The Low Down on Sugar

The Low Down on Sugar

I dont want to alarm you but there is a hidden danger in our food which is a very addictive substance and is found in most foods from salad dressings, ketchups and prepared meals in foods which you would never suspect.... What is this addictive substance which we cant seem to get enough of?  Its Sugar....

Research is now proving that sugar is one of the biggest health concerns in the Western World.  We are far exceeding the recommended daily intake,  the average westerner consumes between 13 and 20 teaspoons of added sugar each day when the recommended intake is about 6 teaspoons. 20 teaspoons is an extra 250 calories on top of your normal diet.

Dont get me wrong sugar in its natural state is relatively harmless and we humans do have a natural craving for sweet as we do for sour, salty and spicy. We cant really blame ourselves for this new addiction... research years ago cited fats as the weight gain culprit.  So many of us turned to low fat foods which unfortunately are loaded with sugar.
Natural sugars are found in fruit and vegetable as a compound known as fructrose.  The problem is with sugar added during food processing to enhance flavour or color. Added sugar is intrinsically an empty food not found naturally in the foods.

Consuming too many of these empty calories has detrimental effects on health and well being one of the most obvious indicators is weight gain. Adding sugar increases your insulin levels and plays havoc with the metabolism.  In most cases being stored as visceral fat around the organs particularly the liver and also as abdominal fat. So giving up sugar will not only help you to lose weight but equally as important will improve your health. Find below 10 good reasons to reduce added sugar intake:

1.  It will lower your blood pressure.  Research has shown that added sugards apart from weight gain actually raises the blood presssure which increases the work of the heart and blocks the arteries. Thus increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney problems and many other serious problems.

2. It will decrease the risk of heart attack and reduce bad cholesterol.

3. The memory and brain power will improve. Research has shown that excess sugar impairs cognitive function and reduces proteins which are necessary for memory and quick thinking.

4. Less risk of Alzheimer's and Dementia..  both conditions associated with reduced BDNF (brain, derived, neurotrophic factor) which impairs cognition and glucose metabolism.

5. You will feel happier.. studies have shown that excess sugar leads to insulin resistance which causes brain chemicals to lower the mood while waiting for its next sugar fix.

6. Your skin will look better. Too much sugar leaves the skin tired dull and wrinkly.  This is due to a process called glycation, where the sugar in your blood attaches to proteins to form advanced glycation which damages collagen and elastin the protein fibres that keep the skin firm and elastic.

7. Will help clear acne as too much sugar causes hormonal fluctuations and trigger inflammation.  Excess sugar is also linked to psoriasis. (research by Marisa Moore. Georgia State University.

8.  Reduce the risk of Diabetes.

9.  Prevents fatty liver as insulin resistance caused by excess sugar leads to fat in the liver. A fatty liver leads to other risk factors such as heart attacks and cancer.

10.  You will have more energy and less mood swings and will help to regulate the hormones.  Cutting down on sugar means less cravings since over consumption of sugar triggers the release of the hormone ghrelin which sends a signal to the body telling it its hungry and then over eating.

All very good reasons for reducing sugar consumption.  The simplest thing to do is stop adding sugar to food and stop drinking soda drinks such as coke, sprite etc.  At least this is a start and you will begin to see the benefits you will want to cut it back even more.

To Your Health and Well Being

Much Love


Never Give Up

Never Give Up...

You probably cant remember when you learned to walk or learned to ride a bike ? I am sure fell over many times before you finally mastered it. Then even after you learned you probably had many mishaps... but you persevered and got there in the end when it became automatic and subconsciously ingrained.

How about you adopt the same attitude towards your weight loss goals? Everyone who begins a new fitness or health regime will have slip ups and setbacks. Research shows that people who lose weight and keep it off, and also those who gain it back on again, all have the same amount of set backs. However those who keep it off are better able to stay motivated and are more likely to have a support network such as family, friends, or professionals to help keep them on track.

We have very powerful minds and we can use it to achieve anything that we want, the subconscious mind contains all the data of our life experiences and we can draw on our successes to create more success. For example with Hypnotherapy I use the tool of Visualisation and Auto Suggestion to both reframe and reinforce desired change. For instance you can imagine yourself wearing a fantastic new dress to a friends wedding having dropped a couple of dress sizes. You can see yourself feeling happy and confident looking healthy and slim.

The secret is to use this visualisation to keep you motivated every day then you will see the results much quicker. Another great motivator is personal health and well being and remind yourself of the risks of not eating healthy. Excess sugar and processed foods are linked to diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Being fitter and slimmer will decrease the risk of chronic illness and disease. Excess weight is also as a strain on the joints and causes arthritis and inflammation.

Never Give Up... A few tips to help you:

 1.   Stick with your vision of success.
 2.   Consider getting some professional help.
 3.    Join the gym.
 4.   Surround yourself positive supportive people. 

With Love Denise

If You Think You Can You Can

You Can If You Think You Can

Henry Ford said: "Whether you think you can or you think you can't you are right"

I totally agree with this quote anything that we want to achieve in life is entirely up to ourselves. Oftentimes our most challenging obstacle is ourselves and we often put up limitations to prevent us from achieving what we really want. You have it within you to be successful all you have to do is believe in your ability to make that thing you want to happen.

