Nutrition concerns real people: not hypothetical “man”

Nutrition concerns real people: not hypothetical “man”

We need real, whole food. The problem with most health problems and losing weight is not your body but our understanding of how it operates. We have lost the ability to listen to our bodies and for that matter how genetic make-up is part and parcel of who we are and how it would react to food/nutrition. The consequence thereof is that we try to treat everybody the same irrespective of the fact that our genetic make-ups are different.

In the 1940’s Dr Roger Williams did some research on single cell organisms. if the organism divides the two parts should have the same function, size of structures, detoxification and the alike. However, he found that even the two parts that should be identical, had vast differences in the “identical” parts.

The constant message across research that there is no one way of eating that works perfectly for everyone. We all need protein, carbohydrates, fats and other nutritional building blocks however even when eating “real food,” whole food, we may have variations in how people respond to that food. The one fact that is true across the board is that our intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates are causing health problems for everyone.




Is toxicity a problem?

Every year more than 2 billion kilogram toxins are released into the environment. Add to this, the fact that our diets are not ideal. Toxins accumulate over time in body fat due to a sluggish liver not getting rid of excess toxins. Research has revealed that when babies are born there is already more than 200 toxins in the placenta. We are faced with an epidemic of toxicity and do not realise the long-term effect on our health and productivity. Symptoms such as:

  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Constantly Gaining Weight
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Lack of vitality
  • Poor concentration and focus
  • Digestive complaints
  • Cellulite is at the root of toxicity

We are more prone to toxicity because of our over processed diets that lack essential nutrients that kick start detoxification.

To merely go onto a water fast or lemon juice fast is not detoxification. Your body needs all the different nutrients to support different phases of detoxification. Four elimination channels are involved in detoxification i.e. the skin, lungs, colon/gut, liver and kidneys. One or more of these channels may be compromised and therefore it is vital to address all four at the same time when doing a detoxification program.

The reasons behind doing such a program may be different for different people. You either have many health symptoms that is affecting your quality of life, have been exposed to toxins, battle to lose weight, or you just want to be healthy.  Whatever your reason this program will change your life.

Why is detoxification important?

Toxic load was overlooked until recently as a possible cause of increased health problems.

Toxic waste is stored in fat cells and over exposure through diet, water, air pollution, heavy metals can cause an over load of toxins and the body cannot get rid of it in a normal manner. An example is credit card slips which we handle on a daily basis. The shiny part on credit card slips are cadmium – a heavy metal. We are exposed much more than we think. We must remember that we are individuals and detoxification processes do not necessarily work equally in all individuals, especially if the person is overweight or has defects on enzymes that are supposed to assist in detoxification.

So, toxic overload is when your total exposure is greater that your ability to get rid of toxins efficiently.

Therefore, the question is no longer IF we are toxic

The real question is HOW toxic we are?

Metabolic detoxification includes several steps that involve all the channels to assist in healing the body. Healing begins when the body cleanses itself efficiently of various toxins daily.


Various programs ranging from 10-26 days that include targeted phytonutrients, functional medicine along with an appropriate dietary program will support the proper detoxification processes and functions in the body.

Benefits of a metabolic detoxification lifestyle program:

  • Get rid of the toxins in a gentle effective way
  • Balance hormones and cholesterol reduce stress to improve energy and endurance
  • Increase energy and vitality which increase productivity
  • Kick start you weight loss
  • Get rid of niggling symptoms like joint pains
  • Calms inflammation
  • Assist in healing
  • Improve digestive symptoms like indigestion, bloating, gas and elimination
  • Address cellulite

Detoxification is the quickest way to get rid of excess toxins from the body however this is also an ideal time to take stock of what is going on in your mind. Dr Caroline Leaf says that research has revealed that 95 % of all disease is how we think. This program addresses not only the body, but it is an ideal time to detox your mind and get your spirit in balance again for wholeness equilibrium.



Truths and myths about winter weight gain

Truths and myths about winter weight gain

Your summer clothes, swimwear and shorts are packed away. It is winter and soups, hot sugary drinks and stews are on the menu. We forget that as we start wearing more layers of clothes our bodies are not in your face. On average during winter we gain 2.6 -3 kg. To put it into perspective it is three one-kilogram tubs of margarine.  The sad part is that we lose muscle and gain fat and most of us start the winter with excess weight. Winter is not an excuse to become chubby.

Evolution and genes

According to a study at The University of Exeter we want to eat more because our genes favour fat storage to survive the colder months. Historically food was more scares and more food were consumed in autumn to prevent starvation. The fact is that we are not affected by famines anymore and we have enough food available throughout the year. When we eat more, we store that fat – we do not burn it. Instead of  eating those sweet, fatty, unhealthy foods you have the choice and control to make better food choices, control portion sizes and be proactive. We should be able to realise we had enough food, but we don’t because we eat artificial food not real wholesome foods that supply all the necessary nutrients.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Lack of sunlight in winter can have a significant effect on mood and health. We get up and leave for work while still being dark and get home after the sun has set. Some people do develop Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) due to lack of sunlight. Due to the cold weather you may even go out less frequently on weekends and have less activities outside. Try to have lunch outside or even during a tea break. That extra little bit of sun may just do the trick.

