I have always been a small build, ate healthy and stayed active however found my weight would often fluctuate up and down, along with my energy and found myself feeling I had little control over it.
This along with female after female coming to me over the years desperate for help as they are unable to;
1) Lose weight despite a healthy diet and regular exercise.
2) Maintain a healthy consistent weight.
To feel anything less than healthy, confident and in control of your body I believe should not be acceptable to you. This is why I created the 6 Step System to build a solid platform to heal the metabolism and provide it with an initial kick-start for females to reach their perfect weight and maintain it with ease.
A Holistic Metabolism is the basis of easy weight loss and management, greater body confidence and an external and internal glow. Once we heal our metabolism’s and nourish them, automatically everything falls into place.
I followed the 14 day Kick start for greater metabolism nourishment and to show you how simple it is to have your health and fitness goals fall into place when you focus on healing and nourishing. I naturally sit at around 55kg with ease following a Holistic Metabolism Lifestyle. Pre the start of my 14 day’s I put on 1 kg to show you the simplicity of the program and how with nourishment I can so easily fall back to ‘my perfect’ weight.
Please excuse the corny body shots!
Before pics: 1st June
Your holistic Metabolism
Stage 1: Days 1-2
My favourite stage, also known as the detox stage. I loved these first 2 days as my body was in desperate need of a detox, feeling run down and heavy. Each meal left me feeling rejuvenated and energised as I nourished it with easily digestible detoxifying, metabolism boosting foods. This stage I also realised how addicted to sugars I was. Now I don’t even eat refined sugar, however I would find myself craving something sweet such as a bliss ball or piece of fruit or quality chocolate after every meal. My body had become addicted to this habit without me even realising. Without that small whole food sweetness I was getting moody despite feeling full and content after a beautiful wholesome meal…. so the sugartox was needed but certainly a challenge.
I also loved the start of a regular exercise program again. Despite being a personal trainer and nagging my clients to keep with their fitness routines, mine had become last priority with everything else happening. I still was moving in some way everyday, whether it be walking my dog to the park or a bit of resistance with a client but actually putting time aside for my fitness was a distant memory.
Detox Salad p.54 & Green Detox Smoothie p.39:
Stage 2: Days 3-6
After just getting in the swing of my detox stage, stage 2 came around and I had all these other ingredients to add and a whole new nutritional routine. It was a lot of fun preparing the meals each day trying to get in a wide range of nourishing ingredients. Stage 2 was all about upping my food intake with the specific foods recommended in the eBook which work with your metabolism to help repair damage and allow it to feel ‘safe’ so it can work in our favour for the stage 3 of fast boosting and super nourishment.
Listening to my body I kept to the single HIIT session on Day 3, rather than the double. It is important that you listen to your body and adapt the exercise and nutrition program to your individual needs.
The sugar-free Raw Basic Chocolate recipe on p.54 was great for those sweet cravings.
Stage 3: Days 7-10
A whole new nutritional routine again! I love the variety this program provides and adaptability at the same time. I did find this stage slightly harder than the others purely due to needing to be slightly more organised with meals and snacks that were required and trying to include the sufficient amount of protein over these 4 days. This stage coffee cravings also kicked in so I really got into the herbal coffee on p.39 mixing it up with almond and coconut milk. Around this stage really noticing a difference in my self body image after the daily body confidence practices and feeling more in control managing my stress.
Had to pull back on the exercise due to health, however still followed the program at a lower intensity and enjoyed a leisurely walk along the terrain of the Spit to Manly with my partner followed by a Your Holistic Metabolism brunch of course. Motivation by good food!
Fitting the program around your lifestyle and social life was surprisingly easy and actually brought greater fulfilment to my days as I ticked off each section and filled out my Your Holistic Metabolism Diary p.64.
Stage 4: Days 11-14
This last stage was all about combining the first 3 stages together into a balanced and metabolism nourishing lifestyle to then be able to continue post the 14 days. I really felt everything coming together through the last 2 days in particularly. I was sleeping better, sugar cravings had decreased, energy slightly increased, felt greater confidence in myself and control over my body, hair and skin health has improved and I could visibly notice a leaner, fitter and healthier me!
Once I started to get a bit bored of the Cocao Super Shot, I recreated it into this Decadent Hot Chocolate With A Spoon (recipe on blog). The trick to sticking with the 14 days is avoiding deprivation and rather recreating what your craving with the ingredients and metabolism foods outlined in the eBook.
After taking the progress pictures on the morning of Day 15 (see below) I was surprised with the results despite a few adaptations to the program due to my health the second week. I was visibly leaner around my thighs and bottom, my first weight gain areas and slightly amount on my stomach. Was kind of liking the booty that extra 1 kg had given me pre the 14 Days but also nice to be back to feeling me again.
After pics: 15th June
How was your 14 Day Journey? Would love to hear how you went and what you loved and what you found challenging?
To celebrate the resent release of Your Holistic Metabolism eBook and because I can’t wait to have you experiencing the magic of a #HolisticChicks metabolism I will be giving away 2 copies of Your Holistic Metabolism eBook.
To enter all you have to do is hashtag #HolisticChicks in your health and fitness adventures on Instagram. Think healthy recipes and food pics, workout pics, yoga, nature scenes, meditation…. be creative!
The winners will have their pics featured and receive a copy of the Your Holistic Metabolism ebook.
So get snapping and hashtagging #HolisticChicks my lovelies.
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