BANISH CELLULITE FOREVER – PART 2

So here it is folks, part 2 on how to banish cellulite forever. If you missed part 1 on the basics of cellulite, click here to catch up. Today, I want to share with you my 12 proven ways to banish cellulite forever. And here they are …

Cellulite Fighting Foods

One of the main causes of cellulite is toxic overload in the body which in turn reduces skin elasticity. If the skins elasticity is compromised cellulite becomes even more visible. Fluid retention also contributes to cellulite. When you overload the liver with toxins, it cannot effectively eliminate toxins and estrogen which are all known to contribute to cellulite.

The good news is that the following foods help detoxify, reduce acidity and fluid build up, cleanse and boost the liver and strengthen the skin.

Anti-Oxidant Rich Foods

Berries are rich in anti-oxidants and this will help break down the fat attached to connective tissue and get rid of that uneven appearance on the skin.

Blackberries and blueberries can enhance collagen production which stimulates new skin tissue improving the overall tone and texture of your skin.

Dark chocolate is rich in anti-oxidants which can break down fat found in cellulite and improve the function of the cells in your body. Again this will help keep your skin firm, smooth, and toned.

Potassium Rich Foods

Potassium rich foods such as bananas, avocados, greens, and coconut water help to flush out excess fluid and toxins.

Protein Rich Foods

Quality, organic protein rich sources can increase metabolism and so help reduce cellulite. Opt for grass-fed beef, wild fish, free-range poultry and eggs.

Essential Fatty Acid Rich Foods

Include coconut oil, fish oils and oily fish to promote healthy skin tissue.

Fibre Rich Foods

Nuts, seeds and fibrous veggies will help detoxify the bowl, increase metabolism and balance hormones.

With all food, the general rule is to eat clean, anti-oxidant, alkaline rich foods. Do this and you won’t go far wrong in reducing and eliminating cellulite.

Cellulite Causing Foods

Table Salt

Table salt is a massive cause of fluid retention and so cellulite.

Sugar

Sugar causes inflammation, fluid retention, and fat storage all of which are major contributors to cellulite.

Refined Processed Foods

Highly refined and processed foods break down quickly into sugar which is then stored as fat.

Common Food Allergens

Allergens such as dairy, gluten and peanuts increase acidity in the body and so inflammation.

Hydrogenated & Trans Fats

These fats contribute to fat storage and inflammation. Stay clear of fats like corn, canola, sunflower, refined oils and heated oils.

Healthy Fats

Healthy fats such as omega 3 and MCT (medium chain triglycerides) are fundamental in the fight against excess body fat and cellulite.

My 2 favourites are raw coconut oil and Super Omega 3.

Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation contributes to poor circulation and lymphatic drainage. All this causes water retention and makes cellulite look worse.

Choosing an alkaline, anti-inflammatory diet that’s rich in anti-oxidants is the way to go!

Adequate Hydration

One massive factor in the appearance of unwanted orange peel is poor hydration to flush out toxins and waste.

It’s not only important to drink enough clean, purified water (approx 3 to 4 litres per day), but also to consume high water content organic foods.

Water-rich foods include celery, cabbage, watermelon, tomato, broccoli, lettuce and especially cucumber which is 90% water!

Ideally, consume these foods raw to maximise the water and nutrient intake. Your skin will thank you for it.

If your not a keen water drinker try adding a squeeze of lemon or some lemon slices. Herbal teas are also great hydrators. Tea and coffee are ok in moderation, just increase your water intake to counteract them as they dehydrate the body.

Balanced Hormones

Hormones are manufactured in our glands e.g. thyroid, pituitary, adrenals, ovaries and testicles. We need these hormones to be balanced if we want to achieve optimal health, and get rid of cellulite.

The subject of balancing hormones is a biggie and one for a future blog but for now just know you need them balanced.

Exercise

Exercise is very important in the fight against cellulite as it ups your circulation and metabolism. You don’t need to spend hours in the gym. Short, high-intensity sessions are just as effective, take a lot less time and are fun.

Toxic Free Skin Products

Something that is often overlooked is the volume of toxins we put on our skin. Your skin is the largest organ in the body and highly porous.

I highly recommend using only natural, chemical free skincare products especially body moisturisers which are absorbed directly into areas on the body prone to cellulite i.e. thighs, bum, and stomach.

Dry Skin Brushing & Body Scrubs

Dry skin brushing and body scrubs have numerous benefits for our health and beauty. We dump tonnes of toxins out of our skin so it’s important to keep the pathway clear especially as it’s the largest organ.

Brushing loosens dead cells, stimulates acupressure points, massages your meridians, moves the lymph, stimulates your immune system, wakes up circulation, helps reduce fat deposits and cellulite, and makes your skin soft, glowing and velvety!

