Get your wedding day glow and your healthiest body ever, with these tips from best-selling author and health and wellbeing coach Sarah Wilson…
The second the engagement is announced, is usually the second a Bride starts dieting. It’s only natural for women to want to look their absolute best on their wedding day – to be their healthiest weight, have skin that glows from the inside out, lustrous hair and look simply stunning for their new hubby, themselves and of course, the 100+ guests watching her walk down the aisle. But there’s one crucial mistake that Brides make, according to Sarah Wilson, author of the Australian best-selling book I Quit Sugar, which was also a best-seller in the UK and the USA (New York Times, no mean feat!). “If there’s a common ‘mistake’ I see people make regularly with food, it’s opting for ‘diet’ and ‘low-fat’ options,” explains Sarah. “The problem isn’t the fat, as we’ve been taught for years… it’s the sugar.” In Sarah’s second book, I Quit Sugar for Life, also the biggest selling title across Australia for 2014, you can follow her 8-Week Program, which has seen more than 300,000 people quit sugar. In the meantime, Sarah offers you these glowing tips…
1. Fat doesn’t make you fat. Sugar does!
“These days we see ‘low-fat’ and we think ‘healthy’,” explains Sarah. “But it’s quite the opposite. When manufacturers take fat out of a product they often whack a lot of sugar and other nasties back in to make up for the lost flavour and texture. Dairy is one of the worst offenders, with a small tub of low-fat yoghurt often containing 6 teaspoons of sugar. So, what do I recommend instead? It’s all about going ‘dense nutrition’.”
2. Go for full fat always.
“You’ll feel more satiated, eat less overall and your body won’t have excess sugar to convert into fat,” explains Sarah.
Try: Full fat milk and yoghurt instead of diet, skim or low fat options.
3. Add fat to your veggies.
“Most people increase their vegetable consumption when trying to lose weight, but you can’t properly absorb the essential vitamins A, E, D and K without fats,” explains Sarah. “Notice how the Greeks and French eat their meals with butter and olive oil? Do as they do!”
Try: Drizzle olive oil on your salad and butter on your greens. Or add avocado to a green vegetable smoothie.
4. Ditto, always eat fat with protein.
“Fat is needed for proper protein assimilation,” Sarah explains. “Also, fat often contains a lot of the enzymes required to break down the protein.”
Try: Whole egg omelettes (not just egg whites!) and don’t pick the skin off your chook or roast pork.
5. Prioritise your veggies.
“All vegetables are great, but there are ways to maximise their impact,” explains Sarah.
Try: Choose leafy greens (the most nutritious option) over other vegetables, such as cauliflower and starchy vegetables (peas and corn).
6. Eat more protein.
Remember this: “Proteins offer the most energy and nutrients per calorie intake of all foods,” Sarah advises. “The best sources of proteins are dairy, eggs, meat and fish. This is because animal protein is complete – it contains the right proportions of all the essential amino acids that our bodies can’t synthesise on their own.”
7. Up your enzymes.
“Eat a spoonful of sauerkraut or other fermented products with every meal,” advises Sarah. “They produce a stack of helpful enzymes, which will assist the assimilation of the nutrition in the rest of your meal. The more enzymes you can derive from food, rather than your body itself, the better. Depletion of enzymes in your body is the aging process!”
Sarah Wilson is a NYT best-selling author, blogger and wellness coach whose journalism career has spanned 20 years, across television, radio, magazines, newspapers and online. She’s the former editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and was the host of the first series of MasterChef Australia, the highest rating show in Australian TV history. She appears regularly as a commentator on a range of programs including Channel 7’s Sunday Night, The Morning Show, Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise, Ten Network’s Good News Week and The Project, Nine’s 60 Minutes and A Current Affair.
Sarah’s career has spanned politics, health advocacy, restaurant reviewing, opinion writing and trend forecasting. She’s also a qualified health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York.
Sarah is the author of the Australian best-seller I Quit Sugar for life also a best-seller in the UK (January 2014) and a NYT best-seller in the USA (April 2014). She’s also authored the best-selling series of ebooks from IQuitSugar.com. Sarah’s second book, I Quit Sugar For Life, is the biggest selling title across Australia for 2014. Her 8-Week Program has seen more than 300 000 people quit sugar.
Join Sarah’s 8 week program by clicking here!
Sarah blogs at sarahwilson.com lives in Sydney, rides a bike everywhere and when asked what her hobbies are cites “bush hiking”, planning her next meal and being fascinated by other people with real hobbies.
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