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It is that time of the year when 99% of people you speak to about a new years resolution reverts and revolves around one thing 🚩🚩FITNESS 🚩🚩✔ so I have taken out time to bring you the best ways to possibly start that journey before dishing out money to a gym or fitness instructor – Eating for better health is a goal we all aim to achieve bu7t boy it’s hard work!



Keep a food journal.

When you’re working toward better health and weight loss, it’s important to know what you’re putting into your body– Keep track of what you are eating, it is very helpful especially with African dishes where you cannot tell the calorie intake. Knowing what you ate and how much of it makes it easier to control and grudge yourself to be discipline and better.

1 garri , fufu, cocoyams, palm oil, plantains all of these are very high in calorie and cholesterol so watch out for how much you consumed over the holidays and tone that down!

Eat more carbs from fruits and vegetables.

Crowd out the processed carbohydrates you eat with more fruits and veggies. Whole foods are more nutrient dense than processed foods– and whole food carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables are more nutritious than processed carbs like bread and pasta. With any type of food, a good rule of thumb is: the darker in color, the more nutrient dense. 

Eat more protein from whole food sources.

When working toward better health and weight loss, it’s important to EAT your food– rather than drink your food. Eating involves chewing, and chewing is one of the key things that primes your body for digestion– AND to know when it’s full.

Chewing your food helps get you in tune with your inner body cues, which is the most important part of eating for better health and for weight loss. All those who swallow garri and fufu to the point where their eyeballs pop out and almost suffocate their breathing passages beware !!

Don’t be afraid of high quality, healthy fats.

High-quality fats are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. AND they are an integral part of eating for health and for weight loss. Fats are what help you feel satisfied and they help you absorb the nutrition from your food. It’s important to include healthy fats at all of your meals– this means a little olive oil or avocado on your salads, some nut butter on that banana and eating various fattier cuts of meat. Know the difference between your butter and your Margarine – make sure you are eating butter other spreads and Margarines are unhealthy options!

Drink more water and less alcohol.

When working toward better health and weight loss, it’s important to make sure that you’re hydrated. This means drinking more water. It’s also important, however, to make sure that you have a good balance of electrolytes– The crates of alcohol  consumed in Cameroon over Christmas was up to 2million from statistics – OMG seriously guys get on top of it – you all move over to the detox lab _ NO MORE ALCHOHOL PLEASE


-Take the stairs
-Walk short distances
-Attend gym classes as seeing others workout can motivate you
-Walk instead of driving

Every little helps!

Listen to your body.

FACT _ no one has a rule book for how you can lose the weight. I don’t. Only you do. So make sure to listen to your body and be aware of what it’s telling you. Listening to your inner body cues is the only way you’re going to know if something is working for you or not– so stay aware of your energy levels, your hunger, your satisfaction with meals and your cravings. All of these pieces will help you figure out what the best way of eating is for YOU.

Ayurveda & PurfectEscape have spoken – It’s for you to decide between a sexy banging bosy and a pot belly unhealthy body? I chose the former  😛 





“Five years ago I was diagnosed with this deadly condition while pregnant with my first child. It was a lottery for me as my consultant referred me to bed rest, seen how I could barely walk, my whole body was swollen to the point of oedema and the pains were unbearable _ a few minutes into walking towards the reception of the surgery to go home and rest as assigned, another lady doctor saw me and asked me into her office, my apperance sent alarm bells ringing for her ~ but not to my consultant (can you imagine?) _ needless to say, I never got back home and my baby was delivered early with a team of doctors and my whole family waiting and praying for a few more weeks just to give the baby some time. Was the lady doctor an angel sent by God, what would have happened if I went home? could I have ever made it home?”   DorothyDiamond

Pregnancy is a confusing time. Your body is going through a lot of changes and it can be hard to tell what’s normal and what’s a red flag. Learning more about the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy can help you identify a problem early and ensure the best possible outcome.


Some characteristics of preeclampsia are signs that can be measured, but may not be apparent to you, such as high blood pressure. A symptom is something you may experience and recognize, such as a headache or loss of vision

  1. No Symptoms _ so always keep to your consultations
  2. High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
  3. Proteinuria (protein in your urine)
  4. Swelling (Edema), in hands legs, face, to the point where making a fist is impossible and with pressure applied the skin remains in place for a while.
  5. Headaches
  6. Nausea or Vomiting
  7. Abdominal (stomach area) and/or Shoulder Pain
  8. Lower back pain
  9. Sudden Weight Gain _ especially in the middle months of pregnancy (remember some amount of weight gain is OK _ but keep an eye)
  10. Changes in Vision (blurred vision , light flashes, cobwebs, can’t stand light )
  11. Hyperreflexia
  12. Shortness of breath, anxiety, in every little effort you make.


Read more about this life-threatening condition here. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise, if you do not feel right please seek a second opinion and make sure that your baby’s life and yours are first and foremost not in any danger. Pay attention to friends and family member who have no access to such knowledge and help them _ you may just be saving a life. The good news is it isn’t permanent and disappears after pregnancy ~ the bad news is it could leave complications that will be lifelong or worse still death for mother and child or either.



Knowledge is Power, leave your experiences in the comments bar below for others to learn or inbox me at Dakoharrey@gmail.com.


SPT – For Real?


For the many women/men who have had their hearts broken, I couldn’t get my eyes off this article about surrogate partner therapy on the Cosmopolitan magazine for the month of June – they were the only victims that came to mind!

I turned the pages over and over read and reread and my jaws literally dropped… I know of surrogate mums women who carry children for other women/men,  but I never knew of men who loved women and dated women as a paid form of therapy, or men doing same as a chosen career path – so imagine my stutterer face plus my gobsmacked face combined!! kool i looked stupefied and rightfully so!




Exercise is a big part of any healthy lifestyle. There are the calorie burning benefits, but there are also the benefits of improved cardiovascular health, higher energy levels, and just the general vitality it adds to your life to allow you to engage in your daily activities. The benefits are one thing, but there’s the issue of making time in your already packed schedule to workout. If all you have is 30 minutes to exercise each day, I’m going to share a few ways you can make the most out of it and get the best out of your workout time to get the fat loss results you want.

Plan Ahead of Time
Since time is of the essence, you need to make sure that you plan for your workout ahead of time. Planning ahead means:

Laying out your workout clothes the night before
Setting up your timer beforehand
Putting the DVD in or putting out your workout equipment beforehand
Making sure you have all you need for your exercise session like water and a towel before it’s go time
Doing all this ahead of time will allow you to focus on your workout rather than running to the kitchen in the middle of the workout to get a glass of water. This heightened focus will allow you to do each exercise in your workout with proper form so as to get the most benefit.

Double Up on Cardio and Strength Training
If all you have is 30 minutes for each workout session, you want to make sure you get your bang for your buck by doubling up on both cardio and strength training in one session. One easy way to do it is to set up your workout as a circuit and use your legs. Setting up your workout as a circuit means that you do your exercises back-to-back without a rest break. You do have to take at least one rest break during your workout and this is where planning ahead of time comes in handy, so you can choose to do a circuit of four exercises and then take a short rest break and repeat till the 30 minutes are done. Also you want to use your legs because your quadricep muscles are the biggest calorie burners in your body, so recruiting them in a different way in every workout will ensure that you’re getting a fat loss benefit when you’re working out.