Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Know What YOU Want But No Clue How to Get There?

Sound familiar? Do you know what you want but have no idea where to start? You want to look and feel amazing with a body that all your friends would envy! You’ve tried every diet under the sun and still can’t budge those excess pounds or get the energy back you once had? A little voice inside you is crying out for help but it can’t be heard!

What’s so interesting is that I bet you know the difference between good and bad foods but you still eat the crap stuff! Why? What’s stopping you? You know that water, fruit and veggies are good while too much alcohol, highly refined and processed foods (like sugary sweets / chocolate) and excess salt are bad for you! But you still eat them! Why?

It got me thinking….. why do people struggle to make the change to a healthy lifestyle? It seems most of you make the excuse that ‘you don’t have time or enough money to afford all the healthy food’. “Healthy food is soooo expensive!” you claim! In all honesty a third of you can’t be assed and find it all too hard while the second third of you desperately want to make the change but don’t know where to start and the last third of you make the start with all the best intentions but fall off the wagon after a few weeks. A brave few manage to get back on the wagon but it ends in that all too familiar rollercoaster ride. The yo-yo effect! You lose weight then put it back on, which becomes a constant struggle and you finally give up 10 pounds heavier than when you started. For the lucky ones you get back to where you started but all the effort seems to have been in vain. It’s a vicious circle that gets compounded by everyone out there trying to tell you what way you need to go to get off the rollercoaster and out of the downward spiral. Easier said than done some of you want to shout out.

You search the internet for answers and end up even more confused. You've tried so many diets and personal trainers and none seem to be able to coach you step by step through the minefield to your long term weight loss or health goal, or even give you the increased energy to spring out of bed every morning, which you desperately crave! Your mood swings and digestion are erratic and you finally confide in your local doctor who suggests you take a course of medication/antidepressants and all will be fine in a week. You feel better after two weeks then slowly but surely you’re back to square one and no better!

This is literally when the flood gates open and you give up from sheer exhaustion and confusion of where to turn next. So, what’s the solution you ask to get out of this rut?

WAKE UP EVERYONE, there is no magic pill or quick fix solution, it takes effort, and lots of it and focus and a little change every day to start moving in the right direction. But each time you make a positive change and start feeling the benefits, it will excite you to move to the next one and slowly but surely you will start to feel good again, maybe even GREAT?

We often forget that we have been eating/exercising/living the same way for so many years that it takes time to change. Having the patience to stick to something is the first step and having someone to support and guide you is a pretty good idea too. We promise we will help you get there little by little. Over the next few weeks we will be blogging about our top 10 tips to get you started and moving in the right direction.

So let's start simple: Our first recommendation for you to implement is to start drinking more natural water.

Your body is made up of 55% to 78% water depending on your body size. Your muscles are made up of 75% and you brain as much as 90%. So you can see why it is essential for you to continually replenish your water levels. Being hydrated will have amazing benefits for YOU and your overall health!

Holistic Health Tip One: Top 10 Benefits of drinking water!

1. Promotes Weight Loss - drinking water flushes out the by-products of fat breakdown, reduces hunger, and acts as an effective appetite suppressant so you’ll eat less. Water also has zero calories.

2. Prevents headaches – Drinking water avoids dehydration which is a very common contributing factor to headaches or back pain (although not the only reason).

3. Aids Digestion - Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps in digestion. Fiber and water goes hand in hand so that you can have your daily bowel movement.

4. Prevents Anti Aging – Drinking water helps to replenish skin tissue, moisturises skin and increases skin elasticity. Hence, you’ll look younger when your skin is properly hydrated.

5. Enhances Exercise - Drinking water regulates your body temperature. so, you’ll feel more energetic when doing exercise. Water also helps to fuel your muscles.

6. Reduces Cramping & Sprains – Drinking water helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so proper hydration will lower the chance of getting cramps or sprains.

7. Lowers Chance of Illness - Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu and other ailments like kidney stones and heart attack. Water added with lemon is used for ailments like respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis, etc.

8. Relieves Fatigue – Drinking water will help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. If your body lacks water, your vital organs will have to work harder. For example, your heart would need to work harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells.

9. Increased Productivity - Drinking water helps you think better, be more alert and concentrate more. Don’t forget the brain is made up of 90% water!

10. Lessons Hypertension – Drinking water regularly through the day helps avoid dehydration which is linked to high blood pressure (essential hypertension). Dehydration causes blood vessels to constrict as the body strives to conserve water that it loses through perspiration, urination, and breathing. When blood vessels constrict, however, the heart pumps harder, bringing blood pressure up.

My Tip: Fill up a bottle with water (ideally filtered) so you can keep control of what you are drinking in a DAY. This is extremely important in winter when it is much harder to stay hydrated. Water levels will vary from person to person and other factors like temperature, but ideally you need to drink at least 1.5 to 2.5 litres day!

Make sure you drink regularly throughout the day and if water on its own is too much to bare initially, add a squeeze of lime or lemon or a wedge of cucumber for a refreshing fix.

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