Are you playing the game you want to win?

Are you playing the game you want to win?

It is no secret that by this time a lot of us decided to venture out into a not so healthy path and back to our old habits. There is nothing wrong with that and it is part of the journey. For many of us getting into the healthy lifestyle takes courage, time and finding the true big WHY to ensure follow through.

On average each person who has problems with weight tries 7/8 times to lose it. Different diets, supplements, extensive exercise. Finally, many arrive into the conclusion that only small steps work with first of all fixing the nutrition and then adding the rest to the plan. They finally arrive exhausted from trying for so many years and are ready to try something new and more consistent.

vegan cheesecakes

We have been programmed to love sugar and flour as eating those foods ensured that we could survive times when food was scarce. We are designed to store fat and constantly seek pleasure.

The trouble is we have access to food 24/7 and we use it especially to eat our emotions. When you think about it, sugar and food is present when we are sad and when we celebrate. We have treats for good behaviour and treats when we feel stressed and bad. However, in life we  feel 50% bad and 50% good. We can’t feel always good as this is not part of human experience. Constantly seeking pleasure is also not good and does not allow us to mature with our feelings and build that mental resilience we need to cope with various things in life.

It is not enough to learn how to lose weight , you have to practice this everyday. 3, 6 , 8 weeks programs are only giving you a baseline to changing your lifestyle so that you make more room for living and less room for eating. I know sticking to a healthy lifestyle is not easy to fit in into social norms. We evolved to be like everyone else. We want to be accepted and part of the tribe, we do not want to clarify our values or worse being challenged. It is safer that way.

You can get  pleasure from food but you also can get pleasure in any other meaningful way to you without the detriment to your health and lifestyle. One example is alcohol, we are perfectly fine with none of it in our life, but we feel like we have to have it as part of a social occasion or because it gives us pleasure.

One way I want to think about the energy I get and pleasure to drive an action or result to achieve something amazing. Amazing things happen when you allow urges and cravings and then they happen less and less.

That new gained energy  can be used to learn something new, sign up for some new yoga or exercise classes. Take part in a cooking workshop or save money for the trip you always wanted to go to.

Also remember that you play the game you want to win. If you binge on sugary treats , what game are you trying to win?  You always have a choice which is in alignment with your desired state. I do believe that each behaviour has a positive intention. Quite often you binge to look for understanding, closeness, company and love. However,  you are not sure how to address all these emotions and what desired state you really want for yourself.

Below I share some  5  tips to Spring clean your lifestyle with more energy and zest for life.

  1. Take everything that worked for you in the past and put on the paper and see if you can take one technique and use it consistently over several weeks – e.g. I know that I have dip in energy mid afternoon, I will have a healthy snack with me to feel less tempted to buy coffee and cookie at that time.
  2. Enroll in a new activity you have not tried before or you did as a child – e.g. hula hoop
  3. Spring clean your gut – Spring is perfect time to start cleanse and reset some old habits; you usually have more energy and days are sunnier and longer
  4. Go for a walk out in nature – great excuse to visit nearby woodland and start picking some fresh birch leaves or wild garlic for delicious pesto
  5. Consider working with coach to support you in your goals and help you to create a surplus springboard from which you can create healthy lifestyle you desire. Health is one of the most important elements of our life without it we have no energy for anything and when we run our own business who will look after it when you do not feel well? Don’t put off self-care for some other day. Make it a priority NOW.

Above all love yourself. Losing weight requires that you love the body you are in. Because if you don’t love it now, you won’t love it thin.

Your Coach M.

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How to Look Good Naked in 6 Weeks

How to Look Good Naked in 6 Weeks

Being a woman in my 40ties, I am honest with you, standing naked in front of the mirror is not my favourite activity. However, when I do stand there I do not criticise any part of my body but I look at potential to improve it if I want to.

We can be very judgmental about how we look, what we eat and that we do not exercise as frequently as we would like to. There is a lot of self-negative talk which focuses our energy on non-productive activities.

Non-diet approach to weight loss is now a new kid in town. I see a lot of advertising on this very topic to build intuitive eating, recognize our hunger and fullness scale. Focus on chewing and eating organic whole foods removing all processed food and sugar.

