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What is Hypnotherapy?

GHRHypnosis for Health

I am counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist based in Leicestershire. I have been qualified for around 10 years having previously worked in Human Resources for a large International company. A strong interest in health, well being and welfare led me to continue my studies, progressing from HR into counselling then hypnotherapy enabling me to offer support and guidance to those in need and help them move on in their life.

Having experienced the positive effects of this type of therapy myself and seeing the results and delighted faces and change in the people I see, I am my own testament to the true power of counselling and hypnosis as a complimentary effective medical intervention. As a result and with my years of experience I am able to understand and empathise with my clients on a deep level which can facilitate great change.

Hypnotherapy can be instant, requiring nothing of you but a willingness to change. By working together, it is your subconscious mind that can bring about instant and lasting behavioural change, without the need for extensive therapy sessions.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis can best be described as when a persons mind enters an altered state of consciousness, like day dreaming. You are not in a deep sleep and not aware of what’s going on around you, you are awake the whole time, but in a deep trance like state. When in this trance state, the subconscious mind becomes extremely active and is more alert and imaginative than during a normal awake state. It’s at this point your subconscious mind takes over from your conscious and facilitate great change.

You have complete control throughout the session and you are awake, you could choose to end the therapy at any point if you wished. As your therapist I will guide you safely using professional techniques to achieve the results that we have previously agreed upon during consultation.

Your subconscious mind listens to my voice in a subliminal way and when I talk directly to your subconscious mind in this deeply relaxed state, this is then where we make the positive suggestions that automatically sit comfortably in your mind. When you come back into full conscious awareness these thoughts are enacted immediately.

All you need to do is truly want to change and be committed to it. Then you can sit back and relax in safety and comfort and let me do the rest. Often people have secondary conditions bought on by the presenting issue and we can review these independently, but an immediate and lasting change can be made that easily.

Contact me now and say goodbye to worry, dieting, cravings, stress, anxiety and any old behaviours or habits that don’t work for you any more – know that you can look, feel and be different!

Shelly 🙂

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Diet Saboteurs – Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise, it looks fairly innocent doesn’t it, after all, if you’re having a healthy salad with a dollop on top how bad can it be?

Often when I am speaking to my clients they are baffled as to why they seem to be putting on weight when ‘I only had a salad’ is the mantra! Salads are great any time of the year, in sunny climes its just what you want and in the colder months there are many hot tasty salads that you can have without the stodge factor.

What you’re putting on top of your salads in the form of dressings could be your down fall. It is well documented that some take away salads available contain more fat and calories than if you’d gone for the burger! Home made salad and foods is always the best option. You want your food with as minimal processing as possible, that way you can be assured of only health benefits not health ailments.

Mayonnaise – This is essentially oil. Imagine a whole jar of mayonnaise right in front of you, now see up to 80% of the jar just filled with oil. It won’t even be healthy Olive Oil, but plain old artery clogging vegetable oil. Now plop a few raw eggs on top, add some sugar, salt and bingo you have a ‘tasty’ fat filled dressing. All the good work you are doing undone just like that.

  • 15ml mayonnaise = 100 calories and a whopping 11g of fat

Lets face it, who stops at one spoonful of mayo? A few good tablespoons of it later and before you know it you’ve added up to 400 calories and nearly 45 grams of fat to your healthy meal. You might as well of had a fry up for your calories and fat.

Commercially produced mayonnaise and other cream/salad dressing are manufactured on a huge scale. Once made it will sit around in packaging, boxing, warehouses, store rooms, back of the cupboards for an age before it lands on your plate. They do not want this stuff to go off so it is packed full of sugar, salt, chemicals and preservatives which again are completely unhealthy for you.

Sugar and salt are commonly used as ‘fillers’ as they help to preserve the  food item and they are cheap to use. You know already that this is not a good sign and a topic I will cover in further detail in another post. Chemicals will not give you a healthy body, they are chemical and cause an imbalance in your system. This prevents your body from functionally optimally as it has all these chemicals and toxins to deal with.

