Louise Digby Nutrition

Louise Digby Nutrition

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Hi thanks for the add, I had breast cancer last year resulting in a diep flap. Which is a mastectomy plus immediate recon from belly fat. Have recovered well, am now having herceptin injections and on tamoxifen. I went back to work in October and lost the weight I put on during chemo. However now I’ve been signed off for 12 weeks as classed as vulnerable, so 7 pounds heavier again already and not half way thru the 12 weeks yet. Looking for help/ advice.x
Sugar addiction- a term thrown around willy nilly, a throwaway comment. “I’m an [insert sweet or carby food here] addict”, you laugh, deep down fearing for your health and weight. We do have a habit of trivialising this addiction, but it is very real. Sugar (and therefore sweet and carby things) is addictive. Like, REALLY addictive. Way more so than even cocaine. And it can become a full-blown, anxiety-inducing, I-can’t-think-about-anything-else, addiction. Sugar addiction works in the exact same way as any other addiction; alcohol, drugs, gambling, gaming, sex... What you’re addicted to it the hit of dopamine you get when you consume/ experience the thing. And the problem is, much like with insulin, your body will become resistant to the effects of dopamine and that means that you need more and more to get the high or the feel-good factor. Sugar is particularly problematic because the high doesn’t last very long AND sugar is in so many foods (remember carbs break down into sugar) it’s difficult to escape it and of course, you can’t just stop eating. So do you need to go to a sugarholics anonymous meeting to get ‘sober’? No. You need two key things… 🍰 Step-by-step instructions on how to correct the underlying imbalances driving your addiction; blood sugars, deficiencies (persistent production of dopamine causes nutrient depletion, leaving your brain under-nourished and more prone to dopamine resistance) and gut bacteria (imbalanced gut bacteria can drive sugar cravings). 🍫 Fail-proof accountability and support from someone who cares and won't let you fail. Ready to accept help? Cool, send me a DM.
How is your weight holding you back? One of the key things I want to know about you is your why. So you want to lose weight, why? So you want more energy, why? So you want less bloating, why? The answers to this question might seem obvious: - I want to be slim - I've got a wedding or holiday coming up - I feel frumpy But why is THAT important to you? When I ask my clients these questions and I keep asking why we get to some REALLY deep stuff. Often it's to do with confidence. And it often turns out that their lack of body confidence is impacting them because: 💔 they don't want to have sex with their partner because they feel 'gross' and they're worried this is impacting their relationship 👗 they HATE going clothes shopping because nothing fits properly so they hide under baggy clothes 👩‍💼 they don't have the confidence to go for the promotion so they're not reaching their potential ☀️ they dread holidays and having to strip off on the beach 😬 they hate having to make food choices in front of friends and something that should be fun has become anxiety-inducing. Ultimately, the weight is impacting confidence, which is stopping them from living their best life, from achieving, from earning more and enjoying the simple things like choosing outfits, kicking a ball around with the kids and gatherings with friends and family. Can you relate? What's your why? What's it stopping you from doing? Tell me in the comments or send me a PM.
Brilliant! 😂😂😂
Is the exercise that you do a punishment?
Had a fun day today giving a talk for Yoga Laurel and then taking part in the yoga class that followed. I'm already aching! 😄
🤣🤣 Who can relate? 🙋‍♀️
Hello Louise, I watched your 'cholesterol' video earlier with interest. Mt last blood test had numbers of 1.27 for HDL and 3.53 for LDL How would you interpret that?
I definitely need to have a read of this!
For those struggling with M.E or any chronic condition, here's a beautiful reminder to never give up hope...

Louise specialises in healthy weight loss. Louise's philosophy is to always nourish first. She work almost completely remotely and as such is able to help women across the UK.

Louise Digby Nutrition is here to help women who want to lose weight without restrictive dieting. Our programme The Nourish Method to Lasting Fat Loss was developed to support women who feel like they've tried everything but just cannot lose weight.

Louise Digby Nutrition was founded by Louise Digby to support those with chronic health concerns. Louise is a CNHC registered nutritional therapist.

