Category Archives: Healthy Eating

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 ūüôā

 

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Chocoholics! Overcome your Chocolate Addiction!

Are you a chocolate addict?Hypnotherapy for Health Leicester

When it comes to chocolate addiction, chocoholics usually find the best of intentions get thrown out the window. No matter how hard you ‘put your foot down’, the chocolate usually finds some way to convince you to eat more.

So why is it that mere motivation or willpower is not enough? Anybody who experiences cravings for any substance finds that simply trying not to eat it falls short of what is required to quit successfully.

This is because this ‘decision’ is made at a conscious level whereas the chocolate addiction is being driven unconsciously.

What you need is a boost to your unconscious determination so that the desire to remain free of chocolate addiction becomes stronger than the desire to eat chocolate.

Overcoming your chocolate addiction will help you gently re-educate your unconscious mind to give you more freedom to choose when it comes to chocolate.

Why not see if you can give up chocolate from now until Easter, how much weight do you think you could lose by doing that? Get in touch to see how chocolate therapy in Leicester can help you today.

Freephone 0800 612 8159

Email leicstherapy@gmail.com

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

Hypnosis Health Leicester 

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 ūüôā

Losing Weight As You get Older

Leicester Therapy Centre

The older we get the harder it is to lose weight unfortunately.

We know its unhealthy to be overweight. We know that additional body fat can cause problems for our internal organs, our blood pressure and our bones and joints which which are all ailments that appear to rise with age.

This is another good reason to to reduce weight and improve your health and quality of life. With age the importance of weight loss can jostle for position with all the other responsibilities, lifestyle and health niggles we face.

But as medical experts continue to predict the rise of obesity especially with our reliance on processed foods and sugary drinks we must reassess our priorities and perhaps refocus. Obesity shortens lifespan and can lead to classic diseases such as heart failure and diabetes.

So achieving and maintaining a healthy weight as you get older may be the best way of improving your health and prolonging your life.

To help you refocus, see how hypnosis for health and weight loss can help you.

Regards Shelly

Know Your Nuts

Leicester Therapy Centre

There is a lot of talk about eating nuts and seeds as a healthy snack, and quite right too.

A good variety of raw nuts like almonds, pecans, macadamia and brazil nuts in your diet add many health benefits giving you a whole host of powerful vitamins, minerals and fats, essential for your good health.

Nuts and seeds contain heart healthy fats which maintain the normal structure of every cell in our body. The problem with nuts and weight loss is when we eat too much of them. A small handful of raw sunflower seeds can be 150 cals, have that twice a day for a week and you have added 2100 calories into your diet which will impact your weight loss goals.

Incorporate them into your meal planning and if necessary measure out your portions in advance. I know it’s all to easy to scoff a good few anything¬†before you get to the actual portion part. Have say around 20g of mixed nuts with an apple as one of your daily snacks and you will see how it¬†diminshes hunger pangs¬† as well as giving you important protein based energy.

Try it for a week instead of your usual snack and see how you get on.

Shelly ūüôā

Do you suffer from bloating, IBS or stomach cramps?

Hypnosis Health Clinics Leicester UK; Dubai UAE

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?

Why You Should Be Using Coconut Oil

Hypnosis Health Clinic Leics UK. Dubai UAE

What oils do you use to cook with? Vegetable oils, Olive oils, butter or ghee? Different oils have many different properties and you absolutely need fats and oils in your body for good health – particularly if you are trying to loose weight.

Vegetable oils have no place in your diet, its highly processed and you will find this in abundance in your cakes, biscuits, sweets and crisps. Real Olive oil is very beneficial for good heart health and is best consumed as a drizzle, heating it can change it’s molecular structure so you lose the benefits.

Butter is ok to eat. There, I said it. What do you think is better for you, a completely dairy natural product with no additives or a tub of trans-fat lardiness that will NEVER ROT. EVER. That’s right, leave a tub of margarine or low fat spread out in the kitchen and it will stay exactly the same. You could even leave it out in the garden for years and not a bird, animal or insect will touch it. What do you think that’s doing to your insides?

A lot of people use those 1 kcal spray oils, take a look at the ingredients in these things. If you must, please use sparingly and rarely. Having tried to cook (unsuccessfully) various ways without oil, minimal oil, oil replacements and ‘steam frying in water’ I am thankful to have discovered the wonder of cooking with coconut oil. So beneficial for you, you can eat it by the spoonful.