Low fat options are even worse, they have to add the flavour somehow – there’s a chemical for that! There are lots of ways you can add flavour without compromising your health. For dressings experiment with different salad vinegars, fresh lemon juice or a dash of healing olive oil. If you need something creamy try low-fat yogurt or fromage frais, I promise it will look just as good, taste even better and you will reap the benefits.

If you would like to discover how my hypnotherapy for weight loss can help you in Leicester UK or Dubai UAE please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help. You can also post on my Facebook wall any comments, queries or feedback.

  • Email leicstherapy@gmail.com
  • UK freephone 0800 612 8159
  • UAE Skype call – please enquire
  • Twitter @Hypno_Health

I look forward to hearing from you soon, Shelly 🙂

Do You Feel Hungry All The Time?

5 ways to turn off your hunger switch

GNC, GNC LiveWell, health, nutrition, exercise, vitamins, hunger, hunger, protein, fibre

Leicester Therapy Centre

What if curbing your appetite were as easy as turning off the lights? It is when you use your brain – not your stomach – to feel full.

Wouldn’t it be great to have your cake, eat it too – and still lose weight? You can as long as your brain is getting the message that you’re satisfied after a few delicious bites. The trouble happens when your brain doesn’t get the “I’m full” message and tells your body it’s still hungry. Sure, there’s always will power. But when you’re fighting your brain chemistry, it’s never a fair fight.

Research reveals that it’s your brain—not your stomach—that is Command Central for weight management. “It’s the single most exciting breakthrough in weight management in the last 10-plus years, and yet, no one is talking about it,” says Doug Kalman, Ph.D., R.D., F.A.C.N., director of the Phase I Clinical Research unit of Miami Research Associates, a research site that’s been part of some of the biggest health breakthroughs in the past 25 years.

After years of seeing less than satisfying results with gut-based diet systems, scientists started looking at the brain for answers. The breakthrough came when researchers finally discovered that the brain uses a type of messaging system – think of it as “texting”- to determine when and what to eat, and when you’re hungry and when you’re not.

“This understanding of what was always considered a very complex science now allows people to take a simple approach to weight management that doesn’t ask them to change their lifestyle,” says Kalman. “It’s something everyone can do.” When used in tandem with smart eating and exercise, bolstering your personal will power with a brain that’s also on board can boost weight-loss goals big time. Here are five simple strategies to help you get started!

1 Fill Up on Fibre and Water
Fibre and water trigger feelings of fullness and reduce hunger by sending a “YOU’RE FULL!” text to the brain. In fact, researchers at Penn State found that when people consumed a small or moderate amount of a fibre-rich liquid 15 minutes before a meal, it markedly reduced caloric intake (by 20%).

Have a cup of clear soup with veggies 15 minutes before a meal. No time to prepare soup? Drink a fibre supplement stirred into a glass of water for a similar effect.

2 Get a Good Night’s Sleep
People who get inadequate sleep, that is, six hours or less per night, have increased amounts of the hormone ghrelin when they wake up the next morning, says Christopher Nolte, M.D., a neurologist who holds certifications from both The American Board of Sleep Medicine and The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Think of ghrelin as the text that the stomach sends to the brain, saying it needs food. “When the brain gets the message, it texts back, ‘OK, let’s eat,’ and you typically go looking for carbs,” says Nolte. “The reality is, you don’t need to eat carbs right then, despite what your brain is telling you.”

 “Allow yourself seven hours or  more of sleep,” says Nolte. And when you get the carb cravings, have water or a cup of green tea instead.

3 Punch Up Your Polyphenols
Green teas, along with other polyphenol rich foods (most notably those with high levels of two types of polyphenols—anthocyanins and stilbenes) have been shown to be very good at turning off the hunger switch. Stilbenes are found in grapes, blueberries and cranberries. The best-known stilbene is the anti-ageing compound resveratrol, most notably found in red grapes and red wine. Anthocyanins are present in popular superfruits such as acai berries, bilberries and blueberries. In a study published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that purified berry anthocyanins normalized the fat levels in mice that were fed a high-fat diet. Scientists attribute this effect to the ability of anthocyanins to assist cells in burning energy, inducing satiety and, ultimately, turning off the hunger switch.

