March 24, 2015

Triphala - A Natural Aid for Weight Loss

I've been very happy with my weight for a few years now but there is something not quite right with my digestive system. I am not absorbing the nutrients and eliminating the waste as efficiently as I could be. I think I may be short on some healthy intestinal enzymes or may have accumulated some unhealthy bacteria or virus but I know something is not quite right as my stomach often makes outrageous noises and the intestines seem to move (!) after a meal and I often feel a need to (excuse me) release gas, which was never a problem I had before. This has been an ongoing thing for a few years now.

Although my weight continues to be ideal (I am middle-age and do not expect a completely flat mid section) I think my stomach is more bloated than it should ideally be. Though I eat mostly healthy, non-processed foods, I do have three bad habits which probably impact my digestive system; coffee, red wine and cigarettes. It would be good if I could quit at least one of these and see if this improves my digestive system but I can't see myself doing that anytime soon..

On hearing about my digestive ailments, a friend who is a healer and has incredible nutritional knowledge recommended I try taking Triphala powder (mixed into a glass of warm water) for a month.

I had never even heard of Triphala before but after looking it up it certainly sounds amazing and it does appear that the exceptionally leading-edge healthy people in the yoga/vegetarian circles are in the know about it and are raving about it.

This 'mild laxative' is the single most commonly prescribed herbal supplement by Ayurvedic experts. A very strong core principle of Ayurvedic medicine is that perfect digestion is the basis of all health  So healing the digestive system is the first priority of Ayurvedic experts.

Triphala acts as a natural laxative. It helps cure constipation and promotes regular bowel movement. For people who have developed digestive issues, it is seen as being a very helpful and easy aide to restore health to your digestive system. But its wonders go much broader than that. It has also been shown to improve the functioning of the liver, colon, heart, to improve circulation and to be a great aid in weight loss!
So I am going to start taking a teaspoon of this powder each day and will report back in a couple of weeks to let you know how it's going and whether it's working. (Update Note: April 14th....Hi, it's been about three weeks and I can say the triphala is definitely working great for me. I've been taking about half a teaspoon in boiled water (that i've mixed and let sit for a while) each day. It has made my stomach feel a bit queasy but i definitely feel it has been eliminating toxins from my digestive system and my distended stomach is shrinking ! I feel like I've lost at least a waist size (and I've been eliminating more than usual and very nicely thankyou ;-)).

Though triphala is renowned for helping with constipation and digestion issues, I was also curious to see if there were lots of personal stories out there about triphala being effective for weight loss. Here are some interesting and encouraging snippets I found on various sites. 

These people found Triphala a great help in their weight loss journey;

I've been using triphala for a couple of weeks as recommended (2 tablets twice a day); I heard about it on Dr. Oz and as an almost pure "Vata" type (with minor Pitta influence) thought, "I have to try this." I've always had IBS-like symptoms including significant bloating, and it's uncomfortable to say the least. I eat well, plenty of fruits and veggies, but still had trouble. Well, the triphala came and I tried it. Can't say I thought much about it for the first week, but I figured maybe it was normalizing things without much overt effect at first. And about a week in, presto. I suddenly saw effects, and improvements keep happening. I'm "regular," no mad dashes to the bathroom *or* constipation, and my pants fit, with bloating much less -- not completely gone, but getting there. My skin is also clearer and I look about 10 years younger. It's like I'm undergoing a deep all-over cleansing, which is actually probably what really *is* happening if my digestive system is normalizing. I plan on taking this for the rest of my life. I wish I'd heard about it years ago.
I saw Triphala on Doctor Oz, he said if someone does nothing else, they will lose weight with this. He is right, it works great! It makes you not hungry, and has really stopped my evening munching.


