Habits, support, and weight loss

Habit change is hard, there’s no doubt about it. Habits develop for a very good reason: to make our lives easier. Take away the ease that a habit brings, and life becomes more difficult. The habit might be as simple as which shoe you put on first, or which arm is on top when you […]

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5 tips to make regular exercise easier

Looking at Halle Berry’s 10-minute lunchtime workout got me thinking: if it only takes 10 minutes to look as gorgeous as Ms Berry, why don’t we all take the time? Answer: It’s hard. Achieving results is not easy. Doing one session is easy enough, but turning up regularly and putting in the effort needed? That’s […]

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Losing weight: sabotage or support.

Most people have tried to lose a few kilos. Whether the desired weight loss is for health, comfort, or aesthetic purposes, it’s easy to start full of hope and motivation, only to have saboteurs stop you in your tracks. Sometimes the saboteurs are internal, and others they’re external. Internal Self-talk Think about encouraging a friend […]

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Can mindfulness influence your weight?

“We are frequently in error but rarely in doubt.” Our previous education, learning and experiences lead us to believe that our circumstances are set. Mindfulness studies suggest that these beliefs are not true; that we are unnecessarily limiting our potential for growth. Ellen Langer is a Harvard psychology professor – and very entertaining speaker – […]

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Getting Organised: Meal Prep

I admit that I’m a real fan of meal prep. What’s not to love about getting home late from work, pulling a semi- or fully-prepared meal out of the fridge, heating it up, and eating it? It’s actually faster – and more comfortable on a cold wet night – than stopping for take away. I […]

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Exercise: what it can and what it won’t do

The prevalence of sedentary behaviour in women increases as they age, with over one third of all women engaging in no exercise1. Add to that the levels of low exercise that also increase with age, and we have more than two-thirds of all women failing to engage in adequate weekly exercise. Is it a coincidence […]

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Avoiding winter weight gain

Winter weight gain. Let’s not worry about what we eat or drink, or whether we hibernate on the sofa during winter, we’ll fix all the problems as soon as the weather improves. Sound familiar? It’s too cold. It’s wet. It gets dark so early. We know all the excuses, but in reality, that’s all they […]

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Carb Tolerance – What’s Yours?

For the past 40 plus years, the blame for the ever-expanding waistlines in Western populations has been placed on dietary fat. This spawned industries promoting everything from low-fat diets, low-fat foods including junk foods promoted as being healthy, and medication to prevent the body absorbing fat. And what has happened to the population in that […]

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Smile: it’s good for your health

We all smile when we see a baby smiling, and we laugh when we hear a child with full belly laugh. The contagious nature of smiles and laughter are great for social bonding: they can start a friendship, ease social tension, and spread happiness. Smiles and laughter are also good for our health. Susannah Schaefer, […]

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Reduced-sugar products – still too much?

The low-fat influence had consumers selecting foods with reduced fat compared to the regular version. It was marketing brilliance that tapped into the concerns of the population. There were two problems with this: the first was that often the amount of fat reduced was minimal; and the second was that removing fat also removed flavour, […]

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