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LIFE’S TOO SHORT FOR BAD COFFEE
By Maya Brosnan
Maya Brosnan, author of ‘KIS and Lose Weight’, is a Gold Coast mum who is a Nutritionist, Iridologist, Fitness and Yoga Teacher. Her wholistic health and nutrition book, ‘KIS and Lose Weight’ already inspired numerous Australians to lose weight and live a healthier life. For more information about Maya or her book visit www.mayabrosnan.com Like Maya’s Facebook Page or Follow her on Instagram
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With winter settling in, so many of us can find ourselves spending more time under the doona than outdoors exercising, more time eating comfort foods rather than opting for healthier options, and the sad thing is, we spend even more time feeling guilty or disliking ourselves for over indulging rather than nurturing ourselves and enjoying occasional guilt free treats. It took me years to work out life wasn’t meant to be a roller coaster of emotions fuelled by guilt and self – dislike. It took me years to work out I am what I eat, digest and think and not necessarily what I exercise. It took me years to work out that in order to be happier myself and be able to give more of myself to my family, I had to learn to love and respect myself and my body.
Welcome to my life. Body image issues, guilt and self – dislike all used to be my middle names; depending on the time of the month, what stage of the sugar roller coaster I was on, and depending on how long ago my last junk food binge had taken place. I am happy to say I have thankfully been living a guilt – free life now for quite a few years..
I am not naturally slim. I was never that skinny, fit kid that’s full of energy and loves sport. I was the exact opposite, actually. Growing up in a single parent household, with my dad looking after myself and my two sisters, I was an emotional eater from a very young age. Dad was always there physically, but he was rarely emotionally available for us. When I was missing my mother (who I was not allowed to see whenever I wanted) I would turn to food. Sugary, fatty, highly refined food. I remember having this great big feeling of emptiness in my tummy, and I would fill it with junk. Ice cream, sweet pastries, chocolate milk, lollies – you name it. Anything sweet would give me that instant high. That good, warm, sweet feeling in my tummy telling me that everything is going to be ok. And there was always plenty of junk available at my house. Dad would rarely cook for us, so coming home from school to an empty house, it was ‘every girl for herself’. Although fruit and veggies were usually available, what kid would go for an apple or carrot when they can grab chocolate milk and a jam doughnut? Years later, after becoming a mother, I realised that tummy fullness might have only been disguising an emotional void. Looking back now, all I probably needed was a great big cuddle and a pair of ears to listen to my needs and emotions, especially as I became a young teen. That was the time I started to become more aware of my body, including all of the wobbly bits.. I can personally ‘thank’ my older sister, who nicknamed me ‘wobbly jellyfish’ for reinforcing how I already felt about my growing body back then.
So that’s where it all began. That’s where the body image issues, guilt and self – dislike took over my life. I have to be thankful, however, to my sister (who is now my bestest friend), my dad and mum. I believe my past made me want to learn more about food, about eating well to nourish the body and living a well – balanced life in a physically and emotionally well balanced body. That’s when I became a fitness instructor and nutritionist. Through my studies, observing my patients and self – experience, I eventually came to the conclusion that life’s too short to waste your time feeling guilty, follow highly restrictive diets and to not have a good time; I believe it is definitely too short for bad coffee, peeling carrots and counting calories too! Once we learn our unique ‘body language’ and give our bodies the healthy, wholesome foods they need, we eventually achieve the healthy (physically and emotionally), sexy body we desire which we need to emotionally nourish with plenty of love.
I then came up with a ‘KIS’ concept and philosophy, which I later on put together into a book called ‘KIS (Keep It Simple) and Lose Weight’. Here are a few ‘KIS’ tips I’d like to share with you. Following these guidelines will help get you on the right track towards achieving a zestier, healthier version of you:
- Your food choices should include mainly foods that come from the ground (e.g. fruit, veggies, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes etc.), foods that have a mother (e.g. unprocessed lean meats, fish etc.), and foods that haven’t been messed with (meaning unprocessed and unrefined).
- Always Have Breakfast. This most important meal of the day will energise you and help prevent cravings later on.
- Never stuff yourself. Only eat until you are about 80% full.
- ‘White is out’. Do not consume any refined or processed food including sugar, white flour based bakery goods (sweet or savoury), soft drink and commercial juices..
- Never ‘starve’. Through your waking hours make sure you never go past 4 hours without eating. This will help avoid over eating during your main meals and prevent cravings.
- Never go to bed on a full stomach. Make sure you finish eating at least one and a half hours before bed time.
- Have good quality protein with every main meal. This will help not only support muscle structure but also regulate your blood sugar and help avoid sugar cravings.
- Minimise alcohol intake to 2 drinks per week until consistent weight loss is established.
- Move regularly – Find an exercise you enjoy and commit to exercising daily.
- Enjoy a treat with a smile – While you are trying to lose weight, follow the guidelines above 90% of the time – that leaves you with 2 meals per week and 2 treats where you can enjoy any type of food you like.
For more health tips and recipes check out KIS and Lose Weight here: