Sometimes I feel I’ve something interesting to say or do and I think there must be someone, somewhere out there in the world who might just find it mildly thought-provoking, amusing or interesting to watch. I cover diet, lifestyle, and exercise and I’ve even thrown in some pole sport, for your entertainment! Youtube.
As for blogging, I’ve been writing all my life (I’m even a published author of two internationally released fitness books, tada!). Below you’ll find articles relating to various health-related topics. Also included are my more ‘bloggy’ type social commentary pieces…
Absolutely not obsolete
We think/are sold the premise that if we can just lose those extra 5-15kg we put on when we were pregnant (with our now 15 year-old child), life will be absolutely fantastic and we’ll be happy at last. At the unconscious level though, we know its bullshit.
I want you to do something for me. (Actually, this is for you but let’s not get technical.) Stop doing the all-or-nothing thing. Stop jumping on the bloody diet/exercise hamster wheel. (You’ll come off it eventually and then, sure as nuts, you’ll climb back on it...
Your ‘physical body’ is a configuration of your atoms. If you want to change the way they configure (i.e. if you want to change your ‘shape’), you’re going to have to do a lot more than focus on ‘physical world’ tools.
Conformity will be the death of us. More specifically, that of our kids. I’ve been seeing a lot of teenagers/young adults with anxiety issues recently. This kind of trend is always massively concerning, though not remotely surprising.
It burns my arse when peeps moan about their bodies, but do NOTHING to change or improve the situation!
How do I love myself? Let me count the ways… gluten-free chocolate cake from Vovo (when they have it in); a really good book (when I have the time for it); a manicure (on my birthday); a good movie (when I’m able to stay awake long enough to watch it). Shit, hang on....
Am I the only woman on the planet who feels as though an alien parasite hijacked me during pregnancy (and beyond)? Don’t get me wrong – I loved being pregnant, but…
So the PE birdie flew past me the other day and whispered this gentle piece of feedback into my ear – “Erm, Tanya, I hate to be the one to say this but – frankly – you dress inappropriately and your body makes other woman feel rather out of sorts!”
I’m 46 and I’m in good shape.
As a woman, this has invariably led to me being regularly called (amongst other things) ‘lucky’, ‘genetically gifted, ‘fortunate’ or – simply – a ‘bitch’.
It was Arnie who recently said (in his deadpan Terminatoresque voice), “I’m old. But not obsolete”. Clearly he’s feeling a lot like I am these days.
Diet and lifestyle
Feeding kids for good health is every parent's responsibility. The problem though, is that it's not that easy! Any of this sound familiar? “But my kids LOVE pasta, fries, sarmies and biscuits.” And “Surely kids need carbs to grow properly?” Oh, and my all-time...
Jack and Jill lived at the bottom of the hill. Their water source was at the top, until a national supermarket chain opened next door. Although a great convenience, they had to beware the marketing wolves, who were intimately schooled in parting people from their money…
Once upon a time Little Red Riding Hood embarked on the journey to a happy body, but upon entering the internet forest of health information she became hopelessly lost and never made it out of the woods. Was she eaten by the corporate food wolves; rendered immobile by too many unfulfilled gym memberships, or spiked on a branch of this-alone-be-the-whole-truth?
It’s time to start thinking for yourself when it comes to developing your unique nutritional programme.
Research shows that intermittent fasting (temporary hunger) coupled with exercise, forces the breakdown of fat and glycogen, helping your body burn fat without sacrifising muscle mass.
Recent research suggests that we can gain huge benefits from going without food for brief-to-prolongued periods of time.
Would you believe it if I said that overweight and obesity have nothing to do with over-eating and lack of exercise? Rather, these are side effects of fatness!
Enzymes tell the body what to do, when and how, making them very important. By eating raw food, you’ll supply plenty of them for good digestion and assimilation.
Mainstream opinion suggests that moderate intake of processed foods is not harmful to health, but the body requires large amounts of high-quality nutrients that can only be sourced from whole foods.
The dog’s barking; you haven’t quite finished dressing for that all-important morning meeting; your youngest has lost his toothbrush down the toilet and you still haven’t packed any (never mind healthy) lunches for school or work. Aargh!
Since processed foods impact massively on human health, it makes sense to consider that the majority of domestic animal foods sold these days may also be causing the same health problems.
Modern conveniences pose some real risks to your childrens’ health so to minimise these effects, keep their immune systems strong by focusing on a good diet.
After a workout you won’t want a high carb snack/meal as this interferses with human growth hormone production (which leads to tissue repair and fat reduction).
Your body’s biochemical make-up is as unique as your fingerprints so we’re all very different in the way our bodies process foods and utilise nutrients.
To achieve outstanding energy and long-lasting health you must feed yourself foods that the body and brain recognise as foods.
Prof Noakes has come and gone (he’ll be back – he likes PE) so those entrenched in their high carb eating habits (the same people who seem to dislike him intently), can take a deep breath, pull up the couch, switch on the telly and relax.
Ever been to a clothing store where they sell only one size? Nothing designed for humans is ever just one size. So why, when we talk diets, do we use the measure of one-size-fits-all as the holy grail of whether or not it works?
