How to transform your body in 40 days: Physician, 50, reveals the habits that will improve your health – and the foods we ALL need to eat more of
- A naturopathic physician revealed how you can transform your body in 40 days
- Janella Purcell, from Byron Bay, revealed how to change your body for the better
- She also shared the foods you should be eating more and less of in your diet
A naturopathic physician and wholefoods chef has revealed how you can transform your body in 40 days by taking up new habits and boosting certain foods in your diet.
Janella Purcell, 50, from Byron Bay, is the author of the new book Your 40-Day Transformation, and has decades of experience behind her in natural health and healing.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Janella shared her top tips for changing your mind and body for the better, as well as the foods we should all be eating more and less of.
She also shared how you can reset your body after a period of excess.
A naturopathic physician and wholefoods chef revealed how you can transform your body in 40 days by taking up new habits and boosting certain foods (pictured: Janella Purcell)
If you’re looking to transform your body, Janella said the best place to start is to take a look at your life and remove as many ‘stressors’ as possible – both physically and emotionally
How can you transform your body in 40 days?
If you’re looking to transform your body, Janella said the best place to start is to take a look at your life and remove as many ‘stressors’ as possible.
‘Stressors are not just related to emotional stress,’ Janella told FEMAIL.
‘Usually, the greatest stress we will be exposed to in a single day is physical stress. This includes the way we hold our body while we sleep, sit, think, drive, stand or argue.’
She said physical stress is related to how much we push our bodies via the type of work and exercise we do, and the hours we keep.
For instance, if you’re someone who runs around all day without breathing deeply and holding tension in your stomach, neck and shoulders, then you’re going to be physically stressed.
Ditto if you drink alcohol reasonably frequently, eat junk food, take medication and/or recreational drugs.
‘There is also an element of invisible stress that we’re all exposed to,’ Janella said.
‘This includes electromagnetic waves from microwaves, ultraviolet and infra-red radiation – which comes from your mobile, your computer, bluetooth speakers and other devices that connect to them.’
The naturopathic physician recommends you try and limit these things as much as possible, by cutting down on your tech usage and breathing deeply into your stomach.
‘There is such a thing as too much exercise – especially that of the “yang” or cardio sort,’ Janella (pictured) said – as she said this can stress out your body
When it comes to how you can transform your body, Janella said that exercise that is ‘right for where your body is at that point’ is crucial.
How should you reset after a period of excess?
* 5/2 intermittent fasting: Janella said it might be difficult for a couple of days, but then your body adjusts and resets.
‘There is such a thing as too much exercise – especially that of the “yang” or cardio sort,’ she said.
‘While there are many benefits to this type of exercise, there are a few things to consider before you go ahead and book in for yet another bootcamp at dawn.’
The expert argues that cardio exercise daily will turn on the production of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor), or the brain’s growth hormone.
This is good in most cases, but it also ‘stimulates your heart and increases your breathing like anxiety’.
‘Our bodies produce stress hormones when our heart rate increases, because they can’t distinguish whether you’re in a pump class or your boss is calling you in for a “chat”,’ Janella said.
‘If you’ve already exhausted your adrenaline and cortisol from a lifetime of doing, then it’s not such a good idea to push it even further.’
Janella said you should make sure you eat plenty of vegetables, as well as healthy fats like avocado (pictured) and tahini
Instead of cardio, Janella recommends you ‘balance it out with more feminine movements’.
‘Consider mindful walking, swimming, slow cycling, Yin or Hatha yoga, Pilates, qi gong and tai chi,’ she said.
‘Exercise is a natural anti-inflammatory, if you don’t overdo it.
‘If you do, then it becomes a source of inflammation, of physical stress.’
As well as eating more vegetables (pictured), Janella revealed why oil pulling, warm water and light dinners are the key habits to include for better health
What foods should you eat more and less of?
What foods should you eat more of?
* Sea vegetables
* Olive oil
* Line and pole caught fish
* Quality sheep’s or goat dairy
For those looking to transform their bodies and minds, Janella said there are some foods you should eat more of – and others you should cut forever.
‘Veggies, veggies and more veggies,’ she said.
‘Other than them, you should also be looking to eat plenty of healthy fats like olive oil, tahini and avocado.’
Elsewhere, opt for line and pole caught fish, and quality sheep’s or goat dairy.
When it comes to what you should cut, Janella said it’s the usual suspects that should be ditched.
What foods should you cut from your diet?
* Sugar-sweetened drinks
* Fructose from fruit juice
* Trans fats
* White bread
‘There is no shortage of research linking excessive sugar consumption with obesity,’ Janella said.
‘Sugar and refined carbs tell our hormones not to use the fat for fuel, but to store it as fat.
‘One sugar-sweetened drink a day increases our chances of being overweight by 27 per cent.
‘Fruit juice has too much fructose, so avoid this too.’
She also said you should steer clear of trans fats and refined carbs like white bread, pastries and pasta.
Replace these with wholegrains, eaten at breakfast and lunch only.
What daily habits should we all incorporate for better health?
Janella Purcell is the author of the book, Your 40 Day Transformation (pictured)
Lastly, Janella revealed why oil pulling, warm water and light dinners are the key habits to include for better health.
‘In the morning, before you eat or drink anything, brush your teeth and “oil pull”,’ she said.
‘This will not only remove a lot of the bacteria that has accumulated in your mouth overnight, but it will also prevent you from swallowing it back down with your first mouthful of food or liquid.’
Janella said oil pulling will also detoxify your system and make your teeth whiter.
‘I also recommend you drink a big glass of water first thing in the morning, as this will hydrate your digestive system and help you to digest whatever you eat later more efficiently.’
Janella’s last habit she recommends is that you have a light dinner, or even skip your evening meal altogether.
‘The not so good bacteria will eat itself if there’s no food for it to eat,’ she said.
Janella Purcell is the author of the book, Your 40 Day Transformation. For more information, please click here.