The lack of sunlight in the winter can have a profound effect on melatonin that regulate sleep, but it can also play a role in appetite. Melatonin increase, we produce more of the hormone, during autumn and winter according to Dr Perry Barret at Aberdeen University that researches seasonal weight gain and the effect on appetite. In most mammals, this increase in melatonin reduces hunger —  a normal response when food is scarce. However, in some species we get an opposite effect, and this may be the reason why humans are hungrier and gain more weight. This may be a good excuse for some.

Get more info about SAD – Defeating the winter blues.

I get fatter although I do not eat more

Most of vitamin D is synthesised by the skin. This can cause a problem as we cover ourselves with thick clothes and the skin are less exposed to sunlight during the winter months. Dr Dillon, senior lecturer in Nutrition at Lancaster University says that preliminary studies show that people with low vitamin D levels are fatter due to a reduced fat breakdown. Overweight and obese people have lower vitamin D levels. Boost your vitamin D by exposing the fore arms to about 20 minutes of sun per day and by eating more oily fish e.g. sardines, pilchards, mackerel, salmon and trout.

The hormone melatonin that is triggered by darkness makes us sleepier, but it can also increase appetite. Dr Perry Barrett at Aberdeen University researches seasonal weight gain in mammals. Normally melatonin reduces appetite due to scarce food sources however in humans we often get the opposite effect. That may be the reason for the increased hunger and weight gain. A good excuse!


The colder weather makes us more inactive. If we are not outdoors doing activities, we are in front of the TV and we associate eating while sitting on the couch. This is often sugary, fatty refined carbohydrates and even biltong and dried sausage.

Craving starchy high fat foods

During winter months we tend to change the type of food we eat. During summer months we tend to eat more starchy foods while in winter we go for fattier options.

According to Professor Craig Jackson, head of psychology at Birmingham City University, we need fattier foods as a pick me up because we are less happy when it is cold and dark, and we eat twice as much energy dense high kilojoule foods that is sweeter and/or fattier as pick me up. The dilemma we are faced with is that these foods cause sugar highs and lows that leave us with a constant tiredness and craving for more and the extra energy is then store as fat. We put on white fat that does not keep us warm instead of brown fat that babies have and is due to genetic programming increase metabolism and that is in abundance in babies. And metabolically active adults and it help with heat regulation.

Salt and sugar intake is higher.

Comfort foods are higher in sodium which can have an immediate effect on bloating and feeling heavier. We also tend to drink less water in winter and more speciality hot beverages like cappuccinos and lattes and alcohol. This adds to the high empty kilojoule load. Drink plenty of water even if it is hot water with a squeeze of lemon juice or plain herbal teas without milk.

Decrease in raw fresh products

We tend to eat more soups and stew and comfort foods to keep you warm that may have a high fat content rather than fresh fruit and vegetables. The latter will have less kilojoules.

How to avoid weight gain:

  1. Avoid refined white flour products like flour, potatoes, sugar, chocolates, cappuccinos, lattes and sweets.
  2. Add lots of high fibre foods such as seed loafs, fruits, vegetables, whole grains e.g. barley and brown rice, and legumes like lentils and beans. It fills you up and keep hunger at bay, stimulate the appetite-controlling hormone leptin, and keep glucose from flooding your blood stream.
  3. Be cautious of beverages, cereals, all processed foods like salad dressings, flavoured yogurts, desserts, alcohol.
  4. Eat more high-quality protein that will avoid muscle loss and support fat loss. Fish, chicken eggs are great options.
Emosionele en geestelike oorsake van gewig.

Emosionele en geestelike oorsake van gewig.

Prikkel: Jy het die beste voornemens om minder te eet maar as jy jou weer kom kry verdwyn ʼn stuk koek in jou keel af. Of jy probeer jou bes, doen self oefeninge maar die vetjies klou hardnekkig. Hoekom sukkel ons so om gewig te verloor? Deur Ina Nortjé soos verskyn in Lééf Tydskrif

Daar is nie net een rede vir oorgewig nie. Dit word beïnvloed deur genetika, wat en hoeveel ons eet, lewenstyl, oefening  én emosionele gesondheid.

Vroue in hulle veertiger- en vyftigerjare ondergaan baie emosionele veranderinge en sukkel baie om gewig te verloor en in stand te hou. Hierdie ouderdomsgroep word ook daagliks gekonfronteer met hoe hul uiterlik verander en veroorsaak ’n gevoel van broosheid veral in ’n samelewing waar soveel klem geplaas word op die fisiese.

Emosionele gevoelens wat jare lank onder druk was kom nou na die oppervlak. Egskeiding, finansiële uitdagings, aftrede, werksveranderinge en verhuising saam met onaangename menopousale simptome, geheueverlies, stadige metabolisme en veranderinge in seksuele aktiwiteite kan alles bydra tot onsekerhede.

Wat is emosionele stres?

Die meeste kundiges definieer stres as ’n reaksie op enige situasie wat spesiale fisieke psigologiese uitdagings plaas op ’n persoon om sy balans te versteur. Emosionele stres is moeilik om te meet aangesien dit baie subjektief is en beïnvloed word deur persoonlikheid en omdat mense verskillend reageer op dieselfde situasie.

Volgens Hans Selye wat stress die eerste kekeer beskryf het word die simpatiese senuweestelsel geaktiveer deur ’n hele reeks fisiologiese response wat die liggaam as bedreigend ervaar. Hormone word deur die bynierkorteks afgeskei waaronder kortisol en adrenalien om die liggaam voor te berei vir die klasieke veg-of-vlug-  reaksie.

