Eat your way to a healthy life­style

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR BODY -

We are con­stantly bom­barded with the risk fac­tors to our health as­so­ci­ated with our mod­ern diet of highly-re­fined con­ve­nience foods and sugar sat­u­rated drinks, and mak­ing life-sav­ing changes to our life­style can be quite daunt­ing with­out the help of a sup­port net­work and a guar­an­tee of pos­i­tive re­sults. How­ever, by choos­ing a proven net­work and eat­ing the right foods; health and in­di­vid­ual well­ness is within everyone’s reach.

For al­most 30 years, The Com­plete Health Im­prove­ment Pro­gramme (CHIP) has been mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant changes to the health and well be­ing of par­tic­i­pants around the world. Re­search and re­sults have shown that CHIP can help pre­vent, curb and even re­verse many of the risk fac­tors as­so­ci­ated with dis­eases such as di­a­betes, obe­sity, car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and high blood pres­sure as well as pro­vide par­tic­i­pants with on-go­ing knowl­edge and sup­port to help them main­tain a healthy life­style.

For lo­cal res­i­dent Rob Mitchell, switch­ing to a plant-based diet was quite easy once he re­alised the ben­e­fits to his over­all health.

The pro­gramme be­gins with an in­ten­sive pro­gramme of evening sem­i­nars over six weeks, where par­tic­i­pants will learn how to adopt the life­style changes nec­es­sary for their fu­ture health, along with learn­ing many dif­fer­ent ways of pre­par­ing healthy and nu­tri­tious plant-based meals. At the be­gin­ning of the pro­gramme mem­bers are given an ini­tial health screen­ing, which in­cludes blood tests for choles­terol, blood sugar and triglyc­erides as well as mea­sur­ing blood pres­sure, height, weight and body shape.

For the next 30 days, mem­bers are en­cour­aged to adopt a com­pletely plant-based diet and carry out reg­u­lar ex­er­cises. They will then be given a sec­ond health screen­ing

‘‘The re­sults for most peo­ple are quite sig­nif­i­cant and life chang­ing. For my­self I felt a no­tice­able dif­fer­ence in my over­all health. I had more en­ergy and my head felt clearer but, im­por­tantly, I had lost 6.3 kilo­grams and my vari­cose veins which had be­come quite se­ri­ous had all but cleared up, so much so that even my doc­tor couldn’t be­lieve the im­prove­ment. Plus the re­sults from my sec­ond health screen­ing showed my choles­terol had dropped and my blood pres­sure was lower.’’

Rob is now pleased to re­port a weight loss of 17 kilo­grams to date.

The next Com­plete Health Im­prove­ment Pro­gramme be­gins with free in­for­ma­tion evenings on either Thurs­day July 14 or Sun­day July 17 where any­one in­ter­ested can come and find out more about the pro­gramme which will com­mence on Thurs­day July 21. For more in­for­ma­tion and to book a place peo­ple are wel­come to con­tact Mare­cia Burt on (06) 3543438 and visit www.chiphealth.com.

Rob Mitchell with two of his tasty cre­ations – black bean and len­til shep­herds pie and bar­ley and pump­kin loaf.

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