The purpose for me starting this blog is simply because I want to help others.
I have learnt so much useful stuff over the past 25 years but my health no longer allows me to see the 50 face to face clients a week that I used to so this is a different way I can still keep my passion thriving whilst helping others.
Originally I wanted to have a forum on the blog because it could be anonymous and people who are losing weight generally don’t want all their friends on Facebook to know they are on diet let alone share personal feelings and pain. Continue reading “If you want to join my confidential support group, here’s where to go…..”
What I am going to say on this page may seem very controversial to some and I will say at the outset, I am not trained medically in any way shape or form. I have no dietary qualifications……just a load of interest, experience and common sense!
If you have Type 2 diabetes and have been told it’s incurable or irreversible, it’s hogwash! There’s a bit of a ding dong going on in cyberspace between the “establishment” and a few very credible professionals like Professor Tim Noakes (my hero) and Asseem Malhotra about what causes Type 2 diabetes and how to cure it and I’m positive you’ll be hearing a lot more in the years to come as the stubborn government barriers start coming down.
The simplest way for a person to find out if a diet is helping them reverse Type 2 is to see what happens on a daily basis to their blood sugars. Continue reading “Type 2 diabetes is absolutely, definitely, certainly curable!!!”
I have a very dear friend who like me, has fibromyalgia. She is clearly also an addictive person having gone through phases of drinking Coke by the litre, smoking heavily, and she also has an addiction to sugar.
Many years ago I was admitted to a clinic (for severe depression which I now know was the fibromyalgia) which also treated drug and alcohol addicts. During my 3 week stay, I spent a lot of time talking to the counsellors and addicts and gained a better understanding about addiction. I learnt that most alcoholics can remember their very first drink because they have a gene that is triggered in that instance. Other people develop a dependence through years of over indulgence.
I’m sure that you have come across alcoholics and drug addicts that just by looking at them, you know that they are very seriously ill and have absolutely no control over their addiction.
Addiction to sugar can be just as bad. My friend that I mentioned to you overcame her addiction to Coke many years ago but unsurprisingly became very overweight and developed Type 2 diabetes. The terror of it all prompted her to have a gastric bypass which led to her losing loads of weight and finally achieving the body that she had desperately struggled for. But sadly, a gastric bypass does not cure an addiction so she found ways to still get her “sugar fix”.
About a year ago, I could sense she was miserable and clearly not well and she admitted to me that she was having sugar hypo’s, a nasty condition where blood sugars are so erratic that they can leave you feeling dizzy, shaky, hot, sweaty and faint. When I chatted to her and asked what was going on, she sobbed and admitted that she was still eating loads of sugar despite knowing how deadly it was for her body. She felt out of control. When I asked what her need was for the sugar, her response broke my heart. “Because it’s the only thing that makes me feel happy”. What a powerful statement that was.
Sugar has the power to control our lives. If the thought of cutting sugar out of your life terrifies you, its a massive signal that it’s exactly what you need to do. Sugar is not a “food group” like protein or fats that our bodies need. We can get what we need from fruit, vegetables and even protein. The physical cravings can go pretty quickly – from 1 to 6 weeks – but the mental cravings can take years.
If you are struggling and feel you need some support, do email me at the link under Contact.
I heard once that 60% of people that seek help for bariatric surgery have experienced abuse in their childhood. That’s a shocking statistic but it does confirm the long believed assumption that there is a direct link between weight, childhood abuse and neglect.
Many people who suffer abuse experience deep shame, assuming fault for something that was not their fault at all. They often become withdrawn which may lead to a lack of meaningful relationships and friendships which then compounds a belief within them that they are not worthy. A fertile ground is established for this hurt, abused little person to lack confidence, lack self esteem, lack trust, to believe that they are “different” and don’t belong, that they are not worthy of love, security, care, safety and a normal life. Continue reading “Is childhood abuse keeping you overweight?”
I am posting this pretty unusual post because I have committed to raising awareness of this hardly known, destructive but easily cured condition. I’m also sharing it because it can be the reason your weight is going up rapidly for no logical reason!
For those who don’t know my story, I have had fibromyalgia for 30 years and the two symptoms which affect me most are extreme fatigue and pain. Around the time my Dad died in 2013, I was so exhausted I could barely get out of bed and went off to the GP yet again for help. Strangely, this GP did what no other had done. He tested my calcium levels and they came back as above normal. He called me back and did a “pth” or parathyroid blood test which also came back as out of the normal range. He had found my problem with a simple blood test. Continue reading “Could a Hyper-Parathyroid problem be making you gain weight?”