Categories Advice, Health, Health Tips, Nutrition, Obesity, personal trainer perth, Weightloss

Do you have a “Barrier” stopping you from starting a fitness program?

If you are constantly thinking about starting an exercise and weight management program but just can’t seem to get there.  Have you asked yourself why that is? Realistically, not just the usual “I just can’t”.  Sometimes you are stuck in the pre-contemplation phase far too long that it just becomes far too hard to actually start.

Think about the following statements if you are stuck in pre-contemplation of looking after yourself, and see if any of them fit with what your current barriers are like:

  1. I feel embarrassed about starting to exercise in front of others and I won’t be able to keep up.
  2. I’ve put on so much weight, where do I start again?
  3. I’m just so tired, when can I even fit in time to look after myself.
  4. I know what I need to do, I just need to start, but I don’t know how to start with all of my commitments.
  5. I can’t mentally deal with exercise, or anything right now, but I know it would make me feel better if I did do something.
  6. With my physical condition, I won’t be able to do any exercise anyway, it’ll be too hard.
  7. I can’t buy healthy foods because they are too expensive.

If you are feeling any of these things, but it’s still consistently on your mind, that you must start something, give these a try:

  1. Find some exercises on YouTube for free that you can do in your jimmy jams at a time that suits you, no-one needs to see you at all, until you are comfortable to work out around other people.
  2. If you’ve put on a lot of weight, but you can’t seem to reduce your intake, start your own food diary, write down everything, I’d suggest getting a book with an inspirational quote on the front (try Typo, they have loads of these) and a glitzy pen (yes the old fashioned way) and just write in it at the end of the day. And write everything.  This is a great way to actually understand what it is that you’ve taken in for the day, by writing it down and focusing on writing it down means you aren’t distracted by a phone, an app, or text messages, and social media.  You’ll be surprised at how by actually looking at that list and thinking, did I really consume all of that food today, focuses you into reducing your food intake.  Don’t count the calories just write down the food and drinks in a list, line by line.  Also write down how you felt afterwards, try to introduce some mindfulness around your eating and identifying links to any food sensitivities.  Once you start to do this consistently, you will be in a better and more focussed mindset to try to look after your diet, then introduce some exercise. Just consistent walking at the very beginning.
  3. Being tired is something that is a constant issue with day to day pressures.  Try to decrease your sugar intake and caffeine slowly, increase your water intake and always have a bottle handy.  Eating citrus can perk you up too, taking in some fresh air and regular breaks at work can help, but the main thing is to try to remind yourself that you are tired only until you start to move your body, as soon as you start to do a little bit of exercise, that tired feeling dissipates and you can muster up some energy with the blood flow increasing around your muscles. Even if its a minimal 15 – 30 minute workout, you’ll feel less tired. Do this consistently, and you’ll feel more perky by the day!
  4. Having commitments every day is everyone’s issue.  But you must prioritise what’s important.  A 3o minute workout is more beneficial in the long run.  You will feel more focussed, more productive, get things done quicker, have a clearer mind, feel stronger and less stressed.  Remember that exercise will reduce stress overall, so the benefits outweigh doing your other task for 30 minutes.  Even if that 30 minutes is a gentle stretch session late in the evening, it’s still more beneficial than not.  Do you sit down and watch TV for 30 mins? Replace that 30 mins with some exercise.
  5. If it’s mentally challenging then I’d suggest talking to family and friends and asking them if they’d meet you for a beach walk so that you have an actual commitment to someone is a good start.  Start slowly, start small, try little 10 minute bursts of exercise just so you can start something, see how it makes you feel and build up from there. You need to have support, so reach out.
  6. If you have a physical ailment stopping you from exercising, check in with your health professionals and ask them what types of exercise is beneficial for you. Then seek it out, make an appointment to go, and go, even when you want to cancel, still go.  See how you like it and how it feels, you’ll probably really like how it makes you feel.
  7. Buying healthy foods is not as expensive as you might think.  Buy produce that is in season as it’s often cheaper, and seek out recipes on the internet, just google the ingredients that you have and I’m sure you will find a recipe. Try to buy healthy foods in bulk, you don’t need fancy ingredients just wholesome real foods that have not been processed and packaged.  Do buy the leanest and highest quality meats, fish and poultry that you can find, and buy in bulk, freeze the portions.  I have to be honest, I don’t like to prepare too many meals in advance and freeze them, I like to cook fresh and have leftovers for lunch the next day, then cook again. But you can do meal prep if you like.

