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Tessa Rickard

Tried everything & still exhausted?

By | Client Results, Health, Thyroid Health

So often I hear the words, ‘No matter what I try, I’m always exhausted’.

Fatigue associated with Hashimoto’s disease is unrelenting, all-encompassing and usually comes with a hefty dose of brain fog and mental confusion, sometimes dizziness and frequently, low moods. It doesn’t tend to improve with sleep or any of the usual strategies. It’s common for Hashimoto’s sufferers to wake unrefreshed even after 8-10 hours of sleep.

Low thyroid hormone circulating in your system due to hypothyroidism and/or Hashimoto’s disease causes a deficiency throughout the body meaning that all the systems that contain thyroid hormone receptors will not be able to do their jobs properly. Systems including your brain, central nervous system, heart, liver, stomach and intestines slow and are affected, causing chronic fatigue.

I remember telling my husband that I was convinced someone was slipping a sleeping tablet in my morning coffee back when my Hashimoto’s was poorly managed.

Most of my clients come to me for weight loss – and they do lose weight which they are pleased as punch about (obviously!) – but it’s saying goodbye to afternoon naps and constantly feeling lacklustre that eclipse the delight over weight loss.

Without vitality & energy it can feel like you are trapped in a black and white world while everyone else lives in technicolour.

Fingers crossed, I’m yet to have a client not experience a huge increase in energy. Most of my clients initially report energy levels at 2-6/10 and walk away with energy levels between 7-10/10.

In fact, just this morning my 10am client Alison told me she is feeling amazing and rated her energy at 10/10. That’s up from 6/10 at her first appointment only 4 weeks ago. After many years of Hashimoto’s associated fatigue, joint pain and digestive woes she has also lost 8kg in the last four weeks.

“It’s just so easy!” She gushed about following her personalised food plan. And you can see why she feels that way with results like that!

So what is it that gets these amazing results so fast?

A combination of lowered inflammation, regulated blood sugar, nourishing food and personalised nutrition. That is, eating fresh whole foods that are right for you and your health conditions, at the right time, in the right portion sizes and balanced in a way that provides your body with all the nutrients it needs to keep your energy stabilised throughout the day. Drinking enough water to stay well hydrated also plays a part.

It’s all pretty simple really but as I was explaining to Alison this morning, in the West our inner compass is so broken when it comes to food. Factory made flavours and foods that make no sense in nature, diet culture, in addition to a lack of cultural food tradition has done a lot of damage to our relationship with food. The majority of us – Hashi’s or not – are walking around in a daze, with no idea of how good you can really feel.

If you feel like you’ve tried everything then I have a solution for you that is based on common sense principles and really works. Just ask my clients!

If you have loved ones who are trapped in the misery of Hashimoto’s or Hypothyroidism please forward them this blog.

How this Hashi’s Thriver turned her symptoms around with personalised nutrition…

By | Client Results, Health, Metabolic Balance, Thyroid Health

Initially Kara was not sure she wanted to work with me or do Metabolic Balance. She was extremely doubtful it was going to work.

I knew I would be able to help her but after our chat I didn’t hear from her for a few weeks.

After 8 years as a vegetarian and 2 as a vegan following the advice of the Medical Medium, Kara was nervous to try animal proteins again, fearing it would make her antibodies soar.

But she was also frustrated with her extremely low energy levels and the stubborn tummy weight so in the end she decided to give it a go.

This is what Kara had to say about how she felt initially…


“I was hesitant coming from a vegan lifestyle for 2+ years and vegetarian lifestyle for 8+ years. Changing my diet was extremely unnerving 
to me as I had seen improvements in my health however I still had lingering concerns which didn’t change no matter what I tried.”
Kara

As a working mum to a two year old, Kara’s sleep and energy were of major concern to her.

She reported her energy at a low 5/10. She was particularly exhausted by 3pm (the blood sugar hour as I like to call it) but felt tired throughout the day.

Her brain fog was severe enough it affected her ability to function.

Kara was familiar with the benefits of a whole food diet and ate plenty of healthy and wholesome foods in her vegan diet but they were not right for her or her healing journey.

She claimed she was ‘always hungry’.

