And she glowed from the inside out…

When I started operation nutrition my skin was dull, slightly red and it didn’t look as smooth as I’d probably like it to.

Now, 11 weeks on (almost to the day) my skin has a glow about it. The redness is subsiding and it’s smoothing out. My cheeks don’t look so dull and the softness is returning.

At the start of the journey back in September

At the start of the journey back in September

After the 11 weeks!

After the 11 weeks!

It’s amazing what a difference food can make. Just by putting the right nutrients inside your body you can make a real difference to the outside appearance as well.

For example, if you are stuffing your face with fast food, processed food and bad fats, your skin will start to reflect the amount of grease and saturated fats you’re ingesting.

Similarly, foods that are good foryour body weight seem to be equally as good for your skin. So if you consume a lot of fruits, veg, lean meats, nuts, legumes, etc then your skin will reflect this freshness and radiate health! This is what I’m now starting to see!

And, appearance aside, after 11 weeks I’m really starting to FEEL a difference as well. My energy is up, I’m finding that by eating the right types of food for my body I now have more energy to do longer gym workouts or to push myself more which in turn equals fat loss (bonus!!). I am getting less tired during the day, I feel happier in general and my mood swings are not so frequent. Even my periods are becoming more regular and less painful (which any woman knows is a bloody good thing!).

Bloating was a regular thing at the start of the journey

Bloating was a regular thing at the start of the journey

At the 11 week mark, bloating is gone!

At the 11 week mark, bloating is gone!

When I started on this journey with my wonderful nutritionist Jessica Cox I had an idea of what I wanted to get out of it. I really wanted to learn what foods weren’t right for me and I wanted to learn how to replace those foods with ones that were right for me. I have certainly achieved this! I suppose in the back of my mind I wanted to be eating better so I could lose some weight, which I also achieved! Simply feeling better in general was the main purpose of seeing a nutritionist in the first place. This, I have absolutely achieved. The cramps, nausea, fatigue, headaches and bloating have pretty much stopped completely. Of course I’m still adjusting to this lifestyle so there are occasional slip ups which leave me a little bloated but these are few and far between now.

They say new habits are formed and results start to happen after 12 weeks and I think this is pretty spot on! One important thing I’ve learnt throughout this journey is that you need to be patient and you need to be kind to yourself and your body. Health is a journey and there is no quick fix. Sticking it out is the only way to prosper. And getting support, such as I did with Jess, makes the journey soooooo much smoother and soooooo much easier. I could not have made these changes without her!

So for all of those working on their 2014 resolutions, if getting your health back on track pops up, see a nutritionist. You will not regret the investment. And if you give it a bit of time and stay positive and on track, when you get to the 12 week mark you WILL be able to look back and see some stand out changes to your health, your body and your skin!

Check out www.jessicacox.com.au –make health your priority next year!

PS she has some DELICIOUS recipes on the site as well!

My inner voice has spoken up!

I recently cut red meat from my diet (something I need to discuss with my nutritionist Jess at our appointment next week!). This isn’t the first time I’ve done this; it’s actually something I do quite frequently. I go Vego for a few months and then add meat back in for a while. The reasoning behind it is simple really; it’s a moral decision. I’m a big believer in and supporter of animal rights so I feel like a bit of a hypocrite scoffing down a juicy steak.

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Going off meat temporarily isn’t too tough for me, but after a while it always seems to get harder. Why? A: like the taste (I know, I know… don’t judge) B: My iron levels are low and sometimes my body needs the extra fuel. However, now that Jess is on the case regarding my iron and my levels are rising I feel that problem may be combatted for good, so that excuse is no longer relevant.

And today, just when reason B was about to wreck everything, my little inner voice who until now only pipes up when I don’t want it to, actually came to my rescue. Here’s the story…

I’m in my lunch break, driving to get some sushi and one of my fav pieces is the Aburi Ngiri (rice with seared wagyu beef). When I realised I wasn’t going to be able to have that now I’ve gone back to not eating red meats, I thought, oh well I suppose it doesn’t matter, one sushi won’t kill me. Then, enter stage left my inner voice who said very calmly… ‘Lahnee, you can eat the sushi if you want, but remember that you made the conscious choice not to eat red meat because it goes against your morals. It’s a choice you made, and it’s a choice you can keep.’

Hmmm, wise words little voice.

So I suppose the moral (pun intended) of this story is that some foods you may want to eat but you can’t because you are allergic or intolerant. Such is the case with me and my old pal wheat. Other foods you are actively choosing not to eat for one reason or other. And you are in total control of your actions. You are the only person who can be blamed if you break your own rules. This goes for weight loss too. No one forces you to eat a piece of cake. You pick that sucker up and put it in your own mouth.

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Our relationship with food really shouldn’t be as complicated as it is sometimes. Basically, if your body can’t handle something, don’t eat it. If you know something is bad for you, don’t eat it. If you’ve made a moral decision not to eat something, don’t eat it.

There… super simple really!

Parex, Metagenics, what the?

Well the days have come and gone and the post I’d hoped to get on here last Thursday is now finally making an appearance.

Last Wednesday I had my first follow-up appointment with Jessica Cox.

