Jan
09

Tips for making your New Year weight-loss resolutions a reality!

Are you determined to reach your weight loss goals this year?

If you are ready to choose healthy habits and weight loss and wellbeing as your resolutions for 2012 then TLC-For Weight-Loss Wellbeing will support and help you achieve all your goals!

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Write down your goals. Know why you want to lose weight and change your wellbeing.  Write down all the reasons why you want to embark on this journey.  Once you have put serious thought to the list you can start to set your goals.  To do lists are extremely important and will help you with planning and goal setting.  Write them down and put them in a place you will constantly see them … like on the fridge door.  Remember to set realistic goals … get some help – your weight-loss coach will help you with this.
  • Set a start date. Decide when you are going to start and then make arrangements.  Contact the nearest TLC-Centre and book a free assessment.  Once you have done this you will be well prepared to start and achieve your goals.  Don’t procrastinate … you are ready now, so do it!
  • Take a photograph. Take a before photograph and keep it in your TLC-Program Book – this will be a constant reminder of why you need this important change!
  • Write everything down. From today, keep a food diary and record all your intake, yes this includes “cheats”!
  • Remove temptation. Get rid of all the unhealthy food in your pantry and replace it with healthy “legal” foods.
  • Drink your Water. Drink 2 to 3 litres of water a day.  Drinking water will assist with detoxing the body, releasing fat and keeping you hydrated.
  • Enlist your friends and family. You will need your friends and family on your side, so tell them your goals so they can support you or ask them to join you!
  • Exercise. Be realistic, start slow especially if you are unfit.  Start with 15 to 20 minutes a day … start by going for a walk, using the stairs instead of the lift or escalators.
  • Take baby steps. In the beginning it may be tough, take baby steps, one day at a time.  Don’t miss your weigh ins. Stick to the rules … it will be worth it!  Keep in contact with your TLC-Weight-loss Coach.
  • Accept that you may make mistakes. None of us are perfect, so if you have a bad day, move on and try harder the next day!

Ready to take the first step? Go to our website to book a free Assessment.

www.tlcforwellbeing.com

Dec
25

Happy Christmas to All!

Although we are taking a break you can still fill in our website enquiry form and we will call you when we reopen in January :)

Dec
14

Wishing you all a Happy Festive Season

We’d like to wish you all a happy festive season!

The “Elves” at TLC will be taking a short break from the 15th December 2016 to the 8th January 2017.  Our offices will reopen on the 9th January 2017.

If you would like some information please leave a message for us on the ”Contact Us” page on www.tlcforwellbeing.com and we will get back to you as soon as we reopen.

For details on your nearest TLC-Centre please go to our Website www.tlcforwellbeing.com and click on TLC-Near You … this will take you to our directory.

To view the TLC-Festive Season Tips go to: http://tlcforwellbeing.com/festive-season-tips-t-52.html

Be safe all, till next year!


Dec
12

Tips to prevent holiday stress

Already stressed out just thinking about the festive season?

Here’s some quick tips to help you cope:

  • Plan ahead. Do not leave everything to the last minute! Make sure you do start planning in the weeks leading up to Christmas – presents, provisions and what to do at New Year.
  • Remember to have some fun along the way. Do things you enjoy doing and include members of your family too.
  • Eat healthily. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks. Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity.  Make sure you don’t skip meals – stay on your TLC-Program leading up to the New Year.  Or if you have completed your TLC-Program remember to always follow the TLC-Phase 4 Program Lifestyle Guidelines and maintain a healthy diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Approach Christmas with a positive outlook – don’t let yourself think it will be a nightmare, focus on the best things about the festive period instead. That positivity will communicate itself to others around you.
  • Take a breather. Don’t underestimate the value of ‘me’ time – take a bit of time just to relax, unwind and indulge yourself for a few minutes during the day.  Better yet, get family and friends to help you prepare for the festivities.
  • Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect, just enjoyable.
  • Set aside differences. Accept family members and friends as they are, even if they do not live up to your expectations.
  • Stick to a budget. Before you rush off to do shopping for gifts, food and drinks, sit down and work out a budget.  Know what you want/can spend and stick to this budget.
  • Say no. Saying yes when you want to say no can leave you overwhelmed and stressed, not to mention resentful.  You don’t have to accept every invitation.  Plan what you can cope with.
  • Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad, depressed and anxious.  If you are plagued by physical complaints, are unable to sleep, feel irritable and hopeless, and are unable to face routine chores and these feelings last for a long period of time, then you should talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.

*These answers provide general information endorsed by our experts at time of publication. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice.

