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!

Jun
17

Don’t use Winter as an Excuse!!!

We all know it is easier to lose weight in summer but there are many ways to keep motivated and lose weight in winter.  So don’t use the winter months as an excuse for falling off your diet and not losing weight!

Here’s some tips to help you:

Stay Active:

Join a gym, go for a brisk walk or stay active around your house.  Although cold out, there are many things you can do indoors:  exercise videos, Wii exercises, clearing out cupboards and dust off any exercise equipment you may have and use it!

Do something new:

Take up a new hobby.  Go to a craft class, join a dance class.  Seeing results from any new activity you participate in will keep you motivated.

Keep a goal in site:

Planning a holiday?  Think of all the cute clothing you will fit into.

Dust off the bikini and get ready for summer.

Plan ahead:

Ensure that you plan your meals … weigh your foods, precook your meals and freeze them … that way you will be able to pop a “legal” and delicious meal into the microwave and not be tempted to deviate from your TLC-Program.

Sleep:

Ensure you get adequate sleep.  Certain important hormonal and system changes occur during the night, boosting your weightloss.

Hungry, Craving something sweet?:

Wait a while and ask yourself again in half an hour if you are hungry.  Then if necessary use your allowed snacks and fruit to fill the gap.

Serotonin plays a part:

Experts believe that low levels of the brain chemical Serotonin has an important part to play in the winter blues. Serotonin affects our sleep, mood and appetite centres, so when  levels are low we’re more likely to feel tired, depressed and hungry … So it is vital to stick to your TLC-Program 100% to keep the levels of Serotonin (and Insulin) steady.

Adhere to the rules of the TLC-Program.

  • Eat at regular intervals
  • Save crackers and fruit (your snacks) for in between meals
  • Drink your Cocoa allowance in the evening when cold temperatures increase
  • Use your fruit to try out some of the winter Recipes in the TLC-Well-log (Baked Cinnamon Apple, Baked Peach etc)
  • Keep in contact with your TLC-Weightloss Coach and don’t skip your weigh-in sessions

Most important: IMAGINE YOURSELF THIN AND HEALTHY!

Not yet experiencing a TLC-Program?

Contact us at 0861 000 852 or view our websites:

www.tlcforweightloss.co.za and www.tlcforwellbeing.com

Jun
13

Why do a TLC program? … Because it works!

The TLC-Program is a short, medical intervention that puts your life back on track and helps you overcome obesity and health issues.

Over the years some of us may have developed some bad eating habits which are hard to let go of.  At TLC we give you the correct tools to achieve your weightloss and wellbeing goals.

  • TLC-Programs are Personalised. Not like most run of the mill programs where everybody is put into one box. We take into account your biometric profile, previous medical conditions, current medical conditions, lifestyle habits and your nutritional preferences.
  • TLC-Programs are easy to follow. We provide you with easy  step by step instructions to help you through all 5 Phases of your TLC-Program.
  • Rapid Results: TLC uses the right combination and exact quantities of the right foods to trigger your body’s own metabolic processes to burn fat, and achieve rapid, effective and safe weight loss.
  • Simple Foods: TLC only uses healthy, balanced, nutritionally rich foods found in your local supermarket.
  • Safe: Every day food is used as your medicine.
  • Long-lasting Results: By following the 5 TLC-Phases you will be able to keep the weight off for the rest of your life.
  • Support: As a TLC-Client you will be supported throughout your TLC-Program.
  • Experience: Our results over 24 years (since 1987) speak for themselves and  proves that…NOBODY DOES IT BETTER!

Our many successful Clients report some of the following TLC-Program benefits:

  • Rapid (safe) Fat-loss
  • Reduced Anxiety and Stress
  • Reduced Cravings and Hunger
  • Resolved Spastic Colon
  • Dramatic Improvement of Blood Sugar levels
  • Dramatic Skin Tone Improvement
  • Resolution of Diabetes (Type 2)
  • Reduced High Blood Pressure
  • Reduced Cholesterol
  • Significant Anti-Aging Benefits
  • No more Heartburn
  • Dramatic reduction in Cellulite
  • Dramatic Muscle Firming

TLC-Programs are scientifically developed, medical nutritional programs recommended by doctors worldwide!

