Jan
12

Chickpea and Vegetable Shirataki Noodle Stir Fry

You can include Shirataki Noodles on
Phase 2 of your TLC-Program!


Give this new recipe a try.  It is a side dish so you can add your choice of protein.  It is great with grilled chicken or steamed fish … Here’s a quick and easy guide to get you comfortable with adding these noodles to your meals (recipe is at the bottom of the post):

Remove the noodles (we used Shirataki Fettucine) from the packet (they are packed in water and already cooked) and place in a colander.
Now rinse the noodles in cold water.  Run it under the tap for a while so that it is rinsed really well.

It is best, we think,  to let the noodles soak while you are preparing the rest of the dish.
So fill the sink with water, pop the colander with the noodles in it, and leave it to soak.

Heat the oil in a heavy bottom pan.  Add chopped onions and saute till translucent (soft).

Now add diced red peppers.  Fry for a few minutes.

Sprinkle over all the spices and  cook for a few minutes.

Now add the Chickpeas, stir for a minute or two.

Add the Soy Sauce and Hoisin Sauce and then stir.
You don’t have to add the Hoisin Sauce if you do not have it handy, it is just as good with just the Soy Sauce.

Remove the noodles from the cold water.  Give it one more rinse and then soak for a minute in hot water (we used hot tap water, not boiled).
Then add the noodles to the pan and stir till it is mixed with the rest of the ingredient.  Turn the heat down and keep stirring.

Now add in roughly chopped raw baby spinach.

Give it a good stir until the spinach just wilts – don’t over cook !

Plate it up and its ready to enjoy.  Remember to add steamed fish or other protein of your choice.

Chickpea and Vegetable Shirataki Noodle Stir Fry

Ingredients:

Shirataki Fettucine Noodles (allowance)
Chopped Onion (allowance)
Diced Red Pepper (allowance)
Chick peas (allowance)
Baby Spinach roughly chopped (allowance)
½ teaspoon Cumin powder
½ teaspoon Garlic powder
¼ teaspoon Coriander powder
A sprinkle of dried Chilli flakes (to taste)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 teaspoon Soy Sauce (allowance)
2 teaspoons Hoisin Sauce – optional (allowance)

Follow the method above.

Some very important notes:

100g cooked  Shirataki Noodles replaces 1 carb portion (during Phase 2)
Hoisin Sauce is restricted to 2 teaspoons and can be used a maximum of 3 times per week.
Ensure that you follow all other allowances (ingredients) based on your unique TLC-Phase 2 prescription.

Shirataki Noodles are available to purchase at selected TLC-Retailers or at the TLC-Online Shop:

www.tlconlineshop.co.za

Recipe produced by the TLC-Test Kitchen
Any questions contact the TLC-Chef at tlc.chef@tlcforwellbeing.com

Jan
08

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
14

Festive Greetings from TLC

We’d like to wish you all a happy festive season!
The “Elves” at TLC will be taking a short break from the 16th December 2017 to the 7th January 2018.

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-47.html


Nov
27

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
13

Weightloss and Loose Skin

You should feel wonderful! You have had to get a whole new wardrobe because you shrunk four sizes! You have new energy and a new enthusiasm for life!

Yet… you are not happy with how you look, because… you have loose hanging skin!

If you’ve lost weight recently, you may have noticed that you have loose skin hanging around. Whether it is flaps under your arms, or a hanging pouch around your stomach, loose skin can be an embarrassing issue.  This happens with any diet where a lot of weight is lost. If you think about it, this is just a logical occurrence. All that stretched skin is no longer padded with all the layers of fat! So it is vital to remember:

It was not the weight-loss that damaged or stretched the skin…  it was the excess fat and weight gain!!

Now you have lost the weight, you are at least healthier! But the stretched skin still remains!  But there is some good news…stretched and damaged skin is not usually permanent. However, it can take a while for the skin to catch up and contract, in some cases, for instance where the person was previously severely obese, it can take up to two years!