We were taught that weight gain is a calorie problem. Too many calories = weight gain.

Yes, overeating will cause weight gain. However, if weight loss was as simple as maintaining a calorie deficit, we wouldn't have the obesity epidemic.

Obesity is a hormonal condition. Fact.

The anatomy and physiology textbooks explain how hormones control fat storage and fat burning. They explain how hormonal imbalances cause weight gain and weight loss resistance.

So why do we have this pervasive myth that to lose weight you've just gotta eat less?

Because the very same textbooks go onto conclude, without justification, that a calorie deficit is the only way to lose weight. Huh? The textbooks literally contradict themselves. This isn't my observation alone. This is a well-known problem in the functional medicine world.

That's why there's so much confusion.

Anyway, I built The Nourish Method because I saw too many women pretty much starving themselves without actually managing to lose weight. In The Nourish Method, we work on the following hormones:

🥨 Insulin: influenced by blood glucose, which in turn is influenced by diet, stress, sleep, exercise, sex hormones and more. Expect cravings, energy crashes and stubborn weight.

🥧Leptin: your satiety hormone. What's supposed to happen is the more fat you have, the less hungry you feel; it's a build-in fat regulation system. However, it often goes wrong and your body basically becomes deaf to it's 'stop eating' signal. Expect persistent hunger.

🤦‍♀️ Oestrogen: declines dramatically from your mid-30s making you more prone to weight gain, cravings, low mood, dryness and ageing. Expect stubborn weight and cravings.

🙅‍♀️ Testosterone: for some, it's too high and for others, it's too low. Expect weight issues and problems with sex drive.

😩 T4: your main thyroid hormone. Too little of this one and every cell in your body will run slower. Expect stubborn weight and fatigue.

😴 T3: your lesser-known (and lesser-tested) yet more active thyroid hormone. Frequently imbalanced causing hidden thyroid issues. Expect unexplained stubborn weight and fatigue (maybe some constipation too!)

😵 Cortisol: your key stress hormone. This pesky hormone is responsible for stubborn belly fat. Plus, when it's imbalanced it can throw ALL of the above hormones out of balance. Expect stubborn belly fat and cravings.

Most women that I work with have an imbalance in every single hormone listed here. This is why you need a whole-body approach. This is why dieting isn't working for you. This is why you need to work with your body.

Want to start working with your body? Type yes below, or send me a PM 😊

I know, life’s hectic. You get up, sort the kids, get to work, work and work, pick up the kids, do some more work, throw together dinner, drag yourself to a class, then collapse.

In the moment, eating healthy feels like a big effort. And that’s why it’s so important to plan ahead.

There are so many healthy options that take only 10-30 mins to cook. And for many of these, you can be pottering around doing other stuff while you wait for things to cook.

Here’s your list of options if your short on time:

- Quick recipes
- Buy pre-chopped veg and pre-diced meat or even a recipe box.
- Cook in bulk and utilise leftovers
- Prep a little (or a lot) at the weekend
- Utilise your slow cooker

If you can find more time then great, that gives you a greater variety of recipes to play with, but honestly, the most time I spend cooking each day is 30 minutes and that’s always with leftovers so I average 15 minutes per dinner, plus an hour at the weekend to prep lunches and breakfasts.

Think about how much time you spend watching TV, scrolling through social media or doing unnecessary household chores. For example, you really don’t need to iron your bedsheets!

Stop using lack of time as an excuse. Because there are compromises we can make and time we can find if your priorities are in the right place. If you feel down about your weight or health, then it’s time to stop telling yourself that you don’t have time to fix things, because you do and I’m here to help you do that.

Are you ready to do this? Let’s get you booked in for a free Weight Loss Breakthrough Call with me, where we’ll work out what is and isn’t working for you and we'll sort you out an action plan.

Click here to choose a time that works for you >>

DO THIS BEFORE FASTING

It’s trendy. It’s effective. It’s safe. It’s well-researched... It’s fasting!

However, many have tried and failed. They found it too difficult and they felt like crap while doing it.

