Winter SUN

I have been loving these sunny days. Even though I spend most of the sunniest part of the day inside during the week, when Saturday hits I can’t wait to just sit in the sunshine for about 20 mins to absorb some rays. Yes there can be too much of a good thing, we are all well versed in the dangers of skin cancer. But a little bit of sunshine is also very valuable for your health. Here is why you should be trying to expose yourself a little bit each day. I still wear a hat whenever I sit on the balcony, but try to expose at least my arms and legs to get maximum absorption.

  • Vitamin D production – our bodies naturally produce this vitamin when our skin is exposed to direct sunlight (not sunscreen). Viatmin D is critical for bone health as it boosts calcium absorption, this reduces the risk of osteoporosis and bone diseases
  • Sunshine boosts your serotonin, this is your happy hormone! Regular exposure to sunshine can boost your mood, stave off depression. Exercising outside can possibly produce more endorphins that exercising inside too.
  • May help to prevent diabetes – vitamin D deficiency is though to contribute to an onset of Type 2 diabetes
  • Relieves aches and pains – warming the muscles and reducing stiffness which means reducing inflammation
  • Helps to kill colds – maybe this is psychosomatic for me, but if I have a cold or flu, I always feel better after sitting in the sun for a little while. Maybe it is because the sun just raises the body temperature to help fight infection or maybe it is the actual sunlight helping to kill the bacteria. Either way, I swear by it!
  •  It may even boost your metabolism – although I can’t find a good explanation for this, there seem to be a few studies that correlate increase in metabolism with sun exposure. It could be as simple as the more sunlight, the more likely your body is to think it is summer time and no need to put excess calories into fat storage for the winter.

    February 26, 2015

    Posted in healthy food, metabolism, weight loss

    Losing weight is like writing a book

    I am currently attempting to write my first book.  I was thinking this week how similar it is to a weight loss goal.  Say you want to lose 10kg, or fit back into your size 10 jeans, or any other goal.  You have an end game in mind, but there is a lot of yards between now and then.  You can set little goals each week, or even each day to help you achieve your end game.  Like, exercise regimes, meeting personal trainers, healthy eating.  But it is VERY easy to get bogged down with the enormity of the task.  Writing a book is a huge job, so is losing 10kg.  It isn't going to happen in one weekend if you really focus, as much as I would like to think it will.  It just takes time.  A lot of it.  Big exercise sessions sometimes feel like they should have pushed you a lot further to your goal, but you jump on the scales after it, and it barely reflects anything.  It is like my goal of writing 2000 words per weekend, I feel so accomplished after achieving my mini goal of 2000 words, but then I am quickly reminded that if I am going to achieve 100,000 words, this book is going to take a year or longer!!  It is easy to lose sight that your little goals are all helping to get to the big goal.  My advice?  Just keep going, you will eventually surprise yourself!

    Sunshine of my life - A little slice of Summer

    Pineapples are a little bit of sunshine in winter! Not only is it delicious, juicy and sweet, it is also a healthy benefit power house.  Although it is known for its sweetness, which some people might be scared of, it is well worthy of the status as a regular daily food.  Here is why:

    100 g pineapple provides just about 50 calories equivalent to that of apples.

    One cup of fresh pineapple chunks provides 131% of your vitamin C needs for the day, 2% of vitamin A needs, 2% of calcium and 2% of iron.

    Fresh pineapple is the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which has been used in studies to determine it's effectiveness in alleviating joint pain, arthritis, reduce inflammation, and inhibit tumor growth.

    A higher intake of all fruits (3 or more servings per day) has also been linked to a decreased risk of and progression of age-related macular degeneration.

    Pineapple is also a rich source in Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene, which helps your immune system, eyesight and protects from free radicals.

    Pineapple is an excellent source the trace mineral manganese, which is an essential cofactor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defenses.  Rich amount of manganese present in pineapples helps in strengthening bones and connective tissues.


    It's still winter, but grab a pineapple to pretend its sunny outside!  

    What to do in the afterlife.... Well, after a cleanse anyway!

    We often get asked by those wanted to kick start a healthier lifestyle how to maintain the clean feeling from a cleanse.  So we have decided to dedicate a few newsletters to some very basic principles on how WE live our lives that keep us clean, healthy and "schkinny"!!

    It may sound very challenging to change your lifestyle, but the reality is - it is quite simple.  There are about 12 principles that we try to live by, and they are super easy to keep in mind.  Here are the first three:

    Number ONE:

    1. Get up early!  Listen, I hate it.  I am self confessed non-morning person.  BUT I will attest to the fact that getting up early sets your metabolism off sooner in the day.  I keep some healthy low sugar muesli bars at home and RELIGOUSLY have one at about 4:45am after getting up at 4am.  I don’t have time to sit and eat breakfast until about 8-9am – and I can promise you, if I waited until that time without eating , there would be a lot less "schkinny" at the Schkinny Maninny offices.

    Number TWO:

    2. Never miss meals or eating.  This does go hand in hand with the first one. I make it a golden rule to never miss an eating time – so whilst I may get super busy and physically don’t have time to make a salad and sit down and eat it, that doesn’t mean I can’t grab a muesli bar and a some fruit, or some carrots and chew them in the car.  Letting yourself get super hungry is bad news, skipping a meal and thinking "oh well, I will make up for it at dinner" is ultra bad news, and telling yourself you aren't hungry is super bad news.  Remind yourself if you aren't metabolising something then your body will store up for the winter....  Eeeeek!

    Number THREE

    3. Drink a green smoothie every day – green raw vegetables in a smoothie ensures you are getting this energy hit every day!  You can use a banana to emulsify the green leafies (you can use spinach, parsley, lettuce, rocket, kale, silverbeet, etc).  They really are a super energy hit.  Juice up anything green you have and include the dark ones - these little puppies will get you buzzing through the day.

    Stay tuned nex newsletter for the next 3 principles in our post cleanse lifestyle: 4: Your surefire breakfast cereal for healthy weight; 5: Learning to find stimulation from things other than food; and 6: Have this salad at least once a day...