I’m a personal trainer and nutritional coach so of course I recommend that everyone has a coach, once per week, just to keep you on track.  There are many studies where groups have started a weight loss program including fitness that succeeded more long term with the help of seeing coaches regularly.  If you are accountable to someone in person, even once a week, you are more likely to keep on track, rather than being accountable to an app or an online program.  Whether that is a gym program, personal training program, weight loss program or general coaching, it’s a great way to keep yourself healthy and manage your weight long term.

Call me if  you need any help, I do have FaceTime Coaching available which is convenient and cost effective, or good old fashioned personal training!

Angie 🙂

 

Categories Kids snacks, Nutrition, Recipes

Muesli Breakfast Bites – Nut Free Dairy Free Gluten Free

Muesli Breakfast Bites

These are nut, gluten and dairy free but if you don’t have any sensitivities then feel free to make the full nut option! (further below)

For these ones, I wanted to make them look more like truffles than a muesli bite, I was also looking for something speedy but healthy.  This is a good recipe to do with the kids so maybe they might be more inclined to give them a try!

Here’s what I used:

1 x box of gluten free, nut free, dairy free muesli (it had some dried fruit in it) try to make sure it’s one of the healthier options with lower sugar or chemicals.  Whiz this whole box up in the food processor or blender so you get crumbs or there abouts.  This just saves time getting a bunch of ingredients together.

2 x tablespoons of coconut oil – more for consistency if you need

Honey – to taste

Cinnamon – to taste

Vanilla – to taste (I wouldn’t use more than a teaspoon of extract or 1 x vanilla bean)

Add in any other dried fruits or some grated fruit as you think you need.

Roll in sprinkles, glitter, hearts, coconut, raw cacao or anything you’d like. I used sparkle dust on mine, cocoa on the others and coconut on the other 2. Whatever appeals to the kids the most really so they eat them!

If you want to do another nut inclusive version,  use 1 x cup of cashews, 1 x cup of almonds or almond meal, freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 x lemon), coconut (1/4 cup), coconut oil 2 x tablespoons, some craisens, or chopped dried mango, roll in desiccated coconut.

Enjoy 🙂

Angie Hazell, Personal Trainer and Certified Nutrition Coach | Personal Training | Group Fitness | Private Weightloss Challenges | Migraine Balance Coaching | Seniors Fitness

 

Categories Diet, Nutrition, Recipes

Veggie Squishie Bites

Veggie Squishie Bites

This is a recipe you can make with the kids as a veggie snack alternative for their school lunches or you could have alongside your evening dinner.

You can use any combination of vegetables but this is what I used:

1 x bag of small Sweet potatoes and 2 potatoes, mashed and seasoned as preferred (salt, pepper and some olive oil spread, you could use a little bit of butter). (Leave skins on for extra fibre and texture)

1 x zucchini roughly chopped up in a blender – cook for a few minutes just to take away the rawness of the zucchini, then sieve off the liquid.

1 x apple roughly chopped up in a blender.

Craisens – you’re choice just enough to add a sweetness to the mix.

Parmesan – about a tablespoon but again, to your liking.

Lightly roasted Fava Beans (in the health food section of coles) (blitzed, these are your crumbs)

You could add other veggies, just blitz them in your food processor but I used a nutribullet just for speediness.

Mix it all up together, season as preferred, use herbs and spices.

Take small spoons of the mix and make into balls or small patties and roll in the crumb mix. No eggs required (unless you want to).

