Finding nemo?

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a good festive season and 2019 is treating you well so far.  As always it’s a time for reflection, consolidation and resolution.

This update is a bit later than I planned as the omega-3 blood test results took longer to come back than I anticipated.  Apologies!

I have started seeing clients from home for my 1:1 Diet business, which is great.  So far I’m not missing the daily bustle of an office which is a big surprise.  I thought I’d struggle with spending so much time in my own company but as yet that’s not been an issue.  However do I ensure I get out of the house regularly for both exercise and a change of scenery.

You may remember that I was looking into improving my health and vitality and started taking a wheatgrass supplement in November (see previous post here for more information).  I also subscribed to a good quality omega-3 supplement that provided a blood test to identify your levels of omega-3 and -6.  I started taking this on 10th December and sent my blood test off the same day.  They did say it could take 15-20 business days for the result to be returned, and mine came through yesterday.

As expected, this was not good, but worse than I thought.  The analysis measures the amount of omega-3 and omega-6 oils in the red blood cells.  You are given two scores: an Omega-3 Index result and an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio.

The Omega-3 Index is on a scale from 0-12.  Anything under 4 indicates a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease.  A score of 8 and over is good.  I scored 2.

A good ratio between the omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in the cellular membranes is important for a strong immune system and aids the body in dealing with infection and injury.  A desirable goal is 3:1 or less.  A ratio of 5:1 is borderline.  However it’s common in the West for a ratio between 10-20 due to the amount of processed food and vegetable oils in the diet.  A ratio higher than 5 can increase the amount of chronic inflammation in the body, which may lead to the development of joint problems, cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and obesity.

The scale used to illustrate the results ranges from 1 (good) to 15 (poor).  My result was 37.1:1.  Clearly room for a lot of improvement!

They recommend taking omega-3 every day and a second test after 4 months, as the life span of a red blood cell is 120 days.  I bought a six-month supply and will do another test around the five-month mark.  I am very aware that the information is provided by a company with a commercial interest in selling omega-3.  However, regardless of where I source the supplements, I think it’s pretty obvious that I need to do something about the lack of omega-3 in my diet.  The health community is clear that the majority of people suffer a deficiency (here and here) so I’m not alone.  I don’t regularly eat fatty fish or marine fatty acids as part of my diet.  I will investigate where these can be sourced from, other than the obvious fish which I don’t like (except Nemo, he’s cute) and continue with the supplements and see if my test results improve.

I am definitely feeling some benefits of taking both wheatgrass and omega-3 daily for the last month (six weeks for wheatgrass).  I have more energy and am sleeping better.  I have also noticed an improvement in the strength and condition of my hair and nails.  I tend to suffer with hormonal skin breakouts linked to my menstrual cycle and these have reduced.  So far, so good.  It’s not cheap, but what price health?

As always, if you have any questions about the 1:1 Diet, wheatgrass or omega-3 oil get in touch for information or a referral.  Thanks for reading 🙂

 

Accreditation’s what you need…

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I was waiting for my training date to become an Independent Consultant for the 1:1 diet by Cambridge Weight Plan.

The course was last Wednesday in Southampton (a trip to the seaside to boot!) and I submitted my accreditation exam on Friday.  I got a phone call on Monday to advise that I’d passed with 96% (the required passmark is 85%) so I was really thrilled with that.

This means I am able now to take on my own clients and help them with their own weight loss journeys.  If you’re on Facebook you can find my page here.

I am not expecting to start seeing anyone until after the festive period, but who knows, there may be people wanting to start dieting before then.  If so, I’m ready for them!

As an aside, I am still taking the Omega oil and wheatgrass and will update on those in a separate post later this week.

Green, green grass

I thought I’d post a short update on progress.  I’ve been taking the wheatgrass and vitality juice shots since my last post – about 12 days.  I certainly feel better for it, and fought off a cold that was brewing faster than I usually would.  It’s early days though, and I have six weeks’ worth of wheatgrass still in the freezer.

