Let's Talk About Willpower

How many times have you been told that you can lose weight, you just need stronger willpower. You know, as long as you resist the temptation to eat cheese, chocolate, cake or carbs then you’ll be able to lose weight and sustain it for the rest of your life. Sounds pretty easy, right? Well maybe in theory it does. But how does it go in practice? Let’s have a look…

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Three Lifestyle Habits That Have Helped To Reduce My Anxiety

I hate change. It makes me anxious. I am somebody who loves living by a schedule and I become heavily reliant on routine. So, whenever I have gone through a period in my life when I knew I would experience a change of daily routine such as finishing university, changing jobs or even ending a relationship, I have experienced symptoms of anxiety. These symptoms include hot flushes and excessive sweating, a tight chest and difficulty breathing and a strange feeling where I can hear my own heart beating. Some of these symptoms last only a few minutes while others can last for days. This is why it was really important that I found effective strategies for minimising my anxiety so that it wouldn’t affect my day-to-day life. So here are my 3 lifestyle habits that can help me to keep anxiety at bay…

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3 Simple Ways to Ensure Healthy Eating all the Time, Without Getting Bored

During the week, I do my best to only eat home-made meals. That way, I always know exactly what I’m eating, I can avoid hidden nasty ingredients, and it saves me a lot of money. But, I am also very conscious of the fact that when life gets very busy, our allotted time for preparing healthy home-made meals flies straight out the window! In fact, one of the main reasons that people turn to ordering in take away during the week is due to a lack of time and energy. So, here are 3 tips to ensure you can always have healthy home-made dishes without having to spend too much time or energy organising it. 

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6 Ways to Detox Your Body Without Going on a Juice Cleanse

Lack of appetite, exhaustion, bloating, acne, PMS, high cholesterol, weight gain… these are just a few signs that your liver may not be functioning to its fullest potential. So, it may be time for a little detoxification. But, before you invest hundreds of dollars into the latest juice cleanse, why not make a few small changes in your diet and lifestyle first. I can guarantee it won’t cost nearly as much money, and it is far more sustainable than the short-term effects of a 5-day fast...

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How to Change your Mindset to Prevent Binge Eating

These days, binge eating is becoming more and more common. There are so many people who report experiencing such an overwhelming desire to over eat, they literally lose control. I believe this is very much a mental phenomenon which can be prevented by making small changes in our mindset regarding a binge. Here are some tips to alter the way we approach a binge so that we can consciously stop an indulgence from progressing to binge eating before it happens.

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Get Through the Festive Season without Compromising Your Health

The festive season is a time for enjoyment with family and friends. But this can often be laced with dread as we worry about the effects the food and alcohol is going to have on our bodies.  During a time when we want to feel energetic and confident, we are faced with parties and barbecue lunches all involving a plethora of food and drinks we wouldn’t usually consume. But never fear – here are my top tips to getting through the festive season without compromising your health

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How to Ensure your Next ‘Diet’ Becomes a Lifestyle Change

The definition of the word “diet”, as we know it, has evolved over time. It originates from the Greek word ‘diaita’, meaning ‘way of life’ or ‘daily habits’. Over the last century, this word “diet” has also come to represent something very different; it has morphed into a word that denotes restriction and deprivation. In fact, ‘diet’ is now listed in the Cambridge Dictionary as an adjective, used to describe food that has been modified from its original form so that it is reduced in sugar or fat, and often injected with artificial sweetener, like diet soft drink. Somehow, a word that was originally used to represent a lifestyle is now a word used to describe food that is no longer even real food. 

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How to Master the Supermarket

Supermarkets in today’s society hold a massive influence over the products we buy and the way we consume them. For many people, their weekly excursions to the supermarket are the only way food makes it into their homes. Therefore, the decisions made during those trips to the supermarket can guide and limit food choices for the rest of the week. So what is the best way to shop in the supermarket, and how can you ensure you’re setting yourself up for a week of healthy eating? Read on to find out my top 3 tips to tackling the supermarket…

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I'm A nutritionist And I Almost Always Order Dessert

Everybody has their weaknesses. For some it’s hot chips, for others it’s cheese. For me, it’s dessert. Whenever I’m out with friends, and the waiter comes to clear our table and asks whether we’d like to see the dessert menu, I always insist that we do before my friends can politely decline and request for the bill. Their most common response – “But you’re a nutritionist, you can’t have dessert!” You see, I’m not saying that everybody should indulge in a decadent dessert every night, but, when it comes to certain weaknesses within your diet (like desserts), there are two ways you can approach them:

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The Difference Between Satiation and Satisfaction, and Why They are Both So Important

Satiation is the physiological sensation of “fullness” we experience just after we’ve eaten. You know, that feeling you get that tells you to lie on the couch and unbutton your jeans after a big lunch? It has been scientifically proven that the most satiating macronutrient is protein. So, as long as your meal has a healthy dose of protein, you shouldn’t feel the need to eat for a while after, right? Well, technically, yes! But, what about those days when you’re “full” from eating a substantial meal, but you still crave that little something extra – maybe a sweet treat, or some hot chips? This occurs when you’re not feeling satisfied, even though you may very well be satiated. The fact is, humans don’t always just eat for satiation – if that were the case we’d all be the perfect weight! Humans also eat for the emotional experience; we crave certain tastes and textures and that warm fuzzy feeling that our mum’s Spaghetti Bolognese gives us every time we return home.

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Why Sleep is so Important for Weight Loss

So many clients who have come to see me for their first time sit across from me eagerly awaiting some revolutionary new-age advice that will help them to instantly get their life on track. And, while most of the advice that I give is in fact revolutionary and new-age, they are often left disappointed when I tell them to simply go home and sleep. From a young age our parents repeatedly told us that we had to sleep in order to grow big and strong. But was this just a ploy to get us out of their hair as early as possible every night or were they really onto something? Let’s find out…

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