In een studie deur Raikone,Matthews en Dkuller  oor pre-, peri-, en postmenopousale vroue is gevind dat woede en angs die risiko vir metaboliese sindroom verhoog.  Ander studies deur Bjornthop, Rossner & Udden het bevestig dat chronies stress intra-abdominale vet verhoog.

Volgens navorsers kan chroniese emosionele stress te veel suiker in die bloedstroom vrystel wat omgeskakel word na vet om die heupe en maag.

Om die hele situasie te vererger gebruik vroue kos as troos wanneer hulle hartseer, kwaad, bang, seergemaak, bekommerd, alleen, gefrustreerd of depressief voel.

Hoewel daar besliste emosionele redes is vir oorgewig is daar ook fisiologiese redes. ’n Studie  deur Dallman het getoon dat kos hoog in vet en koolhidrate mag selfs stres beveg deur kortisol te verlaag. Koolhidrate stel triptofaan ( ‘n aminosuur), vry in die brein wat serotonien vervaardig. Dit het ’n impak op kalmte, rustigheid en algemene voel van welstand.

Wanneer die fisiologiese oorsaak aangespreek is en gewigsverlies nog steeds ’n probleem is, moet moontlike emosionele oorsake ondersoek word en die sneller(s) geïdentifiseer word.

Verskonings om nie gewig te verloor nie, is gewoonlik die volgende:

Verskoning 1

Ek het nie tyd om kos voor te berei nie – ek is te besig:

Die meeste van ons is baie besige maar dit is nie ’n verskoning om nie gesond te eet nie. Vrugte en neute is net so maklik om in die hardloop te eet as ’n pakkie skyfies en dit sal moontlik minder tyd neem om ’n slaai te maak as om by ʼn kitskoswinkel in ’n ry te staan. Maak kos vooruit en vries byvoorbeeld rys, sop, selfs verskillende slaaie kan vyf dae vooruit gemaak word en in die yskas gebêre word tot dit benodig word.

 Verskoning 2:

 Ek het nie tyd vir oefening nie:

Gebruik ’n joernaal om vir ’n week presies neer te skryf hoe jou tyd spandeer word. Jy mag dalk vind dat jy ’n paar uur saans en naweke voor die televisie deurbring. Voordat jy voor die televisie neerval gaan stap of gaan ry saam met jou kinders op ’n fiets.

Verskoning 3:

Ek het nie toegang tot ’n oefenfasiliteit nie

Daar is dikwels oefenklasse by gemeenskapsentrums, organisasies soos Run /walk for life waar mense in groepe saam stap/draf. Sekere parke is ook veilig om te gaan stap of as jy nog steeds nie uit die huis wil gaan nie kry ’n oefenfiets/DVD en oefen by jou huis.

Verskoning 4

Gesonde kos is duur

Baie mense sê dat hulle nie kan bekostig om gesond te eet nie. Gesonde kos kan net so ekonomies wees as gemorskos. Die interessante deel is dat gesonde kos sal porsies laat krimp omdat meer voedingsware en vesel ’n hoër versadigingswaarde het. Ongesonde kos se porsiegrootte is dikwels uitermatig groot net om versadig te voel. Verruil die sjokolade vir ’n vrug en jy spaar geld. Verminder dus porsiegroottes wat klaar ’n besparing is en vervang vleis met bone en lensies vir vleislose dae. Koop is grootmaat, vries die oorskiet en jy bespaar op tyd, vermorsing  en elektrisiteit. Gesonde kos sal jou langer versadig hou en minder aan ongesonde opsies laat peusel.

Verskoning 5:

Diëte laat my onvergenoegd en ek is heeltyd lus vir soetgoed

Kyk na hoe jou eetplan uitgewerk is en bepaal waarom jy gewig wil verloor. Maak seker jou maaltye sluit ’n bietjie proteïne, koolhidrate en vet in om bloedsuiker te balanseer en eet nou en dan ʼn bietjie lekkernye sonder om skuldig te voel.

Verskoning 6:

 Ek is te moeg om te oefen:

Jy hoef nie te begin om ure te oefen nie. Begin deur 5 minute soggens te strek of net ’n paar keer deur die tuin te stap al is dit op en af. Gebruik trappe pleks van hysers, parkeer verder in die parkade ens. Begin met klein veranderinge en vermeerder geleidelik.

Verskoning 7:

Ek voel ‘ af’ of depressief

Jou werkslading word net al hoe groter, jy het konflik by die werk en “jy het die trein/ bus verpas … maar die skyfies sal beslis nie daarvoor opmaak en al jou probleme soos mis voor die son laat verdwyn nie. Om te swig vor die versoekings sal net jou skuldgevoelens laat vermeerder, jou soos ʼn mislukking laat voel en jou laat met ’n opgeblase maag en moegheid.

As jy weet dat jy ’n emosionele eter is, moet jy hulp kry oor moontlike onderliggende oorsake.

Veskoning 8:

Ek hou baie van gemorskos, suiker en koeldrank

Indien ’n gesonde eetprogram gevolg word, kan dae in gewerk word wanneer bietjie meer ongesonde kos geëet kan word sonder om die eetprogram omver te gooi. Eet gesonde maaltye maar as jy na die tyd lus is vir iets soet eet iets soos twee blokkies 70% sjokolade.

