Healthy blog – day 5.  Why guest blogger Sam Heywood-Cox loves Mondays

Healthy blog – day 5. Why guest blogger Sam Heywood-Cox loves Mondays

Our third guest blogger is Sam Heywood-Cox North Staffordshire. Here Sam tells us why she loves Mondays.

Mondays Are My Favourite Day:

For most Monday is a daunting thing – a full week of work to look forward to with all of the pressures and pains of balancing life and work. For me it’s different, Mondays for me return me to balance and new possibilities and most importantly my weekly trip to the local well known diet club.

My journey began in March 2015, prompted largely by two items of clothing:

  1. I bought jeans from M&S (a usually generous manufacturing size) in a size 14.
  2. So, I went to get some “spanx” type underwear to stop the wobble and, when I put them on at home…Muffin Tops!

I was mortified. I had always been slimmer but the post-baby weight was just not shifting.

TIME FOR ACTION

With head hung low and without a word to anyone other than my husband I arrived at the group. Standing on those scales for the first time was terrifying and I was shocked at how much I weighed. I vowed to change.

Roll on to Now:

Mondays are great. I have been at target since 5th October 2015 and I love it.

After dropping my daughter at school I do the shopping according to the meal plan written over the weekend – doing it this way means there is virtually no waste and I am not tempted by the two for one offers which means we save money too.

There are still snacks in for my husband and daughter but the trolley is filled largely with the 229 free to eat any time, any amount foods and some store cupboard staples.

It helps that I enjoy cooking, my husband and son have been really fussy eaters so I am the master of invention and hidden veg.

I work on my business until 2:45 p.m. and always walk to collect my daughter from school; a little daily exercise goes a long way.

If dinner is more involved than freezer to over to plate I prepare what I can, come 5:15 p.m. I am off to group. (I have even coerced a friend into coming and she looks and feels great too).

The group is a wonderful experience, I have made friends, been able to help others and now get regular exercise by helping promote the group through leaflet delivery.

At first it felt daunting facing the scales but, with very small changes to the way I cook and the ingredients used, it has been easy to implement. Even on the weeks where I have gained rather than lost (and believe me it is about 50:50) going to the group has given me support and encouragement, and some great food ideas, including new ingredients (kohlrabi?).

Moreover the group and the weight loss has given me back my body confidence. I see myself in a shop window and see a beautiful lady rather than the leggings and baggy jumpers of 2014. I smile more, I dress better and have even gone back to wearing short skirts.

I am now embarking on a career as a wellness coach – not for this particular diet plan but generally to help people hit their own personal goals.

For me it was about finding my self-confidence and in finding a regime that suited my life-style I have certainly done that. There are so many options for health available out there that you are bound to find one thing that suits you.

My Go To Brunch:

brunch

Wholemeal toast

Ham

Wilted spinach and dry friend mushrooms and tomatoes

Two dry fried eggs

DELICHIOUS!

About me:

Sam is 44 years old and has two children. She lives in North Staffordshire with her husband and daughter, her grown up son lives up the road and comes home regularly for meals. Sam runs an MLM selling cards, wrapping, stationery and more. She is also a wellness coach with a continued professional development plan in place.

You can read her daily blog at ThisIsIt72Blog@wordpress.com and is on Facebook as facebook.com/samheywoodcox

A note from Honey….

Thank you Sam for that insight into your life and brunch!

What this blog is:
  • This is a 30 day blog about health eating where different people will share their thoughts and experience
  • This is a non-judgmental place of inspiration
  • This is a place to learn, pick up tips and think about your own eating
What this blog isn’t:
  • This isn’t a weight loss plan. Although losing weight is often a by-product of eating a healthier diet! I do help people lose weight with Hypnotherapy but that is not the purpose of this blog.
  • It isn’t a place to feel regret about the situation of your health right now. Today is a chance to make changes!

Do you know what you are eating?

Yesterday’s product was white bread.

Can you guess today’s product from it’s ingredients?

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Let us know in the blog or facebook comments! I will let you know the answer here tomorrow.

Here’s the plan:

  • Read the blog each day. Get involved. comment, share your thoughts and wisdom
  • If you want to be accountable and use this as an opportunity to improve your diet and see how much better you can feel in just 30 days then go for it
  • Find me on Facebook, my website, on twitter
  • Sign up to my newsletter at the bottom of this blog for a free relaxing download and  special offers

See you tomorrow.

Healthy hug 🙂

Honey

Healthy eating – day 1. Five reasons to eat a healthy diet

Healthy eating – day 1. Five reasons to eat a healthy diet

junk food versus healthy food

Are you looking for change?

Welcome to day 1 of my healthy eating blog. Over the next 29 days we will explore healthy eating and hear from lots of guest bloggers who will share their experiences and knowledge.

You might already be a healthy eater and be looking for new ideas and inspiration or you might want to improve your diet for a variety of reasons. Either way this is a good place to be. A non judgemental place with the intention of inspiring and sharing.

‘What the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve’

What your mind can conceive and believe your mind can achieve

It might be that you use the next 30 days to make changes to your diet. I will be doing the same. I have qualifications in nutrition so I understand the impact of a healthy diet, but the theory and the practical are different things! The first place I will start is with my mindset. As a Hypnotherapist I believe that ‘what the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve’. What this means to me is you’ve got to want to do it, believe you can do and set your mind to it!

What makes us want to do something? Motivation is a broad and complex subject! But if you can get motivated you can be unstoppable. Motivation comes from your ‘why’. So think of a time when you were really truly motivated. Maybe you did something sporty, or saved up for something, or studied for something or drove 100 miles to get that Christmas present that was out of stock that you knew your kid would love! When you have really committed yourself to something you would have been motivated to do it and your motivation comes from the ‘why’ behind it.