I knew that personlised nutrition was going to be a game changer for her.

Kara had a very pale pallor to her complexion and not surprisingly her pathology revealed she was very low in iron. Hormonally, Kara reported mild PMS with heavy bleeding day 1 with some cramping discomfort.

Kara had trouble conceiving in the past due to Hashimoto’s and she wanted to prepare her body for a successful pregnancy in the future.

Kara wanted to manage her thyroid function better and with fewer or no supplements (she had 9 different supplements she took on & off).

She was also hoping to get her autoimmunity into remission eventually.


“I was also heavily supplementing which was also something I wanted to reduce as much as possible and find something that would heal my body through food only. It took me almost 3 months before I was ready to commit and start the program. Mostly changing my mind set around “healthy eating”.
Kara 

Kara is a very petite woman, weight gain had not been a major issue for her and was not her main motivation for working with me.

She stated that it would be a bonus if she could release her stubborn abdominal weight gain on her belly which she estimated to be around 4kg of extra weight based on her history.

Her starting weight was 58kg and her goal was 54kg. Kara experienced a few food intolerances and digestive issues and was already on a strictly gluten free diet.

Kara had her initial health consult at the end of March and started her program with me at the beginning of April 2022. We had her last consultation in mid-July 2022 so we worked together for a total of 3 ½ months.

We stopped all her supplements as she wanted to see what just food could do for her health. I recommended some selenium drops and Kara agreed to take the drops only throughout the program.

In 7 days

  • 2.5kg released. This was very much a fluid & inflammation picture that was sitting on her belly due to the unsuitable dietary patterns Kara had before starting her program
  • Energy had already jumped up to 8/10
  • Sleep had improved

14 days

  • 4kg released, down to goal weight with abdominal weight gain released
  • Energy stable at 8/10
  • Enjoying food options

28 days

  • First period since starting MB is lighter & more comfortable
  • Libido has also significantly increased
  • Sleep has improved to 7/10

2 months

  • Energy 8/10
  • Sleep 8/10
  • Brain fog is gone
  • Maintaining new weight
  • Very confident with food choices
  • Period is lighter with a shorter bleed, no pain

3 ½ months

  • Sleep 8/10
  • Energy 9/10
  • Upon retesting TPO antibodies have decreased from 470 to 424
  • Ferritin and iron have increased
  • Kara’s complexion has improved drastically, she looks healthier, more pink in her complexion with eyes more alert & clear.
  • Has advised she is definitely ovulating and is feeling more optimistic about her fertility. To be continued I guess!
  • The weight has stayed off her abdomen effortlessly despite having been in maintenance phase for about six weeks.
  • Kara’s thyroid function has normalised since she first started her plan, all her blood levels are now in the optimal range and her TSH has decreased from 3.3 (subclinical hypothyroidism) to 1.7 (optimal) and her symptoms have resolved.

Kara is now super confident with which foods are right for her, her portion sizes and how to balance a meal to keep her blood sugar regulated, keep inflammation at bay and energy high.

She still enjoys food while on holidays and at special occasions. She is effortlessly maintaining her energy levels, hormonal health and healthy weight.


“Within the first week there was no question in my mind that I had made the right choice to start this. I instantly felt energized and inflammation had reduced greatly already! In the end my results have been amazing and I’m so happy with where I’m at with my health, in terms of how I’m feeling but also with my Hashimoto’s & Thyroid blood work. This is now just a lifestyle that works best for me, my blood type and blood results for my condition (which is basically gone now). So so happy. Thank you very much! Forever grateful!” Kara

The Thrive Method for women with Hashimoto’s & Hypothyroidism will be available very soon.

Reply to this email with YES (‘heck yeah’ is also acceptable) if you want me to put you on my in-the-know wait list for The Thrive Method.

Late night snacking, a help or hindrance?

By | Digestion, Health, Nutritional

Got a cuppa? Let’s discuss the controversial topic of late night snacking.

I see a lot of messaging on social media saying you should be eating supper before bed, it’s good for you they say!

Can I give you my two cents?

Have you noticed that a lot of what I share with you is really just simple tips to keep your blood sugar regulated?

