A yo-yo dieting mindset is something we never intend when we start a diet. When we first sign up to the latest and greatest dieting plan, it really is with all of our best intentions. We also genuinely believe in the results we’ve witnessed others achieve and find ourselves spending a lot of money on supplements (depending on the diet plan).
However, it doesn’t take long before some of our past unhealthy habits start to slowly creep in again when life gets busy. This is normally when we either decide to start again “next Monday” or we completely give up only to start a new diet fad in the following January.
Research has shown us that yo-yo dieting can do us more harm than good. When we fail miserably with one eating plan and jump into the next one, our bodies take on the pressure and strain.
The word diet is often used in conjunction with the idea of our goal weight or our perceived goal weight.
You may be asking, why should I balance my blood sugar? How does this even affect me? Or you might be seriously needing some help in balancing your blood sugar! Either way, we aim to lighten your load, by making it easier for you to incorporate healthy habits into your normal lifestyle.
First of all, Blood Sugar refers to the amount of sugar or glucose in your blood at any given time. If this is not balanced or in a normal state, it can lead to fatigue, or a loss of energy, it can cause issues with your moods and emotions, as well as cause unhealthy cravings and hormone imbalances.
One might say that a balanced blood sugar can really change your life!
The heart of our blog is to bring the right information to your news feed so that you can make wise decisions about food for you and your family. We hope you find our blogs enlightening and interesting! Today we are jumping into what preservatives are, and why they are not good for us.
Preservatives are used to ‘preserve’ food items so that they remain fresh, or as fresh–looking as possible. They help to increase the shelf-life of products and they make sure that there is no loss of taste or flavour in the product over an extended period of time.
There are two types of preservatives, they are either natural, or chemical and artificial.
Natural preservatives are natural ingredients that have not been chemically altered and are not mixed with any synthetic items either.
Artificial Or Chemical Preservatives are artificially produced or synthetic in nature. Often these are also called ‘additives’ on our everyday food...
There are so many diets and eating programs that you could follow. There is so much information out there that you could read and apply to your life, and before you know it, you end up more confused than before you even started. We thought we would simplify this.
Here are some incredibly simple tips to getting healthy and sustaining a healthy lifestyle in yours and your family’s lives.
Is it to be thin?
Or having enough energy to get through our busy days?
Maybe it is to have no illness in your body?
Define what you see health as, and write it down. Spend time recognising why you are taking a step into a journey towards good health.
Once you have a good understanding of why you are doing something it cuts out a whole lot of other “noise”, which in turn helps you to not get yourself distracted by other fad diets or other people’s experiences.
The real foods we are talking about are the...
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 “a 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.
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.
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||...|
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...|
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.
Then there are Bad fats (Trans fats) which you don’t want to be eating,...
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.