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Happy New Year

Posted on January 2nd, 2011 by nicci  |  No Comments »

New Year, new beginnings, new resolutions and a new you!  New year can bring all sorts of pressures, not least of which is the  desire to lose the weight we put on over the festive season.  The key to success is to think what it is you want not what you don’t.  So, don’t beat yourself up for overeating over Christmas but look forward with enthusiasm and confidence to how you will feel this time next year.  The following tips are designed to help you.

Eat protein for breakfast.  Research shows that those who eat protein for breakfast eat on average 400 calories a day less.

Eat 3 meals and 3 small snacks.  Eating protein even just a little with each meal which will boost metabolism, eliminating hunger pangs and balancing out blood sugar.

Exercise some everyday.  Do what you love be it Salsa, football, walking, rock climbing, it must raise your heart rate to a comfortable level.

Cut down on alcohol.  It has calories in it!  Can loosen your inhibitions causing you to eat more.

Pay attention to your life.  Your life often disappears when you have an eating problem or even if you are dieting.  Eating your emotions is not healthy, find an alternative, search for what inspires you, investigate, be curious.

Nurture relationships.  Relationships can often give us what we are trying (and failing) to get out of food.  However relationships need to be cultivated with love and attention.

Visualise as often as you can your intended result.  Find a quiet place and pay attention to your breathing, after a while imagine yourself looking in the mirror at yourself  this time next year, see the changes you want, look carefully and how you look and imagine running your hands over your body, feeling the flow of the breasts, waist and hips – feel excited – this will be you.

Slow down.  Life can run away from us and we suddenly find ourselves older than we think!  By slowing down and attending to each moment we can slow time down. It has the added benefit of allowing to notice when we are eating when we didn’t intend to – to allows us to see the ‘gap’ and make a decision.

Eat for health – not to diet.

I have every confidence if you follow these tips there will be a new you – inside and out!

Happy New Year

Love chocolate

Posted on December 22nd, 2010 by nicci  |  No Comments »

This time of year there is no way I am going to avoid eating chocolate!  Daily the postman is bringing me gifts of chocolate and chocolate biscuits, and this is where it gets easier or harder depending on you point of view.  For me it’s sometimes easier and harder – I may seem contrary, let me explain, it works like this. To see the amount of good chocolate if I had been ‘dieting’ would be overwhelming, in the past I have sat there with all boxes opened and nibbles out of each (spoiling it for anyone else!), I would then feel faintly sick and either (depending on my mood), put them somewhere ‘safe’, or throw them away.  The ‘safe’ place would inevitably be ransacked and the nibbles start all over again.  What can you do?  This is how I now deal with this.  Sometimes I leave them unopened and take them into town with me and give them to the first unsuspecting homeless person I see, or re- wrap and re-cycle to a relative or/and friend.  Other times I will open them and then use a mindfulness technique, which I will describe.  This should take less than 3 min.  First get comfortable, taking a few slow breath, notice your breathing, in and out slowly.  Look at the chocolate/biscuits/desired food and think about who sent it to you, see them clearly in your mind, try to sense in you body what feelings arise with this person, just sense and let it pass, do not get attached to the thought. Next with the food in front of you, scan you body for it’s physical reaction to the food, i.e is your mouth watering, tummy growling, desire growing inside.  Now imagine picking some of it up and putting it in you mouth, feel the sensation, imagine the chewing and all the flavour filling your mouth, spend some time doing this, feel the imagined food as it slips down your throat and into your stomach.  Now, breathing, watching your breath, in and out ask yourself how you would feel if you had ate it?  Would you be able to have just one or two pieces? (Don’t kid yourself), would it be worth it?  Bring yourself into the present moment and make your decision.  This exercise if repeated can result in less thoughtless eating, which as we all know is often when we put on those few, or more pounds.  Christmas is nearly here and I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and all that you wish for yourselves.

New Year New You

Posted on November 29th, 2010 by nicci  |  No Comments »

New Year New You

New Year New You

I am very excited to be running the ‘Understanding Your Eating’ programme in the New Year.  This is a brilliantly innovative programme for all of you who know that they eat their emotions and want to have a healthier way to get through the ups and downs of everyday life. The programme was devised by Professor Julia Buckroyd who, after working with ballet students applied what she learnt helping them with their disordered eating to the wider public.  Julia and her team have run some trials and the programme was piloted for a year 2008 to 2009 with good results.  Prof. Julia Buckroyd is also known for her book Eating Your Heart Out: Understanding and Overcoming Eating Disorders which looks at the way we misuse food to express our emotional hunger.  This is still available at, although it is going to be reprinted in 2011.

life and chocolate

Posted on November 11th, 2010 by nicci  |  No Comments »

Try this; when you want that chocolate, that naughty piece of gorgeousness, yumminess, have an piece of fruit -as well, see how it makes you feel.  There’s more to life than chocolate.