Monthly Archives: August 2012

Debunking Metabolism Myths

Source: carolyn_r in Healthy Eating


Your metabolism isn’t broken never to be fixed. There are myths about metabolism that make it seem as though it’s like a credit score. Weight loss misfortunes won’t wreck your ability to lose weight for once and for all. Some think that after a few times of losing and gaining, it’s impossible to lose as much as before. Others feel their desk jobs make it too hard to burn enough calories to lose weight. While doubt and fear may play tricks with your mind, your body is up to losing weight in either situation if you put it to the test. These common myths about losing and gaining don’t line up with new research that points to the body’s ability to do whatever you want it to.

Second Time Around

If you’re on the second or third leg of your weight loss trip, you may think your first time was best, but you have just as good a chance at losing weight. A newstudy in the journal Metabolism studied over 400 post-menopausal women during a one-year weight loss intervention. All were both overweight and inactive, however a group within the cohort were labeled weight cyclers as they had lost or gained a significant amount of weight over the years. The moderate group cycled between 10 pounds, while the severe group cycled between 20. Compared to participants with steady weights, the weight cyclers weren’t left in the weight loss dust. In fact, even though the weight cyclers were generally heavier and had worse metabolic profiles than the rest of the group, they were just as effective at all weight loss parameters, including pounds lost, improvement in insulin resistance, body composition and blood pressure. Their results show that you’re not at a disadvantage if you’ve lost weight before.

Don’t Blame Your Desk Job

Another myth involves people’s sedentary lifestyles. Some argue that if they had a more active lifestyle, they’d burn more calories naturally and weigh less. It’s a reasonable argument given the long work hours and commutes many Americans endure, but it’s just not true according to research published in PLoS one. Study author Herman Pontzer of Hunter College in New York and other researchers studied the daily intake of hunter-gatherers in northern Tanzania. The lifestyle isn’t completely a caveman existence, but these traditional villages are always on the move. Their diets are also quite different, but surprisingly an assessment of their daily energy expenditure shows unexpected congruence with the typical American. They are virtually the same. After controlling for body size, their results show the foragers of Tanzania expend the same amount of calories each day as largely sedentary Westerners. What’s more, the hunter-gatherers expended similar amounts of calories walking and resting as well. According to the study, their results suggest ” human daily energy expenditure may be an evolved physiological trait largely independent of cultural differences.”

Beyond the Myths

That said, work with the metabolism you’ve got. If you want to lose, past attempts aren’t holding you back. If you have a job that has you sitting all day, you’re not at a disadvantage. A caloric deficit is all you need to lose weight. The two things that will slow your metabolism are not getting enough calories and not getting enough exercise. If you balance regular exercise with a healthy diet, you’re primed to lose.



Can’t lose weight…food intolerances



Not food allergies here, because there is a pretty big difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance.

Food allergies only affect about 1 to 2 percent of the population, whereas food intolerance occurs in up to 20 percent of the population. “With allergies, symptoms can be very dangerous and even life-threatening. A food intolerance, on the other hand, is more likely to present itself with symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), eczema, migraine, fatigue, hives and asthma,” says Muriel Simmons, Chief Executive of Allergy UK.

Food intolerances can potentially be the #1 reason many people are trying “everything” to lose weight with NO results…it’s that bad.

If someone is allergic to a food, the reaction is usually fairly quick…hives, itchy throat, severe reactions.  Whereas, the symptoms of food intolerance…bloating, gas, fatigue, inability to lose weight…can take several hours and even days to show up, making you feel like you’re in a constant state of digestive distress.

A food intolerance will also create a chronic state of inflammation inside the body making it a less than ideal environment for your metabolism to burn off unwanted fat…and that’s exactly what you don’t want when you’re trying your best to change your body and change your health.

How do you know if you have a food intolerance?

The best way to discover if a food intolerance is the root cause of your inability to lose weight is to temporarily remove those foods from your diet for 2 weeks.  You can then slowly introduce those foods back into your diet and see how your body responds.

The most common food intolerance culprits are wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy and corn.

It may sound a bit overwhelming to think about eliminating all of those foods from your eating plan, but a meal plan similar to the sample below may really help you find out if a food intolerance is an issue for you.

Breakfast: Quinoa Porridge made with coconut milk, topped with walnuts.

Snack: Turkey slices (nitrite and nitrate free) with carrots and cucumbers

Lunch: Steak salad, leftover steak over rocket, shredded carrots and celery with olive oil and vinegar dressing, along with a small fruit salad.

Snack: Smoked Salmon over sliced tomatoes

Dinner : Roasted Chicken, sautéed spinach and baked sweet potato with butter.

There is no wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy or corn included above, and consists of a variety of delicious foods.

After eliminating the suggested foods for 2 weeks, choose one and re-introduce a small amount of it into 1 meal and pay close attention to how you feel.  If the bloating, gas, indigestion (or whichever symptoms were affecting you the most) come back quickly, you know that food or all of them may not be the best choice food for you.

Another strategy that is effective and may be a bit easier for you to implement immediately is to begin taking digestive enzymes with each meal.  Right before you eat, take 1 high quality digestive enzyme to help your body process and digest your food.   For those people who are slowly taking the necessary steps to eat healthier and healthier each day, this is an effective way to experience quick relief from gas, bloating and other annoying symptoms of food intolerances.

