There but for the grace of God, go I….

 

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There but for the grace of God, go I…

As I walked through the park this morning with my dog, I had blue skies above and the sun warming my back. It was a beautiful morning and the temperature hinted of a gorgeous day to come.

I found myself looking at the ground, an unwanted habit I have, rather than what surrounded me. So I stopped and looked up, took a deep breath and breathed it all in.

Doing this automatically puts your headspace in to a better, more positive place. Well for me anyway!

And this morning it was a place of gratitude.

I started to think of my beautiful surroundings and how lucky I am.

Then interestingly, my thoughts went here….

It could all have been so very different.

By the sheer fluke of something greater than me – God, Higher Source, Divine Light, Someone Out There, Quantum Physics – what ever you want to call it, I was born in Melbourne, Australia.

A country where life is good, where we have so much available to us, excellent food to eat (I aint talking Maccas!), clean water, a good education, stable government, good employment … you get my drift?

Or I could have been born to another family…

In Syria, Ethiopia or Somalia or so many other countries that are struck by conflict, devastation, destruction, drought and death daily.

What would have my life have been like then?

Who would I be?

How would I be living right now?

Would I even be alive right now?

These is where my thoughts wandered while I walked.

I don’t think I was being particularly morbid or depressive, instead thoughtful, curious and in the end very grateful.

As the well known saying goes…

There but for the grace of God, go I.

How often are we truly grateful for what we have?

We all get so caught up in the mundane, the nitty gritty of life.

So many times in our busy daily lives we look down and behind rather than up and forward. As said earlier I have the habit of looking down often… and my intention is to change that from right now!

Looking down and behind into your past, more often than not pulls in the negative vibes. It can keep you stuck.

Think about the sheer physicality of this position, it takes your body into a closed position. Your head is lowered, often shoulders crouched, sometimes a stoop…

Open up, stand tall, look up and forward.

Remember to stop and give thanks often (even when you’re feeling shitty) for the small and the big things in your life. Even for the mundane stuff. Be positive. (read more here)

Why?

Because for each and every one of us, our lives could be so very, very different.

Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing!

Caroline x

(ps Let me know your thoughts below…Does you head wander off like mine?)

Champagne and I are breaking up…

 

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I know you must be devastated to hear this sad news but alas, all good things must come to an end. (I’m not sure who came up with that saying …but I can’t think of one good reason why reason why all good things must end!)

But the good news,  it’s not forever and it is for a specific reason…. weight loss, flatter belly and a healthier me! Hands up if you want all of those things?

I’ve returned from our annual 2 week beachside holiday and it was bliss. We had fab weather, caught up with many friends, family and indulged in the good life…often.

The thing is when you go on holiday,  you let for want of a better word, your ‘health’ rules relax. In fact they take their own holiday to somewhere else, deep into your subconscious…

And that is perfectly OK.

There is no need to beat yourself up about it, and think negatively everytime you over indulge. Relax, enjoy and know that on your return to ‘normalcy’ you pick up where you left off and amend your health habits accordingly.

The interesting observation about this Summer however was the increased belly bloat on my return and the number on the scales had ventured north!

My eating and daily walks remained fairly ‘normal’, the big difference in my intake was ALCOHOL. Having a drink/s in the evening was a daily occurrence, and I now have tangible  evidence (squeeze my belly) that said consumption has made an impact.

I’m thinking this impact is more so than years before and that is probably to do with this wonderful peri menopausal stage of life that I and millions of other fabulous women are in! But that topic is for another blog post, this one’s about the effects of alcohol on one’s waistline!

When we talk about alcohol I think we need to start with the fact that it’s actually the second most energy rich nutrient after fat. Fat is 9 calories per gram, alcohol is 7 calories, protein and carb about 4 calories per gram. You know I’m not into calorie counting but in this case …knowledge empowers!

