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Diabetes and Easter

I recently heard a radio feature talking about renaming Type 2 diabetes and the “fatal build up of cake & biscuits” was an option offered by the presenter.

Whilst it is humorous, having the condition really isn’t so I’m hoping no-one reading this already has it because you are obviously interested in your health otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this blog post right?
One of the best ways to reduce your risk of developing Type 2, aka Adult onset diabetes, is to avoid eating too much sugar so given we have just had Easter I’m not sure if you are feeling like me and a bit sugared out!
Or maybe you gave up sweets and chocolate for Lent so actually you had a sugar fast – well done you if that was the case and I imagine that after the first few “withdrawal” days you would have felt much better after those 40 sugar free days?
It was the delicious Lindt Easter bunnies that got me – so kind of my parents to treat their daughter (and son in law… hence plural bunnies) but I’m glad to get back off the sugar after a few days of alcohol and other treats over the Easter break.
Nowadays I’m pretty in touch with my body and what it wants and on bank holiday Monday I felt it really needed something green, packed with enzymes, so I made a big bowl of sprouted seed salad – you can see a photo below – it was packed with alfalfa, broccoli, radish, mung bean and other sprouted seeds that are bursting with good nutrition. I added some chopped watercress and fresh parsley for added health bonus and taste. I then mixed some hummus with lime juice for the dressing – what a taste sensation that was perfect to alkalise the acidic foods of Easter such as bread, wine, chocolate, cheese and I guess the big roast lamb dinner – all of which was lovely but it made my digestion and body feel heavy and sluggish.
A diet that mostly consists of “dead beige” food not only doesn’t give the body all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes that it needs to carry out all the millions of chemical reactions and processes that happen every day, but going back to the subject of this blog post, it a sure fire way to head towards Type 2 diabetes. Please note that Type 1 diabetes which people are born with and will need insulin injections or treatment for is different to the type that we are seeing more and more people with, including younger people in our society now and that’s what I’m talking about in this blog post.
Here are a few facts about Diabetes that you may or may not know…
Risks of developing Type 2 diabetes are increased :
  • If you are over the age of 40
  • If you have a family member who has it
  • If you have (or have ever had) high blood pressure
  • If you are overweight and if your belly button measures over 31 inches for women, 37 inches for men
  • If you have ever had a stroke or heart attack
  • If you chizophrenia, bipolar illness or depression
  • If you are a woman who’s had polycystic ovaries, gestational diabetes, or a baby weighing over 10 pounds.
Wow it’s worrying isn’t it and clear why so many more people are diagnosed with this more “lifestyle” than genetic condition every year.
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The great news is that there is so much we can do to help ourselves avoid it – in summary move more and eat more healthily as both those actions can affect everything on that list apart from being over 40! Yes even mental illness can be improved by moving more, especially getting outdoors in nature and greenery, it’s a proven fact.
Genetics and ethnic background can affect the chances of getting Type 2 diabetes but that’s not a reason to get it if you live a healthy lifestyle. Pastries, pizza, cakes, biscuits, deep fried food, crackers, bread and many other foods – are all beige in colour and hardly contain any fibre, let alone any important nutrients such as Iron and vitamin C. One great way to ensure you are getting more greens in your diet is to add Lean Greens to a smoothie or just mix with water and have a serving each day. It’s packed with antioxidants which are effectively our best way to fight disease – free radicals are the threats and antioxidants are our little fighters. Click here to find out more or order a tub of the “little fighters”.
If you love cooking and haven’t seen any of my cookbooks including my latest 90 recipe vegetarian cookbook which is gluten free click here to find out more.
 You can follow me on Instagram by clicking here if you’d like to see more photos (and some videos)  including some of what we get up to at Zest Bootcamp. We had great fun on Easter Monday with a few fitness games – our next camp starts Monday 24th April so if you’d like to join us for a trial week then now is the time to register, otherwise you will have to wait another 4 weeks. It will soon be summer holiday time and NOW is when your summer body is made so don’t leave it until the last minute.
Click here to find out how we have helped hundreds of men and women just like you since 2009.
Please feel free to share this blog post if you think it will help anyone you know who isn’t looking after their health as I’m sure no-one wants to worry about the effects of getting Type 2 diabetes as untreated it can affect major organs and limbs in a very serious way.
Stay healthy!
Zita x

Protein pancakes

Today I have 2 super easy ways to enjoy pancakes and get your protein which once you have tried I’m sure you will make them regularly.. they are both gluten free too 🙂

The first is SO easy – just grab 2 eggs and mix up with a mashed rip banana, add some cinnamon and fry in a little coconut oil or butter and BOOM –  a delicious breakfast or snack that will fill you up nicely

Alternatively you can make these easy protein pancakes:

1 Banana
1 Egg
A pinch of cinnamon
1. Whizz it all in a blender…
2. melt 1/2 tsp of coconut oil in a frying pan…
3. put the mixture in pan…
4. cover pan and leave alone for 3-4 mins…
5. After that turn over to cook the other side…
Great served with a lovely dollop of greek yoghurt and  some frozen berries – YUMMYlicous
Happy Pancake Day
Zita x
ps If you’d like to grab a copy of my90 recipe FAT LOSS COOKBOOK click here to find out more – there are 30 tasty breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes that are all gluten-free , easy to make plus the whole family will love them.

 

National Detox Month

After all the excess in December, January is the perfect time for National Detox Month and a great start for your New-Year resolutions.

We are all guilty of over-indulging during the party season, it’s a chance to let your hair down and spend time with family and socialising with friends. The only problem is – eating rich foods and drinking more alcohol than you are used to can take its toll on your energy levels as well as your waistline.

