Monthly Archives: April 2015

My Birthday Treats!?!

IMG_20150430_085803Hey – happy birthday to me! Like every fortunate person I’ve been given lots of lovely “treats” for my birthday. Some of them contain sugar! Thankfully, most of them are bars of 100% chocolate – deliciously sugar-free!

Now, over the years I’ve generally conditioned my mind to see sugar as a poison. A delicious poison sometimes, but still a poison. So it gets me to thinking about how we should define “TREAT”.

A quick google later and I’ve got several dictionary definitions to think about and to share! First there’s the one I might have been expecting to find:

The definition of a treat is something pleasant that is unexpected or that is offered as a surprise or a reward. An example of a treat is going out for ice cream. verb.
One that I had no idea I would find:
Top Definition. treat. To insult someone badly. “Damn She treated yo ass!” by Tashea Moore … 3- “that MILF was a treat” “shes the treatiest girl ive ever seen”.
And several that consider “treat” to be something we do rather than something we receive:
1.1 (treat something as) Regard something as being of a specified nature with implications for one’s actions concerning it: the names are being treated as …
to act or behave toward (a person) in some specified way: to treat someone with respect. 2. to consider or regard in a specified way, and deal with accordingly:.
treatdefinition, meaning, audio pronunciation, synonyms and more. What is treat? to behave towards someone or deal with something in a particular way: : See …
So if “treat” is something we do I wonder how I am “treating” myself by eating those sugary offerings? My honest answer is not very well! Not that I’m ungrateful for my pressies at all. Not that I won’t eat them and enjoy them either! But, hand on heart I can’t say they will do me good, or even that they won’t do me harm. “Treat” is half of the word “treatment”.  In terms of good health it isn’t possible to think of sugar as a beneficial “treatment”!
Treating my tastebuds and treating my health are poles apart when it comes to sugar! The only way I can resolve the urge to eat those tasty tit-bits with maintaining good health is to acknowledge their harmfulness, and indulge in very little very occasionally. Certainly, where sugar is concerned, a little of what you fancy most certainly does not do you good! The best to hope for is that a little of what you fancy doesn’t do too much damage! So on my birthday today I’m not going to consider those lovely chocs or macaroons to be a treat but a cheat – a cheat I will allow today, but not tomorrow or the day after!
I know it’s unrealistic to think I (or you?) will never eat sugary “treats” again, but let’s at least resolve to see them as they should be seen…
…gorgeous little temptations that should be kept to a minimum! Luckily we only get one birthday each year!

RebalanceDiabetes protects YOUR body composition – and why that’s crucial!

Fat measurementYour body composition is essentially a map of what you are made of on the inside, and it’s inseparably linked with your health and well-being.

Links between body composition and disease have been recognised for centuries – Hippocates, the father of modern medicine noticed as long ago as 460 – 370 BC that people carrying body fat were more likely than lean people to die suddenly.

2000 years on that might not be as true today with our modern medicines, but nonetheless body composition is still considered to be a really important indicator of health.

An article written in 1968 mentions the first steps being taken to be able to measure body composition – until then the only way to know someone’s body composition was by dissecting their bodies after death. Hmm lovely!! The same article talks about the first stages of understanding that different kinds of food have different effects on body composition.

Today, the study of body composition has advanced to the point where we recognise that weight loss is not the same as fat loss, and can be extremely detrimental to health. That’s because when we lose weight we usually lose healthy lean tissue – and sometimes lots of it! A Danish research study showed that, on average, when a man loses weight about 41% of that is healthy lean tissue instead of fat. For women the amount of lean tissue lost is about 35%. More-over, when weight is regained, the vast majority of it is fat – the healthy lean tissue is not always replaced. This means that yo-yo dieting has been linked with devastating changes to body composition – swapping healthy lean tissue for body fat over time. The Danish study showed that when people gain weight again, up to 85% is more fat!

