alive, you are on your mission

 

The Coral Tree, as a flower essence, is subtitled “The Wounded Warrior” – we are all carrying our wounds of experience, the Coral Tree allows us to heal these deep wounds that are blocking our Path and give you a sense of renewal, strength, courage, endurance and wisdom.

Contact me for some Coral Tree essence to carry you forward on your learning experience without the wounds of the past blocking your progress on your intended Path

 

The secret to starting your day with a bounce!

A great way to start your day is with protein in your breakfast.

I do this every day with a serving of 26g of protein – so I decided to look out for recipes that also contain a similar amount of protein, also ensuring there is a balance of carbohydrates and fats and fibre too – you can’t forget those little beauties to begin your day!

 

Here is a selection that I have found for you to enjoy:

Protein Packed Oatmeal (borrowed from Live Fit)

  • contains chia seeds for that extra nutritional boost
  • 28g protein

 

Chia Oats,

Chia Oats, Live Fit

3-ingredient Peanut Butter Pancakes (borrowed from Fit Foodie Finds)

  • grain free and dairy free
  • no peanut butter was used, so lower in calories
  • 20g protein

 

Pancakes, from

Pancakes, from Fit Foodie Finds

Salted Chocolate Oatmeal (borrowed from The Lemon Bowl)

  • uses cocoa powder
  • using the protein powder I use, I would take out the vanilla and yoghurt, still have high protein (well, 2 scoops of the powder will give you the 26g that I have)
  • 17.7g protein
  • next time I have my banana & chocolate smoothie, I’m adding some oats and salt to experiment – definitely tempted!

 

Enjoy these interesting and healthy ways to begin your day with bounce!

 

What’s making you & your family fat?

Obesogens

 

Recently I was listening to a podcast and the discussion was on ‘Chemicals that makes us fat, depressed and toxic’

 

Take the time to have a listen – I was very impressed with the research and training Kim Morrison has undertaken and how she has implemented her passion into her life, creating a healthier lifestyle for herself and her family and friends in what sounds like a very gentle and caring manner.

 

This podcast introduced me to the concept of obesogens – not something I’ve heard of before (the term has been coined in research papers since 2002, though accredited to being developed by a Professor in 2006), but the underlying philosophy of obesogens is one that I am learning about a lot in the past year while I’ve been 0n my life journey.

 

The myth is changing

Releasing those toxins, and weight!

 

I’m now finding out more about obesogens and how they can affect our lives.

 

It appears that researchers are now gathering evidence that there are subtances, which have been named obesogens, that are affecting how our body metabolises foods and may predispose some of us to gain weight.  The concept that environmental chemicals could be related to weight gain was first discussed in an article published in 2002.

This article discusses how the meat industry, and the pharmaceutical industry, have been using chemicals to encourage weight gain where required.  I find this funny that the idea was not turned around for the obesity epidemic we are now facing sooner – it’s only taken 12 more years to make a connection!  Surely the hormones that were fed to the cattle were going to be eaten by the consumers – i.e. us!! Our body is not made to excrete excess toxins, it can excrete plenty, but we are being exposed to a lot.

 

Another article I’ve been reading discusses how people and animals (even urban rats) are increasing in weight, regardless of their diet and exercise regimes.  I must admit to having felt this way at times myself. No matter how hard I tried, there was always a plateau in my weight loss.  How I arrived at “fair, fat and forty”.

 

I was curious to see that the obesogens are essentially chemicals, or toxins, that are abundant in our everyday life.  The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the US say there are 15 – 20 chemicals that have been shown to increase obesity from exposure either when inutero, or in infancy.