The mind can sometimes be our greatest enemy and make all sorts of excuses as to why you cannot achieve something. I understand that it can be frustrating if you are constantly dieting and not seeming to get anywhere or you lose weight on the "diet" then pile the kilos back on when you stop "dieting".

The secret is consistency and not depriving yourself and develop the confidence and know that you can achieve your desired weight loss goals. Learn to focus on what you want - a leaner, slimmer, fitter healthier body. Visualise yourself at your ideal weight, wearing that special outfit that makes you feel good. It really is often our thinking that hinders our progress.

Think on other difficulities you have had in your life and how much easier it was to solve them when you where positive and worked towards the outcome that you wanted. Apply these same principles to your health and weight management goals and positive results will come so much quicker. Remember the subconscious mind is an incredible data base and can help you to realise your dreams and goals by focusing and working towards what you want.

Key points to remember:

* Stay focused and believe you can do it.
* Visualise yourself the size and shape you want to be this will keep you motivated.
* Never give up keep going even when times are tough. Manage your emotions and stay in charge.
* Develop good habits and self discipline. Successful people stay successful by staying on track despite setbacks.
* Develop an "I can do" attitude. It works wonders.

Have a great week!!

Love Denise

I am Back!!

I am back after a long absence from writing my blog. I apologise for my long absence and neglect of my website. To add to the delay I have been having trouble opening my admin page and at last managed to get back on today. A lot has happened during these last months, a few major shifts and life changes including moving into a tired old weatherboard house in need of lots of love and attention. The move took me 90kms out of Melbourne to a place called Drouin in West Gippsland. Its a quaint small town with a population of 9000 with its own train station and an array of cafes and restaurants to choose from as well as the usual supermarkets and opportunity shops. It feels like a good move and the locals very friendly with a more relaxed laid back feel than the busy city. I will also be making changes over the coming months to my website and how I work. My intention is to adopt a more spiritual therapeutic flavour to the content and keep the articles more frequent and shorter in length. The internet is saturated with dietary advice advocating all sorts of weird and wonderful diets all claiming their diet to be the panacea to weight loss. My intention is to keep it simple and follow the principles of nature and nurture with a mind body approach. Food is more that just flavours and energy units. It is aligned to culture beliefs and values. It is both symbolic and alive and one of our greatest pleasures. Unfortunately many of us confuse food with love often not of our own making but from our early life when food is often a reward for being good or to appease when sad or hurt. In our childhood we were often fussed over and persuaded by our loving parents to eat all our food and not waste anything. Food contains love because it nurtures and nourishes our body but love does not come from food but from within ourselves . So therefore I love myself and I feed my body healthy nourishing food. We must learn to love ourselves again and honour and treat the body as a temple eating instinctively and intuitively. Let love be our motivation for eating live healthy nourishing food so our cells can flourish and keep the body healthy. It is my loving intention to bring you in my own simple way the latest research developments in the area of weight management with a unique mind body approach. With much lobe Denise

Nourish Your Body

Nourish Your Body to Lose Weight

Calorie counting as become an obsession, and most people trying to lose weight will constantly obsess over the calorific value of food.  It is true to say that calorie controlled diets will lead to weight loss but it is only temporary and can have long term negative consequences if the calorie restriction is taken too far.  The body will automatically switch to starvation mode or fat conserving mode if it perceives a period of famine.  When you have fewer calories than is necessary for your resting metabolic rate your body will compensate by reducing your metabolic rate. Hence the term yo yo dieting as the body will quickly store food as fat the minute it thinks the famine is over.  If the diet leads to your body thinking it is starving to death it will slow your metabolism down and set off chemical processes that can trigger cravings making you want to eat more.

The body is an incredible machine designed for your survival and will do everything it can to keep you alive.  If you eat less than your resting metabolic rate your body will perceive danger and activate the system that protects you from starvation and automatically slow your metabolism. 

For successful weight loss it’s important to develop a healthy relationship with food and decide to eat for a healthy life and longevity.  Enjoy eating natural whole foods particularly fresh seasonal foods grown locally that will nurture your body with the correct vitamins and minerals.  When the cells of the body are correctly nourished you will feel healthy and no longer have any cravings. The two simplest things to do are to reduce your sugar intake and eliminate processed foods.  Cook from scratch this will naturally reduce sugar as most convenience foods are full of sugar, additives and preservatives.  

Imagine if you were living in the wild what would you eat.... what would you do?  You would grow, catch and hunt?  So keep food simple and natural.  Nature is nurturing and knows best.  We are a part of nature and our bodies need specific nutrients found in nature for our optimum health and well being.  You will look better and feel better and live longer!!

With love and light

October 5th.

Eating Late - Is it a Problem?

Eating Late – Is It a Problem?

Many people may reason that eating late is not a problem and indeed in some parts of the world particularly in hot countries it is customary to eat later once the day temperature has cooled.  However eating late can affect the body in negative ways such as the food eaten is not processed nor the energy consumed burned off. Think about it if you eat late at night and settle down to bed not long after a meal your body has to continue working hard to digest the food resulting in disrupted sleep and feelings of lethargy and indigestion the following morning.  If we are using the body to digest food overnight we are not giving it the necessary time for cell renewal and healing during sleep.  Thus weakening the immune system and leaving us more susceptible to disease.
Studies by Dr. Louis J Aronne have shown that people who eat late often eat more than they would during a day time meal.  Other studies have found a link between larger evening meals and an increase in triglyceride levels which can lead to diabetes, metabolic syndrome and weight gain.

