Spring’s almost sprung! It’s time to detox, reset and renew!

 

In my Melbourne town, it does feel like Spring is in the air. It’s almost like every second day the weather shows us a glimpse of what it to come, teasing us, then quickly hides behind another rain cloud!

Spring is time for spring cleaning, and I know I get the bug and in my house a few rooms get a complete and long overdue overhaul!

Have you ever thought that maybe your body could do with the same?

Spring is the time for growth and renewal and your body is energizing itself for the busy summer months to come. It is the perfect time to get rid of the toxins in your body and gain some rejuvenation after the colder months.

There is no hiding that many of us pack on a few kilos/pounds physically and emotionally from the heaviness of winter. Same for me too!  I can feel it right now, smugly sitting on my thighs! So now is the time for a cleanse. I like to call it a Reset.

Let’s Reset our bodies together, remove unwanted toxins and drop some unwanted winter weight that is hanging tightly onto your waistline or my thighs or your but…your back….or…..?

Interestingly many cultures have historically fasted or cleansed during the spring months, and all in radically different fashions. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to a spring cleanse, but it is something everyone can benefit from. You need to choose one that is the best fit for you and your health. Your body may tell you what kind of cleanse it needs and for how long!

Spring as a season supports a Reset, as its the time nature produces many fruits and vegetables that are perfect for a natural detox. This includes berries, sprouts, greens, and bitter roots that also help improve your immunity and fight off toxins and diseases. Your body should crave different foods to prepare for and get in sync with the new season.

You know I’m a big advocate for listening to our bodies and and if you’re feeling vaguely sluggish and lacking in energy, then it’s more than likely that you will benefit from a spring clean!

There are so many benefits to cleansing your body. A Spring detox will help get rid of the toxic waste that has built up in your organs and cells which keep them from doing their job properly. As the snow melts, a detox can help you shed some added weight as well! Other benefits of a cleanse include healthier skin, improved digestive system, MORE ENERGY, improved immune system, clearer thinking, improved movement and flexibility, and the general feeling of renewal and rejuvenation filled with motivation as you feel lighter.

Some other ways to enhance your Spring cleanse is by taking some probiotics, antioxidants, massage therapy, saunas, aromatherapy baths, and exercise (sweat it out!).

Foods, ideally in their organic raw natural form, that you should focus on with a Spring cleanse include:

  • lemons
  • spinach
  • radishes
  • pineapples
  • artichokes
  • green tea
  • green peas
  • coriander
  • celery
  • sesame seeds
  • turmeric
  • cabbage
  • dandelion roots
  • citrus fruits
  • berries
  • asparagus
  • garlic.

During your cleanse, be sure to:

  • Hydrate: As you become more active you will need to drink more water
  • Practice clean eatin
  • Practice mindful eating
  • No caffeine, sugar, or alcohol.
  • Exercise
  • Meditate
  • Try to eliminate animal protein, eggs, wheat, gluten, corn and soy for the duration of your cleanse. These products have allergens, and you want to be as clean as possible.

If this is your first detox, you will need support from a health coach like mmmm me! I can walk you through a whole foods based detox program. Not only is it important to plan your detox, but planning your post-cleanse is just as important. You want to be sure to continue a healthier lifestyle by eating clean, hydrating, and limiting sugar, caffeine and alcohol intake.

And drumroll…….

If you’d like to make your life very easy and have all the work done for you, then I have what you need!!

My Eat Clean Reset Your Body 14 Day Program is ready now and I’d love you to take a look. I know it works as I’ve run this Reset twice now with great results for all of my Resetters. We have great fun along the way, there is a private supportive Facebook forum is available to you and the best thing about it is it all happens in 14 days!!

Surely you can give your body just 14 days of devotion and nourishment?

Join me …if not now….when?

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Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing!

Caroline x

Ditch the weight loss roller coaster!

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Have you seen “ the weight loss commercial”?  You know which one I’m talking about, right?  It’ s all about ‘I love bread’ , and ‘I changed my life by counting points’. Or the one where they’re talking about their fabulous weight loss and why they suck daily on a shake full of dried ingredients out of carton made in a factory!!

Sigh…Do you want to be chained to a point tracking system or a choc-ice shake that tastes like cardboard day in day out? Do you want to hop on the scale to do a weekly “weigh-in”? Don’t let points or the scale determine your success.

Success is about nourishing your body, and I’m not about the blame/shame game, everyone does what they feel is right at the time. Hey I went to Weight Watchers with a girlfriend, admittedly more out of curiosity, but I did get swept up in the whole palava… mind you I only lasted about 6 weeks!!

However  I digress…I didn’t become Your Mindset Nutritionist to teach you to deprive yourself like every other fad diet out there. You know my mantra..diets don’t’ work! I’ve struggled too with weight loss. I know exactly what you’re going through – and it’s scary.

It’ s frustrating. It’s flat out difficult and you want put you and losing weight into the too hard basket…for another day.