I believe that our ancestors knew this knowledge inherently due to generations of food traditions and habits but somehow we’ve lost our way when it comes to these common sense customs.

The Industrial Age brought many changes, some beneficial, others not so much. Like the humble light bulb which means we can stay up past sunset to party, work, relax and… eat!

So let’s say you have a big night out and find yourself enjoying a kebab at midnight. What’s the big deal?

Well, studies show that your body responds very differently to a kebab at midnight than to a kebab at midday.

It turns out that food eaten at night has a much higher glucose response to the exact same meals consumed during daylight hours.

We are biologically wired to be awake & active with the sun and sleeping or restful with the moon and that includes eating.

One study linked the high diabetes levels of shift workers to the fact that they were required to eat at night during their shifts and the high glucose response to those meals. They replicated those meals during the day and low and behold, their glucose response was slower, lower and didn’t last as long.

And guess what? The same was true for their lipid metabolism, explaining why an increased risk of cardiovascular disease is also associated with late night meals.

And just to recap, high glucose equals high insulin (your fat storage hormone).

So whenever your blood sugar is too high and poorly regulated, as is the case when you eat late at night, you are in fat storage mode.

So the habit of eating late will hinder your ability to maintain a healthy weight.

So when should you finish eating for the day?

Officially I say 8pm, mostly because it’s a sensible time for most Australians and families.

But you don’t have to put an exact time on it, these are guides not rules, there is no prison warden coming to lock up the fridge & turn off the lights at 8pm exactly.

I can just imagine someone bent over their meal, eyes darting to the clock on the dining room wall as they panic trying to finish their meal before 8pm. That is definitely not necessary! In your day to day life, just try to plan dinner at around 7:00-7:30 at the latest.

We have kids so we tend to eat at about 6pm. I won’t eat again until around 7am the next day.

Don’t you get hungry? I hear you ask.

Well actually no, I don’t even think about food to be honest unless maybe it’s a Friday night and our family makes a special treat or have a hot chocolate in front of a movie.

Dinner is always balanced with plenty of protein, vegetables, healthy fats & complex carbs so I am satisfied.

Do I make dinner bookings at 6pm? Gosh no, I don’t worry about finishing a meal by 8pm when I am out.

What time do you eat dinner?

Let’s get down and dirty with self sabotage

By | Health, Mindset
Let’s get down and dirty with self sabotage

Self sabotage can do a doozy on us when it comes to food & health goals, and thyroid recovery requires a lot of self commitment.

So how can you tackle self sabotage?

I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t experienced that little voice convincing them to abandon their commitment to their health.

You might find yourself eating the birthday cake at the office party when you’ve committed to not eating gluten for autoimmunity.

Or eating a whole bag of corn chips when all you really needed was a handful.

Maybe you are a chronic Monday-morning-er, forever putting off your own health needs for another day.

Why do we do it to ourselves?


Fear of the Unfamiliar

Each one of us have 3 basic needs (once food, water and shelter are taken care of!). They are:

  • Love
  • Safety
  • Belonging.

When our subconscious mind realises that we are making changes, it freaks out and worries that one of these needs will be compromised.

Self-sabotaging behaviours stem from the concern that if you change, one of these needs will no longer be met. It’s the fear of the unfamiliar, which is a very human fear.

Food FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)
We fear that we’ll never be able to eat the food that tickle our tastebuds ever again.

I think we all know that this simply isn’t true and in many ways this becomes a scapegoat mask with one of the other two base fears above hiding behind it.

When you apply a balanced approach, you can and will enjoy celebratory foods at special occasions without sabotaging your results.

I’ve said it hundreds of times but I’ll say it again, you do not have to be a food nun to get extraordinary results.

This thinking really stems from a deprivation & dieting approach where food is bland and you have to stick to it forever or you reverse your results (thanks weight watchers!).

You also learn to luxuriate in the flavours that nature provides.

One of my incredible clients was telling me recently how the sweet & sour pork that was always her favourite take away is no longer appealing, her palate has changed.

Another client said this about my Metabolic Balance coaching…

“Everything feels balanced so that when you want to have a treat with your kids or with your friends, you can! I’ve been describing it as the easiest, simplest way that I’ve ever lost weight or improved my health since I was probably 25.”
– Rachael

Fear of Success
No, that’s not a typo!

