Being Slim and looking terrific! This is what we all aspire to be. Well I have some good news for you, it can happen and without too much pain. The first thing you have to remove from your brain is the word Diet. Why you ask? Well if you are like myself you have been yo yo dieting your entire adult life and just the very word makes you feel hungry. We were all informed the only way we are going to lose Weight and look trim taut and terrific is to cut out everything we like and live on lettuce leaves. It doesn’t work does it? We are here to help achieve your ideal body image by changing your lifestyle and once you have a taste of it you… Continue reading
COLUMN BY ANNETTE SYM MOVING MORE THAN YOUR FORK ON THE 25TH.
Being active on Christmas day is easy if you have the right Christmas presents to get you motivated. Whether it be a brand new bike, balls, gym equipment or pool toys everyone can enjoy some form of activities in the afternoon to work off all that Christmas fare. Here are some suggestions:
If bikes are under your tree then taking the kids out for a bike ride will be at the top of the list for activities. Teaching your child to ride a bike is not only a great bonding exercise but it is a great way for them to have fun and get fit at the same time. Who says that bikes are just for the kids, so put your order in for a bike if you… Continue reading
Spring is in the air. Yes, we can now start thinking about salads, exercise and swimming. During winter most tend to hibernate, for example jumping out of bed at 6am when it is dark and cold can stop even the most health conscious person and walking late afternoon means darkness at 5.30pm. Longer daylight hours and warmer weather lifts the spirit and so now is the perfect time to get your health and exercise routines back into full swing. Let’s get ready for summer, here are some tips:
1. Try on your favourite summer outfit from last year and see how it fits now. If it is a bit snug or the buttons don’t do up then take this as a sign that you need to shed a few kilos before summer kicks in. Another good idea is to put… Continue reading
With all the quick fix diets, pills and potions we are still battling the obesity issues in Australia. We are now fatter than ever before in history. Here are a few diet myths and the truth as I see it. 1. Eat grapefruit and it will melt the fat away – no food can do this
2. You have to starve to lose weight – this is the worst thing you can do to lose weight, in fact if you eat too little your body will not lose weight. Having a balanced diet with the right amount of fats and calories is the answer. Never go lower than 1200 calories in your day for women and 1500 for men.
3. When exercising no pain means no gain – this is so false, going too hard too quickly can cause injury… Continue reading
ANNETTE SYM COLUMN – BACK TO SCHOOL
The holidays are over and school has begun again. Normal routines have finally returned and even though most parents are relieved to have their children back to school, we are now faced with the hard task of what to pack in their lunchboxes. It can be difficult trying to think of healthy, convenient and delicious food for their lunches each day, plus what do you give them when they come home starving from school?
The shopping aisles are filled with little packets of this and that to put into the lunch boxes however many are filled with sugar, salt and fat. Finding time to home bake can be difficult, but not impossible. Allocate a bake day say once a month and make muffins, pikelets, cakes and my low fat corn chips. Your… Continue reading
ANNETTE SYM COLUMN – COOKING CHICKEN THE HEALTHY WAY
When I was a young girl many years ago, how I looked forward to Sundays as it was roast day. Chicken was a real treat in those days, yet nowadays most families will have chicken once or twice a week. You can bake it, grill it, stir-fry it, make it into a curry, you name it. Chicken is very versatile and enjoyed by young and old. You can dice, slice, flatten, mince or shred it to name but a few of the ways to use chicken in recipes. A good way to crumb chicken the low-fat way is to beat an egg white with some low-fat milk and dip the flattened chicken breasts in egg mix, coat with bread crumbs then heat a good quality non-stick fry pan that has been… Continue reading
TIPS FOR BUSY WOMEN COLUMN BY ANNETTE SYM
Women lead such busy lives these days and wear many hats. I have myself found being a mother, wife and business woman has many challenges but I wouldn’t change my life for anything. If you are like me and need an extra 4 hours in each day then maybe these tips will help you:-
- Learning the word delegate is a great start. You can’t do everything yourself so find people in your life that can help and support you.
- Another word you need to own is ‘NO’. You aren’t anyone’s slave so only do what you are happy to do, and if you aren’t then say NO. You must be no. 1 in your life, and yes I know women are meant to be the nurturers in life but you must look… Continue reading
A common problem overweight people suffer from is a lack of self-esteem. Feeling inadequate can impact not only how you feel about yourself but it can create mood swings, comfort eating and binging in an attempt to try and make yourself feel better. If you are too busy prioritising everybody else but yourself, then it is time to start thinking about YOU! What do you need and what do you really want? I don’t believe that you can give to others happily if you aren’t giving to yourself first. Feelings of resentment and unhappiness take over and before too long, you and everyone in your life feel unhappy. Feeling unhappy within yourself can make food a crutch; so if you are trying to lose weight and can’t stick to it for very long, it could be your emotions that are… Continue reading