Aug
25

Horror!! The season of camouflage is almost over!!!

Sadly, yes, we have to face facts! For this past winter we have wallowed in the protection offered by all-concealing winter jackets, scarves and jerseys. We have enjoyed the warm puddings and rich broths with thick crusty slices of bread dripping butter- ignoring the slow creep of the bulge on our hips. Alas, it could not last!

Spring is almost here! And then…summer! And strappy tops and shorts … muffin tops and strained zippers!  Eek!. . What to do!!!  Avoid reality, become housebound, or sweat in jackets not meant for summer weather? Or grab the bull by the horns (or in this case- face the chubby truth!) and start taking positive action now!

But how can you get motivated? It is so hard to shake of the bad habits of winter!

Take a picture of yourself at your current worst- double chin, muffin top, and unwanted bulges on full display! Decide if this is what you are happy with? If you are honestly okay with the extra weight and the resulting health risks of diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke, then you will not want to act.

If you do feel you can do better, feel better and improve your health, there are a few options to consider…

Physical exercise is always a good idea, but the benefit is more likely to be general toning and it is good for bone density and blood circulation. Not really a quick-fix for the months of excess!!

Next option … pills and potions that promise miracles.  Mmm… hopefully we all know better by now. There is plenty of evidence of immediate and long terms risks with all these so called natural and harmless diet pills and potions. So unless you are looking to do long term damage to your body for the sake of one (maybe) slimmer summer… not a wise choice.

Now let’s see… is there anything tried and tested… proven after over 25 years of use all over the world, widely recommended by doctors, proven to make you not just slimmer, but healthier and with very quick results..a pipe dream perhaps?

No, have you not heard??  TLC IS ALL THAT!  Imagine this… ordinary food in the right quantities and combinations can have a dramatic impact on your body in a very short time!  In a nutshell.. TLC!

If you decide that now is the time to take action, take the first step! Call TLC at 0861 000 852 and a dedicated TLC-Coach will help you achieve a slimmer healthier you by summer!!

View our website: www.tlcforwellbeing.com

Aug
11

BOOSTING YOUR SLUGGISH METABOLISM

Boosting the metabolism is the holy grail of weight watchers everywhere, but how fast your body burns calories depends on several factors. Some people inherit a speedy metabolism. Men tend to burn more calories than women, even while resting. And for most people, metabolism slows steadily after age 40. Although you can’t control your age, gender, or genetics, there are other ways to get a boost.

Follow the Correct Diet
The TLC-program creates the correct balance in the body to boost metabolism and trigger rapid and long-term fatloss

Build Muscle
Our bodies constantly burn calories, even when we’re doing nothing. This resting metabolic rate is much higher in people with more muscle. Every pound of muscle uses about 6 calories a day just to sustain itself, while each pound of fat burns only 2 calories daily. That small difference can add up over time. In addition, after a bout of resistance training, muscles are activated all over your body, increasing your average daily metabolic rate.

Plan to Work out
Aerobic exercise may not build big muscles, but it can rev up your metabolism in the hours after a workout. The key is to push yourself. High-intensity exercise delivers a bigger, longer increase in resting metabolic rate than low- or moderate-intensity workouts. To get the benefits, try a more intense class at the gym or include short bursts of jogging during your regular walk. Start slowly and gradually build up if you are not active already.

Fuel Up with Water
The body needs water to process calories. If you are even mildly dehydrated, your metabolism may slow down. In one study, adults who drank eight or more glasses of water a day burned more calories than those who drank four. To stay hydrated, drink a glass of water or other unsweetened beverage before every meal and snack.

Sinless Snacking
Eating more often can help the metabolism. When you eat large meals with many hours in between, your metabolism slows down between meals. Having a small meal or snack every 3 to 4 hours keeps your metabolism cranking, so you burn more calories over the course of a day. Several studies have also shown that people who snack regularly eat less at meal time. Use the TLC-allowance of Fruits and crackers for your in-between snacks.

