Have we been misled by the scientists for three decades? Is sugar the villain, why we are all overweight or obese?

Some of the falsehoods propagated over three decades by science and the government…

Sugar is the Villain
Sugar is the Villain

High cholesterol food has NOTHING to do with high cholesterol in the body.  Fat is NOT bad – indeed, it’s difficult to gain weight on a fatty diet and there is NO relationship between fat and body fat or heart disease or cancer.  Increasingly, the obesity problem is focusing on sugar as the principal.

Decades of low fat diets have sabotaged our metabolisms and contributed to – if not made – the obesity problem.  This Guardian article exposes the myths and explains why we have eaten ourselves into this sad situation.  Click here to read this great article.

Commitment Needed for EITHER Gastric Band Hypnosis OR Surgery

There is no success without committment
There is no success without commitment

Recent research suggests that a third of gastric band surgery patients put ALL their weight back on.  And that mirrors my experience with hypnotherapy too.  There is no magic bullet.

I advise my clients that they need to make a real commitment to change, starting with preparing their home and workplace by clearing out tempting food before treatment.

For more information, read the article in the Daily Mail (click on the link).

Why do people put on differing amounts of weight?

BBC Article - Why do people put on differing amounts of weight?
BBC Article – Why do people put on differing amounts of weight?

Foods that make some of us put on weight can have little effect on others, according to research.  Read the BBC article for more information but more and more it looks that bacteria in the gut is key to weight loss.  Click here.  My partner is convinced that black coffee in the morning, a can of bitter at night and the Mediterranean diet is best for all.  Maybe he’s not so crazy…

Channel 4: ‘How to Lose Weight Well’: 11th January 2016

Channel 4 looked at several diets in this program but the gastric band ‘guinea pig’ got as good a result as anyone…

And hypnotherapy can help with eating habits too.

Christmas and Seasonal Anxiety Hypnosis – Make this Christmas a Happier One

Christmas PanicChristmas is traditionally assumed to be a time of merriment, parties and festive fun.  Most of us think of it as a time for families to get together, sitting around the tree, eating a sumptuous dinner which usually consists of turkey, Brussels sprouts, roast potatoes and mince pies or pudding.  We also have a rosy perception of this time of year, involving the giving and receiving of gifts, a time when everyone is happy and eager to enjoy the season and look forward to the year ahead.  Although this may be the case for most of us, for others this is not the case. Continue reading Christmas and Seasonal Anxiety Hypnosis – Make this Christmas a Happier One

Lactose Intolerance and Race: Your DNA is hard coded

“The ability in adulthood to break down lactose is rare or absent in most parts of the world. Those without the (DNA) mutation can experience unpleasant side effects if they consume substantial amounts of milk”.

My friend Ping from China told me that dairy was absent in Chinese cuisine.  Her first taste of cheese was when she visited the West.  According to Ping, cheese is both strange and unpleasant to the Chinese palate although her kids who grew up here love it.  Of course, I thought this was very funny – “Let me get you right, fish heads are a delicacy but you don’t like cheese?”

DNA Mutation to Process DairyAnyway…   It seems that the DNA mutation that allowed humans to process dairy products occurred independently around 3,000 to 5,000 years ago in modern day Turkey (where it spread into Northern Europe) and parts of Africa.  In evolutionary terms, that was yesterday: the ability to process daily products can confer an important advantage for surviving a poor harvest.  For more information, read this fascinating BBC article by clicking here.

In my previous blog, I discussed the importance of maintaining a good bacterial balance in your tummy and suggested natural yogurt.  But if dairy is not a good option for you because you are lactose intolerant, there is other good stuff to kick start the bacteria including coffee and even a glass of beer.  The key point is the importance of a rounded diet for a ‘good’ metabolism.

New E-Cigarettes NHS Policy – E-Cigarettes to be Banned in Scottish hospitals

The NHS is changing its policy on e-cigarettes.  Bad news if you’re an e-cigarette smoker and a bit of a disaster if you visit a hospital on a regular basis.  Read the BBC article by clicking here

New e-cigarette NHS policy

Why not try giving up cigarettes for good – easily and simply – why not try hypnosis? Why not try to give up cigarettes for good and leave e-cigarettes with a hypnotherapy session at the Glasgow Helpful Hypnosis Centre where you could stop smoking within two hours. Call 07889 010 844 and quit smoking today.