The 10 best ways to lose weight more easily

The 10 best ways to lose weight more easily

Break the cycle of emotional eating. Many people crave food when they’re not hungry. Take a moment to recognise this and to ask yourself what you’re feeling. I encourage everyone to fine a distraction that works for them. This could be anything from doing some exercises to having a chat with a friend. You can retrain yourself to break the habit of eating when you’re not hungry. It’s a habit that can be replaced by a more useful one that is going to help you reach your goals. Be patient and keep practising 😊.

Can My Symptoms Actually Be a Food Intolerance?

Can My Symptoms Actually Be a Food Intolerance?

If your body has trouble digesting specific foods, it can affect your hormones, metabolism, or even cause inflammation and result in any of the symptoms listed above. And these can affect any (or all) parts of the body, not just your gastrointestinal system.

Five Weight-Loss Friendly Plant-Based Snacks You Will Love

Five Weight-Loss Friendly Plant-Based Snacks You Will Love

The words “weight-loss” and “snacks” often appear in the same sentence. 

But that might also bring thoughts of "tasteless," "cardboard," and "completely unsatisfying."

It can be all too easy to just grab what you can when you’re out and about and hungry. With a bit of planning your healthy eating needn’t go off track.

Let me give you my best weight-loss friendly snacks that aren't just nutritious but also delicious and easy to make!

These foods are nutrient-dense whole foods where a little goes a long way; foods that contain protein and/or fibre.

 

My 9 simple tips to stay on track this Christmas

My 9 simple tips to stay on track this Christmas

T’is the season to be……

Well as the carol goes it should be ‘jolly’. But how many of you find it all a bit stressful? Extra alcohol, lack of routine, lots of food being offered to you, plus the stress of doing so much and worrying about everyone else can play havoc on your healthy eating.

Here are 9 tips to help you to stay on track and healthy into the New Year:

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

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

Maybe you’ve started to eat better, you’re eating a lot more plant-based now and maybe you’re losing weight. Nourishing your body with a wholefood plant-based diet is key to good health, but are you active and doing some exercises too? Although you can lose weight without exercising it really has so many health benefits to offer – mental as well as physical.

How eating plant-based can help you conquer cravings

How eating plant-based can help you conquer cravings

Cravings can be triggered by many things including; sights, sounds, aromas, environment, stress and more. A perfect example of this is a typical trip to the supermarket with the smell of freshly-baked bread wafting through the shop or popping to a coffee shop and the cakes and muffins are all neatly on display, right in front of you when you’re in the queue!

Haven’t changed anything in your diet but getting bigger?

Haven’t changed anything in your diet but getting bigger?

As we age people will commonly experience lower energy levels, more digestive discomfort and weight gain, as well as aches and pains.

Ageing can result in hormonal changes for both men and women. And these can contribute to loss of some lean muscle mass, as well as increases and changes in fat storage on our bodies.

How to Naturally Lower Cortisol - the Stress Hormone

How to Naturally Lower Cortisol - the Stress Hormone

Eat a variety of nutrient-dense whole plant foods; this doesn't just help reduce stress hormone, it helps all aspects of your health.

Lower your cortisol levels with leafy greens, whole grains, berries, beans, nuts and seeds – especially walnuts, milled linseeds and chia seeds. Plus, a bit of dark chocolate – not the sugary, milky kind, can even help you to unwind too.  

How a Plant-Based Diet Can Improve Gut Health

How a Plant-Based Diet Can Improve Gut Health

It would also appear that the standard Western lifestyle could be the main driver of gut inflammation. A diet which is low in fibre, high in sugar and saturated fat, plus high consumption of alcohol along with high levels of stress, could all be a factor.

The Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

The Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

A plant-based diet is not a diet of vegetables alone. It is a diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, which may exclude or minimise meat, including chicken, dairy products and eggs. The diet will definitely exclude foods made from refined flour and sugar, and certain refined vegetable oils.

I advocate a completely plant-based diet, excluding all animal products, because of the multiple health issues related to animal products. 

Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods

Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods

You may not realise how important breakfast is if you’re trying to lose weight. Skipping breakfast means you’re much more likely to reach for the high sugar, high fat snacks when your energy plummets mid-morning. Breakfast is not the time to try and shave a few calories off what you’re eating.

Confused about food labelling?

Confused about food labelling?

Lots of foods will have words like ‘reduced fat’ or ‘less sugar’ and these are used to make you think it’s a healthy choice. If it says ‘reduced’ or ‘less’ it just means there’s less than in the original version. It might be a healthier choice, but not necessarily a healthy choice. In a reduced fat food there could still be a lot of sugar or salt for example. And something which is ‘less salt’ could still have a lot of sugar or fat.

Common Weight Loss Myths Busted

Common Weight Loss Myths Busted

People eat too many calories, not because they're hungry, but because they feel sad, lonely, or bored. Or maybe because they're tired or stressed. Or maybe even because they're happy and celebrating. All these feelings interact with our gastrointestinal, nervous and hormonal systems; all of which influence our calorie intake.

Bye Bye Sleeping Through the Night

Bye Bye Sleeping Through the Night

Ever felt a powerful urge to consume lots of sugary, fatty foods because you feel so tired? Not getting the sleep you need can have a huge impact on your ability to lose weight so this is definitely something to focus on if you are working towards a healthy weight. The good news is that a wholefood plant-based diet can help.

Why Your Waist Circumference Matters 100x More Than What You Weigh

 Why Your Waist Circumference Matters 100x More Than What You Weigh

Do you know which shape is associated with a higher risk of sleep apnoea, blood sugar issues (e.g. insulin resistance and diabetes) and heart issues (high blood pressure, blood fat, and arterial diseases).

Yep – that apple!

Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Mealtimes

Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Mealtimes

You've heard of mindfulness but have you applied that to your eating habits?

This can help you avoid overeating as well as having the added bonus of helping your digestion.

Just as being mindful when you meditate helps to focus your attention on your breathing and the present moment being mindful when you eat helps to focus your attention on your meal.

Why is My Metabolism Slow?

Why is My Metabolism Slow?

While dieting can lead to a reduction in the amount of fat it unfortunately can also lead to a reduction in the amount of muscle you have. As you may know more muscle means faster resting metabolic rate.

This situation is made worse if you try to lose a lot of weight too quickly. This is why I always recommend a gradual reduction in food using healthy wholefood plant-based foods. This also means you won’t feel deprived either – another reason why diets don’t work for people.

Everything You Think You Know About Healthy Eating is Wrong and it's Making You Overweight and Tired

Everything You Think You Know About Healthy Eating is Wrong and it's Making You Overweight and Tired

The “calories in, calories out” philosophy (i.e. how much you eat) is being questioned with research on other factors that may be just as important. Of course, limiting calories, carbs or fat can certainly help you lose weight but that's simply not the only factor for long-term weight loss and maximum energy for everyone. 

How to Eat Plant-based While Travelling

How to Eat Plant-based While Travelling

No matter where you’re going, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. Here I am going to give you a few quick and healthy food ideas, to help you stay on track so you can plan what to take and focus on finding real food. While these tips can all be used at home, this is extra-important when you’re travelling. Travelling can throw your regular healthy habits off when you’re skipping time zones or even just being in a different place.