Why am I not losing Weight? 

There is literally hundreds of reasons why you may not be losing weight.

I am trying to gradually work my way through some of the more common reasons, and explain how they may be affecting your results.

This week I am focussing on Insulin Resistance.

When you think of insulin, you probably automatically think of Diabetes & discard the problem, simply because you are not a sufferer.

However, everybody has insulin, the difference between us is how resistant or sensitive that we are. Let’s just clear up, being insulin sensitive is the better side of this difference.

Let me explain in this video how insulin resistance may be slowing down your weight loss results.

As you can see if you have been eating too many sugary snacks, or maybe overeating, then this may be part of the problem.

In this case, a healthy and well balanced diet that is calorie controlled may be beneficial to help improve your insulin sensitivity.

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I have been applying Mindset changes to both myself and my clients for some time now and seen a dramatic improvement in their results. Not only in health, fitness and weight loss, but lifestyle and behaviours that genuinely impact their lives.

I have created The Successful Mindset Online course so that people can learn how to apply the techniques, understand why they do what they do and find out how to inspire great changes in their actions and behaviours.

Although this particular course has been created to inspire transformations of the body, it can be adapted to suit just about any area of your life, from business, finances, relationships, careers, hobbies and so much more.

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Can we eat better for less? 

As I get older (rapidly approaching my 40th, only a few more years 😲😬), I am starting to find satisfaction in the strangest of places. 

A few months ago, my partner and I moved from a small (very small) house with no garden, to a lovely cottage with a modest garden, which is completely decked… yay low maintenance! 

As I am something of a sun-worshipper, sitting in my new garden was proving to make me very happy, and within a few weeks I noticed that both of my olive trees were starting to thrive in their new home. Even though neither have produced any fruit yet, they are still young, it is looking likely that they may soon. 

It got me thinking… what could I grow in pots in my garden? 

I’ve already got mint growing like it’s out of fashion, so I thought Basil would be a great start… (plus basil reminds me of Greece and as I love Greek food it’s a winner). The basil has took off and grown like crazy, stinking out the garden with a beautiful scent … and cooking with home grown herbs, well you can’t get fresher. 

Then my father in law visited and gave me two tomato plants, both of which have flourished, and are looking likely to harvest some lovely juicy toms for my salads later in the summer!! 🤤 I love tomatoes!!! 

But I started to think more about this, and whether or not you could eat better for less by simply growing a few of your own herbs, fruits & veggies? 

I’m not naturally green fingered, I have to “google” everything, so as you can imagine, my search history looks pretty random at the moment, but I have some really fun experiments going on at the moment, even my partner has got in on the action. 

During a recent trip to Greece, my partner put some olive and orange pips in his pocket… not to keep but there was no where to leave them & we didn’t want to infest our room with ants, but anyway, in the midst of packing to come home, he forgot they were there (😬😲) and I found them as I was sorting through the washing. 

So…. I planted them 🤞🏻 and hoped that something might happen. Yesterday whilst tidying the garden, I had a quick look and noticed two minuscule shoots coming up from both the olive pips…. have I just created life??? 😲

Now it doesn’t stop there… because I currently have a handful of date pits to pot & a few acorns that have mysteriously appeared from someone, oh and not to forget three of the citrus family… lemon, lime & orange 😁 

So, although I am totally aware that this is a long term game, and fruits will not start to grow for a while, it’s kinda exciting… who knew I would get so much pleasure from growing my own fruits??? 

In the garden at the moment I have: 

  • Chillies
  • Olives
  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Tomatoes
  • Blueberries

Ready to pot & grow I have:

  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Dates
  • Acorns 

So, for those of you interested in growing your own, I am going to share the progress of this little life giving adventures via my blog, and hopefully, just maybe, these plants will give us fruits and we will be able to eat better for less! For now, that question remains unanswered in my life but I’d love to hear how you’re doing?

Do you grow your own in the garden? How have you got on and what have you grown? 

Let me know in the comments 😁 
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Are Your Goals Even Yours? 

Since spending time with some of the UKs very best Transformation Coaches in London, I have come to understand a lot more about the psychology of behaviour change.

Psychology has always been something that I have found particularly interesting, and I have continued to study the topic in many different ways. NeuroPlasticity being one of them!

And this was when I came up with the concept that people’s “goals” may not even be based on who they are and what they want.

Stay with me here, it’s going to take some explaining!

I recently read a book by the late Alan Watts, which discussed how “genuine” or “natural” we are. In his lectures he suggested that the moment that we are born and for just a short time after, we are at our most genuine.

This could be the only moment in our lifetime that we are free from opinion, influence or perception.

From that moment on, every person and everything that we encounter, bears an influence on us that, over time, forms the person that you are today.