Fear of success is another very real (arguably the most common) reason we sabotage our efforts.

What will you have to face or do differently if you finally succeed? Will your relationships change? Will you have to do that thing you’ve been forever afraid of?

When we up level one area of our life & wellbeing we can feel pressure and fear the consequences in other areas too.

For some, poor health has become a subconscious victim badge they are reluctant to part with.

For others, their weight gain is an unconscious protective mechanism against romantic or sexual attention.

So, what can you do about it?

  1. Awareness. Bring a gentle awareness & curiosity when these thoughts pop up.
  2. Analyse, what is really going on? With a dose of self awareness you can unmask those fears. Bring them out of the darkness into the light and pull them apart, turn them over, analyse every nook & cranny. Are they really true?
  3. Rewrite the story. Once you have teased apart the fears and removed their power you can craft an affirmation to combat them next time they rear their ugly heads.
    Self sabotaging thought: ‘If I regain my energy then I’ll have no excuse to not start that business I’ve been talking about for years & make it a wild success. If that happens I’ll be exhausted and too busy to spend time with my family. I’ll finally be able to afford that dream car and then my friends will think I’m a snob and won’t like me anymore.’
    Your affirmation might be: ‘I am committed to eating in a way that reignites my energy so I can be present for my family, fulfil my dreams and have no regrets’.

If you want to get down and dirty with your self-sabotage then the two books I recommend are The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks & The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. Hendricks refers to it as the ‘upper limit problem’ and Pressfield as ‘resistance’, but essentially what they are referring to is self sabotage, holding ourselves back from growth.

Self-sabotage is such an issue with my clients that I have a whole step dedicated to it in Food Freedom.

Did you know that all my 1:1 clients get Food Freedom as a gift to help them create powerful habit change and long term success? It’s important to me that all my clients are equipped so they can finally get the incredible results they desire.

You can book a free health chat here if you want to talk more.

The link between Hydration & Weight Loss

By | Client Results, Digestion, Gut Health, Health, Nutritional

 

I bet you didn’t know this!

Water, it’s the elixir of life right?

But why do so many of us struggle to drink the amount we know we should?

What if I told you that hydration is an essential element to healthy weight loss and maintenance?

I’ve got your attention now! But first let me explain something.

When I start working with a client they undergo a huge transformation very rapidly and release excess weight quite quickly. I’ve had a few conversations with clients that go something like this:

Client: ’10kg in 12 weeks that won’t be possible for me!’
Me: ‘Try keep an open mind, give or take this is usually the results I witness when a client commits to themselves & their plan.’
Client: ‘No, it will take me closer to a year to shift that kind of weight!’
Me: ‘Ok, we’ll see how you go.’
(12 weeks later) Client: ‘I cannot believe it, you were right!’

This is a quote from an interview I did with one of my clients Rachael last year:

It’s been the best thing that I have ever done. I can’t believe in 12 weeks, you told me what would happen, and then it actually happened! It surprised me! I didn’t believe you!

I’ll get to the point…

When you are transforming your health and releasing weight those stored lipid cells in your body have been home to a number of different hormonal metabolites and other toxins. They will vary depending on what you have been exposed to over the time that weight has been stored on your body. It’s another way your body protects you, by storing toxins away in lipid cells where they can’t harm you. When you regulate your blood sugar and lower inflammation with nutrient rich whole foods your body starts to use up that stored energy. Guess what happens to those toxins? They get released back into circulation and your liver has to deal with them again.
Here’s the important bit, if you aren’t helping your liver out by remaining super hydrated it won’t be able to flush out a lot of those toxins through your kidneys. And even worse, dehydration will lead to constipation so they won’t be getting out of your system via a nice, healthy bowel motion daily either.
Here’s the kicker, when your body is dealing with a lot of toxins not only can you feel awful (headaches, join pain, pimples, low mood etc) but the stress can cause your body to go into survival mode. When your body is in survival mode it wants to hold on to those energy stores on the body which will make your healthy weight maintenance goal much more difficult to meet.