 

Chemicals abundant in our everyday life include:

  • phthalates, which are in fragrances (not that you’ll see this on the ingredients label), so you see this in beauty products, laundry powders, air fresheners
  • many plastics (PVC)
  • cigarette smoke (known to produce underweight babies who then play growth ‘catchup’)
  • drugs (e.g. DES – will explain this one below, the diabetes drug Avandia® (rosiglitazone))
  • msg (monosodium glutamate)
  • pesticides, (e.g. DDE, a chemical still in our food chain from the breakdown of DDT; tributyltin [TBT], a contaminant in our waterways and still used as a stabiliser in PVC)
  • bisphenol A (BPA), which is found in medical devices, in the lining of some canned foods, and in cash register receipts
  • perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a friction reducer, so you find this items such as in carpets, non-stick cookware, Scotchgard and Goretex products (remember our infants crawl on carpets)

 

It appears that these obesogens act as disruptors in the normal metabolism and hormone systems within our body.  They can

  • increase the number of fat cells;
  • increase the size of fat cells;
  • change the body’s ability to feel satiated;
  • it’s appetite control;
  • food preferences; and
  • how food is metabolised

 

One of the interesting things for me was the discussion on exposure in-utero.  As a 1960s baby, my mother was given the drug DES (diethylstilbestrol), a drug to reduce the risk of miscarriage.  The only miscarriage I’ve noticed about this drug was the increased risk to vaginal cancer, breast cancer and reproductive issues.  Now I find out that it may also have a role to play in why I have struggled with my weight since I was a little girl. Very interesting indeed.

Cute & Cuddly DES does make

Cute & Cuddly DES does make

 

Exposure of our next generation to chemicals that can be avoided is something we can all be aware of, living a more sustainable lifestyle, taking care with the skin care products we put onto our skin, reducing our reliance on plastics, eating food that has been exposed to pesticides and herbicides and drinking water that has been filtered.  I would say that we are not able to completely avoid all of these contaminants – e.g., how do you find furniture, carpets and cookware that has not been manufactured with some of these chemical contaminants?

 

How can you not be exposed when it is stated in the article that nearly every adult and child in the US has at least PFOA’s in their blood – avoiding contamination may be tricky.

 

I’m feeling very blessed that I have now discovered a way to keep my internal organs supported in removing excess toxins daily. It’s a simple drink that I have every morning, to support my cells in doing what they know how to do naturally.  And it tastes of berries!  If you want to know more, ask me

 

What are your kids eating?

Everything in moderation is okay

In today’s society parents globally tend to agree that everything in moderation is okay for their children.  Do you agree?

Does this mean that of the 17,000 new processed foods introduced to the market every year, these are foods you want to be giving to your children in moderation? (1)

At what point does moderation become excess?

 

I feel that moderation becomes excess when we are giving similar ingredients in foods that are multiplied in processed foods.  These ingredients are not necessarily those that we wish our children to be getting on a daily basis.

 

The foods children need to grow include:

  • fruit
  • veges
  • whole grains
  • proteins
  • healthy fats

The best way for your children to get these healthy food types, including their vitamins, minerals and micronutrients that are all required for their growth and brain development, is through eating locally grown organic wherever possible.  If not locally grown, then organic, if not organic, then locally grown in season.

 

What do you do though if you cannot access these all year round? Or you  have fussy eaters?

 

Did you know that our soils are depleted of minerals? (2)  Did you know that over 80,000 environmental toxins are released yearly and many are not tested for? (3).  How do you think this is affecting the nutritional content of the foods you are feeding to your children?

 

Are they receiving the nutrients they need to grow into healthy adults? To grow up without the added risk of Type 2 Diabetes? To grow up without the risk of obesity?

 

There are statistics available (4) that highlight that children in the US today do not get enough fruit and vegetables, and that this is a greater problem as children age.  What foods do your children eat that contain high sodium levels (lots of extra salt added), high fat levels (fried foods), high sugar levels (sweets, cakes, processed foods, even ‘low fat’ foods)??

 

How to change this for your children?

 

Switch to superfoods that have natural ingredients, no artificial sweetners, flavours or colours to supplement your healthy food choices.

  • Look to locally grown, inseason organic foods to cook with,
  • skip processed foods,
  • reduce your concept of ‘moderation’ for processed foods or treats
  • increase exercise for your children, go to the park and run around for 1/2 an hour every evening

Change the eating patterns of your family by joining a revolution of good quality foods that provide nutrients for healthy growth, increase exercise routines in your family to have more fun as a family. Ask me about how.

