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Nikalene Riddle Skinnymixers Healthy Thermomix Recipes

A few of you have asked to see more of my before/after weight loss photos, and I made a promise earlier this year that I would share more, as well as my story. Today I discovered that I now fit into my littlest sisters size 10 jeans (pictured below!), and yesterday I reached a HUGE 37kg lost since starting Skinnymixers – so I thought that there was no time like the present 🙂 While I don’t see myself as the ‘inspirational’ or ‘motivational’ type, so many of you have reached out over the past two years to share that I have contributed towards better health, weight loss and a happy home that I have come to the realisation that sometimes it’s not the stereotypical inspirational types that people find motivating, but rather everyday people like me.

Over the past year I have gained and lost the same 5kg probably 20 times, had complete melt downs over my weight and have denied myself my health by choosing to ignore my body when it was telling me that I wasn’t treating it right… but most of all, I have taken some huge steps towards fixing ME. I still don’t have it all figured out and I have no delusions that it’ll be an easy ride from here either. I still have around 10kg to lose to have a healthy amount of fat for my body type and I really, REALLY need to figure out how the hell to enjoy exercise and make it part of my daily (not yearly) routine. It’ll take a miracle to fix that one.

I know many of you will ask ‘how’, and honestly there isn’t any one answer. It’s been a lot of little things combined and I firmly believe that there isn’t a one size fits all to weight loss like many of the peddlers will have you believe. So while I will run through what I have done, what it boils down to is a) reducing my portion sizes, b) knowledge, c) sheer willpower and d) starting a Healthy Thermomix Recipes facebook group where 100,000 people watch what I eat LOL. While not everyone can manage, I believe that the other 3 things apply to any sort of diet or lifestyle choices we make.

I have lost the bulk of my weight by doing the Changing Habits ‘4 phase fat elimination protocol’. You can read more about it over on the changing habits website. Essentially, it’s a version of the HCG protocol which is centred on extremely rapid weight loss by eliminating foods which are inflammatory from your diet. It’s often used as a way of figuring out which foods might be causing health expressions like eczema and migraines too. The protocol is what helped me figure out my portion sizes. It’s really bloody hard for the first 5 days and 98% of my friends and family who have decided to give it a go because they’ve seen how great it worked for me can’t hack it. It’s not because they don’t want it bad enough, it’s because it isn’t the option for them. While many people might look at this as a failure, I see it as a positive thing – they gave it a go, and they now have one less ‘diet’ to try… which means they’re one step closer to finding the ‘one’.

As I mentioned, the protocol teaches you which foods your body does/doesn’t tolerate… which is where the willpower comes into it for me. Having this knowledge has been SO powerful for me in sustaining my weight loss. I bet there are a few judgemental know it all’s out there no doubt thinking ‘well of course eating hungry jacks is bad for you and that’s why you were fat’ – but what about raw tomato? What about cauliflower? These foods that people think are healthy and good for you, my body really doesn’t like. Having the knowledge of what will happen if I eat a raw tomato salad means that I can make an informed choice about it.

Before I tried the protocol, I was what people call ‘paleo’ now, and I had a generally healthy diet… I was just eating too much and some of the foods I was eating just weren’t working for me. I had lost about 10kg just by making the switch to grain free/dairy free/refined sugar free, but I had plateaued. I tried a few different things like weight watchers/calorie counting – all with very limited, unsustained success. Then I had this brilliant idea to start a healthy thermomix recipe and lifestyle group, and the rest (including the 37kg) is history.

10983260_10152798675318533_4146387719015966052_o People sometimes ask why I coined the name ‘Skinnymixers’ when my recipes aren’t even ‘healthy’ – I challenge those people to broaden their perspective on what ‘healthy’ is, and understand that their view of ‘healthy’ might not necessarily work for someone else. I will continue to release recipes that help me in my weight loss efforts, but that also fit inside the gigantic diet spectrum – all the way from low calorie to high fat.

I hope that sharing a little bit of my story has helped fill in a bit of history for those of you who haven’t been following my group or blog since day 1. If I’ve inspired anybody to make even one small change towards health, then perhaps the fear and shame associated with sharing photos like this, that no one else has seen before, becomes irrelevant.

Love Nik xx

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Please note: http://changinghabits.skinnymixers.com is my affiliate page, although I am a new affiliate of this program, I have used it with great success for over a year before becoming an affiliate.

