Break ups, weight gain, low self confidence….

We have all been there, right? 
When we have too much on our minds whether it’s to do with work, children, family, you name it, us women seem to get stressed out even more.  

We are known as the peacemakers, the ones who hold the family together, the backbone in many cases and also mum and dad to our kids.  

I’m Colette, a mother of two young men aged 30 and 25 with 2 Grandchildren.  I was married, but as most women who do marry and have kids, you don’t think you are going to end up as a single mother, but that is how I ended up many-years ago now, when the boys where 11 and 6 years old. 

I am not going to bore you or grind you down with my story, we all have one, and it will come out one day through my blog, but it was not easy, we had our ups and downs and had to find new ways to communicate (with me having to be both mum and dad at times). 

But during my most stressful time in my life, I gained weight, and lost focus for a while. 

During that time, I began to slowly find me again.  It took me 5 years of deep soul searching, reading personal development books, attending courses, looked to the bible, to church, to religion, started going out to meet new people, spending many evenings alone working out what I wanted and what I didn’t want. 

Then a light bulb pinged….
I had found me! 

I was no longer Colette, wife, lover, mother, sister, daughter, friend, co-worker, the person who didn’t know what she liked or didn’t like, who couldn’t be herself because she didn’t know how… I sunk into a kind of depression, comfort eating, not caring about myself or my life. Then I began to feel so uncomfortable about my body, I desperately wanted to do something, but what?

When you mind is buzzing with so much questions,

about why you are here,

why you are going through what you go through, you are inhabiting your metabolism and fat burn. I just wasn’t taking pride in myself and it showed. One day it was one of my children who said to me, mum you are not your self these days, you are not looking after yourself properly. This shocked me into the change I knew I needed to make. I had to be an example to my kids, so I had to get up and show up, no matter what!

Five years after my husband walked out on me, I found me… who Colette was…. the funny, witty, stupidly ‘dumb blonde’ at times who loved life, loved her kids, loved her friends and began to appreciate life and everything around her once again. 

I came through a very dark place and I know what it is like to be a single parent, with little or no financial support, having little money and big mortgage, bills and expectations for your kids.  Having a job that isn’t paying you what you are worth, being with people who don’t ‘relate’ to you, or ‘appreciate you’ for you. 

So it’s no surprise why so many of us don’t get enough time to ourselves, because we are occupied during the day with work, children, home life and in the evenings with more of the same. 

Our brain is cluttered with things to do next, or how to make more money, how to get extra money for bills, food, things you want, holiday etc, wanting to lose weight, look good and feel like a human again.  
When you brain is cluttered, or foggy, you can’t think and it really makes it hard to focus. 

I hope I can give some clarity to those who seek it and health for those who want to find it though my posts, insights, videos and other things I come across. 

Getting Your Body Keto Friendly

Keto Diet Tips and Advice

So in this unit we break down what is keto, and how it will help us ladies who find it hard to burn fat and lose weight.

What is Keto?

The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets.

It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis

Ketosis is a normal process that happens when your body doesn’t have enough carbs to burn for energy. Instead, it burns fat and makes substances called ketones, which it can use for fuel.

Is keto diet safe for long term?

Although the ketogenic diet may be helpful for many people, it’s not suitable for everyone.

For example, the ketogenic diet may not be appropriate for pregnant or breastfeeding women, children and teens, unless it’s being used therapeutically under medical supervision.

Furthermore, this diet should be avoided by those with certain health conditions like kidney disease, liver disease or pancreatic conditions.

Also, those with diabetes who are interested in following a ketogenic meal plan should consult their doctor to determine if this diet is safe and suitable for their specific needs.

Lastly, this diet may not be appropriate for individuals who are hypersensitive to dietary cholesterol, who account for around one-quarter of the world’s population (18Trusted Source).

There may, however, be risks to following a ketogenic way for an extended period of time. Though researchers do not know for certain the longterm effects of the keto diet, there has been research done on the longterm effects of consuming high-fat, low-carb diets

How effective is the keto diet?

Generally, popular ketogenic resources suggest an average of 70-80% fat from total daily calories, 5-10% carbohydrate, and 10-20% protein. … The protein amount on the ketogenic diet is kept moderate in comparison with other low-carb high-protein diets, because eating too much protein can prevent ketosis. [1]

Symptoms of Keto Flu and why you may feel this when you first start your diet

The keto flu is a collection of symptoms experienced by some people when they first start the keto diet. These symptoms, which can feel similar to the flu, are caused by the body adapting to a new diet consisting of very little carbohydrates.

Reducing your carb intake forces your body to burn ketones for energy instead of glucose.

Ketones are byproducts of fat breakdown and become the main fuel source when following a ketogenic diet.

Normally, fat is reserved as a secondary fuel source to use when glucose is not available.

This switch to burning fat for energy is called ketosis. It occurs during specific circumstances, including starvation and fasting (1Trusted Source).

However, ketosis can also be reached by adopting a very low-carb diet.

In a ketogenic diet, carbohydrates are typically reduced to under 50 grams per day (2Trusted Source).

This drastic reduction can come as a shock to the body and may cause withdrawal-like symptoms, similar to those experienced when weaning off an addictive substance like caffeine (3Trusted Source).