Five reasons to east more healthily

Your ‘why’ might not be obvious and can be interesting to explore. But for now let’s look at 5 reasons to eat healthy and maybe one of these will resonate with you.

1 – More energy

Think of a lightbulb that is running out and flickering. It can barely muster a steady glow. That’s what it can feel like to have low energy. It’s not a nice feeling. With low energy running the home and doing our jobs become much harder, not to mention having the will to exercise. Although we have physical, mental and spiritual energy, the physical is very important for us to function! The more energy you have, the more you can enjoy life to the full.

2 – Better sleep

If you are pumping your body full of unhealthy ingredients and sugar this may affect your sleep. I don’t know how well you sleep but I know for sure when people go sugar free, they all tell me that their sleep improves. When  you eat healthy food, your energy is more stable throughout the day. So when it comes to sleep time you are ready.

3 – Savour the flavor

your have 2000-5000 tastebuds

When you are not eating randomly you might find that you are more appreciative of what you eat. You might eat a wider range of foods and as a result enjoy the tastes and flavours more. Taste is a major pleasure sensor and if you eat less sugar you will find that the sweetness that mother nature has put in  fruit is actually enough. If you are eating lots of chocolate, biscuits and sweets and you reduce this, you might yourself enjoying other forms of sweetness like dates and other dried fruit. You have between 2000 and 5000 tastebuds just on the front and back of your tongue. Bring those tastebuds to life! This leads to feeling more satisfied and satisfaction can make a lot of difference to your quality of life.

4 – Lose weight

fat inside the body

A by product of eating more healthily might be losing weight. This might be your big ‘why’. You might have higher self-esteem as a slimmer you. Or want to be able to wear different clothes. You might feel more attractive or be more agile when exercising. Being overweight is considered a health risk. Fat in the viscal area (round your stomach) in particular is a risk as it squashes your organs and puts them under pressure. Your risk of diabetes and heart disease are higher if you are overweight.

5 – Treat yourself

We often use the word ‘treat’ when we are having unhealthy food. Maybe a chocolate bar or a takeaway. We do it with kids too. We use sweets as treats and bribes! But really these aren’t the treats our bodies want! Your body wants nutrients, good fats, fibre so it can it can do its best work for you. Your body thinks a treat is something different. The good news is that you can have more as most healthy treats as on the whole, they are less calorie dense.

So maybe one of those five things will be your reason ‘why’. Or maybe you have a ‘why’ of your own. I would love to hear it in the comments of this blog.

What this blog is:

This is a 30 day blog about health eating where different people will share their thoughts and experience

This is a non-judgmental place of inspiration

This is a place to learn, pick up tips and think about your own eating

What this blog isn’t:

This isn’t a weight loss plan. Although losing weight is often a by-product of eating a healthier diet! I do help people lose weight with Hypnotherapy but that is not the purpose of this blog.

It isn’t a place to feel regret about the situation of your health right now. Today is a chance to make changes!

Do you know what you are eating?

Can you guess this product from it’s ingredients?

91% some sort of vegetable, sugar, rapeseed oil, modified maize starch, dried skimmed milk, 0.1% double cream, paprika, acidity regulator, citric acid, rice flour, sunflower oil, basil extract, clove extract, capsicum extract, cinnamon extract, flavouring, garlic oil.

What do you think it is? Let us know in the blog or facebook comments! I will let you know the answer here tomorrow.

Here’s the plan:

  • Read the blog each day. Get involved. comment, share your thoughts and wisdom
  • If you want to be accountable and use this as an opportunity to improve your diet and see how much better you can feel in just 30 days then go for it
  • Find me on Facebook, my website, on twitter
  • Sign up to my newsletter at the bottom of this blog for a free relaxing download and  special offers

 

See you tomorrow.

Healthy hug 🙂

Honey

 

Is it time for you to stop smoking?

Is it time for you to stop smoking?

Is it time for you to give up smoking?

Giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do to dramatically improve your health and life expectancy. On average, non-smokers live around a decade longer than smokers.

As well as improving your own health and wellbeing, you’ll also give your family peace of mind in the knowledge you’re doing everything you can to be with them for as long as possible.

The benefits of giving up smoking are endless, from better breathing to saving on average £1,696 per year.

If you’ve ever suffered a heart attack, quitting smoking can reduce your chances of having another one by up to 50%.

E-Cigarettes Aren’t Always the Answer

Vapour devices aren’t always the best solution as the nicotine and the smoking habit still exists. It’s not until you eliminate the habit that you become a non-smoker.

How is Hypnotherapy Effective for Giving up Smoking?

There are dozens of methods to stop smoking, including patches, gum or prescribed drugs. The effectiveness of these methods is varied, but many people struggle as they don’t help you at an unconscious level.

Hypnotherapy works with the greater part of your mind, the subconscious mind, which is responsible for behaviour.  By working with the subconscious, your desire to smoke is removed and the determination to stay a non-smoker is enhanced.

What is the Process with Stop Smoking Hypnotherapy? 

During hypnotherapy, I simply talk to you and you will then feel deeply relaxed.

Speaking directly to the subconscious leaves you feeling refreshed as a non-smoker. Giving up smoking for good is then easy, as your subconscious fully understands the reasons you want to give up.

This allows you to really teach yourself what the true benefits are for you personally and how to cope with situations where you may have previously wanted to smoke.

The stop smoking treatment is a 2 session treatment, where we’ll discuss your own reasons for giving up and wanting a healthier life.

You will also be given recordings to use at home, ensuring you retain the state of mind which tells you that you don’t need to smoke.

Contact me today at  for more information and to make your appointment. With a little helping hand, achieving your goals is simple.

 

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