Us and Them!

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We hear a lot about the environment ruining our health.

We hear a lot about the way that humans do not take care of the environment, and how it is ruining the state of the planet.

We blame the Food companies, Pharmaceutical companies, the Government, our doctors and on and on.

Always “Them” but how often do we look at “Us?”

But how willing are we to do something about it?

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Take health for example.

In the days of the internet, thousands of books, television and newspapers, we have all the information and knowledge that is available to us, yet many people just sit and claim that their ill health is someone else’s fault.

Claims are made that they are confused with conflicting advice. “They say one thing one minute and another the next” is heard so often in conversations.

Even articles in the newspaper can be confusing as we read them. Just this week I read an article on a new book about gut flora and obesity. Part of the article was to say that beer can be good, and the writer would have said something along the lines that beer has plenty of flora in it.

But the journalist then made his own little extra box, with the headline. “Good news; beer is ok!” and went on to say that wine and beer are healthy. Many people would not bother to find out what that was all about and claim that the paper said that it is ok for us drink alcohol.

The point that I am making here is that we all need to do our own research using the tools that I mentioned earlier.

You might then say that all this information can still be confusing.

I agree. So what to do?

Look within!

We have been given by nature and God, the ability to use our own wisdom and judgment. These days He has given us some fantastic tools to go along with that. Do you ever get a gut feeling about something?

You may be reading, or watching television, and you get this feeling that something is not quite right.

I bet that before now you have been talking to someone and you know that they are lying. Where do you think that feeling comes from? It is commonly known as our Gut feeling, or instinct or intuition. I have heard it called discernment too.

Or even more importantly how far within ourselves are we willing to look?

How willing are we to think, really think, about what could be the answer?

Do we just sit back and let others tell us what to do?

Do we just jump on the next seemingly good idea that comes along?

Then blame “them” when the diet fails, or we cannot stick to our new healthy way of living.

Another idea that springs to mind is the story of a famous runner, whose name escapes me, who, years ago encouraged many to take up jogging, then died of a heart attack. So many people then gave up running or would not take it up because it seemed that running was dangerous.

How many of those people actually bothered to find out the facts themselves?

Most of us have the ability to find out for ourselves what the truth is.

Then to follow our intuition about what is right for each one of us. Therein lies the key! We are all different and have different needs.

Not just on a level of “That sounds good, I’ll try that.”  But by finding out for ourselves and using our intuition.

So are you going to find out what is the truth and be conscious about your choice?

I will examine where consciousness comes into it on another blog. But maybe this one will give you food for thought.

You have the inner ability and wisdom to find out for yourself what is right for you!

 

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Willpower or Addiction?

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SodDietingAccording to Dictionary.com the definition of Willpower is;

Control of one’s impulses and actions; self-control (noun)

The definition of Addiction is; 

The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming such as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.(noun) 

So if you are struggling with problems of feeling out of control, and are wondering what it is that is keeping you in this trap of unhealthy habits, perhaps it is not a matter of will power.

You may make a decision that you are going to eat healthily, give up smoking, give up alcohol, or come off certain addictive drugs.

You  have used your will power to make the decision. 

Then you have to tackle the addiction.

Giving up smoking, alcohol (if you have become aware of a problem in your life with this substance) and drugs is certainly not easy.

I have been through giving up smoking and coming off anti-depressants. 

I tackled them with recognising the problems they were causing me. (Decision to use will power)

Then I was forced to recognise that  will power on it’s own was not enough, I was addicted!

I had to recognise this because of the pain I experienced when stopping.

After a lot of struggle and difficulty I did it. But I had support from the GP and certain nicotine aids.

I recognised that I had an addiction that needed to be changed.

But there is another problem that society is not getting to grips with.

FOOD ADDICTION!

You can get help and support for coming off drugs, alcohol and smoking, but are you getting support for the food addiction?

The folllowing is a typical scenario.

You have been told to eat more healthily. The reasons may be varied, such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes or certain bowel disorders just for a start.

You may get more appointments to see the practice nurse, diabetes clinician, or even a dietician. But they are for the illness or disease.

Most times the professional does not recognise that you have an addiction to food! They believe that it is all in the mind and you just have to use willpower!

Which brings us back to what I was saying about willpower and addiction.

The decision to eat in a healthy way lies with you! No one else can make this decision for you.

Now comes the hard bit. Everyone is giving you different advice, the media, friends, diet books, the NHS or other government bodies. No-one can agree with what is best. When you go back to the nurse or clinician, you feel a failure because you have not stuck to the diet!

There you are in the middle and don’t know where to turn.

But even with all the advice in the world you are still not being recognised as a FOOD ADDICT.

Yes, there is such a thing.

Yes, you will have withdrawal symptoms when you give up sugar, and all the other junk that is in a product that is called food, but actually is not real food!

No! It is not just a matter of willpower!

So the secret is to recognise the ADDICTION, Own it and ask yourself what help you are going to get?

As a Life Coach specialising in helping to change your thinking around food, and lifestyle choices I can help.

