For whatever strange reason as we move out of December and into January we seem to have a sense of renewal, change, new direction and a time to reassess who we are, what we can offer the world, how we can better deliver our services.
I personally enjoy the challenge of reassessing my dreams and targets for the new year, rewriting vision statements and mission statements. It is a sense of renewal, of better things to come and in essence a renewed sense of hope. We can all do with a dose of hope every now again.
Part of my reassessment is to look at my physical wellness.
Post Christmas is always a time when we may need to take stock of the extra kilos that we may have gained over the holidays. This year I have made a commitment to increase exercise, decrease gluten, decrease sugar and attempt to replace some dairy with coconut products.
I have also made my own Kombucha, a healthy way in increase good gut bugs, increase immunity and aid digestion. Because it's naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast, Kombucha is a probiotic beverage. Find a friend who has a bug and make your own!
Partnering with USANA Health Sciences has been my ongoing commitment for the last 17 years. I was so proud to see the USANA signage at the WTA tournament in Auckland. USANA is the preferred nutritional supplement supplier for the WTA. This company is certainly my preferred supplement supplier.
One program USANA is now promoting is the RESET Challenge, starting 19th January. This program is perfect for post- Christmas kilos. The program is based around low glycaemic foods, vegetables, fruit and low fat meats, USANA shakes and snacks and loads of fun and education. In 2014 I did the program and released 5 kgs. This weight has not returned.
The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with a high GI are those which are rapidly digested and absorbed and result in marked fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Low-GI foods, by virtue of their slow digestion and absorption, produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, and have proven benefits for health. Low GI diets have been shown to improve both glucose and lipid levels in people with diabetes (type 1 and type 2). They have benefits for weight control because they help control appetite and delay hunger. Low GI diets also reduce insulin levels and insulin resistance.
Recent studies from Harvard School of Public Health indicate that the risks of diseases such as type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease are strongly related to the GI of the overall diet. In 1999, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) recommended that people in industrialised countries base their diets on low-GI foods in order to prevent the most common diseases of affluence, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
Anyone wishing to join a RESET group please send me a message. I will answer any questions that may arise and will offer my coaching skills to help you achieve your goals. The program runs for 12 weeks.