Skip to main content

The 7 Steps To A Savvy Lifestyle

Kick-start your weight loss plans by turning a sluggish metabolism into a fat-burning engine with these easy and basic sure-fire, well-proven tips.

Deciding to eat better is one thing – doing it is another! We all know that eating greasy, packaged foods laden with saturated fat, salt and preservatives increase our risk of diseases such as strokes, diabetes and cancer… but instead of focusing on what you shouldn’t eat, focus on what you CAN.

Eating more of the Savvy organic choices from the ‘Eat Savvy Diet’ is the basis of all our programs. Others say the first step to longevity, and a long and healthy life, is to eat more. But we believe eating more may not be the answer, because there are an abundance of studies that show that longevity comes from eating less, and less often!

The first step of a savvy wellness program is to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals. This includes pesticides, herbicides etc in your food and even more importantly personal exposure in the home. You may be horrified to discover that toxins in the home is one of the leading causes of disease and early demise, according to the WHO report of 2012.

Much has been written on this topic on this site, so we recommend you do a bit or research here, as turning off the toxic tap is an obvious and extremely easy step – once you know how to do it! And if you haven’t downloaded the WHO report – now is the time to rad the article above and do it. There are things you are doing to yourself and your family every day – that could be causing you all harm. And not just affecting your health today, but that of your children’s future children.

The next step is to look at one’s diet, and that’s not new news! 

Every delicious mouthful of fresh, unprocessed, nutrient-dense food may actually be helping you live a longer, healthier life! If you would like to know what foods are best and what ones are ‘not-so-savvy’ ask your Savvy team support person for their easy-to-follow food chart. What you should know however, is that eating healthily isn’t that hard to do. Nor is it expensive. But this is only one part of the problem that our second step addresses – and that’s the issue of the quality of our foods.

If your diet contains more organic whole foods than non-organic ones: things such as more fresh organic vegetables, more grass-fed, organic meats and more fresh smaller fish, along with small amounts of nuts, fruit and dairy, you are going well along the way to protect yourself against disease. Unfortunately though, nowadays, eating organically is not enough to maintain or regain optimal health.

Your second step to a Savvier Lifestyle is to optimize nutrition. Nutrition is coming to the fore as a major modifiable determinant of chronic disease, and the study of epigenetics is showing just what a powerful effect the addition of high quality nutrients, taken in supplemental form, can have on your health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, not all store bought nutrition is the same, as is explained here in Apples Ain’t Apples.

Our Savvy Wellness Concepts teaches you basic principles of wellbeing, and one of the principle factors we address there, is that is your food quality and your nutritional quality are paramount to a healthy life. As is explained in the following article, it’s really about helping your body function naturally. We explain the importance of optimising your nutritional intake to be as nature intended it – so that you can live an optimal life without need for drugs and surgery. [Read more on increasing your nutritional intake, here]

That second step which the WHO report listed below, says is simply increasing your nutritional uptake by supplementing with high quality nutritional supplements, actually gives you a 50% better chance at a healthy life.

Who wouldn’t want that?

With an adequate supply of nutrients, your body begins to regulate and you will find you will require food less regularly. It is able to burn your excess stores of fat and keep in you in shipe-shape form! Now that’s savvy . . . !!!

Here is a National Geographic longevity report, “On Beyond 100.” which shows that despite decades of research  suggesting that a severely restricted diet is connected to long life, several recent studies have undermined the link between longevity and caloric restriction. It also points out that despite the current focus on genes, in the end, genes probably account for only 25 percent of longevity. It points to the environment too – which takes into account everything from ones attitude to the general exposure to toxicity experienced. All things impact one’s wellbeing.

While many nutritionalists tell you to eat more regularly as it is at the way to support any possible blood-sugar issues, we have seen that by focusing on the second step: increasing your nutritional uptake; you are able to not only to overcome the dangerous sugar imbalances affecting nearly 15% of the population, you’ll feel better, and you can even begin to reverse some of the major diseases.

Your blood sugar levels do have an impact on your energy, concentration, ability to lose weight performance, mood and much more. Having too high or low of a level of blood sugar or blood glucose can lead to various symptoms and health problems. This can include mild symptoms if your levels are off just a small amount occasionally. You can also develop chronic diseases if your levels are off on a regular basis.

