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Foods to Avoid During Cold Winter Days and Nights.




On a Monday like this I am at my favorite cafe on Little street and I wish I had a stick for everyone eating to keep warm. Winters are associated with the weight month and many of that blame come from trying to keep warm.

Considering the weather here in the western cape is under its own calendar, keeping warm sometimes is a mission.

Cold winter days and nights get us thinking about munching away on warm comfort foods. But the problem with most comfort foods is – well – they’re bad for you. They’re bad for your weight loss program and bad for your overall health. With wintertime rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how you should stock your cupboards during the cold winter months. If you’re interested in keeping the weight off and your arteries clean, here are ten foods you’ll want to avoid this winter.

1. Cream-based soups

Nothing’s better than a nice bowl of soup on a cold winter day, but stay away from those cream-based chowders and bisques which are high in both salt and fat. Reach instead for broth-based soups, like chicken noodle and minestrone.

2. Pie

Everyone loves pie, and we always conveniently to point to the antioxidant-rich nuts and healthy fruits that are used to make it. You’re right…they have some truly good-for-you ingredients, but they’re also loaded with sugar and tend to be covered with whipped topping or ice cream. So if you must have pie, only take a small sliver, and avoid the toppings!

3. Fried Sides

French fried potatoes are the most popular vegetable in America…and they’re fattening you up more than you’ll know! Switching out fried foods like onion rings and fries for a side salad keeps you trimmer and healthier.

4. Pot Pie

Yummm….pot pie during the winter. Pot pies taste great, but they’re a treasure-trove of fat and salt. It’s almost like eating a cream-based soup inside a pie! If you like chicken or turkey, eat some roasted poultry and skip the calories.

5. Baked Goods

Warm baked goods melt in your mouth on a cold day. Dumplings is a custom but while they are slowly losing the trans fats, they’re still jam-packed with saturated fats. Indulge yourself only occasionally, and choose low- or no-fat desserts like fruit or sorbet instead.

6. Cheeses

Cheese-topped lasagna on a winter night – sounds good, right? Unfortunately, full-fat cheeses can add inches to your belly. Try a veggie lasagna and leave the cheeses at the grocery store!

7. Bacon

Just to be clear, bacon is really just salted fat. Thus it should come as no surprise that it’s loaded with – wait for it! – salt and fat. Worse yet, it contains cancer-causing nitrates. Hop off the heart attack express and check out veggie sausages or turkey bacon, which aren’t as bad for you.

8. Hot Dogs

Beef hot dogs are a lot like bacon – lots of fat, salt, nitrates and meat of questionable origin. Try turkey or all natural hot dogs instead.

9. Tropical Oils

It’s become fashionable to cook with coconut or palm kernel oils, but they are loaded with saturated fat. It’s bad enough that you’ll get them when you eat out…avoid them at home. Stick with olive or canola oil to keep your cholesterol in check.

10. Soda

Soda may go down like water, but it packs on the pounds like cookies. If you are a soda drinker looking to lose weight, start a love affair with water…it’s the surest path (and one of the easiest!) to short-term weight loss.
Smile – it isn’t all bad. Leafy green vegetables are still great for you, and both eggs and berries are considered superfoods. Eggs load you up with quality proteins, and berries can satisfy those sweet-tooth cravings…with none of the guilty downsides of a hot fudge sundae!
Which winter comfort food will you be avoiding this winter?

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Loving Healthy, Loving Myself & Loving You

Elizabeth Debeila



February is the month of love and what better way to express self love than by adapting a healthy lifestyle so that you can be in a good standing and fit to take care of your loved ones. Love is definitely in the air and I would like to take this opportunity to express my love and gratitude to all our readers and followers.

It is always a pleasure for me to write in courageous form with the purpose of reaching out to all who are in need of basic information and motivation to live a healthy lifestyle. My desire is that after you read these articles you feel like you have just had a conversation with a friend that care for you.

Unfortunately when it come to healthy living a lot of people think like Mark Twain who once quotes that “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you would rather not” but I totally disagree. We have conditioned our taste bud to be receptive to excessive salt, sugar and greasy food intake as what satisfies our hunger and that in my opinion is such a tragedy. I would like us to practice living according to the following quote by Dr. Edward Group III, which states “By cleansing your body on a regular basis and eliminating as many toxins as possible from your environment, your body can begin to heal itself, prevent disease, and become stronger and more resilient than you ever dreamed possible!”.

I recommend that we refresh our bodies by drinking enough water daily and start reducing our intake of salt, sugar and saturated fats because their effects to our bodies and overall health is regrettable, expensive and eventually fatal. The consequence of excessive salt intake includes high blood pressure, stroke, cardio-vascular diseases, cancer, kidney failure, osteoporosis etc. while excess sugar causes early aging, accumulation of adipose tissue, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and declining of concentration level.