For the science part, take a look at this article by the Huffington Post and get yourself fit and healthy with Coconut Oil in your cooking.

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.

Shelly.

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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.

‚ÄúRamadan isn‚Äôt 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‚Äôs a great chance to get the physical benefits as well.‚ÄĚ

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 ‚Äėstarvation‚Äô. 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.

‚ÄúA detoxification process also occurs, because any toxins stored in the body‚Äôs fat are dissolved and removed from the body,‚ÄĚ 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.

‚ÄúThe 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.‚ÄĚ (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 ūüôā

Know Your Bananas!

Hypnosis Health in Leicester UK and Dubai UAE

Many a dieter has told me ‘Oh I don’t eat bananas, they’re fattening’ To which I’ve learnt to not choke in reply but ask incredulously, why do you think that?

Look, if you have some weight to lose, don’t tell me you’re afraid of a banana when you’ve clearly been at the cakes, biscuits, sweets, chocolates, crisps, chips, pizza, burgers n ice cream. You get the picture.

Banana’s or any of our great natures foods and fruits are the most nutritious and balanced foods we can eat. Yes even that great carb horror the humble potato¬†is¬† a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, potassium, manganese, and dietary fibre. It’s what we do with them that adds the fat factor unfortunately.

Anyhoo back to bananas. I always recommend eating bananas for good health. The natural sugars that are in a banana can change the nutritional content substantially as it ripens, this is what I ask my clients to be aware of.

Calories in a medium banana

Calories 95.0kcal
Carbohydrate 20.9g
Protein 1.2g
Fat 0.3g
Fibre 4.2g

Not that scary is it? Low fat, plenty of fibre and good carbs for your days energy.

I recommend that you eat bananas when they are perfectly yellow, when they are just ripe, firm and not too sweet. Never eat a banana when it is still green as it contains indigestible starches and less easily digestible sugars, which means you will bloat.

When your banana is as ripe as this, the calorie content doesn’t change but it will contain more sugar.¬†It’s starch (complex carbs) changes to simple sugars as it ripens¬†and will cause a higher spike in your blood sugar levels after you eat it.

You can freeze over ripe bananas or use them as healthy milkshakes blended up with milk for the kids. Completely no artificial ingredients added and much better than any Nesquik.

If you need further convincing, check out further¬†benefits of eating bananas –

  • Anti-aging properties. Bananas carry vitamins A, B6, C, E, F, iodine, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. These gems will keep your skin looking young.
  • Your heart loves bananas. The potassium keeps your heart in tip top shape.
  • Marvelous for your kidneys and bones¬†¬†thanks again to potassium. The potassium restrains calcium excretion in your urine ‚Äď minimizing the risk of nasty kidney stones. Say goodbye to osteoporosis! Bananas keeps you from losing calcium from you body.
  • Bananas can¬†help with¬†depression. Bananas contain Tryptophan which produces serotonin in your body, which will calm your brain and make you relaxed and help sleep.
  • They‚Äôll help keep you regular. Your colon will love you because of the fibre.
  • Suffer from¬†gout? Arthritis? Bananas contain B6, folate and vitamin C ‚Äď all enemies of gout and arthritis.
  • Too much¬†alcohol Saturday night? Put that coffee down and grab a banana. It‚Äôll raise your blood sugar levels and re-hydrate your body.
  • Low iron levels? Anemia? Bananas can activate the production of hemoglobin in your blood.
  • Ulcers? Bananas neutralise acidity and lessens irritation by coating the lining of your stomach.
  • Too stressed out? Potassium sends oxygen to the brain and normalises your heartbeat. It won‚Äôt take your problems away, but it‚Äôll make them more tolerable.
  • Are you a smoker? Bananas help cigarette addicts give up smoking. The B6, B12, magnesium and potassium assist in getting rid of nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
  • Bananas contain prebiotic, which help stimulate the growth and activity of pre-existing good bacteria in your digestive system.¬† Your gut wins!
  • Relieves heartburn

Still don’t want a banana? I usually have¬†mine in the morning, chopped up over some Weetabix or All Bran. How will you have yours?

Shelly ūüôā