The thing is our body sees alcohol and its by products as a toxin and wants it out asap. So in order to achieve this, it literally stops processing the other foods you’ve eaten so it can metabolise (use as energy) the alcohol.

Then what happens to the other food you’ve consumed?

Once all alcohol is ‘burned’ your body then metabolises the remainder. In most cases it’s unlikely you need anymore energy from the food you’ve consumed (as the alcohol took care of that) so it is stored as fat for later use….bummer!

And to add insult to injury, research has shown that as few as two standard alcoholic drinks can slow down your body’s fat-burning process by a crazy 73%!  So any extra food you’ve consumed or other unwanted fat you may be wanting to lose will almost come to a grinding halt!

Then there is the fact that when you consume alcohol it can make you hungrier. We know that alcohol suppresses  leptin, the hormone that tells your brain you’ve had enough to eat. So you end up eating more and as you drink more your ‘healthy choices’ tend to go out the window… “where’s the triple cream brie anyone?

So for every drink you have, if you don’t want to gain weight, then you are going to have to eat ‘lighter’ or seriously exaggerate your exercise to compensate!

Or alternatively do as I’m doing and now that I’m home and ‘normalcy’ returns, AFD’s (alcohol free days) have returned and so is (almost) my waistline…

I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

p.s The beginning of a new year.. perhaps you’d like a new healthier you, is one of the best reasons ever to jumpstart your health journey and weight loss. I’m running my fabulously successful (even if I do say so myself) 14 Day Eat Clean Reset Your Body Program again starting on February 1st.

This is not a diet, it’s a Reset – giving your body a chance to recover and turn your health around.

You can actually start it whenever you want but I will be actively involved in the Feb 1 start. Click here to find out more.

 

Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing!

Caroline x

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Doable New Year’s Resolutions.

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It is almost 2017, and you’ve probably started to think about your New Year’s Resolutions.

Am I right?
 
So many people commit to huge New Year’s resolutions that are nearly impossible to achieve. Then, they end up not reaching their goals.

One suggestion I have for you is to make your New Year’s resolution ACHIEVABLE this year.
 
When you do achieve your goals, you will be so much healthier.
 

Here are four perfect resolutions that are totally achievable:
 
#1. Hydrate with more water

Did you notice when you drink more water you feel better? Water helps your body to run better and will even help you to lose weight. Water will help give you a beautiful, youthful glow too.

And who may I ask does not want to look more youthful?

Grab a water bottle and keep it with you throughout the day. This will make it that much easier to achieve your goal, and it will be so beneficial for your entire body.

#2. Crowd out unhealthy foods

Unhealthy foods that are filled with sugar and toxins do our bodies no good. Instead of just eating because you have a sweet tooth craving or because something looks delicious, eat because you want to nourish your body.

If you eat foods that will give you energy and help you to feel better, you’ll be on track for a healthier New Year. So, start 2017 by eating whole foods that nourish and benefit your body, rather than those foods (you know the ones!) that deplete you.

#3. Move more

Most people think of a New Year’s resolution as heading to the gym every morning. Although this is a great goal, it can sometimes be unachievable with your schedule. You don’t need to head to the gym to move more. In fact, if you sit all day it’s a very good idea to go for a walk on your lunch break, or stand up and move in between breaks…just move?

Make moving fun in 2017. You will feel so much better!

#4. Let go of negative thinking

Every person has thoughts that creep into their head, including me and I’m Your Mindset Nutritionist! Sometimes we can become more judgmental and critical of others in our head, or even put ourselves down. In 2017 make it a goal of yours to stop the negative thinking. This will help you to be an overall happier person and will even help you to become healthier.

When you are thinking of your goals for 2017, I recommend that you start with an achievable goal that will really help you become a happier and healthier you!
 
I hope that these four suggestions help!

PS. If you’d like to join a fabulous private group where we talk all things wellness and weightloss, and I’m there  daily to answer your questions please ask to join here. It’s complimentary – from me to you! x

 Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing in 2017!

Caroline x