Break the 5 Habits Keeping You Heavy

Breaking habits isn’t easy – they are typically the result of a way of life that is easy and comfortable for you. However, if the results of this lifestyle is keeping you from the life you truly want, then it’s time to suck up the effort it takes to change. Just two weeks of elimination will have you started down the path towards healthy change.

1. Say No to Sugar

Craving something sweet? Eat fruit! Otherwise, stay away from foods or drinks that are heavy in sugar. A habit of drinking pop, juice, candy, Tim Horton’s double doubles, desserts, jams, yoghurt, even alcoholic beverages all pumps your body full of sugar it doesn’t need, so find some healthy alternatives.

2. Substitute Your Snacks to Fruits and Vegetables.

The habit of turning to common snacks like chips and crackers, packed with empty calories, does very little to fill you up or provide the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Substituting fresh fruits and vegetables a few times a day (made easier if you pre-cut and store somewhere that’s easy to access) will make a drastic difference in your health and energy levels.

3. Moderate your Meat and Dairy Intake

The recommended daily total intake of meat (including fish) is a mere three ounces — that’s approximately the size of your fist. Dairy consumption should be restricted to low-fat or skim milk varieties, and be consumed in moderation (no more than 2-3 servings per day) Full-fat products can raise your cholesterol and even lean, skinless cuts of meat contain saturated fats and cholesterol that will work against your desire to limit calories.

4. Skip the Restaurant  

Unless you can find something that fits your desire to limit fat and calories, eating out will inevitably lead to weight gain due to most restaurants focus on large portions and high-calorie treats. If you must eat out, try to only eat ½ your meal and take the other ½ home.  Ask for the higher calorie items in your meal to be switched out for steamed vegetables. Focus on the company or the social aspect of being in a restaurant, instead of the food. Want more tips? Check out this link to a blog Slimwell wrote about it.

5.Limit Your Screen Time

Studies show that too much screen time can lead to weight gain. Whether it’s your phone, television or computer, extensive screen time (and the common snacking that comes with it) is a habit that drastically affects your ability to stay in shape.

A good rule of thumb is to limit your screen time to be equal to the time you spend exercising. While watching TV, if you must snack, try to stick to healthy snacks, and give yourself portions that don’t allow you to mind;ess;ly consume endless calories.

Habits aren’t easy to break, but with the right plan and ongoing support and guidance – you can achieve your goals.

Looking for a head start? Slimwell can help you lose 30lbs in 30 days, and has programs that ensure you remain supported every step of the way. Contact us today to speak to one of our qualified coaches.

Allergies versus Intolerances


What’s the difference and how do you determine what foods to avoid?

What’s the difference between food allergies and food intolerances? You may think that they refer to the same thing, but understanding the difference can put you in a better position to navigate them in your quest to feel and look your best.

First of all, here’s the basic explanation for the differences between allergies and intolerances:

Intolerances typically show themselves in the form of a negative reaction that is more annoying or uncomfortable than it is threatening. Typically, the effect is exclusive to the digestive system.

Allergies, on the other hand, are likely to cause much more severe reactions that can sometimes be life-threatening. Allergies are mediated by the immune system and can affect multiple organs.

Signs of Intolerance

If you have ever heard someone suggest that a certain meal “doesn’t agree with them”, there is a good chance that they are experiencing a food intolerance. While everyone’s body reacts differently to different foods, common intolerances come from consuming food additives, medications and ingredients like gluten or lactose.

Symptoms from these types of reactions include gastrointestinal discomfort, headaches cramping, dizziness, diarrhea or even vomiting. While they are certainly uncomfortable, they are non life-threatening.

Signs of Allergy

Allergic reactions are much more intense than intolerances and typically within 30 minutes of coming into contact or consuming something you are allergic to you could experience rapid, severe anaphylaxis, hives, rash, swelling around or inside your mouth and/or difficulty breathing. Left untreated, certain allergies can even lead to death.

