Your Gut Knows Whats’s Up.

Hello My Gorgeous FitFam!

Last blog I talked to you about Your Intuition and how that should (ideally) guide you in creating balance in your health and lifestyle, this week lets delve deeper.

When facing a difficult decision often we talk about a “gut feeling”, we’re told to “trust our gut instinct”. Well there is more truth and depth to that than you may think……
Gut Feelings come from our “Second Brain” in Our Gastrointestinal Systems.I know right? Wow. *Mind blown.This is a primal and already established connection between our brain and our gut.

This mind-gut connection is not just metaphorical. Our brain and gut are connected by an extensive network of neurons and a highway of chemicals and hormones that constantly provide feedback about how hungry we are, whether or not we’re experiencing stress, or if we’ve ingested a disease-causing microbe.

This information superhighway is called the brain-gut axis and it provides constant updates on the state of affairs at your two ends.

That sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach after looking at your post-holiday credit card bill is a vivid example of the brain-gut connection at work. You’re stressed and your gut knows it—immediately.

I bet you’re wondering why I’m telling you this, aren’t you? Because, so often I meet clients that are trying their darn hardest to achieve their goals and it is not working for them. As a Biosignature Practitioner, my main goal is to work with your imbalances and put a plan together to correct them, gut flora imbalances are in need of some tender, love and care in EVERYONE that walks into my office.

Therefore, by supporting your gut flora, you improve your weight, your mood and your overall health. It really is essential and the foundation of your goals.

When working with me, this is my main focus – simply because it is impossible to get a person lean (or leaner) and healthy (or healthier) when their gut flora and gut integrity is diminished or compromised.

Correcting gut flora is my specialty; I know I know, geek alert. How I help my clients fix their gut flora is:

  • Assessing the repetitive factors that are contributing to the issue.
  • Instilling permanent lifestyle changes
  • I look at what the underlying issue is, and then I look a little deeper.
  • I fix the clients health first, and then the hot bod will follow.

This ensures that your body becomes a healthy, happy, fat burning machine and losing weight doesn’t become a full time job and uphill struggle – exhausting with void results.

If you would like to book in a Biosignature Consultation or my online consulting program, to work through any gut flora issues you have, or have any questions, just simply hit reply on this email lets chat!

Love
Pen xxx

How Do We Achieve Balance?

My A Team! How did you go after the last blog? Did you run wild and free and say screw the world and its rules?

 

Firstly, thank-you to everyone that emailed me saying “Hello” after my last blog, with stories of trials and tribulations, you opened up, and filled me with “You Go Girl!” joy. It is really cool to know that we are all on similar journeys and we are all just doing our darn best effort at this thing called life. A special happy and healthy hive five to the amazing woman who emailed me to share her story of how she is travelling around Australia in a campervan after quitting her job and saying “Howdy Freedom” – you rock, and you seriously made my week.

 

So I mentioned balance in my last blog. And I bet you have been sitting by your inboxes, eagerly awaiting my number 1 top tip for where balance lies haven’t you?

 

Well before I give all of my tricks away, I’m going to paint the scene. Imagine me, 7 years ago, lean and shredded and um oh, malnourished and miserable.

 

The issue I had back then, was I was all about “Dieting”. I was constantly in a state of dieting and rebounding, feeling yukkie and overweight, then dieting hard again, and so the cycle continued. It was exhausting; time consuming, and a waste of a life.

 

Those years were seriously a blur; insert sad emoji.

 

Every few months I used to change my diet. Looking for the next best diet. Every time saying to myself “This is the one!”

 

Eliminating foods, never having a cheat meal, going so low carb that I felt like I could eat a small horse whole.

 

I constantly had “just 5 kilos to go”, if I could just lose that 5 kilos I would a) be happy, and b) could stop “dieting”. How naive I was.

 

Nowadays I have my shit together, well kinda, ok maybe sometimes, ok I kinda don’t. I’m human and I sometimes don’t have to time to train or food prep, or sometimes I just want to eat pizza. Either way I follow my methods and my metabolism is strong, I eat easy breezy and don’t stress anymore about it. I eat 2500-3000 calories a day and maintain my physique.

 

So, following on from my last blog I want you to say, “Screw you!” yes, screw you to dieting! It doesn’t actually work. It’s painful. It’s unsustainable and its all a fad. Even in my method The Hormone Connection, I outline guidelines, for better health, but never do I say you must follow this 100%. If anything, I tell you to include cheat meals frequently, use your knowledge and mindfulness to eat nourishing foods most of the time and your favorite foods when you want.

 

So finding the elusive balance is hard, because I’m asking you to get in touch with the way you ate before you started trying too hard. The way you used to eat before you became concerned, aware or regimented.

 

The trick is: Intuition.

 

We all have it. It is in built in us. Created to guide us.

 

But now use that intuition, plus knowledge of your metabolism and hormonal strengths/weaknesses to make it work for you, effortlessly. It will be a challenge and its not going to happen overnight.

