I joined Tanya’s classes two months ago, and I am so glad that I did.
I found myself feeling frustrated with my body posture, weight and energy levels. Somewhere between my sedentary work and a busy family life, I realised that I had neglected to maintain a routine of consistent exercise, tending to go for outdoor activities like walking, hiking, mountain biking with the family. These were good for general wellbeing, but they just weren’t cutting it as a decent workout. While I considered myself to be in ‘okay’ general health, there was definitely room to improve on both my exercise and eating habits (more than I realised at the time!). I had seen ‘The Happy Body’ advertised on social media, and it really appealed to me. So I signed up for Tanya’s Strength training classes and committed the time in my diary like any other important appointment.
Tanya’s holistic approach to the body and health immediately resonated with me. She is so professional and passionate about what she does. Her knowledge of the body, muscles and functioning is astounding and her eye for detail ensures that we master the technique of each exercise 100% before all else. I joined a strong, established class, which could have been intimidating, but instead it has proven to be inspiring and motivational due to Tanya’s efforts. She has spent individual time with me to make sure my brain and body are in sync, and I am working at the right pace and weight for my own body. She shares her opinions and insights in a direct and constructive manner, while still showing compassion and respect for each individual in the class.
Needless to say, I soon started seeing Tanya for Nutrition Coaching. This is where things really shifted for me. I was really impressed once again with her knowledge and approach, and I have as a result, made important changes in my and my family’s eating habits. Two months down the line, I am in control of my lifestyle (rather than it controlling me) and am seeing results that are rewarding and sustainable. No diets…I am working towards a ‘happy body’ with better food choices, and improved shape and posture from the exercise. And even better, my husband has joined and we are doing it together! Never again will ‘okay’ be enough. Thank you Tanya! Susan McGoldrick, Port Elizabeth
I made an appointment with Tanya Wyatt, thinking that it would be yet another failed attempt at regaining health and energy. Suffice to say that after my first ten minutes with her, I realized I was interacting with a person who was deeply tuned in, intuitive, vastly knowledgeable, and compassionate. She never once put me on a scale, or asked my weight. Rather, she dealt with my lifestyle, my chemical make-up, my energy levels, and my body’s wisdom. I felt she was an individual who cared and who asked the right questions. Working with Tanya over a period of 6 weeks changed my life and my approach to food. I emerged with renewed energy, brighter lights in my eyes, clearer complexion, and oh, I lost 9kgs. Tanya makes sense of the complicated world of diets and food. She simplifies it. She makes it easy. And she makes a huge difference.
Sandy Coffey, photographer – Port Elizabeth
The first time I saw Tanya’s ad in the local Walmer Ads, I did a double-take. She claimed: “This is me at age 45. If I can do it, so can you!” Well, that was all the encouragement I needed to jump start my physical transformation! I haven’t been this excited in years to start “building” my dream body. I have been an avid runner and cyclist for a good couple of years, but have been feeling more and more despondent lately due to chronic niggling injuries and a general feeling of “getting older”. Session number one consisted of a thorough evaluation – Tanya is one of the most knowledgeable people I have EVER met when it comes to the human body (incorporating healthy nutrition and good self-image too). One cannot help but be excited and motivated by her sheer and tangible passion and joy she exudes when teaching. The most amazing thing (and I must say, I found it very odd at first, but I soon realised why) was that Tanya NEVER ever asked me to climb onto a scale. It was not about how much I weighed, but rather about how I perceived my body, how I nurtured it and how I worked out. This was REAL stuff – no empty promises and just a genuine approach to obtaining my goals. I have been with Tanya now for three months, training with her three times a week and I have never felt better. I feel stronger and energised – I think I am stronger now than I was in my twenties and thirties! My niggly injuries have disappeared and I am running and cycling again. My body has been transformed into a leaner, stronger unit and I look forward to each and every training session with Tanya. It is never too much or too boring and I cannot believe how quickly each session goes. I invested in myself by approaching Tanya and I am deliriously happy with my “returns”. Thank you T for turning my dreams into a reality and for being a real, yet such a down-to earth inspiring lady. A VERY HAPPY BODY client. Claudia Parker, Port Elizabeth
I was encouraged to strengthen my core and start exercising as a last alternative to having major back surgery, for an agonising and extremely debilitating injury. On a recommendation I ended up at The Happy Body. I spent several years doing muscle rehabilitation work with Tanya’s former partner, Stuart, progressing from being unable to get out of bed in the morning because of the extreme and constant pain, to leading a fully functional, pain-free and very active life.