From what foods you like and eat, what to shows you watch or sports teams you support.

But these influences are not necessarily a true reflection of who we are, we just slot in where we fit.

Over the past few months I have been coaching some amazing ladies through their transformations and at the first coaching call I asked them all the same question “Who Are You?”

The answers didn’t really have any passion, conviction or believable feeling attached. In fact, most initially answered with their name… that’s not what I wanted to know, otherwise I would have asked “what is your name?”

So we went through a series of exercises to establish some good old fashioned truths,  and we dug deeper into their thoughts, wishes and inspirations.

Once we had completed all of these exercises, I went back and asked them the same question, “Who Are You?”, and the answers were totally different. I then went on to ask them what they wanted to achieve in their transformations and their goals had totally changed from what they had said originally as well.

This wasn’t a one off experience, it’s happened numerous times with clients all over the UK and in other countries as well.

What I now believe is that their original goal was not in fact their own, but a combination of what they thought they should be, mixed up with what they thought others wanted, or expected them to be.

And this would explain why so many people fail to achieve their final desired goal, because it simply doesn’t hold any importance to them!

So, I challenge you to to think about this, and think about whether your goals are your own, or a manifestation of all of the influences that you have experienced throughout your life time!

What do you truly want most in life???

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CAN I HELP YOU ACHIEVE MORE?

The world is Technology mad, and everything is available Online these days, and that includes my awesome Mindset Course.
You can joint The Successful Mindset Online Course TODAY and start applying the techniques to totally transform your life and lifestyle.

Here’s a bit more information:

What could you apply the Successful Mindset to?

I have been applying Mindset changes to both myself and my clients for some time now and seen a dramatic improvement in their results. Not only in health, fitness and weight loss, but lifestyle and behaviours that genuinely impact their lives.

I have created The Successful Mindset Online course so that people can learn how to apply the techniques, understand why they do what they do and find out how to inspire great changes in their actions and behaviours.

Although this particular course has been created to inspire transformations of the body, it can be adapted to suit just about any area of your life, from business, finances, relationships, careers, hobbies and so much more.

Find out more about the course and enrol today. You will have immediate access to the content, which includes written lessons, videos, audio downloads and activities to help you each and every step of the way.

What could you improve?

Click Below to Find out more

https://lm-fitness.thinkific.com/courses/The-Successful-Mindset

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Comment below or email me (lesey@lmfitness.info) if you have a question, want some help or if you would like to find out more about my online lifestyle coaching services. 

 

 

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Health Benefits of Lemon Water

NUTRITION logo copyWhy lemons?

Lemons are fully loaded with nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fibre. (they actually contain more potassium than apples or grapes!)

Because of how hard lemon juice can be on the enamel of your teeth, it’s important to dilute it with water of any temperature. Drink it first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help you fully receive the benefits of lemon water, which are:

1. Gives your immune system a boost.

Vitamin C is like our immune system’s jump leads, and lemon juice is full of it. The level of vitamin C in your system is one of the first things to plummet when you’re under stress, which is why experts recommended popping extra vitamin C during especially stressful days.

2. Excellent source of potassium.

As already mentioned, lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as brain and nerve function. Never a bad thing 🙂

3. Aids digestion.

Lemon juice encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, but it also helps to relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping, and bloating.

4. Cleanses your system.

It helps flush out the toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function, stimulating your liver.

5. Freshens your breath.

It also helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis (seriously???). Because the citric acid can erode tooth enamel, either hold off on brushing your teeth after drinking lemon water or brush your teeth before drinking it.

6. Keeps your skin blemish-free. Hallelujah!!

The antioxidants in lemon juice help to not only decrease blemishes, but wrinkles too! It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their appearance, and because it’s detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance. (Seriously wish I’d known this before spending hundreds on cosmetics and beauty treatments!)

7. Helps you lose weight.

Lemons contain pectin fiber, which assists in fighting hunger cravings.

8. Reduces inflammation.

If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body, which is where diseases can occur. It removes uric acid in your joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation. So if you suffer gout…. get on the lemons!

9. Gives you an energy boost.

Lemon juice provides your body with energy when it enters your digestive tract, and it also helps reduce anxiety and depression. (Even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on your nervous system!) Did you know that????

10. Helps to cut out caffeine.

Replacing your morning coffee with a cup of hot lemon water really works wonders on your caffeine intake!

11. Helps fight viral infections.

Warm lemon water is the most effective way to diminish viral infections and their subsequent sore throats. Plus, with the lemon juice also boosting your immune system, you’ll simultaneously fight off the infection completely. Win/Win!

If you need some inspiration for recipe ideas, then why not download my free 21 recipe cookbook, Fit & Fresh. With quick & easy recipes for drinks, snacks, breakfast, lunch & dinner options it is a great starting place for your healthy & clean lifestyle.