It is also more common to reach for sweet and high calorie foods at night. I have found in my clinical practice that this if often associated with stress and exhaustion and a desire for emotional comfort after a busy day at work or looking after the family.  All too often many people who are trying to lose weight often don’t eat enough during the day and gorge themselves once they get home and fail to lose weight because of not eating enough during the day and eating too late for the food to be burned off.  This also activates the famine response and the body simply stores what is eaten as fat to protect against perceived famine resulting from not eating enough during the day.
A Few Tips to Reduce Night time eating:

•    Avoid eating grains and meat after 3pm.
•    Have your dinner before 6pm.
•    Eat a bigger breakfast and lunch to ward off cravings later on.
•    Drink more water particularly before and after eating.
•    If hungry at night have a cup of hot lemon with honey or a herbal tea as hot drinks are more soothing and can ward off cravings.
•    Swap processed foods such as sugar and flour products with raw vegetables and fruit.
•    Clean your teeth earlier as you are less likely to eat once you have cleaned your teeth.
•    Look for other ways to wind down such as listening to calming music or a warm bath rather than over eating.

References:  Dr. Louis J. Aronne, director of a weight control program for the Weill Cornell Medical Center. C. Claiborne Ray. Where do those late-night calories go? Chicago Tribune. 2008 .

Love and Light
Sept 15

Something to Ponder On....

Something to ponder on....

Post Hypnosis Weight Loss Success

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 2010

A clinical trial where a 109 people completed a behavioral treatment course for weight management either with or without the addition of hypnosis revealed the long term success of Hypnosis.  By the completion of the 9 week program both treatment strategies resulted in significant weight loss.  Interestingly at the 8mth and 2 year follow up sessions the hypnosis subjects were found to have continued to lose significant weight, while those in the non hypnosis group showed little further change. 

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 2010

Love and Light


Quit Cigarettes with Hypnosis

Quit Cigarettes Using Hypnosis

Hypnotherapy is a well known therapy for helping people quit cigarettes and most people who smoke tobacco are well aware of hypnosis as a tool to quit cigarettes.  I understand that there is also a degree of skepticism about hypnosis and its ability to help in cigarette cessation.  The intention of this article is to give some insight into the benefits of Hypnotherapy as a quit smoking aid.

It is important to understand that smoking cigarettes is a habit not an addiction.  An addiction is as defined by the Oxford Dictionary “a strong or harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble).  Neither tobacco nor nicotine on its own is addictive.  However the tobacco companies have worked out how to increase the habitual need by adding sugar and many other nasty chemicals.  Sugar is addictive and today most people are addicted to sugar.  Sugar is added to most convenient foods to increase the desire to eat more.
The psychological  aspect of smoking cigarettes has weaved its way into the fabric of everyday life becoming part of the smoker’s everyday activities,  creating neural associations with cigarettes like driving the car, food, tea, coffee and alcohol.  Also psychological factors such as stress, relaxation, and peer pressure can play a role in strengthening the habit.  Smokers eventually identify themselves with cigarettes feeling that they are a part of them and can’t imagine not having a cigarette.  They believe that the cigarettes are a coping strategy to deal with emotional pressures like stress or boredom.
There are much better and more positive ways to cope with everyday stresses and learn how to stay calmer rather than having a cigarette.  Cigarettes are not your friend in fact they are really your enemy. Physiologically there is no evidence to suggest that they can help to manage stress.  In fact they are proven to do the opposite they increase the heart rate and the blood pressure plus the lungs are forced to work harder to get rid of the toxins from the cigarettes. 
Research has shown that the body eliminates the need for nicotine in just a few days after we stop smoking.  If smoking was an addiction you would not get over the physical effects so quickly.  Unfortunately it is the psychological needs and the associations with daily activities that renders it harder to quit.
This is where Hypnosis can help.  Hypnotherapy is a very effective tool for retraining the mind to feel differently about cigarettes.  It can also be used to install new coping strategies so that you do not need a cigarette during stressful or emotional times.  A part of you knows that the nicotine and other chemicals are harmful to the body.  I am sure you can remember your first cigarette and how you probably coughed and spluttered as your lungs let you know they did not want the cigarette.  The body naturally rejects anything threatening or harmful.  You can access the part of you that knows this and align yourself to new ways of thinking so that you no longer want a cigarette.  Going cold turkey is not always enough to overcome the emotional and psychological desire for cigarettes this is why most people eventually fail going cold turkey.
Hypnosis is not the magic wand however it is a powerful tool that can help you stop smoking.  So if you want to stop smoking consider Hypnotherapy before you reach for the nicotine patches or Champix.  It’s worth putting in some effort and invest in your own health and longevity, hypnotherapy really can help you quit for life.

With love and light


Hypnosis to Change Beliefs

Hypnosis to Change Beliefs

Are you feeling frustrated about not shedding those excess kilos?  Have you tried every diet unsuccessfully?

If the answer is yes then consider Hypnotherapy to get to the root of the real cause of your weight gain.  We are constantly responding often unawares to our previous experiences which leave an imprint or impression of who you are and what you reality is for you.  Mostly these imprints were implanted into the mind a long time ago more than likely in your childhood, we learn from our experiences and early conditioning.  If your family placed food as a priority and your mom was always stressed that you weren’t eating enough she may have unwittingly installed beliefs in you that there is not enough food resulting in a pattern of overeating for fear of scarcity and famine.  You may also repeat sentences such as “I am fat”, “ Being overweight runs in my family”, “It’s how I have always been” ,  “There is no other way”  the list of negative statements is endless.