For further information on achieving a healthy body weight and improving your general wellbeing view this website:  www.tlcforwellbeing.com or www.tlcforweightloss.eu

Nov
21

FOOD AS REWARD OR COMFORT: Unlearn bad habits


‘Go Treat yourself’- did food or a snack immediately come to mind?

Food as reward or comfort is ingrained in many of us from birth. From offering the breast or bottle to soothe and comfort the fussy infant, giving the boisterous toddler a cookie to sit still, candy at school for good grades, chocolate as reward for a teenager;  birthday cakes, lollipops at the doctor’s rooms, and eating out as a treat; food as a reward or comfort is a pervasive part of modern culture. For us, food has lost is meaning as an element of survival and has become a source of pleasure. This results in unhealthy attitudes and habits.

Because this habit is ingrained from young, eating healthy and reducing excessive eating is often seen as a punishment, deprivation, and also a short-term intervention instead of a change in lifestyle.

To achieve long term health goals and maintain a healthy weight, these habits have to change. Improved health and wellbeing , reduced risk of dread disease, improved self-esteem, more energy… these are just some of the long term ‘rewards’ that should be focussed on.

Some guidelines to overcoming the habit of Food as Reward and Comfort:

IDENTIFY:

First understand why: Look at where your idea of Food as reward comes from; habit, family tradition? If you are using food to soothe, or to deal with emotional turmoil; identify what your pattern is and the work on changing it.

Realise when: Identify all the instances where you reward yourself with food or treats; the coffee and muffin when shopping, the chocolate when you are feeling down, the cupcake after gym. Once you know when you are tempted, you can take steps to avoid the situation or find alternative ‘rewards’ for those occasions.

ADAPT:

Change these habits:

Exercise Restraint- practise self-control: you really CAN say no to that delicious looking chocolate cake

Avoid situations where food is the centre of celebration; if you cannot avoid the event, reward yourself with interacting with the people around you and enjoying the music instead of the food served

Learn New Habits- if you know a visit to the Supermarket triggers a snack binge, fill up on water before you go

Set new Rewards- do not make food a reward for achievement, or a comfort for a failure. Seek other rewards  that celebrate each step in improved health

Look for rewards that are long lasting. Realise that with rewarding yourself with food, the good feelings will stop as soon as you finish the treat. If you reward yourself with something like a visit to a fun place or event, the reward (and memories) are long term.

Examples of positive rewards:

  • A new pair of jeans (in a smaller size)
  • A new haircut at a professional salon with all the money saved from NOT buying treats
  • A new bathing suit
  • Book a Spa for a back massage or facial
  • Sneak out to a movie matinee
  • Buy yourself a great music CD
  • Play mini golf
  • See a play
  • Take a walk with a friend

Finally, see food as nutrition, not reward. A Lifetime habit may not be broken overnight, but every time you do not succumb to the temptation, is a step in the right direction.

Article written by:
by S E More (BA Comm. Psych Hons); for  TLC-for Weightloss-Wellbeing

For more information or a FREE ASSESSMENT please contact marketing@tlcforwellbeing.com or go to our website: www.tlcforwellbeing.com


Nov
08

Eat Avocados … they are good for you!

Avocado fruits are really popular throughout the world.   Now Avocados can be found at your local supermarket during most of the year.  Avocado is sometimes called “avocado pear” or “alligator pear”, and “Aguacate Palta” in Spanish.

If you like eating avocados, then don’t stop. There are tremendous health benefits to eating them, here are just a few:

  • Lowers Cholesterol: Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels.
  • Avocado is a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure. Adequate intake of potassium can help guard against circulatory diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke.
  • Prevents Stroke: The high levels of folate in avocado are also protective against strokes. People who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower risk of stroke than those who don’t.
  • Oral Cancer Defense
    Research has shown that certain compounds in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy cells.
  • Prostate Cancer Prevention
    Avocados have been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.
  • Heart Health
    One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.
  • Vitamin E Powerhouse
    Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health.
  • Breast Cancer Protection
    Avocado, like olive oil, is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.

Before eating Avocados ensure you follow the allowances on your TLC-Program.

To find out how to eat healthily and reach a healthy goal weight view our website:  www.tlcforwellbeing.com

For Avocado Recipes go to the TLC-Well-Log at www.tlcforwellbeing.com

*These answers provide general information endorsed by our experts at time of publication. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice. Please seek advice from a qualified health care professional.

Nov
01

Constantly tired with low energy?

Do you constantly feel tired, listless with very low energy levels?  Is it possible that changing eating habits and patterns could help?

