Category Archives for Diet

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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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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Is your juice choice a healthy option?

If you’ve been to a shopping centre lately, you will almost certainly have noticed the queues of people at the juice stands, waiting for their healthy meal or snack to be blended and served. You’re probably also aware of the growing numbers of people concerned about sugar intake, and the push toward the introduction of […]

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You Do You

There’s a saying that’s gaining popularity. It’s associated with the growing movement of avoiding comparison with others, and avoiding the judgements so often applied when the behaviour or choices of someone else are different to your own. The saying? “You do you”. The strength of “You do you” is in the understanding that what’s right […]

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