The good news is that you can change these limited beliefs and begin to enjoy the freedom that new choices and beliefs can bring to you.  Imagine freeing yourself from the shackles of these early representations of yourself and begin a new journey down a fresh path of possibility and opportunity towards a slimmer, fitter, healthier you.

Hypnotherapy can help you to change these negative beliefs.  Your mind has the power to create long lasting change and hypnosis can be used as a direct means to activate the power of you mind to bring about this change.  The rapport between the Hypnotherapist and the client is important, the client must believe and trust the hypnotic process and allow themselves to be gently guided into trance.  In this relaxed state the subconscious mind becomes more alert and open to suggestion and receptive to the desired changes.  I am sure you have a computer and you will understand that the memory in the computer is the data base where everything is stored.  Your subconscious mind is the data base containing all the information stored from your life experiences.  When in trance you can access this stored knowledge to reprogram or reframe old beliefs and install new preferred ones.  Just like you clean your computer from time to time it is much the same with the subconscious mind. So rather than constantly thinking you are “fat” you can change it to “I am becoming slimmer everyday” .  Your subconscious will accept this as a possibility and you can reinforce it each day, as you notice yourself becoming more positive and optimistic about losing weight.  The real secret to your success is the willingness to embrace new possibilities and hypnosis is a wonderful tool to enable this to happen easily and naturally.

So before you start thinking about that next “diet” stop and consider –“Why hasn’t it worked before”.   “What belief may I hold that is preventing me from losing weight”.  Research has shown that until we handle the “whys” and get to the root of the problem dieting alone will not work as it is natural for the mind to go back to its default setting like the computer.  You can change you really can !!

With Love


How Can Hypnosis Help?

How Can Hypnosis Help With Weight Loss?

Hypnotherapy that is using Hypnosis as a therapeutic tool can help to retrain the mind to change attitude and beliefs that have led to you becoming heavier than you would like to be.  It also makes what seemed like very difficult and frustrating before seem easier and natural therefore empowering long lasting sustainable results.  

Hypnosis is a trance state that is achieved by relaxing the conscious mind to gain access to the subconscious mind which is like the data base of your computer containing everything you have ever learned.  In this relaxed state the subconscious mind is more alert and receptive to new ideas or reframing or eliminating unwanted negative patterns or ways of thinking.  These new patterns and ways of thinking can then become automatic and long lasting as they are implemented at a deep subconscious level.

I am sure you can remember a time when you had someone’s name on the tip of your tongue and the harder you tried the more elusive the name became but later when you relaxed or forgot about it, the answer came.  This is because you relaxed the conscious mind allowing the subconscious where the information is stored to retrieve the answer for you.  So you can see the benefits are many in the trance state.

Hypnotherapy Can Help To: 

•    Overcome cravings and emotional eating.
•    Desire to exercise more.
•    Feel Positive and confident.
•    Eat Mindfully.
•    Self Empower You.
•    Make healthier choices.
•    Access inner strength and resourcefulness. 

All in all Hypnotherapy is a great therapeutic tool which should always be considered when wanting change or to eliminate negative behaviours.  As well as to install confidence and motivation to keep you moving in the right direction.

With love and light


Eat Mindfully

To be eat mindfully is to make a choice before you put the food in your mouth and ask is this what I really need. More often than not we don't really need that snack or sweet. That way you become present giving you empowerment and confidence. Give it a try

Lady Loses140kgs with Hypnotherapy

Lady Loses 140kgs after Virtual Gastric Band Therapy.

Just read this amazing story of how housewife Julie Evans lost 140kgs in two years and has maintained her new weight for more than 3 yrs.
Julie realised that when her husband won an all expense trip to Hawaii that she felt embarrassed to go because of her size.  She eventually went to an Hypnotherapist for Virtual Gastric Band Therapy and is now 140kgs lighter and at last enjoying life An immediate change
After her first session, Evans said she started craving spinach. By the next day, she said she was eating a quarter of what she had before.

"I physically couldn't eat as much as I had been, and I only wanted really healthy things," she said. "I haven't had a soda since that day, whereas before, it was every day."

Source CNN. By Caitlin Shmidt.Mon. 18th August 2014.

With love and light


How Hypnosis Can Help You

How Hypnotherapy Can Help You Feel Healthier

The use of hypnosis can help you to gain insight and understand unconscious obstacles to weight loss and empower you to maintain motivation and increase your chances of long lasting success.

Some of the benefits of Hypnotherapy are:

•    Increase self confidence and inner belief that you can do it.
•    Develop an inner knowing that you can achieve your dreams.
•    Aligning the conscious and subconscious mind to work together and make changes.
•    Giving comfort and reassurance to the part of you that feels afraid of making necessary changes.
•    Mental reframing the emotional eating and releasing those early coping strategies.
•    Suggestion therapy to reinforce the new healthier tools for coping and visualising yourself at your desired shape and size.
•    To eliminate cravings and over eating.
•    Greater understand and insight into why you have used food as a coping strategy.