Still not sure if you should do a TLC-Program?  Need more information?

Click on this link to find details for the TLC-Centre closest to you:  http://tlcforwellbeing.com/branch_finder.php?

Want to do the TLC-Program online? www.tlcforweightloss.co.za

Not in South Africa then go to:   www.tlcforweightloss.eu

Your wellbeing is Our Business.

Jun
06

Try this delicious Winter Soup!

Brrrrrrrrrr its cold ….  so we thought we would share this recipe that was just prepared and tested in the TLC-Test Kitchen this afternoon!

Curried Chicken and Broccoli Soup

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breast (allowance)
  • Broccoli (allowance)
  • Chopped Onion (allowance)
  • Chopped Tomato
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil (allowance)
  • 3 Tablespoons home made Vegetable Stock (allowance)
  • Hot Water
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Curry Powder to taste
  • 1  Slice Toasted TLC-Soy and Linseed Bread

Method:

  • Cut Chicken into small cubes.  Season with Salt and Pepper.  Set aside.
  • Saute Onion in a small pot using a teaspoon of Olive Oil.  When Onion has softened add the chopped Tomato, Broccoli and Chicken.
  • Add the Stock and enough Water to cover all the ingredients.
  • Add Salt and Pepper and Curry Powder to taste.
  • Bring to the boil and then turn the heat down completely and simmer for half an hour or until Chicken is cooked (add more water if necessary).
  • Check seasoning and serve with Toasted TLC-Soy and Linseed Loaf

Enjoy and keep warm!!!

For more recipes please log in to the TLC-Well-Log Recipe section in your TLC-Well-log Membership:  http://tlcforwellbeing.com/well-log_login.php

Not a TLC-Client?  If you would like more information view our website:  www.tlcforweightloss.co.za or www.tlcforwellbeing.com

Note:  This is a Phase 1 and 2 TLC-Recipe.


May
31

Chickpea stew with aubergines and tomatoes

Why not add this delicious side dish to the protein (chicken or fish or tofu) you have cooked for today.  These fresh ingredients will keep the winter chill away.

Ingredients

  • Chickpeas (allowance)
  • Aubergine, cubed (allowance)
  • Tomato, cubed (allowance)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh Rosemary
  • Pinch of Cumin Powder
  • Pinch of Garlic Powder
  • 1teaspoon Olive Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Water

Method

  • Put chickpeas, aubergine and tomato into a small ovenproof dish.
  • Add Olive Oil and spices and rosemary
  • Pour over water
  • Cover with foil
  • Bake in a moderate oven for 45 minutes or until aubergine is cooked.

Serve with your protein choice (allowance), hot or cold.

This recipe is suitable during Phase 1 and 2 of your TLC-Program.

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


May
20

Improve your Wellbeing… Just a few changes will do it!

Most people think it is a daunting task to improve your wellbeing.  Just a few small changes over time will make you healthier, feel younger and improve your life!

Here are some SMALL things you could do to make a BIG difference:

