The Food Plan

nutrition weighing scalesNine-Week Healthy Eating and Weight Reduction Loss Programme

Sophie Driver, our nutritional therapist, is offering the Food Plan to help people lose weight safely and easily. Sophie said, “Many people find weight reduction a challenge and having lost weight, struggle to keep it off. I’ve used this food plan with a range of clients and they’ve all experienced weight loss of up to two stone. They’ve also felt more energised and healthier. Our health is rooted in our diet, so eating well and feeling good go hand in hand”.

The Food Plan aims to change people’s eating habits so they gradually lose weight and the changes become routine – so the weight stays off. It teaches people what and how much to eat so they learn how to control their weight. The nine-week programme includes weekly reviews with expert support, weekly meal planners, recipes and shopping lists. A detox week can be added to help kick start the Food Plan and cleanse any seasonal excesses.

Hands and waterThe Plan includes:

THE DETOX (optional)

  • cleanses your body systems
  • eliminates toxins
  • helps break bad habits
  • kickstarts weight loss
  • boosts energy

 

PHASE I – Remove (three weeks)

Gives the body a rest from foods that may cause imbalances. It gives your body time to readjust and free it from toxins that have built up in your cells, often causing symptoms like bloating, constipation, fatigue, headaches and skin problems to name a few.

Phase I of the plan is based around removing the foods that are the most common causes of food intolerances or allergies, and also foods that can affect our digestion and our wellbeing.

By cleansing the digestion your body reduces its toxic load and less energy is required to digest your food. After three weeks of this phase you should find your cravings for sweets, caffeine and starchy foods are significantly reduced and you have more energy and vitality. Many people comment that their skin is clearer and their eyes brighter, that they are sleeping better and have better digestion. And of course you should continue to lose weight.

Once you start to sow the seeds of change, you will begin to reap the rewards—and that will hopefully be all the motivation you need.

iStockAlmondsPHASE II – Replenish – (three weeks)

Here the focus is on replenishing your energy levels and your immune system, so foods that have lots of energy-giving nutrients are included. Low-GI foods are included to help provide sustained energy and you will be taught how to balance your blood sugar levels. Antioxidant-rich foods are included, which contain the nutrients that help build up your immune system to prevent you getting frequent colds and infections like cystitis, rashes, mouth ulcers or fungal infections.

PHASE III – Rebalance – (three weeks)

Once you have cleansed and replenished your body, the last phase is to rebalance it so that you can continue to eat a varied wholefood diet. You will be sticking to the main principles you have learned and should by now know what foods to chose at the supermarket and how to add healthy options to traditional recipes. You can now reintroduce back into your diet, in moderation, the foods that you have been asked to avoid.

Of course regular exercise goes hand in hand with a healthy diet and without it you will probably struggle to lose weight. To make sure that you include exercise into your weekly routine I will ask you to fill out an exercise diary for the final three weeks. You will also be given a maintenance programme once you have finished the plan, to help you choose healthy meals and maintain your new slimmer shape.

nutrition husband and wifeTestimonial

“Having spent many years on every diet imaginable, spending a fortune, never losing much weight or maintaining what I had lost, I managed to lose 17lbs after following a nine week Healthy Eating Weight Management Plan and I have maintained the loss. The one-to-one sessions I had with Sophie were very motivational. I not only lost the weight but also feel much healthier and have lots more energy. This is not only due to the weight loss but also to the nutritionally balanced diet. The diet is easy to follow and adaptable to everyday meals once you have finished the course.”

– Diana Steele

 

Credit and thanks to Lucy Cormack for sharing her knowledge with me.