You can eat these as is as everything is already cooked or you can lightly pan fry for a crispy outer crust!

Let me know if you make any tasty variations that we should know about!

Enjoy 🙂

 

Angie Hazell, Personal Trainer and Certified Nutrition Coach | Personal Training | Group Fitness | Private Weightloss Challenges | Migraine Balance Coaching | Seniors Fitness

 

 

Categories Diet, Health Tips, Nutrition, Personal Training, Recipes

Gluten Free Mint, Ginger, Dark Choc and Lemon Curd Mini Cheesecakes

These little treats are made with my own personal dietary requirements in mind and I like to have a sweet treat that doesn’t give me some kind of reaction. My diet is very unique to me but everyone seems to like these!

I made them with the ingredients, all without any nasties, but it was actually hard to find even Ricotta that didn’t have some kind of thickener or artificial ingredient in there. Others that are non-artificial I have trouble with even come down to rice malt, agave, stevia, maple syrup, coconut cream, certain fruits, but this is all down to years and years of careful monitoring and mindful eating, being a food detective! Dairy I can tolerate a limited amount on a daily basis, and is one of my faves, but not the lite versions weirdly, but happily for me!

OK, so, what I sourced for these is the following:

– Totally delicious all natural lemon curd from Barkers New Zealand

– Ricotta cheese by Perfect Italiano, had the least amount of nasties in it

– Light sour cream Coles version

– Gluten free Ginger Snaps – but you can make your own, I just didn’t do that this time

– A fresh lemonade (lemon/orange), the rind and juice or you could use a lime

– 80% dark chocolate, find a good quality one

– Fresh mint leaves, 24 to coat with chocolate and 24 leave fresh

Mini cupcake tray – 24 total or just mini cup cake papers

Method

Melt enough chocolate to make 1/2 cup of melted chocolate, say half a large bar.

When it’s melted, add a very tiny dash of olive oil to keep it in a smooth consistency

Grab a clean little paintbrush or a pastry brush and paint about 24 leaves with a thick layer of chocolate, then put them in the fridge or freezer.

Take the large container of Ricotta cheese and add to a bowl with 3 tablespoons of sour cream, and the zest of one or two of the lemons/lime then quickly pour in the rest of the melted chocolate. This will then create some shards of chocolate in the mix, giving it a bit of texture. Add in the the juice of a lemonade (or lime/lemon), mix. It doesn’t need any sugar or sweeter.

Crush up your ginger snaps by putting them in a bag and smashing them with a rolling pin, but keep them rough, not a totally smooth mixture.

Grease your mini cupcake tin with either a bit of oil or butter, add your ginger biscuit mix to the bottom of each tin.

Lemon Curd Centres

Add 1/4 teaspoon of lemon curd to each mini cheesecake.

Pour in the cheesecake mix so it’s full. Top with zest.

Take the leaves out of the freezer and carefully remove the mint leaf. This process needs to be done quickly because your hands will melt the chocolate fairly quickly.

Use the fresh mint leaves to decorate next to the chocolate ones.

Put the finished cheesecakes in the freezer to set.

When you take them out they will keep their shape, just pop them into the fridge.

You may have some leftover cheesecake mixture, you can make additional ones or try a different flavour.

Keep them in the freezer as treats for when you need one later.

Enjoy!

Angie 🙂

Categories Health Tips, Nutrition, Personal Training, Recipes

Gluten Free Pasty – Egg and Veggie Winter Pie & Salad

If you are anything like me and just can’t find any decent pre-made gluten free pastry, you will like this one for quiche or pie bases. This is a relatively easy little pie to make and nice on a rainy and windy night!

Gluten Free Pastry

1 x cup of self raising GF flour

2x tbs of canola spread

salt and pepper and herbs of choice

Rub the canola spread and dry ingredients together, then add a tsp of water to mix into a dough. If it’s still too dry add another teaspoon, just don’t add too much.

Roll into a ball and wrap in glad wrap to chill in the fridge for about 20-30 mins

Meanwhile start making your pie filling: you can choose anything but for if you use the base of:

1x leek, garlic and add salt and pepper or your favourite seasonings.