Spice Up Your Meals
Spicy foods contain chemical compounds that can kick the metabolism into a higher gear. Eating a tablespoon of chopped red or green chili pepper can boost your metabolic rate. The effect is likely temporary, but if you eat spicy foods often, the benefits may add up. Use the TLC-approved herbs and pure spices to spice up your meals.

Power Up with Protein
The body burns many more calories digesting protein as it uses for fat or carbohydrates. Lean, protein-rich foods boosts the metabolism at mealtime. Healthy sources of protein include lean beef, turkey, fish, white meat chicken, tofu, eggs, and low-fat dairy products.

Booster Shot: Black Coffee
If you’re a coffee drinker, you probably enjoy the increased energy and concentration that follows your morning ritual. Taken in moderation, one of coffee’s benefits may be a short-term increase in your metabolic rate.

Recharge with Green Tea
Drinking green tea or oolong tea offers the combined benefits of caffeine and catechins, substances shown to rev up the metabolism for a couple hours. Research suggests that drinking two to four cups of either tea may push the body to burn 17% more calories than normal during moderately intense exercise for a short period of time.

DO NOT:

  • Use Energy Drinks
  • Take Fat Burners
  • Skip Meals!
  • Take Herbs and Pills or Injections that promise to speed up your metabolism!! You can mess up your body’s chemistry and have massive backlash weightgain when you stop.

by S E More (BA Comm. Psych Hons) … for  TLC-for Weightloss-Wellbeing

For more information please go to www.tlcforwellbeing.com

Aug
04

Is it possible to snack without the Carbs?

We all get the sudden urge to snack. Unfortunately, the easily available and tempting options consist of chips, cookies, doughnuts and the like. As a result we end up munching on unhealthy snacks, high in carbohydrates, sugar and salt.
If one wants to stay in good health even after losing weight rapidly with a TLC-Program, low-carb snacks are a much healthier alternative. All it takes is a little bit of discipline and you can find yourself enjoying these snacks, which will prove beneficial for your health. These are also healthy options for your kids!

  • Nuts and Seeds  … Nuts like peanuts, almonds, etc., contain very little carbohydrates and are high in fiber, proteins and healthy fats. You can buy these nuts in bulk, but take care that you do not eat too much of them. Also, avoid the different types of nuts that are available in the market including fried, salty, spicy, etc. and stick to the plain ones. Apart from these nuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds makes for some tasty low-carb nibbles. However, just like nuts, before buying these seeds just check if they have some added flavors or sugar in them.
  • Fruits … Fruits can be bought easily and most fruits are low in carbohydrates. Make sure that the fruits you choose contain less sugar also. Fruits that contain low carbohydrates include lemon or lime, cranberries, papaya, grapefruit, guavas, melons, apples. A more comprehensive list is available on the TLC-Program. See www.tlcforwellbeing.com for more information.
  • Raw Vegetables …Another choice is eating raw vegetables like broccoli, celery, cabbage and cucumbers. Plain vegetables might not be a very appealing option for some, so to add some taste to these raw vegetables, you can choose a low-carb dip.
  • Cheese … Cheese is also said to be a great low-carb snack. Opt for cheddar or cottage cheese which you can eat along with certain fruits or raw vegetables.
  • •Sugar Free Candies …Sugar-free candies as well as sugar-free jello are good snacks with low levels of carbohydrates. These can be a great way to indulge your sweet tooth without adding on the pounds.
  • Yogurt  … It is easily available, just make sure that the yogurt is low-fat, does not contain sugars and has ‘good bacteria’ present. These bacteria continue to eat away at the lactose (which is a form of sugar) in the yogurt and thus reduce the amount of carbohydrates.
  • Eggs  … One really great snack idea is hard-boiled eggs. This is the simplest snack you can make and even carry to your workplace for a quick bite.
  • Beef Jerky (Biltong) and Pork Rinds  … While opting for beef jerky ensure that it does not contain added sugars. To enjoy pork rinds, it is better to have it with cheese or with some low-carb dips.

The above are intended as guidelines for a healthier lifestyle.  Always adhere to the specific prescriptions and rules relating to the particular phase of the TLC-Program you are doing.