  1. I love how authentic you are to yourself and your followers Nik. Bravo for staying true to yourself even with 40+K followers.
    I’ve followed you for along time and your transformation is amazing and you’re also the reason why I went down the CH HCG path. A million thanks beautiful lady 👄

  2. WOW WOW WOW you are such an inspiration and you are glowing and look so much more alive. I had been researching Changing Habits and stumbled across your Blog journey by accident, and you took some of the confusion out of the whole lifestyle change. I’m now on my journey R1P2D8 5kgs down plenty to go but people already say that I look good my facial skin is clearer and OMG the bloating has gone gone gone – thankyou for being an inspiration and I just commented on your facebook to maybe think about cook books for HCG P2 and P4 to make the journey easier for other people – I’ve used some of your recipes that you have converted and just eliminated the items that are not P2 compliant – once again thank you for what you do – LUV your work

  3. Phenomenal journey. I can see the confidence on your face after becoming skinny. I am struggling to lose weight. Hopefully, I will look as beautiful as you one day.

  4. Hi Nik,
    You really are an inspiration & thanks for sharing your story xxxoo
    Without your Facebook group & blog I would never of thought to try changing habits or considered a non calorie / vigorous exercise option which I have completed & succeed short term before but could never “stick it out”.
    Your group & blog including receipies & group support have kept strong & inspired!
    Keep up the excellent work ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️😀

  5. You’ve been an inspiration to me from day dot! I’m always cooking your recipes and everyone just loves them – for that I thank you!!! Loved reading this and good on you for sharing photos that no one has seen. You are awesome Nik! Congrats on your weight loss and all the best for the rest of your journey 🙂

  6. Hi Nik,
    This is the first time I have visited your site. My Mum’s friend told me about your site (I just purchased a Thermomix) as you have the best butter chicken ever and after tasting it I completely agree. Even my my fussy eating children love it! Thank you!
    The main reason I am writing this comment is to Thank you for sharing your story. and your photos! It makes it more real for us on the other side the computer who are struggling with our own journeys. Keep writing about your journey, your struggles and achievements as does inspire people. I love you said it is about finding what “diet” works for your body.
    I have to lose 20-25kg to be back in the healthy body fat range and thanks to your story I will now do some research on Change Habits. If it’s not for me then, to quote you, “I am one step closer the one that will”.

    Thank you!


    1. Isn’t it just the best butter chicken?!!! I’ve made it twice now for two big Buffett style family events and it always the first dish to be “cleaned out”!

  7. Loved reading about your journey!. You really are an inspiration to so many of us that have difficulty losing weight and often struggle keeping it off. I have been a devoted fan since day 1 and am proud to have watched you evolve into the amazing recipe developer, mentor and wealth of knowledge that you have become. I look forward to continuing to watch your journey as you go forward onto, no doubt , bigger and better things xx

  8. thanks Nik for sharing your story. I have done the 4 Phase Protocol 3 times now, not very well the third time ha ha, don’t think my head was in the game ha ha. But I lost 16 kgs and feel great. I still have about 10 to 20 kg to go depends how hard I want to be ha ha. I love that your recipes are so great for that protocol. And I now cook food that we love to eat nearly everyday. I had gotten into a rut and just wasn’t cooking much at all. Just your basic meat and veg, it is so exciting having recipes that suit my way of eating now. You look fantastic and good luck for the rest of you journey finding you!!!!!! Thank you thank you

  9. What an inspiration you are! The change is unbelieveable! I too am a HCGer and enjoy cooking up your recipes. Thank-you just doesn’t seem to cut-it for what you do for all of us Skinnymixers……xx

  10. Great story….hopefully it will inspire others to follow you! Keep up the amazing work as no doubt you will live a much longer life as a result of it plus others are benefiting from it too in your great recipes.

  11. Thank you for sharing your story Nik. It must be weird that people always ask you your ‘secret’ when in truth, everyone has to find their own secret. I’m hoping I find mine soon. You have helped me to think differently about how my path can be changed. “If it is to be it is up to me”

  12. Your amazing Nik! A big yay to the skinny jeans. Hot stuff!
    Can definitely see you’re much happier with yourself now. You’ve come so far.

  13. You are amazing in so many ways. It is lovely seeing the before and after photos and seeing the cheeky glint in your eye now that wasn’t there before!

    Thank you

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