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Why Diets Don't Work

As we all know, the number one New Year’s resolution around the world is “I am going to lose weight.” 

Before you choose the trending fad diet and spend a fortune on all the products you need for this coming new year, we thought we would write about why diets don’t work and give you a few tried and tested ideas of what will work.  

The word diet means “the customary food and drink of a culture, a person, or an animal.”

However, for many of us, the word diet does not mean that. It means temporary and highly restrictive program of eating in order to lose weight.” 

It’s this idea of temporary restrictive eating that we will be tackling today. 

Research shows that 95% of people who lose weight by dieting will regain it within 1-5 years, and there are a few reasons for this. 

  1. Many of us think that diets are a temporary plan, however, when we...
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Building Blocks of Nutrition: Fibre

Dietary fibre includes the parts of plant foods your body can’t digest or absorb. Unlike other food components, such as fats, proteins or carbohydrates — which your body breaks down and absorbs — fibre is not digested by your body. Instead, it passes relatively intact through your stomach, small intestine, colon and out of your body. Taking with it toxins, waste, fat, excess hormones and cholesterol particles out of the gut.

Some functions of Fibre:

  • Needed for efficient digestion
  • Helps maintain bowel health
  • Keeps your heart healthy
  • Regulates the amount of glucose in your blood – stabilises blood sugar
  • Keeps energy levels up
  • Helps concentration
  • Keeps skin healthy

Types of fibre

  • Soluble fibre

    • This type of fibre dissolves in water to form a gel-like substance which makes you feel full longer.
      • is one reason why fibre may help with weight control.
    • It slows digestion and the emptying of the stomach.
      • which can regulate the rate at which sugars are...
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Simple Wholesome Salads

Did you know that you can create your own, awesome salad which is a completely whole and perfect meal? Our YOUnique Life salad table includes all the nutrients and food groups that your body most needs in order to feel great and it will leave you feeling healthy and satisfied!

You’ll need to choose one ingredient from each group in the carefully selected Perfect Salad table below and throw them together to create your perfect salad. 

The Base The Colour (choose as many as you like) The Protein The Fat The Carb The Dressing
100g Mixed Salad Leaves Carrots 150g Chicken ¼ Avocado 60g Quinoa 15 ml Extra virgin olive oil
100g Spinach Cucumber 150g Grilled Fish 1 Tbsp. Tahini 100g Sweet Potato 15ml Flaxseed oil 
100g Rocket Tomato 150g Lean Meat 1 Tbsp. Hummus 100g Cooked Beetroot 20ml Balsamic vinegar
100g Lettuce Celery 2 eggs 30g Nuts and seeds 100g Cooked Pumpkin Miso paste
100g Kale Red onion 100g Quinoa Wholesome Food Dukka ...
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Smoothie

You can’t buy happiness, but you can create smoothies and that’s kind of the same thing!

At YOUnique Life, we believe that your body has been created perfectly. We believe that you just need to look after your body well, and to do that, you need to make sure you put the right nutrients in. The best way to do that is to make delicious meals that you will enjoy, and your body will thank you for. This is why we have put together some amazing recipes just for you!

Smoothies are an amazingly easy way to get the right nutrients into your precious bod. Try this recipe, it will change the way you do smoothies! 

To make the perfect, tasty, rich in nutrients smoothie, all you need to do is choose one item from each group below, chuck it in your blender and enjoy! 

The Protein The Fat The Fibre The Superfood The Liquid The Flavour
30g Pea/Rice Protein ¼ Avocado 2 Tbsp. Rolled Oats Handful of Kale or Spinach 250ml Water 1 tsp Cinnamon
30g Whey Protein Powder...
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Building Blocks of Nutrition: Fats

The truth about Fats, that could change your life 

Fat seems to be the Buzz word these days, is it Good or Bad?  What fats to eat, what fats to stay away from. Knowledge is power. Understanding Saturated, Unsaturated and Trans fats allows you to make better food choices and stay healthy. The truth is there are good fats and there are bad fats. We need good fats as they are necessary for good health and wellbeing. Let’s look at the truth about fats.

Good Fats

  • Make hormones
  • Protect your organs and reduce inflammation.
  • Make us feel full, as they take longer to digest.
  • Suppresses the appetite and signals us to stop eating.
  • Supply fatty acids that are essential for numerous chemical processes.
  • Help the formation and function of membranes.
  • Transport molecules into and out of cells.
  • Are essential for brain function
  • Fats transport and absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, A

Then there are Bad fats (Trans fats) which you don’t want to be eating,...

