What about the children?

I watched a programme on Channel 4 last week called ‘Junk Food Kids’ and found myself getting more and more annoyed but equally sad about the lack of parenting skills that were leading to children being either overweight or losing their teeth.  Watch it on 4OD if you missed it!

Having had a bit of a rant on twitter as I watched it I did calm down, but it it made me really think about the example we set for our children. We really owe to them to eat healthily ourselves so that our children have a healthy relationship with food.

Things that can help

  • sitting at a table to eat as a family
  • preparing freshly cooked meals together
  • having healthy snacks
  • limiting chocolate and crisps
  • cutting out fizzy drinks

None of this is rocket science but setting the right example for children and making sure they are healthy has to be one the most important things we do.

How to cope with too much of a good thing!

Well if you are trying to lose weight and you have recovered from overdoing it at Christmas, Valentines Day started the next onslaught of food related celebrations.

Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday so, religious or not, Pancakes are on the menu and of course this starts the lead up Easter and the shops are full of goodies to tempt you.  So how to cope.

We all overdo it from time to time but the trick is to try to balance this.  I have attached a suggested plan for a day to balance out those excesses.  You can find other helpful hints and tips with recipes on the Weight Away Plans

BALANCING DAY MENU

Are you an emotional eater?

Most people know whether or not they are emotional eaters, as they find themselves turning to food or drink at times of stress or worry.  This can however become a habit rather than actually being a response to an emotional trigger.

One thing that is easy to do to find out if you have developed habits that are making you eat or drink too much is to keep a food diary for a week.

You might find that there are certain times of the day you reach for chocolate or cake, whether you are actually hungry or not. Equally you may find that the drink of wine you have occasionally after a hard day has suddenly turned into 2 glasses a night.

So keep a diary for a week and see what you are eating and drinking you may be surprised.

If you want to change what you are doing and want help you can always contact me for a free discussion on how Weight Away can help you to eat healthily and lose weight for life.

Have you got an event to lose weight for?

This week I am sharing one of my client’s stories, which she was happy to share, as she has been so delighted with her weight loss and my Weight Away Plan.  You can see her before and after in her beautiful Mother of the Bride outfit.

Alison writes

” When my daughter announced that she was getting married in February 2014, I knew that I wanted to do something about my weight, so that I could be a mother of the bride that she could be proud of.  So I embarked on a diet.  5 months later I had achieved nothing, my weight had fluctuated within about 5 pounds, but with no real visible results.  Each day I started “being  good” with a small breakfast, then later, a small lunch.  By mid- afternoon I felt really hungry, shaky and light-headed so I headed for the kitchen where anything was “fair game”, cake, biscuits and other  snacks.  Later on, I satisfied my hunger with a large evening meal.  No wonder I didn’t lose any weight.

In August , after seeing my holiday photos and tipping the scales at 13 stone 3 lbs I decided to get help.  Slimming clubs didn’t appeal to me and I enjoy food, which is why I have found dieting so difficult to maintain in the past. I wanted something that didn’t feel like a diet.

I met Sue through networking and decided to give her nourish plan a go and I am very glad I did.  From the start of the program I saw the weight come off and I have continued to lose weight steadily each week. I am now very close to reaching my target of 11 stone and have dropped 2 dress sizes and feel so much healthier and energetic.  I weighed 11 stone 6lbs at my daughters’ wedding and received lots of compliments on how well I looked.

The recipes are put together by Sue herself, who is a trained nutritionist and calculates all the calories for you so you don’t have to do lots of weighing of ingredients.  The meals are delicious and varied.  My husband was surprised at what we were eating whilst “dieting”.  Many of the recipes have now become firm family favourites like, cheddar chicken, spanish meatballs, paprika chicken pie as well as many sweet dishes and even cakes.  The best thing about the Weightaway program is that you lose weight by eating real food.  Sue ensures that the calories are balanced throughout the day so that you don’t get the mid-afternoon slump or feel hungry at any time during the day.  She also builds into the plan the little things that you can’t do without (in my case a glass of wine) so that you can have your treats and don’t feel deprived – you don’t actually feel that you are on a diet.

Sue also gives tips on losing weight each week and these are also valuable especially at Christmas  and celebration times so that you can manage these times and limit any weight gain (I only put on 1 pound this Christmas).

For me the Weight Away program  has worked in a way that no other “diet” has.  Sue is wonderfully supportive and I thoroughly recommend her program to others wanting to do the same as me and lose weight for good.

Alison Townsend ”

Alison Before

Alison at the start of her journey

Alison After

Alison as the glamorous Mother of the Bride