Verskoning 9:

Om met ’n gewigsverliesprogram te begin is oorweldigend:

Begin deur op een maaltyd te fokus en verander net eers die een maaltyd. Bou dan stadig daarop voort. Probeer om een  ongesonde kossoort met ’n gesonde alternatief te vervang ten minste elke paar dae.

Verskoning 10:

Ek hou nie van oefening nie:

Vra jouself af hoe oorgewig jou gesondheid, selfbeeld en energievlak bevoordeel?

Indien daar geen voordeel is nie hoekom saboteer jy jouself? Probeer verskillende soorte oefening totdat jy iets kry waarvan jy hou.

Verskoning 11:

Ek is so uit proporsie:

Kry die ondersteuning van ’n vriendin en pak saam die uitdaging aan.

Verskoning 12:

Ek is nie waardig om gewig te verloor nie – negatief

Jy voel minderwaardig om liefde en respek van mense te ervaar. Vervang negatiewe woorde met meer positiewe stellings soos “ek kan nie gewig verloor nie” met “ek is besig om gewig te verloo”r. In God se oë is jy volgens Sy beeld geskape en altyd waardig.

Verskoning 15:

Ek kan nie verloor nie – ek het al alles probeer

Gewig wat jare geneem het om op te tel kan nie in ’n kwessie van paar dae of weke verloor word nie. Dit gaan tyd neem om groot veranderinge te sien.

Verskoning 17:

Gesonde kos smaak sleg:

Al ooit gehoor van kruie en speserye. Kos hoef regtig nie net af gewater en opgekook te wees nie. Onthou ook dat jou smaak is versteur met al die kosse wat jy vir baie jare geëet het. Jou smaak gaan ontwikkel om regtig kos te proe.

Verskoning 18:

Ek het nie deursettingsvermoë nie

Dis dalk ’n area in jou lewe waar jy moet groei. Niks in die lewe kom sonder ’n mate van dissipline nie. Die verskoning kan dalk deel wees van rebellie en jy gaan moet uitvind waar dit vandaan kom.

Verskoning 22

Ek voel goed en is nooit siek nie

Simptome beteken nie jy is nie siek nie. Ons staar ’n epidemie  in die gesig waar mense vertikaal siek is b.v. oorgewig, cholesterol, diabetes, hoë bloeddruk ens. Deur te wag gaan ʼn siektetoestand ontwikkel en jy gaan nie daarvan uitvind totdat jy in die finale stadium van die siekte is nie. Moenie wag tot jy siek voel nie.

Verskoning 24

Dis familietradisie

Hierdie is moontlik een van die belangrikste verskonings wat mense gebruik. Hulle is nie bereid om af te sien van gewoontes en tradisies nie. Maak nie saak hoe ongesond dit is nie. As jou ouers aan seker siekte ly is die moontlikheid 80% dat jy dit ook sal ontwikkel tensy jy jou lewenstyl en eetgewoontes verander. Gene kan aan- en afgeskakel word met oefening en eetgewoontes.

Onbewustelike redes om vet te wees

Fisieke en emosionele mishandeling

Slagoffers van aggressie, konflik , fisieke en emosionele aanranding kan gewig optel. Gewig laat die slagoffer veiliger voel as die situasie nie beheer kan word nie.

Dis interessant dat wanneer die slagoffer oorgewig raak die aanrander dikwels wegbeweeg van die slagoffer af. Dit kan in enige situasie gebeur – persoonlik of in ’n werksopset.

Mishandeling kan jare gelede gebeur het maar indien dit nie hanteer is nie, kan dit nog steeds ’n invloed op ʼn mens se gewig hê.

Toets liefde

Indien liefde nie onvoorwaardelik is nie maar eerder gegrond is op wat ’n ander persoon uit die verhouding kan kry, kan die oorgewig persoon haar maat/vriend/ familie se liefde toets of daar wel onvoorwaardelik liefde betrokke is. Oorgewig kan as ontsnappingsroete gebruik word as die druk emosioneel te veel raak.

Nuwe ma’s wat voel dat hulle net ’n bietjie spasie/tyd vir hulself wil hê om te herlaai, kan dikwels in dié strik val. Vet is ’n buffer tussen jou en die lewe.


Enige erge trauma kan die gevoel skep dat die wêreld onveilig is en emosionele oorgewig aanwakker.

Geestelike honger

Geestelike honger is die behoefte om met God kontak te maak. Ons probeer die leemte vul met kos. Wanneer ons ontkoppel voel, is kos ’n manier om met die buitewêreld kontak te maak. As jy eet, bring jy iets wat buite jou lyf is na binne op ’n baie intieme vlak. Kos begin om ’n surrogaat te word vir werklike konneksie met God.

Die vetbergingsmeganisme kan ook aangeskakel word wanneer die lewe nie betekenis en ’n doel het nie. Daar is ’n statistiese korrelasie tussen ’n doelgerigte lewe en gesonde gewig. ʼn Betekenisvolle lewe is letterlik kos vir die siel.

Al die bogenoemde redes moet aangespreek word om sukses te behaal saam met moontlike fiesiese redes.Ons is immers geïntegreerde wesens gemaak na die beeld van God. Hy wil hê ons moet optimaal funksioneer as gees, siel en liggaam.




Flu Fighters

Flu Fighters

It is never too late to start eating fruit and vegetables.  Even if you don’t like them, they are probably your best – and cheapest – first line defence in keeping healthy. Fruit and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients - chemicals whose health benefits have increasingly become the focus of scientific studies. Consuming five-ten portions of fruit and vegetables a day is recommended as the minimum requirement.