But dehydration has other draw backs too:

  • It causes the liver to release glucose into the blood stream, thereby increasing insulin your weight storage hormone.
  • It will make your lymphatic system sluggish, another toxin draining pathway.
  • It can cause you to overeat due to mixed thirst/hunger signals.
  • It causes low energy & poor cognition which impairs your ability to make healthy choices that will support your health goals.
  • I’ve already mentioned this but it’s so important, dehydration causes constipation which will leave you sluggish, inflamed and make weight loss much more difficult.

Have I convinced you yet?

You are probably asking yourself how much you should be drinking? Calculate your optimal daily intake by multiplying your weight in kg X 35ml of water. For example 80kg x 35ml = 2800ml or 2.8litres. More than you expected?

The good news is that herbal tea counts, the bad news is that alcohol consumption increases your need.

One of the easiest ways of tracking whether you are hydrated is simply to look at the colour of your urine, it should be quite clear with only a hint of yellow. So if your urine is yellow (unless you’ve taken a B vitamin) keep drinking until it’s closer to clear.

I’ve also attached a handy guide if you know you need to work on this aspect of your health. It’s also a colouring in sheet because who doesn’t love a colouring in (so satisfying!). Calculate your water and divide it by 8, I recommend tracking your water intake for a few days once a month until you know you’ve nailed this healthy habit.

Tessa

Is weight loss possible with Hashimoto’s disease?

By | Thyroid Health
Is weight loss possible with Hashimoto’s disease?

Every cell in the body requires adequate thyroid hormone and just about every organ needs enough thyroid hormones to function. The thyroid really is the Queen bee (or butterfly lol) of the body, orchestrating everything to keep you healthy and in homeostasis.

The truth is that it isn’t the Hashimoto’s directly that is causing weight gain, it’s the low thyroid function caused by the sustained attack on the thyroid tissue.

Due to this tissue destruction, eventually your thyroid will not be able to produce enough hormones and your metabolism will slow.

Enter stubborn weight gain.

When I was in the midst of a Hashimoto’s flare it felt like I only had to glance down the chocolate aisle to gain weight.

So is it possible to release that stubborn weight?

Heck yes! Absolutely! My clients & I are living proof. You do need to master a couple of key concepts though.

 

1. Regulate your blood sugar levels

In order to release weight with Hashimoto’s (and feel a million times better) you need to get yourself off the insulin roller coaster pronto. This daily rollercoaster ride causes weight gain and taxes the adrenals by causing a lot of stress in the body; which in turn negatively affects thyroid function causing it to drop and slow the metabolism. Yep, it’s a nasty cycle.

But it causes some other less than desirable effects for Hahsimoto’s healing too.

Dysregulated blood sugar levels also causes dysfunction in the tight junction function of the intestines causing intestinal permeability (leaky gut). Intestinal permeability can be a cause and driving factor of autoimmunity. Trying to heal from autoimmunity with compromised gut health and intestinal permeability is like trying to shoot a goal with your hand tied behind your back.

BTW this step is also essential for regaining the energy that was sucked into the bottomless pit of Hashimoto’s disease.

I have a free guide on this very topic available here.

 

2. Lower inflammation

Reduce or eliminate the consumption of inflammatory foods like gluten, vegetable oils, additives, excessive added sugars and processed foods. I’ll write a more detailed blog on why gluten is inflammatory for Hashimoto’s sufferers soon but due to molecular mimicry it is essential you cut gluten from your daily eating completely.

 

3. Reduce stress on the body

We ask a lot of our bodies, reducing physical stress will aid in releasing that extra weight. When your body is in survival mode it ain’t letting go of any of that stored energy (AKA fat cells) just in case it needs it to keep you alive. It’s a protective mechanism.

  • Sleep more!
  • Commit to self care by not doing too much, relax on the to do lists & learn to say no when you know you don’t have the energy.
  • Bring some joy & fun to your life. Watch a comedy, dance in the kitchen, take up a hobby, book regular catch ups with friends.
  • Eat three balanced meals per day to provide regular nutrition for your thyroid to function well and get that metabolism firing.
  • Breathe; breathwork/meditation/yoga, whatever it takes to slow you down and signal to your body that it’s safe.

