Category Archives for Diet

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step

A familiar Chinese proverb is ‘A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step’. This saying teaches that even the longest and most difficult ventures have a starting point; something which begins with one first step.1  We’re all familiar with the feeling of making a decision and wanting (even expecting?) an immediate result. […]

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Could you drop a dress or belt size in 6 weeks?

There’s a popular idea that fast weight loss leads to fast regain, so why would you want quick results that promise you can drop a dress or belt size in 6 weeks? Here’s the reality: fast weight loss is often achieved through variations on a “starvation” diet. You know the ones: eat lettuce for a […]

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Stop the Weight Loss Struggle

If ever you’ve faced your own weight loss struggle and not achieved your desired results, it’s likely that you’ve blamed yourself for lack of willpower or poor discipline, and thought that you’re doomed to carrying those extra kilos for life. Believe it or not, losing weight is not so hard if you have the right […]

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Finding Balance

I saw a fun Facebook post this morning: a cartoon image of a woman following a balanced diet. On one arm of her armchair was a box of milk chocolates and one the other arm was a box of dark chocolates. Sure, it’s balance in one sense and if her top priority is boosting the […]

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“I’m on a low carb diet and I miss bread.”

“I’m on a low carb diet and I miss bread.” There, I’ve said it. It sounds a bit like the declarations made at the 12-step programs that help people overcome addictions. There’s something about the smell, the spongy texture, and the slatherings of delicious toppings that make bread such a popular food. Of course, I’m […]

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Spring cleaning for weight loss

This weekend is it. Spring cleaning time. Don’t groan and stop reading – it’s a perfect opportunity. Sure, it’s an opportunity to get rid of things you no longer want or need, but this is thinking about ‘stuff’ that’s lying around or cluttering your household. Instead, think about your spring cleaning as an opportunity to […]

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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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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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