For your low-carbohydrate diet to trigger rapid fatloss and improved wellbeing, go to www.tlcforwellbeing.com or contact us at 0861 000 852

Jul
29

Ask the TLC-Chef … Quick Baked Apples

While the weather is still chilly there is nothing better than a delicious baked apple (also great in the cooler weather though).

Baked Apples are a scrummy and healthy dessert.  You will love the smell too.  Baking apples in the oven gives your kitchen a wonderfully warm, aromatic scent.

You can bake your apples in 4 easy steps:

Step 1:  Core the Apples

Start by cutting a slice from the stem end of the apple. Using an apple corer or a melon baller, remove the apple core, leaving the basin intact so it can contain the filling. Then peel a strip around the top of each apple.

Chef Tip: Be sure to choose a good baking apple variety, such as Braeburn or Granny Smith.  They hold up best during cooking.  No need to peel the apple as most of the vitamins and minerals are in the skin.

Step 2: Set apples in baking dish

Place the apples in a baking dish or in ramekins.

Step 3:  Seasoning

Sprinkle with Cinnamon and add some Diet Fizzy drink to the dish (Sprite Zero is best).  Tip:  For Variety you can add a few chopped nuts and a Star Anise into the apple core to add extra flavour.  Star anise is especially delicious with Granny Smith apples.

Step 4:  Baking

Bake for 2 to 30 minutes at 180?C or until the apples are tender.

These are wonderful hot or cold.

Note: Adhere to quantities as indicated on your unique TLC-Program and go to the TLC-Well-Log for the exact TLC-Baked Apple recipe.

For all TLC-Recipes go to our website and log in (members only):
http://tlcforwellbeing.com/well-log_login.php

For recipe questions and advise as the TLC-Chef:  tlc.chef@tlcforwellbeing.com

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

Jul
28

The new FAT FAD and YOU

Fat-intake has suddenly become ‘trendy’ again, and advocated recklessly to everyone, regardless of their risk profile. It is true, your body needs some fat from food. It is a source of energy, helps you absorb vitamins and minerals, is needed to build cell membranes and is essential for blood clotting, muscle movement and inflammation. But the key here is to ensure you are getting good fats.

Many current diet fats do not distinguish clearly between the good and the bad, and their followers are not given the guidance to ensure they are not harming their health. Followers are gorging on bacon and full cream, believing they are doing themselves no harm. That is what happens when a diet fad takes over and common sense and accountability flees. If you are going to follow a diet plan to become healthy again, ensure that you do a Program that is based on sound scientific principles and involves screening and monitoring. Diet fads that promote the same general guidelines to everyone can harm you.

So what should you know? Essentially, good fats are mono- and polyunsaturated fats, and bad fats are saturated- and trans-fats.

The worst type of fat is trans-fats. They are the by-product of a process called hydrogenation. It is listed on ingredients lists as “partially hydrogenated oil” and appears in margarines, shortening, commercial cookies and pastries and fast-food fries. Trans-fats increase harmful LDL cholesterol, increases inflammation linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, insulin resistance and other chronic conditions. Trans-fats can harm health in even small quantities. This type of fat should be eliminated from your diet altogether. On the TL©-Program these fats are eliminated.

The next type of fat is saturated fat. This includes whole milk, certain cheeses, coconut oil, bacon fat. This type of fat should be limited on a healthy diet as high intake is linked to an increased risk of heart disease. On the TL©-Program the intake of saturated fat is controlled and limited.

The good fats include mono and polyunsaturated fats. These include olive oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, nuts and avocado. Sufficient good fats are recommended on the TL©-Program.

To take the guesswork out of your health decisions, rather sign on for a healthy, balanced proven low carbohydrate, moderate fat wellbeing program like the TL©-Program.

For more information go to: www.tlcforwellbeing.com

Jul
20

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

Jul
12

Hair Loss in Women … The Facts

Until recently, the problem of hair loss in women was believed to be uncommon. Recent research, though, has revealed that it is far more widespread than previously thought. Some estimates say as many as 25 million American women (or more) experience noticeable hair loss and the distressing effects that often go along with it.