 

Yes there are other stressors which are more difficult to pin down like GI infections, heavy metals, trauma etc but we’ll cover that another day. These basics need to be mastered first!

Now, these all tie in together because each one contributes to the other.

So choosing to work on one will actually help with the others.

I want you to commit and show up for yourself – comment below and let me know which point you are going to work on first.

Trust me, once you get some positive momentum happening then the flow on effect makes it a lot easier. Just pick a place to start, and know that change happens with every little choice you make across the day.

Need some targeted help and/or accountability? The Thrive Method addresses all three of these crucial steps to weight loss with Hashimoto’s disease.

Book a Discovery Call today to find out if it’s suitable for you.

 

Tessa

The four stages of transformation

By | Health, Metabolic Balance, Nutritional, Whole food

The four stages of transformation

When we set health goals, we often focus on a measurement aspect.

I want to lose 10 kilos.

I need to lose 8cm off my belly.

I want to fit into size 12 clothing.

But we often forget about the other positive changes that really should become a focus!

Things like a positive mindset towards food, craving control, energy levels, confidence, and improved moods.

Of creating habits that act as an ally to great health.

But as you know, we don’t just jump from where we are currently at to where we want to be.

It’s a process.

And there are four distinct stages: Tension, Transition, Tantrums and Transformation.

Tension – you know something is wrong but you aren’t sure how to fix it.

Transition – you are ready to start taking action and invest resources into resolving the problem you are facing. This is usually when someone first books in with me, they know they need help and they are seeking expert guidance.

Tantrums – This is the self sabotage phase when you either push through or give up. This is complicated and I cover it extensively in my Food Freedom program.

Transformation – You have your result and maintaining it is effortless as you’ve mastered new habits with no desire to go back to how you used to feel.

A couple of weeks ago I had the final consult of the Metabolic Balance 12 week package with one of my clients.

Yes she had reached her goal of losing 10.5kg and was managing a chronic health condition really well but she was more excited to tell me about her new mindset toward food.

How easy she was finding it to navigate eating out and making everyday choices that was making her health transformation easily maintainable.

She now craves good, fresh whole foods and has learnt to listen to her body.

Food has become her ally and it was a joyful part of her life rather than a source of confusion or guilt.

This is how you know that you have moved through the four stages into Transformation.

I cover these four stages in more detail in my Food Freedom course, which is available now (let’s chat).

My focus is to have you flow through each of the four stages so that at the end, maintenance of the new you is effortless.

One woman’s Metabolic Balance journey (and her amazing results!)

By | Client Results, Metabolic Balance, Thyroid Health
One woman’s Metabolic Balance journey (and her amazing results!)

I often to speak to potential clients who are curious about Metabolic Balance but want to see some real results from women just like them.

So one of my client’s, Sarah, has stepped forward to give you some inspiration and motivation.

Sarah’s story…

In 2019 Sarah had suffered with postpartum Graves disease, a thyroid autoimmune disease after the birth of her third child.

Since then Sarah’s weight had crept up, she was exhausted, sleeping poorly, menstruating heavily and was concerned about her PMS affecting her parenting & family life.

Sarah had daily brain fog and she felt inflamed and lacklustre. Her joints were “crunchy” and sore, particularly her knees.

Sarah’s digestion was causing issues for her with daily bloating and irregular bowel motions every 2-3 days.

Sarah’s goals were to regain her energy, balance her hormones so PMS wasn’t disrupting the household, know which foods suited her body, improve digestion and release 10kg of weight.

Sarah started Metabolic Balance on the 4th August 2021.

Day 8:

  • Starting to notice an increase in energy, 6 or 7/10, no longer needing a 3pm nap which have previously been a daily occurrence.
  • Bloating has decreased, stomach doesn’t feel hard & distended any longer.
  • Clothes are fitting more easily.
  • Struggling to drink the required water content though.
  • Missing the ritual of snacking.
  • Day 2 of period, PMS greatly reduced despite high stress.