Let’s say you’re a person who was born to one, or both, obese or significantly overweight parents. You’re already at a disadvantage because you’ll have a high (inherited) level of LPL activity on your fat cells: the amount of body fat you store in your fat cells has a great deal to do with how much LPL (lipoprotein lipase) sits on these fat cells – the more there is, the more fat you’ll store.
Do you feel anxious about getting through the festive season without picking up weight? Fear not, for there is a relatively simple way to handle al this and still coming out looking and feeling decent.
Your body will let you know whether or not your last meal worked well for your unique biochemistry.
Salt is an impreative part of the human diet since our bodies require a constant concentration of it in the blood.
Insulin plays a massively important role in determining how much fat you will or won’t store. Another of its other roles is to ‘manage’ storage of both protein and fat, which it does primarily through two enzymes – lipoprotein lipase (LPL) and hormone-sensitive lipase (HSL).
The food pyramid was based on bad science and clearly doesn’t work, so a big shift in dietary approach is necessary.
LPL is our ‘fattening’ enzyme, but did you know that we have a ‘leaning’ enzyme too, called HSL (hormone sensitive lipase)?
Sugar cravings occur as a result of a nutrient deficienvy or over-supply, so to eliminate them you need to understand where to add or subtract in the diet.
Use your instinct to help understand your ideal food requirements and eat only real, unprocessed foods.
You need to learn what your personal fuel requirements are in order to stay healthy and in ideal weight.
Estrogen suppresses LPL activity on the fat cells, meaning that the more estrogen there is available, the less fat will be pulled into the fat cells, and the less fat you’ll accumulate over time. If estrogen levels are low, LPL on the fat cells will have a field day, causing more and more fat to be stored.
One of the most important aspects of good health is optimal hydration. Understanding your own water requirements will help you achieve outstanding health, increase energy and lose excess body fat.
Grains are far more problematic for health than people realise, causing overweight, insulin resistance, diabetes and more.
The crux of any good diet choice lies in understanding your own unique body,finding a lifestyle eating pattern that suits you and then loving what you eat.
Clearly the low fat, high carb food pyramid offers poor advice, given the world has become fatter and unhealthier.
It would be ideal to eliminate ALL fast, processed, refined, adulterated foods from our diets, but this just isn’t a realistic option. Health is about balance, not about punishment; it should never be ‘banting or bust’. Banting isn’t a ‘diet’ – it’s a lifestyle choice that’ll work best if you keep it real.
Tanya Wyatt answers some common diet questions with her unique approach to self and food love.
Beware of low quality supplements; take only what you need and only if you eat a very healthy diet
Only the timing of calories, their quality and how efficiently your body ‘manages’ them is important.
Gary Taubes’s book “Why We Get Fat and What to do About it” centres on some key themes. We get fat if we have a lot of LPL on our fat cells; we get fat if we eat lots of carbs; the seriously overweight or obese are neither ‘lazy’ nor ‘greedy’; we can maintain leanness if we have enough HSL on our fat cells; if female, we can maintain leanness by ensuring that our estrogen levels remain optimal.
Ok, so you’re in the store, picking up a loaf of bread and as you’re paying, you spy a chocolate and decide it’ll keep you going ’till dinner’s ready…
Building a buff body
Your body shape can actually tell you what type of activity is best suited to you, helping to make the most of your natural talents.
There seems to be significant benefit derived from exercising on an empty stomach, contrary to popular belief.
Being physically active on a regular basis is the key to good mental and physical health.
The means by which to build a strong core seems to be a confusing and misunderstood issue, so to achieve it properly, a knowledge of abdominal anatomy is necessary.
Not only is resistance training important to prevent against conditions like osteoporosis and posture problems, but it is also the only way to ensure you develop a body that is metabolically active throughout the day (not just when exercising).
Mainstream advice tends to suggest that better results occur with high volumes of exercise, but this isn’t the truth as recent research shows.
Most people don’t seem to know what they’re doing when they hit the weights area of any gym so I thought it a good idea to unpack best practice for weight training to help you get the most out of your time at gym
What does it take to develop yourself physically; to achieve the ‘body’ goals you set out to achieve? I think the trick is how you use failure.
Our lives, our work, our play has gotten more and more sedentary and this is a major problem for us as humans – will we be known as the coach potato generation?
Building healthy habits
Overall, our capacity to manage the stress in our lives depends on how successful we are with finding the leverage to change things; recognising that this might be hard; and developing the strength to withstand the impact of stress.
If you could change one thing that might define your success with optimising weight and health, it would be to see these as long-term goals, worth investing everything you can in them.
Fat loss: one of those gender-crossing, depression-causing, joy-killing straws on the proverbial camel’s back. It’s what I typically see clients about and by the time they get to me they have a set idea about what the experience is going to entail…
The promise is simple. Just do this one-and-only, quick-fix exercise blitz a few times a week and hey, presto – it’ll flatten your abs, perk up your arse, tone your arms and shape your legs (makes coffee too).