I’ve been taking triphala every night for about a year and a half… and it has done wonders. I didn’t need the weight loss – but it helped my digestion immeasurably. My secret recipe for health and happiness: Kundalini yoga, triphala (1/4 tsp in hot water… more if “necessary”), and no gluten. This has been the trifecta that has brought about mental clarity, health, strength and vitality (and a more toned mid-section). Feeling better than ever. Hope more people get onboard – ayurveda rather than pills to mask symptoms!


I started taking Triphala in June/ 2013. I was 240 pounds at the time. As of December when I weighed myself I am 198. 42 pounds in six months is not bad. Most weight I have lost ever, and kept it off.. I take 1 triphala tablet when I wake up 1 hour before I eat, take 1 tablet before lunch and 1 tablet before I go to sleep at night. And drink plenty of water throughout the day.


Triphala powder is a miracle medicine. My experience, I lost 3kgs in 4 weeks, my knee, ankle, finger JTS pain almost gone, inflammation reduced, BP reduced, eye sight reasonably improved (typed without glasses). I am 58 years old, I take one teaspoon at night 1 hr after dinner and I teaspoon in the morning with ample water. No problem or side effect. I feel better and fresher than before.

I bought this after watching an episode of Dr. Oz where he had a guest on who spoke about ayurvedic medicine. She suggested taking this, drinking ala tea, switching the dinner meal with the lunch meal, curry powder and massage. I bought this and took 2 pills every night for a month, drank ala tea (16 oz water, 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tsp fennel seeds, and 1 tsp coriander seeds boiled for 5 minutes) for about a week I kept forgetting to drink it , and switched the lunch and dinner meals and lost 11 pounds in 1 month without exercise or dieting. In fact I thought I would gain weight because I had been eating fast food for the 3rd week while having work done on the kitchen. (Chili fries, burgers, fried zucchini, etc.) This was the easiest way to lose weight since it is effortless.


March 23, 2015

Weight Loss Success for Morgan

Morgan is 5'6" tall. In the before photo she weighs about 225 and in the after pic she is at 135 pounds.

Morgan was over 100 pounds above her ideal weight after years of adding pounds in high school and university. When she finished University she was at her heaviest weight ever, at about 250 pounds. 

It took her about two years to lose 115 pounds and she has maintained her current weight of 135 for over three years now. 

Congrats to Morgan. Thanks much for your inspiring story!

I initially  began with small changes (changing unhealthy go to’s with more nutritious options).. a huge part of my weight loss was fueled by being unhappy and being uncomfortable in my own skin. 

I was never a heavy child, I was quite the opposite, underweight most of my life and spent my time doing competitive dance and swim. As I got older my dedication to the sports diminished and I became more concerned with hanging out with my friends and other teenagery things.

Because the exercise shift was so massive and my eating remained the same within the 4 years of high school I gained 65 lbs and an additional 40 lbs once university food became incorporated into my diet. I had never been so heavy before.

I was insecure, none of my clothes fit, I was bigger than all of my friends and people began making fat jokes when they thought I was out of hearing range. Enough was enough. One day after I finished my last exam and was getting ready to start my new summer job, I decided that school was over, exams were done; it was time for a change. What’s better to work on than my happiness? 

I dug up an old weight watchers book from the depths of my basement dating back to high school (the first time I attempted to loose the excess weight.) and the journey began. The first year I lost 80 pounds through just diet shift- I used weight watchers to help me monitor my eating choices and keep my diet balanced and my habits healthy (I come from a long line of eating disorders on my mothers side of the family; 3 generations of models… go figure) The remaining weight came off in my second year as I slowly incorporated regular exercise into my routine as well. 

Through my weightless journey I developed a better relationship with food and exercise, but in that I also developed a better relationship with myself. In those two years I learned how to love myself again. Not because I was thin, but because I was taking care of myself, nourishing my body and claiming back as my own.

Weight loss is hard, and it doesn't happen overnight, but  that doesn't mean it won’t happen. Take it day by day and don't beat yourself up for the little binges or bad days. Progress is progress- just keep moving forward.

