I love my Nutribullet!

Last week Sunday I had the most serendipitous encounter with a fabulous Nutribullet. I have ALWAYS wanted one, so I feel very blessed to have won it! I attended a seminar, and won this beautiful machine as well as two delicious medical food shakes!

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I made my first simple and easy smoothie this morning. I could not believe how fast this little thing goes. In 30 seconds, I had a delicious smooth drink, ready for the road. I love having smoothies for breakfast. They’re quick, easy and convenient for a busy morning breakfast.

I wanted to share a quick and easy smoothie recipe:

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  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1/2 golden pear
  • 1/2 large banana
  • 2 medium sized spinach leaves
  • 1 scoop of Metagenics/ Amipro Ultrameal Original
  • Water for consistency

Method:

  • Place everything in the Nutribullet double cup 20160531_092226
  • Blitz for 30 seconds
  • Pour into a cup and drink! That’s how easy it is.

If you have the opportunity of owning one of these- please do!

Invest in your health and your body will thank you.

xx

Non Alcoholic Hot Toddy Recipe

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Ingredients for the hot toddy

I decided to share this very easy recipe with everyone who watched the show this week on Real Health. All the ingredient can be found in your local spice shop or your pantry!

It’s a great for warming up the chest and throat, and helps your body fight off any signs of a cold.  There are variations that add brandy, however, this is safe for everyone, including children and pregnant woman.

The beneficial qualities:

  • Turmeric acts as a wonderful anti inflammatory
  • Cinnamon is an antimicrobial 
  • Black pepper promotes sweating and helps rid the body of toxins
  • Ginger eases pain and acts as an anti- inflammatory
  • Cayenne pepper is a mucous decongestant and a natural pain reliever
  • Raw honey contains Propolis which has antibacterial and antiviral qualities
  • Lemon has lots of vitamin C and has immune boosting properties

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground (or fresh) turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon bruised black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
  • slice of lemon

Method:

  • In a small pot, add the water and gently heat on a medium heat
  • Add the turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper, ginger and cayenne pepper
  • Let the ingredients simmer for five minutes
  • Remove from heat and strain into a cup
  • Add honey and lemon
  • Ideally served had warm/hot
  • Sip and enjoy!

Weight loss habits to adopt into your lifestyle

When starting to adopt lifestyle habits into your daily life, it’s better to start slowly and up the tempo gradually! Here are some ways to start those small changes:

When eating out:

  • Don’t pig out: Figure out what you are going to eat in advance. Avoid starters, and choose veg as a side. Try avoid potato, chips, mash or bread as a side. If you take rice, half maximum 6 tablespoons of the portion.
  • Get salad dressing on the side: Restaurants usually put about a quarter cup of dressing on a salad, which is often too many calories. Best to stick with 1 to 2 tablespoons. Dip your fork into the dressing and then into the salad. Otherwise, have a tablespoon of olive oil and two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.

 At home:

  • Pace you eating: Force yourself to eat more slowly and savor each bite. This allows you to feel fuller, quicker. The faster we eat, the more you will eat in order to feel full
  • Hydrate before meals: Drink two glasses of water before meals may help you eat less.
  • Downsize plates and bowls: Using smaller versions of your serving ware will help you eat less and help with portion control.
  • Adopt the motto “after 8 is too late” for food/snacks after dinner.
  • Sleep: Sleep deprivation alters levels of hormones in the body that regulate hunger, causing an increase in appetite.

Food choices:

  • Spring clean: Start by evaluating the content of you cupboards and fridge. Get rid of all the high calorie food, the highly processsed foods, as well as junk that may sabotage your weight loss journey.
  • Plan your meals ahead of time: for example, if you want to have a salad daily, make a week supply and store in your fridge. That way you’re less likely to make an unhealthy last-minute food choice, and it is easily accessible.
  • Never skip a meal: This causes your body to go into a fat-storing starvation mode, making it harder to burn calories. Eat regular meals and snacks. Make sure you have some protein foods such as yogurt, tuna, beans etc. for most meals. Protein helps you feel full longer.
  • Go hard core: Cut out sugar in your tea, coffee and cereal. Don’t bake with lots of sugar. Cut out liquid calories by eliminate cold drinks and sugary drinks. This includes iced tea, sports drinks and alcoholic beverages. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Treat yourself: Allow yourself one high- calorie snack daily. This means one biscuit, or two blocks of chocolate, and stick to that! When you have met a personal weight loss step (eg. 2-3 kg per month), treat yourself to something — but not food. Buy a CD or DVD you’ve been wanting, by a new piece of clothing or go out to a movie with a friend.

Sustainable lifestyle changes for weight loss

Sustainable lifestyle changes and weight loss

After the holidays, some of us may have indulged, and now, the clothes we wear are just a little too tight… oops! What we have to realise that weight loss is not a quick fix, found in a pill. The honest truth is what we all don’t like to hear/read: Weight loss means good diet, exercise and supplements. What we also need to consider is a mind- body link. When we nourish the body, reduce the physical, mental and emotional stress, and accept ourselves for all that we are, weight loss occurs in a sensible and sustainable way.

Here are some practical lifestyle habits to adopt, long term:

  1. Food choices: Our bodies are designed to process healthy, real food. This may sound obvious, however, many of us are unaware of the fact that modern diets contain ‘dead’ foods. Dead meaning they contain substantially less nutrients than natural foods. These include: Junk and fast foods, pizza’s, pasta’s, chips, sweets and chocolates etc. What we lack from daily eating is live foods, which are fresh and natural. Our bodies crave the foods that are nutrient dense and of superior quality. I always tell patients- an old fashioned diet is the best diet- boiling beans, salad, raw veg, low wheat and more rice/quinoa/millet/amaranth etc.
  2. Probiotics: Absorption of nutrients depends on the health of our intestinal system. The gut needs to be healthy in order to extract the nutrients from the food we eat. This requires the use of a very good probiotic, as well as having cultured foods (yoghurt etc.). This will not only aid in absorption, but also cleanse the colon and allow our bodies to release toxins easily.
  3. Stress: Cortisol and inflammatory hormones run rampant when your body is stressed. These hormones lead to constant cravings and sometimes we make the wrong food choices. This is what causes our bodies to store excess fat. We have to realise the importance of how to reduce stress in our lives. The power of spending quiet time alone, having a soak in the bath, sleeping an extra hour, meditation, gardening, hobbies and exercising are invaluable to stress reduction. What also comes to play with stress is by living a sustainable life. Not overspending, living on what you need, not what you want. Find a way to lower your expenses, and live simpler.
  4. Detoxing: The more excess fat we carry on our bodies, the more toxins we harbour. The body naturally uses fat as a storage tank for toxins it cannot eliminate! It is therefore, vital that we live a detoxifying diet, continuously. This means increasing lots of fresh, raw foods (salads and sprouts), increasing water intake, green juicing, and in general, alkalising the body.