About Laura Banks Health & Lifestyle Coach

I would like to tell you a little bit about me and my journey in to the lifestyle I currently have.

I used to be a processed food junkie with not a lot of get up and go. It wasn’t until my 21st birthday (a 3 week trip to Vegas and a 1 stone weight gain) that I realised something needed to change. I assumed like many others I was eating fine and the reason I was always on the larger side for my own comfort was my big bones and lack of metabolism…………………………….Well turns out that is not the case, eating a whole lot of processed food, big portions and leading a very sedentary lifestyle would get you there.

 

I first adapted the low fat diet for my sins, along side some exercise, yes this got the weight off to start but I always would find I was famished, exhausted, irritable and would be more inclined to binge eat at regular intervals. At this stage I was not a personal trainer, it was not until I became a trainer and surrounded myself with awesome people in the industry who knew their stuff I realised my undoing.

Low fat diets are bad, they are not nutritious and they are very high in sugar and chemicals. The body needs real food (needs good fats) to function, food that has grown from the ground, from a tree, flew, ran and swam. Back to basics with good old fashioned cooking from scratch and not eating anything processed and from a packet. The changes for me were amazing and I had already been in the industry a while thinking I knew best and wondering why I was hitting plateaus with clients no matter how hard I trained them.

So now my approach is healthy/natural nutrition, flexibility, bodyweight training, strength training and High Intensity Interval Training. It has worked for me and all my clients to date, it is proven so why would it not work for you??? Everyone is different and there is always a personable approach for everyone. Nutrition, lifestyle and mind set are very important, above training I would say. Movement is a must indeed but you do need to work outside the scope of just exercise, this alone will not set you up for a healthy lifestyle, burn out but not health.

That is how I got to where I am now. I do enjoy my job and I like helping others succeed in their goals to realise what living life really is about. Why go through life tired, unhappy, in pain and ill all the time when you can be so much more.

Here it is from a woman who knows where you are coming from, has been there and been through all the diets, exercise crazes and frustration.

I am passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle but I also like to enjoy life. I think a balanced lifestyle is very important. You should be able to enjoy food, socialising with family/friends and indulging occasionally without the guilt and it being detrimental to the waistline. I do enjoy exercising and being healthy but I also enjoy the odd tipple and 3 course meal out. This is fine as long as you are mindful of how often this is happening. Lead a healthy lifestyle 80-90% of the time and it allows for this. You should not have to lead a ridged life where you are scared to miss a training session or eat outside of the scope of your usual food. This is not healthy for your body or your mind, I have learned this on my journey and I want to share this with everyone so you can truly take good care of your mental and physical health.

All it took was time, dedication, commitment and a drive to be the best form of myself. I can help you on your personal journey and I promise it will be a great learning experience about yourself and fun.