Weightloss Journey

⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️I’m stepping out of my comfort zone right now⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️ ⚠️

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This isn’t easy for me as someone with very little body confidence (especially my stomach) I grew up not as the ‘fat girl’ but the ‘big girl’ because of my height. I remember times from when I was in my early years of high school and boys would tell me I shouldn’t be wearing a t-shirt because I was too big😬. Back then I wasn’t even big. I was normal clothing size for my age but just seemed it because I was tall but those comments stuck with me💔. My weight gain began after the 2011 earthquakes along with anxiety which encouraged me to eat more🍞🥐🍟. I managed to 110kgs 🍰at my heaviest about 4 months ago. I now weight 92 👊🏽and I’m not ashamed of that☺️. I’m nowhere near where I want to be but I’m 18kgs closer👌🏽! 

Picture on the right 4months ago: The day my life changed and I started the Shred10 programme🙌🏼
Picture on the left taken this morning: Getting over 30 fruits🍎 and veggies🍆 every day, sleeping at least 9hours 😴everyday, daily exercise 🚴🏽‍♀️and drinking 3L of water everyday

I’m amazed at what the whole foods programme has done for me. It’s real eating✔️, no food deprivation✔️, no counting calories✔️ and it’s family friendly✔️. Which means everyone can eat yummy healthy foods as a family, creating good habits that will pay a lifetime. 

I’d like to say a huge thank you to all my friends and family who have helped me and given me tremendous amounts of support during the last four months💕. It’s been a tough emotional ✨journey, that’s definitely not over👊🏽👊🏽 

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Documentary Review: In Defense of Food

The documentary In Defense of Food, is based on the best selling book of award winning journalist Michael Pollan. The book came out in 2008 and the documentary followed in 2015. Pollan narrates majority of the documentary himself along with views and opinions nutritionalists and health experts. Michael Pollan explores the ‘Western Diet’ most of us have adapted to(lots of meat, white flour, vegetable oils and sugar) which has been shown to cause many health problems we suffer from today.

In Defense of Food focuses on the idea of “eat food, not too much, mostly plants”. There are so many topics that it covers from, the dangers of processed foods to different cultures ways of eating. I thought that I had a bit of knowledge towards which foods were healthy and which foods weren’t. I was shocked to see what was hidden on labels to appeal to the buyer, I know packaging and fat free signs would usually get me every time.”Processed foods should be called edible food like substances”, this sentence really hit me. fresh produce doesn’t have health claims or lists of unknown ingredients, they generally just have an expiry or best before date. It is pretty clear that the audience they’re aiming towards is people interested in the health and food industry.

The most alarming part to me was the terrifying growth of type 2 diabetes, especially in young children. Michael Pollan explains how sugar is linked to this. Soft drinks are generally cheaper than water making it easy option for kids. It isn’t just soft drinks, over eating carbohydrates can be a problem too. Carbohydrates turn into glucose once digested which causes our blood sugar levels to rise, the pancreas then produces insulin, which is a hormone that prompts cells to absorb blood sugar for energy/storage, the levels in the bloodstream begin to drop.

One of my favourite parts of the documentary was the Hadza Tribe from Tanzania. Hunting and gathering has been the way of life for the Hadza tribe. They figure out how to use what nature has provided them with, from roots to honey. Honey is the only source of sugar they have and sometimes have to climb trees just to get handfuls at a time. What I also found interesting was the low rate of cancer and diabetes among the tribe. So what does this tell us? A plant based diet with non processed meat really does effect the way our bodies work.

Overall this documentary has been a huge eye opener for me. I never realised the real dangers of processed foods and the impact they are having on our lives. With the rapidly growing type 2 diabetes rate, (mainly in children) we need to do something about what we eat and educate those who don’t know how. I have barely even talked about all the topics In Defense of Food goes over so I would highly recommend watching this documentary. Everything in the documentary is backed up by research or facts. I’m now prepared to really take control of what I eat and chose what to fuel my body with.