On 6 May, Eliud Kipchoge became the fastest marathon runner in the world. He completed 42.915km in an astounding 2 hours, 25 seconds! Twenty-five SECONDS short of breaking the 2-hour barrier! Did Eliud fail, or was his run an extraordinary success?
hile fluoride may have some value topically, the fact that it is both swallowed in small amounts and absorbed through the thin skin of the gums, is what poses a threat to your health. This is because the fluoride used is sodium fluoride, a by-product of the agricultural industry.
All commercial household cleaning products have the potential to nehtively impact on your health. They contain chemicals which are poisonous if swallowed, leach toxins into the air, which you inhale and – once you’ve touched a surface just cleaned – are absorbed through the skin.
As concerned and loving parents we do our best to protect our children from harm. But what about those dangers lurking in our homes?
Some of the stressors we’re exposed to on a daily basis can be easily recognised and understood, such as junk food and drinks, food chemicals, environmental pollutants etc. Some though, haven’t been quite so well publicised, even though they have far-reaching health consequences.
We’re exposed to many more toxins in our modern world, than in previous times. Couple this with poor eating, drinking and lifestyle habits and there seems to be a need for supporting overworked detoxification organs.
Breathing correctly sustains life, feeding necessary nutrients and oxygen to your cells. To improve your health, you’ll need to learn good breathing technique.
While many people underestimate the power of the mind in helping to improve both performance and health, it’s indisputable that what you think can affect your state of being.
People are living on an ever-increasingly rapid treadmill. Many health and weight issues stem from this pace of life and in our experience, there’s a yin and yang to everything, including our ability to expend or create energy.
Considering what it is we do, we’re often asked what our philosophy is on living a healthy, happy life, from a practical perspective. Our feeling is that attaining good health and ideal weight is a fairly simple formula.
When considering the question of whether or not to go on hormone replacement therapy, it’s vital that you do your own research on the topic since there is potential for harm from certain HRT drugs.
For magnificent health and boundless energy, there are 6 imperatives that need to be addressed – thought management, sleep quality, breathing patterns, hydration, diet and exercise.
We all have the best of intentions when it comes to setting new resolutions, but often the reason they don’t stick is because we’re trying to change a habit overnight. For sustainable, realistic changes, these habits should be overcome gradually and consistently.
Humans have two types of fat in their bodies – brown fat and white fat. Brown fat acts the same way as muscle does, by burning energy, whereas white fat stores energy.
Vitamin D is touted as one of our most essential health-building hormones and if levels are optimal, can reduce by 50%, your risk of dying from any disease.
Throughout history and until very recent times, man has walked, slept, and sat on the earth’s surface – skin to skin, as it were. In this way we naturally discharged electrical stress and were able to restore our natural and stable electrical state.
Lack of sleep can increase your risk of heart disease and raise your blood pressure; it can add to early aging, worsen constipation and increase your risk of dying from any disease.
Changing a habit is harder than it appears. The answer seems to lie in understanding the link between the habit itself and the behaviour which results in the habit.
Your immune system is effectively housed within your gut, so it’s vital that you digest, assimilate and utilise the food you consume to the very best of your ability.
Negative stress impacts on your adrenals glands which are responsible for producing all stress hormones. If they’re not given good recovery time, they can become so tired that they failt to produce enough health-enhancing hormones.
In our modern world, with our tendency to outsource food production, we’ve lost our connection to almost every aspect of the food chain, resulting in health consequences.
A habit takes a good few weeks to change, so trying to achieve more than one small change at a time can be a mighty difficult thing. How about setting yourself 12 new health-enhancing habits for the year ahead … one for each month.
Imagine looking at yourself in the mirror and saying “Good grief – I am, quite simply, the most wonderful person I know!” What kind of day at office are you likely to have?
We often tell our children about the magical transition of the caterpillar into a butterfly; of how ordinary can transform itself into beautiful in one big leap. It’s the story of the Ugly Duckling and Cinderella. It’s the story behind every diet and New Year gym membership!
Let me introduce myself. I’m waht some might refer to as a molecule of water. I prefer to think of myself as a massive, unfulfilled storehouse of potential energy…
Many may think my business is about bodies – what you put into them; how you move them; and how you use that stuff between your ears to think about them. Well they wouldn’t be wrong, but the real work I do concerns patterns.
You can try to just exercise, or just diet, or just spot your negative thinking patterns. But to truly develop a happy body it’s going to take doing everything in combination.
We’re all looking for the magic formula – the one thing that will take care of our weight and health. There isn’t one – it’s down to you and you alone…
The only sure way I know of not falling off the wagon is by not being on it in the first place…
Is it possible to be fit, strong, healthy and happy, all at the same time? The key challenge is not in knowing what you ‘should’ eat or how you ‘should’ exercise; it’s knowing what ‘should’ means to you…
How useful is a mirror or scales in providing feedback on our bodies? Do they tell us anything about what our body is capable of, how sexy it is, or whether we can dance the Tango?
Summer is in the wings, winter is exiting stage left; in a few weeks the curtain opens to one thing … the beach. Time to panic.