In summary it is a fact that 25% of the adult population in western countries are overweight and that even losing a few kilos can be challenging.  Clearly diets don’t work in the long term as the subconscious resistance to changing eating patterns quickly takes back control once the “Diet” as stopped.  This is where Hypnotherapy can be very powerful to help you to address the unconscious reasons why you overeat.  Hypnotherapy makes it easier and more natural to help you shed those excess kilos.

With love and light


Top Healthy Foods

What are the Top Healthiest Foods to Eat?

Mother Nature has given us an rich abundant choice of food.  Health and vitality is your divine right and treating food as a positive force for health and well-being is a wonderful way to start your journey towards becoming your desired shape and size.  I am listing below a list of the most clinically proven healthy foods which if eaten daily will optimise your health and help you to achieve a nutritional balance for increased vitality and weight control.


Spinach  -  Tomatoes -  Broccoli  -  Kale  –  Carrots  –  Silver Beet  -  Onions  -  Sweet Potato.


Oily Fish: Ocean Salmon -  Nuts:  Walnuts  -  Almonds  Seeds: Sunflower  -  Pumpkin
Tofu -  Chickpeas  -  Lentils.


All Berries -  Avocado  -  Red Grapes  -  Apples  -  Grapefruit.


Water and Herbal Teas.  Miso


With love and light


Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

The biggest problem that we have today is that there is too much food to choose from, there is always an abundant supply of food, there are supermarkets on every corner and fast food restaurants next door to the supermarkets.  Not to mention the choice of many restaurants and eating houses to choose from often within walking distance of the home.  If that is not enough we are constantly being bombarded with media advertising for food we really don’t need.  These products are marketed to us on a daily basis so the temptation is all around is, so we often buy too much and inevitably overeat.

The media and advertising hypnotise us into believing that we need these foods for our happiness and health.  In fact this is all total marketing and a misconception from the manufacturers whose only concern is the bottom line of profit and not our health and well being.

It does not have to be like this as we can choose not to be influenced by marketing and avoid the temptation to overeat and become mindful and turn away from overeating.  The easiest way to lose weight is to reduce the amount of food you eat.  We all know this and often with the best intentions it seems to difficult a task.  So what can you do to begin with? Just plan for one week to focus on only eating nutritious food and monitor your feelings at the same, often we eat out of habit not of hunger also you may be thirsty not hungry, so rather than reach for the sugary snack have a glass of water instead.  Get your body moving and increase your exercise even a daily walk will force your body to start burning fat stores.  Any changes that you make consider them long term and not just a diet.  In face take the word diet out of your vocabulary and enjoy eating healthy nutritious food which your body is really craving for.  Research has shown that most overweight people are deficient in many important nutrients simply because they eat too many empty foods like refined carbohydrates and sugars.  Our body was not designed to ingest these foods so they are stored as fat by the exhausted liver and pancreas.  Not to mention the plethera of chronic diseases such as: heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and high bood pressure which are just a few of the illnesses poor nutrition leads to.

The simple equation for successful long lasting weight loss is :  Eat Less + Mindfulness + Exercise = Weight Loss.

If there are emotional reasons why you overeat or you have a sugar habit then Hypnotherapy can eliminate cravings and handle the emotional eating.  Become solution focused and not frustrated about being overweight.  The mind is also a contributing factor in weight gain so accessing the inner resources to help and motivate you will give you the results you want so much quicker.
Believe you can do it and you will.....

With love and light


Why Exercise is Good For You

By Dr. Mercola

New research published in the journal Cell Metabolism shows that when healthy but inactive men and women exercise even briefly, it produces an immediate change in their DNAi.
Although the underlying genetic code in human muscle doesn't change, exercise causes important structural and chemical changes to the DNA molecules within those muscles.
This contraction-induced gene activation, which modifies DNA at precise locations, appears to be early events leading to the genetic reprogramming of muscle for strength, and to the structural and metabolic benefits of exercise.
According to Science Dailyii:

"The DNA changes in question are known as epigenetic modifications and involve the gain or loss of chemical marks on DNA over and above the familiar sequence of As, Gs, Ts, and Cs.
The new study shows that the DNA within skeletal muscle taken from people after a burst of exercise bears fewer chemical marks (specifically methyl groups) than it did before exercise.
Those changes take place in stretches of DNA that are involved in turning "on" genes important for muscles' adaptation to exercise...
Broadly speaking, the findings offer more evidence that our genomes are much more dynamic than they are often given credit for."

Exercise Changes Your Biochemistry

Previous studies have identified and measured the biochemical changes that occur during exercise and found alterations in more than 20 different metabolitesiii. Some of these compounds help you burn calories and fat, while others help stabilize your blood sugar, among other things.
What all of this tells us is that exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight creates a positive feedback loop. One of the key health benefits of exercise is that it helps normalize your glucose and insulin levels, by optimizing insulin receptor sensitivity. This is perhaps the most important factor for optimizing your overall health and preventing disease of all kinds, from diabetes, to heart disease, to cancer, and everything in between. 

With Love and Light


A Nice Little Quote

The winners in life treat their body as if it were a magnificent spacecraft that gives them the finest transportation and endurance for their lives.

Denis Waitley


Think Yourself Thin

Think Yourself Slimmer !!