I cannot cure you, or make the decision for you. I will not tell you what to do.

But I can guide you in the right direction, help you to find resources and be a mentor in your day to day experiences.

MOST OF ALL I CAN HELP YOU TO RECOGNISE RESOURCES WITHIN YOURSELF THAT YOU ARE UNAWARE OF. 

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Getting the Balance Right

 

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We hear so much these days about people’s ideas of what is good to eat, and what is not.

  • Eat meat; Don’t eat meat.
  • Low Carbohydrate; Base your meal on starchy foods.
  • High protein; Too much protein is not good.
  • Eat Grains; Don’t eat grains.
  • Saturated fat is good; Saturated fat is bad.
  • No Alcohol; Have a glass of red wine every day.

So it continues. No wonder that people are confused eh?

Are you confused? Well I am here to tell you that you don’t need to be.

Look once and for all to see what suits you.

The basis of a good healthy diet is to eat only foods that have not been processed, refined, added to, adulterated in any way and organic where possible.

As soon as you do this, then your body will start to recover from all the junk that you have been putting into it.

Get used to reading labels to see what ingredients are present.

Buy as locally as possible.

Base your meals on pure food.

From there you can start to build up a way of eating that will suit you, the individual, for life.

THERE IS NO ONE DIET THAT SUITS ALL!

We all have different nutritional needs, and we need to find out what those needs are.

This way, we will keep control of our weight, age healthily and nourish our body in a way that is sustainable.

You can find out more by reading my book “Design Your Own Diet”

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This book is useful for anyone who is interested in eating in a healthy way, whether your issue is weight, Type 2 Diabetes, self-image, Nutrition, limiting beliefs or changing how you think.

It is also useful if you just want to find out how to eat to keep you healthy as you age. Ageing does not have to be negative. Don’t just sit back and take pot luck.

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Why Dont We Get It?

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WE ARE WHAT WE EAT!

WE EAT WHAT WE ARE!

Which ever way you put it, it boils down to what we eat affects our health.

But how many of us are just failing to get the message?

Are you aware that what you eat affects everything in  your body?

You probably know that it affects your heart, your weight, and your arteries.

But there is more to you than that! 

What you eat also affects your eyes. Macular degeneration can be kept at bay by eating plenty of green leafy vegetables for example.

Your brain, there is evidence that Alzeimers disease can be kept at bay by avoiding refined and junk type foods and too much sugar. 

Arthiritis. Do you know that arthritis can be kept under control by not eating wheat!

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Research it, you will be surprised what you find.

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The point is, dont just think of the obvious things that “THEY” are always telling you about. Think of the effects of a bad diet on

YOUR WHOLE BODY!

Want to find a way of eating that suits you and is healthy?

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How to Spot the Best Diet.

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This book has been compiled of 25 diets that are the best known, and most of them either the author or someone she knows has tried them.

Keep it handy as a reference for when you feel like perhaps a change of diet would work. Sometimes our bodies fall into being too familiar with what we are doing and a jolt or a change does our psychological and physical health some good.

At the same time though, it is good to know which ones are most nutritious, long lasting and can be used for indefinite periods, with the odd tweak to allow for special occasions and treats. We just simply cannot be expected to go through life never allowing ourselves to join in celebrations and special occasions, without feeling left out, deprived and then end up bingeing or depressed or both.

I must admit to a bit of bias on my part, as now that I have done so much research into why diets do not work for various reasons, and experienced personally what does work, then I am afraid that there may be some remarks which may leave you wondering. So I have left some recommended reading material at the end of the book, so that you can do your own research.

This is written as far as I can without bias or prejudice, yet bearing in mind that I have been on most of the diets in this book and over my forty years as a Chronic Dieter, I am speaking from experience and if not my own then the experience of people that I know who have tried them. Particularly from clients in my Weight Management Life Coaching service.

Something you may notice as you read through is that a few of these diets consist of “Real Food” and I have mentioned that they are what I eat. The reason for this is that diets consisting of “Real Food” tend to be similar and they are the best route to go down.

This is a handy reference book for those moments when you are desperate to lose weight, but you want to know the best way to find long lasting results.

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Would Your Own Diet Work?

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Hi folks.

Research is finding that people who sucessfully lose weight and keep it off, are those who do it in a way to fit in with their own needs.

Just a reminder that you can learn how to make up a diet that will suit you for life.

This will:

Fit in with your own lifestyle

Include your favourite foods

And your own set of rules 

You will learn about the importance of including the right nutrients.

How counting calories is futile.

And you canJust buy the book from Amazon Kindle. The best few pounds you will ever have invested.

What have you got to lose except STRUGGLING!

THIS COULD BE YOUR FIRST STEP IN THE JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES!!

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How to Design Your Own Diet.

 

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Research is finding that more people  succeed in losing and maintaining their weight when they make their own rules and find their own way to do it.

Because most diets are laid out in a way that do not take into consideration that; 

EVERYONE IS UNIQUE!