Keto Flu Symptoms & Side effects

Signs of the keto flu may start popping up within the first few days of cutting back on carbs.

Symptoms can range from mild to severe and vary from person to person.

While some people may transition to a ketogenic diet without any side effects, others may experience one or more of the following symptoms (4Trusted Source):

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Poor concentration
  • Stomach pain
  • Muscle soreness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sugar cravings

These symptoms are commonly reported by those who have just begun the ketogenic diet and can be distressing.

Symptoms typically last about a week, though some people may experience them for a longer period of time.

While these side effects may cause some dieters to throw in the towel, there are ways to reduce them.

Summary When beginning a ketogenic diet, some people may experience symptoms, including diarrhea, fatigue, muscle soreness and sugar cravings.

Some people may experience keto-flu symptoms due to genetics, electrolyte loss, dehydration and carbohydrate withdrawal. The keto flu usually lasts for about a week, but some may experience symptoms for over a month.

How To Get Your Metabolism to Speed Up And Burn Fat

Cereals have been known to contain sugar and fortified vitamins.  Imagine the wheat processed for your cereal has the most important micronutrients and vitamins removed during that process, and the manufacturers then include them back into the cereal at a later stage, that doesn’t make sense to me? But it happens, they call it ‘extrusion’
Not to mention all the hidden sugars and salt added as well.  Very few cereals have enough fibre to be of real benefit to the body.  

SO what is the secret to a healthy breakfast? 

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  After having 7-8hours or more of sleep, and possibly over 10 hours of fasting which has occurred between the time you ate the night before until you wake up in the morning, means your body needs energy to help you get through the first part of the day. 

So it is crucial for you to have a balanced breakfast first thing in the morning, not only does it wake up your digestive system, but it also kickstarts your metabolism, and gets fat burning effectively.  Those that do not have a balanced breakfast filled with fibre and protein, find that they feel tired, sluggish and tend to put on weight later on as their metabolism slows or stops.  Too much sugar in your diet can give you incredible highs and lows in energy, and also affects your mood.  

By reducing sugar in your breakfast first thing and drinking at least 2 glasses of water to replenish the bodies water intake, will give you increased energy.

What is the ideal breakfast?

This is a tough one as there are many healthy breakfasts that are available, some people are not morning people and don’t like eating too early, therefore something like a fruit / and or vegetable ‘smoothie’ with added protein would be ideal.  I usen a product called FORM, which not only has plant protein, but other organic plans such as wheatgrass, chia seeds, spirulina, and chlorphyll to boot!
For those that have time and like to eat, there are cereals like rolled oats, yoghurt and muesli, bran flakes, with added fruits or nuts or seeds. 
For those that like cooked breakfasts, then poached eggs, scrambled eggs, spinach, baked beans, wholemeal toast, mushrooms, wholemeal, or high protein pancakes, or other non fried high fibre alternatives. 
SO it’s out with the traditional ‘fry up’ and in with a healthier alternative. 
Having a cup of coffee or green tea also helps to speed up the metabolism in the morning, but again ensure you drink 2 glasses of water upon rising, this will make all the difference to your metabolism and fat burning effectiveness, especially if it includes squeezed lemon, lime and cucumber.  

Ensure that the first glass of water is body temperature so that it can be easily absorbed and assimilated. I usually add a pre n& pro biotic called PURE, this helps with the immune system making it more resistant.

The second glass of water should be ICE COLD as this will help to speed up your metabolism, as the body needs to use a process called thermogenesis to warm the cold water up in the body a bit like a kettle!  
Diabetics should ensure they include carbs, fats and proteins in their breakfast and generally low GI foods are much more slow releasing and will balance out your hormones better.  You can find out about low GI foods here. 

WomenWith Diabetes Under 45 At Risk of Heart Attack

In an article taken from Diabetes UK, it was reported that Women with diabetes under the age of 45 have a six-fold higher risk of a heart attack, according to new research. Additionally, smoking was found to be a stronger risk factor than older age in women. (READ MORE HERE

We are hearing more and more about the hidden risks of Diabetes, and most of these can be avoided through having a sensible diet, drinking lots of water, reducing sugar and processed foods (if not eliminating them totally) and putting in 30 minutes a day of exercise also. 

Most people think that diabetes as a consequence of being overweight, but there are far more risks involved. 
For instance, diabetics are more prone to not healing as fast when they cut themselves compared to people that are healthy and are non diabetics, in fact there is a higher risk of gangrene, poor blood circulation, septicaemia which can result in amputation or death. 

Taking action now to improve your diet, include more exercise can help reduce and in some cases eliminate the risks, but you have to decide to do this for yourself.   Using supplementation to help improve your nutritional intake is advisable.  Your gut is the centre of your immune system, and if it is not working effectively, you will have other issues manifest.  Why not try our organic health supplement PURE and CORE to help protect the immune system.

Changing your diet is not always easy to do, but then the benefits are more rewarding, longer life span, better health and physical appearances. Once you have been diagnosed, you will have to work with your GP and Dietician and a Nutritionist to help you lower your blood sugar level count. If you are one of these people who have tried lots and lots of diets, but they never seem to work, then why not try my services as I also apply Life Coaching and NLP to the services offered.  You can find out more by clicking on the Link here ==>