Weight-loss hindrances

  1. Gut Health: there’s a garden inside of you.

With all the information nowadays circulating about Gut health, you must be wondering what to do with it. So good health and therefore disease all start in the gut; the small intestines, the stomach and the colon. You eat, you digest, you excrete. However, the gut is a complex place, home to bacteria, viruses, protea, and fungi. It’s also home to the immune system. So the type of bacteria living in your gut influences whether a virus will spread in your body, activating the immune system to inflame the body and fight it off. A strong and healthy gut or lots of good bacteria, will be able to keep viruses dormant and won’t let new ones survive in its colony. But, if you have more bad bacteria-known as dysbiosis, then most likely you will get sick often, have a weakened immune system and even wake up some bad genes that you’ve inherited. If you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, then you will have a leaky gut. Which means the holes in your oesophagus have grown wide open and leak out undigested food particles in to your circulatory system. Undigested food particles are toxic; so the immune system begins to attack some part of your body, as it seeks to get rid of those toxins. Allergies are also a manifestation of poor gut health. If you are gaining weight because of an autoimmune disorder such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I would examine and recommend changes to your diet and lifestyle practices to calm the inflammation, so your immune system stops attacking your thyroid gland, and your metabolism becomes effective again leading to weight-loss.

Sometimes clients have poor gut health in general and find once they take a probiotic supplement, and eat the foods rich in fibre (prebiotics) that feed the growth of friendly bacteria, you will find that your hormones also balance, and you start to lose the kilos that didn’t budge before.

The gut also influences the brain. You’ve used the expression “Gut feeling” before ? Whatever thoughts you might be having are felt in your stomach. From butterflies, to anxiety, to courage. The friendly or unfriendly bacteria also influence your thoughts and actions. Perhaps it even influences your mindset.

This topic is so vast and interesting and essential that I’ve only touched upon a few factors!

This is how gut health is imperative to your health and wellbeing and weight loss goals.

As your health coach, this is the first thing we would discuss in the health history session.

Curious about your gut health?

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Is there such a thing as super-food?

Dear Reader,
You will have noticed that I haven’t put many pictures of fruit and vegetables on my website. Albeit: I’ve pictures up of delicious desserts and flamboyant, fancy coffee!

Depending on the occasion, they all are superfoods! Fruit and veggies, cake and coffee. Super food can be subjective.

Yes. Of course wellness and well-being are all about eating whole foods first. The primary sources of nutrition that are always superfoods are those grown in the sun, soil and on trees; that have been made with the help of birds, butterflies and bees.

If you sign-up for coaching sessions for any of of the problems mentioned on the mind-map, natural superfoods are what you will be eating.
No doubt.

However food is medicine. The poison is in the dose. And we are more than just a body. Coaching through a Being-Well lens means knowing when to have your cake guilt-free, because I know how hard it is to make switches in your diet when you eat for health’s sake. Giving up on your daily biscuit at tea time can be depressing. It weighs on your mental health. It can even lead to a tantrum.

If you learn not to gratify your desires instantly, and know the occasions of when you can have creamy, dreamy pudding, then temptations won’t govern your mind. Our sessions together will help train your mind to be patient by recognising your triggers and eat with intention to heal.

Make sense?
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Sonia Salim.