Here’s the thing. Fasting should not be your only strategy. In fact, you need a whole strategy built around fasting if you’re going to do it.

If you’ve retained anything I’ve said previously, hopefully, it’s this well-worn statement of mine:

Increasing your calorie deficit will not correct hormone imbalance and blood sugar imbalance; it will worsen them (fasting increases the calorie deficit).

If your blood sugars and hormones are imbalanced, it’s very unlikely you’ll be compatible with fasting.

I consider fasting to be an advanced strategy for fat loss. One that comes later. After we’ve balanced your blood sugars and hormones, otherwise you’ll be a hot mess of cravings and hanger #fun.

Want to get started with balancing hormones and blood sugars? Send me a PM!

When ladies tell me that they avoid going out because choosing an outfit is too much of an ordeal, it breaks my heart. They feel SO uncomfortable in their own skin that they choose an outfit based on how well it hides their arms and tummy, instead of just choosing an outfit because they like it.

Is this you, are you hiding away?

You're missing out on fun with your friends and your life generally because of how bad you feel about your bodies, and that's awful 😔

Know that it doesn't have to be this way. This clearly wasn't the life you envisaged for yourself, and it's not the one I envisage for you either 👑

I'm here to hold you to a higher standard. This isn't okay. If you are miserable and missing out on life or finding life a lot harder because of how you feel about your body then that's not okay ⛔️

I don't go in for this whole, 'It's okay to not be okay.' No, it's not okay.

It's okay to *tell *people that you're not okay and to ask for help, but you don't have to accept that as your normal. You deserve so much more than that.

I'm here to make your normal AMAZING. Because I whole-hearted believe that it is absolutely possible for you (yes YOU) to feel amazing, be head-over-heels in love with yourself and the way you look, while also falling back in love with food. You can absolutely get yourself to a point where you are loving food AND love clothes shopping.

And no matter how much you tell yourself it's not important, you know deep down that it is, isn't it?

So do you want to take the first step towards your new amazing normal??? Yes? Awesome! 🤩

Drop me a HELL YES in the comments and I'll shoot you a message.

When you’re making the lifestyle change required to lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way, you can actually still eat cake, crisps, chocolate and [insert favourite food here].

Of course, there does have to be an element of restriction if you’re going to lose weight, that’s inescapable, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to go for afternoon tea with girls or order a Dominos.

You might mistakenly believe that to be slim you need to give up your favourite foods forever. That simply isn’t the case.

Yes, when you first start it can be helpful to eat a little ‘cleaner’ than you might do in the long-run, while you work out what works for you. But once you know how to use food to get steady results and feel amazing, honestly, you won’t even want to eat those foods you previously craved because you’ll realise how sluggish they made you feel. But you can still enjoy them occasionally if you choose to!

In the Nourish Method, we like to go for the 80:20 rule and we also use specific strategies to mitigate the impact of indulgence.

I’m telling you this because the thought of never being able to eat your favourite foods again (for me it’s pizza and chocolate) is a miserable and demotivating one that makes you say “arghh life’s too short, why am I bothering?”

So let’s put to bed the fear of not being able to eat your goodies ever again, okay?

Are you ready to ditch the dieting and restriction and lose weight for good? If so, give me a YES in the comments :D

BBC Essex

🎙️😃
Earlier this week I was asked to speak on BBC Essex about simple weight management/ healthy eating tips for those struggling during the lockdown.

Here's the recording:

6 Tips to Optimise Your Metabolism 💥

💪🏼 1. Work your muscles; muscle is metabolically active. The more you have the more calories you’ll burn even when you’re not using them.

🔥 2. Optimise your thyroid function; most diets worsen thyroid issues and that will block weight loss (and make you feel like crap). You need some carbs for your thyroid to function properly!

😴 3. Sleep more; 90% of my Nourishers enter the programme chronically sleep-deprived. That’s a big problem for your metabolism and hunger hormones. We need to get you sleeping better and for longer.

💧 4. Hydrate consistently; water is required for the chemical reaction in your cells that makes energy aka burning calories.