The good news with the TLC-Program is that skin generally recovers much quicker and more effectively than with any other fatloss program. This is due to the human Growth Hormone that improves the elasticity of the skin.

However, there are several factors that can affect how quickly, and to what extent, your skin recovers after being so ‘abused’ with excess fat. If you are older, have poor nutrition, aren’t hydrated, have excessive sun exposure or smoke, you will have decreased elasticity, and recovery of damaged skin will be slower.

Why does the Skin Get Loose: Skin is an elastic living tissue that stretches as we move and grow (or shrink). It’s not one big piece of rubber that covers your body, but an actual organ. The human integumentary system (skin) is also not a passive layer of tissue that remains stretched out like an empty plastic bag after losing large amounts of bodyweight. Skin is a living organ, actively adapting to the body’s internal and external environments.

However, there are limitations: “There is an inherent elasticity in everyone’s skin, but once you get to a certain size, the elasticity decreases,” explains Jason Spector, M.D., assistant professor of plastic surgery at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

What are the biggest factors that determine skin elasticity?
The two biggest factors that determine skin elasticity are age and genetics. And unfortunately, both are out of our control!

What can you do?
As you lose weight and loose skin begins to appear, don’t panic! Your skin will slowly return to a shape that fits your new body. But that process can take up to two years, so here are steps you can take to make your skin tighten faster:

  • Only lose weight with a proven Program such as the TLC-Program that triggers the correct hormones in the body to improve elasticity of the skin
  • Maintain a lower fat diet and eat lean proteins to help minimize the extra skin, even after you’ve lost the weight. (as per the TLC-Program and TLC-Lifestyle guidelines)
  • Hydration is essential. Water is a crucial component of maintaining skin elasticity. That means drinking plenty of water [64 ounces or eight cups per day].
  • Eat lots of water-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables
  • Eat Protein Two ingredients that keep skin plump and elastic are collagen and elastin, and the protein to help form these is found in cottage cheese, milk, legumes, tofu, beans, seeds, nuts and fish. The oils in these foods will also help with skin elasticity.
  • Care for Your Skin Avoid harsh detergents like sulfates in soaps, shampoos and dishwashing liquids. Limit sun exposure, stay away from tanning booths, and limit exposure to hot and chlorinated water, since all of these elements decrease elasticity.
  • Exercise: Exercise will not tone the skin. However, by adding muscle, you can form a tight layer under the skin. That can improve how the skin looks, and take away some of the sag effect.

Plan of Action:

  • Purchase a TLC-Program.
  • Carry a water bottle around with you all day.
  • Keep your skin moisturized with inexpensive lotion and water
  • Exercise for muscle tone

Do You Need Surgery?

Skin can only be stretched so far before it loses some of its innate ability to snap back. If you’ve had a 9-month pregnancy, then you can tighten your loose skin. In contrast, if you’ve carried 50-100 extra pounds on your body for a long time, you might need to resort to plastic surgery and stapling to tighten loose skin. As mentioned earlier, elasticity of your skin will naturally decrease with age. Although you have control over staying properly hydrated, eating the right foods and caring for your skin, you simply have no control over your age! So rather than letting age stress you out, you should focus on the things over which you do have control — like exercising and eating right — and you’ll find that you always look better than your peers. And feel great! Surgery is an expensive, drastic intervention that should only be considered in extreme cases.

Can all this extra skin be healthy?

Look at the alternative? It is far better to have extra skin than the alternative – extra weight. Sagging skin puts much less stress on your heart and metabolic system than fat.

To find out more about the benefits of a TLC-Program go to www.tlcforwellbeing.com or contact the TLC-Call Centre for more information:  0861 000 852 or +27 31 767 4244

Written by: SE More

Nov
03

Easy Steps to Quick Weight Loss with TLC

It all starts with that “aha” moment, when you decide you’re going to lose weight, and this time keep it off for good!

