Yes it’s now upon us, 2017 has arrived with all those usual rituals of its early days….
Yip, those RESOLUTIONS we’re expected to make to be fitter, thinner, drink less, healthier, stop smoking………
The adverts from the weight loss industry already started on boxing day, which have now cranked up several notches ahead of the New Year’s resolutions deadline – abs of steel, diet programmes, replacement meals and shakes, celebrity-endorsed fad and crash diets, celebrity endorsed fitness DVD’s. It’s hard not to get sucked in by it all, I have too in days gone by!
So…… before you pay some pounds for the privilege of losing some pounds, here are some tips for a happy, healthy and fad-free new year!
The man in this video talks sooooo much sense.
In the words of a community psychiatric nurse I used to work with (thanks Paul), ‘No one wakes up one day and decides to be an addict.’ Some 10 years later, I look back and realise, never a truer word said. When I think of the people I’ve encountered in my personal and professional life who have addictions, (drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, cake, cheese, chocolate, shoes, bags, sex......) they all have a story to tell; some more traumatised than others. To add to their traumatic life we often add the life-limiting stigma of the criminal justice system to their traumas too when alcohol and drugs take a hold.
Our whole approach to supporting people who encounter trauma in their lives requires a massive shake up.....
Buyer beware!!! There’s an ever growing number of people proclaiming they’re experts in various areas. As you may expect, the 2 that concern me most are those people claiming to be experts in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and nutrition
our health is our MOST IMPORTANT asset, so why do so many people hand it over to people who aren’t highly qualified or appropriately experienced in this field?
You may have heard grand sounding title's similar to these:
I was at a meeting last week championing the physical health and wellbeing of people with serious mental illness through their food choices. Trying to highlight that the types and quantities of food we eat has a huge influence on our physical and mental health. Drawing to the attention of those in the meeting that a high percentage of people with serious mental illness die 15 – 20 years younger than the general population, much of which, with better support and lifestyle education, could be avoided.
This made me realise that it looks like a large proportion of the population have forgotten the reason we need to eat food – it’s not just the calorie/energy value content of food and fluid, it contains all of the protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients our body needs to function in a way that optimises health and minimises the risk of ill-health.
I count myself very lucky to have a long and varied career that includes helping people lose weight and improve their health. During this time many people have asked the question “Why did my diet not work?” Many of the clients/patients I’ve worked with have followed one diet after another, often over decades; usually with the same results; any weight loss is regained, usually resulting in a weight heavier than the one they started with.
Weight loss is a complicated subject, that’s not just about eating less and moving more, our hearts and heads are in the mix too, but that’s a topic for another day…..
This is a quote from W. Clement Stone which I feel is an apt metaphor for the so-called small emotional traumas we encounter throughout life; for many, the source of life’s limiting beliefs, challenges and drivers which can oftentimes be the reasons behind emotional eating and symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. We dismiss these small traumas as unimportant, however for many of us these small traumatic events (hinges) stack up to swing large emotional doors (limiting beliefs) that block us and hamper our efforts to feel better, be better and do better……
"It’s not necessarily the specific event or situation that’s stressful, but the persons own emotional experience of it."