Day 15:

  • A lot of stress this week and felt tempted to comfort with food but resisted and stuck to the plan.
  • Knees are feeling less ‘crunchy’.
  • Brain fog decreased and able to concentrate more easily.
  • Released 2kg, 3cm off waist, 7cm off hip, 3cm off thigh.

28 days:

  • Energy 7.5/10.
  • Brain fog is gone.
  • Mood and emotional resilience greatly improved despite being in lockdown again.
  • Menstrual cycle lighter and previous severe PMS now mild.
  • No longer experiencing joint pain in knees or shoulders. No longer feeling ‘crunchy’.
  • Sarah has noticed that she can see collarbone again and is fitting into pants she hasn’t worn in a long time.
  • Released 6kg, 7cm off her waist, 8cm off her hips & 5cm off her thigh.

8 weeks:

  • Packing house to move, high stress.
  • Family member had surgery, high stress and very interrupted sleep with children waking her regularly.
  • MB has “helped me stay level headed and clear”.
  • Released 6.9kg, 10cm off waist, 11cm off hips and 7cm off thigh.

10 weeks:

  • During move had more takeaway for a couple of weeks and felt awful.
  • Energy 8/10 despite the move.
  • Released 7.9kg, 10cm off waist, 11cm off hip, 8cm off thigh.

Two months later:

  • Sarah had moved house so I didn’t see her for a couple of months, she was feeling confident with her daily eating. By the time we caught up next Sarah had reached her goal weight and was maintaining it well.
  • She was still enjoying all the changes to her mood, cognition, menstrual cycle, joint health and digestive function too.
  • Sarah was in tune with her body and very confident with a whole foods diet. She had been experimenting with different foods and discovering which foods served her and which didn’t. She notes that she felt “free from emotional eating” and had learned a lot during the house moving stage when she ate a lot more takeaway and lapsed into old habits, noting “you realise how toxic processed food is”.
  • Bowel motions daily without the need for added fibre supplement and no bloating. Sarah had realised through trial and error that gluten caused digestive symptoms and was having a lower gluten diet, consuming rye instead of wheat. She had also discovered that dairy made her gassy and was contributing to her digestive discomfort. Through experimentation Sarah discovered she could still have A2 milk in her tea without any issues.
  • Sarah was now finding it easy to drink enough water.
  • Through Metabolic Balance Sarah had learnt a lot about her own nutritional needs and it was informing how she fed family too, family dinners were fully integrated with her own heathy eating now.
  • By the completion of her Metabolic Balance program after seven consults Sarah had released 10kg, 11cm off waist, 9cm off hip, 10cm off thigh and reached her goal weight.

I asked Sarah a few questions about her journey with Metabolic Balance, you can read what she wrote here….

Where were you at (health wise) before you started Metabolic Balance?
I was at a bit of a cross roads with my health and knew I needed to change what I was doing. I had recently been diagnosed with Graves disease and after several months of cutting out sugar, dairy and gluten I was in remission. However, 2020 came and I slumped back into old habits and ended up bloated, tired, irritable and 10kgs heavier which made me feel uncomfortable.

What tangible improvements had you had now after completing your program?
– no longer bloated
– less brain fog and more clarity
– more energy and no need for the 3pm nap
– feeling full and satisfied
– no hayfever symptoms
– less inflammation in my body, my knees aren’t as sore, no need to crack my knuckles
– change in taste buds
– weight loss consistent all over my body
– better posture
– less gassy and more predictable bowel movements
– more predictable periods and much less pain and irritability
– awareness of what will fuel and benefit my body
– less headaches
– no coldsores
– much better sleep
– becoming more disciplined
– making better choices and feeling confident in myself.

How would you describe MB to your best friend?
It’s something you need to choose to do for yourself, because at times it can be hard, especially in the beginning. It is something that will help you for the rest of your life and change the way you approach food in general. It has helped me in ways I wasn’t expecting and I’m grateful I had a coach who could walk through this with me and help me. It’s a total investment in your health, and a way to avoid all the drugs and symptom suppression that western medicine is reliant upon. With Metabolic balance, food is the medicine!