 

My own bananas, just ripening now

My own bananas, just ripening now

 

By doing these things, and following a healthy nutritious diet, you are more likely to be creating a foundation for your children to grow into healthy, strong adults.

 

Ask me how now!

1. Pollan M. Food Rules, An Eater’s Manual. The Penguin Press, New York, 2011.

2. Davis DR, Epp MD, Riordan, HD. Changes in the USDA food composition data for 43 garden crops, 1950 to1999. J Amer Col Nutr, 2004;23(6):669-682.

3. Reuben SH. Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now. President’s Cancer Panel, Annual Report 2008-2009. Retrieved from: http://deainfo.nci.nih.gov/advisory/pcp/annualReports/pcp08-09rpt/PCP_Report_08-09_508.pdf

4. Cohen, E. Ten Ways To Get Kids To Eat Their Veggies. 2011. Retrieved from: http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/06/02/kids.eat.vegetables.ep/

Feeling “fair, fat and forty”?

When I approached my 40s I was a firm believer that I wouldn’t be a sterotype.  What happened to that??

 

In my 40s I fell into the belief that I could easily blame my ‘slow metabolism’ – you know, the one where you look at a chocolate cake and you can feel the weight gain happening around the middle?  Or, you look at the gym and think, ‘tomorrow I’ll go and sign up’?

 

This belief is one that is prevalent in our society today – the number of women I speak to and they all agree that the spare tyre around the middle, or the thickening thighs, or the increasing buttocks are all something we have to live with as we age, as menopause lurks ahead of us and our metabolism slows!!

 

This is me, in my 40s, living the dream we sell ourselves – fair, fat and forty – and the progress I made once the myth vanished!

 

The myth is changing

The myth is changing

 

This myth, that we have to live with this outcome, is about to be blasted out of the water!

 

There are three ways you can increase your metabolism and turn your body shape into one that you desire

 

  1. Increase your muscle mass
  2. High intensity exercise
  3. Having muscle building and thermogenic foods

 

1. Increase your muscle mass

The more muscle you have, the more energy you need to maintain it, so this ensures you are using more calories.

Resistance training is key for achieving muscle gains, since this will increase the rate of muscle turn-over and rebuilding (1). If you’re not familiar with the techniques of weight training, it may be best to focus on large muscle groups—chest, back, shoulders, and legs—for maximum metabolism results. In the gym, that means doing exercises that will train these areas specifically, such as the chest press (chest), lat pull down (back), shoulder press (shoulder), and squats (legs).

 

2. High intensity exercise

High intensity exercise , as opposed to exercise that is not that intense determines the extent of muscle building and cardiovascular improvements, and determines how long and to what extent you’ll burn calories after you finish your workout (2).

An example of high intensity exercise is where you work at the highest resistance you can and at the highest speed you can, for a minute, then drop both back to resting levels for two minutes.  Repeat this for 5 cycles – a total of 15 minutes workout, but at a high intensity, or what is now known as High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT, or HIT) – see a personal trainer for a refined program that suits you.  Essentially with HIIT you are working out at 80% of your maximum capacity.

An example of exercise that is not so high in intensity is a run for 30 minutes, or an aerobics class such as Zumba – good fun exercises, but not at an intensity that is going to increase the length of time or the amount of calories you burn after your workout has finished!

 

3. Have muscle building and thermogenic foods in your diet

The best way to support your muscle building activities in ideas No. 1 & 2, is to include protein in your diet.

High quality whey protein has been specifically shown to be of more benefit to muscle building than other proteins (3). Also, whey protein containing foods have also been shown to boost metabolism for longer than foods containing soy proteins (4).

What you’re aiming for in your food intake is foods that take more calories to digest the foods.  Did you know the following facts?

