In celebration of World Health Day recently, Dubai-based Health Awareness Company LivLively in collaboration with the Retreat the Palm, recently hosted a morning workshop to address various concerns of women. Aptly titled ‘Healthy From Within’, the morning workshop featured sessions covering both nutrition, fitness and spiritual wellbeing, including:
1. Awareness about Gut Health
2. Nutrition Advice and Juicing Demo
3. Tips on Fitness
4. Guided Sound Meditation to balance energies
In our final part of the series, we talk about weight loss.
Nadine Shibly is a successful weight loss story herself after losing 28 kilos naturally. She is also a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Fitness Instructor, and Personal Trainer
“There are two types of pain; one that hurts you and one that changes you. As for me, I can say without a doubt that the pain of being overweight is far worse than the pain of working out,” she says. Nadine gives tips on weight loss.
1. Stop Making Excuses
If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse. And yet, all excuses are valid in their own way. We don’t have time. We don’t have access to healthy snacks and vegetable juices at work. We don’t have the funds for a fancy gym. The weather gets too warm for outdoor walks. Cannot get into the kitchen to cook a healthy meal at the end of an exhausting day. Yes, we've all been there. But if you really want to get — and stay — fit and healthy, you have to learn to give up your excuses and start making your health and fitness a top priority today.
2. Walk More
Park your car as far as you can from your office or home. Walk those extra minutes. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
3. Don’t deprive yourself
When we get into the rhythm, we often over-zealously strive for perfection. We are super disciplined and can avoid any and every thing that we have enjoyed eating. But always being "perfect" with your nutrition is actually not a good long-term strategy to get or stay in shape. Depriving yourself of dessert and all the foods you love will only result in a binge of those very same foods when your willpower is at a moment of weakness. Instead, try following the 80/20 strategy: eat healthy around 80% of the time, then let yourself have some treats here and there. Just make sure they’re worth the intake of excess calories!
4. Shorten your workouts
Begin with smaller, achievable goals, that you will not want to make excuses to avoid.
5. Find a way to enjoy your veggies
Vegetables are packed with important nutrients that keep your body healthy, and the fiber content keeps you feeling full and satiated. Even if you don’t enjoy eating salads and raw food, think of creative ways to make your veggies interesting: roast them with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, toss them in a flavorful stir fry or blend them into a juice so you don’t even know they’re there.