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‘Fitness is about much more than exercise. It is a catalyst for positive change, and it affects every aspect of your life’

Your body archives only what your mind believes!

Have you tried to lose weight but failed diet after diet?

Are your energy levels low, especially in the afternoon!

Do you find your stress levels so high that you find it hard to enjoy life, be more productive at work?

If you answered yes to any of these, then I have just the answer you’re looking for;

Being healthy has become very popular in Sri Lanka as much as around the world, and continue to grow every day. In fact it has become the number one activity in Colombo. Every day thousands of people go to the gym, or yoga, or aerobics…. It just goes on…

Eating a healthy balanced diet accompanied by regular exercise is essential in maintaining physical and mental health and well-being. Not only are these effective in preventing excess weight gain or in maintaining weight loss, but healthier lifestyles are also associated with improved sleep and mood.

The obesity level remains worryingly high, with nearly 30% of the global population being overweight or obese. This figure is set to rise to almost half of the world’s adult population by 2030, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. The fundamental cause of excess weight and obesity is an imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure.

Globally, the intake of energy-dense foods that are high in saturated fat, salt and sugar has increased. We also consume insufficient amounts of fruits, vegetables, dairy, whole grains and oily fish, which has an additive effect on the health impact of poor diet.

(Source: Science Daily)

It has been proven by studies that the average person wishes that he was in better physical shape, including me. Lifestyle advice should be appropriate, personalized, safe and effective as well as ensuring equality.

Therefore, we spoke to a person who has learned it the hard way and found answers to all the questions that pop up every day in our minds.

Chamara, who has been overweight in his whole life, having six packs was just an impossible dream because he was gaining weight just by looking at food. He had been working out for more than 11 years with just one goal in mind – losing fat. He had followed every possible diet but nothing had really worked. After struggling for many years with no proper result, he finally understood the right way to lose fat and stay healthy.

Being a professional diet, workout and nutrition consultant for more than 10 years, Chamara spoke to BiZnomics about fitness, healthy eating and simple ways to make lifestyle changes to achieve the impossible goals.

BiZnomics: What was the turning point in your life?

Answer: Being overweight and unhealthy in the better part of my life, my confidence and quality of life were severely affected. I realized that I couldn’t live my whole life not knowing what it feels like to be truly proud of my body; even though I had been working out for more than 11 years without achieving a significant change. Finally I realized there were many misguidance when it comes to losing fat, starting from the diet. Fitness is about so much more than exercise. It’s a catalyst for positive change, and it affects every aspect of your life. I believe that after many years of struggling, I found the right and the most effective way to lose body fat and at the same time eat healthily without restricting oneself to live with salads.

BiZnomics: What evaluations do you conduct with a new client eager to begin a fitness regimen?

Answer: I prefer to meet the person however, if I can’t get the information over the phone. I make the diet and workout plan practical as possible so that they can be consistent on it. Their usual meal time, amount intake, number of workout days per week, workout time, their normal activities, age, height, weight, their body measurements are all important to compare the results.

BiZnomics: Do you do any changes to training or meal plan during the session?

Answer: Yes, I do every week if I don’t see any results. I don’t give just a workout or diet plan, I provide a service that truly works if they are consistent on it.

BiZnomics: How do you motivate discouraged individuals?

Answer: Motivation is one of the biggest obstacles when it comes to exercise. It is human nature to try to avoid pain and discomfort. Once you understand firsthand the tremendous impact fitness can have on your life, you can push through any self-imposed limits. When people are at the brink of wanting to give up, I try to bring them back to the bigger picture.

Bionomics: What type of training do you carry out?

Answer: Resistance training and cardio like jogging, walking, cycling.

BiZnomics: Do you recommend dietary supplements to enhance your client’s performance?

Answer: No, being consistent with the diet and workout is enough to get the result.

BiZnomics: What are your thoughts about vegan food and organic food?

Answer: I personally think it is best to have organic food because they contain fewer synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and are also free of hormones and antibiotics. Being vegan is a personal choice. They just have to make sure of having a balanced diet that contains enough protein, carbs and fat.

BiZnomics: What qualifications made you the best person for this?

Answer: Personal experience, and understanding nutrition and how it works.
It’s not about what you’re eating, it is about how your body reacts to that.

BiZnomics: What mantra do you live by?

Answer: “Never trade what you want most for what you want at that moment”

BiZnomics: What impact do you want to have at the world?

Answer: To be great in what I do and to be a person who can truly make a change in someone else’s living pattern. Our environment does not sufficiently enable the public to make healthier choices easily. Unhealthy diet and physical inactivity contribute substantially to the global burden of disease.

Life is all about compromises, right?
Well, if you think you can ignore your bad eating habits
Just because you exercise regularly, think again.
A mistake that many people make is thinking
that if you burn off a ton of calories at the gym
you can eat whatever you want.
Or, if you’re ‘naturally’ thin you don’t have to watch what you eat.
Unfortunately, trading an hour in the gym for a greasy double.
cheeseburger or relying on a good metabolism to take the place
of healthy eating habits completely misses the point of living a healthy lifestyle…..

Stay tuned for our next edition on Chamara talking about “Why you should make a healthy food choice”

By: Chantal D

 

 

 

 

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A prayer for personal healing! With Aurena Agathe Fohler Comments Off on A prayer for personal healing! With Aurena Agathe Fohler 825

By: Chantal D

Our ‘Exclusive Story’ this edition gets real and raw showing us ‘there indeed is more to life than this!’ when Aurena talks about her journey as a healer and a life coach. It is such a pleasure to feature her, and we know you will love her story and tips just as much as we do!

Personal-Healing-02So to speak, I was not fully aware of what exactly energy healing therapy was all about until I met Aurena Agathe Fohler, a holistic healer, a life coach and a spa consultant. It wasn’t until I had an energy healer, and my internal transmission occurred, I truly understood how the healer ignite a spark within me and ultimately inspired me to write this article about how energy healing actually works and how this creative practice promotes healing, wellness, coping and personal change. 

Energy healing is a holistic practice that activates the body’s subtle energy system to remove blocks. By breaking these energetic blocks, the body’s inherent ability to heal itself is stimulated. 

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Energy healing dates back to the early 20th century. Chakras, the seven energy transmission centers of the body, are described in ancient Hindu texts. Meridians, the energy superhighways of the body, are the road maps on which traditional Chinese medicine practitioners based acupuncture. Although various ancient cultures used different modalities to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal, they all saw internal energy as a powerful force of good.  

Aurena, a woman, full of life with a great sense of humor and beautiful big eyes with the color of the sea after a storm, that speaks to your heart and touches your body mind and soul with powers to heal.  Healing, indeed is a spiritual gift she has received as an extraordinary chrism, gifts of healing are supernatural enablements given to a believer to minister various kinds of healing and restoration to individuals through the power of mother earth and father heaven. 

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It’s Time for Professional Societies to Be Bold and Wise 0 917

Boldness is a leadership trait to be mastered. Here are actions that make bold people admirable.

The day I went off to university, a friend gave me this quote. Over the years it has inspired me and I have seen it posted on the walls and bulletin boards of many entrepreneurs and leaders.

Bold people stand out from the group. They are confident, courageous, and directed. I believe there is boldness in most people. Given the right set of circumstances, many will take action to better the world around them.

People who choose to be bold are inspiring not just because they get big things accomplished, but because they also instigate growth, progress, and movement for themselves and others around them. Sadly, far more people wait for someone who is bold to lead the way, hoping somehow luck will shine success upon them.

Perhaps it is time to unleash the bold leader in you. Try adding these actions to your daily repertoire and see how much faster the magic of boldness takes you toward success.

01. They own their flaws and strengths. There is a difference between boldness and carelessness. Bold leaders have strong self-awareness. They know when they should take bold action and when they are out of their element. They minimize the risk for themselves and others by constantly reassessing themselves and engaging others to accommodate for personal weakness.

Want to be a bold leader?

Be more self-aware. Engage others who can complement your strengths and compensate for your weaknesses.

02. They keep clear priorities. Someone who constantly jumps into action without a plan is not bold- just foolish. Bold people know their objectives and prioritize them clearly. They can afford to be bold because they can recognize the right opportunity when it comes along.

Want to be a bold leader?

Know clearly what you need to accomplish and seek those changes that will move the team forward. Avoid unimportant activities that lead to distraction.

03. They speak up. Bold people are not necessarily loud or boisterous, but when they have something to say they say it. More importantly, they understand when and how to say it. Being bold does not equal being a bully or a loudmouth. Bold leaders must be better at tact and empathy because the very nature of their words will carry power and impact. Bold leaders also understand that silence is often the greatest statement one can make, and they use it judiciously.

Want to be a bold leader?

Say what needs to be said before the silence derails the team.

04. They pair action with knowledge. Even though bold leaders are prone to action, they are rarely considered rash. They apply the same sense of action to learning and due diligence as they do to any other activity. Bold leaders want to make sure their actions lead to success, so they investigate before leading their team to the charge.

Want to be a bold leader?

Improve your odds of success by doing your homework. You’ll increase your confidence and your success rate.

05. They accept the value of failure. No one is totally comfortable with failure, but bold leaders understand that greater rewards stem from greater risk. Still, they know how to mitigate catastrophic risk and how to protect their team. Bold leaders also know how to use risks to their advantage. They harness the energy and adrenaline and make sure that every failure is a learning opportunity.

Want to be a bold leader?

Make failure an acceptable part of your process. Teach the team how to assess and limit risk, so missteps can happen without total destruction. Then get people to learn and reboot.

06. They make the most of small wins. Many people sit and wait around for the “right opportunity” before they are willing to step up and take action. Sadly, sometimes that right opportunity never comes. Bold people understand that rarely is any situation perfect from the beginning. They look to make the most of any given set of circumstances that can lead to victory, even a small one. Cumulatively, consistent little wins spell success, attracting followers.

Want to be a bold leader?

Start with a small battle you think you can win, map out a plan, and take the field. Winning builds confidence as well as your reputation.

07. They build momentum. Bold people recognize that a single victory is not enough to sustain leadership. They work to create a series of actions that help the team gather confidence, speed, and power. They have a sense of when to add energy to drive forward and when to let the momentum itself carry things forward efficiently.

Want to be a bold leader?

Craft your plan so that each action takes advantage of the success from the last. Take advantage of any win that gains attention, respect, and popularity. Activate your fans, cultivate relationships, build buzz. Don’t coast!

By: Chantal D.