I then started attending Tanya’s classes late in 2016 and have enjoyed every minute of every class! The personal attention and encouragement from Tanya is great and her absolute passion for what she does is clearly evident and is totally inspiring. The energy and friendly camaraderie within the class motivates me to push myself that little bit further each day and the results are already starting to show.
Now in my forties, I’m feeling stronger, fitter and leaner than I ever have. I cannot believe how far I’ve come and, incredibly, I never did have that back surgery. Thank you! Julia Mukheibir, Port Elizabeth
Next year I turn 40. So, in my 39th year I’ve made it my mission to become the best 40 year-old I can be. Tanya was recommended to me by a health professional for her nutritional knowledge, but once I found The Happy Body website and read Tanya’s biography I booked myself in to try her exercise classes. Have you seen what she looks like?! I have 3 kids between ages 7 and 10 and before starting with Tanya I was exhausted. I never had enough time for anything, especially exercise, and survived the day on coffee and comfort food. Surely life was meant to be better than that? So, I started the first class very apprehensively but eager to make a change. Would I enjoy it? Would I be able to keep up? What kind of people would be in my class? Of course I shouldn’t have wasted any time worrying. Right from the very first class my experience has been a positive one. Tanya is completely committed to every single person she coaches, regardless of age or ability. Her knowledge of the how’s and why’s of the body and the fuel it needs is exceptional, and one can’t help but be reassured by her calm teaching manner. I’ve been doing classes with Tanya for a few months now and am feeling so alive, focused and strong. I didn’t think it was possible to feel so different so quickly. I cannot wait for my class days – it means I’m spending time on making myself a better mum, wife and human being. And I am doing it alongside a fantastic bunch of class mates. I have 10 months to go until the big 4-0 and I can’t wait – I know it’s going to be good….and very, very happy! Michelle Offerman, Port Elizabeth
Firstly, let me convey my appreciation for the great sessions and topics you shared with us – it was a real mind opener. I must also say that the way you look was a motivation; a true reflection that you know and live what you are talking about!
Some of the information we knew already but the way you structure your presentations and thoroughly explain the extent of how some foods harm/help our bodies was a rude awakening. It was these rude awakenings that made me think twice about my health and what I put into my body and the bonus of it all was that I lost weight in the process. My main supporter was my husband – he made it much easier for me to change the way I eat because he was so determined (and also I don’t want to be the fat unhealthy wife while he is losing all the weight and looking good). Lastly, the important things I learnt from the programme were that the right knowledge is key; the right mindset channels a good attitude (exercise and eating right) and helps you make good decisions; and that drinking water regularly makes everything all right at the end of the day! Nombasa Mgijima, VWSA Port Elizabeth
As a keen sportsman and always spending time in the gym, I got married and started further studies that minimised the time for training. Now, at 39, I started to struggle to run after the children and began to feel uncomfortable in my own body. Something had to be done. I joined the Wellness programme at work and thanks to the help of Tanya, started to make a lifestyle change. She explained to us that no “diet” would last and give you long term results. I started by cutting my sugar from 4 teaspoons per cup of coffee to two, and dropped from 6 to 3 cups per day; I started to eat as she suggested – until you’re full, not stuffed. More butter in my food and fasting in the morning also helped a lot. I continued to lose weight and gain lean muscle through good old-fashioned weight training. I’ve lost a total of 7.41% body fat and my weight has gone from 78.3kg to 72.5kg. I feel great and want to thank Tanya once again for all the motivation, and sessions in which she shared wonderful information with us on a weekly basis. Best of all is that she is living proof that what she preaches! Thank you Tanya. Mark Lobar, VWSA Port Elizabeth
Tanya’s approach to living is unlike any other I have come across. To say what Tanya has taught me has been life changing is an understatement. She has taught me that food gives life and that it should be celebrated; that one should never feel guilt about food; that your body needs to be loved by you; and that there is another level of consciousness that we are mostly unaware of, but that has a huge impact on how we live. So many health issues that I have learnt to live with have been totally eradicated. I have become addicted to Tanya’s enthusiasm. She is professional, comprehensive and meticulous. This is going to be a long process, but I am making small changes all the time towards a healthier me. For the first time in many years, I am not wishing for my 20 year old body because I understand that (with my new knowledge) I can be better than that – physically and spiritually. I have learnt to listen to my body.
