Let’s assume for a moment that you have over-hauled your diet in a concerted effort to lose weight. No more expeditions to the junk food drive thru’s, alcohol consumption is at an all-time low and sugar is something you enjoy only in your dreams. Food is being cooked from scratch and your relationship with veggies is back on track. But still the scale is moving very slowly or just won’t budge and you are beginning to wonder if all this hard work is actually worth it. Before you throw in the towel, know this – the scale doesn’t tell the whole story and shouldn’t be your only measure of success. In fact, being hyper-focused on the bathroom scale can do a lot of damage to your self-esteem and confidence.
What’s the solution?
Look for signs of progress elsewhere and forget about the scale for a moment. It isn’t that important to know how much force your body exerts upon the earth. Having less wobbly bits and feeling good is the main goal, right? The following list of questions could reveal that you are totally rocking your new and healthier diet and provide the motivation you need to keep going. Read the rest of this entry
When I chat to people about healthy eating it always surprises me how stubbornly they hold onto outdated dietary myths, such as choosing to eat margarine over butter because butter is going to clog their arteries. I can understand how this happens though. The internet and print media is full of contradictory advice. When I read that eggs should be avoided due to their high cholesterol content, or that whole grains are essential for fibre, I just want to explode with frustration. This post is for people who want to start improving their health by making more informed choices. I will outline some easy steps to take that can have dramatic benefits for your health, and will bust some myths at the same time. Read the rest of this entry
Sleep is valuable to all of us and yet we never seem to get enough of it. We rely on sleep medication to put us to sleep and caffeine in the morning to wake us up. Is the way we are living our lives sabotaging our ability to sleep the way nature intended us too?
Are you perhaps parenting a small child or two? Then accept that a good night of sleep is not on the cards for the foreseeable future. I resorted to some pretty devious strategies to get more shut-eye when my babies were small. One was pretending to be in such a deep sleep that I didn’t “hear” my baby crying , so eventually my hubby would have to go. My second tactic was giving him a good solid nudge and telling him “your turn”. The third one was threatening that I was going to go insane unless he did the night shift at least once a week. It is not something I am proud of, but at least I got some sleep which allowed me to function above ‘zombie’ level during the day. Read the rest of this entry