Blog - Healthy Inspirations

Finding Balance

I saw a fun Facebook post this morning: a cartoon image of a woman following a balanced diet. On one arm of her armchair was a box of milk chocolates and one the other arm was a box of dark chocolates. Sure, it’s balance in one sense and if her top priority is boosting the […]

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The number 1 secret for weight loss

Kerry before and after

If you had to guess the number 1 secret for weight loss success, what would you say? Diet? Exercise? Pills? Shakes? Mindfulness? Calories-in-calories-out? If you guessed one of these, you’d be wrong. The number 1 key to weight loss success is something the Germans call sitzfleisch. Sitzfleisch is a word often used as a compliment […]

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Meet Deb

Lost 13.3kg and 53 cm That’s 18.97% of body weight The last few years has seen my weight yo-yo. I was tired, carbs became my best friend and anxiety tablets helped keep my emotions at bay. Menopause was a big problem for me and it really made it hard to do anything. I was sleeping […]

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“I’m on a low carb diet and I miss bread.”

“I’m on a low carb diet and I miss bread.” There, I’ve said it. It sounds a bit like the declarations made at the 12-step programs that help people overcome addictions. There’s something about the smell, the spongy texture, and the slatherings of delicious toppings that make bread such a popular food. Of course, I’m […]

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Spring clean your weight

This weekend is it. Spring cleaning time. Don’t groan and stop reading – it’s a perfect opportunity. Sure, it’s an opportunity to get rid of things you no longer want or need, but this is thinking about ‘stuff’ that’s lying around or cluttering your household. Instead, think about your spring cleaning as an opportunity to […]

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Low Carb Weight Loss for Vegetarians and Vegans

Is it possible? YES! What to do if you’re following a vegetarian diet but aren’t getting the results you want For years we’ve all been told that losing weight was all about arithmetic – “calories in versus calories out”. To put this into practice we were told it’s as simple as “eating less (calories) and […]

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Habits, support, and weight loss

Habit change is hard, there’s no doubt about it. Habits develop for a very good reason: to make our lives easier. Take away the ease that a habit brings, and life becomes more difficult. The habit might be as simple as which shoe you put on first, or which arm is on top when you […]

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5 tips to make regular exercise easier

Looking at Halle Berry’s 10-minute lunchtime workout got me thinking: if it only takes 10 minutes to look as gorgeous as Ms Berry, why don’t we all take the time? Answer: It’s hard. Achieving results is not easy. Doing one session is easy enough, but turning up regularly and putting in the effort needed? That’s […]

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Weight loss sabotage or support?

Most people have tried to lose a few kilos. Whether the desired weight loss is for health, comfort, or aesthetic purposes, it’s easy to start full of hope and motivation, only to have saboteurs stop you in your tracks. Sometimes the saboteurs are internal, and others they’re external. Internal Self-talk Think about encouraging a friend […]

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Can mindfulness influence your weight?

“We are frequently in error but rarely in doubt.” Our previous education, learning and experiences lead us to believe that our circumstances are set. Mindfulness studies suggest that these beliefs are not true; that we are unnecessarily limiting our potential for growth. Ellen Langer is a Harvard psychology professor – and very entertaining speaker – […]

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