Why do I like working with brides? Because when they ask me for help, they do what I ask of them.
There is nothing more frustrating for a practitioner after listening to, assessing, testing, treating and advising clients only for them to 'fall off the wagon' or forget to take supplements (excusable once or twice, not every other day), or interpret my instructions in a way that suits them. So of course they don’t get the results they wanted.
That's why I love my brides.
Because they have a goal – a serious goal – a deadline to meet, with expensive photos being taken on the day of that deadline, so they really, really want to do what I say, take what I prescribe, eat what I tell them to and exercise as frequently or infrequently as I suggest. These are the clients that get where they want to be, and are so, so happy with their results (and their photos!).
Train like a Bride.
There are several reasons why we should all take on a Bride mentality when it comes to our health, including:
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Because fat is not just fat.
If you want to shed those pesky kilo’s, its about time you stopped looking at being fat as a generic thing with a generic, one size fits all solution. Because unless you have literally been eating all the pies (or chocolate or ice cream or beers) and doing very little exercise which would inevitably lead to weight gain and stagnant weight loss, then there are specific factors that come into play that make weight loss SO MUCH EASIER if you know which type of fat you are, and what is causing you to BE fat.
My clients regularly seek me out for weight loss advice, and I think most of them come in expecting me to simply dictate what they should and shouldn't eat, tell them to increase their exercise and be on their merry way. The problem is, this doesn't work for the majority of people. Or it may work short term, and then we’ll hit a road block and weight will stop shifting no matter how much they train or don’t eat. Why? Because our bodies are complex things and getting more and more complex with all the stress, processed foods and toxins we are surrounded by on a daily basis.
I can generally look at a body shape and determine what’s going on, and it’s very rarely simply a matter of sending someone out the door with a diet plan (although that is always included too). There are different guidelines for different body shapes. Different foods, different exercises, certainly different vitamins and minerals to prescribe, and most importantly different hormones to balance.
Here are a few examples of types of fat I see and how I get weight loss results that don’t require endless days in the gym or juice fasts:
The Apple: Here we see weight predominantly on the tummy region. Guidelines tell us that females need to be below 80cm and males below 98cm around their waist (just above the belly button) to be out of the insulin resistance danger zone, which is pre-diabetic, also known as metabolic syndrome. A large waist immediately tells me that we are most likely dealing with insulin resistance, where your body is not breaking down and using glucose and it is therefore being stored as fat.
Treatment: Addressing the adrenals - your stress response - is almost always the first step in weight loss in an insulin resistant person, and fat loss results happen quickly once we sort this out. This may include reducing the amount of exercise you are doing to stop your body going into stress mode, increasing and improving your sleep, and assessing and treating your gut and neurotransmitters which may be causing you anxiety, depression or to feel stressed. An anti-inflammatory diet is also required to get your body into an alkaline state (but not too alkaline!). With these factors addressed weight tends to melt off.
The Pear: If you have a fat bum and thighs then immediately I will be looking at your hormone levels. An imbalance in your oestrogen hormones will often mean a bigger butt and thigh area, and this can be a very tricky place to lose weight, especially using only diet and exercise. Men may find they have man boobs growing, showing signs of a hormone imbalance too.
Treatment: a combination of hormone stabilising food, exercise and supplements will make a significant difference to someones body shape if they are suffering an imbalance or hormone excess, which can be determined through blood and saliva testing. Food changes including eliminating dairy and grains can certainly help, as will doing a hormone detox, gut cleanse and increasing liver function with herbs like St Mary’s Thistle and green tea.
Sausage Arms: Ever feel like you just cant shift weight on your arms, no matter how many pushups or dips you do? It is SO frustrating , especially for those girls wanting to wear singlets or strapless dresses. It can be emasculating for men too. Fatty flabby arms can indicate a lack of testosterone in both men and women, which is another form of hormone imbalance.
Treatment: Again a hormone imbalance requires supplementation and dietary changes to get the body charging and complying to weight loss. For men and women the herb Tribulus can be used to increase testosterone, and for women we can also clear out the excess oestrogen to re-balance your hormones too. This will also help sufferers of bad PMS, PCOS and Endometriosis too!
Just Fat: Then there’s always those who just feel like they accumulate fat EVERYWHERE. The non-discriminatory fat, which goes wherever it wants except off your body. This type of weight gain is where more extensive analysis comes into play, especially for those who feel like they eat well and exercise daily but the fat just won't move! I will start investigating your thyroid, which controls your metabolism; your stress levels, your potential food intolerance or allergy. All of these things will keep you fat and inflamed no matter how hard you try to lose weight, and once corrected fat starts to disappear.
Treatment: Depending on the outcome of my analysis and testing, we will modify your diet and exercise and potentially supplement your thyroid with minerals such as iodine, selenium and zinc, or eliminate your food allergy and do some repair work with specific probiotics to heal and seal the damage caused.
So there you go! Fat is certainly not just fat. If you are struggling to lose (or even put on) weight then email me email@example.com to arrange a consultation either face to face or online and we'll work together to get the weight off for good!