Thank you Tanya! Catherine Van Der Wolf, Cape Town
When I first started with Tanya I had no confidence in my ability to get any better … I just didn’t want to get any worse. After two years, I feel like a completely different person and although that might seem like a long time, it has to be said that I was very resistant to change.
What I enjoyed about her approach is that she was not at all ‘hard sell’ and she resolutely did not treat me like a baby – she gently insisted that I take responsibility for my own decisions, reiterated the benefits of eating well when I didn’t, and encouraged me to simply start again when my motivation and commitment faltered. What she has done, is re-educate me about how my body can feel – well, strong, and energized.
I needed to change the way I lived my life, and she helped me do just that. Susie Tinsley – London
I first heard about The Happy Body through word of mouth – always a good indicator – and what I had heard struck a chord with me. I wasn’t really sure of what to expect except that I knew I wanted better results in the gym and to learn to eat in a way that my body would respond to. I found the very first session such a good platform to start on, that I just wanted to keep going back to discover some more simple and effective tips on nutrition and lifestyle! The sessions are really tailored to each person and their individual eating patterns and habits and I could always report an improvement in each area I tackled with Tanya. It’s an enjoyable discovery of oneself, and in no way painful! I would say whatever level you’re at in your knowledge of nutrition, there is always something new to discover. I really enjoy that I can have biltong and so many of the foods I really craved but that I had previously thought I was not ‘allowed’ to eat. My craving for carbs and junk food has almost totally disappeared; I feel so much more alert, energized and ‘together’ and am able to last much longer at work, mainly thanks to more fats and oils. At gym I’m bulking up nicely with the natural protein and whey foods I’ve been consuming. My skin has also cleared up and I enjoy eating now, really guilt free! My grocery bill has in fact reduced, and there are so many economical tips, not to mention drawing one back to sources of whole, pure foods that cut out pesticides, additives, processing and non-gmo foods. Just like gym and a lot of other things in life, nutrition is a lifelong journey, and I will continue to bring together all the basic elements in day to day life. The biggest thing I have learned from Tanya thus far is to love what you eat, try new things and enjoy life. Thanks! Andrew Reed, Port Elizabeth
I’ve worked with Tanya as my ‘Nutrition Coach’ specifically to help me get my energy levels up. As a business woman and mom of three I certainly need all the energy I can get. When Tanya introduced me to increasing my fat intake, I thought I was either going to be dead in a month, or feel fabulous. Well, the results are just astounding!
This is the most energy I’ve ever had, my skin looks great and my hair is a lot thicker. My friends have commented that I’m glowing and want to know what’s going on. For the first time in my life, my hormones have stabilised and I’m feeling absolutely great.
Oh, and let me just say that my husband is also really happy! Judy Janse van Rensburg, Port Elizabeth
I was a classic case of “always eating, always hungry”. I realised that I couldn’t carry on with my out-of-control eating habits, but couldn’t face yet another yo-yo round of diet deprivation either. I found Tanya’s website by chance and was immediately struck by her positivity and intelligence. With her help, I’ve broken my addiction to sugary foods and now have new eating habits which are really enjoyable. I’ve also made other positive changes to my life.
Tanya’s focus is on health, not weight. There is no weighing or measuring of bodies or food, which is great, although I slightly regret not having weighed myself at the start, because I really have lost a lot of weight (not that the number matters).
