As a personal trainer, I have clients with many different problems, this one is very annoying and more common that you think, if you are in this situation listen up!
There are several reasons…
You eat healthy, you have tried several different healthy diets and you work out hard everyday or 3-5 times a week. The horrible thing is – you keep getting fatter and bigger. So depressing and crazy annoying for you.
Reason: You are mentally and psychically stressed out, therefor the body is out of balance and your body does not respond normally to exercise and healthy food. You work to hard in your professional life, you have problems in your personal life, you are sad or depressed – these factors have an impact on your body. Until you solve your problems and become a relaxed and happy person you will not lose weight. Mind and body are connected, we can’t get around that unfortunately..
Reason: You have problems with your hormones especially your thyroid gland. The thyroid gland controls our metabolism – I have some great supplements that will give your thyroid gland a huge boost, if you suspect this could be the issue. The supplements are natural remedies and can be found on the internet ;).. Have a search for them.. Natural amazing supplements, I have attached a picture, both supplements have the same purpose. One is drops and the other one is pills. Good Luck – hopefully this will help you out!! Merry Xmas 🙂
I loved this article by Nigma Talib – I agree with her completely what you eat and drink is SOO important and your BODY AND FACE will look healthy or unhealthy – depending on your lifestyle choices. The first place it shows, is on your face and you can’t hide your face, so please take care of yourself. Our lifestyles choices affects our facial skin so much more than we think. Here are some of the reasons why some of us have wrinkles, blemishes or other skin problems and some of us don’t – your face reflects your lifestyle choices! .. Of course your genes also plays an important role, but keeping your body healthy will definitely reflect on your face and take you a long way in the right direction…
Have a read below ;)… I have always been saying Sugar and Gluten are the Devil!! I made many posts regarding this subject, if you have been listening – you should know this by now. 😉 Dairy isn’t good for you either – but it depends on your digestive system in my opinion. It can vary from person to person, eating a little bit of dairy is not the end of the world in my opinion, but a lot of dairy is bad! Excessive alcohol is not good for any of us. We all know that – and most of us have a drink anyway… oh no BAD. But PLEASE have detox periods – where you give your body a LONG rest from alcohol.
Please keep a way from the 4 devils – sugar, gluten, dairy and alcohol – if you fill your body with all 4 – you are F….. definitely in trouble. You will look like a Granma by the time you hit 40. Watch out my beautiful sexy ladys and hansom gents! I want all of you to stay healthy and beautiful, until you hit 120.. :))..
Common skin problems everyone faces could be a result of poor diet choices. This is according to naturopathic doctor and skincare specialist Nigma Talib who recently wrote the book ‘Reverse The Signs Of Ageing: The Revolutionary Inside-Out Plan To Glowing, Youthful Skin’. She treats celebrities like Sienna Miller, make-up guru Charlotte Tilbury and has been featured in Vanity Fair Magazine.
Talib is convinced that what we eat and drink has a direct impact on our faces. She recognizes and calls these collection of symptoms “dairy face”, “wine face”, “sugar face”, and “gluten face”.
“The second a patient walks into my clinic I can immediately tell the sort of foods they tend to over-eat just by checking the way their face is ageing. In fact, I often find myself reading random faces in the street. I want to run up to strangers and tell them to cut milk out of their diet or hold back on the pasta as it is so clear from their complexion that their diet is doing them harm. For some people, just one wheat-heavy day – cereal for breakfast, bread for lunch and pasta for dinner – is enough to cause bloating and puffiness. A couple of glasses of wine can trigger fine lines around the mouth and eyes, and – if you are intolerant – a creamy sauce or a piece of cheese might trigger a spotty break-out or dark circles under the eyes.”
Face mapping has been commonly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), but many medical professionals in the western world are not trained to look for these more subtle signs. However, alternative practitioners like Dr. Talib can tell when someone walks into their office with a drinking problem because it is written all over their face.
Basically, what one eats or eats too much of determines how the face will age.