Detox Bath

By now you’ll know that a major cause of cellulite is the accumulation of toxins. Detox baths are another great way to help your body eliminate these. Try Epsom, Dead Sea or Himalayan salts in your bath. You can add essential oils like myrrh, lavender and tea-tree. All these salts and oils are relaxing, detoxifying and will leave your skin feeling soft and silky.

Supplementation

These are 2 great supplements I recommend for cellulite …

Liquid Chlorophyll – Just add a teaspoon to a glass of water or your water bottle to gently eliminate unwanted toxins stored in fat stores from the body. It’s great for cleansing, hydrating and energising.

Healthy Starter ProgrammeThis is perfect for a deeper cleanse and to really shift excess fat. It’s also included in my B-Fit 21 Day Weight Loss Plan alongside 21 days of delicious meal plans, recipes, weekly shopping lists, fat burning exercise videos, nutrition and lifestyle coaching videos. Click here for more details.

Now it’s over to you. Which one of these strategies are you going to try?

Have you discovered any nutrition or lifestyle game changers for cellulite? Do email me and let me know.

Love Gaynor x

GRILLED APRICOTS

In many countries, dessert is often as simple and satisfying as a piece of fruit. We’ve followed their lead but fluffed it up a bit with yoghurt, toasted nuts, and a bit of maple syrup. The result is a warm, cool, and crunchy treat rich in fibre, protein, and healthy fat.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 apricots or peaches, halved and pitted
  • 2 cups plain Greek yoghurt or organic bio natural yoghurt
  • 4 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 1-2 tbsp maple or agave syrup

METHOD

  • Roast the walnuts in a dry pan over a medium heat for 5 mins, stirring once or twice
  • Heat a grill or stovetop grill pan until hot
  • Cook the fruits until caramelised, softened but retaining shape
  • Top each fruit half with ½ cup yoghurt, 1 tbsp walnuts, ¼ to ½ tbsp maple or agave syrup

BANISH CELLULITE FOREVER – PART 1

Orange peel. Bumps. Dimples. Lumpy bits. Whatever you want to call it, cellulite is something that 90% of women suffer from. Yes, 90%!!!

With Summer right around the corner, there is no need to start shopping for a sarong yet. The most important takeaway from this blog is that cellulite is very solvable.

Feeling healthy and energised is all about feeling confident in your body. Confident in how it feels. Confident in how it looks. There’s no doubt about it cellulite is one of those things that hugely affects our confidence as women.

Millions are spent each year on magic potions, creams, products, and invasive cosmetic procedures that promise to get rid of unwanted cellulite. Not only do they cost a lot but they are often highly toxic.

I’m here to tell you that banishing cellulite boils down to 3 key areas:

  • Detox the body to get rid of existing toxins
  • Reduce more toxic load going into the body
  • Reduce inflammation

In this 2 part blog series I want to give you my best practices for smoothing away cellulite such as foods to consume, foods to avoid, proper hydration, certain supplements, and even fun things to do such as detox baths, skincare products to use, dry brushing and body scrubs. Plus of course, there’s the B-Fit 21 Day Plan.

In part 1 I’m going to cover the basics on cellulite, and in part 2, we get to the remedies. Let’s jump straight in …

What Is Cellulite?

It’s fat beneath the skin that appears bumpy because it pushes against connective tissue, causing the skin above to pucker. It tends to appear mostly in the arms, legs, and stomach area.

It’s not harmful but let’s be honest none of us like the look of it and want to minimise its appearance and get rid of it period.

As many of you know, it tends to be more common in women than men. There also tends to be this notion that just overweight people get it but that’s not the case, thin people get it too. Albeit loosing weight can help its appearance.

Causes

  • Lack of exercise
  • Excessive body fat
  • Dehydration
  • Smoking
  • Faddy diets
  • Poor diet
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Hormone changes
  • Family genetics
  • Toxins

Cellulite tends to be less noticeable on darker skin. If you have light skin applying a self-tan will help the dimples appear softer and less noticeable.

To find out my cellulite busting tips and strategies stay tuned for part 2 which will be live next week.

If you’ve got any Q’s or comments so far, hit me up with an email.

Love

Gaynor x

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BASIL AVOCADO SALAD

Did you know avocado is a fruit? I didn’t until quite recently. But what I do know is how amazing this wonder fruit is!

I don’t know about you, but my avocado memories aren’t too great – bruised, brown bits, too soft, too hard … not to mention I hadn’t a clue how to prep/use it.

It’s a great source of good fats, improves nutrient absorption, vision, and digestion and helps prevent constipation.

There’s some cracking ways to pimp up the old avo and make it even more delicious such as avo toast, guacamole, smoothies and this delicious basil avocado salad 🙂

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large fennel bulb, slice stalks/bulbs into ½ inch pieces
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1 ripe avocado peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 large carrot finely chopped
  • 1 organic lemon juiced
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive or hemp oil
  • ¼ tsp lemon zest
  • 4 fresh basil leaves finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

METHOD

  • Fill a large bowl with ice water
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil
  • Add fennel and cook for 3 minutes
  • Drain fennel and immediately submerge into ice bath
  • Set aside for 3 minutes, and drain
  • Transfer fennel to a large serving bowl and pat dry
  • Add avocado and carrot
  • Drizzle salad with lemon juice/zest, oil, basil, sea salt, and pepper
  • Gently toss to coat
  • Top with ground chia seeds and cashews and serve

3 Proven Strategies To Get A Flat Stomach

Would you like a flat stomach? I don’t think I know anyone who wouldn’t!

If I had a pound for every time, I get asked how to get a flat tummy I’d be one rich woman. So I’ve decided to hit the nail on the head and do a blog on this very topic.

To trim your waistline you have to have a basic understanding of how the abdominal muscles function and how your body burns fat. You might already have toned strong abs, but if there’s a layer of fat hiding them, they won’t be visible. It’s that simple.

All of us already have a flat stomach. It just gets hidden by this excess fat. Fat is excess calories and is primarily stored in layers above the muscle. Muscle cannot turn into fat and fat cannot turn into muscle. However, you can lose muscle and you can gain fat. That’s what happens to most people especially as they get older. If your goal is to have a flat stomach, the first thing you need to do is to reduce the extra layers of fat.

You cannot spot fat reduce. Some folks are genetically blessed with very even fat distribution, but the majority of people will have stubborn fat pockets or receptors where they hold fat. The only way to get rid of these and achieve a flat tummy is to get lean.

The other bummer is that for alot of people “lower” abdominal fat is the last to go. If you think about it, most people appear leaner in the upper abdomen region first and not the lower. This is quite common.

Achieving that toned trimmed waistline comes down to these 3 proven strategies:

  1. Clean Diet + Stable Blood Sugars

Having a squeaky clean diet and especially keeping your blood sugar levels stable is top of my list. This will make it much easier for your body to utilise those fat stores for fuel.

To stabilise your blood sugar, you must eat little and often. I recommend every 2-3 hours. The key is to give your body only what it needs at that time. If you over feed, where do you think it’s going? Yip, body fat. So be mindful of your portion sizes.

What you fuel your body with is also important. Avoid anything that spikes your blood sugar levels such as cakes, cookies, fizzy drinks and so on. Instead, nourish your body with vegetables (especially greens), fruits, nuts, berries, whole grains, and lean proteins.

  1. Progressive Strength Training Including Abs

I am a huge fan of progressive strength training for many reasons. I especially love the way it revs your metabolism up for hours after exercise. This is called “afterburn” and it occurs when you exercise and take yourself beyond what you’re capable of doing i.e. you push hard. Your body then uses the next 12, 24, 36 hours to recover metabolically and that means it’s burning extra calories which helps you get lean.

Many people don’t see the abs as muscles but they very much are. Just like all other muscles in our body they need to be trained progressively working them harder each time.

The primary function of the ab muscles is to flex your torso forward. However, there are also ab muscles that flex to the side and those that rotate your torso.

To achieve a balanced, toned stomach you need to incorporate exercises that work in all these directions i.e. forward flexion, side flexion and rotation.

  1. Cardio Especially Short Intense Workouts

Cardio workouts are important because they can, if done correctly, increase your metabolism for hours afterwards. This means you are less likely to store any excess calories as body fat because they are more likely to be burned off by your elevated metabolism.

So lemme ask you this …

Are you happy with your progress? Your current condition? If not, I can help.

The reality is that the majority of people don’t know enough about the human body, fitness, nutrition and hormones to achieve their goals.

I recommend you start implementing the 3 strategies above. This is a great starting point which can help you take control of your metabolism and burn off excess body fat and have you looking and feeling fab.

If you would like my input, a personalised plan and advice, please call or text me on 07748298728.

Much love and appreciation

Gaynor x

KALE CHIPS

Kale crisps are all the rage and a great healthy snack.

The idea is super simple … cover the kale in your seasoning of choice and dehydrate. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can oven bake your kale at a low temperature until light and crisp.

You can also experiment with different flavours. For example, cooking with coconut oil and 100% cocao powder or cinnamon makes the chips sweet while adding Himalayan sea salt, chilli and black pepper gives them a savoury kick.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil (for savoury chips)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (for sweet chips)
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

METHOD

  • Take a baking tray and line with grease proof paper
  • Preheat the oven to 175 degrees
  • Wash the kale, dry with paper towels or a salad spinner
  • Remove the stalk from the kale
  • Chop the leaves into bite size ‘crisp’ pieces
  • Place the kale evenly on a baking tray
  • Sprinkle over the oil and salt
  • Place in the oven for 15 mins until the edges are brown not burnt

P.S. Remember to choose organic produce whenever possible