However while the establishment will tell you to eat more regularly (some believe 5 to 6 times a day is ‘healthy’) to help control your sugar imbalance … on the flip side – yes, we think it’s important to know the ups and downs of everything – there’s a bunch of evidence that intermittent fasting can slow ageing, help you lose body fat and re-train your body to get used to using body fat for fuel. [Editor: more on that at a later time! If you have trouble with cravings and blood sugar problems … take note of this!]

Thirdly, eat … well, savvy.  Choose from our ‘Eat Savvy Diet‘ list and get a balanced diet of good proteins, carbohydrates, vegetables, fruits and unsaturated fat, and plenty of fibre. Our approach to wellness starts with reducing toxicity, increasing nutrition, and having better food choices . . . and that’s what this dietary approach is about.

Part of eating savvily is to avoid sweetened and or processed foods. So, let’s look more closely at why we should be ditching the dial-in menus and preparing some of nature’s own ‘fast-foods’. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that up to 2.7 million lives could potentially be saved each year simply by people consuming the recommended intakes of fruit and veg!

In Savvy Wellness Concepts we explain more about the large variety of micronutrients, antioxidants and dietary fibre obtained from fruit and vegetables and how these substances create a unique combination of protective agents to guard against diseases such as heart disease, cancer and auto-immune disorders. It is recommended that we consume at least 500g of vegetables (more if they are leafy greens) and 100g of fruit each day, which can be met by eating one to two serves of fruit and five to six serves (or fist sized portions) of vegetables or salad.

Forthly, eat functional foods only. Heard about functional foods but not quite sure what they are? Think of them as nutritious foods — but with a little extra pizzaz. Functional foods are savvy foods that provide health benefits beyond just basic nutrition. They contain bioactive compounds, which contribute to health and wellness and are believed to reduce the risk of some chronic diseases.

The great thing about functional foods is that you will find many of them at your local grocery store. Many are familiar foods that you may already enjoy as part of your diet; others are added easily to everyday meals. Fruit and vegetables are packed full of vitamins and minerals which are protective against a range of diseases.

Next, its important to move, do something. Anything! Movement causes your body to burn more calories and moves the lymphatic system to help your body eliminate waste, so if you have a sedentary job or are inactive for long periods of time, try stretching and walking, and gradually extend the duration of activity. Try adding incidental exercise to your everyday. Park the car at the furthest parking space from the shopping centre, walk up the stairs rather than catch the lift or use public transport rather than getting in the car.

Research shows that walking 10,000 steps a day will significantly improve your health. Putting one foot in front of the other can build stamina, burn excess calories and give you a healthier heart. The average person walks between 3,000 and 4,000 steps per day, and 1,000 steps is the equivalent of around 10 minutes of brisk walking. To find out how many steps you take each day, buy a pedometer.

 The sixth component is to increase intensity. If you’re already active, dial up the intensity to get more out of your workout: increase the speed, resistance and duration of your activity. Next time you walk around the park, try jogging for short bursts then walking and gradually walk/jog further.

A person weighing 70kg can burn about 440 calories by walking 10,000 steps briskly. If you’re trying to lose weight, you should aim to burn 600 more calories than you take in through food and drink every day. This is best achieved by a combination of diet and exercise.

Lastly, get stronger. Strength training exercises build lean muscle mass which causes you to burn more calories – even when you’re at rest. You can do a variety of muscular conditioning and strength-training exercises using your own body weight or weights. If you’re new to strength training, first consult an expert to ensure you’re using the correct technique.

Further Reading:

1 World Health Organisation. Fruit, vegetables and NCD disease prevention. September 2003, pg 1.

2 Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne. The burden of brittle bones: epidemiology, costs and burdens of osteoporosis in Australia (2007), pg 6

3 Heart Foundation (2009) Summary of evidence: Dietary fats and dietary cholesterol for cardiovascular health, pg 9

4 National Health and Medical Research Council. Nutrient Reference Guidelines for Australia and New Zealand. 2005, pg 2

5 NHMRC, (2003), Dietary Guidelines for Australian Adults, pg 133-151

Like what you've read?
Subscribe to our 'BE SAVVY' Updates!

Like what you've read?

Subscribe to our 'BE SAVVY' Updates!

As a subscriber to the Be Savvy Updates, you'll receive regular tips to help you reach your wellness goals.

 Great to have you with us!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *