October 12, 2012

It’s not too late…to shed those unwanted kilos for summer.  By starting now you have nothing to lose but some extra weight. Imagine the feeling of having all your summer clothes fitting you well.  There’s no feeling better than having your family and friends comment on your weight loss… especially around Christmas time.

Tell us your weight loss story and you could be the Healthy Inspirations Slimmer of the Year 2012. Your story will then be used to inspire, motivate and encourage others. The winner will receive a prize package worth $2,000 including a make-over, a shopping spree with a personal shopper, and a pamper package.

CLICK HERE to enter the Slimmer of the Year competition.

Slimmer of the Month – Julie M. from Maitland, NSW
Lost 18.5 kilos

Who inspires you the most and why? My sister and great niece were an inspiration. It was seeing their success and how their confidence had grown since losing their weight that inspired me to go to Healthy Inspirations. The excellent staff at Healthy Inspirations inspire me every day I walk through the front door. Their friendly welcome and strong support make me feel very positive about myself and my weight loss. They encouraged me through my exercise program, healthy eating program and my weight and measurement experience. With everything so positive I look forward to the next centre visit.

Why did you choose Healthy Inspirations and what health or life benefits have you received from being on the program? I made my decision after being on a holiday in Adelaide with friends; I felt breathless, lethargic and frumpy. I phoned the centre, made an appointment and from that moment I never looked back. I wanted to lose weight for myself. I have 2 beautiful grandchildren and I want to be able to play and enjoy every minute with them, not feel totally exhausted all the time which is how I was feeling. Prior to joining Healthy Inspirations I used to suffer from migraines and had hormone imbalance. I was on three lots of prescribed medication and now I take no prescribed medication, which is fantastic!

My bladder was very weak but with my exercise that problem has also rectified. With the support I received I lost my weight in what seemed no time at all and now have been maintaining for several months which is working very well for me. Healthy Inspirations makes the change in lifestyle easy for you! It is a lifestyle change; the way you eat, exercise and feel about yourself. I honestly have never felt better! I don’t look back, only forwards to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle.

~ Julie

    Smart snack food choices make weight loss easier

Many popular snacks are almost entirely carbohydrate, only satisfying you for 30 minutes to an hour. These snacks are often promoted as ‘99% fat free’ or ‘low fat’.  As they are mainly carbohydrate, for many people they can cause a rebound effect, with elevated blood sugar followed by low blood sugar and this actually stimulates food or sweet cravings 60 to 90 minutes later.  This can cause the common “3 o’clock crash”.

Healthy Inspirations wide variety of snack foods are made up of a careful balance of protein, carbohydrate and fat to help stabilise your blood sugar and avoid cravings.  As they’re nutritionally balanced, they will keep you feeling satisfied between meals for up to 3 hours, until you’re ready for your next meal!

Our snack servings are between 80 to 150 calories each and deliver up to 15 grams of satiating protein.  Many supermarket and cafe snacks are 250 to 350 calories per serving and hardly have any protein at all.  Even a 250 calorie snack means an extra 100 calories per snack, or an extra 200 calories per day.  It would take an extra 30 minutes of exercise on top of your normal daily exercise to burn this off.  We don’t want to see any of your valuable exercise time being wasted because of the wrong snack choices.

Ask your Health Coach today and sample some of the range of snack products available to you in your centre.

Antioxidants – The Fountain of Youth

The word “antioxidant” has become increasingly popular over the past couple of years but what does it really mean for your health?  Where do they come from and how much do you really need?

The CSIRO has stated that “antioxidants are naturally occurring chemicals in foods that help to counter the effects of oxygen free radicals, which form during normal metabolism and also through external factors such as x-rays, ultra violet radiation and pollution.” These ‘oxygen free radicals’ are basically molecules found in the body which enable the aging process and can cause disease.

Antioxidants combat oxygen free radicals and can be found in numerous foods that contain vitamin A, C and E including fruit and vegetables.  It is also proven that tea contains antioxidants. If we do not consume enough antioxidants, the oxygen free radicals will attack our healthy molecules such as DNA, which is thought to lead to premature aging and age related diseases.

To help our bodies fight off oxygen free radicals, it is recommended that we have a combination of up to 2 serves of fruit (depending on your plan) and at least 5 serves of non-starchy vegetables a day.  The Healthy Inspirations programs provide for an ample intake of antioxidants from food, and so help protect us from heart disease and certain cancers, delay the aging process, and help us lose weight in the healthiest way possible.

Recipe of the month

Fish with orange basil butter and macadamias – Serves 4
1 protein | 2 fat


  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 (150g) white fish fillets
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 small orange, juice and zest
  • 4 macadamia nuts, crushed
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, sliced thinly


  1. Sprinkle salt and pepper over fish. Zest the orange (you’ll need 1 tsp zest) and juice the orange (you’ll need 3 Tbsp juice).
  2. Melt the butter in a large fry pan over moderate heat. Whisk in the orange juice and zest, lay the fish in a single layer in the pan and sprinkle with the crushed nuts. Cook the fish for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until just cooked through.
  3. Transfer the fish to serving plates and top with the basil. Serve with wilted greens.

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: How many extra minutes does it take to burn off one beer (stubbie)?

Strenuous Aerobics: 14 minutes
Social Golf: 35 minutes
Energetic Dancing: 14 minutes
Jogging 8 kph: 20 minutes
Swimming: 20 minutes
Walking: 35 minutes