I only had 10 shots of the vitality juice as this was a freebie when I placed my wheatgrass subscription.  I have ordered some more as I liked it so much.  It tastes good – made up of pomegranate (34%), red grapes (34%), goji berries (17%), raspberries (10%) raw aloe vera and matcha tea – and goes well in my morning smoothie, but would be easy to drink as a shot on its own.   This one has anti-oxidant properties and is meant to boost energy, while the high levels of vitamins and minerals should improve my immune system, support blood cell development and assist with healthy skin, nails and vision.  I’ll take it for another month and see if I notice any changes.

The wheatgrass is slightly less palatable, but not awful; tastes a little bit like kale and is very green.  My friend takes hers straight but I found this repeated a bit much for me (apologies if TMI!) so I add it to a small amount of apple juice.  It’s easily drinkable that way, but can also be added to smoothies or other drinks or food.  As it’s frozen in individual sachets it’s really easy to serve with no messing about measuring etc.  This is meant to contribute to healthy energy levels, reduce tiredness and fatigue, boost physical and mental performance and support a healthy immune system.  I need all of those at the moment!

The Arctic Omega-3 oil finally arrived today, from Norway via Poland for some reason!   I was beginning to think it would never get here.   I  will update in a week or so on how I’m getting on with that.  I have sent off my blood test for analysis though, so can get the results in a couple of weeks and then see if taking it daily makes any difference to my omega-3 and omega-6 ratio (see my earlier post for more information on this).

If you’re interested in the juices, drop me a message and I can give you a referral discount code.

That’s it for now, I’ll have more to update on later this week.  Thanks for reading 🙂

 

 

Absolute Beginners

Well, that’s been a bit of weird week.  Losing both David Bowie and Alan Rickman in the space of a few days seemed really shocking.  They were both artists I admired greatly and the world is a poorer place for neither of them still being in it.

I did play with the Sirtfood diet – I didn’t follow it to the letter –  the amount of juicing required for the week while working full time just wasn’t manageable, and it recommends not eating after 7pm – I’m lucky to be home by then!  So instead I tried to incorporate Sirtfoods into my usual diet to see if that would help.  However there was a spate of birthdays and associated cakes in the office and my willpower deserted me at times.

I did do some juicing – the first batch I made using a juicer a friend lent me – and it was quite tedious.  I had to juice the greens about three times to get anywhere near enough juice, and the time to clean the machine… zzzz…..  The second batch I made in my lovely new slow juicer and it was great!  I only needed to juice the greens once and I got loads of juice out of it.  The pulp was really dry and it’s not too awful to clean either.  I have been juicing all sorts of things since!

  
I was highly surprised to find I’d lost 3.5lb this week.  The book reckons if you follow the plan properly you will lose around 5lb, but improve your muscle mass making a ‘muscle gain adjusted weight loss’ of 7lb, so I am really pleased.  I will continue to incorporate Sirt foods into my diet and I will include the juice – just not every week!  I have ordered some buckwheat and sobu noodles to be able to do some of the recommended recipes properly as well, rather than doing random substitutions.

If I have time off I will try and do the full week one and with associated juicing, but for the moment I shall make sure to follow the principles and incorporate more sirtuin rich foods into my diet.

 

 

 

 

Green day

So the book arrived, delivered by the Amazon elves while I slept, and I’ve made the first juice.


It is made from kale, rocket, parsley, apple, celery and lemon juice, plus matcha green tea.  It doesn’t taste too bad, but I can see why on other forums people have advised against using a nutribullet or blender rather than a juicer as there’s a lot of pulp left from the greens.   You’d have to do an awful lot of sieving to get rid of the bits.

The book says there should be about 50ml juice from the greens – I didn’t get quite that much but it wasn’t far off.  The recipe does use handfuls so it’s clearly not an exact science.   However my kitchen does now look as though I had a slight explosion with the grass collector on my lawn mower. The celery and apple give a lot more volume of liquid.

It is a bit of a faff, and for the first three days you are meant to have 3 juices dropping down to 2 for the rest of the week.  The book says you can prepare them in advance and it keeps it’s nutritional properties for 3 days, so I’ll definitely be making this in batches.

I doubt I’ll be following this precisely as the volume of juicing while working full-time will be a bit tricky, however the meal recipes look interesting I’ll definitely be incorporating them into my repertoire.

If these sirtuin-rich foods are really wonder foods, then eating more of them must have health benefits, even if I don’t get the associated weight-loss with following the plan religiously.  I’ll keep you updated!