Cellulite. Is Your Mind Making You Fatter?

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This weeks article is about the C word, the word we’re not allowed to say. No no, not that one, the other one. Cellulite. Now before you recoil away from my website in shame, I will tell you a secret: “I have cellulite” There I said it. Wow does that feel good. In fact, most of us have it, that doesn’t mean we have to like it and it also doesn’t mean that we have to live with it.

This article entry isn’t going to list a regurgitated explanation of what cellulite is, how it looks and how to cover it up with a million ways including creams, surgeries and if you ask my opinion, stupid ideas. Your basically putting a blanket over a fire, but underneath a fire still burns. I’m not going to hit search on google(and hope for the answer) even once for this article. Unlike some websites, I will also not tell you to eat soybeans and corn to help cellulite. This is MY answer, and again, like all my articles, my opinion and thoughts are that of my own.

Instead, I am going to talk to you about two things:

  1. My take on the mental cause and solution to cellulite.
  2. My take on the physical cause and solution to cellulite.

When fixing a problem, like all problems I am faced with my clients, I fix it from the inside out! Here I will tell you how to fix it once and for all, not cover it up. No surgery, or creams or Bridget jones underpants to hide it.

The mental cause and solution to cellulite:

My readers and followers by now know that I am a little hippie, I am a hippie in denial but yes I have been know to go all voodoo to fix a problem.

“Cellulite is stored anger and self punishment”

Voila! Stop hating on yourselves ladies. Cellulite is a collection of self hatred, low self esteem, self loathing and a general dislike in yourself and body image all bundled up into a lovely squishy storage system. Padding to protect yourself. You are hanging onto hate, why? To punish yourself maybe. So the easiest solution would be to let go of that wouldn’t it? Easier said than done. I’ve learnt over many many years that loving yourself is a constant work in progress. I guarantee that if your reading this blog 50% of you are instantly feeling better, you suddenly feel like someone has put it out there, the REAL truth, in your face. Think back to when you first noticed the cellulite? At what age? What was happening then in your life? Did you just come out of a breakup? Where you rebounding from a competition? Did you or do you have body image dissatisfaction?

For every physical ailment there is mental manifestation. So instead of looking at yourself and your bad points, start looking at your positives and be grateful. You will become what you believe, if you believe you are beautiful, you are. Do not punish yourself for simply being you. Learn to love yourself, from the inside out.

If you would like to research more info on this I recommend Louise Hay, she is brilliant and there is a lot of truth to her theories.

www.lousiehay.com

www.youcanhealyourself.com

 

The physical cause and solution to cellulite:

What is cellulite?

Image an apple. A hard, round apple. Growing on a tree. With tough, hydrated skin and a solid core. Now image if you didn’t feed that apple the right food. Or water the apple tree. Or the apple became rotten and toxic. If you didn’t look after that apple, what would become of it? Hmmmm, the skin would wrinkle and the apple would become squishy and collapse. That apple is your skin cell, one of many, and connective tissue, damaged by weakening and dehydration. That collection of skin cells is your cellulite. All squished, weak, dry and pushed to the surface by body fat to cause a rippling, dimpled effect.

So if the skin cells were hard and plump and healthy again, the cellulite would reduce, right?

“Ah ha (light bulb moment) SO, how do I strengthen the wall of the skin cell dear penny?” I hear you cry.

It’s about what you put in:

  • Essential Fatty Acids. EFA’s are fundamental in removing cellulite. EFA’s attract water to the dehydrated cells and connective tissue. Get EFA’s from cold water fish such as mackerel and salmon and walnuts and flaxseeds.
  • Include in your diet poultry, meat, eggs and fish to get essential amino acids the body requires for the production of collagen and elastin within the connective tissues.
  • Antioxidants. Cellulite is also banked up toxins and a poor ability to excrete them. So Antioxidants will help your system detox and stop the free radical damage that weakens the dermis and results in lumps and bumps. Include into your diet fruits and vegetables of colour to make sure you are getting an array.
  • Glucosamine will also help repair damage to the dermis.