I was actually really excited about it! I wanted to tell her all about how I’d been going and I wanted to see what her feedback was, and the results of the tests were to be discussed. Anyone would have thought I was going for a job interview… for a job I really wanted that is. Nerves, butterflies, excitement, curiosity! All wrapped up (in a wheat free wrap of course).

So throughout the hour session, we chatted and I talked poor Jess’s ear off about what I had been eating, how I was finding it, how I felt.

I had actually been away on a work trip the weekend prior to Spicers Clovelly (a whole post in itself! OMG that place is heaven) and I was served up a few slices of fresh cooked bread straight from the over (drool!), so not wanting to be rude, I ate them. Yes you can cue the hand slaps and tisk tisk but it turned out to be a good thing, because I confirmed the fact that wheat does upset me. So I was able to tell Jess about this too and she seemed really happy with the progress we were making on breaking down the food groups and seeing what things were good for me, and what things were not.

The jury is still out on dairy so after 2 more weeks, I’ll be slowly reintroducing sheep and goat dairy only in the form of hard cheeses for 3 consecutive days. I’ll see how I feel and if I feel ok, we then reintroduce the softer stuff, then all going well, we bring back the cow dairy. Although, just quietly, I’m hoping I’m no good with cows dairy because it’s a good excuse for me to cut things like chocolate, cappuccinos, cheese – all the things I liked to munch on a little too much! I’ve actually lost 1.5kg JUST from the change in diet!!!

Now to the test results. I mentioned it before; I’m not allergic to gluten. No coeliac disease which is great news. I have low iron (no surprises there) so I’m taking Essential Nutrients Iron Plus daily for that. I do however also have bad bacteria in my gut. So the goal over the next 3 weeks before Jess and I meet again is to flush these bad bacteria out with the use of 2 different Metagenics supplements. Parex, which I take twice daily, 1 tab in the am and 2 tabs in the pm, is a potent anti-parasitic herbal combination which will rid the body of intestinal worms and parasites and provide anti parasitic, anti-microbial and anti-fungal activity. Gastro AG, a powder that provides fuel for beneficial bacteria, I’m having in water 2 x daily. I won’t lie, it kind of tastes kind of like what chalk might taste like but sweeter.

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So that’s all folks and I’ll touch base again very soon when I take you all on a journey into my pantry…. Oooohhhhh, aaaahhhhhh J

To get in touch with Jess, visit www.jessicacox.com.au

Operation Nutrition

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So all my regular readers know I’m on a bit of a health kick lately both inside and out – The Insanity Challenge (which you will see and hear the results from soonish) most recently the 10 Minutes for 10 Days (which I am on day 9 of and going strong) and now, let me introduce you to Operation Nutrition…

Tomorrow a very special journey will begin; a journey that really should have started a long time ago.

Let me go back to the start for a moment and give you a bit of an intro on me and why all of this is so important.

I was always very fit and healthy as a kid. I was part of numerous sporting groups, surfed every day, I ate well – I felt great. Then like a lot of adolescents, I fell from grace. Long story short I put on about 20kg, felt like shit and was very unhealthy and unhappy.

At 19 years old and 80kg I had a meltdown and with the help of my now hubby I lost about 15kg and was back on the healthy trail. And to see just how far I could go, I enlisted in a great trainer and decided to compete in a Sports Modelling comp. I trained my ass off (literally) for 12 weeks, lost another 10kg, went on stage and won! Yep… I looked hot! And I felt great! Momentarily. You see as great as you look on a body building diet, it really isn’t very sustainable. Well it wasn’t for me anyway. I fluctuated for a few years, competed in a few more comps and pushe my poor body to the brink. I was burnt out by the end. So much so I gave up on the gym, quit that membership and did a backflip with my nutrition. Before I knew it I was 65kg again. Rollercoaster right?

I suppose it’s quite important to point out at this stage that during all of this craziness it wasn’t just my weight that suffered. My insides hurt. For years I would go back to the doctor, different doctors, and every time they would suggest I might be pregnant (which I never was). Why you ask? Because my symptoms were always the same: nausea, fatigue, headaches, bloating, cravings, cramps.

After blood tests, urine tests and ultrasounds over and over again, well apparently there was nothing wrong with me. So on I went.

Which brings me to the present – I am currently working out again, about 5 x per week, and eating reasonably healthy, I still weigh 65kg and still have the weird symptoms.

Naturally, I went back to the doctors, because now I also taste metal in my mouth (yay!) and finally we had a breakthrough… this wonderful doctor suggested it might be as simple as acid reflux caused by my diet. Hmmm, ok. So a few tablets later and well, I felt better. This is good! But what it means is that I am probably intolerant to something in my diet, if not numerous things.

Enter stage right… Operation Nutrition!

In a bid to right this for good, to get off the rollercoaster and start living a better life, I decided to enlist the help of a nutritionist.

So last week I met up with the very lovely Jessica Cox, a Brisbane based nutritionist who is about to get my life and my health back on track. Over the next few months I’m going to be seeing Jessica every couple of weeks and documenting the journey. Through the good and the bad, the hard and the easy times, the failed and successful recipes, the cravings, the delicious times – through it all – join me and see how this works. If you have ever wondered whether seeing a nutritionist is for you, well use me as your guinea pig. Follow my journey and make up your own mind.

Tomorrow it all begins – my initial consultation and then it’s all go!

Keep in the loop on here, my instagram and facebook page! And wish me luck.

Peace!

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