So, with winter in full swing, eating specific foods can assist in keep colds and flu at bay by boosting your immune system, which is necessary in the body’s fight against infection and disease. If you are already feeling a bit under the weather, these immune-boosting foods may just help you get on your feet quicker.

  1. Foods rich in Vitamin C: guavas, oranges, lemons, kiwi fruit, cabbage, broccoli, green peppers, grapefruits and strawberries. Vitamin C is an effective infection fighter against colds and flu. It works by increasing white blood cells whose job it is to fight infection.
  2. Foods rich in beta-carotene: yellow foods such as carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, butternut, and peaches. Beta-carotene is responsible for the yellow and red colour in food and is a powerful antioxidant that aids the immune system. It also slows aging and is beneficial to the heart and circulation. Beta-carotene can be found in other food sources such as spinach, broccoli and palm oil.
  3. Foods rich in omega-3: oily fish such as tuna, mackerel, pilchards, sardines, flaxseed and nuts, assist in fighting allergies. Omega 3 also helps to strengthen cell membranes thereby protecting against infections. The benefits of omega 3 for heart and joint health are well known.
  4. Zinc-rich foods: fish, oysters, meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, milk, nuts and seeds, yoghurt, grains and cereals. The mineral strengthens the immune system and helps to speed up the recovery of colds and flu.
  5. Foods rich in Vitamin E: seeds, avocado, vegetable oils and grains.  Vitamin E helps with the production of immune cells that fights infections.
  6. Honey acts as a natural antibiotic. It contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes and propolis, which boosts the immune system and is believed to be effective against inflammations. Honey reduces a cough by soothing an irritated throat. It also kills bacteria that cause infections and contains antioxidants.
  7. Garlic has antiviral and antibacterial benefits due to the sulfur-compound allicin. Take it as a preventative measure by regularly consuming garlic in your food.  As a cure for the flu, some recommend it as a tea, and it is apparently also soothing for a sore throat and cough.
  8. Ginger contains zingerone, which is active against germs and helps with decongestion, reduces fever and coughing, congestion and colds.



Hot Lemon

  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • Grated fresh ginger
  • 1 cup boiling water

Squeeze the juice from a fresh lemon into a cup of boiled water, add honey and grated ginger. Leave to steep and strain before sipping while warm.

Scour your favourite recipe books for a hearty vegetable soup.


Can’t shift the winter weight? Low on energy?

Can’t shift the winter weight? Low on energy?

Is toxicity a problem?

Every year more than 2 billion kg toxins are released into the environment and our diets are not ideal. Toxins accumulate over time in body fat which cause symptoms like:

  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Constantly Gaining Weight
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Lack of vitality
  • Poor concentration and focus
  • Digestive complaints
  • Cellulite

We are more prone to toxicity because of a lack of essential nutrients that kick start detoxification

Restore Vitality, weight and metabolism with a detox program.

What’s in it for you?

  • Get rid of toxins, chemicals, sugar
  • A sizzling December body
  • Kick start weight loss
  • Address cellulite
  • More energy and vitality
  • Cleanse colon, liver, kidneys, skin
  • Add vital nutrients


  • Discover how toxic you are
  • Step by step support
  • Individual and group classes
  • Recipes and meal plans
  • Delicious healthy meals
  • Re- evaluation of toxicity
  • The way forward


  • Will gain an understanding how to prevent toxicity
  • Plan the way forward
  • Kick start your weight loss journey

Book now for your 26 day or 21 day detox and kick start weight loss program and save 30%

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  1. Decide if you would like to do the 26 day or the 21 day detox and slimming programme.
  2. Decide on an option - 26 days or 21 days.

OPTION 1. 26 Day Intense Detox and Weight loss Programme - Limited space

Congratulations on taking the step to detox!

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It is an easy to follow program that will get you on tract for the December holidays to be have a sizzling body!

In only 4 weeks you can make a huge impact on how your body responds to food and toxins.

  • Reset your metabolism
  • Burn fat
  • Get rid of toxins
  • Look great

Just the best products that have been proofed scientifically effective will be used as part of the programme.

How do you join?

  • Choose option 1 or 2 under the 26 day detox and slimming.
  • Book an individual 30 minute assessment not later 25 September (a minimum of 1 week before the first group session).
  • The first group session commences on 2 October for three consecutive weeks after which an individual assessment will be done again.
  • To secure your seat full payment is required with your booking as well as the preferred time for the group session.
  • Group session is primarily to share information, save money and learn from each other’s.
If you do not want to attend a group session, the info can be shared during an individual session but a full consultation fee for 45 minutes will be charged
  • We have limited space please – first come first serve basis.
  • Full payment is required with the booking that is non- refundable.

What to expect?