Dorothy Perkins partners Kardashian Kollection UK


Dorothy Perkins has announced that it will bring the Kardashion Kollection to the UK in November. The range will comprise of over a hundred pieces from clothing to footwear, which will launch in 2013. The range will be stocked in more than 250Dorothy Perkins stores throughout the UK, including eight shop-in-shops within BHS, online and internationally to 13 further countries via franchise stores.

Kardashian sisters; Kim, Kourtney and Khloe  commented on the new partnership stating: “We’re looking forward to expanding our line and making Kardashian Kollection available to so many more people. We pride ourselves in having a line that is affordable and yet of great quality and we’re excited to bring it to new territories”

A unique, flash pop-up event, Dîner en Blanc


A unique, flash pop-up event, Dîner en Blanc is coming to London on 20 September. Organised entirely via social media, all guests are asked to dress in white, bring their own banquets, tables, chairs, glasses, silverware and white table linen. The secret picnickers then come together for a “chic picnic” in a public space. Over the course of the evening, attendees will celebrate and dine amid live music and dancing. When it is time to leave, guests pack their dinnerware and tables before leaving, with no sign of the gathering left behind. For the UK’s first Dîner en Blanc, the guest list will be limited to 1,442 people for the undisclosed location. The event has taken place in outdoor public spaces in 20 cities across five continents this year, including New York and Singapore.

Age … responsibly


Ageing UVA radiation – UVA for ageing, UVB for burning – can penetrate glass and cloud cover, so skin damage is happening even when you are in your car or outside in the winter.

Any skin care specialists will prescribe that protecting your skin daily from the sun with a broad-spectrum sunscreen is THE best defence you have against skin degeneration.

Water is the next key component in this vital battle for your health and your looks. Ensure your 8 a day (glasses of, that is) The more hydrated your cells, the more efficient their function. When your body is hydrated your brain works faster, you feel more awake and less hungry and your skin cells are plumper.

Moisturisers protect against water loss and environmental attack from the outside by bolstering your complexion’s natural oil content.

Sleep regulates all the benefits of the above again aim for 8 a day.

Try to regulate stress, this is a major baddie to rob us of all our much needed essentials and advance ageing and inhibits immunity, try anything to relieve it e.g. deep breathing, yoga, soak in the bath, aromatherapy, and ask yourself this…will it matter in 1 year’s time?

Jade Facial Rollers


Jade Face Roller is like a regular gym workout for the face.

The healing properties of jade and the deep massaging action transform your skin and facial contours making you look younger.

TOP TIP – Store in the fridge and use on your temples to ease headaches and hangovers.

The facial roller is made of pure Jade, a cleansing stone used in Chinese medicine for centuries to aid the body’s filtration organs and lymph system to expel toxins.

It is designed to use around the face and neck area to aid lymph drainage and blood flow, eliminating puffiness, toning facial muscles and plumping out wrinkles.

You may also find that regular use minimises spots around the chin and jawline caused by toxin build-up.

Using broad sweeps always working away from the nose area, roll across the forehead, cheeks, throat and décolletage area . Place vertically on your sinus area and rock gently and then roll away from the nose to clear blocked sinuses. Finally, pay special attention to the jawline where congestion is prone to build up, rocking the tool vertically where your neck meets your ear and then rolling it down towards your collar bone.

How to make a peplum belt no sewing!


Try making a peplum belt using the following guide, we did it with great success and ease…


This tutorial is for you if you don’t know how to/ don’t feel like sewing. Just a little bit of glue and you’re all set!

leather peplum belt tutorial no-sew quick and easy

Here goes:


mark out points on leather - peplum belt tutorial

Make small marks on the reverse side of your faux leather. I used a ballpoint pen to do so.

Don’t be intimidated by this! The inner circle marks should be your waist size. You can use a piece of string that’s the same length as your waist and lay it out in a circle and mark around it.

For OCD people/ math-lovers: the distance from the center point, line A, should be {your waist measurement} divided by {2π } where π is pi. iPhone users, just turn your calculator sideways to landscape and you’ll get a scientific calculator and just hit the symbol π !

For ease of reference: Waist size 24″ – line A should be about 3.8″ | Waist size 25″ – line A should be about 4″ | Waist size 26″ – line A should be about 4.1″ | Waist size 27″ – line A should be about 4.3″

For line B and C, it just depends on how long you want your peplum belt to be along the front, sides, and back. I used 6 inches for B and 8″ for C. Using the same measurements, go around the circle and make marks all round.

marking how to make leather peplum belt tutorial

Join the marks. If you’re not great at freehand, make more marks!

angled point marking how to make leather peplum belt tutorial

At the front end of the peplum pattern, make an angle for the opening. I took 1.5 inches on either side. But in any case you’d have to try it on and cut more if the belt needs to be smaller.

cut out - how to make leather peplum belt tutorial

Cut it out around the outer circle and inner circle markings. Fit around your waist. I decided I wanted it higher and tighter and ended up cutting off more from the front ends.

glue ribbon - how to make leather peplum belt tutorial

You’re almost there! Just use some glue meant for leather and fabric to glue some ribbon down for closure. You can use leather straps too if you prefer.

glue ribbon 2 - how to make leather peplum belt tutorial

Glue a separate strip of ribbon to either side of the peplum belt. Let it dry and you’re done!

peplum plain

I love how the ribbon gives the leather look a bit more of a feminine feel. Hope you enjoyed this and have a great start to the week!