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Festive Eating

Christmas dinner

Hypnosis for Health

Are you worried about over eating during the Festive season? Hypnotherapy can help you to say no to all those extra calories. As the Festive season fast approaches, you can begin to feel confidant about your attitude towards food at this time of year.

Keep your will power strong and say no to all that extra food keeping your weight under control, who wants that awful feeling of having to start all over again come the New Year?!

Try my Festive Eating Hypnosis Therapy, a single deeply relaxing therapeutic session to help you keep those extra Christmas kilos at bay.

90 minute session £85, recorded for your continuous help and support. Call or email to arrange your session. Regards Shelly 🙂


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Why we should drink water.

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Why should we have to drink so much water? You hear about it all the time, 1 litre, 2 litres per day. Bottled, sparkling, mineral, glaciar the types of water are endless and for something that comes relativley free from the tap, water companies make oodles of profit on it.

Unlike the snacks and sugar laden fizzy drinks that the manufacturers also push upon us, we really do need to consume water. At least two litres a day for optimum body performance. Buy why? Here a few reasons –

1. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature.

When you’re low on fluids, the brain triggers the body’s thirst mechanism. And unless you are taking medications that make you thirsty, you should listen to those cues and get yourself a drink of water, juice, milk, coffee — anything but alcohol. “Alcohol interferes with the brain and kidney communication and causes excess excretion of fluids which can then lead to dehydration,” (Guest)

2. Water Can Help Control Calories. For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesn’t have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help.

Food with high water content tends to look larger, its higher volume requires more chewing, and it is absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.

3. Water Helps Energise Muscles. Cells that don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. “When muscle cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work as well and performance can suffer,” says Guest.

4. Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good. Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. But don’t expect over-hydration to erase wrinkles or fine lines.

“Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration,’  “But once you are adequately hydrated, the kidneys take over and excrete excess fluids.” You can also help “lock” moisture into your skin by using moisturizer, which creates a physical barrier to keep moisture in.

5. Water Helps Your Kidneys. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine, explains Guest. “Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate,” he says.

When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions.

If you chronically drink too little, you may be at higher risk for kidney stones, especially in warm climates.

6. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration — and the result is constipation. “Adequate fluid and fiber is the perfect combination, because the fluid pumps up the fiber and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly,” says Kolemay.

 Tips to Help You Drink More Water

If you think you need to be drinking more, here are some tips to increase your fluid intake and reap the benefits of water:

1. Have a drink with every snack and meal.

2. Choose an herbal tea you enjoy; you’re likely to drink more liquids if you like the way they taste.

3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Their high water content will add to your hydration. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods.

4. Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag.

5. Choose drinks that meet your individual needs. If you’re watching calories, always choose water.

Is it going to be New Year New You for 2013?

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Its happening already isn’t it, the dreaded Christmas countdown is already upon us! If you follow Santa, the Coca Cola Truck or Rudolph Reindeer on Twitter you will already know ‘how many sleeps till Christmas’

The radios are now playing all those classic Christmas hits that we know and love, they sound fun now, how long will it be before they become tiresome? As well as all the festive movies on the TV. – Are we having Happy Holidays or a Merry Christmas?

No one wants to think about dieting or being overly healthy over Christmas. It is often the perfect excuse to eat, drink and be merry to complete excess ‘go on, it’s Christmas’ you hear everywhere you go. But just because it is the season, it doesn’t mean you have to take complete leave of your senses. How are you going to fit into that sparkly little party dress or dinner suit if the pounds start creeping on now?

Christmas dinners on their own, with all the lovely trimmings can come in at 2000 calories or more. By the time the Roses tin has been round, mince pies ate and left over turkey sandwiches consumed washed down with lots of mulled wine, how many notches will your belt be going up by?

One pound of fat on your body is made up by 3500 calories. Thats quite some going don’t you think? See how easily it can creep up on you? By all means have a great and happy Christmas but don’t make it extra hard for yourself in the New Year.

We should be eating 3 – 5 times a day, 7 days a week. The majority of those meals will not be out socialising, so be careful where you can, and indulge yourself when it matters.

For those of you thinking of stopping smoking in the New Year, I will be running a special promotion for you, keep in touch for further updates.

Take care all, Shelly 🙂

Do you suffer from bloating, IBS or stomach cramps?

