Can't lose weight?

By Brendon Lye

Look After Your Metabolism

You may have heard of the term ‘metabolic syndrome’. Around 30% of the population suffers from metabolic syndrome, and many won’t even know they have it.
Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors that when they are seen together in a person, increases their likelihood for developing serious problems such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

There are five metabolic risk factors that determine a person’s overall metabolic risk. Having just one of these conditions doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome. However, if three or more of these conditions occur in combination, you fall into the category of having metabolic syndrome.
• A large waistline
• A high triglyceride level (or being on medicine to treat high triglycerides)
• A low HDL cholesterol level (or being on medicine to tread this problem). HDL is sometimes referred to as “good cholesterol”
• High blood pressure (or being on medicine to treat this problem)
• High fasting blood sugar (or being on medicine to treat this problem). This can be an early sign of diabetes.
If you think you might be suffering from metabolic syndrome, see your healthcare professional.

Metabolic syndrome is related is our modern lifestyle which results in obesity and inactivity.

The good news is you can make lifestyle changes such as getting more exercise, and losing weight, to reduce your metabolic risk

The really great news is that Astaxanthin supports a healthy metabolism. However, taking Astaxanthin alone doesn’t condone poor eating habits or lack of exercise, you still need to make healthy life style choices for optimal health. We’ve brought together some of the most exiting research on Astaxanthin and its effects on metabolic risk factors.

Studies have shown Astaxanthin helps support how the blood flows through the body, which can help reduce hypertension. One study found that four weeks of taking astaxanthn each day enhanced choroidal blood flow (Saito M et al, 2014). Yet another study found that those who took astaxanthin for 12 weeks had higher “good cholesterol” (HDL cholesterol), and an increase in the levels of the hormone adiponectin – this hormone is involved in regulating glucose levels.

In terms of glucose and insulin sensitivity – both important metabolic factors, a group of researchers from India (Bhuvaneswari S et al, 2010) showed that increased blood glucose and excessive insulin levels brought on by a high processed fat and high sugar diet could be deterred with Astaxanthin treatment in mice. Another research group (Hussein G et al, 2006) showed that Astaxanthin improved fasting blood glucose levels and improved insulin sensitivity in rats.

In a nutshell – look after your metabolism! Metabolic syndrome is linked to increased risk of serious diseases. See your healthcare professional if you think you might be suffering from metabolic syndrome. Take exercise and weight loss seriously, and keep taking your Astaxanthin to support a healthy metabolism.

Are you a slave to your scale and find yourself in a weight loss prison?

 Does this picture resonate with you?

For years, or to be accurate for more than 10 years, I used to be this girl. I used to be a slave to the numbers on the scale and my self-worth, mood, motivation and confidence was depending on the number. If it went down, I felt great and thought I could conquer the world, if the number stayed the same or even went up, I was down, moody, grumpy and just felt fat and big.

It all started when I was 16 and my dad talked about the “perfect” model body 90/60/90 and was jokingly asking me if I had that body. He was never aware of what those comments did to me. I wanted to be liked by my dad and tried my best to get those measurements. I started skipping meals and ended up having only one meal a day, I weighed myself couple of times in the day, went for runs and eventually was throwing up food that I ate.

My parents didn’t notice anything for few years other than that I lost lots of weight. People with some sort of eating disorder or bad relationship with food find ways to hide their issues. They find different reasons why they don’t eat certain foods, they binge in the night when everybody is sleeping, they exercise more than necessary, etc.

The scale determined the happiness of my life for many, many years until I left my original country (which is Germany) and came to New Zealand. I didn’t have a scale or a measure band, just the mirror, my pants and my intuition to decide how I feel about my body.So, why am I telling you this?

I am telling you this because I am proud of how I could kick ass those behaviors and that attitude. I learned to love myself the way I am, I stopped dieting for EVER and now I AM FREE!

I don’t spend my energy on thinking about food, weight loss or use food to numb my emotions. I feel them.  

I also found my passion for helping people who are having similar issues and that fact makes it worth to have gone through those years of study. It was learning and had purpose. I just didn’t know it at that time.

I am also telling you this because I am aware that many people look at me now and don’t belief that I have had any struggles with body image, food or confidence. But I did. And that is what makes me to who I am today. I am passionate about what I do, I am compassionate with those who struggle to love themselves, hate their body and see food as an enemy.

I want you to know that you can achieve that freedom with food and make peace with your own body as well. You can overcome food addictions and emotional eating. And if you really need to lose weight, that will happen automatically. I promise. Once we feel compassion and love for ourselves, we start nourishing it. Think about it, how do you treat your children? Do you want the best for them? Do you want to give them the best and healthiest foods? Well, how are you different? You are not. You are that child.

If you would like to achieve that freedom with food, start loving yourself and your body, book a consultation with me to discuss your concerns and issues by emailing me or visit my page and check out my FOOD FREEDOM  program.

You can also get a consultation voucher as a present for yourself or somebody who you love. We will talk about food and health concerns and establish a plan how to conquer those challenges.
With love


Vegetarian Sunday pies –
quick, fast, cheap and delicious!

 This is my go to recipe on a Sunday evening when I don´t have much time but want to have something quick, healthy, nutritious and delicious.
I usually have a puffy pastry in the freezer for quick meals. The advantage is that there is always enough for next day’s lunch.

Pumpkin or Kumera
Dried tomatoes
Beans, lentils, chick peas
Nuts or seeds

The filling can be a combination of all sorts of vegetables. I usually choose whatever I have at home or use left overs from the day before.
In this case it was the combination as mentioned above. I had cooked pumpkin/kumara and lentils/chickpeas/beans. Then I just mix all ingredients in a bowl and season it as I wish using salt, pepper, curry powder, nutmeg.
I cut one puffy pastry sheet in four squares. Take on square, put the filling in the middle and bring all four corners to the middle and join the seams together with your fingers.

Bake on 200C for about 30 min until golden brown.

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