Nicki

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How’s the healthy eating going?

Could it be a little better?…I suppose there’s always some room for improvement.

Often our lives have way too much going on.

We’re stressed, we lack energy, we don’t feel like doing anything, our skin is bad, we’re gaining weight and nothing, just nothing seems right. 😣

In such situations, what you might need is a simple juice or vegetable smoothie cleanse.

What’s all this hype about Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting, or IF, is growing in popularity among bloggers, fitness gurus, and YouTubers primarily for weight loss and repopulating good gut bacteria.

Fasting, when done correctly, gives your overworked gut a break and it’s a little bit like a ‘reboot’ for your digestive system.

But before you decide if intermittent fasting is for you, better read this article first.

To start, if you have problems with low blood sugar levels or suffer with diabetes, please don’t even consider Intermittent Fasting [IF] without first consulting your doctor!

I mean it: talk to them first. We don’t want you to faint on us. Imagine! Crossing the road or driving…and fainting. Oh no! 😯

Serial Dieter?

Are you a serial dieter?

I was.

I tried every sexy sounding new diet that came out. Anything that promised faster, easier results, I was totally into it.

Result? Within weeks after stopping those ‘magic’ solutions, I was back to where I started from. Namely BIG.

But you probably knew that. And I think that even you’ve been in the same boat at some stage.

Most of us would love to find a quick solution that will not only deliver fast results, but be permanent.

Here’s a secret…

I’d like to share a secret with you.

Well, now that I’m writing to you about it, it’s not going to be a secret anymore, is it?

But I wanted to talk to you about the Perfect Weight Loss Plan.

Have you noticed that there’s sooooo much information and mis-information when it comes to choosing the right one? There are books, gurus, groups and bloggers. And how about all those health and wellness coaches and famous doctors… each one with their own *must-do* recommendations that are complete opposites?

Sugars or Sweeteners? I’m telling you: you just can’t win!

What should we eat when we want something sweet? 

It’s a questions that many of us ask. We all know that any type of ‘real’ sugar promotes the growth of bad bacteria in the gut and hampers the growth of the beneficial kind.

So a few years back we were all told agave syrup was the saviour of all mankind and thus we ran off to buy it by the bucketful. All manufacturers and kind bloggers created ‘healthy’ recipes and products soaked in agave syrup. Many still do. 

Now it turns out agave is the Devil Incarnate and due to the high fructose levels, it can cause more harm than white sugar.  😐 

Beat Cravings with this SuperFood

Cravings? Then you better read this:

I’m sure you’ve all heard that eating fibre rich foods is perfect for reducing cravings.

But WHY is fibre good for it?

Fibre swells up in your tummy and sends a fullness signal to your brain….And eating processed foods that have little or no fibre, can cause a problem because those quickly empty out of your stomach, leaving you to look for more food.

But I have a much better suggestion for you.

Researchers from Lund University in Sweden have been isolating and researching a natural appetite suppressing compound since the early 1990’s. It’s got the ‘exciting’ name of thylakoid.

How Much Exercise Do You REALLY Need to Get in Shape?

So is it twenty minutes three times per week? How about half-hour per day? Or, as one of my heroes, Dr M.Greger from ‘How Not To Die’ fame recommends:…. 90 minutes a day? And, do you actually know how much is too much?

Well, let me share: you don’t need to sweat it out for an hour every day to make some improvements.

[PHEW]  

Let’s go over the (sometimes) mysterious amount of exercise that is ideal. Ideal for your health and wellness. Ideal for getting into shape.

I’ll start here with the minimum.

Don’t believe everything you read!

There are way too many websites and bloggers that wish to be newsworthy. They come up with scary stories about each and every fruit and vegetable under the sun. 😯 Do you believe them all?

WARNING [they write]
“Sweet potato found to have too many oxalates and cause kidney stones” …but then they forget to mention that peanuts, rhubarb, spinach, beets, chocolate ALSO have the same component.

Then this:
“Kale, cabbage and broccoli are dangerous to everyone because they contain oligosaccharides plus they interfere with thyroid function and digestions”
Well, if you have thyroid issues, you need to eat cruciferous vegetables in measured, moderate amounts. The rest of us…relax.

Since when is HUNGER embarrassing?

HUNGER

I think many of you have forgotten that hunger is actually a totally natural thing. It is not something that you need to worry about, highlight or cover up, be ashamed of, be angry with or analyse too much. It just happens. Like feeling cold..You’d add a layer of clothing. Or feel too hot …you take off a layer of clothing.

Hunger. It its simplest form, your brain is telling you that your body is running low on nutrients and needs a top up. Like the fuel gauge in your car telling you it’s time to fill up. And you always respond to that……without attaching an emotion to it.

What’s the gut have to do with all of this?

Your gut, aka “the inside of your belly”, is your body’s literal “second brain”. For years, the medical world has been trying to figure out what causes our moods to change. And they also wanted to understand why our reactions to life’s ‘challenges’ are sometimes experienced as stress, anxiety or depression and at other times simply as a ‘blip’.

Well, it appears that there’s a much needed chemical that’s being blamed for some of the above which has also an influence on your ‘potty’ habits.

How strange is that?

Your mood and your bathroom habits are linked to an important chemical in our body called serotonin. Most of it is produced in the gut…. but only when you have a healthy balance of gut bacteria or flora, as it’s sometimes called.