Don’t Believe Everything You Read on Facebook

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There’s tonnes of information on Facebook around healthy eating, weight loss, dieting and fitness.  Groups with hundreds of thousands of people wanting to know the ‘secret’ to losing weight.  Pages of companies selling pyramid scheme products without any real knowledge of health or nutritional medicine. Advertisements for weight loss teas and wraps that will dissolve your cellulite.  It’s overwhelming, and it’s kinda scary.  What do you pay attention to?  Who do you follow and which groups are the best? How do you know whether what you’re reading is true or not?

You probably already know that I’m not a big fan of the dieting industry.  And anything that invokes guilt, or shame, or blame, or body-hate is a BIG no-no in my books.  I’m a part of a few weight loss groups, out of interest as to what they are sharing and talking about in there.  And in one of the groups I’m a part of, which is mostly full of young girls, I scrolled across this image:

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.. and it broke my heart.

I spend every hour of my working days, every single week, helping women understand why they can’t lose weight, and why it’s not their fault.  Sure, if you’re living on drive-thru meals and bottles of Coke, then you can definitely blame diet.  But my clients aren’t doing that.  They’re doing the very best they can, and STILL can’t lose weight long-term.  They’ve tried strict diets and meal-replacement shakes and pills, and nothing has changed.  And they come to me for a different perspective – an alternative approach – and sometimes as a last resort.

I work with women who have undetected thyroid issues, and once corrected – their weight loss is so much simpler.

I work with women who feel out of control with their food cravings – and once corrected, it’s so much easier for them to stay consistent with their healthy lifestyle.

I work with women who have iron levels so low, I wonder how they get out of bed each morning (let alone exercise for an hour a day and spend 2 hours on meal prep).

I help women overcome insulin resistance and heal their metabolism after years of yo-yo dieting.

I use clinical testing to identify food intolerances – because yes, gluten and other intolerances can cause weight gain and fluid retention.

I teach women what to eat at each meal and throughout the day, so that their bodies are not in ‘starvation mode’ and they are able to lose weight without the dreaded rebound weight gain.

And I help women understand their bodies, and reconnect with their bodies, so that they can make lasting changes to lead to long-term weight loss and better health.

 

So please. don’t feel guilty if you’re struggling to lose that excess weight.

Please, don’t call yourself an asshole.

And please, don’t believe everything you read on Facebook and other social media.  There are a lot of people out there who don’t understand what you’re going through, and are ready to make you feel bad for where you are right now.  I’ve been where you are, and I wasn’t eating like an asshole – I just didn’t know all the things I know now.  I didn’t know what was going on with my body, and I didn’t know why I felt the way I felt.

And that’s why I share it all with you – so you can come out of the ‘not knowing’ and step into a world where health is easy, and simple, and fun.

 

 

P.S.  If you feel like food cravings are holding you back from staying consistent with your eating habits, click here to download my FREE food cravings guide.

P.P.S.  If you’d like to know more about how I help women do all of the above (without guilt, or shame, or blame) you can click here to book a free intro session via phone or video call.

A healthy lunch menu!

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On the first weekend of March, I had the pleasure of presenting a health workshop and catering lunch to a gorgeous group of women at a retreat run by Dawn of Always You Yoga & Relaxation. The ladies have been begging me for the recipes of everything I gave them for lunch, so I thought I’d share them here with you all.

* everything is gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian

 

ZUCCHINI SLICE

The recipe for my zucchini slice is right here.  It’s always a crowd favourite, and is a great meal or snack, hot or cold. I made it without the cheeses so that it was suitable for the dairy-free attendees 🙂

 

SALADS

I made two salads for the group.  The first is a greens salad with tomato and chickpeas, and a balsamic mustard dressing.  The second is a simple coleslaw with turmeric dressing.

GREENS SALAD

A large bowl of baby spinach and rocket leaves, topped with chickpeas and cherry tomatoes.  As for the dressing:

– 1 tablespoon honey

– 1 tablespoon seeded mustard

– 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

– pinch of freshly ground black pepper

SIMPLE COLESLAW

Shredded red and white cabbage, carrots and cucumber made up the base of this coleslaw, with a little bit of kale added in too.  And the very popular turmeric dressing:

– 3/4 cup whole egg mayo

– juice of 1/2 lemon

– 1 tsp ground turmeric (or fresh grated turmeric)

– 1 tbsp olive oil

– pinch of salt and pepper

 

So, there you have it ladies.  All the recipes you need to recreate our scrumptious lunch at Second Valley.  It was a pleasure to meet you all, and I hope you have taken the lessons learnt from the entire weekend and applied at least a little bit to your every day life.

And remember: health is about baby steps forward.

 

If you’d like to keep in touch with me, you’ll find my Facebook page here.

 

Danni xx