 

I said to a client this week “Just get on with life, follow your meal plan and train and see your girlfriends and go out, sleep and live, and watch what happens, your body will relax and start to shed some of that extra “padding” (emotional or physical?) that you’re holding on to”

 

Imagine I am saying that to you guys, every one of you, with big virtual cyber hugs.

 

Pen xxx

Are You Living A Free Life?

My tribe, I’ve been off the grid. I’ve been living and not writing, unable to offer any creative blogs to inspire and educate. Every time I opened my laptop I froze, it wasn’t time.

The last few months, I have been in a no-mans land of soul searching. Resisting adulting. Letting go of all responsibilities. If I didn’t have anyone telling me what to do, I could stand independently alone right? Like the single, independent lady I am (cue a ‘speak to hand’ gesture and Beyoncé’s all the single ladies, all the single ladies la la lah).

 

I’ve been on my journey, getting in touch with my inner child and discovering who I am to the core and where I’m going. No hippy weirdo stuff, I hate that crap. I haven’t been sitting on a beach, wearing Lululemon, realigning my chakra, proclaiming #findingmyself. I’ve just been tuning out and living life to the beat of my own drum. Which ironically enough, you don’t need to do loudly. You can stealthy, quietly and without being that annoying friend, do it hushed. You can just plod along and work your shit out.

 

During this period of a few months, something dreadful happened (dreadfully amazing!) I turned 30 years young. Enter a life crisis and me furiously clinging onto my youth. When I am needed more than ever to have my shit together, correlated, immaculately and methodically together, for conformity’s sake. I did not. The opposite was truer. My shit was not together. So I threw a tantrum and loudly told all of my friends how my shit was not organized and I was sick of being an adult.

 

So now I’ve painted this picture, with all of this being said, I want to enlighten you; oh how I hate that word, could I be any more patronizing? No, I want to share with you what I learnt recently by taking a break from adulting, and you can chose whether to gain some perspective or maybe it just isn’t relative to you right now (save this in your email folder for when you need me to patronize you at a later date).

 

I’ve been torn between conformity and recklessness.

 

Turns out that there is this sweet spot in-between the two, and it’s called balance. Yes the B word. I know, I know, it’s like a unicorn. Does it really exist? No one has ever seen it or felt it, but we know it exists, it must do. To give us hope that this hamster wheel we are on has a destination. People throw the word around, like they’ve found it, I don’t believe them, they are still struggling, I can see it in their eyes.

 

We are stuck in the loop of trying to do our best, failing (maybe occasionally succeeding) and then trying again, the same way, but still hoping for different results. We are stuck doing what people tell us to do. We are stuck in rules and methods and conformity. We must do what is considered normal.

 

We can distance ourselves from more adults, our parents, our mentors, our coaches; we can say we don’t need help. Then we stand alone sucking our thumbs “Help me!” Sometimes we just need a little guidance, and that’s A.O.K girl.

 

What if I told you that there is a different way to do life, its not the usual way, I’ve found it recently, and its called…….

 

“What ever the hell you want”

 

……and guess what? It makes you happy. Like seriously happy.

 

There is this magic place of doing what ever the hell you want and also following the rules and being accountable to someone.

 

Now I can try and put a health and fitness spin on this, because that’s my job. But if you are following my blog purely for boring health and fitness tips, you are following the wrong gal. I open the door to my trials and tribulations to show you that life is freaking real and I am real and every single thing in your life has a mirror image to something else. So working on a whole, helps you in becoming a well-rounded, happy, healthy individual. So in every area of your life; health, fitness, business, school, family, relationships, sex, vocabulary, life goals, social life, DO WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY. If that means going for a run on a Wednesday and drinking a green smoothie, and then dancing until 3am and drinking cocktails on a Saturday. Do it. There are no rules but the confinements you place on yourself.

 

Live Your Life The Way YOU Want To!

 

If you are totes vibing this, and you are feeling a little lost with your journey. I want to hear from you my gorgeous wannabe free spirited, empowered, curious woman. Just hit ‘reply’ to this email, say Hello and share your story.

 

Next week, I am sharing some more life lessons on finding that elusive BALANCE……..well I might be, depends if I am too wild and free, realigning my chakra and eating kale that week.

 

Over and out

Guru Penny.

 

“My Hormones Balanced Out And I Started To Feel Fantastic Again!”

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Today I’m sharing a personal story from the beautiful Evie Baron, who I’ve been working with for a few years. Evie has been a pleasure to work with and her personal growth within her health and fitness journey has been warming to my very core! Watching her practise what I preach is thanks enough. I’m so proud of her for bravely sharing her story with us. Thanks Evie! 

“I had the pleasure of meeting Penny shortly after the birth of my second baby. I had put on a little more weight than the first time around and was feeling heavy and tired but motivated to get myself back on track. Within the first session I knew she was a great fit for me, as rather than focusing on weight loss like most trainers tend to,  her program was based on wellness and healing my body with nutrient dense whole foods and appropriate training for recovery after another pregnancy. Prior to having children I never really struggled with weight but Penny explained the role hormones played in weight gain and the importance of obtaining a balance through appropriate nutrition and she put me onto a path to wellness that I will always be grateful for.