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Are you Nuts about Nuts??

Let’s try & clear up some of the confusion over nuts! There are so many variations out there that picking the best ones for our own personal nutritional needs may feel like a minefield of its own, let alone the rest of the diet.

So let’s have a looksy and see which ones give us what!

All nuts have different nutritional make ups, and will give us various healthy benefits. Some are rich in calcium, some offer a boost to our protein levels, and we’ll see how much fat each type has.

Oooooozing with protein, fibre and essential fats, nuts are never really a bad buy. A sensible 30gram portion of unsalted nuts can give a nutritious and filling snack, and will give you a healthy kick of vitamins & minerals.

So which one is your match made in heaven?

 

ALMONDS

Here is one for those of you who may avoid milk and other calcium rich dairy products. Almonds are a good choice for those who may not be getting enough calcium, keeping your bones strong is very important through all stages of life. So don’t scrimp on your calcium intake. Almonds also have a high content of Vitamin E, which helps to improve the appearance of skin. AND, yes there is more…. not only do these little blighters strength bones, and make your skin beautiful, but when eaten as whole nuts they contain something called flavonoids, which in short, is basically a heart protecting compound. So they look after your heart as well! Almonds, we love you!!! You little Superstars!

BRAZIL NUTS

It is typically of the British public to only buy Brazil nuts as part of their Christmas Nut collection that will sit in a bowl as decoration throughout the festivities, only to be binned shortly afterwards…untouched! WHY????

Brazil nuts are a fantastic source of a mineral called Selenium,which is what our fragile bodies need to produce the active thyroid hormone. So for those with a low thyroid function… these babies are for you! PLUS, selenium also helps support your immunity, (and I know you have all been poorly recently with colds and flu, because you gave it to me). It also helps to heal wounds! All you need is maybe 3 or 4 Brazil nuts a day to achieve the amount of Selenium that you require!

CASHEW NUTS

Now these have to be my personal favourite!!! But what are they doing for me?

They are a great source of minerals, including Iron & Zinc, which is good for vegetarians as well as carnivores. They also offer a good level of protein! What is more, they are rich in Magnesium, which can help delay the onset of age-related memory loss. Chuck a handful in a stirfry… Yum!!!!


CHESTNUTS

Rich in Starchy carbs and fibre, Chesnuts are one of the lowest fat & calorie containing nuts available. When raw they are also super high in Vitamin C.  Although they are somewhat lower in protein that some other nuts, they do have the added benefit of B Vitamins, including B6.

For those of you who are Gluten intolerant, the humble Chestnut when ground into flour can be used a gluten free flour in bakes. Or you could roast them 🙂 It’s not just a Christmas thing once again!

HAZELNUTS

Now here is a mouthful for you…. of you are concerned about high levels of homocysteine, which is an amino-acid related to some coronary heart diseases, as well as Parkinsons Disease, this little nut may just be your new best friend, being high in folate. Folate plays an important role in keeping homocysteine within the normal levels.

MACADAMIA NUT

Often used to flavour and texture both sweat & savoury dishes, Macadamia nuts are one of the highest fat containing nuts. However they do supply a healthy level of mono-unsaturated fats, so it’s not all bad. A good source of fibre, and also offer minerals including magnesium, calcium and potassium.  But don’t buy too many… they can go pretty rancid if left.

PECANS

Pecans are rich in Oleic acid, which is the same healthy fat found in olives and avocados, which makes them a good choice for those with a higher cholesterol level. These heart friendly little monkeys are packed with plant sterols, which can be effective at lowering the cholesterol. Pecans are also rich in anti-oxidants which help prevent the forming of plaque that causes hardening in the arteries. A great source of Vitamin B3 they are perfect if you are feeling fatigued, as this little gem aids us in unlocking the energy in our foods.

PISTACHIO’s

Pistachios are another nut that contain potassium and fibre. But they have some hidden secrets too… These little shelled green nuts have a number of anti-oxidants, two of which are lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which play an important role in protecting our eyes. But I am not die there, They are rich in Vitamin B6 which helps to keep our hormones balanced, greta for ladies who have problem periods to deal with.

WALNUTS

A good source of mono-unsaturated fats, makes walnuts another heart-friendly nut, and studies have shown that they help to lower LDL, the bad form of cholesterol. They are also rich in Omega-3, so if you do not eat fish they are a fab replacement. One more sucker punch for these wrinkle little nuts…. They have a fantastic array of anti-oxidants which has made them somewhat interesting at fighting against some cancers.

So to sum up, there really isn’t a bad nut out there. It is only human process that has made them bad. So avoid salted and dry roasted and go for plain, unadulterated healthy NUTS!!!!!