Kia Ākina

Working towards lifelong recovery from obesity

Weekly Messages

Get Active – Walk as if you’re late

The first step in getting active is getting out of bed in the morning. The next step is getting out of the chair periodically during the day and standing. Next is taking little walks here and there during the day (more…)

Take Control – A dose of reality

Taking control begins by facing reality.   Every time we stand on the scales we are getting a dose of reality. And for some of us this is a very difficult and courageous step to take.  The second part of taking (more…)

Enjoy Life – Right now

This life is not a dress rehearsal. Strive to thoroughly enjoy what we have; starting now.  Our challenge in overcoming obesity is to integrate the principles of recovery with how we ‘do’ everyday life. While we continue to work on (more…)

Persist – Extend yourself a little

Every day opportunities will crop up which will help us develop more persistence.   Persistence is like a muscle in the brain. The more we exercise it, the stronger it becomes. And little successes overtime will grow into bigger successes.  But (more…)

Eat Well – Limit recreational food to improve your life expectancy

Being obese, particularly being morbidly obese, is hastening death. Research indicates that even being reasonably fit while being obese doesn’t have a great impact on improving life expectancy. You have to lose weight to really improve life expectancy, and in (more…)

Get Active – 10,000 steps a day is achievable!

A sedentary life featuring a lot of sitting around is an excellent strategy for maintaining obesity.   Getting up on your feet and walking a little more is an important ingredient in the overall recipe for recovering from obesity.  How much (more…)

Take Control – Beware of the see-food diet

The see-food diet is probably the commonest diet in New Zealand. Remember two-thirds of New Zealanders are overweight. So the see-food diet is an obesigenic diet. If we want to maintain obesity (which we don’t!) the see-food diet is the (more…)

Enjoy Life – Be thankful for simple things

Enjoyment of life can begin and deepen without spending a cent, and without consuming another calorie, or losing another kilogram. It can start happening today.  Being thankful is one of the fundamental ways of achieving greater contentment and enjoyment of (more…)

Persist – When the going gets tough, go into first gear

Sometimes the journey feels easy – the strategies are in place, the weight is steadily coming off, the cravings have vanished. Everything is ka pai!  These are times to enjoy and savour because for the rest of the time there (more…)

Eat Well – Knock all added sugar on the head

Whether it be the paleo diet, the Atkins diet, the Ketogenic diet or any other diet, we can be sure that each diet craze will be followed in time by another fandangled cure-all diet. If any new magical diet has (more…)

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