 

With each training session I was learning so much about the healing power of wholefoods and how combined with the right training I could start feeling vibrant, healthy and strong again and as a mum of two under two at the time, my energy levels needed to be up there! Very quickly I saw results, especially around my mid section, which after two pregnancies, was were I was storing most of my excess weight. In addition, my hormones started to balance out and I was feeling fantastic again! From there i was inspired to read as much as I could about health, fitness and in general becoming the best version of myself. Penny has always emphasised the importance of finding what works for the individual in terms of nutrition and training rather than adhering to the ‘one size fits all’ theory of health and fitness, which I absolutely love! And through my sessions with her, eating clean whole foods and regular training has now become a lifestyle for me and my family rather than just a program to use for the sole purpose of weight loss. It has also been something I have carried throughout my third pregnancy, and even though my training capabilities were limited due to a few pregnancy related issues, i focused on my nutrition and found it made a huge difference and enabled me to bounce back as soon as I got the ok from my doctor.

 

I continued to see Penny after the birth of my third child and even though I felt like I had come a long way in my health journey, every session continued to be informative and empowering. I have learnt an incredible amount from Penny and I feel very blessed to have met her as she has completely changed the way I think about nutrition and exercise. It is no longer something I struggle with, it has now become ingrained in everything I do and has enabled me to become a stronger, happier and more energetic version of myself. I have a copy of Penny’s book The Hormone Connection, and it has become a bible of sorts, everything I have learnt from Penny over the years in one place. I often open it up and am reminded of something Penny said along the way. It hasn’t always been easy, especially with three little ones and not a lot of sleep, sometimes training has felt like an impossible task and just grabbing the most convenient meal has been the easiest option.  With some previous trainers, I felt that they had a ‘no cheating’ mentality where as Penny seemed to understand that in reality we can not be perfect 100% of the time and that it is ok, as long as we get back on track and keep pushing forward. I feel like this has been a game changer for me as I now accept those days rather than carry around the guilt that I used to associate it with and I don’t let it sabotage my progress. I also try to earn my treats such as a glass of wine (or two) rather than feeling guilty and needing to burn off the calories. So thank you Penny, for passing on this invaluable knowledge and being so passionate about what you do and cheers to you!”

~ Evie Baron

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Can I Eat Pizza, Lose Weight AND Be Healthy?

I eat pizza, I drink red wine (and the occasional espresso martinis) I love burgers, I love croissants, I’m a sucker for hot chips, and last weekend I smashed  hot cross buns.

 

What! But Penny, I thought you were all about the clean food?

 

“Pfft” (insert eye roll)

 

Let me ask you, can you eat clean foods, for THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? That’s gunna be one lonnnnnng boring life if you ask me.

 

“How can you follow The Hormone Connection method but eat naughty food AND STILL stay in shape and be healthy?”

 

This is what I am asked regularly.

 

I’m also asked……

  • Can I still eat chocolate on The Hormone Connection?
  • Can I have a cheat meal/day off on The Hormone Connection?
  • Can I drink wine on The Hormone Connection?
  • Can I eat carbs on The Hormone Connection?
  • Is The Hormone Connection low calorie or rabbit food?

 

Let me tell you a secret.

 

Food is food.

 

The body doesn’t actually know the difference between a burger and a beef sandwich. It’s the mind and the preconditioned “bad food” vs “good food” that knows the difference. I’m not saying that calories and fat gain come from a bad conscience. But I’ll pose you the question, would you stick to way of eating if it allowed you to have your favorite foods every now and again? Or are you happy to be stuck in a self-destructive pattern of eating clean for a few days/weeks and then falling off the wagon?

 

What if I told you that you didn’t have to eat so clean? All. The. Time.

A)   That’s exhausting.

B)   That’s no fun.

C)   It’s not actually (scientifically) proven to get you the same results.

 

So I’m finding that many people are afraid to start their The Hormone Connection journey as they think its some crazy restricted diet. Trust me. The Hormone Connection was written by me. I am a foodie. I love my desserts. I love the odd snickers bar. And I love a good weekend off.

 

The Hormone Connection, my methods, are about correcting the hormone imbalances that make us store body-fat, that make us sluggish and managing life style choices that effect the power of our metabolism.

 

Once your metabolism is corrected (and even along the way)

 

Eat all the pizza.

 

No, no, I’m kidding.

 

But seriously, the secret to correcting health and burning fat is: Eating healthy most of the time, and eating naughty foods sometimes – over a long period whilst staying in a calorie deficit. Resulting in long-term lifestyle changes without deprivation or going nuts along the way.

 

Think of it this way, it’s not the pizza that’s making someone unwell and overweight. It’s the impact of the pizza on a person that has poor gut flora, that is inflamed, that has a damaged or slow metabolism and has a wonky hormone profile. A healthy, well hormonally balanced person simply burns the pizza for what it is…….macros (protein, fats, carbs). Food for thought isn’t it? Pun intended.

 

So my point is, eat pizza, and start your Hormone Connection journey TODAY!

 

Love

Pen xxx