Who doesn’t love fooood??

Really, who doesn’t love food? everybody loves food. Food keeps us going and is essential in order for us to survive. I don’t know about you but food makes me very happy! However, when trying to lose weight or put on weight or gain muscle mass food can be detrimental to your results. Eat for your results. Eat foods that will promote weight loss or promote weight gain whatever your ambitions are ( of course without your health being at risk). I’am not going to patronise you by telling you stay away from the burgers, stay away from mac’ds, stay away from any fast food restaurant, this is common knowledge right?

Its a simple equation, carb’s make you put on weight, therefore the way you adjust this towards your goals are really important. If you are trying to lose weight it is advisable to cut down on the amount of carb’s you eat, and most importantly staying away from refined carbohydrates and foods. Refined carbohydrates are foods that have had the whole grains extracted from them, the process of doing this removes most of the foods Fibre and also most of its nutritional value and vitamins.

Here are 10 of the most popular refined carbs/foods:

  1. cakes & pasteries
  2. most breads
  3. cookies
  4. most pastas, rice ,noodles etc
  5. pizza, burgers etc
  6. condensed milk
  7. pretzels
  8. ice cream
  9. most Health bars ( surprisingly)
  10. chocolate

The main problem with these foods are that they are also loaded with refined sugars. These refined sugars are completely useless to the body. One recurrent ingredient in all of these products is HFCS ( high fructose corn syrup). This ingredient is not only highly refined but also very bad for your health. This is found in many fizzy drinks & snacks. It is basically corn starch that has been highly processed,as a result of this it creates imbalances in the human body.  Many of the foods listed above contain this, internally this converts itself into sugar in the body. Most people have the misconception that “fat” is what makes you fat, however many studies have found that it is actually sugar. Sugar not only increases chronic diseases but it also causes mood changes- ” comfort foods”.

Here are 10 of the most popular low-refined carbs/ foods:

  1. meats, fish, poultry and eggs.
  2. sweet patato’s and yams
  3. Green vegetables
  4. Greek yoghurt
  5. whole grains ( rice, qiunoa , oats, etc)
  6. All types of nuts and many types of seeds.  ( almonds, walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, cashew nuts, peanuts etc)
  7. beans, chickpeas, lentils
  8. herbs and spices (ginger, garlic, parsley, sage, etc)
  9. Avacado’s & Berries
  10. Green tea

The first list will be destructive to a healthy lifestyle- try your best to stay away from these foods, it doesn’t mean you can’t occasionally indulge in some of these foods but limit yourself to once a week. Rarely give in to these foods,  However you can treat yourself to a cheat meal or cheat day to quench your cravings once a week .. IF you think you really want it. Keep a clean diet, ideally the ratio should be 80%-20%. Eat clean 80% of the time and the other 20% indulge in a cheat meal. I would advice you to eat whole foods, as they are better for the body in general, but invest in healthy fats such as avacados,as it provides the body with lots of vitamins such as vitamin A & B, it possessesfat burning benefits due to vitamin E, in addition to this it also aids in muscle building. Go mad on Berries, not only are they sweet or low in calories BUT they are packed of lots of vitamins, high in fibre, and they are on top of almost every superfoods list, they are also a great source of antioxidants whcih helps in reducing inflammation, and high in vitamin C which is good for the skin, hair and in preventing certain diseases. Nuts are great because they are rich in fibre and protein too! They are an easy and tasty snack choice,there quite filling, helping you keep fuller for longer, in addition to all its benefits it also controls bld sugar levels and aids in fat loss. Lastly it quenches those cheeky cravings. Anyway, this is only a small list, they are many more foods that you can incoperate in your diet in order to aid you on your journey. Unfortunately i can’t list all of them,but not only would i encourage you to eat whole and natural foods as much as possible i would also encourage you to research further.

I’ve got the secret..

Love can take you places.

It can. And thats not just me being a sentimental being that i am. It’s great to give and recieve love. Love makes the world go round… lol . But seriously it’s all good to give out love to people, and love those around you, make them feel special… BUT what about you? You must feel left out. Some may say that we have a great education system in place. Its the shit! LoL. No, we’ve been “educated” but what matters the most they’ve missed out. Whats that? self- love. If you don’t love yourself how can you ever know what it feels like to be loved 1 & 2 how will you ever be able to love whole -heartedly?…

Anyway in relation to Health and fitness more specifically. Whats the secret to keep going… self-love b! You’ve got to love yourself to know you are worth it. You’ve got to love yourself enough to keep going and to know that you deserve better. You deserve a well functioning body, you deserve to play with your siblings or even children without getting out of breath, You deserve to feel good naked, your worthy of happiness and many more.

Are you tired of crash diets, no carb diets, weight- watchers diet? Yes i presume so. The secret behind great health and an active lifestyle is not inside these diets. Give up on them today, they will never work or if they do they will only later disappoint. Invest in Whole foods and an active lifestyle and you can’t go wrong. These diets won’t enbale you to love yourself or like what you see in the mirror they won’t. These diets are not magical. They won’t change your life… as cliche as it sounds only you can do that.