  • of every 100 calories of fat eaten, only 0 – 3 calories are required to digest
  • of every 100 calories of carbohydrates eaten, only 5 – 10 calories are required to digest
  • of every 100 caloreis of protein eaten, 20 – 30 calories are required to digest that protein

This makes protein thermogenic (calorie burning).  Now, I’m not suggesting you head out and eat only protein.  That is not a balanced diet and will not set you on the path of avoiding the ‘fair, fat and forty’ syndrome!!  I am suggesting a balanced diet that has a calculated amount of protein contained within it (high quality protein too), up to 36 grams of protein in two of your meals.  Along with fibre, carbohydrates, fats (yes, we still  need ‘good’ fats for our hormones to be carried around the body safely!) and vitamins and minerals.

Other thermogenic foods to consider include green tea and chilli – as these contain thermogenic compounds that will assist the body in keeping the metabolism functioning at a high speed!

 

Throughout my life journey, I have been utilising good quality whey proteing, thermogenic foods and HIIT – I have achieved, and am now maintaining, my goal weight.

 

You can do this too and avoid the myth!

 

Circle of the Myth

Circle of the Myth

 

 

1. Effect of an acute period of resistance exercise on excess post-exercise oxygen consumption: implications for body mass management. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2002 Mar;86(5):411-7. Epub 2002 Jan 29.

2. Børsheim E, Bahr R. Effect of exercise intensity, duration and mode on post-exercise oxygen consumption. Sports Med, 2003;33(14):1037-60.

3. Yang Y, Churchward-Venne TA, Burd NA, Breen L, Tarnopolsky MA, Phillips SM. Myofibrillar protein synthesis following ingestion of soy protein isolate at rest and after resistance exercise in elderly men. Nutr Metab (Lond) 2012;9:57.

4. Acheson KJ, et al. Protein choices targeting thermogenesis and metabolism. Am J Clin Nutr 2011;93(3): 525-534

Easy steps to breaking habits

I know that it is difficult to get into good habits, but how easy is it to break those habits?  I remember reading somewhere, once, long ago, that it takes 3 weeks to create a ‘good’ habit, and 2 days to break it!

 

Well, for the last month, my routines have gone out the window.  However, in my mind I have been

  • blogging daily,
  • writing out my gratitudes daily,
  • writing up my daily intentions,
  • exercising daily,
  • maintaining my healthy eating routines,
  • working on my business
  • and generally doing all my routines!

 

Does this work for you? Did it work for me?  Well, the answer to this is yes, and no.

 

I did keep up with running every second or third day.

I did mentally, and electronically, ‘write out’ my gratitudes, intentions and blogging ideas.

All this occurred while I was on holiday in New Zealand.

 

The ‘trouble’ was when I came home!!  How crazy is that? I immediately stopped my writing, I did keep up some exercise and generally healthy living options.

Though, to put it into perspective, when I came home, it was a short work week, I took the Thursday off as it was my birthday (perks of ‘knowing’ the boss!!), then it was Easter and now we’re coming up to Anzac Day weekend.  All up, many more days off my routine than my mindset had prepared for.

 

So, at home, the routines had gone out of the window, as I had prepared for the change of scenery while I was away (even when my plans changed dramatically), but not for the change of daily routine when I was back.

 

This made me start to think this week about how important my organised routines were in my daily maintainence of my healthy living journey and my mindset around them also.

 

I’ve now implemented my routines again, so I’m back on track!  The daily writing is occurring again, the healthy living routines are all occurring again and being more organised is definitely returning.  Life journey back on track!

 

How important are your routines to you? What happens when they are disrupted?

 

Where are your routines taking you?

Where are your routines taking you?

Change – The Secret Guide To Change

Health & Happiness Collective

What is Change?

Change Mahatma Gandhi

What is Change?

Have you been saying things such as

  • why do the whales gets hunted?
  • why is there so much hunger in the world?
  • isn’t it sad to see so much war in the world?
  • isn’t it awful that those children were molested?

These questions make us dwell on what is not right in the world, or even in our world. Mahatma Ghandi stated that WE must be the change we wish to see in the world.

This is so very important when we are wishing for things to be different, we need to begin within, to make the changes we wish to see. One person can start a change.  Are you that person?

How do you begin to change?

