Category Archives for Diet

Do you start a diet then break the rules?

It’s common that many people who want to lose weight actually don’t want to be told what do. As soon as they have rules or guidelines in front of them, they dig in their heels. One of our coaches had this exact issue during the week. Trying to tell the person what or how much […]

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You won’t find milk at the hardware store

If you have a really important goal in mind, one of the hardest things to learn is that you have to stop going to the hardware store for milk. Of course, nobody goes to the hardware store for milk – they don’t even sell milk, after all – but it’s common that we do look […]

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Doctors to prescribe vegetables?

It’s interesting to see the news items that appear in social media feeds. Today’s offering: an article from an agriculture magazine in the Philippines. “Doctors may soon be prescribing vegetables instead of drugs to prevent disease”. (Note the word ‘prevent’: this is not suggesting that existing treatments would change when the disease is present.) What […]

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Winter skin

Have you ever noticed how your lips get chapped and your skin gets dry in winter? It doesn’t have to be like this, yet we just accept it and get on with our lives. If we don’t just accept it, that means there must be something we can do about it, right? We used to […]

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Your weight is a problem? Perhaps you’re using the wrong solution

Many people want to lose weight but, despite knowing all the things they’re doing wrong, still don’t change. What’s going on? You may not know that only around 6% of the population consistently engage in the top five health behaviours. Or that only 8% of people follow through with their New Year’s resolutions, or that […]

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14 Reasons to Stop Counting Calories

Our mothers did it, and likely we all did it. Just about every woman carrying even a small amount of extra weight has done it. Count calories. It’s a monumental waste of effort and opportunity. At dietflex, we focus on food, not calories. Let us explain why. Counting calories started with the simple premise that […]

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Dealing with stress

A friend (let’s call her Cheryl) was talking about a recent birthday party she had hosted. Catering for the birthday child, parents, in-laws, vegans, and miscellaneous guests took its toll. The party ended at around midnight; finally, a chance to take a breath and relax. Cheryl’s ever-loving husband kindly poured her a glass of wine […]

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What happened to our weight – and what to do about it

If you’re over the age of 50 and think back to your primary school days, you’ll be hard-pressed to remember a child who was overweight. Move forward a few years: was high school any different? Chances are that overweight barely existed in that generation and all that came before. In the 1960s and 1970s, it […]

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I just want to get rid of my betty/butt/thighs”

It’s the catch-cry of people everywhere. For the more Rubenesque, simply losing weight might be the goal, but often the last few kilos present a ‘problem’. Why is it that people can lose weight really effectively and reach their healthy goal, only to be discouraged by still having a ‘problem area’? There are a few […]

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Looking after your microbiome

Everything we eat  and drink— from probiotic yogurt to donuts to a pork chop — has an effect on the microbes that live in our bodies, which, in turn, have an effect on our health. The microbiome is made up of trillions of microbes, and these microbes need food. If you eat a lot of food that one […]

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