Thank you Tanya, for putting me on the right track. Anne Dollery, Port Elizabeth
As a teenager, I had two desires with regards my body – to have more hair and to be heavier! Somehow I thought that would make me more of a MAN! Age sorted out the first (and isn’t stopping) and carbs and gravity sorted out the second. I did get heavier; around my gut and not the upper body. Those extra 10 – 13kg’s have consistently been with me for nearly 3 decades. Following the Happy Body approach has led me to lose 8 of those within the last 8 weeks. Tanya didn’t massage my ego, she didn’t flagellate my conscience, there was no magic formula, no compulsory textbook, no boot camp torture routine. Though It was an arm-wrestle on giving up breakfast. A mix of approaches designed specifically around my body, and being guided through the jungle of health information has given me back an old friend. My body. My happy body. It turns out it was never about weight, it was about reconnecting to me. I missed me. I walk a little taller. I move a little easier. The hair? Well even Tanya has limitations. Gary Koekemoer, Port Elizabeth
I started Tanya’s classes 3 months ago. Well – all I can say is that I feel great! I’ve never really been an exercise person, but I think I’ve found something that is fun and I didn’t realise I was progressing so quickly (my body fat percentages have dropped – my body is happily changing).
Tanya is very technical and she guides you with explanations that make sense. I’m doing things I thought I’d never be able to do – from head stands to push ups. In conjunction with the nutritional advice from Tanya, I’ve never felt healthier, fitter and happier. I never want to stop! Thanks T. Janet Ayerst, Port Elizabeth
Having suffered from several illnesses during my life – many leading to hospitalisation – I was willing to try anything that might allow me to lead a ‘normal’ life. I spoke to a friend who had been a client of Tanya’s and had experienced positive results, so I thought I’d see what they could offer me. I am so glad I did! Five months after starting with her, I hadn’t once been admitted to hospital, which for me is fantastic. I’ve also been able to reduce my medication drastically and have developed a better outlook on life, which has given me a complete confidence boost. I’ve tried so many different diets in the past, none of which worked for me, particularly since I have always been on so much medication. Since working with Tanya and eating correctly for my metabolic type, I have lost two stone and feel fantastic. Instead of this being a ‘diet’, it has become a way of life for me. Everyone who knows me comments on how well I am looking – not just weight-wise, but also that I have a certain “glow” about me. Philly Greenwood, London
I wanted to send you a mail myself to thank you. The session topics you offered were great, powerful, and have a great impact on results. I never thought I would be able to do intermittent fasting until you introduced to me to it – it has been about four weeks now and still going strong. My success recipe was: cardio training in the morning, fasting until 12pm and then low carbs with protein. Initially I had to try and kill the habit of not going to the gym and my mindset had to be channeled properly. Also my high blood pressure was alarming, but it’s dropping significantly. When I started I was 142kg and I’m now 124kg, losing 18kg over a period of 3.5 months
Thanks again Tanya! Xolani Mgijima, VWSA Port Elizabeth
I met Tanya about a year ago at the Aurora Breakfast where she was a speaker at the event. I was very impressed and September last year I started with fitness classes at her gym. I first had an interview about my lifestyle and never looked back since then. I was not overweight but needed to tone my body. Tanya had the best exercise program for my needs and I can highly recommend her lifestyle program. I have lost 3 kgs since then and my posture and balance has improved tremendously. I even went down a size on my pants and for the 1st time I am very comfortable in tights! I have more energy than ever and feel good about my general condition and health! I can highly recommend Tanya as the best lifestyle/fitness/body coach I have ever met! And she has Abs to die for! Marlene Burger, Port Elizabeth
I’ve been in the fitness industry close to 20 years and have a fair amount of muscle mass, and don’t drop weight easily.
I went to see Tanya as I needed to lose about 3kg to stay within my weight category in my chosen sport. Her ideas were super controversial to me (lol, I argued about every aspect with her), BUT hers is the ONLY eating plan that has gave me the results I wanted.
Even when my training drops due to sickness or injury, I still maintain my weight and can “cheat” without it affecting me.