You maybe wondering what the mind has got to do with weightloss, after all we gain weight by eating too much, isnt that true? Take time to consider this when you are about to embark on yet another diet. More often than not it is our emotions and negative thinking patterns that sabatage our best intentions to lose weight.  Even the word "diet" brings up negative resistance in many of us, no one wants to deprive themselves and lets face it most diets involve restriction of certain food groups.  Also our early conditioning and eating patterns learned in childhood and carried on into adulthood also continue to influence our eating habits.  This is important to realise because will power alone is not enough to overcome well ingrained eating behaviours.

Many people who are depressed or very stressed often become overweight, this is because they often lose rational control in choosing the right foods for their body and often crave foods to bring relief from the depressive feelings.  Negative feelings also contribute to lack of physical activity and socialisation.  Sometimes trauma or deep rooted issues can cause weightgain often the extra kilos seen as a protection from harm or danger, these emotions can be handled separetely to handle the difficult feelings holding you back this alongside a weightloss program works very well.

As mothers we often placate our babies with food thus giving the baby an association that food eases upsetness.  Then later on we are surrounded by media advertising junk food and relating such foods to happiness and pleasure further reinforces overeating.  Research has shown that clever media advertising actually stimulates the production of dopamine into the brain which overrides our conscious choice to choose an healthier food option.

The use of Hypnosis can assist in identifying the emotional reasons by reframing the negative conditioning with something more positive.  By accessing the subconscious mind in a light relaxing trance these negative emotions can be relieved.  Hypnosis is one of the most effective and simple ways to help you to feel positive and create a mindset that helps to choose heallthier food and make long lasting lifestyle changes.

With love and light


Great Article by Dr Mercola

By Dr. Mercola

A 2009 study from University of California, Davis takes its place in a growing lineup of scientific studies demonstrating that consuming high-fructose corn syrup is the fastest way to trash your health. It is now known without a doubt that sugar in your food, in all its myriad of forms, is taking a devastating toll.

And fructose in any form -- including high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and crystalline fructose -- is the worst of the worst! Fructose, a cheap sweetener usually derived from corn, is used in thousands of food products and soft drinks. Excessive fructose consumption can cause metabolic damage and triggers the early stages of diabetes and heart disease, which is what the Davis study showed.

Dr. Richard Johnson also does a fabulous job of comprehensively reviewing this important topic in his new book The Fat Switch. In the study, over the course of 10 weeks, 16 volunteers on a controlled diet including high levels of fructose produced new fat cells around their heart, liver, and other digestive organs. They also showed signs of food-processing abnormalities linked to diabetes and heart disease. Another group of volunteers on the same diet, but with glucose sugar replacing fructose, did not have these problems. Fructose is a major contributor to:

Insulin resistance and obesity
Elevated blood pressure
Elevated triglycerides and elevated LDL
Depletion of vitamins and minerals
Cardiovascular disease, liver disease, cancer, arthritis, and even gout
A Calorie Is Not a Calorie

Glucose is the form of energy you were designed to run on. Every cell in your body, every bacterium -- and in fact, every living thing on Earth -- uses glucose for energy.

If you received your fructose only from vegetables and fruits (where it originates) as most people did a century ago, you'd consume about 15 grams per day -- a far cry from the 73 grams per day the typical adolescent gets from sweetened drinks. In vegetables and fruits, it's mixed in with fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and beneficial phytonutrients, all which moderate any negative metabolic effects.

It isn't that fructose itself is bad -- it is the MASSIVE DOSES you're exposed to that make it dangerous. There are two reasons fructose is so damaging:

Your body metabolizes fructose in a much different way from glucose. The entire burden of metabolizing fructose falls on your liver.
People are consuming fructose in enormous quantities, which has made the negative effects much more profound.
Today, 55 percent of sweeteners used in food and beverage manufacturing are made from corn, and the number one source of calories in America is soda, in the form of HFCS.

Food and beverage manufacturers began switching their sweeteners from sucrose (table sugar) to corn syrup in the 1970s when they discovered that HFCS was not only far cheaper to make, but is also about 20% sweeter than table sugar. HFCS is either 42% or 55% fructose, and sucrose is 50% fructose, so it's really a wash in terms of sweetness.

Still, this switch drastically altered the average American diet.

By USDA estimates, about one-quarter of the calories consumed by the average American is in the form of added sugars, and most of that is HFCS. The average Westerner consumes a staggering 142 pounds a year1 of sugar! And the very products most people rely on to lose weight -- the low-fat diet foods -- are often the ones highest in fructose. Making matters worse, all of the fiber has been removed from these processed foods, so there is essentially no nutritive value at all.



Stop Fad Dieting!!

Stop Fad Diets and Think Nutrition and Positivity !!

I remember when my children were babies and I used to breast feed them while watching the Oprah Winfrey show and noticed that she was often advocating some diet she was on and successfully losing weight then a few months later the weight back on and seemingly gaining more than she had lost. She was often promoting these diets as the answer and the panacea of weight gain.  More recently she announced that she would never diet again, perhaps at last she as realised that fad diets and extreme low fat regimes are only short term fixes.  Many of these diets are unhealthy and actually mess up the metablolism making it even harder to maintain a healthy weight.  So if you have tried and tested the many diets out there in the market place and have realised their failure to ensure long lasting weight management and want to get really serious about health and body shape, you will surprise yourself just how simple it can be.

