Enjoying Seasonal Eating

In many cultures traditional celebrations are based around food and drink, and why not? Food is a great way to bring people together, share and socialise. Think of Christmas parties, Chinese New Year, barbecues, birthdays, bar mitzvahs, Eid-ul-Adha, Diwali, Easter, dinner parties, leaving dos, family occasions. Yes, they all involve eating and drinking, don’t they? At Christmas, for example, we tend to put on an average of 0.5 – 1 kg. This can be hard to lose at that cold time of year. Seasonal eating is often used as an excuse for weight gain. The more food on show, the
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Eating Healthily Can Reduce Stress

The main reason some people accumulate more fat around their middle than others is specifically because of the action of the stress hormone cortisol. How can eating healthily influence this? Millions of years ago, our bodies were designed to react quickly to danger. We were on constant alert so we could run, freeze or fight if threatened. When your brain thinks your life is in danger it stimulates the release of adrenaline and cortisol. This fight or flight response is incredibly efficient and it provides instant energy for 5-10 minutes allowing you to react quickly to dangerous situations. These days,
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The Importance of Portion Size for Weight Loss

“My diet is so healthy; I don’t know why I’m so overweight”, is something I hear often. We are all bombarded with health messages: “eat your 5 a day”, “move more, eat less” and we often comply with these and think we are being healthier. Something we don’t always think about is exactly how much we do eat. Our expectations with regard to portion size have changed so much over the years. Who’s old enough to remember the 80’s? Remember the New Romantics and Nouvelle Cuisine? The frilly shirts and the huge plates and miniscule portions? Unfortunately, we kept the
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The Effects of Sugar on Our Body

Sugar is always in the news these days, isn’t it? Why is it sometimes demonised? Who doesn’t like the sweet taste of sugar, whether it is honey, processed foods or a lovely homemade cake? Read on to find out how to avoid eating too much sugar and the effects of sugar on our bodies. What experts say about the effects of sugar “When we eat refined sugar e.g. cane sugar, vitamins and minerals are drawn from the body in order to transform it into useable energy. This process requires minerals such as magnesium, zinc and iron. In addition, vitamins such
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What is Mindful Eating?

Mindfulness is a buzz word at the moment. We hear it everywhere, but what does it really mean? And can mindful eating help with weight loss? “Mindfulness is the awareness that emerges through paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally to things as they are. It allows us to see clearly whatever is happening in our lives” This definition is by Jon Kabut-Zinn, the man who brought Eastern meditation to the Western academic community and into the mainstream. We spend so much of our lives on auto-pilot, not really noticing how we feel
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Gastric Band Hypnotherapy, can it work?

With obesity becoming an ever-increasing problem, people consider various alternatives for losing weight. The variety of weight control programmes available on the market is incredible and it’s hard to really know what works and what doesn’t. It’s not that diet plans aren’t effective, it’s generally because people don’t have the will power or go back to those old habits. Using actual gastric band surgery, where a band is secured around the stomach, reducing its capacity and therefore reducing the quantity of food it is possible to consume per meal, is an attempt to decrease their urge for food over time.
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Why the Hypnotic Gastric Band Works

Are you fed up with dieting?  Do you know it doesn’t work, because you keep having to diet again and again?  Are you looking for a solution? Have you heard of the Hypnotic Gastric Band? What is the Hypnotic Gastric Band? The Hypnotic Gastric Band is a process that focuses on that part of your mind that is holding you back; your subconscious.   We are bombarded with information on how to lose weight.  We know that we need to move more and eat less, but there is that part somewhere in the back of our minds that can hold us
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