But, I’m here to help you and teach you how to lose weight naturally and stop counting points and drinking powders once and for all. It’ s time to end the madness Amazing Ones right now.
Can I hear you groan…here we go again?

There are two things I need you to do as from right now. Actually there is three but we’re not talking three today. No 3 being mindset.  You know I believe having your headspace in the right place is the most important step for weight loss, I’ve talked about it many a time but we’re not going there  today – you can go here and here for a refresh.

1) Learn how to eat mindfully and if you need help I have it right here.  Research has shown again and again, by eating mindfully, weight loss is doable!

2) Eat Clean Real Food:  What do I mean when I say clean real food?

  • It is food with only one ingredient.
  • It is food that doesn’t need a manufacturer’s food label attached
  • It is food that doesn’t come in a box or carton
  •  It is food that is not found in the middle of your supermarket
  • It is food that comes from nature not a factory
  • It is food that that is rich in colour
  • It s food that is full of nutrients that nourish you
  • It is food that is full of vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy
  • It is food that comes from nature – our lands and our seas
  • It is food that our bodies were designed to eat.

I’m talking veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, oils (think olive and coconut)  fish, legumes, full fat natural dairy, grass fed meat, poultry and game.

Eating real food does not have to be difficult, you can enjoy weight loss, however you do need to be organised. And I will dive deep into getting organised next week, but for you now, make room in your fridge and pantry and go shopping for one ingredient foods.

The best way to do that is either visit your local farmer’s market or local speciality shops, or, if you are a supermarket shopper then this is what I want you to do from now on.

Shop around the outside rim of the supermarket. Most supermarkets around the world have a very similar layout. So think about it, you walk in and there is the fruits and veggies section, then further you come across the deli, then onto the meat and chicken, then onto the dairy and fridge section. In the middle are rows 1-10 which is full of non real food. Yes I admit, there are some staple items you need however, there is at least 5 rows you have no need to walk down!!

I’m actually going to test that out next time I do a supermarket shop and report back! Until then…

ps My Eat Clean Reset Your Body 14 day program is back by popular demand!! Check it out here!

 

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Be Healthy, Happy and Amazing!

Caroline x

How to drop those holiday kilos and avoid the blues.

The Holiday Bluesare not required!

Welcome home, but why the holiday blues?

 

It is school (and uni.)  holiday time here in Melbourne, we’ve completed  term 2 and it is either a 2/3 week break depending on what school you go to. And these holidays come smack bang in the middle of our winter… as I write it’s 12 degrees and raining.

This type of weather is more conducive to staying in bed or in front of a beautiful fire than heading out doors…. unless your skiing!

Many Melbournites take this time to escape to warmer climes for a week or five!! Yesterday I had a conversation with one such Melbournite who returned from an amazing 6-week holiday… 3 kilos heavier!! She admitted to indulging a little more – a gelato here (when in Rome…) and a pastry there…plus drinks most nights.

And my advice to her was there’s really no need to panic. If her life returns to her normal routine, then the excess wont’ hang around for too long.

Let me explain why.

If you stray off you healthy eating path – have a good splurge for whatever the occasion- holiday, parties, Christmas, Passover, New Year etc – Don’t panic it doesn’t spell disaster.

Like my girlfriend, and I’ve been known to do exactly the same, you may put on a kilo or two but rest assured it will not all be laid down as fat.

In order for me to gain one kilo of fat over, lets say 8 days, I would’ve had to consume an extra 7,700 calories/37,000kjs/. So that means I would’ve consumed an extra 1,100 calories a day which is equal to approximately…….

Ó  4 mars bars

Ó  11  (120ml) glasses of wine

Ó  17 pieces of multi grain bread

Ó  2 Big Macs

Ó  14 pears

She didn’t, I didn’t do that and most people don’t splurge to that extent!

So where does the weight come from – if it’s not all fat what is it?

 

It is water – believe it or not!!

If you drink or eat more than your body’s immediate needs, some of that excess is converted to glucose and then stored as glycogen (glycogen is carbohydrates as stored by your body). Glycogen is stored in your liver and muscles and remains there as a usable energy source. Glycogen attracts water as part of its storage process – up to three times the amount – I gm of glycogen + 3 gm of water.

So a proportion of the excess is water storage. You will also be retaining excess water due to the type of party foods you have probably been eating – salty chips, restaurant meals etc . Hence your holiday/splurge weight gain.

Perhaps now you know those extra few kilos you bought home with you do not have to be permanent, it’s easier for you to make the necessary changes. And they are:

  • Resuming your normal healthy eating patterns
  • Eat mindfully including lots of vegetables
  • Eat a protein packed breakfast daily
  • Eat only when your hungry
  • Stop when your are “elegantly satisfied” or 80% full
  • Drink more water to help flush
  • Make sure you move your body everyday!

You know all the things I’ve told you before!

Your weight will return to where it was and you can continue on your journey to be slim, fit and healthy!!

If you need a reminder on how to eat mindfully download my simple and easy Mindful Eating Guide here, it explains how to do it step by step, compliments from me to you.

Welcome Home!

Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing!

Caroline x