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Change Your Behaviour – Change Your Life

In our modern life we tend to ‘de-nature’ our life and our health. We go against nature rather than with it. Are you guilty of any of the following?

If you are it may be time to do a life re-evaluation and make some healthy changes:

• We tend to stuff our bodies with processed and acidic foods laden with additives and preservatives
• We seal ourselves up in airless air-conditioned homes, work places and shopping centres. We take little time to breathe deeply in nature.
• We clog our pores, paint our nails, wash our hair and clean our homes with highly chemical products.
• We disrupt our circadian rhythms with too little or too much sleep often artificially induced.
• We suppress our innermost feelings and emotions and yield to or dominate others. Many of us have forgotten how to give unconditionally and just feel pure joy at simple things.
• We behave in compulsive ways like over-eating, shopping or gambling because we feel empty or sad. We feel stressed most of the time and have lost control over our lives.

Nature is the very fabric of our being and we are made up of living cells that are programmed to heal themselves if given half a chance.

Go back to nature and change your life:

• Fill your body with nutritious living food abundant with nutrients, vitamins and fibre, grown organically and prepared with gratitude and love.
• Open the windows and get fresh air whenever you can. Head to the beach or the country when over possible and breathe in negative ions, fill your lungs and learn to release tension through deep breathing.
• Choose low chemical ecofriendly cleaning products for your home and your hair. Forget the nail polish and watch them grow healthy and strong. Only use organic pure products for your face where possible and remove all make-up before bed.
• Try to go to sleep at the same time each night and wake at the same time each morning. Your body will appreciate the routine. Have a bed time ritual. Turn off all electronic devices One hour before bed and don’t have them in your bedroom. Encourage sleep by reading or meditating with just a small bedside lamp beside you. Keep your room cool (with a window open if possible) and quiet. Write down anything that is bothering you so you can attend to it the next day. Go to sleep feeling grateful for what you do have in your life. Relax your limbs and allow yourself to fall asleep gently. If you exercise during the day your body will feel it has earned a good sleep
• Explore your feelings and emotions. Look at why you are the way you are. Be honest but NOT critical. Once you have taken a good hard look at your life consider the changes you are making to improve your health positively. Only you can change your life, not others. Make small changes and be gentle on yourself. Try to imagine you at ninety years old. What advice would you give yourself today? Perhaps you would advise yourself to: slow down, forgive someone, stand up to someone, get healthy now before you get sick or follow that dream before it’s too late. Move with nature not against it. Whatever you do in your life, do it with purpose, positivity, generosity and gratitude.

 

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Magic Bullet for Weight Loss – I don’t think so!

Like most things in life there is no magic bullet (or pill or powder) for weight loss that is sustainable. However if we just stop and pause and reflect there is actually a nice, gentle and sensible road back to the very basics of correct eating behaviour. We just have to be willing to give it a go. If the average overweight adult could reduce their calorie intake by just 20% – 25% (using the Waitplate System), they could lose up to .5 kilo per week. Add to this just half an hour of exercise (like moderate walking etc) and they could lose another half a kilo of body fat. (Not muscle or excess fluid) Just gentle sustainable weight management. Never aim for extremes. So why don’t we all just do this and lose weight? Simple? Unfortunately not so simple because simply reducing calories and portion sizes (even with healthy food choices) is difficult for most adults and children whose metabolism and psychology is used to an abundance of food and immediate gratification. Why are we prisoners to this effect? Because in the past we have learned to eat too much, too fast, don’t feel satisfied and have adopted ingrained poor eating habits. (This includes eating anxiety and food obsession). Just reducing the amount of food consumed will not totally correct these problems. If you don’t feel satisfied and satiated you won’t stick with it. It’s called deprivation and as humans we avoid this type of negative reinforcement at all costs. However our bodies are a lot smarter than we give them credit for and we have an inherent mechanism for the control of our nutrition and our weight.

Our Hunger Satiety Response:

It is unusual to get fat animals if they are left to their own devices. They become fat through endocrine disease or through human interference such as force feeding, lack of activity and growth supplements (usually for commercial reasons).

To some extent this applies to us as well. How our Hunger/Satiety response works in simplicity, is this. From the time we start eating we release Peptide Satiety Hormones- several of them in an escalating cascade which flood into our blood stream to be read and decoded by satiety centres in the Thalamus and Hypothalamus in our brains which analyse the data produced to give cerebral messages of satiety – (STOP EATING – I’M FULL). This whole process culminates in around 18 to 20 minutes.

Poor modern eating behaviours (including the nature of the food and the speed in which it is eaten) has over ridden and blunted the satiety regulation in many of us leading to overeating and obesity.

In terms of the nature of food, overweight individuals tend to eat high Caloric Density Foods with low satiety indices and poor nutritional value. That means that the food makes them fat but doesn’t fill them or meet nutritional needs. Eating larger mouthfuls of poor food choice foods too fast and swallowing only partly masticated food (only partially chewed) and you get a meal that can be mindlessly eaten in 5 minutes instead of 18 – 20 minutes. In eating this way the satiety cascade is bypassed and over-ridden and eventually blunted. (There is ground breaking evidence to verify this) The Waitplate Chewing Timer helps to correct and re-educate the user to dramatically reduce eating speed, thereby activating the hunger/satiety response so they feel fuller on much less food. This coupled with The Waitplate Portion Plate and Cutlery and the Waitplate Food Templates means that everything you need to gently and sustainably lose weight and maintain forever is at your finger tips.

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Why Are We Getting Bigger and Bigger?

Obesity was a sporadic and uncommon problem in the past – so what is so different now?

  • Portion Sizes: Doubled and often tripled in the last 30 years.
  • Activity Levels Down: Walking was something everyone did every day. Now we have to allocate time to walk or go into an artificial environment (a gym) to simply do what humans were designed to do….move.
  • Meal Times: What once was a social landmark in the day and looked forward to by family members is fast becoming a thing of the past. Eating in front of the TV without social interaction to break up the eating process encourages people to eat too much. The Waitplate System addresses this problem.
  • Human Intervention of Food: Instinctively our bodies crave nutritious natural foods with minimal or no human intervention in terms of processing. A home cooked meal of salad, steamed veg and a piece of fresh fish is pretty well the perfect meal.
  • New Physiologically Unrecognisable “Foods”: Since the Agricultural Revolution man has constantly aspired to process foods to the extent that it is cheap to make, has long shelf life and will not perish. Some foods like trans-fats, margarines and high fructose corn syrup are processed to such an extent that the body’s systems do not even recognise them as food.
  • Over Complication and Conflicting Information: We are so bombarded by conflicting nutritional information that many of us have simply tuned out due to the confusion of trying to digest it all.