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YOUtrition’s 5 Day Summer Kick Start Food Plan Program!

YOUtrition’s 5 Day Summer Kick Start Food Plan.  Transform Your Weight, Glow With Health & Reset Your Brain!

Would you like a 5 day food plan that completely revitalizes your body and resets your sugar cravings?  Is that possible?  Yes, it is with YOUtrition’s 5 Day Reset Program.  Not only will you start to see a difference to your waistline, the low sugar content of the meal plan means that your sugar cravings will subside, your energy levels soar, you will look and feel brighter and seeing the results, be motivated to move forward to the healthiest, slim you, you deserve to be!

At YOUtrition the focus is on making weight loss as stress free as possible.  It is not about expensive foods or hours in the kitchen.  It is not about ‘products’ it is about real food.   It is about making simple, easy, adaptable changes to your food choices and meals that you will enjoy both the creation of and the eating!

I will be sending out my basic YOUtrition menu plan.  It is flexible, easy to follow, delicious,  quick to prepare and store and packed with nutrients and food, not products.  I occasionally might use a very little sauce in jar for speed in some recipes, but that is certainly not every day and as you progress to the next step of the meal plan, they will disappear also!

The whole point of this 5 day food plan is to make you realize how easy it is to live healthily without a strain on your purse or time and which will absolutely set you on the path to achieving the results you desire in a way you know you can maintain!  I give tips on scheduling preparation time – how to best use your precious ‘you’ time and cook up more than 1 meal at a time without kitchen chaos.  How to store your delicious meals and the calorie content of each meal.

The meals are tasty, overflowing with goodness and, mostly perfect for freezing.  I give alternative ways of putting together the meals and use simple food swaps that maintain taste and yet give variety.  You will be so surprised as to how much you can eat whilst knowing that every mouthful is moving you closer to your weight loss goal.  It is all up to you!

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A Stumble is Not A Fall But A Natural Part of Weight Loss!

A stumble is not a fall – it  is so important to acknowledge that for successful weight loss!

We mostly have a clear view of what we want to look like, even if we don’t have a clear view of how to get there, and once we are motivated, we do our best to keep on track with our nutrition and movement.  However there will always be times when we stumble – a little bit like tripping over the pavement.  We are watching where we are going and focussing on our destination and something changes, someone drops something on the payment for instance and we trip.  What then?  Do we sit and think, “Right, that’s it, I have tripped up, I might as well spend the rest of the day lying on the pavement because I am expecting to trip again?”  No, of course not!  It is the same with our food.

Even with the best laid plans and preparation, something at some point will happen to derail you.  You might find yourself extra hungry and having to grab some product from a motorway station late at night.  You might find yourself at a party where the host has made a birthday cake and it would be horribly rude to refuse a small slice. Or you just feel like something sweet and ‘treaty’ whilst watching the tv at the end of a boring day. You then “give in to temptation” and feel miserable and like a failure later.  Sounding familiar?

I want to reassure you that a stumble is not a fall and definitely not a failure.   I always tell my clients to be kind to themselves.  Know that you are doing the best you can in the circumstances you find yourself in and a temporary set back is simply that, temporary. If you stay on your healthy track  80% of the time, you will reach (and maintain) your weight loss goals, and the more often you make healthier choices, the more often the only choices you will look for and see, will be the ones that keep you on track.

I want you to remember how amazing you are at caring for others and dishing out kindness and support to others whenever it is needed and yet we rarely do the same for ourselves. We beat ourselves up for being human and then give up.  Don’t!   Be the person to yourself that you are to your loved ones.  Acknowledge the stumble, learn from it (if it was an emotional one) and move on being your best, most fabulous and slim YOU! x

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The Menopause – Symptoms & Relief, Nature’s Way

As women mature and the menopause looms,  it can become harder to lose weight.  But we really don’t need to accept this as our lot.  Although there is a tendency for women over 40 to gain up to 2lbs per year, it is more likely down to the fact that we move less and our general activity levels drop rather than from hormonal changes and the slowing of our metabolism.  That is not to deny that hormonal changes, particularly the lowering of estrogen as we enter the menopause, can change the way we store fat particularly round our trunk.  Hence the dreaded thickening waistline.  So what can we do to keep these excess pounds away?

It is important to acknowledge that the tried and tested quick fixes of our 20’ and 30’s are gone.  Our bodies just don’t respond in the same way.  Personally I love this. It means that any changes we make will need to be long term for the weight to stay lost and so we give up on the “diets” and make the food and lifestyle changes that lose the weight and benefit both our physical and mental health.

A couple of years ago, in the height of my embarrassing hot flushes and sleepless nights – the ones that left me looking and feeling like a wrung out tearful shadow of myself, I started investigating why some women suffer so much and others seem to sail through (maybe they actually didn’t, but if they were feeling like me, they surely deserved an Academy Award for hiding it!).  I started to read about cultures where the effects of the menopause where unknown.  Initially I wondered if this was maybe down to embarrassment and under-reporting on the part of the woman of these cultures, but even female health care professionals there had never heard of “hot flushes”. Why?  Here follows a brief description of the changes in our bodies during the menopause, please bear with me, I expect most of us know this, but still, I do have a reason for writing this……

When we stop ovulating our need for estrogen drops off dramatically. We do still produce some estrogen but in much smaller quantities in our adrenal glands and adipose tissue (fat cells).   The menopausal symptoms we come to dread, the hot flushes, sleepless nights, mood swings etc. are simply the result of our bodies being in withdrawal.  We don’t tolerate the drop in estrogen because in our Western diet of high fat, low fibre, we are accustomed to much higher levels of this hormone than our bodies ever needed. Basically we are going cold turkey!   Our bodies really struggle to re-equalize this balance and so we swing from one feeling to another.

So, that’s the science.  Now my response as a weight loss specialist and nutritionist and someone who cares passionately about women’s health and wellbeing.

During the menopause, as with all natural bodily functions, there is a natural diet based solution, which even if it does not completely alleviate all the symptoms, definitely makes them more manageable because our hormones become more balanced.  In the instance, the re-balancing is achieved by eating phyto-estrogens (plant based estrogen), antioxidants and essential fatty acids, along of course with cutting out the foods that work against them.

The highest sources of phyto-estrogens are soy, lentils and chickpeas – don’t panic though, this is nowhere near as dull as you might imagine.  Whilst it would be great to up your intake of these, the list of phyto-estrogen foods is long and varied and includes, seeds, nuts, grains, many vegetables and fruits (which also include the antioxidants) as well as herbs and spices.  Along with some healthy fats, think salmon, avocado, eggs and a little lean red and white meat, you can see that your daily diet won’t be dull but will go a long way to reducing your symptoms.

So these are nature’s menopause helpers.  What about its saboteurs?  They include excessive caffeine and alcohol, sugar in its processed form and refined wheats, salt and excessive meat protein intake.  I say meat protein specifically as vegetable protein (quinoa for instance is a complete vegetable protein), as meat protein seems to take more calcium from our bones which can make us more vulnerable to osteoporosis.

Also, whilst it is vital to maintain calcium intakes during the menopause, dairy sources of calcium can have high saturated fat content so should be limited to one to two servings a day.

So, armed with all this information, I made some really easy changes to my diet.  I upped my phyto-estrogen foods and minimized my processed/caffeine and sugar.  And I kid you not, I do not have any symptoms at all now!  Truly, I have gone from changing my sheets at least twice a week to the much more normal once.  My energy levels and mood are right up there and I still have my waist (not so much maybe, but it is still there….), plus, and for me most importantly, my so precious sleep is back on track.

Obviously there will be some ladies who say, “I do all this and I am still really suffering”.  My heart really goes out to you and please see your doctor in case there are any other underlying issues, however in the main these changes do work and will benefit every aspect of your life.  Dare I say it, here’s to a happier, more manageable menopause! x

 

 

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YOUtrition’s Eight Week Weight Loss Program for YOUR life!

Lose 14lb With YOUtrition’s Eight Week Weight Loss Program and keep it off for LIFE!

In weight loss, it is totally unrealistic to expect you to just clear the fridge, do a big shop, start cooking everything from scratch, change your eating habits, walk more and overhaul your whole lifestyle with the snap of your fingers.  So, what is the alternative, the one you can sustain for life?  I believe it is a program, designed for the individual that fits into your life and is determined solely by what works for you.  To design such a program, it is vital to know the basics of food and nutrition, its effect on the body and how to make the best choices.  That is where my Eight Week Program comes in and why it is so successful.

I designed this Eight Week program to cut through all the confusing food and dietary information out there.  I have nothing to sell, no products or exercise plans, just a way forward that you can stick with and can adapt to wherever you are and whatever you are doing.  It is based on my absolute conviction that diets don’t work and that real, sustainable weight loss comes from small, incremental, consistent changes that build to a stable of new, healthy eating habits that work for you in your life – whatever that may be.

My Eight Week Program has no more than 10 clients at one time and can be tailored to the group’s needs.  It is a fun, informative Program, results focused and conducted in a non-judgemental and mutually supportive way.  Due to the small class numbers, the sessions can be fairly flexible and everyone gets a chance to contribute, query, support with the other group members in a confidential environment

Each week different topics are discussed, they will be a mixture of food based and motivational topics, as outlined below (although this can be flexible to meet the groups needs),  along with recipes and the opportunity to share ideas.  For each session there is a handout to help keep you on track a long with easy recipe sheet to encourage confidence and variety.

There is also a private Facebook chat for the periods between sessions for queries or a quick motivational boost, to which all members of the group can contribute. You really are never alone on your journey!

This program has proved very popular and new friendships have been forged that have lasted well past the end of the program so why not give up on the restrictive diets and diet clubs and try a different approach for long term, sustainable weight loss!

Week 1.

Calories – Identifying how many calories each individual group member should be consuming for weight loss.  The quality of calories and the wisest choices.

Week 2.

Sugar vs Fat! One hinders weight loss, one accelerates it!

The use of Carbs, Protein and Fats in weight loss and the healthiest options.

Week 3.

Food Diaries – the ultimate weight loss guide.

Pre-Planning for weight loss in your lifestyle.

Week 4

Food Labelling – reading and understanding.

Portion Control.

Week 5.

Easy Everyday Food Swaps for Weight Loss

Healthiest Options for Optimum Weight Loss

Week 6.

Food Preparation

Fluids

Week 7.

Recognizing Hunger.

Snacking.

Emotional Eating.

Week 8.

Progress Reporting.

Maintaining Motivational Levels.

 

 

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Food Swaps Made Smart & Easy For Successful Weight Loss

Food and recipes – we all have our favourite’s.  The ones we have maybe grown up with, that our families and friends love us to make and the ones we are best at and like to show off, or is that just me…..?

Anyway, when it comes to shifting our excess weight, the last thing we want to have to do is abandon all our tried and tested and much loved recipes and replace them with foods we hope to learn to love but don’t initially have the same appeal.  Can you imagine your family asking for the “lovely raw veggies and low fat dressing”?  or the response you would get to the “Mum, I’m starving, what’s for dinner?”  and you reply chicken breast with salad……Not good I suspect.

So, what to do to keep all family members happy and you on your weight loss track?   I have the answer.  Food swaps.  I do this all the time and no-one even notices and often if they do, they love them for a number of reasons, such as the food swap is less heavy so they feel less sluggish afterwards and certainly has less sugar so there is no sugar crash shortly after eating and the subsequent hunger, and sometimes they just love the change of taste or texture within the recipe.

The easiest examples I use are these.

  • Out with the Spaghetti, in with the Courgetti and Butternut noodles mixed – you don’t have to go the whole hog and cut out the spaghetti altogether, just mix a smaller amount of the pasta with a larger amount of the veggie noodles – this also looks so lovely and colourful and tempting on a plate.
  • Out with the Cheese sauces in lasagne, bakes etc, in with the half fat crème fraiche with a pinch of nutmeg and a grating of cheese.  No butter, no flour, no milk and a much smaller amount of cheese.
  • Out with the sheet pasta in with the wholemeal tortillas in all instances.  My family love lasagne and cannelloni with wholemeal tortilla.  Pizzas with whole meal tortilla are also a massive hit.
  • Out with minced beef (5 to 15% fat and the 5% is much more expensive), in with minced Turkey (4 – 7% fat at a much lower price).  Every single recipe that requires beef can be swapped with turkey.  You don’t have to do this very time, but even if you alternate between beef and turkey you will save so many calories and a big reduction in fat.
  • Out with tomato sauces in jars (a total sugar and additive fest!), in with homemade sauces.  This is so, so easy.  When I have very little time, I put a can of tinned tomatoes, garlic cloves, onion, chilli, basil – basically whatever I fancy in my blender, whiz up and tip on anything that needs a sauce. Voila!
  • Out with the sour cream as dips, in with the 0% Greek yoghurt – not Greek Style Yoghurt – topped with herbs.  Think of the calories saved in this one small change alone!

Look around you and be creative.  Use herbs and spices – there is always recommendations as to which foods they work well with on the labels. Keep it simple and definitely keep it stress free.  Eat your favourite family meals plus add in some new ones and you will achieve your weight loss goals painlessly and keep the family happy.