Thanks Tanya! Tharene Windsor, Port Elizabeth
I have been struggling with my weight since I had my children, so that makes it around 10 yrs now. I tried all sorts of diets and had short term results; I was hungry all the time and always stressing about what and what not, to eat. After a few sessions with Tanya, I’m glad to say that I’m now in a very happy place. No more stressing about meal times or about eating that piece of cake now and then! It’s such a good place to be and the weight is slowly going in the right direction. What a positive change this has made in my life. Thank you Tanya for your support and understanding…even through the tears! Elizna Parsons, Port Elizabeth
I attended one of your group classes recently, as I wanted to find out more about the “no breakfast” method. Mervyn and I both started last week Monday with no breakfast in the mornings. We did not start extending breakfast slowly but started straight away with only eating at about 12:00/13:00, from day 1. As we do eat healthy anyway, we did not make any other changes to our eating habits. The first day I felt slightly nauseous at about 10:00, but nothing serious. I am not as hungry late afternoon/ at night anymore either, because we have a good meal at lunch time. It is amazing what it has done to my body already, in just over a week. I am losing weight; especially in the preferred areas most ladies like… tummy and hips. The best thing is – I am feeling good! I am glad we have changed to this routine. Thank you for all your advice. Marion Raupert, Port Elizabeth
I would like to thank Tanya Wyatt from The Happy Body for helping me finally fit back into my favourite jeans. It was a long and sometimes difficult journey, which took lots of patience and mindset changes on my part, and a LOT of guidance and understanding from Tanya. It is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix… and I still LIVE my life AND eat chocolate :-).
My aim is not to be skinny, but to be healthy and happy. Always a work in progress, but with a positive mind and balance in all aspects, my body is feeling happier.
Thank you! Raylene Derman, owner Funky Fit – Port Elizabeth
Hi Tanya – I just again wanted to highlight the effectiveness of your “no breakfast theory”. I was in Switzerland a few weeks ago, and while there, let it all hang out. I stuffed myself with breads, beer, brakwurst, chocolate – you name it – from morning ‘til night I ate and drank. Needless to say that within 2 weeks the weight was right up! It’s been three weeks since my return and I started your “no breakfast” plan the very day I arrived back. Today I was exactly 4kg down from my return weight. I might add that this includes (yes, my bad) no strenuous exercise – the only exercise I do is a 30 minute walk with my dogs every day, and this is no sweat breaker. I’ve never been a big exercise person, so this new structure is really working for me. I have to say that I watch what I eat – only proteins, fats and salads with a few veggies like carrots and gems every few nights. I’m currently back to the lowest I’ve ever weighed, but would really like to push for the last 3kg to prove to myself that I can achieve my ideal weight. Thank you for all your help and advice! Who would have thought NO BREAKFAST!! Nicola Schwim, Port Elizabeth
I found your corporate wellness course material insightful and entertaining, which made it a memorable experience. Each week, I learnt more about myself and took into consideration the suggestions that you offered to better develop myself and grow as a person. Your teaching methods assisted me in understanding the topic of the day, as you used words that the average person is able to relate to. You are a professional in your field and were able to portray this throughout the course. You captivated the groups and included class participation. The students were all talking about what they learned and left the class motivated to try new things and adjust their lifestyles. The services you offer are professional and insightful. I have learnt a great deal from your course and will continue to learn my body and develop my mind.
Terence Scheinberg, NMMU Business School
I’m a mom of twins, aged 2 ½, and I had not slept through one night since birth! I used to get up at least six times a night. After adapting their diet in line with what Tanya recommended, I had immediate results. The twins are sleeping beautifully now – I still get the odd night where they might wake up once, but never more than that. I am forever grateful for the change Tanya has made in our lives … I only regret I didn’t meet her sooner! Haha. Marlise truter, NMMU Business School
When I took part in the challenge, I thought it was going to be another “diet” thing where you’re told low fat, fat free, etc. But when I listened to your sessions and the way you explained how our bodies function and what they need, I was interested and saw that I was not going to have to miss out on my fat. Lol. I have taken the tools you gave us home and been slowly introducing the family to clean eating. I never in my life thought I’d drink black coffee without sugar but now I don’t think I can have it with sugar again. Thank you for everything. Nosipho Mabandlela, VWSA Port Elizabeth
I love the fact that I have better posture and that I can now activate my butt and ab muscles. My body feels far more aligned and now – when I run – my knees are in line with my feet (which means I’m stronger in my hips). With all this, my imbalances have gone out the window, and so have any aches. And all this achieved in a “fun” environment. Who needs Ironman now? THANK YOU Tanya! Best of all is that she keeps us coming back for more by giving us freshly grown herbs straight from her garden. Adele van der Venter, Port Elizabeth