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Building Blocks of Nutrition: Carbohydrates

A hot topic ….. are they bad, are they good. I have come full circle on this one. I cut out ALL carbs, to overdoing the carbs, to finding a healthy balance. I spent hours on this topic, wading through the articles and research papers about carbohydrates trying to understand them better. What did I find? Every person’s body is different and will require different carbohydrate intake. It turns out that high or low carb intake is less important than the type of carbohydrate you eat.

The Function of Carbohydrates

  • Carbohydrates provide the body with glucose, which is converted into energy and used to support bodily functions and physical activity.
  • Carbohydrates provide fuel for the central nervous system and energy to working muscles.
  • They prevent protein from being used as an energy source and enable fat metabolism.
  • Carbohydrates are important for brain function.

Carbohydrates are split into two categories 

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Building Blocks of Nutrition: Proteins

Proteins are a fundamental building block of many of the cells in our body. Muscles, hair, skin and connective tissue are mainly made up of proteins. Many important things like enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, and even DNA are partially made of protein. I think you are getting the gist, proteins are very, very important for us.

Some functions of proteins:

  • Vital in maintenance, development and repair of body tissue.
  • Hair, skin, eyes, muscles and organs are all made from protein.
  • Protein is a major source of energy.
  • Protein is involved in the creation of some hormones.
  • Enzymes are proteins that increase the rate of chemical reactions in the body.
  • Protein is a major element in transportation of certain molecules.
    • Haemoglobin is a protein that transports oxygen throughout the body.
    • Protein is also sometimes used to store certain molecules.
  • Protein forms antibodies that help prevent infection, illness and disease.

What are Proteins made of?

Proteins are made up of smaller units...

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Building Blocks of Nutrition: Micronutrients

According to the Webster dictionary, a micronutrient is a chemical element or substance that is essential in minute amounts to the growth and health of a living organism.

Micronutrients (like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) are different from macronutrients (like carbohydrates, protein and fat) because they are only necessary in very tiny amounts. Even with these tiny amounts, sometimes less than 1/1000thof a gram, micronutrients are vital to the proper functioning of all of our body’s systems.

Some functions of micronutrients: 

  • synthesizing DNA
  • facilitating growth
  • producing digestive enzymes
  • helping keep a strong metabolism
  • breaking down carbs, fats and proteins into usable energy
  • aiding in bone mineralization
  • helping with hormone production
  • allowing cells to rejuvenate
  • slowing oxidation damage or signs of aging caused by free radicals
  • allowing muscles to move and helping with tissue repair
  • protecting the brain
  • Every system within the body depends on combinations...
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Hearty Wholesome Porridge

Start the day feeling fantastic with the Hearty Wholesome Porridge!

Sometimes all you need in the morning is a comforting, hearty and wholesome porridge. You can also trust this one to fill all the nutrient needs your body may be craving.

Our porridge is a treat, it is full of nutrients, and it is incredibly simple and easy to palette! 

The Method

  1. Choose one ingredient from each food group in the table below.
  2. Soak your choice of Grain overnight in any milk of your choice or in some water. 
  3. Bring your Grain to a boil in your chosen liquid in the morning and let the porridge simmer for 10 min.
  4. Add your favourite fruit and flavour from the list below.
  5. Sit back, relax and enjoy!!
The Grain The Fruit The Liquid The Flavour
30g Rolled Oats Handful of Nuts 250ml Almond milk 1 tsp Cinnamon
60g Hulled buckwheat ½ Grated apple 250ml Water 3 Drops Stevia liquid
30g Quinoa ½ Sliced banana   1-2 tsp Maple syrup
  ½ Grated...
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The Overnight Pudding

The overnight pudding might just be the healthiest and most delicious pudding on earth! It is also incredibly fun and easy to put together. Use this little treat if you have friends or family over for dinner, they won’t even realise that their pudding is this good for them!

You and your family will love this little creation.

All you need to do is choose one ingredient from each group in the table we have put below.

The Base:

Soak your Base in 120ml water/milk of choice overnight.

The Topping:

Add your Topping, Superfood, and Flavour when you are ready to eat your tasty dessert treat and enjoy with friends and family.

The Base The Topping The Superfood The Flavour
30g Rolled Oats Handful Of Nuts 1 tsp Acai 1 tsp Cinnamon
60g Hulled Buckwheat ½ Grated Apple 1 Tbsp Raw Cacao 3 Drops Stevia Liquid
4 Tbsp Chia Seeds ½ Banana Sliced 2-3 Tbsp Goji Berries 1-2 tsp Maple Syrup
4 Tbsp Ground Flax Seed ½ Grated Pear 1tsp Maca Powder ½ tsp...
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