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Fatigue, belly fat, brain fog? It could be your adrenals

Do you suffer from one or more of the following: fatigue, stubborn weight, belly fat, brain fog or insomnia?  If “yes,” then you might need to pay some attention to your body’s stress response system, otherwise known as your HPA axis.  HPA stands for Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal. Our stress response is governed by the interaction between the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands.  Stress activates the HPA axis and leads to the release of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline that prepare our body for the flight or fight response.  While our body’s response to stress is protective in the short-term, the longer the stress response stays activated, the more damaging it is for our health.  A commonly used term for this chronic stress response is “adrenal fatigue.”

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Want to become a Banting coach?

Are you passionate about the Banting/LCHF lifestyle? Would you like to help others achieve their weight loss goals, and get healthy? This is your chance to be a part of a growing, vibrant community of coaches. We will equip you with the required knowledge, tools and coaching resources, and provide you with on-going support. Read the rest of this entry

Insulin Resistance: The calm before the storm

A few years ago, I got the shock of my life. I was informed that I was on my way to becoming a Type 2 diabetic. I had visions of going blind, having my feet amputated, being paralysed by a stroke or dying of a heart attack. How could this be happening to me. I ate healthily and exercised regularly. I knew I was “heavy”,  but flip, I could still fit (albeit snuggly) into an aeroplane seat . Although accessing the on-board entertainment system on the inside of the armrest was always a bit tricky! Read the rest of this entry

Carbohydrates: How much is too much?

Would you like to lose weight? Do you know how many carbohydrates you should be eating in a day to achieve your goal?   In this post I aim to provide some answers.

Why do I keep  focusing on carbs? Well, we know that carbs in our diet, which include bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, fruit, cereals, yoghurt and veggies turn to sugar in our bodies. Our bodies deal with the excess sugar by releasing the hormone insulin.  Insulin shuttles fat into your cells for storage. So, if you want to lose weight, the key is to keep the amount of insulin in your body as low as possible. The only way to do that is to be careful with carbs. But what does “be careful” with carbs really mean for YOU on a practical level? Read the rest of this entry

Want to lose weight? Avoid these foods.

Are you lacking the practical knowledge of the foods that are sabotaging your weight loss efforts? If you are serious about shedding the flab without feeling deprived or hungry or if you are tired of feeling tired all the time then this is the post to read to get you motivated and started on the path to better health. Read the rest of this entry