The kids are getting used to not eating bread, which I think is the biggest adjustment. They even told their granny, who visited over lunchtime, that they don’t eat that unhealthy stuff anymore! I’ve been researching lots of recipes and we’re getting creative. They don’t miss sweets and biscuits and no longer ask for them. We are adjusting well and it’s been a fundamental change in the way we see food – a good change. Kelsey Kalogeropoulos, Port Elizabeth
Thanks again for your valuable and interesting sessions. I always knew that my blood pressure was suspect but with this lifestyle challenge I started using my medication regularly and eating much more healthily. Thanks you for reminding us of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle – my blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol are very much under control now. Christo Klue, VWSA Port Elizabeth
Thank you for your professional and uncomplicated way of dealing with life and nutrition. Your knowledge, encouragement and positive attitude gave me the tools to change my lifestyle and eating habits. I feel calmer, mentally more alert and my energy levels have increased tenfold. The added bonus is a fabulous loss of 6,5kg. Sharon Gravett, Port Elizabeth
I took my daughter to Tanya because she wanted to learn how to eat correctly. After three months we both left Tanya’s rooms with a wealth of knowledge on how to eat healthier and with all the necessary tools to lead a healthier lifestyle. It was quite a shock to realise just how little knowledge we had on a host of health issues. Thank you, Tanya, for enlightening us and encouraging Candice. Merle Millar, Port Elizabeth
Tanya Wyatt has encouraged me and taught me to believe in myself. She has shown me how to lead a much healthier lifestyle without constantly stressing about food. In the process I learnt so much about my body and how it functions. Thank you so much, Tanya! Candice Millar, Port Elizabeth
I’d like to thank you for the few tips you gave me at the end of the year last year at a conference at NMMU. Even though I didn’t follow every bit of advice religiously, I found myself 15kgs lighter! I doubt I could have done this without your advice and your Facebook page. Thank you once again. Sanelisiwe Ntabeni, Port Elizabeth
We’ve been attending classes for around five months now and there have been definite changes in our bodies. We’ve seen muscles developing as we’ve learnt to activate different muscles groups and this has resulted in building both our strength and stamina. Classes are interactive and Tanya is hands-on with assisting and guiding us where needed. Margie Kemp and Quintin Fisher, Port Elizabeth
I would also like to say thank you for the time you spent here at VW. I have learned so much and lost almost 10kg during both challenges this year and I lowered my cholesterol from very high to normal. Without your sessions it would not have been possible as I was eating all the wrong stuff. My family and I are on the path to a greener and healthier lifestyle and we have made great headway already. So once again thank you for the part you played. Maré Van Der Mescht, VWSA Port Elizabeth
I went to Tanya not expecting much from our session, but after we met I tried out the “no breakfast” approach and increased my fats. Wow, what a difference it has made in my life! I don’t think about food the whole time and wonder what I will eat next. Tanya has changed my whole outlook on food. Sonel Van Den Berg, Port Elizabeth
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for your interesting and dynamic talk at the Business Women’s Association of SA, Port Elizabeth function on Tuesday. It was good to hear a balanced view as there is so much “Banting talk” going on and you pretty much echoed my view on the debate. Mary van Eck, Port Elizabeth
I can vouch for this way of life. My only regret is that it took so long to understand how weight should be gained or lost. Why starve yourself on a diet when you can be happy and fulfilled on a high fat diet, a diet which actually works, which quite easily becomes a way of life? The changes that I have seen in my family from a weight loss and an emotional perspective have been amazing – focused, calmer, leaner & feeling a lot more healthy. Janine Meyburgh, Port Elizabeth
Thank you for everything that you have shared. It was worth the downtime at the office and my possible repercussions for the loud laughter AND lazing in the sun while I have heaps of work on my desk. Laverne Williams, NMMU Business School
Tanya Wyatt is amazing! I lost almost 15 kg and my body is happy and I am never hungry.I highly recommend her…
Yolanda Vermeulen, Johannesburg
Thanks once again for taking the time to speak to the girls today; your talk was very well received. The girls found it incredibly informative and it gave them a great deal to think about. Derryk Jordan, Collegiate Girls High School Deputy Principal: Co-curricular
Thanks for this very informative newsletter. I have taken the advice you gave me about using weights rather than just doing cardio-based exercises and indeed, you were right! I can so see a difference. Thank you for the good advice. Pieter Boshoff, VWSA Port Elizabeth
I am a business IT professional and a father of two young children. I found that the pressures of work and parenting made it near impossible for me to keep my weight at a personally acceptable level…despite trying exercise and various diets. After seeing Tanya, and following her very simple yet clearly effective advice, I have dropped in body weight by 10% over a period of 8 weeks and am 4kgs away from my high school athletic weight. I have no doubt that within the next 8 weeks I will reach that ideal number and have a much happier body for it. Thank you Tanya, I truly didn’t think it could be quite this simple! Sean Martin, Port Elizabeth
The parents are still raving about your ADHD presentation and cannot get over how inspiring you were to them. Keep up the good work and thank you once more! Yolokazi Ndlondlo, Head of Academic Programs Masifunde Learner Development