So unlike many “practitioners” and “experts” out there that 1: Do not discuss the real cause of cellulite and merely talk about ways to cover it up, and 2: Believe people should be avoiding fat like the plague, I believe in a high good fat diet (yes as well as high protein and let’s just leave carb intake to another blog article)

So let me guess, you have cellulite and you have reduced your dietary fat to try and get leaner and get rid of the cellulite? Right? Wrong! It made it worse, so you ate less and less fat to try and get rid. What a vicious circle.

My point is: YOU NEED FAT. Trying to make people lean and healthy by taking out their fat is like pushing a cart up a hill, you’ll get there but Christ it will be hard work and you wont be in good condition when you get to the top.

The repair of the cell wall is also dependent on the term of damage, if you have been eating low fat for say a year, you may notice improvements within a couple of months maybe even weeks of eating more good fats, but if you have been eating low fat for decades, well, expect a long road to recovery.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are MANY reasons for cellulite, such as toxic accumulation, poor circulation, fibrosis of connecting tissue and water retention. So there are many techniques to try, but you can start by increasing your dietary fat and giving yourself a’lil self loving.

Your in Health, Hormones & Happiness

Pen

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Success Story: Kylie

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It is with a happy and proud heart that i share my client Kylie and her 12 week journey with me.

“So, I like to think that I know a lot of stuff.

And I do.

I’ve been in the fitness and health industry since 1996.

I’ve worked as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor (in things as diverse as tai chi, pre and post natal aquarobics to body attack and bootcamp), physiotherapist, clinical pilates instructor and both college and university lecturer.

I’ve been overweight most of my life.

I’ve tried numerous different models of nutrition, joined weight watchers, used dieticians, nutritionists, specialist doctors. My weight has gone down, then up, then down- at one stage in my late teens I topped 100kg. Through my own self study and consistency with exercise as I became a group fitness instructor I was able to lose around 30kg in my early 20’s.

More recently I fluctuate between 70 and 75kg- always happier when under 70 but battle to get there. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis in 2004- I thought this was finally the answer to the lingering body fat that I couldn’t shift. Medication helped and certainly the weight would go up when the medication wasn’t enough but it wasn’t the whole answer.

By November 2012, I was feeling burnt out.

I had 15 years of group fitness instructing under my belt- was “only” teaching 7 classes per week (cut back from 12)- it’s amazing how the lifestyle of a group fitness instructor maintains a culture of overtraining. On top of the classes I was pursuing my own training at CrossFit- then I needed to go to yoga to unwind the CrossFit, plus running a couple of times per week with friends as a social activity. Then I felt stressed so I would go swimming once a week and dancing once a week as “de-stress” activities.

Just so we’re clear- I KNEW I was overtraining. I just couldn’t see how to change- I felt like I NEEDED the training to give my life the structure that had always been so familiar to me.

I made a decision to give up KNOWING and just take on being coachable.

The biosignature approach that Penny outlined for me was completely counter to anything that I knew to do- eat more food and train less, limit cardio type training and lift more weights, more often.

The first time the callipers and the camera came out I was resigned- you have to start where you are right?

But by the second time, I knew things were changing, responding to the regime that I’d followed almost to the letter. The only deviations were the odd days that I didn’t get all my meals in or added an extra ½ tsp of butter (yep butter!)

I was intrigued by the way that each measurement related to a specific body system- some of the measurements were changing rapidly- others slower so then the nutrition, supplementation and training altered after each round of measurements to bring about change in those areas that were shifting slower.

I’ve learned to enjoy weight training, shorter sessions and then the amount of free time it created in my week to only train once per day!

Penny has also taught me about the importance of chemical free cleaning, cooking, food storage, cosmetics and so on- it’s been a process to replace everything but I’ve never felt better or looked better. Plus there’s a certain peace of mind that comes with doing things that you know are good for you!

I recommend Penny to everyone- she’s been an incredible coach who has got me producing results beyond what I had thought possible and certainly beyond any that I have ever achieved before. She’s taught me about how to incorporate what I need into a lifestyle that doesn’t feel like hard work but simple and sustainable- and for that I’m incredibly grateful!”

