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The WinAtLife Podcast
All things related to helping women build toned and athletic bodies while breaking free from restrictive diets and cardio. Women's health, metabolism, hormones, strength training and real food!
6 days ago
Do you suffer from an autoimmune disease?
Have you been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease? Are you tired of being in pain? 😩 Meet Margie Arbon and Jane Davidson. Both of these ladies have been in our WinAtLife program for 18 months. They are two inspiring and gorgeous women who have overcome their autoimmune diseases with sugar and strength. In this SugarBabes episode, we talk about how they overcame their conditions and what mindset shifts they had to get there. Jane is in her 40s and Margie is in her 50s, both have kids. They originally joined WinAtLife to lose weight and balance their hormones. And they both had arthritic autoimmune conditions (spondyloarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis). Previously, doctors told them they would have to be on medication for the rest of their lives. But it didn’t sit well with either of them. But since joining WAL, Margie: ➡️ Realized the big role that stress was playing in contributing to her autoimmune disease. ➡️ Has fully come off her medication. ➡️ Gained 3 kilograms but lost more in measurements. ➡️ No longer experiences pain from her autoimmune condition. ➡️ Is eating 2000 calories a day and enjoying real food like eggs, juice, chicken, fruit, fudge, ice cream, and potatoes. Since being in the program, Jane: ➡️ Has seen a complete reduction in her pain levels and is getting ready to come off her medication. ➡️ Eats all kinds of real food like eggs, pancakes, tomato soup, meatballs, rice, ice cream, and more! ➡️ Experienced a whole mindset change when it comes to the number on the scale and healing her body. ➡️ Feels healthier and has more energy than before. Margie says, “I just felt really free.” They talk about what they eat, how they train and how they have overcome challenges along the way.
Jun 25, 2020
Is healing your metabolism the key to weight loss?
Most women don’t actually know why sugar is “bad.” Most of us take the fitness industry’s word for it amongst other things. In this podcast episode, I caught up with the gorgeous and knowledgeable Jessica, a Hormone and PCOS Nutritionist who is well-known on Instagram as @jessicaashwellness. We discussed the misconceptions around sugar and why weight gain can be a necessary part of healing your metabolism and fixing your hormones. I’ve followed Jessica for a while and she has a similar background to many women in our program (and me). She’s done all the fad diets from Intermittent Fasting, Low Carb, to Paleo and Keto. While she noticed some improvements in her clients and herself when on these low carb diets, she also noticed in some ways she and her clients weren’t feeling any better, like losing hair, adrenal issues, and not sleeping. Then she came across Danny Roddy and found Ray Peat’s work. From there, Jessica began implementing everything from eating dairy, more sugar, and generally eating more. She then started teaching her clients about what she’d learned. I loved chatting with her and digging into how a lot of women wreck their metabolism (including both of us) and how getting healthy and fixing underlying imbalances must be done first before weight loss will happen. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did ❤️
Apr 27, 2020
How to beat addiction to transform your body, health and life with Sian & Anna
Are you numbing your feelings with alcohol? Life happens... so you smash 10 beers or a couple of bottles of wine. You’ve tried getting healthy, but the restricted diets and cardio makes life that much more stressful. You tell yourself that you will do better later but you need the alcohol to cope right now. Sound familiar? In our most recent podcast episode, I talk with Anna and Sian about their past alcohol addiction and how they overcame it. They’ve not only transformed their body and health, but also their entire life. They are INCREDIBLE women who have faced their demons and come out the other side. Not only that, but they are an inspiration to other women in our program - me included. They’ve managed to free themselves from food and alcohol, and are now living their BEST lives. From the lowest moments to now, Anna and Sian discuss when and how their turning points happened, and how they have also had their fair-share of failure and roadblocks.If you’re going to take any advice, take it from two women who have made it through the biggest hurdles. They have failed, persevered, and shown up even when it got hard. I think it’s bloody incredible what they have achieved. Their main advice and takeaway points ➡️ Stick with it and quit looking for a finish line. ➡️ Don’t look for perfection - it doesn’t exist. Instead, focus on progress. ➡️ Let go of everything else you’ve been taught about nutrition or exercise. ➡️ Focus on thriving instead of surviving. Listen to the entire podcast to learn more about how these two women achieved the body (between them they’ve lost 40kgs and kept it off) and health they have always wanted (plus some). Start taking control of your own path, get through that initial learning curve. Life WILL get that much better! If you're struggling to overcome addiction or reach your health and body goals you'll get so much out of this episode.