Knowing the difference between just being tired and the possible onset of fatigue can make a big difference.

It’s not just a matter of getting a couple of hours’ extra sleep, it can be something serious.

Causes of fatigue or tiredness can include:

  • Physical ailments including anaemia, diabetes, thyroid imbalance
  • Infections caused by viruses or bacteria such as colds, flu
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Stress
  • Sleep problems
  • Lack of exercise
  • Overtraining
  • Dehydration
  • Eating disorders
  • Bad eating habits or an unhealthy diet

If there is no illness, maybe it is time to consider doing the following:

  • Exercise gradually but steadily
  • Learn stress-reduction techniques such as deep breathing or meditation
  • Set priorities and manage your time and energy efficiently
  • Practice good sleep habits
  • Don’t consume too many coffees each day
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet (like the TLC-Program)
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Don’t fill up on high-fat or sugary foods, which tend to make you feel sluggish

Need help and more information?  Leave a comment at the bottom of this blog and one of the experts at TLC will respond.

View our website: www.tlcforwellbeing.com

*These answers provide general information endorsed by our experts at time of publication. They are not intended to take the place of medical advice. Please seek advice from a qualified health care professional.

Oct
17

Eat Healthy … every day to make a difference!

It should be simple right? Eat good food and you will be strong and healthy.

We are generally well educated and well informed, we should know what to eat to be healthy? The reality is that obesity rates and chronic disease rates are higher than ever.

Why?

We are eating more processed Food: media and supermarkets promote food that appeal to our taste buds but are poor in nutrition;

We are eating less variety of foods: while tens of thousands of new products are introduced every year, two thirds of most people’s intake comes from four sources, corn, soy, wheat and rice;

Food quality is poor: Nutrients in soil have been depleted, pollution is rife;

Food is not ‘pure’ but full of Additives: Standard diets rely heavily on processed food full of artificial colouring, additives, flavourings and chemically altered fats and sweeteners.

So what should we do?

Go back to Basics!
Eat Smart!  You will have more energy, stabilise your mood and improve wellbeing and longevity.

• Avoid Sugars and Starch! Carbohydrates are linked to obesity and diabetes.

  • Drink water! Drink water! Drink water!
  • Simplify: Eat simple tasty ‘fresh’ meals. Switch from complex (rich creamy store bought sauces, ready-meals) to simple (roast chicken with green salad and homemade vinaigrette)
  • Moderation: Keep to Smaller portions and eating only at mealtimes. It is the snacking in between that is often a culprit.
  • Healthy eating habits: We are too used to grabbing a meal on the run. Sit down, eat with others if possible, chew your food properly and taste the meal instead of gulping it down
  • Listen to your body: make sure you are really hungry and not just thirsty, or bored
  • No snacking!: Avoid snacking at night and keep your last meal of the day as early as possible

The best way to learn a new lifestyle is to follow a structured Program (such as a TLC-for Weightloss Wellbeing Program) to teach and enforce these new habits.

Ready to make a change for the better?  Then go to our website www.tlcforwellbeing.com or contact our Call Centre 0861 000852 or +27 31 7674244

by S E More (BA Comm. Psych Hons); for TLC-for Weightloss-Wellbeing; www.forwellbeing.com )

Oct
11

Great reasons to eat an Apple-a-day!

In 2004, USDA scientists investigated over 100 foods to measure their antioxidant concentration per serving size. Two apples—Red Delicious and Granny Smith—ranked 12th and 13th respectively.

Antioxidants are disease-fighting compounds. Scientists believe these compounds help prevent and repair oxidation damage that happens during normal cell activity. Apples are also full of a fibre called pectin—a medium-sized apple contains about 4 grams of fibre. Pectin is classed as a soluble, fermentable and viscous fibre, a combination that gives it a huge list of health benefits.