When i say love yourself, what exactly do i mean? am i talking out my arse? Lol no. Loving yourself is wanting better for yourself. Loving yourself is instead of putting yourself down- recognising that  you need to change. Loving yourself is being good to you. Being kind and gentle to you. Don’t wait until you get there. Your not going to love yourself when you have the dream body or whatever you desire. You might do.. for a little while, then you’ll only find something else you hate or dislike. I challenge you to love yourself in the now, weather your a big person trying to lose weight or slim and trying to gain weight. Love and embrace it.

You might ask me HOW do i love myself… hmm… well, its difficult to say because everyone loves differently BUT what i will say is that you have to change your mindset. Change your views on love and everything you’ve been taught about love. Begin to clear your mind- meditate or pray whichever suits you. Most importantly start to view yourself past a “body” your not JUST a “body”. Your a soul. And yes some may say, “if i am a soul then why should i place so much importance on my body”… hmm not quite right. Lol. God doesn’t make mistakes. Your Mind Body and Soul – all are connected as though one. So if you have a weak mind most likely you’ll also have a weak body going along with it. One thing i would suggest is to cleanse and fall in love with your soul to begin with.

As soon, as you change your mindset and begin to view things this way, exercise and eating healthy doesn’t become a chore , or a bore or something to aid you in tempoary results. No. It becomes  your new addiction,it becomes compulsory, it becomes a necessity, a way of life and most importanly priority.

My views on, fat-shaming/ body shaming..

Firstly, its not hard to recognise if someone is slightly bigger than usual or overweight or even more so obese . However the problem comes along when soceity makes it their duty to inflict shame, sadness and disgust towards this person. That is wrong . Secondly we are all masters of our own lives, what we think, eat and breathe becomes our realtiy. So, reason I say this is because some people feel obliged to make others feel like shit just because others are slightly larger than the percieved average size… Shutup ! Their aware. Shutup.

Its nobodys responsibiltiy to inflict pain upon somebody else, or make them feel as though worthless due to their appearence. It doesn’t matter if your a fitness coach or an ‘angel’ sent from hell. Just Shutup. Because, some people are patronising enough to pretend as though they have good intentions whereas  secretly they desparately want to make others feel down. Unless you are family/ a friend that genuinely has good intentions then thats fair enough.

Fat- shaming or just general body shaming is wrong! “shes too thick”, “she’s too thin” “she’s really fat” – Ohh shutup! However: having said all of this, I must admit that some overweight people live their lifes in denial.  They don’t want to admit that they are “big” – & that its bad for their health. Leading me on to my second point is, if your unhappy with your weight. Stop moaning and wingeing and do something about it, either take action or accept it and shutup. For example I’ve had friends in the past that constantly complained and winged about their weight. However did nothing about it. Thats where there is an issue. Some overweight people are genuinely happy with their body and they work it! Others are not and constantly cry… hmmm well maybe put that packet of crisp down… hmm maybe get up and have a run. Make a change about it or sssh . Simple.

It’s crazy the changes food can make to ones health and physical appearence. Just like any other bad addiction, food can also be an addiction.  Reason i say this is because people can become addicted to certain substances in food. Many studies have shown that “junk food”/ “fast food” kills more than smoking. Crazy right? More so they are many reasons to why people over- eat and comfort eat. My point being is:by telling somebody “your fat” or cursing somebody- it changes nothing.Because regardless of your percieved to be negative comment  that person is still going to eat, and get more over weight. And yes some people may try and disguise it as being “real” But whatever”! Your “realness” was uncalled for and unecessary. Due to the  negative stigma that has been attached to the word “fat” it has made it something unpleasant to say to others. ” Over-weight” or “Big” is possibly more polite.

But Ok, why am i posting about this? this Topic is completely irrelevant to me? Yes but no. I am posting this because i think Fat shaming & body shaming is wrong. We all have our faults, but their a work in progress. Everybody is a  work in progress. You wouldn’t go down the street screaming “girl your so thick” or “girl your so slim” would you? no, so why do it to over-weight people. Encouraging self- hate & bullying is not cool. It takes life’s. This world is already filled with enough hatred without you adding some more to it. Take it easy, Mind your business, its not your business if someone is “fat”, mind your own, Is she your wife? your girl? your sister? your friend? if the answer is no to all of the above… then you know what you need to do. Shutup.

If you are somebody that is overweight or unhappy with your weight and you are reading this. Think twice before eating.  Think are you living to eat or eating to live? its simple and honestly I don’t mean this in a patronising way but our health is so important. No I am not a doctor, no i am not obese or overweight & no i don’t posess magical powers that will dramatically change your life.. lol. But truth is you don’t need to be overweight or “fat” as some would say in order to feel low or unhappy with yourself. Nevertheless, i am a testimony to what good food an exercise can do & you can be too. Just decide FOR yourself to ignite a change and watch your life do a 180.