I am sure you like Oprah have come to realise that restrictive diets dont work and are in fact harmful. Research has shown 95% of people who followed low fat restrictive diets found themselves at their starting weight or even heavier within twelve months.  Over the years I have seen hundred's of clients struggle with their weight and yo yoing month by month even year by year. From the success I have seen with the Beyond Dieting mind body approach the most successful long lasting sustainable weight loss is to change the way you feel about your body image with Hypnotherapy or Lifestyle Coaching and a sensible managed natural instinctive eating.

So what has worked best for me and my clients has been to:

Eliminate Processed Foods and Sugars.
Stop drinking fruit juices and mixer drinks.
Drink More Water.
Eat little and often
Include more seasonal fresh and raw fruits and vegetables.
Planning of Meals.
Positive thinking
Moving towards your goals.
Focusing on what you want.
Sleep at least 7hrs a night.

The Beyond Dieting goal is to focus on the mind body as the two work in unison together and each influences the other.  A healthy positive mind creates a healthy positive body.  When the body is receiving the nourishment it needs both physiically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually this naturally leads to a reduction of cravings and over eating.  Think and eat intuitively and instinctively and watch your body respond lovingly helping you to shed those extra kilos.

With love and light

Weight Loss Secret No 6

Weight Loss Secret No 6.  Drink More Water!!

Did you know that your body is composed of approximately 75% water that every cell apart from its mytochondria, proteins and minerals floats in water.  
This may come as a surprise to you so you can now hopefully see how important it is to drink this wonderful elixir of life.  You need water to survive and water involved in all functions of the body. Water maintains homeostasis keeping your body at the correct temperature, it assists in metabolism and the transportation of nutrients and of course flushing out toxins through eliminatory channels.

Water can also be your catalyst in helping you to regulate your weight as it curbs your apetite and is also a natural diuretic.  By drinking more water you are helping your body to flush out even more volume than is actually drank.  By keeping the body hydrated you are slowing down the ageing process by keeping the joints and tissues hydrated and the skin moist and supple.  Research has shown that 70% of the worlds population suffers from dehydration and many people associate thirst with hunger and eat more food when in fact they were simply thirsty.  So by drinking more water you will stop food cravings and satisfy the cells and tissues.

So how much water should we drink ?  We are told to drink 8 glasses a day however this is a bit general given that we all come in different sizes and builds.  Obviously if you were a tall athletic body builder you would need more than a petite dancer.  Its best to estimate according to your body weight one accepted standard rule is to divide your body weight in two (ie. 140lbs divided by 2 = 70 so you would need 70 ounces of water, there are 34 ounces to a litre so that would make it just over 2 litres)

The best way to start each day is to drink a glass of water preferably purified water, there are many good water purification systems or even a Brita system is fine, this will make sure you start of the day hydrated and help to start flushing toxins out. Then have a glass of water before and after each meal.  A glass of water before eating will naturally reduce your apetite and you can realise that maybe you were thirsty not hungry.

Water really is the elixir of life, so make sure you get your quota each day.  Please dont replace a glass of water with a cup of tea or a soft drink this is separate.

With love and light


Weight Loss Secret No 5

Weight Loss Secret No 5.  Start eating more natural raw foods.

Consider including more natural foods into your everyday diet you know everything your body needs is provided by mother earth and one of the easiest ways to start feeling better and give your weightloss goals a kick start is to include more raw natural foods into your diet. Plant based foods are much healthier for you and preferably organic fruit and vegetables.

Try to cut down on meat, dairy and processed foods to give your body a chance to cleanse and refresh intself at a cellular level.  Also consider the fact that up to 85% of nutritional value is lost during the cooking process and also the soil our food is grown in today is very depleted of essential earth elements so a lot of the food grown is lacking in vital vitamins to start with.  The other fact to consider is that a lot of fruit and vegetables are left in cold storage for many weeks before sale our supermarkets are most guilty of this.  So consider being market vegetables and fruits from your local market suppliers and buy what is mainly in season this way you stand a better chance of eating more nutrition dense foods.  

All living beings need proper nutrion and a healthy environment to stay alive and enjoy optimum health.  We all need sunlight, clean air and water without these we would die. Our bodies need good nutrition as well so consider eating more raw foods so you receive the natural vitamins and enzymes need to break down and assimilate the food.

Many people eat too much convenient and processed foods devoid of nutrition and so are really malnourished even though they are overweight.  So its important to include more raw foods, seeds and nuts into your diet.  Your body, mind and spirit will love you for it and thank you with a slimmer healthier mind and body.

With love and light


Weight Loss Secret No 4

Weight Loss Secret No 5.  Emotional Eating

Most of us have been guilty of emotional eating perhaps in times of stress or emotional upset or after a hard days work. Its those times when you just shovel the food in your mouth and eat without thinking and then realise afterwards that you have finished off a whole chocolate cake or bag of crisps.  Emotional eating is by and large the major factor today contributing towards becoming overweight. To many of us eat for the wrong reasons because we are still running old outdated subconscious programs that we picked up from our parents/grandparents when we were young.  Perhaps you were told to eat up all your food and not to leave anything on the plate like a good girl or boy, or you were made to feel guilty about all the starving children in africa.  Some other common reasons are being given sweets foods to comfort when feeling unwell or upset. Eat this and you will feel better.  Then unfortunately these feelings of comfort coming from the child's parents get associated with those sweet treat foods. 