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Many people suffer from bloating, IBS, stomach cramps ect and its an awful feeling. There are many over the counter remedy but natures way is always the best way, unfortunately these remedies don’t have the financial backing as the super companies do, so their benefits can be lost along the way.

If you have trouble going to the loo for whatever reason, you need to add Psyllium Husks to your diet.

‘Psyllium husk is an excellent source of soluble dietary fibre derived from the small herbaceous plant Plantago. Dietary fibre can help promote regularity and support heart health as well as helping with satiety after meals.

Psyllium Husk Powder can be a convenient way to increase your intake of dietary fibre. It has the ability to swell up to 50 times its initial volume when added to liquid which plays an important role in maintaining regularity and gastrointestinal health. It has also been shown to help lower cholesterol.

A daily fibre intake of at least 25 grams is recommended for good health, but on average people consume only 10 to 15 grams.

Psyllium husk is often used in high fibre breakfast cereals to boost the fibre content’

This can be bought very cheaply from Ethnic food stores or you will find it easily online, add it to your daily diet to see the difference it can make to you, immediately! All you need is a good spoonful added to a glass of water taken in the morning with breakfast, it couldn’t be easier to keep yourself healthy on the inside.

I have it every morning, give it a go and let me know what you think?

How many calories in a teaspoon of sugar?

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How many calories do you think there are in one teaspoon of sugar? If you want to get technical, one 4g teaspoon of sugar?

16 Kcal in 1 Tsp of sugar.

What did you guess, does it sound a lot? A little? The trouble is, all these little teaspoons of sugar add up to quite a lot of calories over a day, week,  month or year.

E.G. You take 2 sugars in your cuppa, you have around 4 cups of tea a day, over one year that equates to an extra stone in weight. When people steadily put weight on over the years it often comes on as a stone a year. This could be just down to your ‘2 sugars in your tea’ habit. Quit the sugared tea’s, you could lose a stone right there.

Here are some more sugar facts for you to consider, how many teaspoons of sugar are there in;

  • A can of fizzy drink – up to 9 tsp
  • Standard Mars Bar – 9 tsp
  • Fruit Shoot drink – nearly 5 tsp
  • Burger King meal – 10 tsp
  • White Loaf Bread – 3 tsp

Sugar does nothing to enhance your health or body. The substance is physically addictive and for some people the lure of sugary products is as strong for them like a drug addicts cravings.

In simplistic forms, just cutting down on empty, excess sugar calories in cups of tea, fizzy drinks and fast foods you will be benefitting already. Depending on healthy you want or need to be, you can then looker deeper into all the hidden sugars that you might be surprised to find in your everyday savoury and sweet foods. Read more about hidden sugars in this article from The Mirror newspaper.


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How to Keep Healthy During Ramadan

Ramadan is a spiritual month in the Islamic calendar where Muslims from around the globe all come together and fast. This is to abstain from all food and drink during sunlight hours.

Fasting is intended to help teach Muslims self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity. It also reminds them of the suffering of the poor, who may rarely get to eat well.

It is common to have one meal (known as the suhoor), just before sunrise and another (known as the iftar), directly after sunset.

Because Ramadan is a time to spend with friends and family, the fast will often be broken by different Muslim families coming together to share in an evening meal.

Depending on where you are in the world, will determine how long your fast will be, ie; how long in between sunrise and sunset. The climate you are in will make a big difference as well, in hot countries such as Dubai you need to be particularly careful to keep from dehydrating in the strong heat.

Fasting is also an excellent time to give up smoking, as you cannot smoke for the majority of the day it is the perfect opportunity to quit smoking easily and for good.

What about your health during Ramadan?

Fasting can be good for your health as long as it is done correctly. When the body is starved of food, it starts to burn fat so that it can make energy. This can lead to weight loss. However, if you fast for too long your body will eventually start breaking down muscle protein for energy, which is unhealthy.

Dr Razeen Mahroof, an anaesthetist from Oxford, says there’s a strong relationship between diet and health.

“Ramadan isn’t always thought of as being an opportunity to lose weight because the spiritual aspect is emphasised more generally than the health aspect,” he says. “However, it’s a great chance to get the physical benefits as well.”

Source of energy

The changes that happen in the body during a fast depend on the length of the continuous fast. The body enters into a fasting state eight hours or so after the last meal, when the gut finishes absorbing nutrients from the food.

