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and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man."
~James H. West

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100 % Health With 10 % Effort

100 % Health With 10 % Effort

Imagine! You wake up in the morning without your alarm clock, as the sun comes up, feeling perfectly rested. You jump out of bed straight away and actually look forward to your routinely morning exercise, which you perform with a bounce in your step. You are excited about the day ahead, you’re organized, effective, you get results, you excel. When you get home in the evening you don’t need a glass of wine or a stiffer drink to unwind, you are easily able to relax. You settle in for a nice evening, in good cheer with good food, which you have the energy and inclination to prepare. You are at peace with the world and in control of your life, nothing feels like a burden or too much effort. After an enjoyable evening you get into bed, your mind is at ease and you fall straight to sleep.

Wow! Imagine the possibilities of feeling this GREAT!

Only a select few of you have ever felt this good, really enjoy your life and get a buzz each day with the level of excellence and desire you hold. Many of you don’t believe it’s even possible to live life like this, to feel energised and be productive and in good cheer all day!

What if I told you I had the magic recipe?

Eat lots of fruit and vegetables, eat whole grain foods, avoid saturated fats and eat more plant oils, eat less red meat and more chicken and fish, drink enough water, drink less alcohol and avoid stimulants, breath properly, maintain a positive attitude, be true to your self and exercise. Voila, healthy happy you!

(Now like any good recipe, it looks pretty simple, don’t be fooled by the simplicity, remember the magic is in the technique, not the ingredients!)

The magic:

The biggest reason for failing in health is usually procrastination, and the primary reason for procrastination is usually overwhelm. We don’t know where to start. So here’s a thought and a guaranteed method for success.

It’s called the 10 % Principle. The 10 % Principle is a philosophy or way of life. Simply it involves doing 10 % more of the things you know are good for you and move you towards your health and life goals and 10% less of the things that you know don’t serve you. Every day. If you just do 10% more today than you did yesterday, that’s an improvement. Keep that up and you have changed your life, in a habit forming sustainable way.

“What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Who would have believed scoring 1/10 could save your life?

Let’s look at some examples of where you could get started:

If you are relying on coffee to get you through the day, everyday. Then start by reducing coffee in your diet by 10%. Initially this could simply be, having one day without coffee every 10 days. Straight away that’s a 10% improvement, yet it is not incredibly difficult to implement. (You could apply this to alcohol too!)

If you don’t get enough exercise, start by including just 10% more physical activity into your day. Get up to change the channel, walk up the escalator instead of standing still. Choose a parking spot a little further away from the entrance.

If you battle with personal discipline, choose just one thing at the start of the day to achieve, and don’t go to bed until you have achieved it.

If chocolate is your weakness, start by not finishing the bar, make it your principle to only ever eat 90% of the chocolate bar, give a bite to a friend!

The 10 % Principle also works really well in reverse, you can plan to only eat junk or convenience foods 10 % of the time, but the rest of the time you take your own lunch to work or university. Keep “takeout” as an emergency or convenience option or a personal treat, but not a way of life.

If you keep taking small steps everyday, you can not help but move towards your goals, and it’s contagious, success breeds success, so as you start to achieve these small milestones on a day to day or weekly basis, you will feel more empowered to keep going.

”Great results cannot be achieved at once; and we must be satisfied to advance in life as we walk, step by step.” Samuel Smiles

Get started today, what will you do 10 % more or less of today to improve your life and empower yourself?

Here’s to health worth celebrating in 2009!

May
02

Reflections on Keeping a diet diary

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Wow, it was an interesting month for me keeping my diet diary on line. For those of you that did manage to sign up, I hope you got lots of useful ideas and tips from following my eating habits.

The experience really put me back in the client’s seat again and it was an incredibly rewarding and insightful experience for me.
I was reminded first hand of how time consuming it can be, and how disciplined you have to be to record it daily, otherwise you just can’t remember what you ate, even the day before. What was also interesting is how accountable you feel. I really was mindful of everything I was putting to my lips, knowing that I would have to “confess it” later. Generally I have a pretty healthy diet, so I am on autopilot and like most of you have a routine and a few habits of eating that I have developed over time. What was particularly interesting and useful for me in this exercise was to be able to reflect back on some of the not so great habits, or the triggers I have which might lead me to over eat or bring me to eat foods I wouldn’t ordinarily choose.

I realised how much of my time I spend in coffee shops or in meetings, and how if I wasn’t careful how easily it would be to overindulge or get caught in the trap of “eating because its there”. In most instances, I was able to make a healthier choice, and it is these little choices and behaviours that will be health promoting.

AND, when I suffered from an unpleasant symptom I was able to look back over the last few recordings and get a pretty good idea of what had made my nose run, or my ears ring or my stomach bloated, or make me feel suddenly exhausted or suddenly giddy.

I was reminded of how advantageous planning ahead is, how often I am driving around or out and about and how wonderful it was when I was rushing or not able to have a meal, to eat the fruit or nuts that I had taken with me to snack on and keep my energy levels up.

Everything in moderation, including moderation!

And importantly I realised that I very much live by an 80% of the time principle: do the “right” thing 80% of the time, choose healthy options most of the time, as and when you can, and then let your hair down or give in some of the time!

Which reminds me of another great quote:
“Nothing is more detrimental to your health, than an overcare of it!”

We have lots of fun at our healthy cooking parties!
(And some great ideas on how to get those 2 and 5 in tastefully!)

Here is a short clip of us making a delicious and very sexy salad:  Rocket, Fig and Goats Cheese

Come along to our next one!

http://www.ivegotlife.com.au/healthy-cooking-parties

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Food after allergies!  Finally a Party Catering for People with Food sensitivities!

Cooking Party!

Get inspired with great allergen free recipes and stop feeling like you are missing out on all the good stuff! 

Lisa Vance, International Nutritionist with certificate in cordon Bleu

Cookery brings you “Food without the Pain and Discomfort!”

(Lisa will show you how to prepare delicious Gluten, dairy and egg free cooking).

Wheat, Dairy and Egg are amongst the top 10 most common allergens that plague people’s lives, you may be sensitive to these foods without even realising it. 

 How would you know?

o       Can’t lose weight

o       Sinusitis

o       Ringing in the ears

o       Indigestion

o       IBS

o       Bloating

o       Diarrhoea

o       Acne

o       ADD/ADHD

 Come along and enjoy an evening of fun, food, and inspiration:

Touch, taste and experience the pleasure of delicious and nutritious food!

Places limited so confirm your place today, by hitting reply!

Fri, 24 April, at 6.30pm, Brendale 

$35 per mouth

Don’t miss out, book your place today.

Click here if you would like to join us: Yes Please!

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Mar
31

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Mar
30

Healthy Cooking Demonstration

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Come and Join the Party!

This month: April

Sexy Salads! (Scantily dressed!)
Wed, 8 April, at 6pm

Salads that look good enough to eat! Exciting tasty salads that not only look and taste great but will leave you feeling vibrant, energetic and guilt free!

Where: Merendi Health and Wellness Brendale, 4/255 Leitchs Road

Cost: $25 per mouth

Food after allergies! Cooking with Allergies made easy!
Fri, 24 April, at 6pm

Do you or does someone in your family have allergies. Get inspired with great allergy free recipes and stop feeling like you are missing out on all the good stuff!

Places limited, please Email Us to book!

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