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
Sandy Coffey, photographer – Port Elizabeth
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
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
Thank you Tanya! Catherine Van Der Wolf, Cape Town
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
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
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
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
Thanks again Tanya! Xolani Mgijima, VWSA Port Elizabeth
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
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
Terence Scheinberg, NMMU Business School
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
Yolanda Vermeulen, Johannesburg
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