In the normal state, body glucose, which is stored in the liver and muscles, is the body’s main source of energy. During a fast, this store of glucose is used up first to provide energy. Later in the fast, once the glucose runs out, fat becomes the next source of energy for the body.

With a prolonged fast of many days or weeks, the body starts using protein for energy.

This is the technical description of what is commonly known as ‘starvation’. It is clearly unhealthy. It involves protein being released from the breakdown of muscle, which is why people who starve look very thin and become very weak.

However, you are unlikely to reach the starvation stage during Ramadan because the fast is broken daily.

Gentle transition

As the Ramadan fast only lasts from dawn till dusk, the body’s energy can be replaced in the pre-dawn and dusk meals.

This provides a gentle transition from using glucose to fat as the main source of energy, and prevents the breakdown of muscle for protein.

Dr Mahroof says the use of fat for energy helps weight loss. It preserves the muscles and eventually reduces your cholesterol level. In addition, weight loss results in better control of diabetes and reduces blood pressure.

“A detoxification process also occurs, because any toxins stored in the body’s fat are dissolved and removed from the body,” says Dr Mahroof.

After a few days of the fast, higher levels of endorphins appear in the blood, making you more alert and giving an overall feeling of general mental wellbeing.

A balanced food and fluid intake is important between fasts. The kidneys are very efficient at maintaining the body’s water and salts, such as sodium and potassium. However, these can be lost through perspiration.

To prevent muscle breakdown, meals must contain enough energy food, such as carbohydrates and some fat.

“The way to approach your diet during fasting is similar to the way you should be eating outside Ramadan,” says Dr Mahroof. “You should have a balanced diet with the right proportion of carbs, fat and protein.” (NHS UK)

Practical tips to keep healthy during Ramadan 2012

  • Stay hydrated. Because our body is mostly water, the best source of fluid replacement is pure water. Aim to drink enough water at night to avoid dehydration and headaches during the day.
  • Eat well to stay healthy. Start gently and break your fast with dates, water or milk. After a long period of fasting, you need to bring your fluids and blood sugar level up without overloading your body. Have some fruit and nuts to get your digestion system gently going. Resist deep fried food such as samosa’s, chips and heavy savoury pastries.
  • Eat slowly and don’t overdo it. The longer we chew our food, the less work our digestive track needs to do and we absorb more nutrients. During Ramadan the digestive system isn’t being used, so remember to not overburden it.
  • Exercise when you can. It is important for your circulation to maintain some kind of exercise. Get into the habit of going for an evening walk, or just to get some fresh air. Fresh air is important for your body and it will also help you to sleep well.
  • Sleep well. A good sleep is necessary to ensure balance the next day especially for those who go to work. Lack of sleep can express itself in the form of nervousness, bad headaches and digestive problems.

For more information, get the Dept of Health Guidelines for Ramadan here.

In Muslim countries such as Dubai, it is important that all non Muslims respect the month of Ramadan, which means adopting certain rules in public during daylight hours. Read the ExPat Woman Ramadan Guide here.

Wishing everyone a peaceful, happy Ramadan 2012. Shelly 🙂

What happens when I drink Coke?

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Coca Cola is the worlds most recognisable brand, of all time, ever. The company has been around since the late 1800’s and the drink was oringinally billed as a ‘delicious and refreshing healthy drink’

The power of coca cola advertising means that almost all of us have the powerful subliminal message deeply planted within us, the familiarity of it’s red livery comforts us, and we’d ‘like to teach the world to sing’ – remember that song? The kids go mad when Santas cola Christmas truck is in town, or just recently, ‘things taste better with a coke’ Thereby firmly inplanting their feel good messages within us.

Many of us think by drinking a coke or diet coke, instead of a beer or glass of wine, we are making healthier choices but for some people their cola drinking habits are increasing. A can a day, a litre a day, 2 litres a day? You can get addicted to drinking cola and if you are trying to lose weight this seemingly innocent drink can severely hamper your weight loss efforts.

So what happens when you drink cola?

Originally published by Wade Meredith at

In the first 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor, allowing you to keep it down.

20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (And there’s plenty of that at this particular moment.)

40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate; your blood pressure rises; as a response, your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked, preventing drowsiness.

45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production, stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works.

60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium, and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

60 minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium, and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolytes, and water.

60 minutes: As the rave inside you dies down, you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like hydrating your system, or building strong bones and teeth.

This will all be followed by a caffeine crash in the next few hours. (As little as two if you’re a smoker.)