Individual assessment

30 min

Group week 1

Talk/DVD 45 min

Group week 2

Talk/DVD 45 min

Group week 3

Talk/DVD 45 min

Individual assessment

30 min

Middle September -25 September

9am – 5pm

2 October

8am or 5:30 pm

9 October

8am or 5:30 pm

16 October

8am or 5:30 pm

27-31 October

9 am- 5 pm

Medical, diet, toxicity  assessment

  • Weighing, measuring, Body stat
  • Goal Setting


  • Receive supplements
  • Prepare to detox
  • Most toxic foods
  • Movement massage
  • Cleaning products
  • Detox organs- Eliminate, Support Nourish
  • How to Eat Clean
  • Recipes
  • Shopping list
  • Food lists and quantities
Food Triggers:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Sweeteners
  • Gluten and Milk
  • Emotional Triggers
  • Skin detox
  • Social network support
  • Living non – toxic
  •  Promote healthy lifestyle
  • Re- introductions
  • Toxicity  assessment
  • Weighing, measuring, Body stat
  • General meal plan
  • Goal Setting
  • Does not include an individualized menu

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OPTION 2. 21 day Detox and weight loss

 This is individual sessions only and will run during the month of September until end of October.

  • Bookings can be made Monday to Friday 8 am – 5 pm.
  • Full payment is required with your booking.
  • The first appointment will be booked 1 week after payment has been received.

(Products can only be ordered once payment is received)

The specials on products for September will not be the same for October and different savings will apply for October and will affect the amount payable.

What is in it for you?

  • Detox
  • Activate your metabolism
  • Burn stored body fat and tone up
  • Kick start weight loss before a more balanced approach.

How do you start?

Contact the office and book a 30 minute appointment.

Full payment is required with booking that is non-refundable.

Send proof of payment to 086 775 0470 or email to

As I need to order products your appointment can only be 5 working days after I received payment.


First appointment 21 days later
·         Measuring, weighing,

·         Body stat

·         Diet history

·         Medical history ( bring list of all medicines along)

·         Diet plan – 2 options – detailed options

1. Meal replacement 2 meals per day, Normal supper


 2. Three meals per day ( no meal replacement)

·         Goal setting

·         Receive products

·         Measuring, weighing,

·         Body stat

·         Solving problems

·         Re -evaluate

·         Start with normal meal plan - general

·         Goal setting



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Consultations (2x 20 minutes)


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Consultation( 2x 20 minutes)

Body Fixer products


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Defeating the Winter Blues

Defeating the Winter Blues

Can you improve your mood naturally?

Statistics reveal that four in ten people complain of feeling low and about one in ten suffer from depression. According to recent surveys the number of drugs prescribed for depression and related symptoms, are on the increase at an alarming rate.

Surveys amongst 22000 participants in the UK showed that 52 % feel lethargic and have a lack of enthusiasm most of the time while 42 % feel depressed. This is probably only the tip of the ice berg.

From time to time we may all experience symptoms that range from happiness to severe depression. Three times as many women will suffer and be diagnosed having depression than men. This is probably because women are more likely to ask for help.

Can winter increase the tendency for depression?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that happens during winter when you don’t get enough light because of shorter days. Some people are particularly prone to these winter blues or SAD. Shorter days effect people more.

The primary reasons for this:

  1.  Serotonin (Happy Hormone) levels drop partly since light stimulates the brain to manufacture serotonin and other brain chemicals.
  2. A lack of mood boosting nutrients due to poor eating habits
  3. Lower activity levels

Solving the problem: Stabilising moods

  1. As light directly effects the brain, it will control sleep and the time you wake up. In winter you wake up while it’s still dark. This is neither natural nor ideal.
    To counter act this, you can use a “dawn simulation alarm” that has got the full spectrum of sun light. This is a bed side light with a build- in dimmer and alarm clock. This alarm clock simulates the breaking of dawn. The clock is set to wake you up at a certain time, but the light will turn on and steadily increasing in intensity over a period of 20 minutes. If this doesn’t wake you up, the alarm will go off at the set time. Most people will be woken by the light with much more energy, alertness and a happy feeling.
  2. A deficiency of vitamin D may increase winter blues. Vitamin D is made by the skin if exposed to sunlight. Half an hour per day of direct exposure will provide about 15 mcg of Vitamin D. Oily fish will supply an additional 5 mcg. It is recommended that a multivitamin with Vitamin D3 is taken to supply a total of 30 mcg per day. A blood test to determine vitamin D Levels can be done and often the levels are so low that a supplement should be prescribed in higher dosages.
  3. Ensure that blood sugar levels are always stable during the day. Five to six small meals per day are vital. Include protein with all main meals, a small portion of low GI carbohydrates and lots of vegetables. The snacks can include a fruit and a handful of nuts/seeds. Eat fatty fish e.g. sardine, salmon, mackerel 3 times per week. Mood boosters would include tryptophan an amino acid found in cheese, oats, yogurt, egg, turkey and chicken which will boost serotonin levels. Enough tryptophan helps to curb carbohydrate cravings.
  4. High homocysteine levels may be an indicator to predict depression. There is growing evidence that some people are more prone to depression because they don’t “methylate” accurately. Methylation is a process that happens in the brain and body by turning chemicals into one another. Certain nutrients like folic acid, Vitamin B6, B 12 can receive or donate these methyl groups for the brain and body to function at an optimum level. People prone to depression normally have a weakness (Genetic defect) with methylation and therefore will greatly benefit from supplementation. Dark green vegetables are high in folic acid. Omega 3 fats are also converted by B vitamins into hormone type substances that increase the brains ability to produce serotonin and other vital chemicals.
  5. Exercise: 30 minutes of exercise at least five times per week, e.g. walking, can produce a considerable drop in depression.
  6. Essential oils mainly Bergamot, geranium, petitgrain or neroli oils can boost your mood.
  7. SAD (winter blues) may also be caused by the depletion of negative ions in the air due to winter winds. To be outside in nature, increases the negative ions that are good for us. The air near waterfalls, beaches, mountains and forests has got more health promoting ions in the air. An ioniser in your room will also have a similar effect and significantly relief symptoms.
  8. Avoid sugar, stimulants, smoking, alcohol and excess stress.
  9. Increase Magnesium intake by eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds and consider supplementing 300-500 mg magnesium per day.
  10. Be aware of what triggers your moods and learn how to control your thought patterns. Counselling may be beneficial.