Kylie

Breakfast Of Champions

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Breakfast: to break the fast. The most important meal of the day. After I posted a Facebook update that my top three ultimate tips for a better body composition for life, there was uproar. Uproar I tell you. Tip two was to eat animal meat for breakfast. Oh dear lord. God forbid. So instead of being the instigator of a social media backlash I decided to write this article and tell you what I recommend for Breakfast and why.

Meat for breakfast

Ok so before you recoil away from my blog with disgust, just stay with me for this paragraph and I will let you make up your mind. When a caveman would wake up what would he eat? He would scavenge for nuts on the floor, berries if they were in season, and kill an animal. He would not pour his low fat skimmed milk onto his toasted muesli. And he would definitely not have cookies and cream flavor protein shake and a bowl of oats. I know you want to believe that is healthy because you enjoy eating it, but I hate to say it, it isn’t.

Lets keep it real people, real and whole, just because you WANT to eat a yummy honey drizzled, banana sliced, oats and yoghurt bowl of delishness, does not mean that it is what your body wants or needs. I’m a hardass I know. You either like me and my beliefs or you do not.

What you eat for breakfast sets up your entire neurotransmitter production for the day. Choose a high protein breakfast of animal protein, low GI vegetables and a small serve of fats as apposed to a higher insulin response breakfast of grains and dairy. This one diet trick alone will see you function better as the day goes on with better mental clarity, increased energy, better appetite control and reduced cravings throughout the day. Fat loss and muscles gains will also be a plus too!

“What about eggs Penny?”

Eggs are a poor choice for breakfast on their own and eaten everyday. Eggs are digested quickly so it is best to back them up with meat. So have bacon and eggs, or steak and eggs. Eggs are also a high allergen so do not have them everyday, I advise a 1-2 times a week.

“What about a protein shake Penny?”

A protein shake is a poor choice for breakfast as protein powder enters and leaves the GI tract faster than solid food, which in turn does not stimulate your metabolism. Solid food also has a thermogenic effect and a shake does not as it is pre-digested.

So how do I make a breakfast of champions?

Using the FREE! Downloadable Groceries List, put your meal together:

Step one:

Choose a meat, poultry or fish source. Portion? Enough.

Step two:

Choose a fat. Portion? Enough, or 1tsp/6-10nuts

Step three:

Choose a green fibrous vegetable. Portion? As much as you like.

Step four:

Eat it like a caveman

“I’m curious, what do YOU eat for breakfast Penny?”

I love breakfast! It is my favourite meal of the day. Some of my Primal Plate staples are:

  • grilled salmon, organic butter and brussel sprouts, or
  • steak, avocado and green beans, or
  • flaxseed crusted chicken, coconut oil and cauliflower mash

So there you have it, my breakfast of champions. Try it for a month and see how you feel!

Yours in Health, Hormones & Happiness

Pen

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Turkey & Turnip Cowboy Hash

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Turnip for me, is potato. It replaces potato in all of my comfort foods but it is on your ‘all you can eat’ veggie list so you can go nuts without the added starch. This recipe came about when I opened the fridge on a Sunday morning and all i saw was a lonely ol’turnip staring back at me. The poor turnip is underrated but paired with turkey and coated in light herbs it is a breakfast fry up delight.

Ingredients

300g turkey breast, sliced

2 medium turnips, peeled and diced

1/2 a red onion, diced

2tsps of fresh thyme

1tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

1 clove of garlic, chopped

1tsp fresh red chilli, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

2tsps coconut oil

Cooking Instructions

Steam turnip until just soft.

Heat coconut oil in fry pan and fry turkey, onion, garlic and chilli until browning.

Add thyme, salt and pepper, and well drained turnips. Keep stirring until slightly crispy(approx 8-10minutes)

Serve sprinkled with parsley.

How to be Tigger and Mr Funny

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You ‘perform’, you exceed boundaries, you push yourself to your limits. But how do we battle the pressure of today’s media, society and peers when the biggest battle is within?

When I started writing this blog, it was titled ‘The Negative Mind’, half way through I renamed it the Happy Mind but by the end of writing it I had renamed it How to be Tigger and Mr Funny. I really enjoyed writing this article so I hope you love it. You will see why……..