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We’ve all been there at some stage in our lives - stressed, fat and unfit - and sometimes all at the same time! The impact that stress has on your weight and desire to exercise is a slippery road: when we are stressed our bodies don’t respond to food like it should, often causing us to emotionally eat and neglect the 10,000 steps a day we were once achieving in favour of sitting on the couch, at the desk or in front of the fridge. Our motivation tends to fade as me make the wrong decisions, choosing foods that are high in sugar to boost our energy or using alcohol to dull stress-aches and pains, which inevitably lead to weight gain (only about 10% of the population will actually lose weight when stressed due to their bodies inability to absorb nutrients - this is also not a good thing!).
That’s why, together with one of Australia’s best Personal & Group Trainers, Kes Cummerford (gotofitness.com.au) and leading health and wellbeing Psychologist Belinda Williams (thewholebeing.com.au) we came up with the Rebalance 30 Day Program to assist you with weight loss, stress management, goal setting and improving your fitness. And we developed it so you can join in no matter where you are located: you will have online or face-to-face access to healthy meal plans, recipes, shopping lists, diet tips and tricks, as well as goal setting and mindfulness protocols and exercise routines.
Rebalance is the ONLY program that takes a completely holistic approach to weight loss by bringing the three important elements of Mind Body and Soul together to enable you to reach your goals - think weight loss, mindfulness and fitness, all rolled into a holistic 30 day program!
By the end of the 30 days you can expect:
- weight loss - some clients lose up to 6kgs in only 30 days!
- a decrease in sugar cravings
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- increased energy
- improved mood
- addressing any health ailments that you may be experiencing such as insulin resistance
The online package will give you:
- 30 days worth of nutritional meal plans
- recipes for the whole family to enjoy
- easy to follow shopping lists
- tips and tricks to eating out
- optional practitioner only supplements to increase the detox results
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The gorgeous health reporter from Channel Ten, Jessica Turner recently interviewed me on how I maintain a nutritionally balanced lifestyle. Here is her article x
A series on balance
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be interviewing women who are all about balance. Striving for perfection in any area of our lives is insanity, because we’re human, designed with flaws, so it’s setting ourselves up for failure and then guilt. That’s why I pursue balance. I don’t get there all the time, but I do my best. I believe, especially when it comes to nutrition, health is all about Balance.
Nutritionist Pip Reed is a balanced kinda gal. She believes (and this is why I love her…) that as long as we eat whole clean foods most of the time, a glass of red and some dark chocolate is absolutely healthy!
Pip has been through her own battles with food and body image which helps her to deeply understand her clients and their complex struggles. I asked her about her personal path to health and balance and she shares a few tips for you too…
You are a picture of health and a nurturing positive person, but was there a time you struggled with food yourself?
Thank you honey! I really try to maintain my health, especially as I am aware than I am an advertisement for my own work. I have definitely had my struggles though, and it took me a lot of self learning and self nurturing to get where I am today. As a young dancer I was constantly aware of my body shape and size and not always kind to myself, and then in my early twenties I certainly let my insecurities and miseducation take over, becoming obsessed with calorie counting and scared of ‘fats’....
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And how to stop them wreaking havoc on your body.
I recently came across an event that I realised I just HAD to be at. It was the screening of a documentary called The Human Experiment, narrated and produced by the awesome Sean Penn, and it was totally worth missing out on The Bachelor to watch. This was actually a life changing doco, not just for me, but for my clients and for you, my readers, too.
The basis of the documentary was to explore the effect chemicals are having on our health. And not just chemicals that we already know are dangerous (thank god) like asbestos, BPA, aspartame, etc, but the ones that we have absolutely no idea we are eating, absorbing, breathing, every single day. How these chemicals are being deemed safe until proven otherwise and how we, people, animals, plants and ecosystems are one big ugly experiment.
There is no doubt about the increasing sickness in society. Everyday I am seeing clients who think they may have a weight problem or are lacking a bit of energy, and through investigation and analysis I so very often have to break the bad news that they are suffering Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome which may render them infertile; a thyroid condition that leaves their hormones and energy levels in a mess; insulin resistance and diabetes, meaning they can’t lose weight (plus a whole heap of other problems); and worst of all, cancer, which needs no introduction. The point of this documentary was to bring attention to the detrimental impact that untested (and some tested) chemicals are having on our unsuspecting health.
Think about it: every morning you wake up and drink water with fluoride in it. Then you brush your teeth with about 30 chemicals in your toothpaste which are directly absorbed into your blood stream via blood vessels under your tongue. You wash your face with another 40 chemicals, apply makeup and perfume (fragrance alone has over 400 chemicals, most untested for safety), put on clothes made of chemicals and washed in chemicals, sit on your chemical laden couch to watch the morning news, and then jump in your chemical car to get to work. That’s only in the first 60 minutes of you waking after you have breathed in fabric softener chemicals and fire retardant all night in your doona. Pretty scary stuff! And the fact that they are now linking these toxins to hormonal imbalances and illness can only mean that our poor little bodies are overloaded with chemicals and we have no idea just how bad the impact is on us. Yet.
So what can you do about it? Well, plenty actually. Click here to read more.