Enough exercise, supplementation and healthy eating habits can put you on a path to defeat the winter blues.

By Ina Nortjé – Wholistic Wellness Practitioner

Winter weight gain trap – Don’t fall for it – Outsmart it!

Winter weight gain trap – Don’t fall for it – Outsmart it!

Winter has the ability to mess with our heads! Statistics by John Hopkins University reveal that people tend to gain on average 2.6 – 3 kg of weight during the winter months. That is 5-6 tubs x 500g each margarine for one season. The sad part is that when spring arrives most people would like to lose it within 2 weeks. The other sad statistic is that most people don’t lose it and it just adds up year by year.

Winter has an awesome side. Thick warm sweaters, cosy blankets, fireplaces, wine, hot chocolate, stews and soups. The drawback is – weight gain! When the first blooms appear - the ugly realization – you have to lose the weight.

Here is why we usually gain more weight in winter – and what you can do about it.

Colder temperatures are often blamed that we feel hungrier and allow us to eat bigger and more portions and drink a couple of glasses of wine more. Mammal’s activities during winter time change and so does their energy demands. Mammals often hibernate, migrate and reproduce during the colder times of the year. However, during these cycles body weight stays normal. Mammals need extra food during colder seasons in order to survive.

The absence of these seasonal behaviours in humans, along with modern conveniences such as pre-prepared foods, artificial lighting and climate control; means the influence of cold weather on our eating behaviours needs to be adjusted.

Various studies confirm that there is an increase in waist circumference which means more fat are stored around the mid - section. This is a problem as a bigger waist increase risk for inflammation e.g. arthritis, gout, diabetes, heart disease and even effect brain function.

We commonly think that we feel hungrier when it is colder and that we need to eat more. The result is that we are longing for more carbohydrates (refined), higher fats foods and sugars to supply instant energy and heat.

We “fall” for the cravings with the result of a blood sugar spikes and drops. And the vicious circle starts of over eating, unstable blood sugar, constant cravings, tiredness and weight gain.

Any food can supply energy but we do not think in terms of vegetables, fruit and salads as winter food. The picture in our minds is of heavy rich meals like chips and creamy desserts and soups not plain vegetables soups.

More time spent indoors means less physical activity - a common excuse for the winter padding.

The evidence is few whether temperatures cause weight gain. It is rather the food myths that are adding to the expanding waistline.

What is the solution?

Comfort food is a bit of an inaccurate term. We indulge in hot dogs, pastries, hot chocolate drinks and cappuccinos to sooth ourselves, but they have the opposite effect once they pass our lips – and it is not only the clothes that will feel tighter.

Researchers found a link between fast and packaged foods to cause not only inflammation but interfere with mood- regulating chemicals in the brain and may even lead to symptoms of depression.

The Belief: Do Carbo – loading

There is a reason why comfort foods are high in refined carbohydrates. The brain’s main feel-good neurotransmitter, serotonin is fuelled by carbohydrates. Serotonin activates receptors that control mood and appetite.

Daylight also plays a direct role in serotonin production. During the shorter winter days less daylight effects serotonin production says Judith Wurtman, PhD, co-author of the serotonin power diet. Therefore we want to eat more to keep our spirits up. Remember not all carbs are created equal!

The Solution:

Opt for complex unprocessed carbohydrates like whole grain seed bread rather than white rolls, whole grain cereals like oats, sweet potato rather than potato and brown rice rather than white rice. Because of the high fibre and B vitamin content in unprocessed whole grains the sugar is released at a much slower rate and controls appetite and hunger more effectively.

The Belief:

Small portions are low in energy (kilojoules). People’s believe is that e.g. a chicken pie of 140g (2000kJ) will have fewer kilojoules than a plate of cooked foods with chicken curry, brown rice and vegetables. (1100 kJ). The latter is a lot more filling and will keep your energy level sustained.

The fact is that the plate of food will have at least halve the kilojoules of the pie.

The Solution:

Cut the kilojoules with ingredients that will add fibre, nutrients and volume but are low in kilojoules. Fill up on an extra portion or two of vegetables of e.g. spinach, green beans, gems squash, mushrooms.

The Belief: Reaching for the bad fats

Evolution may still be playing a role in the fact that we crave fatty foods in winter. Our pre ancestors had to protect their organs from the cold and also had to boost their immune systems. Modern day man does not need that extra layer of fat as we have are not exposed to such severe temperatures.

The Solution:

Make friends with the right fats.  Avocado pears, oily fish, nuts and seeds contain healthy fats that are known to support brain cell function and positive mood. Fish especially sardines, pilchards and salmon are amongst the best sources of omega 3’s.

Also include a little lean protein with each meal. Protein stabilizes blood sugar levels and keeps you satisfied and will keep cravings for cakes, chips and biscuits at bay. Your body works harder to burn protein than to burn fats and carbohydrates. A little extra protein will prevent muscle loss but enhance fat loss. Eat also a little extra protein mid-morning and afternoon e.g. 1 tablespoon low fat cottage cheese on crackers or ostrich/game biltong.