The need to protect lean tissue when trying to lose weight is clear, and so clear it’s one of the underpinning aims of ‘the 6 diet’ and the RebalanceDiabetes programme. We’ve ensured, time after time, our clients achieve good fat loss, and I’m delighted to share that we’ve been successful yet again!

Violet is in her 13th week of the programme, and we’ve compared her before and after body composition tests. The results show that every single lb she has lost is body fat!. In fact it’s better than that – she’s actually increased her healthy lean tissues by a tiny amount! See for yourself – the before and after print-outs below:

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Violet’s first test (1 week after she started the eating plan) shows she had 105.1 lbs of lean tissue and 59.9lbs of body fat.Now, 12 weeks in, she has 105.4lbs of lean tissue and 45.6lbs of body fat.

According to the Danish study, she might have expected to lose over 5lbs of healthy lean tissue – but she has retained every single ounce, and more!

RebalanceDiabetes has 100% protected her healthy lean tissue.

Even though I say so myself – that’s incredible, amazing, fantastic!!

If you want to lose some weight in the healthiest way, drop me a line today: elaine@rebalancediabetes.com. If Violet can, what’s stopping you?

Surviving Easter with diabetes?

CAdae0sWUAAm2C-In 3 days it’s finally time to rip the jewel-like tin foil off those Easter eggs to reveal the real treasure hidden inside – chocolate!

Just holding that thought evokes strong memories for me. Easter Sunday was one of my favourite days of the year: chocolate for breakfast, chocolate for lunch and chocolate for tea. With chocolate snacks in between! OK – so this is the most embarrassing admission I will probably ever make to you – one Easter Sunday my breakfast was 12, yes a whole dozen, Cadbury’s Creme Eggs. Yes I did feel gross and sick afterwards, and yes I did learn a kind of lesson – temporarily until the nausea wore off of course.

So I get it. I get the urge to give in to crazy temptation. And I get the joy that too many kids will experience this weekend when they dive into their own chocolate eggs. According to one report, the average child in the UK will gobble down 8000 calories in chocolate eggs this bank holiday weekend, at an average cost of £56.00. If that is truly an annual one-off then hey – it’s Easter after all. But there is every reason to think that an obsessively unhealthy relationship with sugar is at the root of the increasing rise in health problems for our kids: tooth decay, obesity, earlier and earlier onset of Type 2 diabetes.

As an adult my attitude and behaviour this Easter Sunday will be tempered by knowing exactly what that kind of indulgence might eventually lead to – obesity, insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes are the one’s relevant to my blog of course. And I will indulge…

…I will indulge in my favourite 100% cocoa drink – no sugar. I will indulge in a small amount (because a small amount is enough!) in one of my favourite 100% – no sugar – chocolate bars.

Hmmm. Can I guess what you are thinking here? Perhaps. You see there was definitely a time when I would have been very sniffy about anyone claiming to be so virtuous where chocolate is concerned. And it’s a real turn around from the person who ate the 12 chocolate eggs for breakfast one year.

But it’s a turn around I’ve had to work at. It’s my way of combining a desire for great health with my big, BIG love of chocolate. The first time I tried olives, I didn’t like them. But I wanted to like olives. So I worked at it, kept trying them, kept spitting them out, and eventually came to tolerate them. Came to like them. And came to love them!. I did the same with alcohol in my early adulthood too. The wine that tasted like vinegar gradually began to taste like nectar. Can anyone relate to this train of thought yet?

It wasn’t love at first taste with 100% chocolate either. But I persevered. Now, it’s pretty much the only chocolate that packs enough taste to satisfy my adapted taste buds! And I love discovering new brands, as you can see in my VIDEO below:

I’d love to tempt you to try it – and if you need an added motivation to acquire the taste let me share one of my favourite research findings in ages: high cocoa content dark chocolate, eaten in the right circumstances, could help you to lose weight!

Have a very happy & healthy Easter everyone!