Inspire News April 2018 - Healthy Inspirations

Inspire News April 2018

Now that Easter has passed, it’s time to get back on track. What’s that? Now it’s school holidays? And then it’s Anzac Day, and perhaps Queen’s Birthday… If you allow it, the excuse list is endless.

Those who get the results they want bite the bullet, not more chocolate. For those not yet starting on their weight and wellness journey, it’s time for some changes.

Get rid of left-overs: your friends and neighbours will marvel at your generosity. They don’t need to know, of course, that your motivation is selfish and simply because you’ve had enough of getting in the way of your own progress. Enjoy your morning coffee without a ‘treat’. Get out and about, enjoy the outdoors, and get some exercise and Vitamin D.

We’re here to support you in making the changes needed to achieve your weight and wellness goals.

Healthy Women of 2017 Winner

Helen N, Prospect, SA

Lost 11.6 kilos and 41.5 cm and 17.18% body weight

I have struggled all my life with my weight, felt self-conscious and held back on enjoying life. I lived on Voltaren for many years to ease my very painful, degenerative lower back, to a point where I considered surgery. I grew up with food being a very important part of everyday life, and eating everything and more, even when full. I have tried so many diets and been to other gyms, and nothing worked. As much as I love clothes, I hated shopping for clothes as nothing ever fitted the way I wanted, and I only ever wore black.

Seeing the A frame with details of kilos lost, caught my eye. I stopped to chat, not wanting to go on a weight loss program, thinking the exercise would be enough, and that I could do it on my own. I quickly found I could not do it on my own.

My goal was to lose 3 kilos, thinking any more would be impossible. There is a Rhianna song with lyrics “Never have I been a size 10 in my whole life”, and I had never been a size 10, and never thought that this would ever be possible, it was beyond my imagination. I quickly lost 3 kilos and felt so good, thinking maybe another 2 was possible, and then before I knew it 10.5 kilos had gone and I was a size 10!!!

Losing the weight and having a regular exercise routine has improved my mobility, flexibility and has significantly reduced my back pain where now I no longer take any medication (or very rarely). I enjoy exercising, going to the gym, going for walks, doing Zumba and feel so good and invigorated after. I now enjoy shopping for clothes, have more options and am brave now to wear colours other than black.

I find it hard to believe that 7 years on I have kept the weight off and live a healthy lifestyle, not fluctuating from diet to diet – this was unheard of before. I have a 2 kilo buffer, which allows me to enjoy my wine and different foods, but now in moderation, and then there is the point at which I will not allow myself to spiral out of control. Having the beautiful health coaches/ friends to support me is invaluable.


  1. Exercise regularly, 3 times a week.
  2. Be kind to yourself when things go a little haywire; we are not perfect. Our lives are busy, and there are events, celebrations etc., it is not the end of the world and we don’t need to give up, rather start back on track with the next meal – not next week or next Monday.

~ Helen N ~

10 Sugar Busting Tips

With all the information available about cutting out sugar, it seems like a fairly straightforward thing to do. Things that sound simple, however, are not always easy. The question is not if you’ll reduce sugar, but how.

Click here to read more.


Start some family Easter traditions

Children anticipate the arrival of the Easter Bunny with as much glee as they do Santa at Christmas. While Santa usually brings an abundance of toys, the Easter Bunny brings chocolate. Mountains of it.

If the sugar from all that chocolate was removed and placed in a bowl, no parent would allow their kids to eat it all. Click here to read more.


Do you eat with your eyes?

We all eat with our eyes before the food gets anywhere near our mouth. Any time you look through a magazine, book or online at food images, they look amazing. Brightly coloured, superbly cooked, and mouth-wateringly enticing. Click here to read more. Click here to read more.



Beef sirloin with easy salsa verde

 Serves 10 

Thanks to Nola C at Frewville for this pic

  • 1.5 kg beef sirloin or porterhouse
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to season
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Large bag rocket leaves
  • 1.5 Tbsp capers, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp gherkins, finely chopped
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 5 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Rub the oil on the meat, then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Place the beef in a fry pan or BBQ and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or done to your liking. Set aside to rest.
  3. To make the salsa verde, combine the capers, gherkins, spring onions, parsley, lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl.
  4. Arrange the rocket leaves on plates. Thinly slice the beef and place on top of the rocket. Top with the salsa verde and serve with vegies of choice.



How many minutes?

Popular fast foods, snacks and drinks may be very tempting but give some thought to the number of minutes of exercise you will need to set aside, on top of your normal exercise, to burn off the extra energy they provide. Even a very small ‘treat’ can have a negative impact on your weight loss success.

Question: One of our lovely members thought she was having a healthy snack by making her own Banana Smoothie. Her recipe contained a banana, dates, honey and milk. She didn’t realise that she was drinking over 22 teaspoons of sugar!

Strenuous Aerobics: 69 minutes
Social Golf: 92 minutes
Energetic Dancing: 69 minutes
Jogging 8 kph: 92 minutes
Swimming: 138 minutes
Walking: 138 minutes

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