Getting Lean & Curvy (101…)

If ever there were a honourary Hot Pink Chilli, it would be Clarissa from Getting Lean and Curvy. This pocket-rocket of a woman is infectious in her enthusiasm for educating woman on how to eat for fat loss and optimum health. Diminutive in height, she makes up for it with an electric smile and loooong leaaaan muscles! She’s featured in Oxygen magazine, competed on stage several times winning medals in body-sculpting competitions, she’s a published author and still chats away as if she’s known you her whole life! I would strongly urge anyone who is interested in better nourishing themselves for health, fat loss, muscle gain or all 3, to go listen to her

“Lose Your Fat, Not Your Marbles”

talk if she’s ever in your nick of the woods. No matter how much you think you know, her event will undoubtedly reinvigour you and your efforts to make progress towards better health JUST DO IT! So, without giving too much away here’s a chinese telephone glimpse into what I learnt about fat loss:

  1. First of all by meals Clarissa means snacks and mains. That said, eat more often, every 2-3 hours meaning 5-7 meals per day! Sounds like a lot? It probably is more often than you’re eating right now. Hand up if you’ve ever skipped breakfast? Thought you were heroic by skipping morning tea? Only had lunch at 3pm? I have managed all of those and more in the past! Thinking I was aiding fat loss? I couldn’t have had it more wrong!
  2. Ensure each meal (see ‘Point 1’ for the definition of ‘meal’) you eat contains protein. This fuels your exercise, rebuilding muscle and keeping you fuller for longer and drumroll please… nuts count as a legitimate source of protein – yippee! Just don’t forget to soak them… (you knew I was going to say that didn’t you?!)

  1. This one may seem like a strangely naive discovery but: eat carbs in the morning! Naive? Let me explain… I always thought the whole no-carbs-after-lunch school of thought made a lot of fat-loss sense. Then I learnt that carbs causes your body to produce serotonin which makes you happy, relaxed and sleepy. So it then made sense to me that you eat carbs at night, to help you sleep. But then… I learnt at the workshop that while serotonin might make you happy and potentially sleepy, you wake up in the morning with mostly cortisol rushing around your body, so eating serotonin-inducing carbs actually (dum dum dum!!!!) BALANCES your HORMONES!!! I think I hear the Hallelujah chorus. The key, of course, is to eat the type of carbohydrates that will, not only balance your hormones, but also keep your blood sugar levels as even keel as possible so as not to have you hitting crazy sugar highs, only then to come crashing down again soon after. I’m preaching to the converted here so I’m pretty sure I don’t even need to go there but for clarity’s sake: Oats (if your gut can handle them), quinoa, buckwheat based breakies rather than white flour, processed & sugary cereals are the goer here. But you knew that…
  2. 3Ps… Prepare, prepare, prepare! Your meals that is – preparation is your best weapon to staying on the proverbial health train. You can’t eat well on the run, once you’re already hungry or in a rush. If you find yourself in this situation where you are hungry, in a rush and flying out the door – if you have already spent time preparing your meals for the week, you will have something nourishing and nutrient-dense to grab as you hightail it outta there.
  3. Did you know that if you are exercising for 30 minutes, 3 times a week, you are considered active?! Standard Australian guidelines for ‘2 fruit, 5 veg’ per day apply to inactive people meaning that if you ARE getting in 90 minutes worth of any form of exercise per week, then you require more… 7-9 serves at least! Do you know how much a serve of vegetable is? A 250ml metric cup! Basically a water glass, are you filling 7-9 water glasses a day full of colourful vegetables and getting them all in? I’m not! Speak to her via her Facebook page or website about a food supplement that will support your fruit and vegetable intake. There’s not enough space allocated to this bullet to tell you about it, but it’s, in one word: ESSENTIAL!
  4. Train smarter, not (necessarily) harder getting more BANG for your workout buck! Clarissa is a busy Mum of a 5 kids, working fulltime as a Dr of Sociology, running her business simultaneously while also travelling, educating, training and competing – if anyone were time-poor, it’d be her! She has to keep her workouts short and sweet, she simply doesn’t have the time to spend hours a day in the gym. Who does?!

What I’veΒ  shared with you virtually gives nothing away as far as her seminar goes. For the entire 2 hours I was on the edge of my seat, with a big dumb grin on my face nodding along like one of those puppies in the back window of a car, to every word that she said, soaking up as much as I could. Rumours are floating around that she will be on the Gold Coast in April, so like her Facebook page to keep up to speed of her travels. And of course, tell her Hot Pink Chilli sent you πŸ™‚

6 Responses to “Getting Lean & Curvy (101…)”
  1. Green says:

    Now, starting your day with that breakfast!!! Wooww πŸ˜€
    Ok, it’s still morning, bye guys! I’m going to eat that breakfast now!

    • That is one SERIOUSLY good breakfast Green: layered Maple Granola Crunch (my original recipe on my blog under ‘breakfasts’), coconut milk yoghurt and fresh berries – it fills the brief! Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  2. jumpintolife12 says:

    Love this post πŸ™‚

  3. I love your meal plan!!! So cute! Mine are so boring in excel 😦 at least I make one though hey. I’m about to snoop around your blog now to find some of those recipes. They all sound amazing!

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