Kia Ākina

Working towards lifelong recovery from obesity

Weekly Messages

Enjoy Life – De-stress

 Stress is inevitable, even if we decided to stay in bed. We are all faced with a daily challenge to keep on top of our duties and the various things we’ve planned to do.   But there are also times when (more…)

Persist – “Fall down seven times, get up eight”

This excellent Japanese proverb sums up the dogged attitude required to recover from obesity.   We all know that slips, lapses and even relapses are fairly common on the journey to recovery. We also know that these can be very demoralising (more…)

Eat Well – Rather than eat what we don’t need to eat

It’s time to have a look at the NEEDNT food list again. Remember, this is a list of foods that are non-essential, energy-dense, and nutritionally-deficient: non-essential in the sense that we’re not going to die if we don’t eat any of these 50 (more…)

Get Active – Rev the motor every day

There is evidence that two sorts of increased activity are good for weight loss, weight maintenance and well-being. They are:  1. At least 20 minutes of moderate exercise/activity every day; and  2. Giving the motor a bit of a rev every day.  We (more…)

Take Control – Take control especially when hungry, angry, lonely or tired

HALT – Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired  This is a well-known easy to remember list of conditions which make it harder than usual to resist cravings to eat food. It is straight out of the tried and true set of AA wise sayings.   In the (more…)

Enjoy Life – Use music rather than food to change our bad moods

Rather than turning to food for comfort when a bad mood strikes we need to find   new healthy ways of coping.  One of these is music. For most of us it is listening to music but for some (really lucky ones) it (more…)

Persist – By keeping the ultimate question in mind

There is only a certain amount of conscious-ego-energy to go around and when other stresses come upon us, the amount left over for obesity recovery can easily get squeezed out of the door.  During these times it is important to keep (more…)

Eat Well (content) – Replace high energy treat food with low energy nutritious food

Recovery from obesity requires a fundamental change in what we eat.  But the details of the fundamental change is likely to be different for each person. So it’s hard, if not impossible, to prescribe an obesity recovery food plan that will suit.  This is the exciting thing about obesity recovery (more…)

Get Active – Any small increase in activity counts

To rely on increased activity alone is a very hard way to lose weight. The most efficient way to do it is to reduce food (fuel) consumption. However, getting more active is an absolute must not only for maintaining the lost weight, but for enhancing our general health and well-being, which (more…)

Take Control – Take little steps

Who hasn’t abandoned their grand list of New Year’s resolutions by the time Easter eggs are decorating the supermarket shelves? It is not enough to make a wish list of lifestyle transformations. To make these transformations happen we must create plans involving small and achievable steps.  Too often big unwieldly plans get lost in the (more…)

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