Gone are the days of yo-yo dieting, when you’d watch your weight go up, then down, then back up again. What it comes down to is that you are finally ready to make permanent changes in your lifestyle. And so begins the first day of the rest of your life.

  • Step One: Book your FREE ASSESSMENT at the nearest TLC-Centre.  You can do this by filling out our online enquiry form on our website: http://tlcforwellbeing.com/tlc_online.php or calling us at 0861 000 852
  • Step Two: Attend your Free Assessment and Orientation Session.  Here a qualified, professional TLC-Consultant/Weight-Loss Coach will tell you all about the benefits of doing a TL©-Program or the NEW TLC Plus Banting Program, and what results you can expect.
  • Step Three: Pay for your TL©-Program either by paying the upfront fee (all countries) or paying your Registration Fee and then choosing one of the EasyPayPlans available with the TLC-Pay As You Lose Program (only available in South Africa).
  • Step Four: You will leave the consultation armed with your TL©-Program Book, a blood test form (if necessary) and Phase 1 of your TL©-Program.
  • Step Five: Take some time to go through the Phase 1 and Phase 2 food lists in your book, make a trip to the Supermarket and get your pantry, fridge and freezer stocked with the foods you will need.
  • Step Six: If necessary do your blood tests and begin day 1 of your Phase 1.  Continue and your TLC-Weight-Loss Coach will be sure to call you in a few days when your UNIQUE and PERSONALISED TL©-Program (Phase 2) is ready for collection.
  • Step Seven: Attend your consultation where your TLC-Weight-Loss Coach will go through all aspects of Phase 2 to ensure that you achieve the results you are excited about!  Here your TLC-Weight-Loss Coach will set up appointments and make arrangements for you to attend your Weigh-Ins and Support Sessions.  You can now also purchase a Scale, TLC-Turbo Boost, Sugar Free chocolates, jelly and treats, and other supplements. Or alternatively you can order them online at www.tlconlineshop.co.za
  • Step Eight: After several weeks of adjusting to your new and improved lifestyle, you should be developing a healthier relationship with food. Eating nutritious foods and getting physical activity have become part of your daily routine.  Friends and family have started to notice the new you. Your clothes are looser, and the numbers on the scale and tape measure are going down. You have more energy, and you’re feeling pretty good. Pat yourself on the back; you deserve it! Well done!
  • Step Nine: Reach your healthy weight and start Phase 3 of your TL©-Program.  This is an important time to ensure that you add the foods that have been restricted for a while, in a sensible and specific manner ensuring that your body responds positively.  Yeah, now you can eat pasta, potatoes, etc.  This is a vital part of your program and will ensure your future success (keeping your weight off).
  • Step 10: Now here is the exciting part of your program – maintaining your weight!  Looking good and feeling wonderful … this is how you would like to feel for the rest of your life.  Up to now you have learnt new habits, seen how your body reacts to food … so listen to your body and take note of the tips and guidelines in the Phase 4 section of your book.  Make arrangements with your coach to ensure that you can pop in for regular checks and assistance to make sure that you maintain your weight.

So there you are – 10 Quick and Easy Steps to changing your lifestyle, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. So with effort from you and TLC we can make this a reality.

Contact us today for a Free Assessment: http://tlcforwellbeing.com/tlc_online.php

or 0861 000 852 or +27 31 7674244

For more information on the TL©-Program go to our Website: www.tlcforwellbeing.com or www.tlcforweightloss.eu

Oct
30

Ask the TLC-Chef … How to keep berries from going mouldy

There is nothing more discouraging than buying good food and having it go bad before you get to eat it.
There is nothing quite like the flavour of fresh berries, unfortunately mould is the berry’s friend, so it can be disappointing and expensive to have to discard them after a few days.

All fresh berries are delicate in nature and tend to spoil rather quickly, especially certain types of raspberries. In fact, it often seems as if the start growing mould the minute you leave the farmer’s market and before you can get them into the cool fridge!

So whats the solution?