Change Winston Churchill Quote

How do you change?

Change begins one step at a time.  I have been listening to some podcasts recently, and a couple of their favourite sayings are:

“A Master was once a Disaster”

“Fail falling forward”

In other words, each step forward in the direction of your ultimate goal is a learning step, whether you are taking a positive or a negative step, while always remembering that those you aspire to be like weren’t born a master at the skill. It takes practice.

I find this is a great way to keep focused on the change I am making to my life, rather than focusing on the negative feedback that often occurs in your head when we are making these changes you seek.

What are the first steps to change?

Change Lao Tzu quote

Steps to change?

  • Always the first step is the hardest – now where have I heard that before?? Oh yes, it’s the lyrics to a song!!

But how true is it? To break a good habit seems to take but a day, to create a good habit, practice, practice and practice again, for 3 weeks according to some studies!  It always seems so easy to slide back into bad habits, but difficult to create new habits.

Sometimes the language you use is the obstacle.

Reflect on the sentence above “….difficult to create…” do you notice the obstacle here?  Yes, it’s the word DIFFICULT!

Changing your language can be one of the first steps you can take in beginning a change. Instead of using,

…..difficult to create….

TRY

…..easy to create……

This can be the very first step you undertake when making changes.

  • The next step to change is working outside of your comfort zone.

Extend yourself in areas you have not been comfortable in.  Examples of this may be to talk in front of a group of people, where before you were not able to undertake this task.  Use groups in your local area to gain the confidence to do this, e.g., the local Toastmasters, or join a new interest group and try talking one on one to a stranger. Remember, it’s all about one step at a time. Extend yourself and you will grow, with growth comes change.

  • Lastly, give yourself a daily internal shower

Whenever we are considering change, we initially look at ourselves externally, thinking this will make all the difference to how we move forward in our lives, e.g.:

  • new clothes
  • new hairstyle
  • new appearance
  • new tattoo
  • new makeup

Does this make a change that is significant to our lives? Does this really allow you to fail falling forward, to learn new ideas or concepts that are outside of your comfort zone?

You need to consider cleaning up the inside of your body as  well as the mind!! By cleaning out the toxins that sit within your cells, that eat away at you as much as the negative thoughts eat away at you, you begin a new journey, you take on board CHANGE!

Why change me?

Change AC Benson Quote

Why change me?

The eternal question:

why do I need to change?

If you have not achieved what you are looking for, is it the scenery that needs to be changed? Or is it you that needs to change?  There is a saying that is often reiterated throughout the internet,

…….if you have not got what you want, doing what you are currently doing,

then you need to change what you are doing……

This is a lovely set of reasons for instigating change in you.

What do you feel you are missing in your life?  Is it freedom? What does that type of freedom mean to you? Is it financial? Is it time? Is it materialistic? Is it spiritual?

First discover what you are searching for, it makes it easier to instigate the changes you are dreaming of.

Thank you for reading my blog on change, and all of the blogs from the Health & Happiness Collective. It’s been a fun time about change, and if you wish to instigate change, please contact me.

Change Flyer March 2014

Life Journey Update

I’ve been following a life journey over the last 7 months.  It’s involved a changing body shape and interestingly enough a changing mental shape too.

I wanted to give you an update on where I’m at with my physical body – today I weighed in at 100g under my personal goal.  I set this goal when I first began back on 23 July 2013. The last time I was this weight (60kg) was in 1999 and I think I maintained it for all of a month before slowly following the typical rebound scenario, up and up and up and oh yes, up again!!! Until finally arriving at a never before reached peak of 82kg.  Isn’t this the typical scenario for so many people?

Avoid Yo-yo Dieting

Avoid Yo-yo Dieting

This is called Yo-yo dieting in the media today.  It’s also a heartbreaking situation.  For those of you who, like me have been through all of the different types of diets recommended, pushed, tantalisingly held in front of us over the last 30 years, you will know that I’m at a point of ‘how long will this last”.  Physically though, I now know about nutritional rebalancing as a lifestyle, I’m confident this won’t occur because my insides have had a shower!

