So today I want to share with you a type of conversation I’m regularly drawn into where people ask for my “expert professional” opinion about the particular weight loss product or programme they’re following.
Are you sitting comfortably? Here goes…..
Once upon a time, not so long ago I was drawn into a conversation with 2 non-dietetic colleagues who were having a discussion about their plans around weight loss for the months ahead.
Like so many women, one of them had a ‘big event’ later in the year she needed to ‘look great for’, with the added motivation of ‘rubbing her ex-boyfriends nose in her “stunningness” when she’d shed her excess weight’
Like millions of women over the last 40’sh years she was looking forward to following a commercial weight loss group programme that she’d signed up to. This one offered her ‘a no-hunger’ eating plan that puts her in control of her weight loss, where she can eat as much ‘free food’ as she likes’
She turned to me and asked ‘that’s great isn’t it, how does that work’?
Most ‘free foods’ have an actual calorific value......
If you're one of the many making clean eating cakes and brownies and wondering why on earth you're weight isn't coming down, this information may give you some clues............
There's been lots of information in recent times about the changes to guidelines about the limits around the amounts of free-sugars we should all be consuming.
Where, over the last 2 years, several public health campaigns from Change4Life, in particular, have been hammering home the message.
At the same time many celebrities, with no relevant qualification in food and nutrition, have been describing sugar as poison and advocating and actively promoting recipes on that very subject where they’ve replaced sugar with ‘so called’ natural, raw, clean sugar alternative ingredients……….. Oh and by the way, now that they’ve told you about these other ‘natural alternatives’ to sugar they’re introducing you to their latest book which, just so happens to be available to buy at your local book store.
Sugar is NOT poison, we just need to be mindful about how much of it we consume, which is nothing new.
Are you like me and grateful that summer is now on its way, I hope! Did you know that vitamin D is now freely available to you from now until the end of September between 11 am – 3 pm.
Yes, in the UK, between 1st April and 30th September the UVA light from the sun is strong enough that when it strikes your exposed skin it triggers Vitamin D production by our body.
Important given that Vitamin, D which is a fat-soluble vitamin, is not naturally found in many foods, although some are now fortified with vitamin D. So even the most balanced, healthy diet cannot provide all of the Vitamin D your body needs.
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium for healthy bones and teeth. Even if you have a diet high in low fat and low sugar calcium-rich foods and drinks, without enough Vitamin D your body cannot use the calcium to build strong bones and teeth.
How on earth do you manage to connect all of these together Jennifer, I here you ask?
Well…..read on and all will be revealed!
It looked like spring was well and truly on its way until the beast from the east arrived on our doorsteps last week. My little ray of sunshine crocuses shining a beacon of light towards the warm days ahead were covered by billions of beautiful snowflakes that pretty much brought large parts of country to a standstill. Many, including me, snowed in at home and other poor souls stranded on roads up and down the country, where the kindness of neighbours, strangers and our fabulous emergency services and armed forces saved the day.
As usual the falling snowflakes brought many around the world to their knees laughing at us for being ‘snowflakes’ because of their perception about our inability to function in such circumstances. I have to confess that, as a hardy Scot, I’ve been known to enjoy a brief teeheehee when London is brought to a standstill when a couple of centimetres of snow falls. Of course last week was an entirely different kettle of fish, so no laughing involved this time around, HONEST!
For many of us we are used to setting goals in our careers that we work towards with, an often steely, determination. We have goals and aspirations for our children that we work our fingers to the bone to give them the best possible future. We are patient and measured in our approach to these aspects of our lives, realising that, for most, results don’t happen overnight. It takes sustained planning and persistence. Right?
However, when it comes to our health and wellbeing goals we get a bit woollier and less focused on the bigger picture, and the persistence required to keep our healthy lifestyle on track.
Whether its career or health goals, setting a plan that contains actions is essential for a clear road map to follow that drastically increases your chance of success.
Using these 6P’s for successful goal setting is a structure you can formulate a plan around that can significantly improve your chances of achieving your goals:
Passion for the goal you’re setting is vitally important. Choose a goal where you can fall in love with all of the steps and activities you need to undertake to achieve outstanding results in your life. If some of the steps feel onerous, then focus on the long term results you desire as this can help you overcome any struggles with the steps necessary to achieve your goal.
Love what you are doing and immerse yourself in the splendour of what you’re aiming to achieve, as this will keep your spirits high and keep you motivated to spur you on. Passionate people are motivated, enthusiastic, full of energy; completely committed to themselves and their lives. Why not make today the day you uncover, rekindle and enthusiastically live your true Passion.
Yes, 2018 is hurtling towards us filled with all those obligatory health and lifestyle rituals many pledge their allegiance to in the early days of January….
Yip, those RESOLUTIONS we’re expected to make to be fitter, thinner, drink less, healthier, stop smoking………
The adverts from the weight loss industry usually start on boxing day, and crank 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…..
Jennifer's passion and purpose in life is to support women who get so down on themselves and at the end of their rope because they’ve followed one diet after another and still haven’t achieved the long term weight loss they’re looking for to reach a body weight they are truly happy with while enjoying real, nutritious, family-friendly foods.