“Any issues with the digestion of certain foods – perhaps you have an unknown intolerance or you eat more of a food than you can comfortably digest – can cause a cascade of chemical and hormonal changes that speed the ageing process internally and externally, with the results swiftly showing on your face. Certain food groups appear to be particularly damaging: gluten, dairy, sugar and alcohol. Each taxes the body in specific ways, contributing to a cluster of ageing symptoms such as spots, puffiness, changes in skin tone, premature fine lines and wrinkles or sagging.” (Talib)
Where you age can indicate which organs are overburdened and even it’s root cause.
The part of your face most affected – whether it’s your forehead, chin, cheeks or eyes – will depend on the part of the body being put under most stress by the food group. Here is how Dr. Talib identifies the what is going on in her clients:
Symptoms:Pronounced lines or redness between the eyes, droopy eyelids, enlarged pores, dehydrated skin with feathery lines across cheeks, reddish cheeks and nose, deep nasolabial folds.
Although called wine face, these signs can occur in anyone who tends to consume a high level of alcohol weekly. Alcohol dehydrates the skin, affects the liver, and the high amount of sugar found in alcohol tends to destroy skin elasticity.
How to Fix It: Take a break from alcohol for three weeks and then follow the 80/20 rule. Abstain 80% of the time and indulge 20% of the time.
Symptoms:Lines and wrinkles on the forehead, sagging under the eyes, gaunt look to the face, painful pustular spots all over the face, thinning of the skin, a grey/pasty white hue to the skin.
It is easy to get into the habit of reaching for a sugary treat when our energy is low at 2pm, it’s an instant pick me up. However, what goes up, must come down. When high blood sugar levels inevitably plummet, it creates vicious cycle that can leave you craving more and more.
As stated earlier, sugar can destroy skin elasticity. According to face mapping, the forehead is associated with the process of digestion, which is why ‘sugar face’ may manifest as blotches or wrinkles on the forehead.
It can also throw off the delicate balance of our gut bacteria which wreaks havoc not only on our face but digestion and the entire body.
How to Fix It: Just stop eating processed sugar. One can gradually remove sugar from their diet if cutting it off completely is too difficult. Even if you just cut your intake in half and gradually wean yourself off sugar, you will notice rapid improvements in your complexion. Try using more natural options like fruit, honey or dates in place of refined white sugar.
Symptoms:Swollen eyelids, bags and dark circles under eyes, small white spots and bumps on the chin.
Overtime, most people lose the ability to digest dairy properly. This causes inflammation as the body tries to fight off the dairy with inflammation inducing chemicals.
For example: the same inflammatory process that causes redness, swelling and heat around a sprained ankle or splinter, can trigger puffy eyelids, under-eye bags and dark circles on your face.
Also, most of the milk on the market is full of artificial hormones that are fed to the cows. These also cause problems by disrupting your own hormone system and shows up in the chin area which in face mapping represents the reproductive organs.
How to Fix It: If one feels that they may have an intolerance to dairy, they should remove it completely from their diet for three weeks and observe any changes in their complexion but also their digestion and energy levels!
Symptoms:Puffy red cheeks, dark pigmentation patches or spots around chin.
A reaction to gluten takes its toll on the immune system, in turn disrupting the delicate balance of reproductive hormones, resulting in spots or dark pigmentation on the chin, the area associated with the reproductive organs.
Some patients who have been suffering for years from rosacea – a skin condition characterised by a red rash over the cheeks – have found it much improved, or entirely controlled, when they remove gluten from their diets.
How to Fix It: If gluten is the problem, cut it from your diet. When it comes to gluten, “cutting back” won’t do the trick, it has to be completely removed. Drink plenty of water and get enough fiber. This will help balance out the skin and redefine your cheekbones.
More than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley.
it is estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed.
It is also estimated that as much as 15% of the US population is gluten intolerant. Could you be one of them?
If you have any of the following symptoms it could be a sign that you have gluten intolerance:
1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation.
2. Keratosis Pilaris, (also known as ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms). This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.
3. Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.
4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.
5. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance.
6. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.
7. Migraine headaches.
8. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain.
9. Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.
10. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.
How to test for gluten intolerance?
You can go to your doctor or hospital and they can take a blood sample from you and find out if you are intolerent or not.
Another way is: if you think you have an issue with gluten then use elimination. It is a good way to go. Take it out of your diet for at least 2 to 3 weeks and then reintroduce it.
if you feel significantly better off of gluten or feel worse when you reintroduce it, then gluten is likely a problem for you. In order to get accurate results from this testing method you must eliminate 100% of the gluten from your diet.