Hair loss is a natural part of the body’s process of renewal. As some hair falls out, new growth replaces it. However, this process may be accelerated by a number of conditions.

Hormones – Women experience far more hormonal issues than men do, and at a much greater frequency. Pregnancy, childbirth and menopause, or even when coming off the Pill, are all conditions unique to women that can affect the amount and permanence of hair loss and cause balding. Hormonal changes may contribute to rapid hair loss, such as during pregnancy or childbirth,. As these fluctuations in hormone levels drop off, the hair loss should clear up, so the condition is only temporary. In a recent study, hormone levels were studied in both male and female patients experiencing severe hair loss. The research points towards a complex interaction between sex and thyroid hormones that may lead to the condition.

Medication – Several medications can cause or contribute to female hair loss, including anti-depressants, blood thinners(also called anticoagulants), birth control pills, vitamin A (if too much is taken), medicines used for gout, anti-cholesterol drugs and chemotherapy drugs. This type of hair loss improves when you stop taking the medicine. (which you NEVER do with consulting your doctor).

Illness/Surgery – Many common illnesses can cause female hair loss, such as diabetes, lupus and thyroid over- or under-activity, as can conditions that put the body under stress such as high fevers or major surgery. About 3 or 4 months after an illness or a major surgery, you may suddenly lose a large amount of hair. This hair loss is related to the stress of the illness and is temporary.

StressStress is another factor linked to hair loss. While it has not been proved definitively, emotional trauma has been loosely associated with hair loss, but milder strains and worries probably do the same thing. Stresses placed on the body may also cause a woman’s hair thinning. Since stress is often transient, if its cause clears up, the resultant hair loss should disappear as well

Diet- Any significant change in daily diet is a minor stressor on the body. The fatloss process in itself is a minor stressor. Therefore, as with other stressors, this may also cause a temporary increase in hairloss. As with many other causes, once the process stops, hairloss will stop and reverse.

Improper Care: If you wear pigtails or cornrows or use tight hair rollers, the pull on your hair can cause a type of hair loss called traction alopecia. If the pulling is stopped before scarring of the scalp develops, your hair will grow back normally. However, scarring can cause permanent hair loss. Hot oil hair treatments or chemicals used in permanents (“perms”) may cause inflammation (swelling) of the hair follicle, which can result in scarring and hair loss. Improper care could include:

  • Harsh shampoos
  • Hair colouring
  • Hair bleaching
  • Permanent waves
  • Frequent use of blow dryers, curling irons and other heated appliances
  • Improper or harsh brushing and/or combing
  • Frequent wearing of tight ponytails, braids, and other hair restraints

Other Causes – Anaemia, anorexia, bulimia, fungal infections, and zinc or fatty acid deficiency can also be the cause of hair loss in women.

Female-Pattern Hair Loss

As women age, their hair tends to thin out, although the results are not as dramatic as they are for many men – think of your grandmother’s hair compared to your grandfather’s (if he has any). Women’s pattern of hair loss is analogous to men’s, but has several important differences. The ages we begin having hair loss are the same. A few of both sexes will begin having hair loss very early–in their twenties, but most do not note changes until the mid-thirties to forties. Women’s hair loss tends to be an even overall thinning; as opposed to men’s hair loss in which the hairline recedes and/or there is balding at the crown of the head. Women tend to lose hair on the crown and at the hairline, which is referred to as female-pattern hair loss. Even though this loss is gradual (often starting at puberty), a sudden slight increase in loss from stress, medication etc, can suddenly make the loss more noticeable, making one think it was a ‘sudden’ loss.

What is common baldness

The term “common baldness” usually means male-pattern baldness, or permanent-pattern baldness. Male-pattern baldness is the most common cause of hair loss in men. Men who have this type of hair loss usually have inherited the trait. Men who start losing their hair at an early age tend to develop more extensive baldness. In male-pattern baldness, hair loss typically results in a receding hair line and baldness on the top of the head. Women may develop female-pattern baldness. In this form of hair loss, the hair can become thin over the entire scalp.