Coke itself isn’t the enemy here. It’s the dynamic combo of massive sugar doses combined with caffeine and phosphoric acid, which are found in almost all sodas. Moderation, people!

And if that didn’t scare you, here are the ingredients in that bubbly, caffeinated, coloured syrup you’re enjoying: carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, phosphoric acid, preservatives, caffeine, caramel coloring, potassium benzoate, natural flavors.

What can you do?

If you wanted to be turned off cola, place a tooth, a chicken bone and an old coin into a glass of coke and see what happens. The acid will strip the dirt from the coin, the tooth will go black and the bone with disintegrate. Sadly this is the same stripping effect it has inside your body, leaching calcium from your bones en route to osteoarthritis.

Try kicking your cola habit into touch now, for long term health benefits, or save it for occasional consumption. You will see a massive difference to your health and weight loss efforts.

Superfoods. How do they help your Weight Loss goals?

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What are Superfoods? It’s a term that has come about within the last few years and like anything, you either love it or hate it. It is actually an unscientific term which is often used in marketing to describe food with a high nutrient value.

So whilst the term ‘Superfoods’ is pushed to promote health, in most cases it is actually a super healthy food item so it can be deemed as believable and true. Superfoods are often calorie light and nutrient dense, and will help you maintain your weight, fight disease and live longer.

According to Dr Steven Pratt ‘A superfood has three qualifications: It has to be readily available to the public, it has to contain nutrients that are known to enhance longevity, and its health benefits have to be backed by peer-reviewed, scientific studies’

By including more Superfoods in your daily diet, like nuts, berries and wholegrains full of fibre, protein and important nutrients, instead of your usual processed, sugary snacks you will boost your metabolism and lose more weight than before as they are perfectly weight management friendly and will work in tune with your body.

Top 10 Superfoods to include in your diet

  • Blueberries are often singled out as a superfood because studies have shown they aid in everything from fighting cancer to lowering cholesterol. But all berries, including raspberries, strawberries and blackberries, contain antioxidants and phytonutrients. Worried about the price of fresh fruit? Experts say frozen berries are just as “super.”
  • Salmon provides a high dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which studies show significantly lower the risk of heart disease. Omega-3 fatty acids fight back by reducing inflammation and slowing the rate of plaque build-up in blood vessels. Salmon is also a good source of lean protein.
  • Eggs Eating a breakfast high in protein is a good way to keep hunger at bay throughout the day. Eggs are full of choline, a nutrient that helps block fat from being absorbed in the liver. Choline may also help in preventing memory loss.
  • Nuts Many dieters shy away from nuts because of their high calorie and fat count. But studies show that eating a handful several times a week can help shed pounds and prevent heart disease. Almonds in particular contain lots of monounsaturated fats and fibre.
  • Green Tea Staying hydrated will keep you from munching absent mindedly, and if you choose to drink green tea, you’ll also be increasing your metabolism, which will burn more fat. Plus, the antioxidants (yes, those again) found in green tea can help prevent cancer.
  • Broccoli is one of nature’s most nutrient-dense foods, with only 30 calories per cup. That means you get a ton of hunger-curbing fibre and polyphenols — antioxidants that detoxify cell-damaging chemicals in your body — with each serving. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have long praised broccoli’s cancer-fighting and prevention abilities.
  • Yogurt Low-fat dairy is an important part of any superfood-focused diet. Studies show that women who consume approximately 1,400 milligrams of calcium per day burn more fat than their non-dairy-eating counterparts. Yogurt in particular helps slow the production of cortisol, a hormone that slows metabolism.
  • Beans Beans, beans, the magical fruit; the more you eat, the more … you lose weight. Black, kidney, white and garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) all end up on superfood lists because of their fibre and protein. They fill you up and provide muscle-building material without any of the fat that meat can add to your meal.

By including more superfoods into your diet you are giving yourself energy and vitality, which in turn makes you feel healthier. When you feel healthier you want to excercise and be active, and when you are active you sleep better, which means you are fueling and using your body as the lean fighting machine that it is designed to be.

By investing in the most important part of your life, you, just as you invest in all other areas of your life, like your house, car, holidays ect, you will be here a lot longer to enjoy all these things that life has to offer you. Try some superfoods into your diet today.