I have suffered from my fair share of body image car crashs, eating disorders and epic post show rebounds to end all rebounds, I have had my heart ripped into shreds, I didn’t have a Mary Poppins upbringing and I have been at rock bottom at a couple of times in my life. And everytime I have risen to the top again, out of despair, and I have dragged my sorry arse with me. So before you judge me with “Your life, body, mind and spirit is perfect what do you know about being unhappy?” Take a step back and stop playing the victim. Every suffering we experience is all-relative. And it is all reality. Whether you know this yet or not your: your perceived self, including feelings, are reality. Now maybe your thinking this is yet another fluffy blog or article on positive thought and the power behind it, well in research I have read numerous if not hundreds of websites and books to find out the secret behind positive thought, and they all seem to tell us the same thing, “Just goal set, think positive and it will all be better” I even stumbled across a article that said “if you still feel unhappy after goal setting go to visit you GP” are you kidding me? Seriously. So he can pump you full of antidepressants when all he really needs to do is measure your vitamin D to see why you are depressed.

Well I’m afraid it’s not that easy. We are not all machines, and we cannot simply flick a switch by reading yet another generic article on goal setting. So instead I am going to give you my version to being happy. The uncut version.

Ok so rant over. So how do we do it?

Call me old fashioned but it just takes hard work, retraining your mind if you will. You simply become what you believe. If you believe you are unhappy and negative, and everything you think and see and hear and feel is negative then of course you are going to be the friend everyone hates hanging out with.

How do we become negative?

  • Negativity can breed negativity; if have had someone or a group of people that have constantly had a negative influence in your life it can bring you down. Or if you have been brought up in a negative family environment.
  • Bad luck; if you are always experiencing bad fortune.
  • Low self esteem
  • Depression/Anxiety/Eating disorder or body dismorphia
  • Environmental influences.

Lets take a look at the common inner thoughts:

Doubt

Excuses

Hate

Critiscism

Pressure/Stress

Fear

But the ironic factor is that WE are the only ones in charge of our thoughts, sure people can make us feel a certain way or we can react a certain way, but our thoughts are the product of ourselves. So therefore it is up to us to pick ourselves up.

The good angel vs the bad angel

The negative and positive minds are powerful influence’s and understanding how they work as one is a powerful tool in itself. Now before I go any further I should point out here that the negative mind and positive mind should be in balance. What we are striving for here is equal input from both. We cannot walk around all day, everyday, like Mr Happy and Mr Cheerful on Prozac, you are allowed to have a bad day, and you are definitely supposed to be Mr Grumpy sometimes, if not a little Mr Silly all the time.

Sometimes it feels like you may be fighting a loosing battle inside, the good angel and the bad angel sit on your shoulders having a snipe whenever possible. You have to remember that negative thoughts are supposed to happen, it is like a seesaw they must be balance.  Very similar to the Buddhist way of thinking I believe. Unhappiness is ok. It is ok to have negative thoughts, but as long as your seesaw is not onesided.

“You can only hold one thought at a time, so why choose a bad one.” This is quite possibly the best advice I have ever received and then lived by! If you take away anything from this blog, take away this tip. Whenever you have a negative thought, simply replace it with a positive one, even if it only lasts a few seconds, if you retrain your brain it will get easier and easier to hold onto a positive thought for longer. Another great tip is whenever you say something negative, straight away back it up with a positive statement. “Argh I hate my thighs in this skirt” – “but I love the way my arms look today!”

Mr Funny.

Laugh. Laugh as much as you can. Laugh at everything. Laugh at everyone. Laugh at yourself. Laughter is the best medicine. Take a laughter class(yes they do exist, they are held in your local communities and they are free!) The amount of times I’ve woken up and wanted to curl up under the covers and not speak to anyone, then I crawl into work, paint a smile on my face and laugh with my clients, within 10minutes I have forgotten whatever I was sad about.

I am a Reflection of my Surroundings.

This I believe is pretty simple. If you surround yourself with negative people then you mirror what you see. I’ve read this many times in articles on happiness but how many times do we act on it?