Apr 4, 2020
All things Corona Virus with Kate Deering
How can you protect yourself? How can a strong metabolism contribute to better immunity? In this episode with Kate Deering author of How to heal your metabolism we dive into all things coronavirus. Kate and I discuss what you can be doing during these times of stress to not only curb your stress, but also protect your health and improve your immunity. The truth: You have a choice HOW you react to the current situation. In the past, when times were stressful, I used to hit the piss. The old me would have had a few drinks every night to take the edge off, and I would go and eat shit food to cope. Now, I focus on what I CAN do. I’m much more proactive - and I don’t deal with life’s stressors by downing a bottle anymore and trying to escape. Instead, I continue to do my meal plans. I continue to train. I go out and get my sun each day. It’s about controlling your controllables. These small things you do each day can give you that certainty back when everything else is uncertain. And remember to KEEP IT SIMPLE. I know a lot of you have little ones at home or are still working amidst everything. Don’t overcomplicate it. Stay well-fueled by prepping some boiled eggs, having cheese or fruit for snack, or having juice ready to grab when you need it. These little things can make a HUGE difference in your life. With so much we don’t know right now, the best thing you can do is remember to take care of yourself and your health.
Mar 27, 2020
How can you stay healthy during coronavirus with Tommo Littlewood
Before I started eating and training the way I eat and train now, I would get sick ALL the time. I’d catch every cold. I even had tonsillitis at one point. In the last two years... I’ve been sick twice - and once was food poisoning. In our recent podcast, I caught up with Tommo Littlewood. Tommo has been in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years. He has a masters in endocrinology. He also follows Dr Ray Peat’s work, and helps individuals solve their metabolic and hormonal issues so that they can live their best lives. In this episode, we talk about all things you need to know to keep your body robust and healthy during these stressful and uncertain times, including what foods you need to be eating. We also answer some commonly asked client questions, such as dealing with stress and thyroid issues, and separating fact from fiction when it comes to virus prevention. With lockdowns happening worldwide, it’s about doing the best you can. Some foods might not be available. You may need to get creative with your workouts. And you may need to practice social distancing while getting your daily 15 minutes of sun (whether that be on your private balcony or deck, or keeping your distance when walking). Do what you can. Find a good balance (flogging yourself by working out 6 days a week isn’t it. This will be detrimental to your health and suppress your immune system). Take care of your gut and eat pro-metabolic foods - like oysters, liver, and carrot salad. Do all the basic things, and try and stay as healthy as you can.
Dec 19, 2019
Ask Tommo Littlewood - Why Blood Tests May Not be a Reflection of your Health
Have you ever felt like your hormones are out of whack or something just isn’t quite right? You go and get blood tests but the results come back and the doctor says everything is normal... “I am still feeling really lethargic and my hair is falling out.” “I still have hot sweats and can’t sleep at night.” “I’m so incredibly moody and have irregular periods?” SO! The question is...Are blood tests really a good indication of what is happening in the body? In this interview with Tommo Littlewood we discuss: 👉 Why blood tests are not always good indicators of health 👉 What things your doctor really should consider when taking blood tests 👉 What specific indicators you would look for if you have low thyroid function 👉 High cholesterol and what it actually means 👉 How your external factors contribute to your thyroid function We also discuss the two simple and free tests you can perform yourself which can help you assess your thyroid function as well as what the other indicators sleep, digestion, mood, energy, sex drive and menstrual cycle can tell you. I post a new podcast every week so make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss any new releases!
Dec 17, 2019
Ask Kate - How to enjoy food over XMAS and still reach your body and health goals
So it’s December… One of the biggest party months of the year with Christmas parties, gatherings, alcohol and sh*tty food. The temptation and peer pressure to drink and eat copious amounts of food is high, you don’t want to miss out on a “good time”. You stress about the calories so you restrict throughout the day so you can binge on alcohol and then binge on food to curb your cravings later. Sounds like a merry-go-round of f*ckery to me! One that I used to be on also. I remember up until 4 years ago, when this time of year came around, I would restrict my calories leading into the holidays because I knew that I was approaching a 2-week bender of binge drinking, binge eating and feeling like sh*t. My mentality back then was “So I can have fun, I need to restrict”. Not to mention I was completely unhappy in myself so I drank to drown my sorrows away. January 1st hit, the “New Year, New Me” set in and I thought all of that binging would be fine because I would start fresh the next year… While this was happening, my metabolism was f*cked, I wasn’t sleeping well, I was moody and my digestion was sh*t…Rather than enjoying the ‘most wonderful time of the year’, I spent the majority of it drunk and hungover.I now approach this time of year no different to any other day of the year...I do like to have the odd drink of a really nice champagne or a cocktail and I enjoy filling up my plate on Christmas day, but I do it because when I shifted my focus to getting better and healing, the decisions became easier to either not drink again or have one or two...not bloody 20.... So should I drink? Well it really depends on your body and health goals and why you’re drinking? I used to drink to drink to numb my problems and pain. If I was sad or stressed I drank to cope. If you’re goal is to lose 20kgs, have serious hormonal or metabolic issues then maybe you need to really ask yourself does drinking align with my goals? In this episode of Ask Kate: How to Enjoy Food Over Christmas, we discuss how we attack Christmas and how you can break the cycle of restricting then binge eating this year. We dive in to * How alcohol affects our blood sugar levels and hormones * The causes of binge eating at this time of year * What we used to do in the past, why it didn’t work for us and what we do now * The advice we give to our clients when this ‘silly’ season arrives NOW my body is now a well-oiled machine because I eat metabolically optimising food. Food that makes me feel bloody good such as liver, oysters, carrot salad, OJ, milk, sugar, fruit, potatoes, butter and the list goes on. I now feel like I can enjoy food, rather than feeling like I need to binge on it and binge drink because in the past I only got to eat yummy food every now and then...the rest of the time I was restricting myself, killing myself doing cardio and ruining my body. So with all of that being said, stop restricting, this leads to feeling unhappy and anxious at this time of year. ENJOY yourself, eat good food, when you restrict it leads to binge eating...it isn’t worth it and you only feel like crap then next day which just begins the cycle all over again.
Dec 10, 2019
You just need to eat more food!!! With Kate Deering
In this episode I chat with Kate Deering about food and how women actually need to eat more to heal and lose body fat. Do you struggle to keep your calories down to 1000-1500 calories a day? You're running yourself into the ground (literally). You feel beaten down. Exhausted... And you're stressed out not knowing what or who to believe. Most fitness gurus try to sell you on the next new restrictive diet... But you just can’t do it anymore. | get it. I've been there. You feel like you're going around in circles. Thoughts about food control your life. It’s always about what you're going to eat or not eat next. Recently... I did a photo shoot. We needed to get more professional photos for our ads and marketing. No more bathroom selfies. And | had been eating about 2500-3000 calories a day (which I’m sure sounds shocking to most). I had put on muscle… and also a bit of fat. In the past, I would've gotten bent out of shape and done all the cardio. I would’ve dragged myself through the day resisting temptation at every turn - only to possibly binge on all the crap food at night. But I've learned so much since then. Instead, I simply adjusted my calories a bit (nothing extreme - I need about 2500 calories per day to maintain my body, so I simply set my calories at 2200). My body responded so quickly. I got leaner. And the photos turned out so great. I was proud. Because the truth is... eating next-to-nothing doesn’t make you happy. It doesn’t make you healthy. And it won't get you to where you want to be. If anything, it will wreck your metabolism even more. You'll be digging yourself a hole that’s going to be a fight to get back out of. In this podcast with Kate Deering - You Just Need to Eat More Food, we talk about why eating more food creates a happier and healthier you, as well as how it helps you reach your goals. Click LISTEN NOW to listen to the whole episode.But | know - when you're used to restriction, it’s such a head f**k to eat more food. You NEED to change your mindset around food. In our program, women have even seen their goitre and thyroid issues completely disappear. A woman who has Hashimoto's Disease has seen big improvements. Another woman saw her rheumatoid arthritis go into remission. All these women do the same thing: They EAT REAL FOOD and about 2000-24000 calories a day. Food is the beginning. What's the life you want?
Dec 10, 2019
Everything you thought you knew about HORMONES is a lie with Keith Littlewood
I caught up with Keith (Tommo is his nickname) last week and we discussed women's hormones. Tommo has been involved in the health, fitness and wellbeing industry for over 20 years and is an avid Ray Peat fan. He has his masters in endocrinology and is passionate about delivering services that resolve pain, energy, digestion, sleep, mood and other hormone-related issues to get people functioning at their best. In this episode, we talk about female hormones and how there is a huge misconception that when a woman experiences painful and irregular periods or menopausal symptoms that she needs more estrogen. I remember when I was younger and I went to the doctors with heavy and painful periods they just put me on the pill! We discuss the implications of low calorie, quick-fix diets on women's hormones and what you can do to educate yourself so you can balance your hormones, improve your sleep, energy, mood, digestion and sex drive as well as build a body you love! Looking better starts with healing the inside.
Nov 19, 2019
The Nutritionist that got me drinking chocolate milk!!
In this episode, I chat with my dear friend and now business partner Emma Sgourakis - The Nutrition Coach. In 2015 I was lucky enough to come across her article "Defending fruit and other non-complex carbs" I couldn't believe was I was reading, all these lightbulbs were going off in my head! I knew for a long time what I was doing was wrong but there was so much information out there and I was confused!!!! What she was saying in this article made so much sense! I did her Popping the food bubble program and the rest is history. In this episode, we talk about all the dumb diets we've done and how Emma shifted my view on nutrition. We talk about her work, the people she has worked with, sugar and why women are so much trouble metabolically and hormonally.