Hi Tanya – I started doing the high fat/low carb diet on 1 April and have lost 8kg in 2 ½ months. Blood results show that my liver is no longer fatty, my kidneys are functioning well and that my sugar is controlled. All this, with no snacking, no hunger, and plenty of energy. I’m concentrating on ME now. I was a serious sugar addict! Client, Port Elizabeth
I’ve tried so many different diets in the past, none of which worked for me and I was always hungry. After my sessions with Tanya I find that I don’t think about food the whole time, have lost and am losing weight and don’t feel guilty about the chocolate and fudge treats. Thank you very much. Joan Shinn, Port Elizabeth
I’ve lost 4kg following your advice to cut carbs, and increase fats – which sounded weird to me @ the time. Overall I’m feeling better, more comfortable in my clothes, not missing the carb’s at all and enjoying the fat :-). So thanks for the help. Anthony Keogh, Port Elizabeth
I’m 80 years old and had suffered from cramps pretty much all of my life until reading The Happy Body article on the importance of good quality salt and water in the diet. Since taking daily Himalayan Crystal salt, my cramps have effectively disappeared. I can’t believe I went through life without realizing there was such a simple solution! Mr Williams, Port Elizabeth
Amazing changes happened in my life since doing Tanya’s programme. From a bloated, unhappy, adrenally-exhausted person, always eating, eating, the whole day long, to a happy body person, where mind, body and spirit are balanced as one. Content, happy, positive and energetic. Thank you so much! Del-Rio du Plessis, Port Elizabeth
I would like to thank The Happy Body team for the profound changes in my body and my life. When I first came to them, I was injured and lethargic about life. I presented them with the immediate goal of restoring function and motion to an injured left shoulder, with spring golfing in mind. I was also keen to regain the muscle tone that I had lost in my arms from a debilitating spinal condition that had sent me to neurosurgery twice in 6 months. I expected to have a short-term fix… little did I realize that we had so much work to do together and that it would be so rewarding! They started with the basics – and there were aches and pains and setbacks along the way, but gradually we started to see results and that was so motivating. With their help I set my goal and actually reached it – to be fitter at fifty than I had been at forty – and to keep going! They then took me to a level of fitness that I never knew existed. They have been tough task-masters at times and maddeningly picky in their attention to detail. But I understand and appreciate the importance of this and I live and breathe the results of their relentless honesty in making me as fit and functional as I can be. My benchmarks are subtle but I know that I am fit and strong when people I have known for years comment on how great I look. They are an extraordinary team grounded in hard work, technical expertise and integrity to the enterprise of helping their clients realize their physical potential for wellness. God willing, we will be working together for a long time. Sarah Solmssen – London
At the risk of sounding like a cliché and undermining what they do, The Happy Body team have the ability to transform your life. They will not mislead you with false promises of a quick & easy miracle cure or even tell you the easy solution you want to hear but if you are prepared to invest the time and effort to work with them (and be warned that some of their solutions are not always easy!), their quite exceptional attention to detail, knowledge, professionalism, pragmatism and friendliness will give you the tools and opportunity to affect profound and fundamental changes – mentally and physically. This is a very impressive team. So much so, in fact, that despite moving overseas I still make the effort to see them for a regular ‘check up’ and review whenever I’m back in London. James Liddiard – New York/London
Until I started working with Tanya I had never stepped foot inside a gym! I was lacking confidence and self-esteem and felt pretty overawed by such a body-conscious environment. My fears were completely allayed by Tanya’s professional, friendly approach. We set sensible, realistic targets that felt very achievable, which of course motivated me hugely. What was particularly notable, was that she gave me no false hopes around how and by when, I could achieve my proposed goals – total honesty and transparency meant that I was able to commit the programme with a very clear idea of the outcome. I started to look forward to my training sessions and although it took a little time to see results (after all, I had been inactive for many years), when they did happen, they were fantastic and affected me both physically – through weight loss, increased muscle tone, improved posture, general body-shape change and heightened body awareness – and mentally – through increased confidence, self-esteem and well-being. It was as if I had bought myself a whole new me! I am truly grateful to Tanya for helping me to achieve all this. She displayed total commitment to me, was consistent in her approach, offered great warmth and friendliness and above all, is the consummate professional. I would highly recommend Tanya to anyone looking to improve health and physical wellbeing. Leonie Fallstrom – London
I first made an appointment with The Happy Body team when I reached an all-time low – stressed out by my City job, suffering insomnia and painful IBS – and was greatly reassured that they not only offered a comprehensive, professional and efficient service, but this was delivered with words of encouragement and sensitivity.