When a person can design their own diet, then they can take their own individual needs and lifestyle into consideration.

However, what they also need is the knowledge to know how to nourish themselves properly and which foods will be both healthy and suit their tastes too.

 Taking into account foods that will either encourage their weight management

For the rest of their life, not just for the duration of the diet!

So if you want to look at how you can design your own diet, read my book. 

This is a simple but effective little online course that will help you to find your way through the diet maze.

It includes;

  • Why you need to diet
  • Looking at your lifestyle and how you can choose a diet to suit that.
  • What does food mean to you?
  • How to improve your self-esteem and self-image
  • How to find the wisest way to shop.

You will be led  through finding the right advice, books to read, and

  Authors and researchers who know their stuff!

GO AHEAD AND GIVE IT A GO

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO LOSE EXCEPT PERHAPS SOME WEIGHT?

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT TO GAIN EXCEPT A CUNNING PLAN!

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Obesity Among Young British Women.

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Obesity among young British women is the worst in Europe.

A programme on British Television on 4th September 2014, investigated this phenomenon.

I am not going to be among those people who blame the women!

 They have had enough of that already.

The people that I would blame though are the ones who seem to be ignoring the truth!

We are constantly hearing the mantra Eat Less and Do More

If it was that simple, we would not now be in the midst of such a mess. 

There are now many studies, books and papers, showing that controlling your weight is not just about calorie counting and getting more exercise.

Do not get me wrong though.

Yes, it is healthy to be aware of your calorie intake, but not to be counting them and relying on this to control your weight.

Zoe Harcombe, Gary Taubes and John Briffa have researched this. So you can look this up for yourself.

Google it!

Also, it is healthy to keep active and to do certain exercises. But this will only tone you up and will not make you lose weight.

You have to walk a mile to burn 100 calories. Have you walked a mile lately?

Assuming that you are eating a healthy diet, then that would be the equivalent of an apple!          .

Imagine if you had a doughnut, which is laden with 400 calories, are you willing to walk 4 miles to burn that off?

And that is working under the assumption that the doughnut is the only thing you ate.

The surgeon being interviewed who was operating on these women, commented that surgery was the only answer.

Not true, my friends.

With a combination of;

  • Eating only real food, avoiding starchy, processed foods and anything with sugar in.
  • Looking at whether you could be intolerant to certain foods, or addicted to them.
  • Sorting out your beliefs and how you think

This could be the answer.

It is not easy, but it is certainly a better answer and it is a far better alternative to having your body cut up and taking away how nature designed our digestive system.

So sorry, but surgery is not the only answer.

If only the NHS and other Government bodies in other countries, would be more open to what we, the people who are working hard and have been there ourselves struggling with weight and food issues, have to say. Then we could all  move on.

But that’s politics for you!

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Is your BMI 27?

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If so did you know that before 1995, you would have been classed in the safe category?

Then along came a certain Professor Philip James, a specialist in Obesity, who with his team at the International Obesity Task Force, did an analysis of Insurance data. They found that apparently people who died an early death, before the second-world war, were up in the 25 BMI category. When they did the same with data with a British Insurance firm as far back as 1974, they found the same.

My Observation is that seems like very old data to be basing this sort of findings on.

Then the World Health Organisation and the American Federal Government Agency put it on the agenda, and the safe BMI category was lowered.

Then wham! Suddenly people, especially women became worried because they were overweight.

Before this change, they felt healthy, now suddenly they were classed as unhealthy.

In fact, it put an additional 29 million people at an unhealthy weight!

So one day these people were walking around apparently content with their looks and health and the next they were panicking because they were overweight.

Jacques Peretti in his programme “The Men Who Made Us Thin” in 2013 talked to Judith Stearn an expert in Nutrition and Vice President of the American Obesity Association, and she commented that suddenly women were feeling ugly because they were now classed as fat.

This created panic among women, and a Food industry who spotted the opportunity to create diet foods, and a Gigantic Diet Industry doubling its profits from 15 billion to 30 billion in ten years.

Has it made any difference do you think?

Have people managed their weight better?

Do you think that perhaps it may have had something to do with the fact that people went on diets un-necessarily, and their bodies started to preserve all the fat they could?

Then on top of that I can remember a certain brand of biscuits and cookies coming out that claimed that they were low fat, so we could eat as many as we like. What we did not realise was that they were full of sugar. Well, that’s another story, but it happened at around the same time as the new diet foods came about.

Someone said to me the other day that they did not see the need for people to go on diets, and why did we need all this advice?

They have got a point.

 Previous to 1995 there would have been a section of the population who would never have dreamt of going on a diet. 29 million of them perhaps?

Now, quite frankly we are in a mess. The advice that has been given to us is not working. Think of the eat less and do more mantra. Has that worked?

Time for us to take matters into our own hands, do our own research, be true to ourselves and decide for yourself what weight you are comfortable at, without the need to be constantly dieting and looking for the next brilliant diet to come along.

Bearing in mind that if you have an BMI of 27, you need not be classed as overweight!

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