So as an adult when something goes wrong in the life or feeling down we turn to these comfort foods to make yourself feel better.  They are outdated neuro associations that were programmed into us a long time ago are still running today as an adult you can also add extras like tobacco andd alcohol into the mix.  These are all classed as comfort foods.  Although this eating behaviour can be damaging to our health its often the only quick source of comfort we can find as these foods are so readily available.  There was probably a very valid logical reason they were installed in the past but now its negative conditioning and you eat way too much of these foods and putting of weight and so the negative cycle continues....

The good news is that you can overcome emotional eating by learning to control these emotional food cravings, when you shift these emotions and early programs and let go of the emotional charge attached to them then have taken back control and this will empower you .  

Reasoning and logic play no part in subconscious conditioning and its these programs that are running in the background influencing you to eat these comfort foods.  Hypnotherapy is one of the easiest ways to take control of these damaging programs.  Hypnotherapy retrains the mind to think and feel differently about emotional eating and effortlessly eliminates cravings and enables you to align your conscious desire for health and wellbieng and the subconscious mind to work together in alignment by overcoming the internal conflict and frustration.  Hypnotherapy makes changing behaviours so much easier and helps you to stay positive and mindful of the food choices that you make.  Often just one session is all that is needed to eliminate cravings and emotional eating and get you back on track.

A good hypnosis session and audio program can release the stress and strain of negative eating patterns and builds personal self confidence and personal power allowing desired change to happen effortlessly and easily.  Dont spend you life yo yo dieting this will damage your metabolism and reek havoc with your hormones and blood sugar levels.

With love and light


Weight Loss Secret No 3

Weight Loss Secret No 3 Stress is responsible

The one common denominator found with every person who is battling with their weight is stress.  There are different forms of stress there are mental and emotional and physical stress as well.  All doctors agree that stress has a major effect on our state of health and wellness.  The thoughts you think in your mind create physical states that can leave you feeling happy or sad safe or afraid, confident or nervous, even feelings of anger or peace.

These negative emotional states play a real active role on your health, and you can literally think yourself sick.  Stress causes all sorts of internal biochemical reactions in your body.  It weakens your immune system, can make you look older and interferes with the healing and repair of your cells, your digestion and how you metabolise food – basically too much stress can deteriorate the body.
You must give your body the best opportunity to function at its optimum best ensuring you are moving towards health and happiness which go hand in hand with a slim healthy body.
We are living in very stressful times.  There are financial worries, recession worries, health worries. Illness, loneliness, confidence problems, there maybe abusive people in your life, bosses, colleagues, family members.  There could be added stresses of looking after a sick relative, fear of job loss the list is endless.
In these times you may turn to food for comfort and you may not take care of your health as well as you should.  Stress can make you feel unmotivated or disinterested in healthy foods.  Behaviours such as abusing drugs, alcohol, caffeine, tobacco could end up being self destructive and become a crutch to escape stress.
Therefore it’s important to reduce all forms of stress both emotional and physical so your body can return to a natural healthier lighter state.
Consider exercise, yoga, self hypnosis, meditation even just taking some self time will help to relieve stress.  Give yourself the opportunity to relax and let go as often as you can, take up a hobby.  I can promise you once you get started you will be glad you did.

How does Hypnotherapy Work

So how does hypnotherapy for weight-loss work?

1. Your hypnotherapist is essentially a coach. He or she will guide you into a state of deep relaxation.

2. Once your body and mind are in relaxation mode (much like a daydream), your hypnotherapist will be able to access your unconscious mind (the part of us that works all the time but that we're not necessarily aware of i.e. innate instincts and survival mechanisms).

3. Soothing, carefully worded scripts can be used to explore a client's reasons for overeating and suggest new ways of thinking through visualisations. You have the control to reject any suggestions you don't feel happy with without any guidance from your hypnotherapist
4. Over time you will learn how to replace your negative habits and eating patterns with positive ones suggested by your hypnotherapist.

One of the most commonly asked questions in hypnotherapy consultations is - will hypnotherapy work for me? The answer to that is it's hard to know until you try it yourself. While it certainly won't work in the same way for everyone, the process of talking about developing good habits and getting rid of bad habits should help plant a new level of awareness when it comes to food and exercise. Hypnotherapy can positively influence the mind to retrain eating habits and develop new ways of thinking.  The subconscious mind is very receptive and alert when the critical conscious mind is relaxed making it very open to positive suggestions and to explore new ways of behaving.
Hypnotherapy was classed as an 'effective' treatment for weight-loss according to the Chambless & Hollen (1998) criteria for 'empirically-supported treatments' following a review of conditions hypnotherapy can be used to treat many different conditions from stress to phobias as well as weight loss and smoking cessation.  Hypnosis is also used in dentistry and by the police to gain further information from victims of crime or trauma.

What Hypnotherapy is Not!!

Hypnotherapy for weight-loss is becoming increasingly accepted and, as more people give it a go - more popular. Only recently has hypnotherapy for weight-loss been given the credit it deserves. The idea of hypnosis is still met with scepticism due to misconceptions about what it is. It is useful to know that during hypnosis you will not:

•    Be out of control
•    Be asleep
•    Be told to do anything you don't want to do
•    Have your memory erased
•    Be forced to reveal your deepest darkest secrets.

Hypnotherapy is not some occult art - you won't be prized open and exploited by your hypnotherapist; you will remain in control throughout your sessions.