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There are so many ways we can lose weight – include these and watch the weight drop off !

  1. Rise and eat: If you think skipping breakfast will help you lose weight, you are sadly mistaken. Missing breakfast tricks the body into thinking you’re about to starve and you’ll actually end up eating more as the day progresses.  Try to eat within one hour of waking for best results, but do make sure you have a properly balanced breakfast, as this will enhance weight loss. The healthiest choices contain a balance of healthy fat, protein, and carbohydrates, such as oatmeal with a handful of nuts, or eggs with tomato and mushrooms.
  2. Eat “close to the ground”: If the food you want to eat wasn’t grown, picked or harvested, don’t eat it. That means avoiding sweets and baked goods which are refined carbohydrates. Choose instead real food like brown rice, sweet potatoes, or an apple. And while you’re at it, never eat a carbohydrate alone. Simply adding a bit of good fat, such as olive oil with lean protein will slow digestion, steady blood sugar, and keep the body from storing fat.
  3. Have a drink: Even if all you do is drink more water it’s likely you’ll lose some weight. The body needs to be fully hydrated in order to maintain a healthy metabolism. Try drinking 30ml of water per kg of body weight a day, and watch what happens.
  4. Eat more: Eating more frequently appears to burn more calories. So, to turn your body into a fat-burning machine, eat mini-meals throughout the day or “graze” continually. Each mini-meal should consist of lean protein, good fats, and complex carbohydrates. For example a piece of organic chicken, 1 cup of brown rice, and a big salad with homemade salad dressing.
  5. Freshen up: When you go shopping, don’t buy things which will cause weight gain – dump the junk and fill your trolley with health-giving fresh food.  Try to avoid the boxes, the pre-packs, the processed food, tins, etc – stick with fresh, juicy foods and lean, fresh meats. Fill your refrigerator with live, fresh food only – leave the dead food on the shelves.  Anything which will go off in more than a week would not be fresh food.  Yes, it’s more work, but if you are keen to lose, you’ll find the time.
  6. Move it: You’ve heard muscle weighs more than fat, but did you know muscle burns more calories? Weight training causes the body to burn more calories throughout the day, and when combined with regular aerobic exercise, the body will be better toned and burn more stored fat.
  7. Live a little: You know what they say about all work and no play – that goes for weight loss too. Giving up all the foods you love may sabotage your efforts. Allow yourself a little reward or treat once a week (choose the “reward” carefully though) and you won’t feel deprived.

Sally-Ann Creed is a clinical nutritionist and the author of two bestsellers, Let Food Be Your Medicine and the Beauty for Ashes Health Journal for Women.  On 3 August 2009, Sally-Ann was awarded SA’s Most Influential Woman in Business and government 2009/2010 for her contribution to health. Her award falls into the sector of “Medical, Dentistry, Health and Veterinary Services.”  Visit her site at http://www.sallyanncreed.co.za.

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Author of the bestselling Beauty for Ashes Health Journal for Women wins Most Influential Woman of the Year 2009/10 in the Field of Health

We are so proud of clinical nutritionist, Sally-Ann Creed, who was the Entrepreneurial Winner in the Field of Health (there were 12 categories) for the Most Influential Woman of the Year 2009/10!  Sally-Ann was one of the authors of the Beauty for Ashes Health Journal for Women, and is also the author of the bestseller, Let Food Be Your Medicine.

This is what the magazine, SA’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government 2009/10, said about her:

“Sally-Ann Creed started her business from her lounge, 15 years ago while still studying, growing it into a well-established private clinical practice in Constantia, as well as a specialist health store, called Creeds.  Sally-Ann, who has a post-graduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition from the International Academy of Nutrition in Australia, has developed her own Medicines Control Council registered range of nutraceuticals, Nutrition Solutions, a food range, Nourishing Solutions and many gluten-free products.  She has also developed the Leading Edge Weight Loss Initiative.  For several years she has developed and run a mentoring programme for 22 people interested in nutrition and interested in working in the industry.”

Congratulations, Sally-Ann!  We are so proud of you!

Health Journal News

March 24, 2010

Sally-Ann Creed and Aldyth Thomson wrote the Beauty for Ashes Health Journal for Women which was launched at the May conference in 2009. Much to our delight, it has turned out to be a bestseller and the first edition is almost sold out. Last October we were thrilled to learn that our partners, Struik Christian Media, had taken it, along with some of their other bestselling titles, to the Frankfurt Book Fair which is the biggest book fair in the world. Isn’t that exciting news?! You can read a chapter for free on our website Book Club page. We will have them for sale at the May conference, but you can also buy it from our Online Shop.