One of my biggest pet peeves is negative people, they are drainers of my energy. So I simply choose to either not have them in my life, or limit my interaction with them. Also, in my line of work I come across a lot of people who are negative about themselves or their goals, it is a fine line between ‘saving’ people and stepping back to let them save themselves. One trick my mum taught me when I was young was to ‘block’ negative peoples energy, I am an utter skeptic but also a complete hippie believer, but I honestly believe it works. So next time you have a negative person talking to you, simply fold your arms across your chest.  Either it stops them zapping your positive energy, or stops their negativity rubbing off on you, a little hippy weirdo I know but maybe it works!

Tigger

Who watches Winnie the Pooh? Hell yeah! Who’s your favorite character? Mine is, yeah you guessed it, Tigger! If you ever meet me, which I sincerely hope you do one day. I am Tigger. I am annoying. I am fun. I laugh at everything, I deep belly laugh that I’m not ashamed to bellow. I have dimples the size of craters. I am happy. I am bright. And why is that? Because everyday I wake up I CHOOSE to be Tigger. I wake up and I say “hell yeah, I am grateful, and I love my life and I love myself and happiness” I choose to bounce around on my tail all day, because why be any other way!

Positivity is a Choice, it is a way of life. As soon as you grasp this you will BE a happy person.

Are you Eeyore?

Do you wake up and hate life. Are you negative? Do you have negativity running through your veins? Do you drag your feet in life? And say “why me?” Do you always think the worst of a situation? Do you put people  and yourself down? Well stop being an Eeyore!

Everybody when they wake up every morning has the choice to be either an Eeyore or Tigger that day. Who do you choose?

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So my take home message is choose to be happy. Be Tigger and be Mr Funny. And if this doesn’t work, just do some goal setting(Just kidding!)

You are not a victim. You are your own creator. You could be in worse situations. You are lucky and grateful. Tomorrow you will wake up and be Tigger.

In my life I surround myself with people I believe will love, support and encourage me. Choose your friends wisely, spend your time with happy, positive, driven people and you will be sure to be lifted and enthused.

Yours, in health, hormones and happiness,

Tigger xxx

 

10 Ways To Naturally Increase Your Human Growth Hormone

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HGH would have to be my favorite hormone, now I know I shouldn’t have favorites, but I do. And Mr GH is the man, mostly because he is underrated, an underdog I think. So lets find out why.

HGH, or human growth hormone, also known as somatropin or simply GH, is a peptide hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. It is associated with the natural decline in dhea and testosterone from aging.

It is the hormone that we all want to have as our best friend – it helps us sleep better, it builds muscle, burns fat, helps you resist heart disease, regenerates tissues for growth and repair of many cells in the body, protects your bones and increases overall health, sounds great!

HGH also does this super cool process called Gluconeogenesis, that’s a mouth full so lets just call it a really cool process where the body can create carbs out of protein. That really cool process helps you loose fat faster while providing your brain and other tissues with the energy they need, without excess dietary carbs. Neat hey! Where can I buy some I hear you ask? Well there area synthetic GH therapy options out there, although a little controversial, and excess supplemental GH can cause all sorts of problems as it actually counters insulin’s ability to shuttle glucose to the cells, which can cause insulin resistance. So instead there are many ways to naturally increase the body’s production of HGH. Here are my top 10!

  1. Eat green leafy vegetables as your main carbohydrate source throughout the day and when you need starchy carbs(for pre and post workout for example) take in only low-glycemic or slow-digesting carbohydrates instead of simple sugars. The best ones in my opinion are pumpkin, sweet potatoes, brown/red/wild rice and quinoa. Simple sugars that are high-glycemic spike insulin levels. Not only does this lead to body-fat storage, but it severely blunts the release of growth hormone.
  2. Feel the burn! The burn you feel in your muscles when weight training is the build-up of lactic acid. Lactic acid then signals our bodies to produce more growth hormone. So when pumping iron try a range between 12 and 30 repetitions to reach the lactic threshold.
  3. Take the amino acids L-arginine and L-lysine together before exercise and sleep. The combination of these has shown to increase growth hormone production by up to 700 percent. As little as a gram will do, but take 3 to 5 grams for optimal results.
  4. Take 0.5 to 5 mg of melatonin before bed. A hormone that governs over sleep patterns, melatonin has been shown to increase growth hormone levels by up to 157 percent.
  5. Take 1.5 to 3 g of GABA immediately before bed. GABA, or gamma aminobutyric acid, has been shown to increase growth hormone production by 200 percent.
  6. Take 2 to 10 g of Glutamine after a workout or before bed.
  7. Take 2 to 10g of Glycine after a workout. This can also be added to every meal for short period.
  8. And this is the biggest one! Get adequate sleep to ensure high growth hormone levels. This is the most natural and of course inexpensive way to help boost your HG. Most of our GH is produced in the first few hours of sleep.
  9. Consume a high-protein, low-carbohydrate snack before going to bed. The amino acids will help to boost GH, this is a rule when it comes to pre bed meal with the exception being if you are a carbo type. While avoiding too many carbs will keep insulin at bay so that it cannot inhibit growth hormone production.
  10. Loose excess body fat, particularly abdominal fat.