Are there any surprising or unexpected benefits you’ve found through the program?
I’ve tried new foods that I wouldn’t have normally chosen and it’s made me consider all the ingredients in processed food.
After having some of my highly desirable foods, I’m more aware of how it negatively affects my body and I will avoid them now.
My children have watched me with keen eyes throughout the process and they’ve noticed a lot of changes and how I talk about food.

What are you able to do now that you couldn’t before MB?
Fit into size 8-10 clothes!
Stop myself from eating too much and then feeling bloated and uncomfortable.
Think about how each meal will affect me in the long term and how to better equip my body for all the changes it will face as a woman!

It’s such a pleasure to play a part in someone’s health journey.

It is my belief that all women deserve to feel amazing like Sarah so they can show up in every area of their lives with vibrancy & joy.

And guess what? It’s possible!

Get in touch if you want to want to chat about whether Metabolic Balance is right for you!

 

A helpful visual

By | Health, Mindset, Whole food

What does a jar have to do with achieving your health goals?

Have you heard of the jar story?

The jar represents our time, our life or even a representation of our day and the sand, pebbles and rocks inside of it can represent our priorities.

Now if we fill it full of sand first, we are going to have a hard time fitting rocks and pebbles (our priorities) inside of it.

So let’s reverse it.

Add in those rocks and pebbles first.

Now these rocks – our priorities – are all the things that are important to us, and can often represent our family, children, partner, religion, or even career.

We then can fit smaller pebbles into the jar, wedging them between the larger rocks. These smaller pebbles are our hobbies, acquaintances, perhaps our job.

Lastly, the sand we pour in acts as the filler of the gaps between our rocks and pebbles. It fits and molds around these bigger priorities, and automatically shifts and adjusts its position if a rock or pebble is moved.

Now the sand is our time spent in between – often this can mean watching TV, cooking, commuting, moving our bodies.

But what I’ve found is that clients who are committed to themselves and who achieve their health goals long term actually view their meals, the cooking of them and the nourishment of their bodies, as a rock rather than the sand that needs to fit around everything else and is often not given much conscious thought.

Food and nourishment is foundational to not only health goals, but to leading a happy and healthy life.

Are you currently looking at your food as a rock or the sand?

Please share this along to someone who may need to reframe their own jar of priorities.

The 5 foundations of radiant health

By | Health, Mindset

*image by Serkan Bayraktar

Well hello!

I’m coming to you from not-so-sunny Byron Bay. After a weekend of anxiety over the invasion of Ukraine I flew to Byron Bay for a work retreat just in time for the worst floods this region has seen in decades. My distress over Ukraine has been eclipsed somewhat by the tragedy unfolding much closer to home. It reminds me of the time my husband, baby son and I were stuck in Christchurch during the earthquake in 2011 knowing that people were trapped so close to us and there was nothing we could do. Heartbreaking.

I was going to write about something completely different in my blog this week but instead I wanted to share about one of my core beliefs when it comes to health.

I believe our heath is built on a foundation of five factors:

  1. Good nourishing food (no surprises there!)
  2. Clean & purified drinking water as nature intended
  3. A safe and clean environment in which to live
  4. Community & belonging
  5. Spiritual health & purpose.

With so many people suffering so close to where I now sit typing in safety and comfort in the heart of boho chic Byron Bay, I’m reminded once again of these five foundational cornerstones and how much each of these are threatened during times of tragedy as we are seeing in Northern NSW and South East Queensland this week.

Naturally, a sense of community and belonging can be strongest at these times when trials draw us closer to one another. A strong sense of belonging can extend a net of protective grace over the physical, emotional and spiritual health of a person just as much as isolation & loneliness can ravage their sense of wellbeing as we saw during lockdowns. In this way, the community factor is arguably the most influential over our health while probably also being the most underestimated.

After two years of division & isolation it is my hope that we can all reconnect with the power of community as we are witnessing in NSW & QLD right now. You might be seeing images of those using their recreational boats to rescue their neighbours & community from roofs and flood waters. In what ways can you lift anchor? What waters can you traverse to reach your family, friends and community to strengthen or reestablish their sense of belonging and safety? Whether you are affected by the flooding or not. Maybe I’m pushing the metaphor too far but we can’t thrive on an island, the wellbeing of your community is yours also.

If I can do anything to support you, let me know.