Sundays

Sundays used to be the worst day of my week. Always waking up hungover, drinking endless amounts of fizzy drinking and stuffing myself with fast food and carbohydrates as if it was a routine. My week would progressively get worse from there until Thursday when I suddenly regretted everything I’d put into my body that week. One day it just hit me that things need to change and that’s when I was introduced to the wholefood shred programme. I am 100% obsessed with everything about the products and the company. Now every Sunday, even when I don’t want to, I follow my 5 daily rituals ⭐️Exercise

⭐️Water

⭐️Walking my dogs

⭐️Complete shake for breakfast

⭐️Magic Beans

I know the week ahead is going to be better than my last. 

Anxiety, goals and food. 

Lately I can’t stop thinking about where I want to be in 5 years time. All through school I thought setting goals was a huge waste of time and what’s the point. I guess not setting any left me with no disappointment. 3 months ago I started setting small daily goals and now I’m starting to think of long term goals. Now I’ve realised waking up everyday with a purpose changes the way I think of myself. Along with goal setting, changing my diet, well my lifestyle of; late night take out foods, soft drinks, energy drinks, lollies, dairy and gluten. Don’t get me wrong, I will still demolish a large fries from McDonald’s or a bread roll or two 😉 but now it’s not everyday. More like once a month. I’ve noticedMy anxiety has almost depleted and I couldn’t be happier. I have so many wonderful things in my life to be great full for and look forward to. It just shows, if you look after your body, your body will look after you. 

Day 1

Day one done and I feel really good about the next 10 days. I’ve managed to smash my daily goals.

Breakfast: Shake

  • 1 Sachet Complete Shake Dutch Chocolate
  • 250ml Soy Milk
  • 50g Frozen Banana
  • 1/4 C Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

I take my capsules after my morning shake.

Lunch: Shake

  • 1 Sachet Complete Shake vanilla
  • 50g Frozen Banana
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Dinner: Salad

  • 90gm Steak
  • 1 C Roast Pumpkin
  • 4 Baby Beets
  • 1/4 Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 C Baby Spinich

Exercise: 1:30hr Harry Ell Track with weights.

Fruit, Veg and Berry Blend Capsules

Why do I love these capsules? How could you not! There are no pesticides or insecticides unlike supermarket fruit and vegetables. Every batch is tested.  All JP products are NON-GMO, gluten free and vegan so they are literally generally safe for everybody (obviously not if you are allergic to any ingredients though).

Each blend is created to give you everything you need to bridge the gap between what you are eating and what you are not. We should be eating 9-13 servings of fruit and vegetables every day, this seems near impossible but thats when the capsules come in. So every time I have all two capsules from each the fruit, veg and berry blend I know I am easily adding 25 different fruits, vegetables, grains and berries.

Lets get a bit technical here. So your skin is your largest organ, so it is important to take care of it. Antioxidants protect skin by reducing the production of free radicals, which can damage skin cells. Antioxidants in skin care products (like the berry capsules) can do a lot for the health and appearance of your skin, which can help reduce the signs of ageing.

Another technical term is Bioavailability and I love it! It basically means the extent to which nutrients can be absorbed and utilised by the body instead of peeing it out. Within 7 minutes of consuming your capsules your body begins to absorb the nutrients.

Shred 10

June 19th 2017

Today I begin my second round of the Shred10 programme. I’m so excited to shed my body from the toxins I ate and drank over the weekend. Last time round, I lost 5.3kgs, I dropped a dress size and drastically improved my sleeping pattern which has alway been out of sync. This time I’m going to be harder on myself and set my goals higher because I know what I can achieve from being mediocre. For me personally it isn’t about the weight loss, I just want to be confident and comfortable in my own skin.

So over the next 10 days Im going to be:

  • Increasing my daily wholefood intake
  • Continuing my daily fruit, veg and berry capsules
  • Increasing my daily exercise to 1hr
  • Eliminating dairy and gluten
  • Drinking 3L of water everyday
  • Having 2 complete shakes daily

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