See how my hypnotherapy weight loss programme in Leicester can help you lose the weight you need to, quickly and easily. I am a licensed virtual gastric band Hypno-Band practitioner in Leicester and a weight management specialist for the Midlands. My hypno-diet isn’t about dieting and deprivation, call me for a no obligation chat on freephone 0800 612 8159. Look forward to hearing from you, Shelly 🙂




The Benefits of Green Tea.

Why should you drink Green Tea? In the UK its main promotion is to extol its weight loss benefits and it can help to suppress your appetite. This is one of the main reasons why more and more women drink Green Tea.

Green Tea speeds up the metabolism because it contains chemicals called methylxanthines which boost metabolism and burn fat more rapidly. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the catechins (natural plant chemicals) in Green Tea can reduce waist circumference and abdominal fat by the metabolism boost.

There are lots of other, lesser known benefits too. The following is an article by WebMD about the benefits of drinking Green tea.

‘With more than a decade’s worth of research about green tea’s health benefits, particularly its potential to fight cancer and heart disease – has been more than intriguing, as have studies about green tea’s role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes, and stroke, and staving off dementia. Green tea’s antioxidants, called catechins scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA and contribute to cancer, blood clots, and atherosclerosis.

Because of green tea’s minimal processing, its leaves are withered and steamed, not fermented like black and oolong teas , green tea’s unique catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), are more concentrated.

The antioxidant Catechin belongs to the family of antioxidants that includes vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants are well-known for their disease-fighting properties and can –

  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Boost your immunity against disease and illness
  • Prevent tooth decay and bad breath
  • Help preserve and build bone
  • Lower stress and increases brain power
  • Excellent source of anti oxidants
  • Help to protect your organs like your heart, lungs and liver

Japan has one of the worlds lowest rate of heart disease, one of the contributory factors is their high consumption of Green Tea.

There are many types of the green tea made by varied processes and hence tastes differently. Some are mild and some are strong, but they all have great weight loss and the other green tea benefits.

If you are a committed coffee or normal tea drinker, why not try replacing one of your daily cuppa’s with a Green Tea? It is an ideal replacement for coffee lovers as you still get the natural caffeine kick, but without the irritability. Try different brands to see which one is right for you, and start gaining the healthy benefits of green tea today.

It’s so good, even Haagan Dazs do it 🙂

How much coffee do you drink?

How much coffee do you drink a day? It’s a question I ask all my clients, regardless of the initial reason they are with me. The effects of caffeine can compound all areas of issue, be that weight loss, anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia and more.

Coffee contains three stimulants: caffeine, theobromine and theophylline. Although caffeine is the strongest, theophylline is known to disturb normal sleeping habits and de caffeinated coffee isn’t stimulant free either.

The reason that people get hooked on coffee especially in the morning is that they think it makes them feel better, energised and alert. Coffee is addictive so all you are doing is feeding your addiction. Research has shown that coffee drinkers don’t feel any better than non coffee drinkers after that first important cup in the morning. All you are really doing by drinking coffee in the morning is relieving the symptom of withdrawal, much like a smoker after the first cigarette of the day.

Caffeine: Is a stimulant that speeds up the nervous system and other body systems. Within fifteen minutes of drinking a cup of coffee the level of adrenaline in blood rises, which means an increase heart rate, breathing rate, urinary output and the production of stomach acids.

The more caffeine you consume, the more your body and brain become insensitive to its own natural stimulants, dopamine and adrenaline. You then need more stimulants to feel normal, and keep pushing your body to produce more dopamine and adrenaline. Eventually the body cannot cope and an inability to produce these important chemicals of motivation and communication sets in which result in apathy, depression, exhaustion and an inability to cope.

The average person should aim to have no more than 100mg of caffeine per day.

  • Cup of instant coffee 55mg
  • Cup of brewed coffee 105mg
  • Can of coke 32mg
  • Can of diet coke 42mg
  • Cup of tea 35mg

There are a few simple steps you can take to reduce your caffeine intake to balance your body and moods. Complete withdrawal is preferable but you will get withdrawal symptoms only for a few days, these are usually in the form of headaches. Try cutting down, if you have 4 cups a day, have 3 for a week, then down to 2 cups a day ect. Try Green Tea instead for your morning fix, with 20-30mg in each cup you have the added benefits of important anti oxidants which are beneficial for health and weight loss.

The irony is coffee makes you tired, a simple change can release you from the vicious cycle of stress and stimulants. Try making that change, today.