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Working towards lifelong recovery from obesity

Weekly Messages

Eat Well – Eat plenty of lettuce

There is almost nothing better than a lettuce salad for lunch. Lettuce is low in calories, and relatively high in micronutrients – folate, zinc, potassium, iron, Vit A, Vit C – and of course is also a good source of fibre. It is (more…)

Persist – If struggling, don’t give up completely

None of us are perfect. All of us slip up from time to time, generally for very good reasons. The trick with continuing to progress on the “long and happy (recovery) journey”, despite major stress, is to change down to (more…)

Eat Well – Leave food on the plate

The thought of throwing food away goes against the grain for many of us, but especially those of us who place a high priority on food – yes, us foodies prone to obesity. It is not easy to throw surplus (more…)

Get Active – Use the stairs

Taking the stairs instead of using the lift or escalators is an excellent strategy for inserting more activity into our lives. And the opportunity pops up frequently. Having a flight or two of steps to climb is having a mini (more…)

Take Control – Fake control

Taking control can feel like a tall order. For some of us it may be a new experience in life because up to now our lives have generally been somewhat chaotic and driven more by the world around us rather (more…)

Enjoy Life – By replacing passive pleasures with active ones

We all face a modern mantra – that unless we’re consuming a pleasure product we can’t possibly be enjoying life. Passive pleasures such as relaxing in front of TV, consuming hedonic food, using drugs including alcohol, and frequenting shopping malls, (more…)

Eat Well – Eat to live by dealing with NEEDNT foods

A fundamental issue about what food to eat is summed up beautifully in the age-old question:  “living to eat or eating to live?” Like breathing, eating nutritious food is a deeply satisfying necessity of life. But like drugs, NEEDNT foods, (more…)

Persist – Endeavour to be more patient and kind

We’re humans; therefore there is a part in all of us that wants things now. And we’re 21st Century humans; which means we’re all bombarded with daily messages that put us at risk of living frantically busy lives in the (more…)

Eat Well – Welcome the feeling of hunger into your life

The feeling of hunger for many people with obesity is a negative one and even a frightening experience for some. A feeling of impending doom can descend at the whiff of the possibility of feeling hunger. But this feeling is (more…)

Get Active – Stop being a baby

In the first year of life we were all totally dependent on the adults around us to help us get around. Many of us will find that we return to that dependent state of living in our final year of (more…)

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