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The perfect body. Illusion or reality?

The perfect body. Illusion or reality?

As a gender, us females are in trouble. We’re conditioned to believe we’re acceptable only when “perfect”. Much of our life is spent chasing this illusory state. On the surface of it, we wish (so very much) for that coveted (and oh-so-model-esque) toned and lean beach body. But deep down we know it’s not likely we’ll achieve it. It probably won’t stop us trying, and we’ll employ all sorts of methods to attempt the task. Our insecurities make us ripe for the picking. The vultures are circling.

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Get off the hamster wheel!

Get off the hamster wheel!

I know what you’re like. I see you every day in my work as a nutrition coach. I acknowledge that you’re an individual. I get that you’re nothing like the next person in many respects. But your behaviours (and your subsequent habits) are pretty common to all humans!...

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Leanness doesn’t equal happiness

Leanness doesn’t equal happiness

We think/are sold the premise that if we can just lose those extra 5-15kg we put on when we were pregnant (with our now 15 year-old child), life will be absolutely fantastic and we’ll be happy at last. At the unconscious level though, we know it’s BS.

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Stress. Here to stay…

Stress. Here to stay…

Overall, our capacity to manage the stress in our lives depends on how successful we are with finding the leverage to change things; recognising that this might be hard; and developing the strength to withstand the impact of stress.

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Conformity will be the death of us

Conformity will be the death of us

Conformity will be the death of us. More specifically, that of our kids. I’ve been seeing a lot of teenagers/young adults with anxiety issues recently. This kind of trend is always massively concerning, though not remotely surprising.

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Success or failure: in just 25 seconds

Success or failure: in just 25 seconds

On 6 May, Eliud Kipchoge became the fastest marathon runner in the world. He completed 42.915km in an astounding 2 hours, 25 seconds! Twenty-five SECONDS short of breaking the 2-hour barrier! Did Eliud fail, or was his run an extraordinary success?

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Putting me first

Putting me first

How do I love myself? Let me count the ways… gluten-free chocolate cake from Vovo (when they have it in); a really good book (when I have the time for it); a manicure (on my birthday); a good movie (when I’m able to stay awake long enough to watch it). Shit, hang on....

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Dressing for my inner Chewbacca

Dressing for my inner Chewbacca

So the PE birdie flew past me the other day and whispered this gentle piece of feedback into my ear – “Erm, Tanya, I hate to be the one to say this but – frankly – you dress inappropriately and your body makes other woman feel rather out of sorts!”

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Loving the pudding I am

Loving the pudding I am

I’m 51 and I’m in good shape. As a woman, this has invariably led to me being regularly called (amongst other things) ‘lucky’, ‘genetically gifted, ‘fortunate’ or – simply – a ‘bitch’.

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The importance of staying present

The importance of staying present

People are living on an ever-increasingly rapid treadmill. Many health and weight issues stem from this pace of life and in our experience, there’s a yin and yang to everything, including our ability to expend or create energy.

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Successful goal setting

Successful goal setting

We all have the best of intentions when it comes to setting new resolutions, but often the reason they don’t stick is because we’re trying to change a habit overnight. For sustainable, realistic changes, these habits should be overcome gradually and consistently.

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How can I reduce stress?

How can I reduce stress?

Negative stress impacts on your adrenals glands which are responsible for producing all stress hormones. If they’re not given good recovery time, they can become so tired that they fail to produce enough health-enhancing hormones.

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