How to treat gluten intolerance?
Eliminating gluten 100% from your diet means 100%. Even trace amounts of gluten from cross contamination or medications or supplements can be enough to cause an immune reaction in your body. It depends from person to person, some people can eat a bit of gluten and nothing happens, others get really sick if they have 1 drop of gluten in their diet.
In general gluten is bad for everyone, it is not good for you. Most people get bloated after they have eaten gluten, notice your body’s reaction, the digestive system is obviously struggling when you are bloated, so why do you want your body to go thru that?! 😉
1. DON’T eat any sugar or carbohydrates (1 or 2 fruits allowed per day)
2. DON’T Eat any food after 7 pm – only water and organic tea’s
3. Run every morning before you eat breakfast. (fasted cardio) Wake up drink water and eat a piece of fruit. (it will increase your energy) Jog for 25 minutes, stretch, hot shower, breakfast and you are ready to start your day 😉
4. Go to the gym as often as you can, the bigger the muscles you have, the more calories you will burn. A slim body with no muscles is useless, as soon as you eat a tiny peace of cake it will turn into fat and you will look fat. A person who has muscles will burn it away.
5. My weight is 60 kg. Most people think I weigh 53 -55 kg, but muscles are heavy…. Stop thinking about how much your weight is, use measurements to see your waist become slimmer and follow your body transformation. Take a picture of your body each week and follow the transformation like that. Weight can confuse you!! LOOKING SEXY IS THE GOAL, not how much you weigh. 😉
6. Stay away from alcohol, but a glass of red wine is 10 times better than sugar!! Sugar is the devil!
7. NO DAIRY, NO BREAD, NO CARBS IN GENERAL. Feed yourself with fresh organic food. Fish, red meat, chicken, eggs, vegetables, salads, brown rice, sweet potato’s, salmon, nuts, avocado, olive oil, healthy fats are good for you
8 am wake up in my Mayfair Crib – looking a bit tired lol 😉
I wake up and I drink 1 liter water, so I am hydrated for my run and my face looks young 😉
I eat some fruit before my fasted cardio in the morning, then you will burn pure fat, but remember to jog. Sprints will burn your muscles because you didn’t eat any protein.
Say hi to my running body the squall 😉
Beautiful nature around Green Park and St James Park – My running area!
I run by Buckingham palace as well, it is a good idea to start your day with saying Hello to the Queens crib 😉
5 K done.
Then I worked on my blog for 2 hours!
I took a long shower and ate breakfast, salmon and scrabbled eggs.
Next picture I am on my way to a casting at 1 pm. A casting for a TV commercial, I had to act with a cute mixed race guy a model – we where a couple decorating a Christmas tree. It was a little awkward because I had to tickle, hug and kiss him lol – a complete stranger, but we did a good job! Cross your fingers they liked me 😉 All the models at the casting where paired up as couples, to see if they could act. It was only mixed boys and girls at the casting, damn people where beautiful – NEWS Models, MOT models and BMA Models.
After my casting I worked a bit more on my blog, made lunch and dinner a chicken soup with potato, tomatoes, onions, spice’s and real chicken peaces with the bone, the bone enhances the flavor in the soup. chop the vegetables in small peaces and Boil it together with the chicken peaces, when its all done, take the chicken of the bones and throw the bones out. Soup finished. Afterwards I answered emails.
I had my second workout of the day at 7 pm at Gymway in Marble Arch. A PT friend of mine works there. I took a danish girlfriend with me and we joined her Metcom Class!! The girl that teaches is a Romanian machine a warrior woman. She is so tough, I almost died – I was crawling around the gym area afterwards 😀
We finished out class and I did a well deserved 30 minutes stretching session 😉 Don’t forget your flexibility, important stuff if you want to avoid injuries. I love doing the splits.
I was home at 9 pm 😉 I had more chicken soup!! Showered – Put new make up on and went out to meet my friend in front of my crib at 10:15 pm – we smoked Shisha (the arabic waterpibe) 😉 around the corner from my apartment and had a fun chat until midnight and I went home to sleep.