Two months later I had noticed a 50% improvement in my health, and this upward trend continued thereafter. I would definitely recommend the holistic approach that The Happy Body uses, and urge anybody who settles for anything less than perfect health to think again. Rachel Willis, London
In the ten months I’ve been working with The Happy Body team their combination of highly focused exercises and remedial massage techniques have not only relieved my periodic debilitating back pains, but have afforded me the mechanism to restore my composure and balance, particularly during periods of intense work-related stress. Their insights into the effects of my past eating and lifestyle habits, together with their recommendations for change, have resulted in an almost immediate increase in my physical energy levels. These visible improvements have prompted both my CEO, and a close friend, to seek their assistance as well and this is why I can heartily endorse their practice. EF, MD Property Development Group, London
Why do I need a lifestyle and nutritional coach? That was my question a year ago. Little did I realise all the time, effort, energy and support I would be given by The Happy Body. I was far too busy with the commitment of work to think about my health or lifestyle – I had sleep problems with a head that was whizzing with thoughts through the day and as a consequence constantly felt exhausted. I knew my dietary pattern was not good but tended to ignore it as I had no major health problems.
The Happy Body team helped me realise and – more importantly – DO something about my lifestyle in an encouraging and supportive way and their mentoring had a hugely positive impact on my family too! Time was taken in the early stages to understand what I wanted to achieve (and what had prevented me from doing so up until now). They were meticulous in their attention to detail, giving me numerous relevant and unbiased academic papers to read, which helped me understand about nutrition in a more balanced, sound way. These sessions were my ‘sanctuary’ …I enjoyed them very much and learnt a great deal about myself as a consequence. Now I feel positive and prepared both mentally and physically to take on whatever the future may have ready for me – so my heartfelt thanks to the team for their continued enlightenment, encouragement, patience and complete professionalism. Margaret Duggan – Bedford
I have been in a constant state of “dis-ease” for the past 17 years, ostensibly from an old track injury. Having tried about a dozen traditional and non-tradition rehabilitation therapies with little success, I had frankly become sceptical about my own prognosis. That all changed when I started my program with The Happy Body team three months ago. I have been overwhelmed with their holistic understanding of the body, especially at the physical and nutritional levels, and now have a renewed sense of confidence about achieving my personal goal of a healthy, active and centred lifestyle. Paul Sandford – London
It has been nearly 2 years since I met The Happy Body team. I worked for Ten UK at the time, and you helped me make some huge changes in my lifestyle and eating habits – the first and only people who ever told me not to snack on apples! I wanted to say thank you again, as my decision to stop being a vegetarian (based on what you told me about my metabolic type) has been a positive changing point for me. Gaby – London
I have worked with The Happy Body on various projects. It’s the amazing results they achieved with my wife for her back problems that have astounded me. She suffered for four years with pain in her back, head and neck on a daily basis. After an initial session and a combination of massage, training and education my wife is fighting fit and hasn’t suffered since. Hiten Thaker – London