Saute in some olive oil

I then added in red and yellow capsicum, mushrooms and about one slice of ham, but just for extra taste really. You could add in any type of low fat protein you like. I wanted keep this simple.

Just lightly cook in the pan to release all the flavours. Then set aside to cool.

Take your pastry out of the fridge and start to place in a pan with a removable bottom (I used a cake tin) make sure you grease this with oil first. Because its gluten free pastry you will need to press this into the tray.

Cover lightly with foil and oven bake about 180 for 20 mins, blind bake.

Go back to your filling, break 4 eggs into a bowl and mix with about 4 tablespoons of light sour cream. Season, add in some parmesan if you like.

When your pastry is baked, take it out and place the foil on a separate baking sheet, under the cake tin because your egg filling might spill during cooking.

Pour in your egg and sour cream mix, add the leeks and veggies and your protein, take 4 eggs and break directly into the mix so they cook whole. Definitely do this, it makes the pie yum! Add a sprinkling of parmesan over the top if you like cheese.

Bake in the oven, I’d put some foil over the top for the first 20 mins to save burning (i.e. don’t do what I did first and didn’t put the foil over hence the slightly charred top!) You’ll need to cook for about 40 mins in total at about 180 to cook through, but just keep checking it with a skewer to save over cooking.

The salad is pear, tomato, snow pea, avocado, salt and lots of pepper then a drizzle of lemon infused olive oil to keep it nice and fresh.

Enjoy!

Send me a message if you need any help! http://Contact Me! Keep checking insta @create_health_fitness for more recipes and tips…

Angie 🙂

Categories Exercise tips, Health Tips, Nutrition, Personal Training, Weightloss

CreateU4x4 fitTechnique Program 30 June to 28 July

What’s it all about??!!

This has been designed as a 4 session x 4 week beginners wellbeing program or can be used as a “check-back-in” program for anyone who falls off the healthy wagon.  It has been designed to specifically address 4 key areas:

1. How you are feeling now about your body image, current health, mental wellbeing, fitness level, and how we are going to get you on track.

2. Addressing tricky weight management issues, food preparation techniques and nutritional education.

3. Increasing your strength and changing shape, cardiovascular health and fitness, looking well, feeling strong and good about yourself, gaining confidence along the way.

4. Fitness activities outdoors to increase feelings of mental space as well as being in a very different environment than usual, getting out and doing an activity on location such as hiking that you may not necessarily do and a view you might not necessarily see very often! This gives you a real sense of achievement doing things that are essentially difficult and outside of your comfort zone.  Boosts your happy hormones!

We believe that committing to a program and connecting with the same group of people regularly with a similar focus will give you a sense of belonging and achievement.  We will also be doing weekend outdoor group activities on location somewhere around Perth and based on the groups overall fitness level. Our food preparation classes are fun, hands-on and nutritionally informative, you’ll be provided with a list of ingredients to bring along and we will make our goodies together… then you can take them home.

Its an intensive one this one, and one you need to commit to over 4 weeks, including weekends.  The theory behind this is that you can’t get away with anything, we are always there backing you up!

At the end of the program we will take a break then if you choose to go again, we can pop you back into another program or into one of our regular group training sessions suited to your level of fitness and your favourite times. You can also choose to do some one-one training.

Contact us for further details, to register your interest or to book in. Locations are primarily northern suburbs of Perth. If you are interested and are south of the river, please still contact us to register your interest.

After 12 years working in health and fitness, watching and listening to clients needs and feelings, this program has been designed from experience and with a real focus on gaining better overall health and confidence.

Categories Nutrition, Weightloss

Baked Lemon Fish Parcels with Rice

Looking for a healthy dinner to have that’s a bit different?! Look no further than Lemon Fish parcels with honey and mustard veggie rice!

I’ve added nuts and seeds to this recipe for a bit of added crunch and healthy fats.  You can also use sultanas or any other dried fruit because you do have the sweetness of honey.

