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A great way to start the day

October 23rd, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on A great way to start the day)
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What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? For most of us its coffee and a rushed breakfast before we head out to start our day. You know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but few of us actually get everything we need. What this does, is slow down our metabolisms as our bodies switch to store mode instead of burn mode.

Over time, the slowing of your metabolism will make it harder for your body to get the most nutritional value from the food you eat and you will feel tired and listless. Not only will your energy levels suffer, but it will also make it more difficult to stay at a healthy weight.

You should wake up feeling hungry, have a hearty breakfast and feel energized for your day. You can get your motor running in the morning, get a great dose of antioxidants and get your metabolism humming with morning shots. Here are two recipes for quick drinks that will start you day the right way.

Turmeric shot

Turmeric is a very effective anti-oxidant and helps to jump start your metabolism early in the morning. Start with a 3” slice of ginger. Slice it up and put it in a pot with ½ cup water. Bring to the boil and then put the lid on your pot and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour into a cup and add ½ teaspoon of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of honey. Drink first thing in the morning and last thing at night. This will not only boost your metabolism, but your immune system too.

Cayenne shot

Mix ½ teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne pepper and the juice from half a lemon in a cup of warm water. Add honey to taste.

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How to Weigh Yourself Correctly

August 19th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on How to Weigh Yourself Correctly)

This does seem simple right? You just jump on the bathroom scale and be done with it. But anyone who actually does weigh themselves regularly will tell you that there are disturbingly disparate readings depending on when and how you weigh yourself. You can get better results by following a few basic tenants.

Buy a good scale

Seriously! If you buy a scale that costs less than a fast food meal, you’re going to get very poor results. Spend a little on buying a great quality scale like those from Healthcheck Systems and you will be so glad that you did. Not only will they give you the most spot on results, but a good quality scale will last you for decades.

Weigh yourself at the same time

Of course your weight is lowest first thing in the morning. Make sure you have been to the bathroom before you weight yourself. Your weight is lowest in the morning as you are dehydrated from sweating and breathing overnight.

Weigh yourself correctly

Remove your shoes and any other unnecessary accessories and clothing and stand squarely on the scale. Standing on one side of the scale or placing your feet unevenly on the scale will give you an inaccurate result. Place the scale on an even, hard surface like tile or hardwood floors. Do not place the scale on a carpet.

Calibrate your scale at least four times a year. Follow the instruction manual to do this, but it’s usually just a case of holding down a button or two. Heat and other factors can cause your scale to slowly lose accuracy and regular calibration can help to keep it accurate.

Weigh yourself at the same time once or twice a week to monitor your training or weight-loss progress.

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10 Weight Loss Tips that Work!

January 14th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on 10 Weight Loss Tips that Work!)

Plan ahead: Don’t get hungry and order in or eat everything in the fridge. Plan your meals ahead of time and make sure you have the time to shop for the things you need.

Stress eating: Anticipate stress and take more time to relax. Start moderate exercise; something as simple as a walk around the block during your lunch break can relieve the stress that causes you to crave sugary treats or chips in the afternoon.

Eight glasses a day: You already know how important water is, but often we eat when really what our body is trying to tell us is that its thirsty. When you feel like snacking, drink a glass of water instead.

Snack packs: Snack attacks happen. When you are craving fried foods, sugar or savory snacks, make sure you have a snack pack on hand. You can make your own snack packs by slicing veggies and leaving them in a container in the fridge along with a hummus dip. Popcorn makes a great snack substitute; add hot sauce or lemon juice for a flavor twist. Roast pita bread as chips and make a healthy salsa dip.

Increased metabolism: Get your motor running with green tea, cinnamon, chili peppers or apple cider vinegar. Add cinnamon to your coffee, chili flakes to just about anything and apple cider to your salad dressing.

Slow it down: Don’t eat too fast. Make a rule to always eat at the table from a small plate. No eating out of cooking pots and pans, over the sink, in front of the TV or out of the fridge.

Whole wheat options: Always opt for whole wheat pastas, breads, wraps and pizza crusts. Whole grains clear your digestive tract and make you feel full for longer.

Eat the rainbow: Making sure you get your seven portions of fruits and vegetables is easy when you aim to fill your plate with different colored foods.

Get your eight hours: You are more likely to snack when you’re tired. Make sure you get enough sleep and if you are feeling hungry and cranky, try taking a nap before you head for the fridge.

Get the gear: Buying a pair of running shoes or heart rate monitors will help to inspire. Getting the gear will encourage you to exercise more and make good use of your financial investment.

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