When to Worry

Of course, although hair loss may often be temporary, a condition called alopecia areata is more serious. This disease is characterized by patchy loss of hair, and if a woman is experiencing this, she should consult her dermatologist. Corticosteroids are often prescribed to slow or even halt hair loss.

Hair loss is often hereditary and effects about 50% of women. So long as it is not abrupt, severe, or patchy, nor caused by emotional or physical stresses, it can be considered a normal part of maturing

Treatment

However natural or normal this may be, many women want to reverse or halt this trend.

Depending on your type of hair loss, treatments are available. If a medicine is causing your hair loss, your doctor may be able to prescribe a different medicine. Recognizing and treating an infection may help stop the hair loss. Correcting a hormone imbalance may prevent further hair loss.

Medicines may also help slow or prevent the development of common baldness. Speak to your doctor about a medication that could assist you but bear in mind that these medicines can take up to 6 months to show any results.

Supplements:

There are supplements and vitamins that can help battle hair loss. Here is a list and what they do:

  • Essential fatty acids such as flaxseed oil, primrose oil and salmon oil – improve hair texture and prevent dry brittle hair
  • Vitamin B complex with Vitamin B3, B5, B6 – are important for the health and growth of hair
  • Biotin – deficiencies have been linked to skin disorders and hair loss
  • Inositol – vital for hair growth
  • Methysulfonyl-Methane (MSM) – Aids with the manufacture of keratin, a protein that is the major component of hair
  • Vitamin C with bioflavonoids – Aids in improving scalp circulation and helps with the antioxidant action in the hair follicles
  • Vitamin E – Increases oxygen uptake, which improves circulation to the scalp and improves health and growth of hair
  • Zinc – Stimulates hair growth by enhancing immune function
  • Coenzyme Q10 – Improves scalp circulation and increases tissue oxygenation
  • Kelp – Needed minerals for proper hair growth
  • Copper – Works with zinc to aid in hair growth
  • Grape seed extract – A powerful antioxidant to protect hair follicles from free radical damage.

For all your supplementation needs go to the TLC-Online Shop:

www.tlconlineshop.co.za

or contact:

TLC-Call Centre at 0861 000 852

*This information and guidelines 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.

Jul
04

10 Ways to get more Nutrition in your Diet!

The way we prepare, store and eat our food can significantly improve your diet.

Not sure how to get more nutrients and change some unhealthy habits?

Try these tips:

  1. Store fruit at room temperature until it is ripe. Once it is ripe place it in the refrigerator.  Nutritional value increases with the ripening process (the brighter the colour of the fruit’s skin, the more nutritious it is).
  2. Season food with pepper. Black pepper is one of the most powerful digestive stimulants.  The spicy tang of black pepper (comes from piperine) is also a powerful antioxidant.
  3. Don’t drink fluids during your meal. Liquids hinder the acid-alkaline balance in the stomach and dilute the digestive enzymes needed for proper digestion.  Avoid liquids half an hour before and half an hour after meals.
  4. Choose Organic. The vitamin and mineral content of organic foods is said to be higher than the conventional counterparts. There are some foods which are more important to “eat organically” such as fresh vegetables (especially greens) and dairy products.
  5. Increase fibre. Include fibre rich fruits and vegetables like pears, asparagus and leeks.
  6. Eat healthy fats. Fats are an essential part of a balanced diet.  Give preference to fats like nuts, olive oil, canola oil and avocado.
  7. Cook food whole. Don’t cut before you cook.  Boiling vegetables whole is the healthiest way to cook them.  Steaming greens is best.  The retention of folate in broccoli and spinach is superior when steamed as opposed to boiled.
  8. Stay away form energy dense foods. All foods contain energy, but certain foods are very energy dense, which means they contain large amounts of energy in a really small portion of food.  Carbonated and sweetened beverages, biscuits, fast foods, sweets, chips and fried foods are examples.  There are frequently poor in nutrition.  Replace them with nutrient rich options like fruits and vegetables, and you will see a vaste difference in your wellbeing.
  9. Eat healthy snacks. When you do get an attack of the munchies, make sure you reach for nutritious snacks such as fruit, low-fat yogurt, whole-grain crackers, air-popped popcorn, nuts or raw veggies.  An occasional cookie or square of chocolate is not the end of the world.  Keep these as special treats though!
  10. Drink supplements everyday – these are recommended:  Vitamin C, a good Multivitamin, Antioxidant and Omegas.