There is an all-natural way to make sure that they stay fresh and mould-free for much longer. The main issue is how to kill the mould spores present on berries using something food safe (that also doesn’t affect the taste). It turns out that vinegar is the solution!

How it works:

  • As soon as you get the berries home, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar to ten parts filtered water into a bowl; apple or white cider vinegar works best.
  • Dump the fresh berries you recently purchased into a bowl and give them a good swirl and rinse.
  • Rinse the berries a final time.
  • Lightly pat the berries with a paper towel, and place the bowl into the refrigerator.

You will find that you can’t even detect the taste of vinegar because the mixture is so diluted. The vinegar kills mould spores that surface bacteria that cause berries to spoil quickly. After you complete this simple process, your berries will taste and look fresh for a week or more.

So go out and purchase all the fresh berries you want – because now your berries will last until you’re ready to eat them.

Try it out, and let us know how it works for you!

Any questions you can email the TLC-Chef at :  tlc.chef@tlcforwellbeing.com
www.tlcforwellbeing.com

Oct
03

MAKE YOUR WATER MORE TASTY!

Water is essential to good health and healthy metabolism and fat loss. But unfortunately many people battle to drink their required minimum allowance every day. But water does not have to be boring!

Use some of the following recipes to ‘liven up’ your water!

Note: Always use the fruits from your fruit allowance as prescribed on your TLC-Program  . Remember, you can still eat the flesh or pulp during the day as your fruit allowance after you have soaked the fruit to flavor the water!

How to make Naturally Flavoured Water

Required supplies:

  • fruit – whatever kind you like (from your allowance); make sure it’s good and ripe for maximum sweetness and flavor.  Citrus always works well!
  • herbs – these are optional, but many herbs are a surprising complement to fruit. Mint is the most obvious herb choice but basil, rosemary, sage, thyme, lavender, and tarragon are all good- almost any herb will work depending on your personal preference
  • water — filtered water is preferable
  • jug or mason jar

Some ideas:

Fat Flush Water

Ingredients

  • 1 L (1/4 gallon) water
  • 3 wedges grapefruit (from fruit allowance)
  • ½ tangerine or mandarin , sliced
  • ¼ cucumber, sliced (optional: only if it is to be consumed at a mealtime; use from vegetable allowance)
  • 1 peppermint or mint leave
  • Ice

Directions
Rinse grapefruit, tangerine, cucumber and mint leaves. Slice cucumber, grapefruit, and tangerine (or peel). Combine all ingredients in a half gallon pitcher. Allow the ingredients to sit for 2 hours for maximum benefits. Drink throughout the day.

Stir & Enjoy!

Lemon Ginger Detox Drink

Ingredients

  • 350ml (12-ounce) glass water, at room temperature
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (from fruit allowance)
  • 1/2 inch knob of ginger root

Directions
Add the lemon juice to the glass of water. Finely grate the ginger by using a zester, add to the glass of water. This drink is a perfect way to start your day!

All Citrus Flavored Water
(adds refreshing tartness to water)

  • Slice ½  orange, 1/2 lime, 1/2 lemon into quarters.
  • Add to jar, press and twist with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon.
  • Press enough to release some of the juices, but don’t pulverize the fruit into pieces.
  • Fill the jar with ice.
  • Pour in water to the top.
  • Stir it with the handle of a wooden spoon or a chopstick.
  • Put a lid on it, put it in the fridge, and chill.

You can drink it right away, but the flavour intensifies if it’s made an hour or two ahead. It’s even better the next day. 24 hours later straight from the fridge, the ice still hasn’t melted completely in mine. The ice at the top serves as a sieve so that you can pour the flavoured water without getting fruit bits in your glass.

For more delicious recipes go to the TLC-Well-Log: http://tlcforwellbeing.com/well-log_login.php

Sep
29

An Apple a Day…

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is an old Welsh proverb that most of us are familiar with, but what makes this fruit so special? What health benefits are associated with eating apples?


