Successful Strategies For Weight Loss

One of the most effective ways of helping clients at my  Nutrition and Weight Loss Coaching practice in Beaconsfield maintain a weight at which they are happy is to identify the successful strategies they already have in other areas of their lives and use those same strategies to address their weight.

We all have successes in our lives.  They might be in business or in our personal lives or in both. For each of these successes we have developed individual strategies that support them, sometimes without even being aware of it.

Some clients tell me that they have no success.  I beg to differ.  Everyone does.

One of my personal successes is that I am always on time.  Small success you may think, but to me it is important.  So, how do I consistently make sure I am on time?  Well, its easy.  My successful strategy is to prepare in advance.

My handbag has all necessary items in it the night before.  I check my keys are in the correct place before I go to bed.  My clothes are planned and laid out.  To the best of my ability, all bases are covered and there is no rushing around at the last minute in a mindless panic.

It is the same with my weight management.  I plan my food for the next day.  I prepare my lunch and any snack and pop in the fridge.  My dinner is planned in accordance with how busy my day is scheduled to be, on a quieter day I might feel like spending more time relaxing and preparing food in the evening, on a busier day, I might feel too tired and want a quick and simple meal.  Both scenarios are taken into account and all the ingredients are in the fridge. So, arriving home, no matter how tired or stressful my day has been, instead of staring into the fridge and grabing something that will only make me feel more tired and stressed, everything is ready for a good, healthy, nourishing tasty meal which I know will restore my mind and body’s balance and make me feel yet again that I have made the best choice for me.  More success!

Feed Your Skin

One of the benefits of upgrading your nutrition is the positive affects it has on our skin.

One of the key signs of ageing is the condition of our skin.  We all want to look younger and the condition of our skin (ideally clear and smooth) helps to achieve this.  It is also an excellent indicator of our body’s health and is greatly affected by our nutritional status.  The food we consume plays a vital role in every stage of skin development and maintenance and we literally are what we eat.  The good news is that we can eat our way to glowing healthy skin.

Some of my top tips are.

1) Ditch sugar

Refined sugar has to no place in our diets!  As well as adding inches to our waistlines, it plays havoc with the addiction centre of our brains and it causes wrinkles.  Try adding spices like coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom to naturally flavour foods and reduce the craving to add sugar.   Stick with it, sugar cravings DO pass.

2) Healthy (Monounsaturated And Polyunsaturated) Fats

Found in avocados, oily fish, nuts, seeds and olive oil, they provide essential fatty acids which act as a natural moisturiser for your skin, keeping it supple. These fats also come with the added bonus of a healthy dose of vitamin E (a vitamin in which many of us are deficient), which will help protect against free radical damage.

3) Bulk Up On Leafy Green Vegetables

Packed with polyphenols, the most abundant antioxidants in the diet and found in vegatebles,  Also packed with fibre and iron, they aid digestion and support healthy circulation and beautiful skin.

4) Top Up Your Zinc

Zinc, found in spinach, kidney beans flax and pumpkin seeds, salmon, garlic, turkey, chickpeas and oysters, helps transport Vitamin A to our cells.  Vitamin A has wonderful skin healing properties.

5) Water

Our bodies are made up of roughly 75% water so proper hydration is vital.  It transports essential nutrients to all the cells in our bodies, plumps the skin and curbs our appetitie.  So, sip slowly and regularly through the day.

Finally, to give your skin its best chance to glow, try reducing alcohol, caffeine, chemical additives, saturated fat and smoking.  Use a gentle oil based cleanser and water, no soap and wear sunscreen.

Be Kind to Yourself

As a nutrition and weight loss coach, I always tell my clients to be kind to yourselves.  To be kind to yourself is to show self care and self love. We spend most of our lives loving, caring and nurturing others, often at the expense of ourselves.  Being kind to yourself is not the same as being selfish. When we learn to love and care and be kind to ourselves,  to nurture our bodies with good quality food, good quality rest, good quality friends, we flourish and grow.  In turn we are able to assist our loved ones to flourish and grow too.

In our this super  busy, stressful world, where we often seem to come last, it is important to take some time out and acknowledge how amazing we all are.  Just sit back and  think about your achievements. Write them down. Daily achievements, monthly achievements, lifetime achievements.  We all have so many things we should be proud of that go unnoticed mainly by ourselves.  We sometimes forget how much we have done and are doing and looking at these can help us gain energy and feel more vital to continue on our journey. Be kind to yourself and love yourself the way you love those most precious to you.