Top Tips To Survive The Silly Season


Believe it or not today is December 1, 2017. 

First official day of our summer, the beginning for many of the Silly Season and the signaling of yet another year coming to its end.

Crazy!

I always find it amusing that there is the pre-christmas surge for catch ups, as though it wont be possible only one month away in January…

So how best do you manage all your lunch, dinner, drinks and party invitations this festive season?

More importantly, how do you survive so that you can come out the other end with your health and waistline intact?

It is timely and of course, following in the true Christmas spirit of giving, to share with you a few strategies that will help both you and your waistline have a lot of fun without the usual fallout!

♥      ALCOHOL: Yes no doubt you will be imbibing more often than not. That’s OK.

Just remember the “one pearl one plain rule”.  For every glass of bubbles, pinot, or vodka that you have, ensure you have one glass of water – make it bubbly to keep the festive mood!

On a side note if you don’t want weight gain from this increase of alcohol intake then I suggest you imbibe in clean spirits. Of course the are still calories in there, but without the added sugar ie vodka with a non sugar mixer like soda water. Just add a squeeze of fresh lime. Yum! And the  bonus – extra water intake.

You know I’m not all about calories (I’m all about mindful eating) but I do have the motto knowledge is power so hence my list below! **

  • 1 vodka & soda: 64 calories
  • 1 glass of white wine: 100 calories 
  • 1 glass of champagne/sparkling wine: 100 calories
  • 1 glass of red wine: 120 calories
  • 1 full-strength beer (250ml bottle): 155 calories
  • 1 gin and tonic: 200 calories
  • 1 rum and coke: 248 calories
  • 1 espresso martini: 285 calories (seriously yum but lethal 🙂 !!)

*note we are talking standard size drinks here not the restaurant size ones!

♥    Remember also, that alcohol consumption plays havoc with your willpower, and with each glass you have your, will power retreats out the window, scurries down the street and usually is not found until very late the next day! End result, too much Brie, chocolate fudge and/or Christmas cake is consumed and the double barrelled sugar gun plays havoc on your waistline and scales!

♥    If you know drinking a little too much is your forte, perhaps word up your BFF or partner, to play fun police before it’s too late and you end up crying in your glass of stale bubbles…not a good look! And of course, you can thank them in the morning!

♥    FOOD: If you know the party is a drinks party then there will no doubt be lots of yummy nibbles being handed around, and depending on the venue perhaps some not so healthy…you know the ones… of the deep fried variety?

What ever you do – do not arrive on an empty stomach.

Do not arrive hungry!

Eat something healthy before you go, then you wont be so tempted to consume everything in sight. Stay away from the pastry laden treats and indulge in the protein based – prawns, chicken pieces, salmon, beef bites etc etc.

And it goes without saying veggie sticks are your best friend!

♥   When you make the mindful decision to indulge in something sweet…savour and enjoy it….. but perhaps consider just having two or three  bites and leave the rest – it is those first bites when it tastes the best and your taste buds explode with delight. Bite 7,8,9,10 etc never taste as good and you probably don’t even notice the flavours. Better in the waste than on your waist.

Now is a good time to download my Mindful Eating Guide – its’ free and gives you the exact steps you need to take to add mindful eating into your everyday.

♥   Remember the basic rules –  eat mindfully at all times, breakfast is mandatory, eat when you are hungry and only eat till you are 80% full – or eloquently satisfied – as your grandmother used to say!

Realise that if you have a ‘heavy’ night the night before, then you probably will not be as hungry the next day…pay attention to what your body tells you.

And a great rule to remember… never miss twice.

What does this mean? If you have a big night or big lunch or big day, then don’t do it again at the next meal/day. Go lighter, your body will thank you for it!

And one final tip…

Don’t stress over it!

If you over do it with food and drinks, don’t beat yourself up. Instead look at what was going on, check in to see how you can do it better and do it better next time around.

Life is too short to give yourself a hard time all the time!

 

Be Healthy, Happy & Amazing!

Caroline x

 

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Eating Green Is Eating Clean

Yes we are now officially in Spring. Spring has sprung, though my partner argues it’s not truly here until September 23, at the time of the spring equinox, but that’s another story!

As you may or may not know, my Eat Clean Reset Your Body 14 day programme is ready for you right now and I’d love you to join in the fun if you feel inclined (dare I say you desperately need?) to give yourself a makeover from the inside out.

Another way you can give yourself this kind of makeover is by including more greens.

I know you know eating  greens are good for you but have you considered including these in your daily diet?

Hungry for Change is a website I admire so I’m very happy to share their fabulous info!

1. Seaweed

eating greenOften overlooked because it is not a land-dweller, seaweed is insanely good for you. While providing a whopping amount of vitamins and minerals, seaweed’s golden ticket is iodine. Iodine is found in very few foods and is essential to a healthy thyroid. With more people avoiding iodised salt for a slew of reasons, mild iodine deficiency is growing more common. When deficient, a person may have difficulty losing weight, feel fatigued, perhaps depressed — experiencing general thyroid malfunction. Whip up a tasty seaweed salad for lunch to keep your thyroid chugging along.

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2. Micro greens

Move over regular arugula (commonly called rocket)! Micro greens are simply mini versions of your favourite produce, and man do they pack a punch! As “toddler plants,” they contain more vitamins and flavour than their mature counterparts. There is an endless variety of micro greens from which to choose, from mustard and watercress, to turnip and sunflower — each with a unique, tantalising flavour. As an added bonus, micro greens are crazy easy to grow in your kitchen, and will supply your meals with some tasty, uber healthy green nutrition.

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3. Lacinato Kale (aka Tuscan/Dinosaur kale)

This is your grocery-store-kale’s dark, jurassic-looking cousin. With 100 percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamins A and K, and 88 percent of your vitamin C requirement, the rich compounds of kale have been linked to cancer prevention. It is a little sweeter and nuttier than your regular kale, so go ahead and experiment!

4. Moringa

Recently growing in popularity, moringa is a leaf that is chock-full of goodies. It assists with blood sugar stabilisation, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, is loaded with energising and depression-fighting B vitamins, and containing 90 nutrients that benefit the human body. It is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant-rich. Cook with the oil, or flavour meals with the leaves. Never heard of it? Discover all of the wonders of moringa here.

5. Avocados

OK, so you may be pretty familiar with avocados, but they are so delicious and nutrient-dense that they deserve a mention. They are full of monounsaturated fats, which increase satiety and can assist with weight loss. Avocados are anti-inflammatory, blood sugar regulators, and may even prevent strokes. Buy them once for the high amount of potassium, fibre, B vitamins, and vitamins K and C; keep buying them for their glorious, creamy texture and your newfound obsession with guacamole.

Green foods are good for you, but they don’t have to be boring. Trying a new green every week can keep your meals interesting and your body healthy.

As you add more and more vegetables into your diet you’re actually crowding out other foods that may not be as nutritionally dense as veggies and you have the added bonus of less calories.

Avocados are my absolute favourite, and happy to admit I eat most days! Can you see the benefits of more greens in your diet?

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