Building a Bridge to Your Desired Goal - 2015-03-24

Imagine the knowledge and skills required to build a bridge over a fast flowing river, 20 meters deep with a bed formed by a deep level of gravel which makes construction of piers on the river bed impossible. Getting to important life goals can be compared to the strategies and knowledge required when planning and building a bridge. Walking over... more

The Freedom To Choose - 2015-03-03

"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them." - Maya Angelou Most of us value our freedom and won’t dream of giving it up willingly. Few realize however that by not using our freedom to choose we often become prisoners of the challenges we are facing in our daily lives. ... more

Can Dieting Make You Lose Your Mind? - 2015-02-24

If you have ever witnessed strange behaviour from a friend who was losing weight fast while following a diet with a questionable nutritional content, you may recall things like an obsession with food and strange or elaborate rituals. This odd behaviour may have been evident in the unusual enthusiasm with which recipes, completely unsuitable for ... more

Success Is Not a Destination It's a Yourney - 2015-02-24

Success is not a destination, it’s a journey. What do the founder of Weigh-Less and James Blunt have in common? Both of them are highly successful. Both started doing what they do to fulfil a specific need. Mary Holroyd started her first weight-management group in Durban because she lost weight with the help of a weight-loss club i... more

Boredom: The Good and the Bad. - 2015-02-15

True happiness... is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. - Helen Keller – We don’t like being bored. When bored the mind becomes restless. It is an uncomfortable feeling and we try to relieve the discomfort by seeking stimulation or by day dreaming. Boredom can be the result of too ... more

Debilitating Self Labels - 2015-01-26

“The important thing is this:  To be able at any moment to sacrifice that which we are for what we could become”.  ~Charles DuBois A week ago our team was challenged to learn Line Dancing for a company event. My first reaction was: “No ways!” I’m uncoordinated and will make a fool of myself!” Too ... more

Commitment and other C-words - 2014-11-25

"It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow." - Ralph Ellison How many words beginning with the letter C, which could be linked to weight management, can you think of?   A few examples are: Challenges, cravings, cycles, calories, control, couch potato, crisis, celebrations, carbohydrates,... more

Living Our Life Stories - 2014-11-12

You rarely achieve finality. If you did, life would be over, but as you strive new visions open before you, new possibilities for the satisfaction of living. - Eleanor Roosevelt The stories of our lives could be compared to a journey with many different routes. The journey could be easy or challenging with huge obstacles to overcome when you lea... more

The Do's and Dont's of Success - 2014-11-05

Long, long ago in a far away country, a young lady of 15, who hated school, found herself a job and left school. She was always plump and self-conscious about her weight but her family, who were all big people, told her that she won’t lose even if she tried as they were a family of big people and being big was part of their genetic inheritanc... more

Believes: Are Yours Healing or Toxic? - 2014-10-28

Do you believe that your environment is fulfilling your needs for love and security? What words do you associate with a loving and safe environment? On the other hand, what words come to mind when you perceive your world as an unsupportive and unsafe environment? Did you know that the risk of developing diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes and eve... more

How "Balanced" Are You? - 2014-10-21

“Poor health is not caused by something you don’t have; It’s caused by disturbing something that you already have. Healthy is not something that you need to get; it’s something you already have if you don’t disturb it”. -- Dean Ornish The human body is capable of maintaining equilibrium and health if we allow ... more

Craving or Addiction? - 2014-09-08

“Love and fear are the two most important emotional influences in our lives. One or the other motivates much of what we feel, think, and do every day”.-Jeane Segal Phd. People who find it hard to resist chocolate or other high fat or sugary foods often blame their challenge on being addicted to their specific fix. Addiction howeve... more

What You Need to Know About Insulin Resistance - 2014-08-26

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything. -Arabian Proverb Most people with insulin resistance don’t know they have it for many years—until they develop type 2 diabetes, a serious, lifelong disease. The good news is that if people learn they have insulin resistance early on, they can often prevent or dela... more

Knowledge and Wisdom: The Two Pillars of Success - 2014-08-19

“Lives, like money, are spent. What are you buying with yours?” Seneca Weight-loss is unnatural because we are designed to maintain a healthy balance of energy input and energy output. We become overweight because we override the internal system which is supposed to maintain this balance by consuming too much over processed food and ... more

Are You A Responsible Woman? - 2014-08-13

People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights. Indira Gandhi During August we celebrate the power of women, their achievements and their rights. That is great. Women have played a significant role in history and continue to shape our current world. It is a sad state of affairs that, in spite of what women contribute to the w... more

Are You Happy? - 2014-08-06

"We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different, and yet the same." -Anne Frank Ever wondered what you were thinking when you made a choice you thought will make you happy only to realize later you did not end up being happy about your choice? When eating out, why would you choose a boring meal you know w... more

Dreaming About a Miracle. - 2014-08-03

 "Nothing happens unless first a dream." - Carl Sandburg People on weight-loss programs dream about weight Loss and how it will change their lives when it happens.  They dream about being beautiful, confident happy, healthy and everything in between. And then the battle start. Although some lose weight easily, some have... more

The Banting Diet: The Perfect Solution? - 2014-07-30

The Banting Diet, recently revived by Tim Noakes, is seen as the perfect solution by many who have tried everything to lose weight. This diet, which promotes the consumption of large amounts of protein and fat and very little carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit, seem to promote fast weight loss.  Although some insulin resistant people may b... more

Your Legacy - 2014-07-23

What would you be remembered for when you leave this world? My weight-loss group had an interesting talk around this subject at our meeting last Friday. Obviously, we all want to be remembered for the good things we did and for the good we would like to believe others saw in us, like friendliness, patience and kindness. Some said they would like... more

How To Stay Motivated - 2014-07-15

On the bathing-tub of King T'ang the following words were engraved:  "If you would one day renovate yourself, do so from day to  day. Yea, let there be daily renovation."  ~Confucian Analects Staying motivated is never easy. Motivation is not something that come from outside. Neither is it a pill or a potion you can... more

Five Proactive Ways To Deal With Emotional Responses - 2014-04-08

Emotions are an important part of being human.  We need emotions to survive, thrive and avoid danger. When experienced within context, all emotions, including so called negative emotions like anger, fear, sadness and anxiety are a normal part of who you are. Being very upset when there is cause for such an emotion, is acceptable and understand... more

How Can Breath Work help To Heal Us? - 2014-04-07

 WHAT IS BREATHWORK?  Using the breath to release tension in the body is not a new concept. Human Beings hold their breath when they are in pain, physical as well as emotional and when they are afraid or anxious. In doing so the pain or fear is held at a cellular level in the body. Our emotions are closely connecte... more

What is wrong with carbo-loading? - 2012-03-06

Every patient carries her or his own doctor inside. Albert Schweitzer Many people ask me about carbo-loading as it is believed that loading with carbohydrates a few days before an event can improve stamina and endurance. However, we are all different and what might be good practice for one person might hold potential health risks for another. Ca... more

Wise Words! - 2012-01-16

I received the following wise words from someone via email. I have no idea who the original author may be, but want to share this with the world. Imagine what life could be like if all of us would apply all 36 ideas to our lives!  Even applying some of them will bring more health and happiness. A GUIDE FOR LIVING Health:  1.&nbs... more