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When your alarm goes off in the morning does it feel like someone’s just switched the light on?

Does your mind and your body say… “Yes! I’m ready for an awesome day ahead!”

Or does it really say…

I need more sleep…

Is it really morning already…

Or…

Quick put the coffee in my hand…now.

If your in the first category, GREAT! I’m so glad you feel like you can take on the world.

But if you really relate to the second option then I’ve got some great news for you.

In this short video I share my top three tips that will help you get back on your feet.

You’re only one step away from better health.

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What do these all have in common?

They walk the streets together looking for whom they can devour. Are you next?

There are so many dieting myths out there it was hard to narrow it down to only three. So here are my three top pet hates and in my book the destroyers of dreams – because they all lead to one thing.

Weight Gain

No. 1 Eat less = lose weight

Let’s blast this myth straight out of the water. The old ‘calories in- calories out’ paradigm has failed to provide any sustainable results. What this paradigm fails to address is the cause of the weight gain. It fails to educate a person about healthy choices and real food. It also ignores the vitamin, mineral and phytochemical value of food.

Choosing food based on its perceived calorie intake fails to provide the body with good whole food nutrition. And eventually this mentality will leave us tired, hungry and nutrition deficient thus creating a self-perpetuating cycle of fad dieting and binge eating.

No. 2 Dieting and a Healthy Lifestyle is the same thing.

Fad diets come and go and most people who follow them will lose a few kilos here or there. In fact sometimes they might even get great results! But unless the ‘diet’ can be transformed into a healthy lifestyle the changes will fail to stick and the weight will rebound.

Rapid weight loss that is based on drastic measures (like quitting sugar or low calorie diets) will eventually become unsustainable and the body will fight to regain the weight. This is called homeostasis (which means ‘to maintain balance’) and is an essential function of the human body. So, yes, in this case, your body is actually working against your ability to keep the weight off. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy and guilt.

No. 3 Detox away your unwanted fat!

Australians have spent millions on detox products in an effort to shed those extra kilos. Now, don’t get me wrong, the elimination channels play an important role in eliminating excess weight. But taking a ‘detox’ pill, liquid or tea for 7 days won’t help shift years of poor food choices and lack of physical movement. The initial weight loss observed from these products is one of two things.

One; Water. Detox formulas increase water loss from the kidneys and for those who retain excess water in their tissue it can appear as though they have lost a couple of kilos of fat.Two; Feces. Yes, you heard me right poop. Thanks to our typical western diet and lifestyle the bowel can store kilos of poop at any one time. Opening up the bowel and beginning daily movements can cause a dramatic weight loss thus turning the scales in our favour.

Detoxing for health is another issue but in short spending a fortune on well marketed weight loss pills is not the answer.

So, is it possible to lose weight? Of course!

So, what does it look like?

No.1 Slow steady sustainable changes.

We’re all fighting to find the balance in life so making drastic heath changes will only set you up for failure. Changes should be paced so they stick and in a way that supports our homeostasis.

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No. 2 Focus on real food.

Our body requires vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals for us to be at our best and these can only be found in whole minimally processed foods. So any weight loss program should focus on eating good wholesome food.

No. 3 There is no one size fits all approach.

Any effective weight loss program will be based on eating nutritious food and moving your body but unfortunately this looks different for everybody in the real world. If you have struggled with your journey call the professional. My hubby and I have a long list of raving fans that can attest to the success of a personalized program.

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Nutritious food doesn’t have to be ordinary or boring. It can be fun, exciting and taste great!

The journey from where you are now to where you want to be can often be difficult and tiresome. But I know this one health food hack will make the transition all that easier. And we all want easy.

Swap it out : Swap it in.

Creating healthy versions of your favourite foods can be the first step in the process of making the change that will help add years to your life.

Old habits are hard to break and may look a little something like this…
Friday Night Pizza.
Cheap Tuesday Take Out.
Rice and Butter Chicken
Easy Pasta Dinners

But it won’t take long before you’re whipping out some fresh, healthy homemade alternatives without loosing flavour or pizazz.

There’s two tricks I recommend to begin switching out unhealthy food options and switching in the healthy ones!

No. 1 Try new foods.
If you want to master a healthy lifestyle and diet the hard truth for most is that there will be sacrifice. There will be regular personalities in your diet that will have to now make one off appearances, at least until you reach your goals. That will leave plenty of space for new and exciting things for you to try. Which brings me to point no.2.

No. 2. Don’t pretend they are old foods.
It may sound obvious but homemade pizza on whole wheat pita breads just won’t taste the same as your take out version. (Shocking, I know :P) But once your taste buds have been given some time- they will begin to love your new foods. I’ve seen it time and time again with my clients. You will see change and it will become easier.

So to help you make a smooth transition I’ve added my favourite switch food that my family really loves and when cooked right can be an awesome addition to so many meals.

Walnut and Cauliflower Rice

Step One. Dice all the cauliflower into 1 inch chunks.
I use a whole head of cauliflower for my family of 5.

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Step Two. Pulse the raw cauliflower in small batches until it becomes like a breadcrumb consistency. Not too fine or it will become mushy when cooked. I used my Ninja to do this step but you could use either a food processor or just manually dice it fine with a hand grater.

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Step Three. Once all cauliflower has been pulsed, set aside. Saute one to two diced onion with a tablespoon of crushed garlic in a hot pan with a tablespoon of cooking oil. (I use coconut but butter, peanut or rice bran oil make good alternatives).
Once onion is cooked to your liking add the cauliflower and some diced mushrooms (optional) and saute until softened.IMG_1675

Step Four. Flavour to your liking. Here is where you can get really creative. I used a moroccan spice mix and diced walnuts to add extra flavour. With a splash of worcestershire sauce to keep the husband happy it was ready for serving.

I like to serve it on a bed of baby spinach with a large portion of grilled salmon (yum … my favourite).

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Get it on your plate!

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