  • Get whiter, healthier teeth. An apple won’t replace your toothbrush, but biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.
  • Avoid Alzheimer’s. A new study performed on mice shows that drinking apple juice could keep Alzheimer’s away and fight the effects of aging on the brain. Mice in the study that were fed an apple-enhanced diet showed higher levels of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and did better in maze tests than those on a regular diet.
  • Protect against Parkinson’s. Research has shown that people who eat fruits and other high-fibre foods gain a certain amount of protection against Parkinson’s, a disease characterized by a breakdown of the brain’s dopamine-producing nerve cells. Scientists have linked this to the free radical-fighting power of the antioxidants contained therein.
  • Curb all sorts of cancers. Scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research, among others, agree that the consumption of flavonol-rich apples could help reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by up to 23 per cent. Researchers at Cornell University have identified several compounds—triterpenoids—in apple peel that have potent anti-growth activities against cancer cells in the liver, colon and breast. Their earlier research found that extracts from whole apples can reduce the number and size of mammary tumours in rats. Meanwhile, the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. has recommended a high fibre intake to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
  • Decrease your risk of diabetes. Women who eat at least one apple a day are 28 percent less likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes than those who don’t eat apples. Apples are loaded with soluble fibre, the key to blunting blood sugar swings.
  • Reduce cholesterol. The soluble fibre found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels and a healthier you.
  • Get a healthier heart. An extensive body of research has linked high soluble fibre intake with a slower buildup of cholesterol-rich plaque in your arteries. The phenolic compound found in apple skins also prevents the cholesterol that gets into your system from solidifying on your artery walls. When plaque builds inside your arteries, it reduces blood flow to your heart, leading to coronary artery disease.
  • Prevent gallstones. Gallstones form when there’s too much cholesterol in your bile for it to remain as a liquid, so it solidifies. They are particularly prevalent in the obese. To prevent gallstones, doctors recommend a diet high in fibre to help you control your weight and cholesterol levels.
  • Beat diarrhea and constipation. Whether you can’t go to the bathroom or you just can’t stop, fibre found in apples can help. Fibre can either pull water out of your colon to keep things moving along when you’re backed up, or absorb excess water from your stool to slow your bowels down.
  • Neutralize irritable bowel syndrome. Irritable bowel syndrome is characterized byconstipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain and bloating. To control these symptoms doctors recommend staying away from dairy and fatty foods while including a high intake of fibre in your diet.
  • Avert hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are a swollen vein in the anal canal and while not life threatening, these veins can be very painful. They are caused by too much pressure in the pelvic and rectal areas. Part and parcel with controlling constipation, fibre can prevent you from straining too much when going to the bathroom and thereby help alleviate hemorrhoids.
  • Control your weight. Many health problems are associated with being overweight, among them heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. To manage your weight and improve your overall health, doctors recommend a diet rich in fibre.Foods high in fibre will fill you up without costing you too many calories.
  • Detoxify your liver. We’re constantly consuming toxins, whether it is from drinks or food, and your liver is responsible for clearing these toxins out of your body. Many doctors are skeptical of fad detox diets, saying they have the potential to do more harm than good. Luckily, one of the best—and easiest—things you can eat to help detoxify your liver is fruits—like apples.
  • Boost your immune system. Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Recent studies have found that quercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system, especially when you’re stressed out.
  • Prevent cataracts. Though past studies have been divided on the issue, recent long-term studies suggest that people who have a diet rich in fruits that contain antioxidants—like apples—are 10 to 15 per cent less likely to develop cataracts.

With thanks, extracts taken from The Best Health Mag.

For more information go to www.tlcforwellbeing.com

Oct
05

Ask the TLC-Chef … How to make Cauliflower Rice

Yes we know you can’t have “real” rice on Phase 2 of your TLC-Program but if prepared and spiced well this is a great alternative.

Here’s how:

  • Start with a whole cauliflower

  • Pull off the leaves and break the cauliflower into large florets and then rinse them well. Leave them in a colander to let all the moisture drain off or pat them dry with a paper towel.

  • You can either grate the cauliflower florets or choose the easier option and process them in the food processor.  Be sure to pulse until finely chopped.  At this point, you have two options: you can grate your cauliflower florets or you can process them in a food processor. Do this in small batches.

  • Now all you have to do is put the mix into ziploc bags (remember to take your specific portion sizes into consideration) and freeze them for later use.

COOKING TIPS:

If preparing the cauliflower rice from frozen, remove from the freezer and leave on the counter to soften and defrost a bit while you cook whatever you are planning on serving it with.

OVEN COOKING METHOD

Preheat oven to 200C. Spread cauliflower rice out on one or more baking sheets (depending on how much you have) into a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes, turning often. Remove, serve and Enjoy!

FRYING PAN METHOD:

  • Heat a small amount of olive oil (from your allowance) in a non-stick pan over medium high heat and add cauliflower rice.
  • Fry it to remove as much of the moisture as possible. Make sure to season with salt, pepper and another complimentary spice of your choice. Enjoy!

If  you have any questions ask the TLC-Chef at tlc.chef@tlcforwelbeing.com or go to our website: www.tlcforwellbeing.com

Written by the TLC-Test Kitchen for www.tlcforwellbeing.com

With thanks to everydaymaven.

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