Thursday, January 14, 2021

CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet

Are you adding health and wellbeing to your goals this year?

Did you know that Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) pioneered the work into radioastronomy which ultimately became wifi? They also invented the iconic Aussie bug spray Aerogard, which was originally developed to protect Aussie soldiers from mosquitoes and malaria in the Pacific during the Second World War. It went mainstream when the Queen used it to successfully protect herself from flies during a golf game. 

These are just two of the major achievements that star in their top ten inventions

Another is the Total Wellbeing Diet.

There's been much chatter about the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet as people hit 2021 with a goal of losing their "COVID ten". 

The TWD is not a new concept by any means. It was developed by scientists and launched back in 2014/2015 and I can guarantee you'll know someone who has a TWD cookbook in their library. However it's gaining momentum again as people are side-stepping fad diets for a longer lasting approach to their health and wellbeing.

I discovered CSIRO's TWD ten days ago when a friend posted her wellness intentions on social media. I have been trying to find an eating plan that works for the changes in my body (and other oddities) middle age has brought me over the last eighteen months. I jumped at the opportunity to join her in her wellness endeavours. 

My goal is to get my weight back to where it was in my mid-40s, eliminate my constant gut discomfort, reduce inflammation and tackle fluid retention. After just ten days following the TWD and I'm just over 4kg down, I have ankles again, my skin is glowing and my sleep patterns are back on track. 

How have I done it? By simply following the meal plans. 

I must be honest, I have taken the simplest route possible to achieve these results. Firstly I'm piggybacking on my friends program and simply downloading her PDFs rather than bothering to work out the program that is best for me. Then I'm choosing just two breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners for the week and I repeat them for ease of preparation. Finally, I am taking the approach that "failing to plan is planning to fail" so I prepare three days worth of breakfasts and lunches in advance so I can grab and run as I head to work each day. 

Even the simplest route is achieving impressive results. Why? I believe the key to success is commitment. 

For our recent weekend trip to the coast I prepared Red Velvet breakfast smoothies and tuna bliss bowls to cover me for three days, to ensure I stuck to the plan rather than succumbing to fish and chips. Evening meals were portion controlled and heavy on the vegetables, just to get me through without having to overthink things before I got back to the safety of my kitchen.

If you're interested in finding out more, I suggest you look into the TWD 12 week program which is designed for maximum body weight loss. 

For $199 you get meal plans specifically designed for your needs (eg gut health, or protein based, gluten free etc), practical exercise plans you can do at home, tracking tools, scientifically-formulated weight loss guides, a community forum to help keep you motivated, positive psychology tools and an interactive guide to help you meet your weight loss milestones.The CSIRO offers a full refund if you don't get the results you were aiming for. 

At a minimum, you can head to your local bookshop or simply Google CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet to select from the many books they have on offer to help you plan and create for wellness. 

To follow me on my journey, follow my Instagram as I post food pics and track my weight loss and wellness. 

Have you heard of CSIRO's Total Wellbeing Diet?

Do you have wellness goals this year?

What tips do you have for people who are on a wellness journey?

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  1. You really are selling me on this....need to shift some covid pounds and keep my iron up....

  2. The foods I see you posting look great. I am glad this is working for you as it seems to be doable and as you said, you can plan ahead. I know that many speak highly of this and wish you well. My post, is quite a lengthy one, but is about a topic I finally think needs more airing and sharing. Happy Thursday! Denyse.

  3. Great progress and a reminder to me to dig out my TWB diet book out of my bookcase. It may give me the kickstart I need, I am already having a dry January to reduce unnecessary calories.

  4. Your food looks delicious. A healthy diet, consistent exercises, and getting enough sleep are ingredients for feeling good and fit.

  5. Yummy – those meals look delicious! I know all about the Covid kilos! You’re doing so well, and yes I’ve heard such great things about this diet. I’ve actually been doing The SuperFast Diet which is basically about intermittent fasting and it is working for me. I’ve lost about 7.1kg so far. It’s been a very slow loss but as long as the number on the scales keeps going south I am happy!

  6. Sounds like you are well on track, and it also sounds like something I need to be looking into. My biggest problem is self-motivation to keeping going with a plan, and living with a household of working men who eat big meals. Keep up the good work. Enjoy the rest of your week, stay safe, and thanks again for the linkup.

  7. It sounds like you're kicking some big goals here Leanne - that's a significant weight loss in a short period of time. I'm working on moderation in all things, but definitely need to keep a constant eye on my snacking inclinations!

  8. A friend of mine is doing it with her son and they're both doing really well. I think she finds it to be easy - as in sustainable - and not overly restrictive.

    I need to lose the 20kg I've put on over the past two years.... to much time at home doing nothing but eating.

  9. My husband and I joined Weight Watchers almost 2 years ago now and lost 50 & 35 lbs respectively. We have gained a bit back during the pandemic due to comfort eating and just a scarcity of the foods we normally eat. We are both fairly determined to shed those excess pounds and we know that eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables not only help with that but help us physically feel better too! Your meals look so good! We too like to plan ahead. We keep three bins of cut up fruits ready to eat in our fridge (one with grapes, one with pineapple, and one with berries) and a GIANT bowl of salad is always in there too so we can just grab and go. We cook up extra chicken breasts and fish and hard boiled eggs for the week too.

  10. That food looks yummy. I am trying to eat less junk and get out and walk more. I am also trying to upgrade out of Veggie Reserves. in which I would eat veggies one weekend a month and two weeks in summer.

    Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

  11. I haven't heard of this one but I'm all for meal planning/prepping. When I lost weight back in 2012 through the Michelle Bridges program, that was one thing I learnt and I have generally been good with prepping and planning. I notice when I don't, I'll eat crap or get takeaway because it's easy. I do take the easiest options and am okay with one type of lunch and one type of dinner for the most part with the occasional eating out.


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