Your is Health, Hormones & Happiness

Pen

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References:

Report on HGH – Life Extension Magazine – March 2009

Master my metabolism By Jillian Michaels

http://www.livestrong.com/article/28867-naturally-increase-hgh-levels

My Biased Opinion On Coffee. Friend Or Foe?

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Coffee. The one thing I refuse to live without. I live in Melbourne, the city of coffee. The city of coffee lovers. So declaring my unwavering love for this smooth deep dark cup of deliciousness would result in a one sided article. I will try and give you an unbiased opinion, I use the word try lightly.

Reader warning: Please note that a large amount of coffee was consumed in the making of this article.

When I take a client through a consultation the conversation usually goes something like this:

Pen ‘Do you drink coffee?”

Client(smug, proud grin) “NO NO, I cut that out a long time ago!”

Pen(sigh) “Right, now your going to take up coffee drinking, and a serious habit at that.”

Client(gasp) “WHY?! Isn’t it bad for you?”

Let me explain.

When you see bright blue blueberries what do you see? Antioxidants. Most foods  of colour have antioxidants of some degree and the deeper and darker the colour and the thinner the skin, the higher the antioxidants. So coffee is black. WOW. Think of the antioxidants in it! So most people are getting most of their antioxidants from coffee, why take it out? Another good example here is white and brown rice. Fail. Purple or red wild rice. Score! Packing a power punch of super antioxidants.

How to have it.

The only quarrel I have with coffee drinkers is the use of milk. For one you aren’t even drinking coffee, your drinking mostly milk, and don’t even get me started on skinny soy caramel frappe mocha cappuccino drinkers. Just have a chocolate milkshake instead as you’ve just caused the same catastrophic insulin response. My argument with milk is an entirely separate blog post! But know this, if you are going to have milk in your coffee, have full fat, RAW, organic milk, which is completely different to the white water you buy in the supermarket. And how many coffee shops do you know that have raw milk huh? So instead, take the milk out and add some Dutch cinnamon instead, that’s how I have my morning cup. Not only is coffee a powerful tool in successful insulin management but paired with cinnamon and you’ve got an insulin resistance fighting duo right there!

Quality

Organic is best. Coffee crops are one of the highest sprayed crops in the world.

How to make it

The slower the coffee is heated the better. And the colder the coffee the better. My morning coffee is ground coffee beans from the fridge, cold water steamed through a stovetop coffee maker on low heat. It therefore retains the most antioxidants. It takes about 10-15mins to filter through, much better than your nespresso express heating system which takes about 10seconds.

No de caf

By stripping coffee of caffeine you strip most of the antioxidants. End of story.

So it turns out I am being biased the whole way through, but how can I find anything wrong with coffee when the benefits far out way them. The usual arguments are:

  • That coffee stressors the adrenal glands. Well in my opinion it is usually other aspects of your life that may need to be addressed to help lower cortisol and take some pressure off your adrenal glands. If you feel that you may be too wired after coffee you may just need to adjust your consumption. I can have 1-2 a day without any dramas, but I know of some people that have upto 5-6 a day, and I have heard Charles Poliquin say himself in a seminar that up to 6cups a day is perfectly ok.
  • That coffee raises blood pressure. This is not true. Coffee Improves Vascular Health & Does NOT Raise Blood Pressure(1) Yes drinking caffeinated coffee can increase short-term acute blood pressure, but blood pressure will return to normal once the caffeine is metabolized. The caffeine in coffee has actually been shown to improve the health of the blood vessels because it increases nitric oxide production in the endothelium. Coffee also supports healthy arterial pressure, lowering blood pressure over the long-term.