🍽 5. Intermittent fasting; intermittent is the keyword here. Intermittent fasting is essentially varying high calories days with low calories days. Low-calorie everyday= sluggish metabolism.

🍳 7. Eat more. As above, low-calorie everyday= sluggish metabolism. Lack of protein= muscle loss instead of fat loss= sluggish metabolism. Lack of fat= hormone imbalance AND cravings. Restriction= psychological stress & physical stress= upregulated fat storage.

Bonus tip: boosting metabolism requires commitment and consistency :)

💥 7 tips for boosting metabolism. I’m curious, how many of these have you worked on consistently? Which one do you struggle with the most⁉️

We were taught that weight gain is a calorie problem. Too many calories = weight gain.

Yes, overeating will cause weight gain. However, if weight loss was as simple as maintaining a calorie deficit, we wouldn't have the obesity epidemic.

Obesity is a hormonal condition. Fact.

The anatomy and physiology textbooks explain how hormones control fat storage and fat burning. They explain how hormonal imbalances cause weight gain and weight loss resistance.

So why do we have this pervasive myth that to lose weight you've just gotta eat less?

Because the very same textbooks go onto conclude, without justification, that a calorie deficit is the only way to lose weight. Huh? The textbooks literally contradict themselves. This isn't my observation alone. This is a well-known problem in the functional medicine world.

That's why there's so much confusion.

Anyway, I built The Nourish Method because I saw too many women pretty much starving themselves without actually managing to lose weight. In The Nourish Method, we work on the following hormones:

🥨 Insulin: influenced by blood glucose, which in turn is influenced by diet, stress, sleep, exercise, sex hormones and more. Expect cravings, energy crashes and stubborn weight.

🥧Leptin: your satiety hormone. What's supposed to happen is the more fat you have, the less hungry you feel; it's a build-in fat regulation system. However, it often goes wrong and your body basically becomes deaf to it's 'stop eating' signal. Expect persistent hunger.

🤦‍♀️ Oestrogen: declines dramatically from your mid-30s making you more prone to weight gain, cravings, low mood, dryness and ageing. Expect stubborn weight and cravings.

🙅‍♀️ Testosterone: for some, it's too high and for others, it's too low. Expect weight issues and problems with sex drive.

😩 T4: your main thyroid hormone. Too little of this one and every cell in your body will run slower. Expect stubborn weight and fatigue.

😴 T3: your lesser-known (and lesser-tested) yet more active thyroid hormone. Frequently imbalanced causing hidden thyroid issues. Expect unexplained stubborn weight and fatigue (maybe some constipation too!)

😵 Cortisol: your key stress hormone. This pesky hormone is responsible for stubborn belly fat. Plus, when it's imbalanced it can throw ALL of the above hormones out of balance. Expect stubborn belly fat and cravings.

Most women that I work with have an imbalance in every single hormone listed here. This is why you need a whole-body approach. This is why dieting isn't working for you. This is why you need to work with your body.

Want to start working with your body? Type yes below, or send me a PM 😊

I know, life’s hectic. You get up, sort the kids, get to work, work and work, pick up the kids, do some more work, throw together dinner, drag yourself to a class, then collapse.

In the moment, eating healthy feels like a big effort. And that’s why it’s so important to plan ahead.

There are so many healthy options that take only 10-30 mins to cook. And for many of these, you can be pottering around doing other stuff while you wait for things to cook.

Here’s your list of options if your short on time:

- Quick recipes
- Buy pre-chopped veg and pre-diced meat or even a recipe box.
- Cook in bulk and utilise leftovers
- Prep a little (or a lot) at the weekend
- Utilise your slow cooker

If you can find more time then great, that gives you a greater variety of recipes to play with, but honestly, the most time I spend cooking each day is 30 minutes and that’s always with leftovers so I average 15 minutes per dinner, plus an hour at the weekend to prep lunches and breakfasts.

Think about how much time you spend watching TV, scrolling through social media or doing unnecessary household chores. For example, you really don’t need to iron your bedsheets!