Increase your intake of green tea and berries.

4 Don’t Buy These 
Some ingredients turn on your hunger switch, so it pays to read labels. Some of the worst offenders: high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and palmitic acid (the main fat in palm oil, palm kernel oil and a saturated fat in beef). These troublemakers stop the hormones leptin and insulin, two of the brain’s most important “hunger messengers,” from reaching Command Central. When leptin and insulin are blocked from the brain, the brain tells you to keep eating, which can mean the difference between having a few chips and eating half the bag. In fact, in a study published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas found that palmitic acid’s ability to block leptin and insulin was so great that it may accelerate both obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Avoid processed foods which may contain these offenders and choose whole, fresh, unadulterated foods. Shop the perimeter of your supermarket, where the least processed foods are found. Reduce your intake of beef and opt for “grass-fed” beef, which naturally contains less of the problematic saturated fat.

5 Power up Your Protein
While increasing your consumption of protein can satiate your appetite, one of protein’s building blocks, namely the amino acid tyrosine works as a neurotransmitter, speeding up messages to the brain that turn off the desire for food. That means with tyrosine, whether in food or supplements, cravings end faster and fewer calories are consumed.

In addition, protein will turn off your hunger switch to a greater extent than carbohydrates or fat, so replacing some carbs with protein may help to reduce your overall caloric intake. Eat a minimum of 20g of protein at each main meal.

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.

Summer, Summer Summer time . . .

It will soon officially be Summer 2012! the clocks go FORWARD Sunday 25th of March and from then on, hopefully we will be basking in warm temperatures and can make like Gisele with our sun-kissed glows. . . .

Or maybe not 😦

Dont despair,  now is the time to plan and prepare yourselves for the best Summer ever! Imagine yourself strolling confidently across the beach, looking slim, sexy and fit in nothing more than your Haviana’s and a golden glow? What do you mean this isn’t a nudist beach *shriek*

Ok, maybe you will be wearing a little more, how about those beautiful feather light summer dress’ with the tiniest shoulder straps from a fashionable boutique or a beautiful swimming costume or bikini, sipping a cocktail on the beach with friends and loved ones?

You can make this the best Summer ever, I will be launching my new easy Summer Weight Loss programme next week, where I will be helping you every step of the way, to reach your goals.

Until then, where’s that self tan . . .

Why do I feel more hungry soon after eating breakfast?

It is commonly said that you feel hungry sooner in the morning than if you had nothing to eat for breakfast at all.

It is also a common reason why most of us skip breakfast in the belief that it helps us to eat less in the long run.

This is a terrible mistake as all that happens is, when you do get to eat at lunchtime or soon after, you realise you are ravenous and devour everything in sight. Or what happens when the birthday cake gets passed around the office, ‘Oh go on then, I’ll have a slice seeing as I haven’t had any breakfast’ Sound familiar? It is called break-fast, your body has been fasting without food or drink for at least 6 – 8 hours from the night before, it needs fuelling up so you can take on the day!

Eating breakfast gets your metabolism going and sets you up for the day, if you have the time to eat a bigger breakfast, it will fill you up for longer, so you will eat less at lunch time and be able to pass on any tempting snacks that come your way. Having a banana 3 hours after breakfast is an easy and portable fast food snack that gives you an extra healthy boost of energy and will be far better for you than a Krispy Kreme.

Remember most meals should have some protein in them, this will keep you fuller, for longer. Poached eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes on wholemeal toast or fat free Greek yogurt with some yummy berries if you’re in a rush.

Make time for breakfast, you will lose weight faster and feel fuller for longer if you make breakfast one of your main meals of the day.