  • Exercise: Just change one habit at a time.  Adding an extra few hundred steps to your day will make a difference.  Buy a pedometer and aim to get to 10 000 steps a day.  Park further from your destination, take the stairs, walk around the office, join a dance class etc.  Exercise will increase your energy levels, stabilise your blood sugar, lower your blood pressure and cholesterol and decrease your overall risk of disease.
  • Maintain a health body weight: Simple changes every day will help.  Eat less red meat, increase fibre, reduce your sugar consumption, drink less alcohol.  If you know/or think that your weight is a major factor and is contributing to a decrease in your wellbeing you could try a TLC-Program…they are medical nutritional programs recommended by doctors worldwide!
  • Switch Off: Reduce the amount of time spent watching television.  Turn off your computer at least three hours before you go to bed.  Too much stimulation could result in difficulty relaxing and “switching off”.  To assist try a relaxing bath, meditation or listen to relaxing music.
  • Chew properly: Most of us eat on the run.  Taking time to chew your food properly can aid your digestion.  Studies suggest you should chew each mouthful of food 25 times.  Eating on the run allows us to eat and swallow without breaking our food down and this can encourage constipation and bloating.  So chew your food properly to lessen digestive problems.
  • Exercise your brain: Learn something new everyday.  People who take time to get involved in intellectually challenging hobbies, such a doing jigsaw puzzles, learning musical instruments, or who play board games are less likely to develop Alzheimers disease and early onset dementia.  Besides its fun, so invite your friends around and play cards or a board game!
  • Connect: Connect with family and friends, colleagues and neighbours, at home, work or in your local community. Social relationships are critical to our wellbeing.
  • Give: Practice “random acts of kindness”, thanking someone, smiling, volunteering your time, and getting involved with your local community. Individuals actively engaged in their communities report higher wellbeing.

Remember to take “time-out” for yourself everyday!  You’re worth it!

For more information on reaching a healthy goal weight and improving your wellbeing 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.

May
12

When was the last time you checked… your Thyroid Function?

It is important to know if you have a thyroid disorder as your thyroid gland is responsible for the secretion of hormones to regulate many metabolic processes, including growth and energy expenditure.

Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid disorder and means the thyroid gland is underactive and fails to secrete enough hormones into the bloodstream. This causes the person’s metabolism to slow down. The prevalence rises with age – up to a quarter of women over the age of 65 years may be affected. The most common causes of hypothyroidism include insufficient dietary iodine and the autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s disease.

The symptoms of hypothyroidism can be mild, moderate or severe and can include:

  • Fatigue and low energy levels
  • Depression
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Intolerance to cold temperatures
  • Fatigued and aching muscles
  • Dry, coarse skin
  • Puffy face
  • Hair loss
  • Constipation
  • Problems with concentration
  • Goitre (enlarged thyroid gland)

Hypothyroidism can be checked with a simple physical examination and blood tests with your doctor.

So what should you do:

  • Have regular blood test of thyroid functioning.
  • If on thyroid medication have regular blood tests to check if the current dosage you are using is correct.
  • Ensure sufficient levels of zinc, iron, copper, selenium, tyrosine and other iodine supplementation.
  • Relaxation and stress management is important.
  • Yoga can be beneficial
  • Certain foods should be avoided.

An underactive thyroid can slow down weight loss. Ensure that your thyroid levels are monitored on a regular basis to ensure optimum functioning.

For specific guidance and information on how a TLC-Program can assist contact:

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.

May
02

Are you aware of your Eating Habits?

Although people are slowly starting to realize that in order to be healthy they need to eat healthy, most don’t know how to get started. The best advice is to be aware of what you are eating. Get educated about what your body needs and doesn’t need. Here are some easy steps to get started on your new healthy eating plan (Your unique, personalised TLC-Program):

Food diary

The first step in becoming aware of your eating habits is to record what you are eating and when in a food diary.  A food diary can help you to take steps to change your bad eating habits by helping you to see where and when you’re eating the ‘wrong’ sorts of food or skipping meals. In the end, it will make you more accountable for your food intake.

It can be hard to remember what you’ve eaten at the end of the day so it’s best to record things as you go. Print off our food diary (from your TLC-Well-Log) and keep it handy, then write down everything you eat and drink (we mean everything!) and include the times of your meals.

Once you’ve kept your food diary for a week or so, it will help you to identify any ‘trigger factors’ that may lead to any poor eating habits you have. You may be surprised how often hidden kilojoules sneak into your day, even if you think you have a great diet. If you stick at it, you’ll soon find your food diary can be a powerful tool to help you be in control of your diet.

