I tried eimele®’s holistic weight loss program and here’s what happened.
The motivation to do an entire reset on my life couldn’t have been stronger. Excuse my language but I don’t think I’m exaggerating by describing this year as a total and utter shitstorm, where all I’ve wanted to do was hit a refresh button on the whole thing. With life thrown out of whack and into nationwide lockdowns I started to experience major anxiety, lack of sleep and exercise, resulting in a variety of not-so-good things like weight gain and cabin fever.
SIGN ME UP SIS
With a complete life transplant not yet an option, undergoing a full mind, body and soul transformation was the next best option to ‘force quit’ button. If I couldn’t control what was going on outside, I may as well take control of the inside; starting with my diet, exercise and mental health.
The 4-Week Slay program was my modus operandi, it’s a personalised holistic program that gives you the knowledge and tools to take charge of your physical, mental and emotional health specially developed by a team of Aussie health experts at eimele®. It includes 28 mini-meals, yummy plant-based recipes, an easy-to-follow meal plan, a dedicated online support group, exclusive access to workout vids and expert advice, as well as cool prizes to keep you motivated.
TAKE YOUR MEDS EVERYDAY
Prior to receiving my package in the mail I mentally prepared myself by reading the eBook, and what stood out the most (besides delish pictures of food) was their wellness philosophy called MEDS- an acronym for Mindfulness, Exercise, Diet and Sleep. This was an important reminder that I found myself referring to throughout the duration of the challenge.
These were the main lessons I picked up:
If I can spend 20 minutes scrolling through Instagram I can spend it meditating instead. Finding time each day to practice meditation or mindfulness no matter how busy I am is so important. I found the best way to do this was through guided meditations, going for walks in nature and listening to calm music. This is something I’ll continue to practice post-challenge as it’s done wonders for my anxiety and stress.
GET A SWEAT ON
The recommended amount of exercise for optimum results was three days a week of moderate-intense level workouts between 20 to 60 minutes and incidental exercise on the other days.
Throughout the journey I adopted a reliable workout routine: Monday and Friday was for cardio,Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday was for footy training, Wednesday was for boxing and on those days when I didn’t feel like leaving the house, Libby Babet’s online classes were there to save the day.
GREAT BODIES ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN
This was the most rewarding part of the challenge. The program follows a predominantly whole food, plant-first diet and discourages overeating. I quickly realised my approach to food was less about nutrition and more about filling myself up every meal.
As someone who really enjoys meat and carbs I had little experience preparing, let alone eating plant-based meals, but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to whip something up in the kitchen. My favourite meals were the vegan shepherd’s pie, mushroom quinoa risotto and chickpea meatballs- the magic was that it felt like I was eating meat but I wasn’t stuffed afterwards.
With the eimele® programs geared to a weight loss result, the 4-Week Slay meal plan ensures less than 1000 calories are consumed per day. The mini-meal shakes come in four different flavours, chocolate and raspberry were my faves and each of them contains the right amount of carbs (50 per cent), protein (30 per cent) and fat (20 per cent) leaving your body and taste buds fully satisfied. It’s a win-win situation.
SLEEP ON IT
Last but not least, the recommended sleep time was 7-9 hours a night. Achieving this many hours of sleep was difficult for me since I consider myself a night owl, however I found that replacing my iPhone with a book worked a charm for slowing down brain activity before bed. As a result, I woke up feeling refreshed and energised rather than tired and irritable throughout the day.
As the 4-week slay was coming to an end, I was excited to see some results. My starting weight was 70.4kg and my end weight came in at 67.3kgs – a 3.1kg weight loss. With increased exercise, mindfulness and a steady routine, my anxiety attacks became less frequent and less intense. Needless to say, I’ve become pretty into seeing the physical and mental changes through this holistic approach and will continue to slay for as long as I can.
Reset, recharge and slay with eimele®.