Allergies are not restricted to food items; you may experience allergies to many other things as well including bug bites, drugs, aspects of nature, animals, dust, the list goes on…

Are Allergies/Intolerances Avoidable?

A common question surrounding allergies and is whether they are hereditary or developed over time. The facts suggest a combination of both.

Children whose parents have outdoor allergies or asthma are at a higher risk of similar environment-triggered allergies for their entire lives.

Food allergies, on the other hand, while typically revealed during early childhood, but sometimes food and other allergies like dairy or peanuts can reveal themselves later in life – or even go away over time.

To battle the potential for allergies, some research recommends introducing potentially allergenic foods to children early in life as a means of preventing their development. Before you try this at home, speak to a healthcare professional for proper guidance.

Intolerance are sometimes genetic, but they also can develop over time. For example, an intolerance to dairy may come later in life as a result of your body’s fading ability to produce the enzymes that digest lactose.

How Do I Know if I Have Allergies or Intolerances?

Typically, your medical care provider is a good first place to go for allergy tests.  They can provide guidance to help you find out whether you have any allergies; including skin and blood testing.

When it comes to intolerances, Slimwell can help! We offer a simple test that uses just a few strands of hair to determine which foods may be causing your digestive symptoms.  You then receive a comprehensive report and a personalized consultation to help you navigate your path to better digestive choices.

Don’t want to take a test? A comprehensive food diary that records everything you eat and how it makes you feel afterwards could be enough to get you only eating that which agrees with you.

Managing Your Symptoms

Elimination and possible avoidance is the best way to manage your allergies and your intolerances.

If you are allergic to a specific food ensure you carry an epinephrine auto-injector with you at all times.  Many people are not aware was what medications they may be allergic to. The molecular you health assessment test has this component and can identify what medication works normally, what you may have adverse reactions to and what medication have an enhanced reaction with your unique body system.

Drug allergies tie really well to our molecular you test 🙂  How do you know what drugs work with your system and what drugs don’t?

Lapband Surgery: Considering going under the knife?

What You need to Know About Lapband and WeightLoss.

According to physicians obesity occurs when your BMI is 30 or above; a point where the body is unable to process excess fats and amino acids. Obesity can predispose you to higher chances of lifestyle diseases due to the failure of organs to function properly.

Globally, people are getting overweight to the point of crisis. Fat, not slim, has become today’s norm, and like anything that is the result of long-term life choices. Obesity has opened the door for a variety of weight-loss options that offer results faster and easier than committing to a lifestyle change – but do they work?

Weight loss surgery

Depending on the choice of surgery, patients often lose 30-50% of their total weight within a short period. While there are many types of restrictive weight loss operations, Lapband surgery is a popular choice.

What is Lapband surgery?

Lapband surgery is an invasive medical procedure that involves insertion of an adjustable silicone band, also known as the gastric band, around the upper part of the stomach to close or create two chambers to regulate food passage.

The procedure

The procedure usually takes about 45-60 minutes. First, the doctor will begin by administering general anaesthesia.  The surgeon will then make one and five small incisions on your abdomen. With the aid of a tiny camera also known as a laparoscope, the surgeon will have a good visual of the interior parts of your stomach. This way he will be able to use the surgical instruments without causing any harm to the abdominal cavity while placing the silicone band in a correct position. The lap band is structured in such a way that the inner part has a balloon which is connected by a thin tube that is used to make periodic adjustments.

How the lapband operates

The small stomach pouch is responsible for patients feeling full even after consuming very little food. The feeling of satiation allows for a smaller consumption of food.  

The band only temporarily alters the anatomy of the digestive tract/stomach as it is removable. The size of the lapband can also be reduced or increased by altering the saline present in the band.

Not everyone is eligible for LapBand.

Before the surgery, the doctor will discuss with you all the available options. If you wish to proceed, the doctor will inform you of the risks and benefits of having the operation. Due to the health risks associated with obesity, you may be required to lose weight to even be eligible for surgery.

