When I was a kid we were encouraged to eat all the food on our plates before we could get dessert or even to leave the table.

We always used to fill our plates up, preferring to have one large serve than smaller first serves and going back for more if necessary (having said that, serving sizes are massively larger NOW than they were 40 years ago!).

Personally I hate throwing out food, I feel guilty and also frustrated seeing good food being thrown away knowing that children all over the world don’t have enough nutrition to get through their day.

Over the past few years I have seen this with clients and it is often a cause for weight gain –hence put food to waste or waist?

Many times clients (and I have done this myself – we are all human!) have seen something tempting in the supermarket on sale and have bought it home only to remember it’s not an ideal option (especially if trying to lose weight).  But instead of ditching it (and let’s face it the likely cost was only about $2), they felt the guilt of waste so ate it and kept it on their waist!  Even when suggesting to give it away to someone else in need, it often fell on deaf ears!

This could simply be a contributing factor as to why many parents put on weight once they have children. All the leftovers, half sandwiches, yoghurt at the bottom of the tub, a few chips or biscuits left in the packet, half eaten fish fingers, that few mouthfuls of drink.  These are often consumed on the go and on top of their own meal. If you’re the type of parent that hates to see food wasted, and you would rather eat it than throw it out, all this food ends up adding up to many extra calories over a day. 


How to remove the guilt and keep the waste off your waist!

  • One thing to remember, whether you eat it or not, it is still wasted as it’s not going to get to starving children.
  • You feel like you are wasting money however try and add up two tablespoons of left over mash potato, a bit of meat left on a bone and 10 peas! Really?  If you can even work that out, good on you.  Let me hazard a guess - $1 (and I feel like I am exaggerating here). 
  • You were taught to leave nothing on your plate regardless of whether you are full or not – remember you are allowed to leave food on your plate (and preferably save it for lunch tomorrow or if not possible, compost it.

How can we do something about the waste?

  • Write a shopping list when you visit the supermarket.
  • Don’t go shopping when you are hungry
  • Meal prep and freeze any food you don’t plan on immediately eating.
  • Store food correctly and hygienically.
  • Reuse leftovers for lunch or dinner.
  • Compost spoiled fruit or vegetables.
  • Donate unwanted food.
  • Eat less meat and fish.

More information at https://www.bhg.com.au/food-wastage-in-australia


How can we fix the Waist?

  • Make sure you serve correct portions and serving sizes
  • Shop carefully with a list and a plan
  • Food preparation
  • Read food labels
  • Eat until 80% full – don’t keep going until you can’t eat any more!

Need help?  Contact Karen at Weight No More weight management consultancy for weight management and nutrition coaching as well as Personal Training.  Call for information or check out the website  https://www.weightnomoreweightmanagement.com.au/


Why Myofascial Release is Your New Best Friend

  1. Myofascial Release helps you relax
    Targeting chronic muscle pain with the intent to relieve that stress is inherently relaxing to the muscle, and your emotional tension will benefit from the reduction in pain/discomfort.

    2. Myofascial Release reduces pain
    When you actively address the knots muscle by muscle, you reduce the pain in that area as well as additional pain experience in the fascial system as a whole.

    3. Myofascial Release improves flexibility
    Knots lead to contraction; contraction leads to tighter muscle; tighter muscle leads to less range of motion. When you target the knots for release, you are allowing your muscles to fully relax, which is necessary to safely express the full range of motion for any given muscle/joint group.

    4. Myofascial Release helps you recover
    Knots in your muscles reduce your ability to recover. If you target and reduce trigger points over the whole of your myofascial system, you improve your body's resting state, and thus your ability to recover from exercise induced traumas.

    5. Myofascial Release elevates your mood
    So far working on your myofascial health has: reduced tension, reduced pain, improved flexibility, and helped you recover faster from workouts.

And as they say “BUT Wait – there’s more!”   Myofascial Release can be a little uncomfortable initially because you are working out muscle knots, and that pain causes nerve impulses to travel to the spinal column.  BUT those impulses are met with a release of endorphins to help prevent further pain impulses and make you feel just plain great!

Interested?  Want to find out more and how it can work for you? 

We do one on one sessions of Myofascial release at PT on the Run and you remain clothed. 

Call Martin for more information or to book your first session on 0406 430 075.