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Fry’s and well I am 6:12 weeks and life-long change!

It’s time for well I am 6!

I’m Lisa Raleigh, and I’ve been working in wellness for over 15 years now. In 2011, I decided to create a wellness challenge – with a difference!

I love the era of fitness challenges we have been growing for the last decade, and have always wanted to create a community of health that inspired individuals to THRIVE. Challenges are such a team effort, and the power of motivation, incentives, specific goals and TEAM SPIRIT does wonders for one’s health and fitness!

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The idea behind well I am is to keep things realistic. Well I am is accessible, online, flexible, balanced, holistic and long-term. No quick fixes, unsustainable habits or restrictions here! Well I am is a way of life that serves you beyond the challenge’s start and end date.

When you sign up to our challenge, the R499 entry fee earns you: a wellness kit, two health screenings at Dis-Chem, weekly training programmes from our coaches, a choice of weekly nutritional plans from certified dietitians, an exclusive online community that offers incredible support daily and free wellness events held around SA! there is a life-changing R20 000 cash AND additional prizes for 4 of our winners (Transformation and Physique), as well as great incentives for our runners-up. Well I am doesn’t conflict with any existing fitness challenges – online or other. So you can enjoy being on other challenges at the same time – and double your chances of winning!

Well I am 6 starts 5th September (just in time for summer prep!) and we are so honoured to have Fry’s Family Foods on board! Sponsors play such a valuable role in what well I am offers the public, and brands that reinforce the message of holistic, long-term health – not just results – are what make well I am so special. With Fry’s joining the family, we’re excited to be offering more plant-based meal inspiration, tips for eating clean and consciously, and – of course – plenty of incentives along the way!

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While there’s no denying the value of a life-changing cash prize, I want to emphasize the real gain that well I am offers – healthy foundations that will last a lifetime. Health is our real wealth – realistically, we have nothing without it! Exercise and nutritious foods are the leading preventers of chronic disease and yet are so often underestimated and under-utilised. Together with Fry’s, we want to encourage people to start THRIVING, not just surviving. That means relishing delicious, healthy meals, enjoying action-packed activities as part of a lifestyle, not just necessity, and really pushing our bodies to reach the healthy potential they are designed for.

Ready to change? Have a look at well i am online for more on what we offer.

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Love plants, love yourself

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by Wilma Tarr, Plant-Based Cook, Nature Lover

Living in a world where our priorities are unbalanced we often neglect our health and especially our diet. There are so many factors at play, not least the role of stress, eating junk food, careless substance use and chasing the skinny ideal. We use unhealthy shortcuts and chemically-laden products to clear up bad skin and add shine to our hair, we medicate symptoms and we simply ignore the tell-tale signs that reveal the truth about our health! We eat food that advertisers tell us are ‘healthy’ without questioning their motives.

This lifestyle leads to health problems and frustration over the general condition of our bodies, taking us down a dangerous path of illness and destruction.

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True health means feeling energetic, balanced and vibrant on the inside, while seeing the positive external changes as well.  Following a balanced plant-based diet, exercising, spending time in nature, getting adequate sleep and staying hydrated are all extremely beneficial for overall health and well-being.  In addition to good nutrition and dramatically reducing your risk of a broad spectrum of diseases (including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes), following a plant-based diet also provides many physical benefits. You will truly enjoy the immense health benefits and see positive external changes as well.

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A balanced plant-based diet provides all the nutrients your body needs, ensuring that your nails, hair and skin always look their best. Because of the high water content of a plant-based diet, it will supply your body with constant fluids, keeping your skin hydrated, smooth and healthy.

Whole grains, fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and beans contain antioxidants and phytonutrients from real, whole, plant-based foods which are anti-inflammatory and filled with fibre. The mixture of proteins from grains, legumes, Fry’s, vegetables, nuts and seeds (nutritional powerhouses), provide a complement of amino acids and antioxidants. These have been shown to promote hair growth, healthy hair and skin.

This diet is not only rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients essential for health, wellness and beauty, but it is also alkalising, delicious and a powerful medicine that we all have access to every time we eat.

If you have a hard time eating greens, include them in smoothies and juices that the whole family will enjoy. Fresh juices like carrot, celery, apple and cucumber will deliver hydration and skin-nourishing vitamins and minerals. Include avocados and bananas in your smoothies for extra benefits and a supply of healthy fats for glowing skin. Variety keeps things interesting and there are infinite and oh so many delicious recipes and ideas available!

You will find that by adopting this lifestyle and making smarter, educated choices, you can eat delicious meals that are healthy and nutrient-dense, providing everything you need to feel healthy and look your best.

Wilma is a nature lover, plant-based cook, keen photographer and mother of two teenage boys. She has always loved expressing herself in a creative way not just through cooking but also through styling, writing and photography. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram to find our more about Living a Vegan Life in South Africa.