Keeping It Real – the truth with no spin

We’re bombarded with “reality”. We see “real” photographs, watch programmes about “real” things that happen to “real” people, we see “real” posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter of people are living their best lives. We buy into this “reality”.  Truth is “reality” programmes  are scripted, “real” photographs are photoshopped and “real” stories on social media are very often far from reality. So when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle  we want to follow what we see as “reality” and get very frustrated when it doesn’t work for us. Keeping it real – the truth with no spin Fads aren’t sustainable. Buying products promising quick solutions keeps you trapped in a vicious circle of yo-yo dieting. Treat the cause of the problem not the symptom. Many of the articles we read quoting scientific findings of studies conducted about food / eating / health are often accompanied by the 3 letter word MAY which means that the finding is not a proven fact. We don’t read the small print, which says products work if used in conjunction with a healthy eating plan. Exercising more and not changing your bad eating habits will not bring results. One solution does not fit everyone – if one eating / exercise plan doesn’t suit you try another. Healthy does not mean slimming. There are no quick fixes – no magic pills, milkshakes, juices, teas, foods that will solve your weight problems. You need to select a lifestyle that is sustainable and follow an eating plan that fits in with your lifestyle. You will have to learn new habits. You will have ups and downs....

The A B C of Success

Photo Credit: Unknown Struggling to lose weight or lead a healthy lifestyle? So often we really want to achieve something and yet regardless of how hard we try, we don’t succeed. The question is – What are some of the things you have to do to succeed? To find out read this month’s article The A, B, C of Success Action Think about your goal, write it down. “I have always wanted to _____” Now BEGIN… Without action – nothing can be achieved! “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step” –Tao Attitude If you believe you can achieve then you will achieve. That doesn’t mean you will never fail – you will, but learn from your mistakes, pick yourself up and keep on going. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist see the opportunity in every difficulty” – Sir Winston Churchill Be the best you can be Don’t compare yourself to anyone else! Focus on yourself and be the best you can be. “I started from scratch. I had no endurance, I had no muscle, I had lost everything, but I started in a lane by myself and just worked on improving my time.” -Natalie du Toit Commitment Once you have decided what you want to do, commit to do what is achievable and realistic and stick to it until you achieve your goal. Commit not to quit. “One sacrifice today will bring two rewards tomorrow” Confidence Doing what you fear is what gives you confidence. “Confidence is a state of mind” Courage Facing your fears and discovering what you are capable...

Don’t diet – Feed Your Body With A Healthy Lifestyle

Photo Credit – Diet Smart With so many diets on the market why do so many people still struggle with leading a healthy lifestyle and weight problems? I believe is because the weakness with most weight loss programmes is that they only focus on eating healthily. A healthy lifestyle depends on a number of factors stress diet weight exercise hereditary factors If we only focus on what we eat, our weight usually see-saws because all we are doing is “dieting” and to many people the word diet is synonymous with deprivation. We need to stop thinking about diets equally deprivation but rather look at health, wellness and happiness. In other words to improve our health we need to modify our lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle cannot guarantee health, however it can reduce the risk of: high blood pressure, heart attack, diabetes, bloating, lack of energy Often when illness strikes we rely on our doctors to “cure” us. We get medication to take but often the medication is treating the symptom and not the cause. What we fail to realize is the role we can also play in the cure. I always find it so sad when one hears about people who on hearing that they have a serious health problem, change to a healthier lifestyle. Often when it is too late. We have to go back to basics and take an active part in the maintenance of our health. We need to look at preventing illness and promoting our health. The solution is to lead a healthier (and more balanced) lifestyle. To lead a healthier lifestyle (for your body) you...