Generally, gastric band surgery is recommended for individuals:

  • Aged between 18-65 years
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of above 40
  • BMI above 35 with serious overweight related diseases such as sleep apnea, osteoarthritis or Type-2 diabetes
  • Inability to lose weight after several interventions

Before you consider going for the operation here are a few things you should know:

  • You must make a lifetime commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • You may need to lose weight to be eligible for surgery
  • You may need to quit smoking and regulate or decrease your alcohol intake
  • You will be required to eat slowly
  • You may experience discomfort when ingesting certain foods, even healthy ones that have difficulty passing through the band

Desperation is a driver. However there is an easier, non surgical option.

The fact is, this surgery simply provides those in desperate need an option to get back on track. But there is never going to be a substitute for a health focused lifestyle and diet that supports your unique needs. Check out this blog

If rapid but safe weight loss is required, consider Slimwell. If going under the knife is not appealing to you, consider Slimwell. There is a safer, long-term alternative and that is Slimwell.

Slimwell is a nutritionally focused weight loss program that personalizes your journey to meet your weight loss goals. On the Slimwell program the average weight loss for men is 30 lbs in 30 days, and for women is 25 lbs in 30 days. Slimwell is a great non surgical option when rapid safe weight loss is required. Consider Slimwell first and live slim and well for life. For reasons why LapBand doesn’t support your long term health, check out this blog.

What is Coolsculpt?

Slimwell recognizes there are plenty of ways to lose fat these days. While there will never be a substitute for healthy eating and exercise, there may always be that stubborn fat that diet and exercise alone can’t get to.  In that case, you may be considering Coolsculpt.

Coolsculpt is a great option when looking to target problem areas. However it is not always the right option if you have 15lbs or more to lose. Here’s why.

What is Coolsculpt?

Coolsculpt is a non-invasive procedure that works by freezing fat cells. Someone getting a coolsculpt done doesn’t go under the knife; there’s no surgery or cutting involved, so the procedure is safer than other types of surgery, such as liposuction.

How Coolsculpting Works

The technician uses an applicator that works in a similar way to a vacuum, though not anywhere near as powerful. The skin is sucked into the applicator, which cools the fatty cells. The area will go numb, and it’s likely the patient will experience a cold sensation around the treated areas.

The procedure takes approximately one hour. There might be some tenderness or soreness at the spot, but there’s no recovery time needed — unlike actual surgery.

It can take between four and six months for the fat cells to disappear entirely.

Does Coolsculpting Work?

Fat cells treated with Coolsculpt go away completely. However, the procedure won’t stop new fat cells from growing, so keeping the weight off requires a change in daily habits around nutritional choices.

What sort of cost is involved?

Coolsculpt is considered a cosmetic treatment so it generally won’t be covered under insurance. The prices can vary depending on where you’re located and how many treatments might be needed. Someone with fat located on several parts of their body might need more treatments than a person with only one or two areas that need treating.

Coolsculpt is a great way to target those stubborn areas especially, after you have lost weight and are still feeling like a little more tone is needed. Instead, if you’re looking to lose weight and keep it off a nutritional choices are the lifelong solution. However Coolsculpt is a fast solution for targeting 5-10lbs of fat in problem areas.

It’s also important to discuss coolsculpting with your doctor or GP. Weight gain can be linked to more than just unhealthy eating and can be indicative of other health problems, such as diabetes.

Coolsculpt may act as a quick way to target those unwanted bulges or problem areas. It’s non-invasive, doesn’t hurt, and you don’t need to spend ages recovering from surgery.

Consider your end goal.

Are you looking to target specific areas OR do you have more than 15lbs to lose and wish to keep it off?  

A great candidate for Coolsculpt, is someone who is close to their target weight, but with some areas that may need a little extra help with toning or targeting those stubborn areas

However If you’re looking for help with achieving your optimal weight, consider a nutritionally focused weight loss program like Slimwell that focuses on losing weight and keeping it off.

Contact our team at Slimwell for a free consultation. We’ll explain our approach and why it boasts a success rate of more than 90% for those who stick to it.