For information on how to improve your wellbeing, reach a healthy goal weight and eat healthily contact the nearest TLC-Centre for a FREE ASSESSMENT:  0861 000 852 OR view our website: www.tlcforwellbeing.com

*These tips and guidelines 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.

Note: Some of the foods mentioned above may be restricted on Phase 2 and 3 of the TLC-Program.

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Jun
29

When was the last time you checked your … Homocysteine level?

Homocysteine is a naturally occurring protein ‘building block’ in our bodies, where levels can be tested by a blood test. A raised level of homocysteine is a risk factor for blood vessel disease, which can lead to blood clots and blockages such as those leading to heart problems (such as heart attack) and stroke.

There is a solution to reducing your risk of all Chronic Disease with a TLC-Program:

TLC-DNA Programs target a dramatic improvement in your wellbeing and reduces all risk factors for dread disease, cancer and  heart disease.

  • Your homocysteine levels: The program will tell you what your homocysteine level is plus what your homocysteine risk factors are and how to improve your homocysteine if it is elevated.
  • A Nutritional Analysis: You are what you eat.  The intake of certain food types have been proven to reduce risk of cancer and heart disease, as does high intake of certain foods increase your risk.  With the new  TLC-DNA Program your current intake of fats, fruit, vegetables and fibre, folate, cruciferous and allium vegetables is analysed with an advanced international nutritional tool – we then tell you which of these categories need improvement and how.
  • Your Lifestyle Analysis: Certain lifestyle habits have been proven to increase, and others to reduce, risk of cancer and heart disease.  We will pinpoint which of your habits need to be changed/improved to reduce risk and improve wellbeing.
  • Your Blood Profile Analysis: Risk factors identified in your blood profile are analysed and advice is provided to improve the profile.
  • Family History: Risk factors are identified based on family history of disease and further investigation recommended if necessary.

So if you have a history of chronic disease in your family, set your mind at rest, contact a TLC-Consultant for more information:

TLC-Call Centre:  0861 000 852

Websites: www.tlcforwellbeing.com

Jun
23

Baked Potato with a Tangy Pesto Sauce

Enjoy this side dish with your choice of protein.  Delicious with Grilled Perch, Deboned Chicken Thighs or Pork Medallions.

Ingredients:

  • Small Potato with skin (allowance)
  • 1 bunch Basil leaves
  • 10g Pine Nuts (allowance)
  • 1 chopped Clove of Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Butter (allowance)
  • 2 teaspoons White Wine Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Rocket leaves for garnish (allowance)
  • 2 Tablespoons Water

Method:

  • Prick Potato on each side with a fork
  • Place on a microwave dish and microwave on full power for 10 minutes or until the Potato is cooked.
  • Meanwhile place Basil, Pine Nuts, Garlic, Vinegar and Water into a food processor and blitz till fine.
  • Add Salt and Pepper to taste.
  • Add more water if necessary so that pesto is not too thick.
  • Remove and place in a ramekin dish.
  • Remove Potato from the microwave and cut down the middle, then press to open.
  • Place on a serving dish.
  • Place teaspoon of butter on top to melt into the potato.
  • Add a teaspoon or two of the pesto to the top and check seasoning.
  • Garnish with Rocket leaves.
  • Serve with Phase 3 Protein and vegetables of your choice (from allowance).

TIP:  Refrigerate left over pesto and add to Salads or grills.

Note:  This is a TLC-Phase 3 Recipe!

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