Christmas is less than 2 weeks away!
If your Christmas is anything like mine it involves at least 3 different family groups that must be
seen, with the whole day’s movements mapped out to a timetable that requires military-style
precision just to keep everyone happy. In short, busy and stressful.
It's also a time when holiday functions take up most of your weekends and overindulgence is commonplace, so it's no surprise that a lot of people finish the festive season a little heavier than they started. If you're sick and tired of the extra effort it takes to button up your jeans post-Christmas then read on for tips to avoid holiday weight gain.
Having a flat stomach is on a lot of people's wish list.
It's one of the most common goals I see when consulting with clients, and a simple google search of "flat belly" shows hundreds of pages of articles claiming to share the 'secrets' to a flat belly, or the 'best exercises' to lose belly fat.
Unfortunately, there's more to it than a few exercises and quick tricks BUT there are a few key things you can do, both short and long term, to keep your midsection trim.
Preparation is the key to success.
Big cliché, I know, but it’s a saying that resonates across so many different situations because it holds true. Having a plan puts you in control and gives you a road map to reaching your goals, particularly when it comes to weight loss. If you don’t make a plan for healthy eating you’re much more likely to slip back into bad habits such as buying takeaway, serving excessive portions and snacking from vending machines. Meal planning helps you to know where your calories are coming from and allows you to prepare ingredients in advance, making healthy eating easier, cheaper and more convenient. This month’s how-to is your road map to healthy eating success; How-To: Meal Plan Like a Nutritionist.
Dieting is like riding a bike.
Except that the bike is on fire. And the ground is on fire. And everything is on fire because you’re in hell (I saw this on an e-card and gosh I just love it..). But dieting is usually hard. There is so much conflicting information on the internet regarding diets – which one is best, which one is worst, which one is trendy – that it’s easy to feel completely overwhelmed when you’re looking to make some healthy changes to your eating habits.
One month down, eleven to go!
I hope your New Year’s resolutions are on track, and that you’re making positive steps towards a healthier life. One of my resolutions was to provide more tips and informative articles to help you build your nutritional knowledge; after all, knowledge is power. So making a return in 2016 is the monthly how-to article, designed to provide practical, realistic tips to improve your health. This month we focus on how to save money on groceries.
Winter is shit.
I’m not a wet weather person, I hate being cold and getting up when it’s still dark is just depressing. Winter usually brings with it a wave of cold and flu, particularly if you have school-age children (tick) or work in healthcare (tick again).
Call me crazy but I really enjoy grocery shopping.
Maybe it’s just being surrounded by all that food but I relish the time roaming the aisles to look at new products and daydreaming about all the dishes I’m going to make and eat, or maybe it’s just that it’s my only real alone time as my child refuses to come shopping with me. Either way, it’s an activity I am very comfortable with - but I know for a lot of people the supermarket can be a confusing and sometimes overwhelming place, particularly if you’re trying to make healthy choices.
Of all the New Years resolutions out there, “lose weight” is by far the most common.
While there is, and always will be, continuous debate as to the best way to go about losing weight there are things all weight-loss plans recommend, first and foremeost: cutting out processed sugar. This month's how-to guide is all about that sweet crystal and how to reduce your consumption.
I hate it when I open the fridge and I don’t find what I’m looking for.
Like happiness or perfect abs.
And no matter how old I get I still look in the fridge repeatedly in the hope that a delicious, healthy and completely calorie-free chocolate mud cake has materialized only to find myself constantly disappointed. Is this something we ever outgrow? I mean – does my mum still do this? Mum: can you set the record straight? More often than not I forage through the fridge each morning looking for lunchables; something I can throw together in a matter of minutes to form a nutritionally-sound yet delicious lunch. In our current delightful, warm climate this is usually some form of salad – but not your boring old garden variety. Death before boring salads!
I went into NYE with sober intentions, I really did.
Not that I wouldn’t drink at all, but that I would enjoy a few alcoholic beverages, get a little silly and then switch to water early enough to wake up feeling ok. Things did NOT go according to this plan. Probably the first indication things were headed off the rails was when I made a batch of margaritas with twice the recommended volume of tequila. Oh well, live and learn…So having spent basically all of this year lying on the couch eating greasy food and groaning I’m ready to jump back on my regular healthy eating bandwagon.
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