Ingredients:

1 x pack of brown rice (sunrice or similar), pre-cooked, 250g.

Mixed veg frozen (a stir fry mix is good)

Hand full or two of chopped almonds and sunflower seeds

Olive oil, 2 teaspoons of seeded mustard, honey if you like it enough to taste, tamari.

2 small sized white fish fillets, snapper or the like.

1 whole fresh lemon, rice bran spread, sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

Fresh basil and chilli.

If you like eggs, for extra protein you can add a pan fried egg.

Baking paper

Method:

Clean the fish, put 2 teaspoons of rice bran spread on the top and squeeze all the juice out of your lemon on each piece of fish, sprinkle on some basil and chilli. Put about a teaspoon of cheese on the top. Take the baking paper and wrap up the parcel. Put this into a moderate oven for 25 mins (time may vary). My oven was on at 220. Make sure to put only one piece of fish into each piece of baking paper!

While this is cooking, stirfry your veggies of choice, add in your mustard, honey, tamari and olive oil until almost cooked, add in your rice with a little bit more olive oil.

Then you are done! It’s a simple quick and easy recipe!

Categories Diabetes, Nutrition, Weightloss

Comparing your peanuts to your pecans!

When comparing what type of nuts you might want to snack on, take a look at this chart.

The Green is Monounsaturated Fat

The Red is Polyunsaturated Fat

The Blue is Saturated Fat

Well I think we all know that avoiding as much saturated fat as we can is a good thing as it is found to raise blood cholesterol levels and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.  Try to avoid these and have only moderation.

What you want most of are the Red and Green fats:

  • Monounsaturated fats are particularly helpful in lower LDL cholesterol and helping to prevent cardiovascular disease.
  • Polyunsaturated fats are needed for growth, cell structure and for maintaining a healthy immune system.

Almonds are not only low in saturated fat but have a higher protein content so add about 10 almonds into your mid morning or afternoon snack to stave off the hunger demons.

Sunflower seeds are another great nutritional snack, very low in saturated fats.

For a good mid-morning snack, put 1/2 cup of some WA made yoghurt (only WA made please!) and mix in 1/2 a chopped apple, about 5-10 almonds, some walnuts or pecans and as many sunflower seeds as you like to make a crunchy, hunger busting snack!

Enjoy!

p.s. look out for our new year 12-week FIT YOU educational programs starting in January 2014 …

Categories Blood pressure, Diabetes, Exercise tips, Health Tips, Nutrition, Obesity, Personal Training, Weightloss

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Categories Exercise tips, Health Tips, Nutrition, Personal Training

Skinny September! Moroccan Style!

Almond Lamb and Pumpkin Couscous (click here for tonight’s dinner recipe)

TUESDAY

This week’s dinners are inspired by Morocco and Mediterranean style foods, spices, olive oils, veggies, delicious!

Morning brisk walk: 30 – 45 mins

Brekkie – 1/2 pink grapefruit, muesli and yoghurt.

Snack – vita wheat crackers and lite cream cheese with cucumber

Lunch – 70g of roast chicken, 20g tasty cheese, mixed olives, salad of watercress, basil and spinach with marinated capsicum. 1 x apple

Snack – orange and handful of mixed nuts.

Dinner – See dinner recipe.

Exercise – Join us at Hyde Park at 4.30pm for a group class or find your local rec centre which will have a variety of classes available.  Other options: go out for 1 hour tonight, interval training of jog/sprint, include hills, lunges, squats, push ups, crunches, squat jumps, 3 sets of 15 each exercise.  Remember to warm up with at least 10 mins of brisk walking and cool down/stretch.

Stretch, relax, read or do yoga late in the evening to wind down.  Try putting on a dvd or ipod and do some guided yoga or meditation.

Remember to write in your “me” Diary!

Recipes are courtesy of Nutrition Complete, a weightloss meal planning system available online, included in our personal training packages for free. Monthly memberships are available for $15 per month.