Permanent Weight Loss - No Going Back to Fat

Tammi used to weigh 275 pounds and we wrote about her weight loss success three years ago. Check out her before pic and story here

She has just commented on that post to let us know that it's been three years and she has kept the weight off!  

Hey, I'm the Tammi in this story. I just wanted to give an update because I know people often wonder if people in these stories keep off their weight. Well, not only have I kept off my weight but I am now an ACE certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach and I own my own studio! I am actually helping people get in the best shape of their lives for a full-time job! I feel so blessed and my hope is to spread the gift of health to as many people as I can while I am on this earth. Good luck to everyone! It's hard but it's SO SO unbelievably worth it!

March 22, 2015

Flattering Plus Size Tops

Hi all, I'm back after a long time away from this blog and will be posting a couple of great weight loss stories this week.

In the meantime I've been enjoying selecting some of the tops and tee shirts for spring and summer that I think are the most flattering and attractive in plus sizes. These tops all feature some kind of embellishment or unique style. Not your average t-shirts! Check them out and let me know if you agree this is a great selection.

Avenue Plus Size Embellished Floral Striped Capelet
Embellished Floral Striped Capelet $49
This solid tank has a beautiful floral striped mesh sheer overlay.

Avenue Plus Size Painterly Floral Striped Tee
Painterly Floral Striped Tee $49

A flattering tee with dolman sleeves and a slimming fun floral print at the center front.

Avenue Plus Size Green Tie Dye Tulip Hem Hi Lo Tee
Tie Dye Tulip Hem Hi Lo Tee $41
This is a cute layered knit tee with a tulip-hem at the front and a scooped neckline.

Sleeveless Lace-Yoke Button-Front  $17.99

This is a dressy crepe blouse with a feminine lacy trim on sale now at Just My Size for only $17.99.

Avenue Plus Size Mixed Diamond Keyhole Top
Mixed Diamond Keyhole Top $34
These colors are beautiful, black, turquouise and green mixed in a diamond print. The scooped neckline has a black trim and a keyhole at the yoke.

Avenue Floral Pleat Front Tank
Floral Pleat Front Tank $55
This coral flral print has pintuck pleats down the center in the front. Refreshingly summery.

Avenue Plus Size Watercolor Abstract Hardware 2Fer Top
Plus size knit sleeveless 2fer top $37
This is a slimming look with a solid knit black tank underneath a coral watercolor abstract print open style blouse.

So what do you think? Do you have a favorite or two here and do you agree this is a great selection of flattering styles for plus sizes?

December 05, 2014

Weight Loss Success Stories - A Free iOS app

Weight Loss Success Stories App
Hi all, if you are here to get inspired with weight loss stories by real people, you might like to know I've just released an app of the best stories from this blog. The free app has inspirational stories from men and women as well as links to the truly best and most helpful weight loss videos on YouTube. 

And there are lots of smart tips about the weight loss process, nothing scammy or sensational, just the best way to lose weight with healthy eating and exercise. There's also a section on how to choose the most slimming clothes for your body type and a selection of beautiful clothing and accessories that you can browse and purchase if you choose. 

Hope you will relax on your couch this weekend and get inspired!  Here are a few screenshots from the app;

Read the true stories of people who succeeded in losing excess weight

Watch the best weight loss video stories and healthy tips for losing the weight

Check out fashion ideas for flattering outfits and accessories

Get the best tips for flattering clothing styles

This app is free and you can get it here: Weight Loss Success Stories App ....
but I am also giving away promo codes to our paid motivational apps this weekend. I have fifty codes to give away so if you are also interested in downloading our inspirational virtual weight loss apps, email me and I will send you the promo code for these apps.
Virtual Motivation for Women - see how you look as you lose weight

Visual Motivation for Men - see how you look as you lose weight
Please tell me if you want the male or female version of this app or both. I can make this offer good until Monday December 8th or until the promo codes run out. I will post here if I run out of codes. Thanks and cheers!