Timing of meals

Now that you have started your food diary, do you notice any patterns in the timing of your meals?

Do you regularly eat breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?

Food needs to be seen as energy for your body, like coal for a steam train. The timing is very important as too much food in one period of time can cause over eating for the day, and too little means that you will run out of steam!

Reliance on ‘take-away’ meals, preserved foods & unhealthy snacks

So, back to your food diary and mark all the ‘take-away’ meals, preserved foods, and unhealthy snacks, like chips, chocolate and sweets. Why did you eat it when you did? Was it because of convenience?

Preparation plays a vital role in creating healthy eating habits as it gives you a sense of direction as to what to eat for your meals. Generally, when we are not sure as to what to eat for a particular meal or snack and we feel too tired to cook; we turn to some sort of convenience food, namely take-away meals or unhealthy, packaged snacks.

The goal is to prepare yourself for your meals. This means buying fish, chicken, and red meat in bulk, and freezing it in your correct portions in zip lock bags. Taking your prepared lunch and snacks with you to work, and always having the right foods available in your kitchen.

How often do you eat out?

Eating out is fun and relaxing, but you can make it healthier.

Firstly, you need to be aware of the problems associated with eating out while you are following your eating plan. These include:

  • Uncontrollable portion sizes (their plates are also generally bigger)
  • Uncontrollable quality and quantity of ingredients
  • Accompaniments with meal (e.g. bread, wine, side orders, etc), and
  • The temptation to eat dessert.

The key is to plan what to order in advance and stick to it. Decide on your priorities before going to the restaurant and simply do the best you can with some smart choices.  Note:  eating out during Phase 2 of your TLC-Program is not advisable (speak to your TLC-Wellbeing Coach about this).

Variety of foods

Do you constantly end up buying and eating the same foods each week?

Having a variety of foods in your diet is important, not only to keep meal times more interesting, but for you to get an intake of a variety of nutrients. If you are constantly eating the same foods, you may be missing out on some key nutrients that your body requires.

So, get out those cooking books and have a look for some new recipes. Then next time you visit the supermarket, buy your new ingredients and give them a go.

For more assistance go to www.tlcforwellbeing.com or contact your TLC-Weightloss Coach


Apr
28

Resolve Diabetes Type 2 and reduce your risks with TLC!

Type 2 Diabetes is more common in people who do insufficient physical activity and are overweight or obese and it is sometimes described as a ‘lifestyle disease’. It is strongly associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and an ‘apple’ body shape, where excess weight is carried around the waist.

Type 2 Diabetes is by far the most common form of diabetes. While it usually affects mature adults, younger people are also now being diagnosed in greater numbers as rates of overweight and obesity increase. Type 2 Diabetes often has no symptoms and about half of those who have type 2 Diabetes have not yet been diagnosed. Even if symptoms are present, they are often not recognised or are attributed to other reasons such as being busy or ‘getting older’.

In many cases blood glucose levels can be very high by the time symptoms are noticed and medical treatment is sought. Common symptoms include:

  • Being more thirsty than usual
  • Passing more urine
  • Feeling tired and lethargic
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Itching and skin infections
  • Blurred vision
  • Mood swings.

Lifestyle factors that increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes include:

  • Being overweight or obese, especially around the waist.
  • Low levels of physical activity.
  • Unhealthy eating habits, such as regularly choosing high fat, high sugar, high salt or low fibre foods.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High blood cholesterol.
  • Cigarette smoking.

The aim of Diabetes treatment is to maintain blood glucose levels within the normal range. This will help prevent possible long-term problems that can affect the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys and nerves.  Healthy eating, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight with a TLC-Program and doing regular physical activity are also important and sometimes tablets and then insulin may also be needed.

For further information on how to reach and maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risks of developing Diabetes Type 2 contact TLC at www.tlcforwellbeing.com or www.tlcforweightloss.co.za

*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.

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