essential info, Healthy habits

Diet plans and why they don’t work- a discussion.

There are many diet plans in the market but most of them do not work and are costly. These days we find them all over the Internet. Most of them advertise for a quick one pound loss per day.

A reminder of what a healthy diet looks like

People set themselves up for high expectation wanting to lose lots of weight without the hard work. Most diets are just quickfixes without the hard work.

But in the end diets fail them.

You pay anywhere between $30-$100 a month for nothing. Some of the diet plans go for six months and others go for twelve months.

Most diets eliminate certain wholefoods which your body needs to properly function. After you finish that diet then you would put the weight back on. You don’t learn anything.

So what do we recommend?

We recommend lots of wholefoods and exercise. Try raising money for a charity by training for a fun run or a marathon. That way you’ll be motivated and will keep up the good habits easily.

Don’t skip meals. Your body works better on lots of wholefood and water and you’ll feel amazing afterwards. Don’t skip breakfast as without it your body cannot function and your metabolism slows.

Yes gyms can be expensive but sometimes a gym and good eating is what you need to get back on track. And there are people there to guide you.

Learning good habits takes time and patience. Most people wanting to lose weight do not have the patience.

Healthy readers what are some good habits for those looking to lose the weight? Do leave a comment below

Healthy habits, mindset

My eight weeks of quitting sugar by Akira.

Have you ever thought about the fact that there is too much sugar in your diet sometimes? Well I do examine myfitnesspal and found that I have had about 100-150 g of sugar a day. These aren’t your average sweets rather they are your added sugars in things.


Sarah Wilson’s I quit sugar has inspired me to start my own I quit sugar. Yes I still have the odd natural sugar here and there, but I am a lot cleaner. My shakes do not have sugar. What prompted me to start this journey was my very bad PMS. I used to get vomiting, diarrhea and lots of nausea. And there was the period pain. My body didn’t know what to do with all this sugar. With all this sugar there was a weight gain.

On her program I had to give up really sweet fruits and mostly giving up on the full cream milk as it has 13g of sugar in there. Oh and molasses has about 11g of sugar in there. On her program I enjoyed a lot of vegetables and cheeses as well as plain yoghurt. I saw that my PMS has gone down and my skin has cleared up. I am not vomiting or feeling nauseated now. Too many people end up in hospital due to an overdose of sugar. Too many people have diabetes and other cancers.

By quitting sugar I learned to love Kombucha. Kombucha is a gut loving drink which has no sugar in there.


Its very easy to see the yummy desserts on Instagram but it is harder to resist the desserts outside. I found that making your own non sugary desserts is much better. But with practice resisting sugar will be a lot easier as it doesn’t taste as nice. Trust me your taste buds will get used to the sensation.

My tips on quitting sugar

  • Swap the soft drinks and juices for water and herbal teas. We also love our aloe which we have in store or you can go to Shape up for your lunch service
  • Learn to love Kombucha
  • Learn to enjoy cacao instead of chocolate
  • Instead of chocolate cake in the afternoon, why not enjoy a piece of cheese or a can of tuna. I also love to have sushi for afternoon tea as it has all the healthy fats in there.
  • Instead of your usual morning tea cake, why not have eggs your way?
training, Uncategorized

Tips for the newbie runners by Akira

Now is the time when new runners consider running their very first marathon. Most are excited but some are very nervous and don’t know where to start. So here are some tips on starting.


Think about the finances


You would need about $2000-$3000 per year just for clothes, shoes, nutrition and race entry. So set that money aside. Do you need some exercise gear such as weights and ropes for strength training? If so put about $200 aside for that


InstagramCapture_021317e7-c7d1-4808-ba5b-1c02a7681654Having a good plan for nutrition is a must. For some six meals a day is a good idea. Work out what works best for you. Running burns about 300-1500 calories per training session.

Do you have a pre existing condition?

If so think about what you need. Talk to your doctor about it. Tell the doctor that you are thinking about doing the race. Ask them about what this would entail.

Join a running group

Most running clubs welcome people of all ages and abilities and are willing to help you out if you put the effort in. In Melbourne we have the Crosbie crew. It is $60 per year and it is worth it. We also have Parkrun as well. They have regular weekday and weekend trainings in the park.

Read online blogs

Online blogs give you some great ideas on how to start. Runners World is one that I subscribe to. I also like Fannetastic food and the Hungry Runner Girl. Online resources also give you some good ideas on what to try when you are training.

Be motivated to start and always try and have a plan (and stick to it too).

Write down your goal. Be specific. Eg I aim to achieve a five hour best time in a marathon is better than I aim to make my parents happy doing this marathon.

Drink lots

Ok so you might not be used to drinking much at first but after a while you just will be. You may need to drink about 1L of water per body weight and 1L of water per hour of exercise that you do but trust me if you practice this most days you will get the hang of it.

If you don’t like water there is the Herbalife tea and aloe which has water but with a bit more flavour. Just PM us and we’ll get you some.

And yes at first you will have to go to the toilet lots. After a while your body will get used to it. It takes time and patience.

SO there you have it, if there are any more tips please drop us a line below.