Stop using lack of time as an excuse. Because there are compromises we can make and time we can find if your priorities are in the right place. If you feel down about your weight or health, then it’s time to stop telling yourself that you don’t have time to fix things, because you do and I’m here to help you do that.

Are you ready to do this? Let’s get you booked in for a free Weight Loss Breakthrough Call with me, where we’ll work out what is and isn’t working for you and we'll sort you out an action plan.

Click here to choose a time that works for you >>

DO THIS BEFORE FASTING

It’s trendy. It’s effective. It’s safe. It’s well-researched... It’s fasting!

However, many have tried and failed. They found it too difficult and they felt like crap while doing it.

Here’s the thing. Fasting should not be your only strategy. In fact, you need a whole strategy built around fasting if you’re going to do it.

If you’ve retained anything I’ve said previously, hopefully, it’s this well-worn statement of mine:

Increasing your calorie deficit will not correct hormone imbalance and blood sugar imbalance; it will worsen them (fasting increases the calorie deficit).

If your blood sugars and hormones are imbalanced, it’s very unlikely you’ll be compatible with fasting.

I consider fasting to be an advanced strategy for fat loss. One that comes later. After we’ve balanced your blood sugars and hormones, otherwise you’ll be a hot mess of cravings and hanger #fun.

Want to get started with balancing hormones and blood sugars? Send me a PM!

When ladies tell me that they avoid going out because choosing an outfit is too much of an ordeal, it breaks my heart. They feel SO uncomfortable in their own skin that they choose an outfit based on how well it hides their arms and tummy, instead of just choosing an outfit because they like it.

Is this you, are you hiding away?

You're missing out on fun with your friends and your life generally because of how bad you feel about your bodies, and that's awful 😔

Know that it doesn't have to be this way. This clearly wasn't the life you envisaged for yourself, and it's not the one I envisage for you either 👑

I'm here to hold you to a higher standard. This isn't okay. If you are miserable and missing out on life or finding life a lot harder because of how you feel about your body then that's not okay ⛔️

I don't go in for this whole, 'It's okay to not be okay.' No, it's not okay.

It's okay to *tell *people that you're not okay and to ask for help, but you don't have to accept that as your normal. You deserve so much more than that.

I'm here to make your normal AMAZING. Because I whole-hearted believe that it is absolutely possible for you (yes YOU) to feel amazing, be head-over-heels in love with yourself and the way you look, while also falling back in love with food. You can absolutely get yourself to a point where you are loving food AND love clothes shopping.

And no matter how much you tell yourself it's not important, you know deep down that it is, isn't it?

So do you want to take the first step towards your new amazing normal??? Yes? Awesome! 🤩

Drop me a HELL YES in the comments and I'll shoot you a message.

Louise’s Story

Hi! I’m Louise Digby, registered nutritional therapist and show women how to take control of their hormones and eating habits so that they can feel super energised and get the body they want without faddy diets or giving up their favourite foods.

My typical clients are committed to nourishing their bodies from the inside out. They understand that crash diets do not achieve long-term results and they are ready to say goodbye to them forever. They struggle to wade through all the information out there and want to learn to love food again. They need structure, support and to be kept on track.

My approach is all about achieving results that actually last. It’s focused on abundance rather than deprivation. I teach my clients the exact strategies that I use to stay trim whilst leading a hectic life. These strategies have worked for hundreds of my clients and I’ve used this experience to create my formula. So let’s deal with this once and for all. Let’s get you energised. Let’s develop an amazing relationship with food.

Have you ever felt so ready to lose weight but felt held back by information overload, lack of clarity, and lack of energy and time?

Well I am here to help and I’d love to send you my Belly-Be-Gone Cheatsheet. To get this, click below: https://louisedigbynutrition.click/optin Make sure you also join our free Facebook group dedicated to healthy weight loss, where we have powerful yet practical challenge to get you started on your weight loss journey: https://www.facebook.com/groups/380124772411026/ See you in there! xx

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BBC Essex
How to balance blood sugar
Don't let the fear of failure keep you fat and miserable
Why the diet worked for your friend but not for you...
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