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Operation Transformation The million pound challenge is for everyone

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How is yours going?

Did you watch Operation Transformation back in January this year when we were told of the million pound challenge that the country was going to undertake.  You may have had great intentions yourself at this time and started with a good burst of energy – after all New Year, New beginnings….a new healthier you!

Many of us, however, heard about that challenge and didn’t feel the need to take part but listened to Prof. Donal O’Shea, leading obesity expert in Ireland and agreed that something had to be done because if we did not we would be ‘fatist nation’ by 2030.

Last week we saw five celebrities taking on an operation transformation three-week challenge and if you watched their first week’s results you will have seen that they had great success.   This latest return to the challenge now reminds the nation of what we had started in early 2016.   For all the people who intended to get healthier and take on a challenge to lose a few pounds – how did you get on?  We have a recorded loss of 100,000 pounds which is good but is an indication that not everyone has participated!

Balance for a healthier you

Most of us would like to be healthier, perhaps lose a few pounds and feel better in ourselves.   What usually happens is that when we decide it’s time to make a change in our daily food consumption and exercise regime we plan a severe change to our ordinary routine.  This is unsustainable and it usually has an end date as we plan these changes for a number of weeks and we really can’t wait to get back to ‘old habits’.  In the Nutrition Clinic at Whelehans we suggest small changes in your daily routine that will add up to big results over time.  We discuss your lifestyle, family commitments, dislikes, intolerances, habits, history and everything in your day which affects your food choices and exercise.

Think of what your body needs.

We should never do anything shocking to our bodies – never cut out a food group such as carbohydrates or eat protein in excess.  We need a varied balanced daily diet which includes protein, carbohydrates, fats (limited saturated fats), fruit, dairy products, vegetables and water to ensure that we are getting all the nutrition our bodies need.   We need to eat regularly to help our metabolism work efficiently ensuring we get the energy our bodies require to function properly.  It is important to eat a breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks every day with nutritious and filling food choices. 

Temptation everywhere!

It is the sugary snacks and unhealthy choices we make most days that is causing us to gain weight as many of us are simply overeating.  Food is for energy and we should be eating each meal to fill us until the next one but we have acquired many bad habits which we need to address.  We are surrounded with sugary and fatty foods which is a huge challenge but these foods will cause imbalance within our bodies and provide zero nutrition for us. There are so many better choices we can make.

Be positive and start your transformation today - the time for change is now – contact me, Caroline Masters, today on 086 3994615 or email or call Whelehans Pharmacy, Pearse St Mullingar on 044 9334591

Whelehans nutrition service is a friendly, flexible and affordable service offering one to one consultations with follow up programmes and weekly monitoring.   Suitable for men, women and children.                   

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