Penny’s Coffee Rules:

  • No artificial sweetners
  • No milk
  • No sugar
  • No coffee after 4pm
  • No De Caf
  • No coffee post workout, but pre workout is super!

So you see, taking coffee out of the diet of someone that is aiming for better health and fat loss is one of the worst things you could do. So I suggest you take up coffee drinking and pronto. Enjoy!

References:

Yours in Health, Hormones & Happiness

Pen

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Penny’s Top 10 Beauty Tips!

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A client said to me today “How do you get your skin to glow?” Now I’m not into superficial blogs, and I am certainly no princess, but don’t we all want to know how to have a glow and look gorgeous, naturally?

Did you know your cosmetics have a huge impact on your hormones? Well that’s another blog soon to follow, in the mean time I am letting you in on my beauty regime secrets to, one, keep your skin glowing and two, make your insides happier!

  1. Drink lots of water. Now I will presume you all know this but how many of us actually do it? This is my number one tip for clear skin; it also helps the body flush out toxins.
  2. Don’t wear makeup. I know, shocking isn’t it! But trust me, foundation clogs your pores making your skin worse. Apart from natural mascara I don’t wear makeup (apart from for a special occasion or photo shoot) and isn’t a clearer, more natural complexion just beautiful!
  3. Eat better. Studies have shown a connection with high GI foods, processed foods and grains with bad skin (1). If you have severe acne, a Paleo diet would help. This goes without saying that the healthier you are on the inside the clearer your skin will be on the outside. The top foods in my diet for clearer skin are purple and deep red foods like purple and red sweet potato, blueberries and tomatoes, green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and spinach, and I drink lots of green tea.
  4. Eat oily fish. My top secret! I eat an array of fish daily. Fish is a great source of omega fatty-3 acids, cold water, oily fish are loaded with EPA&DHA. The best sources of fish for blemish free skin are mackerel, salmon, anchovies and sardines.
  5. Eat coconut oil and also use it as a moisturizer. Yes the very same amazing coconut oil that you eat with, it has many benefits and many uses. I have one tub in the kitchen and one tub in the bathroom! It is also an excellent mascara remover.
  6. Use apple cider vinegar as a cleanser and toner. Vinegar is a great natural astringent and toner so why use harsh chemicals on your skin when we have access to what nature gives us. I simply apply ACV on a cotton bud. If you have sensitive skin you may want to dilute it as ACV draws toxins out of tissues so can be quite harsh on its own if you have delicate skin.
  7. Use chemical free cosmetics. After all, your skin is your largest organ and a massive sponge so what you put in and on makes a difference, not only does it effect your hormones but it can leave your skin looking worse. Things to look for are:

No Paraben

No Sodium laurel sulphate

No Petrochemicals

No Chlorine

No Mineral oils

No Propylene Glycol

No Formaldehyde

No Sulphates

No Silicone

I use and recommend products by:

http://www.naturallyyours.com.au

And the wonderful people at Ecostore

www.ecostore.com.au

8. Get plenty of beauty sleep. Sleep allows the skin to restore its natural balance and increases the effectiveness of certain skin care ingredients. Long term, chronic sleep deprivation leads to dull, dehydrated complexion. And dark bags under your eyes are not sexy, fact.

9.    Don’t burn your face. Wear paraben free sunscreen when in harsh sun, excessive sun on your face will cause premature ageing and no one wants wrinkles earlier than they should!

10. Get Sweaty. Being sweaty gets a bad wrap but sweating is actually your body’s way of releasing toxins, which have, built up in your pores. If they’re not released, your skin can break out and cause pimples, rashes and other skin infections. There are many ways to get sweaty…….wink wink, but I would recommend a decent workout obviously, and I am also a fan of saunas and steam rooms.

Yours in Health, Hormones & Happiness

Pen

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