The Belief: Liquids do not count

Most people will change the way they eat and cut the biscuits and sweets, even carbohydrates, but they do not keep a check on what they are drinking.

It is not only the calories in a latte that counts, but even the diet drinks will affect our bodies as we fill them with food devoid of any nutrients and consisting of additives, preservative and colourings. Remember that 100% fruit juice blends/smoothies are concentrated forms of sugar lacking fibre.

The solution:

Stick to black tea or coffee. The best option is herbal teas like camomile and rooibos without milk. One sachet of cappuccino is the equivalent of a slice of bread – that is if you do not add extra sugar or milk. Coffee has the horrible habit of making your mood and blood sugar dip between fixes. Contrary to popular belief, coffee does not speed up metabolism.

The Belief: Stews and bredies are fattening

Most traditional recipes use large quantities of  oil and butter to fry onions and use very fatty meat like shanks as part of the bredie/stew.

The solution:

Dry fry the onions/ leeks/ shallots in a little bit of water and use leaner cuts or even chicken. A great economic alternative is to use split peas, lentils, barley and beans. Add a huge quantity of vegetables and thicken the soup by adding pumpkin or butternut and by liquidising part of the soup. A little low fat yogurt may also be added.

The Belief: I am hungrier during the day if I eat breakfast

The popular belief is that skipping breakfast will result in less food eaten during the day. Research found persons that skip breakfast actually eat 6.8% more food during the day and cravings will be more prevalent. 

The Solution:

Eat breakfast within 1/2 hour of waking up. If a breakfast is not your scene try to make a smoothie with whey powder, plain low fat yogurts fruit and peanut butter and raw oats. Eat 3 meals per day including all the food groups with a small snack in between.

Tips to prevent weight gain:

1. Include more herbs and spices in your food.

Herbs/ spices that increase heat and has got medicinal value: Cloves, cinnamon, ginger, chillies, cardamom, cumin, mustard and curry. These herbs also increase your metabolism. Just think of how you sweat when you eat chillies. Cinnamon assists in insulin resistance, ginger for blood circulation and immunity, cloves for digestion.

2. Beware of rich creamy winter drinks.

Make a chocolate drink with 1-2 teaspoons cacao powder or 2 blocks of dark chocolate (70% or higher), top up with water and use only about 50 ml low fat milk or milk alternative. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Apple Cinnamon and Rooibos tea


Bring 250 ml milk/ soya milk/ almond milk to a boil

Add ½ grated green apple

1 whole cinnamon stick

1 rooibos tea bag

Boil for 2 minutes

Pour mixture through a sieve

Add honey/ xylitol to taste.


3. A glass of water may help with cravings

Although you sweat less in winter you still need liquids especially if you are in an air conditioned or heated room. Drink a good coffee (with little or no sugar and milk) tea and a good alternative for water is warm herbal teas or warm water with a lemon that is an excellent source of vitamin C and the phytochemical limonene.

Herbs/ spices that increase heat and has got medicinal value: Cloves, cinnamon, ginger, chillies, cardamom, cumin, mustard and curry. These herbs also increase your metabolism. Just think of how you sweat when you eat chillies. Cinnamon assists in insulin resistance, ginger for blood circulation and immunity, cloves for digestion.

4. Plan your meals, prepare in advance, and freeze any extra food.

Do not wait until you are starving before you start preparing food. Plan and prepare in advance. That will prevent blood sugar to drop and cause cravings and fat storage.

5. Focus on healthy foods that are filling

Rather buy fruit and bake apples with cinnamon as snacks instead of eating and buying high energy empty fatty creamy snack/foods.

6. Start a new hobby

Instead of sitting in front of the TV eating because you are bored start with a hobby like mosaic, pottery etc. Being more creative is a sure way to feel better about yourself.

7. Try a few new easy recipes

When you feel deprived and bored with the same food over and over again you tend to cheat a lot easier. Trying out a new recipe to feel less deprived and is a great way to involve the rest of the family as activity. It is a great way to improve relationships.

8. Adjust recipes of favourite foods to lower kilojoules

Prepare macaroni cheese with low fat cheese and pizza with wholewheat pastry with vegetables instead of salami and lots of cheese.

Substitutes in recipes

Full cream milk > Low Fat or 2% fat milk

Cream > Low fat natural yogurt or “flop” sour cream, or Low-fat natural yogurt (Bulgarian and Greek)

Cheddar/Gouda/Tussers > Ricotta/Mozarella/Edam/Emmental/Parmesan/Pecorino

100% mincemeat (lean) > Replace 50% topside mincemeat with 50% legume e.g. butterbeans, lentils

Cream cheese > Low fat or fat free cottage cheese

9. Enjoy the longer nights

An American study that was done over a period of sixteen years concluded that less than five hours sleep per night increase the risk for weight gain with 30 %. Enough sleep is important to balance hormones that play a role in appetite and metabolism. Too little sleep reduces exercise activities and increase snacking and drinking of caffeine rich beverages. Caffeinated beverages are often used with lots of milk which increase total kilojoule intake.

10. Get an alternative for the gym

Use a mall to do a cardio workout by doing power walking. Put on your walking shoes and go earlier in the morning while doing window shopping.