Have you got your FREE copy of my 7 day kickstart yet?

Click here to get your free copy of the clean eating plan that is easy to follow and will kickstart your into better habits now the festive season is over. Here is one of the recipes….

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Rather than always thinking about what we have to cut out of our diet, I recommend these Top five foods and drinks we should add into our diet this month.

  1. Water should always be at the top of the list to aid digestion
  2. Healthy natural fats like avocado and olive oil
  3. Green Tea which helps boost your liver function & fat burning potential
  4. Lemon – add some to a glass of water to get your day started
  5. Beetroot is full of vitamins B3, B6, C and beta-carotene

One of the first things I tell my 1-1 clients or Zest Bootcamp members to do to improve their health (and performance) is to focus on taking in more water.  As simple as it is we often neglect to rehydrate our bodies – try and continue this into February then March etc. It takes 30 days to form a new habit and this is a great one to add to your toolbox to fight weight gain.

For any of you who would like a  structured programme that tells you exactly what to buy in the shops, what to prepare and how to cook it plus loads more, including the invaluable support of a private Facebook group, then check out my award winning TOTAL BODY SHAPE UP PLAN.

Here is a photo of me in November winning the award for ‘Best Product of the Year” at Maximise2016. The plan has helped numerous women (and some men) just like you who wanted to have an easy to follow “plug in and play” programme that gets results.

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The feedback I have had on the programme has been great will most people carrying on the healthy habits long after the 8 week programme is over.

You have the choice this January to either carry on struggling through on your own or deciding to invest less than £1.40 a day in what matters most… your health.

You can read testimonials and access the programme by clicking here

Both the 7 day Kickstart plan and also my Total Body Shape Up Plan are nutrition and lifestyle based programmes that anyone, anywhere in the world can do as there is no exercise involved.

For anyone in Bath who would like to add in some exercise our next trial week at Zest Bootcamp starts on January 30th so why not grab your space. Click here to get that body moving and start 2017 off the best way possible.

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Never too late to start a fitness programme

So we did our Special charity bootcamp class yesterday in Bath and raised over £100 for Cancer Research which is great. It was a beautiful crisp morning with a lovely sunrise that seemed to turn into fog later in the day so we were very lucky.

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I put together a challenging (but not super tough) bodyweight workout as I knew that after a few weeks off people would find it harder than normal, plus we had a new person join the class.  Most people found it a 9/10 in terms of how hard it was so I guess they may be aching a bit today. The great thing is that they got a little kickstart before we start back at bootcamp properly next week.

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It seems most people have had enough of the eating and drinking and not knowing what day of the week it is, and are ready to get back into the routine again.

Zest Bootcamp will be 8 years old in January and I’m proud to say that we have helped hundreds of people over those years to feel healthier and fitter and I’m excited to help even more people in 2017. All ages and abilities are welcome and at one of our classes the average age is 54 so if you are over 50 please don’t be put off thinking that bootcamp is only for the under 40’s, infact my passion is to help more women over 40, and especially 50, feel better by getting into regular exercise and eating well.

Only yesterday I had a call from an ex 1-1 personal training client ( in her 50s) who had tried to carry on her own fitness at the gym for the last 5 years but has noticed she isn’t doing as much as she should and age is catching up with her so I’m going to start working with her again to help her feel great.

So if you have never been to one of our classes and would like to come for a trial then why not book a place at one of our 45 minute classes that run at either 6.30am, 9.30am or 6.15pm in Bath. We are starting on Tuesday 3rd as Monday is a bank holiday then back to our regular Wed and Friday slots. Click here to book your trial week

We have a new person join us yesterday and she was very nervous but afterwards said how much she enjoyed it and thanked us for making her feel so welcome so don’t put it off if you are worried – just do it like Nike tell us to!

Here is a photo of a few of our lovely members of the month in 2016 who achieved different things and all of who are still regular members and continue to achieve results. Even just yesterday one of the girls who had trouble reaching her foot to do a thigh stretch managed it and she was delighted – these small things are actually big things in terms of progress and results.

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So as we say goodbye to 2016 I’d just like to thank everyone for their support of Zest Bootcamp whether as members or just helping share the health and fitness message.

I wish you all a very happy, healthy 2017

Zita x

ps To help people get their healthy eating back on track again I am giving away a free copy of my 7 day kickstart plan so if you’d like to get your copy click here 

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Pumpkin Workout

Yay it’s pumpkin time again so before your carve yours for halloween check out some simple exercises you can do anywhere using a pumpkin as you would a medicine ball. A medium size pumpkin is perfect as it is about 3kg so a good weight to challenge you without being too heavy like some of the crazy huge pumpkin.

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You can either just do these exercises or mix them up with some other bodyweight exercises like press ups, mountain climbers, Jacks, burpees, high knee sprints, skydivers, step ups, tricep dips or literally anything.

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Why not start with 30 seconds of work with 15 seconds rest between each exercise and if this is too easy increase it to 40 seconds of work with 20 seconds rest. You may find that a heavy pumpkin is ok for lower body exercises but more challenging for the overhead press.

At bootcamp yesterday we did a whole session with the pumpkins so included several more exercises with them for a challenging workout.

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If you haven’y yet downloaded my free 10 minute core workout click the image below to get your copy.

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Our next trial week at Zest Bootcamp starts on Monday 21st November if you’d like a little kickstart before the January rush with all the new years resolutions. Click here to book your space by filling in your name and email address.

I’ve been nominated for “Active Business Woman of the Year” at Maximise awards and I thought I’d share a couple of the reviews that people have left on my page to help you understand why joining us for a trial week might be something you really ought to do 🙂

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