However, is this so simple? I think it can be if we are patient and understand that it will not happen overnight. 6 weeks is a good time to establish some healthy habits but our body needs around 3 – 6 months to adjust to changes and even then it may take longer. Bottom line is the more consistent you are the better results you will have long term. Below are few tips on losing some body fat and getting lean mainly based on principles of plant-based meals and whole organic food.

Below are my few tips for establishing healthy habits and love and gratitude for our body.

  1. Eat good breakfast and lunch. Especially breakfast seems to burn more calories from the same meal eaten at lunch or at dinner. It is due to our circadian rythm, thermogenesis (heat production) and storing glycogen in our muscles ready to face the day (nutritionfacts.org). Also during morning the insulin works better making sure that our blood sugar is levelled and it can be far worse in the evening (I confirm that 100% when I check my blood sugars).  Try good smoothie with plenty of fibre and healthy fats such as pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and flaxseeds – you can even add a bit of avocado and spoon of coconut oil. cashew chickpea sandwich

2.  Eat healthy fats – they keep us fuller for longer plus they are required  for special enzymes to be activated for the absorption of fat and also bile excertion from the liver. Additionally when you take supplements Vitamin A, K D and E are only fat soluble so to enable absorption again adding healthy fat is recommended. Adding a bit of avocado and nuts and seeds to your breakfast is a good idea.

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3. Eat protein with every meal – we can’t expect to stay fuller for longer if we have no protein. Adding protein powder to smoothies is a  good solution and I recommend Nuzest (ask me for a discount code or subscribe to Newsletter to get it). lunch also needs protein and beans, chickpeas, broccoli, sprouts, lentils are all very good to have.

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4. Add meditation, breathing work and gratitude practice to release stress. Stressed body cannot absorb nutrients and build the immunity. I have been doing miracle mornings which is really time for myself in the morning and it greatly helps me together with exercise.

meditiation

5. Add exercise – if you have not been regular, gradually add some exercise and build consistency. Add some cardio – skipping rope, jumping jacks and some resistance training. My tummy got flatter when I started weight lifting. You contract the muscles a lot so it helped but you really lose your belly fat in the kitchen  and then you tone your body. Good ABS exercise – there are plenty on you tube to do every morning or evening is also a good idea. 

Add each of the above every week one by one and notice how you feel. The more changes you make in a very short time, the longer it takes for your brain to adjust and stop resisting the change. Celebrate each tiny success and do not aim for perfection. Give yourself good consitent 6 weeks and create the change you always wanted and deserve!

I am running my plant-based 6 weeks weighloss bootcamp which starts on 03rd February whwre we explore all of these actions in details and implement one by one. Follow the link here.

Remember you are work in progress and that is more than enough.

Love M.

Harrisa Marinated Aubergine

Harrisa Marinated Aubergine

I love this delicious recipe for Aubergine. Enjoy!

Harissa Marinated Aubergine with Sour Cream

Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 Aubergine cut in half, vertically
  • 2 red pepper diced
  • 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp caraway seeds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 chillies chopped
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 200c/180c fan. Roast the diced red pepper with a drizzle
    of oil until lightly charred and brown.
    2. Dry roast the herbs in a pan for 2-3 minutes to release the aromas. Ensuring
    not to burn.
    3. Blend everything except for the aubergine in the Nutri blender to form the
    harissa paste.
    4. Cut the aubergine in half, lengthways and score the inside in a criss-cross
    pattern.
    5. Pour the marinade over the aubergine and allow to sit for 20 minutes.
    6. Bake the aubergine until lightly brown on top and fully cooked through –
    approximately 40-45 minutes.
    7. Serve with the sour cream.

Sour Cream

Ingredients

  • 125 g raw cashews soaked in hot water for 1 hour
  • 120 ml water
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 15 g apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard

Instructions

  • 1. Drain the cashew nuts and rinse thoroughly with fresh water.
    2. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth and creamy. Taste, add more lemon juice, salt or vinegar as required. Decant into an
    airtight container. Can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.