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Giving up sugar for Lent

I saw this Chinese Proverb this week which I love….

“The teacher opens the doors, but your must enter by yourself”

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Can’t argue with that!

Much as sometimes my clients would love me to do their burpees and press ups, that wouldn’t actually get them the results they desire 🙂

Anyway, hope you enjoyed pancake day – maybe they were topped with nutella or golden syrup, and maybe now you have given up sugar for Lent.

Ofcourse I think giving up sugar is a great move towards better health, teeth and weight loss but I have a different challenge for you over the next 6 weeks.

Instead of giving something up why not add something good in every day.

Here are a few ideas to start you off:

1. An extra glass of water every day

2. Say hello (or at least smile) to someone in the street

3. Add in an extra portion of green vegetables to your dinner

4. Let a car out at a junction if you are driving

5. Phone a friend you’ve not spoken to for a while

6. Try a new healthy food you have never had before

7. Skin brush before you shower

8. Make your lunch to take to work instead of buying the same old thing

9. Meditate for 10 minutes

10. Go for a walk during your lunch hour to get some fresh air

The possibilities are endless!

Which is really exciting – are you in?

Zita “glass half full” Alves

ps If you want the Zest Bootcamp “teachers” to open the door so you can go through it (and get the energy, fitness, health and weight loss results your desire) then I recommend joining our next trial week which starts soon – Click here to grab your place ready for 2nd March

Stop eating C.R.A.P

Until yesterday I was going to write about gratitude – which I still will on another blog post but I changed my mind as had to get this off my chest.

It seems the no make-up “selfie” has gone crazy on Facebook over the last few days and whilst I love the intent and the fact it’s raising awareness and money for breast cancer – a cause VERY close to my heart, I have a different approach.

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Yesterday I was in a major chain supermarket filming some educational nutrition information about how to choose the best foods for an online programme I’m running. We chose a large store so the ranges on offer would be as wide as possible and it truly shocked me how much rubbish is on the shelves.

I honestly hadn’t even heard or seen a lot of the brands of food and drinks that were on offer – is that because I don’t watch much TV or read magazines where they are advertised maybe? It could be that I use a fruit and vegetable box scheme for the majority of my foods, as well as farm shops, health food shops and I also prefer smaller supermarkets for other bits that we need.

Ok I know many of you have children and you need to shop for everything in one place to make life easier but really I’d say that 75% of what is there you DO NOT need. The cereal aisle for example, which I call the sugar aisle, is immense and squashed down the bottom on a tiny shelf we finally found some organic porridge oats – which are not only “closer to nature” the way I prefer to eat, but also work out much cheaper bowl for bowl than some of the so called “healthy” mueslis and granolas.

Want to get fat? Then check out some of the ingredients in a yoghurt – double cream, sugar, butter!!! Yes steam started coming out of my ears when I read that – can you believe it!

As you may realise this subject is one that I am super passionate about and I could talk all day about it. We got half way around the supermarket before they came over and told us to stop filming as it wasn’t allowed… kind of expected that to happen 🙁

So whilst breast cancer is not always straight forward I understand, we have got to start thinking more about what we put in our bodies, hence I write and say what I do to help people understand the truth and not what the food manufacturers and media mostly tell us, but in the end it is your choice of course.

Anyway here is a photo of a sugar, wheat and diary free “experiment” that turned out really well….

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I’ve just had one of my cookbooks reprinted so if you struggle with ideas of what healthy meals to prepare that are easy to make and taste great I recommend you have a look as I think you might be surprised. The 90 recipes are sugar and wheat free, and mainly dairy free too. Many of the mums on our online programme have said how they now love some of the fruit smoothies as alternatives for breakfast, as well as the fruit pancakes which everyone loves! For dinner the kids seem to all love the Spanish meatball recipe so check it out HERE

have a great weekend and if you are in Bath don’t forget you can sign up for a trial week at our outdoor bootcamp classes to see how we can help you feel healthier and happier.

Zita

ps Recipe for these chocolate treats coming next time as this post is long enough already.  You can sign up above for my 7 day detox and then you will the first to know about my future blog posts to make sure you don’t miss out:)

Tom Hanks has it

Here’s 2 things you may not know…

1. Thursday was World Diabetes Day

2. American actor Tom Hanks was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

{as a side note his latest movie “Captain Phillips” is great and I highly recommend you watch it}

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It’s a sad fact of modern life that we are seeing more lifestyle diseases than ever before
and even in children and young people. Type 2 or “adult onset” diabetes is often the result of a
sedentary life and poor control of blood sugar through a processed and refined diet.

Diabetes is serious in that it can cause nerve problems, eyesight problems, circulation issues,
heart disease, stroke, foot problems.

The good news is that Type 2 can be managed through exercise and a clean, unprocessed diet
that does not contain refined sugars – pretty much the diet we recommend at bootcamp. We are
what we eat so make sure that you and your family are doing everything they can to prevent
longer term health problems.

For me Zest bootcamp is more than just exercise and weight loss –
it’s about short and long term health which surely is everyone’s goal?

So when we say it’s ok to eat nuts, avocado and other fats but not sugar it’s because it will
improve your health. Avoiding fat by having ‘diet’ foods and drinks means you are likely to
be having more (and often hidden) sugar and sweeteners than you need.

Did you know that since the world was told to…

Eat a low fat diet obesity has rocketed along with disease – go figure!

Food manufacturers are not in the business of improving your health and wellbeing,

no matter what they say -I promise.

Anyway on that cheery note have a great weekend and

remember if you are going to indulge a bit at least go for a walk first!

Zita

ps If you are in Bath don’t forget our 9am Saturday morning classes are open to everyone who

wants a once a week fitness boost to start off a healthy weekend