As one of the most cultivated and consumed fruits in the world, apples are continuously being praised as a “miracle food”. Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. Apples deserve to be called “nutritional powerhouses”.

They contain the following important nutrients:

  • Vitamin C – a powerful natural antioxidant capable of blocking some of the damage caused by free radicals, as well as boosting the body’s resistance against infectious agents.
  • B-complex vitamins (riboflavin, thiamin, and vitamin B-6) – these vitamins are key in maintaining red blood cells and the nervous system in good health.
  • Dietary fiber – a diet high in fiber can help prevent the development of certain diseases and may help prevent the amount of bad cholesterol in your blood from rising.
  • Phytonutrients – apples are rich in polyphenolic compounds”. These phytonutrients help protect the body from the detrimental effects of free radicals.
  • Minerals such as calcium, potassium, and phosphorus

And here are some benefits! Apples may…

  • Fight cancer. Apples contain compounds called triterpenoids, which may fight against certain cancers like liver, breast, and colon.
  • Improve memory and neurological health. Apples are believed to increase the production of acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter – so they may improve memory and lower your risk of Alzheimer’s.
  • Apples also contain an antioxidant called “quercetin” which reduces cellular death caused by oxidation and inflammation of neurons.
  • Reduce your risk of stroke
  • A study involving 9,208 men and women showed that those who ate the most apples over a 28-year period had the lowest risk for stroke. The researchers concluded “the results suggest that the intake of apples is related to a decreased risk of thrombotic stroke.”
  • Lower levels of bad cholesterol
  • A group of researchers at The Florida State University stated that apples really are a “miracle fruit”. They found that older women who ate apples everyday had 23% less bad cholesterol (LDL) and 4% more good cholesterol (HDL) after just six months.
  • Reduce the risk of diabetes. Apples could also help lower your risk of diabetes. A study involving 187,382 people found that people who ate three servings per week of apples, grapes, raisins, blueberries or pears had a 7% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those who did not.
  • Increase endurance. Apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin, which allows oxygen to reach the lungs more easily. Eat an apple before working out and see how it affects your endurance!
  • Whiten teeth. Apples contain malic acid, which is used in many teeth whitening products, due to its ability to dissolve stains. The next time you eat an apple, make sure to chew it thoroughly for maximum benefits – maybe even rub a little on your teeth. :)
  • Boost immune system. Apples are high in multiple vitamins, including vitamin C – the original immune system booster!
  • Satisfy cravings. Apples are naturally sweet, so they can help satisfy that afternoon cookie craving. They’re low in calories and totally fat-free, so you can feel good about eating them, too!

Remember, to maximize the benefits eat the skin as well!

Written by SE More for www.tlcforwellbeing.com

Aug
22

Ask the TLC-Chef … How to make Vegetable Stock

As ready-bought stock and stock cubes/powder are not allowed on the TLC-Program you will have to make your own. Every time we make vegetable stock in the TLC-Test Kitchen, we wonder why we ever bother buying it in the store.
It’s so easy!

This is how:

Go to your TLC-Phase 2 Vegetable List in your TLC-Program Book.

Choose a variety of vegetables on the list.
Chop them up and put  place them in a pot of water.

Add herbs of your choice, can be dried but fresh is best.  Season with Salt and Pepper – if you wish you can leave out the seasoning and season when you put your dish together, up to you!

Ensure that all the ingredients are well covered with the water.
Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for about an hour till the veg is soft.

Strain the vegetables, leaving the liquid stock in a bowl.

Allow to cool before decanting into bottles for storage in the fridge:

Don’t throw away those delicious strained vegetables.
You can use them to add to delicious soups for your family.

Important Note:  Only 2 Tablespoons of the stock may be used per day
Only vegetables on the allowed list may be used to make the stock.

The TLC-Test Kitchen is always coming up with new ideas to make your experience on the TLC-Program more enjoyable.

Give it a try and if you have any questions you can email the TLC-Chef at :  tlc.chef@tlcforwellbeing.com

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