However, interestingly, things have also changed for me mentally this time.  Usually I think great, and I slow down everything I’ve been doing, hence the yo-yo scenario begins.  BUT, what I’ve learnt over my last 6 months journey (by the way, this was 18 months faster than the last time I reached this goal) is that it’s not about reaching the goal, it’s about maintaining the lifestyle you have created.

About a month ago, my gym membership ran out.  At that time I was stil 3 kg away from my goal weight.  I had to make a DECISION.  The decision was about whether or not I would maintain my exercise regime, was it important enough for me to maintain it without the incentive of a gym to attend?

My DECISION was that it mattered to me for my health and for my well being and sense of joy in life to have the purpose in my morning routine to still get out of bed and attend my gym sessions.  Yes, I’m fortunate enough to have a treadmill and weights station conveniently located on my back patio!

My DECISION was also that it was about more than just the weight, it was about me showing and mentoring others into believing there was another way, that yo-yo dieting does not have to remain in your life.

Over the last 7 months, my personal development journey has been along the lines of self-belief and also about understanding WHY I’m here, what is my role in my life journey.

My WHY came in for me with a bang on Tuesday!  Here it is: 
I believe that everyone deserves to be nurtured to step into their Greatness,
with love, integrity, strength, passion and fun
I’m here to do that for others.  I’ve always understood that my role in life is one of servitude, that I’m here to serve mankind, but to truly discover what it is that I’m to do in that servitude has given me a bounce, a joy and a passion that is beyond description.

In my mind this blog today was to be an update on my weight loss journey, so I’ll also give you those details now, not just my passion about my WHY!!I began my journey at 82kg, I’m now 60kg, a loss of 22kg (or 48.5lb).

My waist has gone from 95cm (37.5inches) to 75cm (29.5inches)

My chest has gone from 105.5cm (41.5inches) to 92cm (36inches)

My buttocks have gone from 110cm (43inches) to 92cm (36inches)

My abdomen has gone from 107.5cm (42inches) to 85cm (33.5inches)

I’m feeling AWESOME!!!

Here are some before and after shots as well

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26 July 2013

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7 Sep 2013

 

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10 Dec 2013

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5 Feb 2014

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5 March 2014

 

Thank you universe and followers for making my journey so enjoyable.  

This journey will be continuing as it’s only just begun – my mission now is to help others achieve their greatness – come along for the ride, it’s going to be filled with passion, love and fun!!

Contact me today! Places are filling fast!

Contact me today! Places are filling fast!

Change – Paleo Diet

Health & Happiness Collective

The Health & Happiness Collective Blog Hop has been hopping along quite well – I’ve been really enjoying the variety of ideas so far on Change and what it means to my fellow bloggers – truly inspiring.

Today, Sarah, from The Wellness Ninja, takes a look at the concepts of a Paleo Diet.  I’ve been reading a lot lately about this particular diet as many people are now aware of it, it’s also listed on best seller lists, so it’s definitley popular.  What I have been noticing though is that there are many different interpretations of what is a Paleo Diet.

I really enjoyed Sarah’s take on what constitutes living like a Paleolithic man.  It is so incredibly accurate – I loved it!!

Scotts Gap Farm

Farm life

I suppose a lot of the reason that I like Sarah’s blog so much, is that it reinforces exactly the style of diet I have been maintaining for a lot of my adult life.  Growing up on a farm, the majority of our food came from the paddocks (or fields for those of you who grew up in a different country to me!).

If we didn’t grow it, or harvest it from within a 2 hour drive from home, we didn’t get to eat it.  Yes, we preserved fruits when they were harvested in season near home, and yes, we froze meat once our nice friendly animal was raised and ready to harvest (apologies for the vegetarians out there, but it was our protein source, free range, grass fed, hormone free, kept on the best pasture as the animal was to be our food, never moved with the use of dogs barking at them, always allowed to have a peaceful lifestyle).

Enjoy reading Sarah’s blog, pop over and have a great big smile at the video at the end of her blog – that was an awesome find – love it!!