Too much fat in our diet on the other hand leads to being overweight which also results in lifestyle illness such as atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, heart diseases and the list goes on. I can only imagine how dissatisfying it is for Statistic South Africa and World Health Organization (WHO) in adding up all the cases of lifestyle illness and their fatalities thereof because at the end of the day it’s not just numbers but a reflection of real life losses to families and communities. Ladies and gentlemen the organs in our bodies are Interdependent of each other therefore it is important to take good care of all of them for the benefit of our own wellbeing. Let us be responsible, accountable and conscience of what we do to our bodies and eliminate the element of unpleasant surprises by seventy percent.

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#2016HealthyActiveLifestyle MODE Activated

Elizabeth Debeila



Welcome to year 2016 and compliments of the new season, may this be one of the many best years in our lives. The festive season celebrations were well overloaded with best wishes of good health, longevity and prosperity. The social media on the other hand was trending with resolution tips on how to make the most out of 2016. Being a healthy active lifestyle coach, my intentional motive and ultimate goal for you is to share with you some courage to reach your desired healthy body weight and to embrace living healthy.

Letting down your guard during festivities does not mean that you should not safeguard your health. A healthy active lifestyle is not meant to suck the fun out of life as some people might criticize, it is in fact the total opposite. It is a lifestyle movement lived on literally promoting maintenance of a good health as illustrate by the fun and sought after energy that come with it hence the notion ‘health and vitality’.

Let me guess, you GAINED 5kg of FAT during the festive season and wishing you can take it all back? Don’t stress, it’s good to acknowledge that you need to do some damage control. The first step is to GET OFF THE GUILTY TRAIN because it takes you nowhere and therefore wouldn’t do you any good. Trust me, that train is congested and you don’t want to be traveling on it any longer than you already have. This year keep in mind that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH because the STARTING AND STOPPING pattern is just synonymous for a DON’T CARE ATTITUDE. Keep reminding yourself of the fact that there is no progress in taking 10 steps forward and then 20 steps backwards.

We need to understand that there are certain things we just can’t wish into existence, we need to physically act for something to happen or change. If one of your resolutions is to adapt a healthier lifestyle then you have my support. When it come to your body, you need to realize that eventually becoming healthy is a result of making healthy choices with regards to what you eat and the type of physical exercise you participate in. You will have to let go of old bad routines by adapting and applying new healthier habits. Always be alert that the things that shape and define your health are the things you are most committed to.

The second step to follow is to know exactly what you are dealing with or rather how much damage control needs to be mended and how. My advice is that you visit your wellness or health coach for a consultation to check on your current body fat percentage, muscle mass, hydration levels, bone mass, glucose rating, blood pressure and vertical fat rating. Once you have these measurements it will be clearer to move to the next step of drawing up a personalized eating and exercising plan. Don’t sell yourself short, see this through and you will have yourself to thank.

From my experience with my clients males and females are capable of losing between 6-8kg of fat and gain between 4-5kg muscle mass within 90 days. Obtaining a health body weight is not always about losing some fat because in some cases is also about gain health fat levels because fat mass is important for the body and its function. Don’t point fingers and play the blaming game, that makes you lose your power to make a change. Put your best foot forward and make it happen. All of the best with the year ahead.

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Elizabeth Debeila



YEBO! December is here and it’s almost behind us. The good thing about December is that it’s consistent. In our society, it is a time to share great amount of time with all our people, December is an excuse to activate the self destructive mode with regards to our finances and health. We need to keep in mind that financial pressure is also a health risk. We do over notice a trend of people trying to play it safe to avoid the December fever by keeping a low profile.

As a healthy active lifestyle coach, I can only advise by reminding you that if you don’t start today someone else will and by the time you are still thinking of starting 3 months down the line, by then someone else will definitely be evaluating their 3 months results and celebrating their milestone.


Everyday has its own results because every day is a new opportunity and that my friend is just a fact of life. Procrastination can leave you constantly beating yourself up and having restless calculations and reflections of what could have, should have, and would have. This dear friend is the onset of stress and the stress hormone cortisol causes havoc to the immune system and interferes with your metabolism by declining muscle mass and promoting accumulation of belly fat.

For many people, adapting a healthy lifestyle could be financially costly because they end up spending on items such as running shoes, exercising gear, gym membership, supplements without a complete commitment to their decision. Therefore what could have been a health investment now turns into a loss. No one wants to fail but time and time again we keep letting ourselves down and we become our own enemy. I am proud of team 2015 that made this year count to the best of their ability and I urge those left behind to join in on the fun of adapting a healthy active lifestyle.

The undisputed truth is you cannot beat us so you might as well join us, the more the merrier, being healthy ROCKS. 2016 is fast approaching and eager to push 2015 into the past so now is the time to draft your new resolution and scale them down to the reasonable and possible item on your list. Do not set yourself up for failure and don’t underestimate yourself either. Familiarize yourself with your strength and weakness and balance all your options of moving forward. The late Jim Ron says, “Take care of your body it’s the only place you have to live”.

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