Affirm yourself; the power of self-talk

My husband and I have been attending hypnobirthing sessions for the last month in preparation for the birth of our first child in August.  If you haven’t heard of hypnobirthing it’s all about deep relaxation, breathing techniques and eliminating the fear of birth (which in turn helps the birth to progress more easily).  We have quite a lot to practice at home each week and an important part of this…

Restrict versus restraint – which do you prefer?

It seems to me that the majority of weight-loss programmes and diet plans that I hear about really put all their emphasis on what you’re not allowed to eat.  You must cut out this type of food or avoid this food group to lose weight fast.  Your Calorie intake most not exceed this number or one day a week you must avoid food altogether! In my experience of working with…

6 Top tips for managing your weight during the summer heat

Wow it’s been pretty hot for the past couple of days here in the UK and I’ve seen on the news we’re predicted the hottest July for a decade!  Being pale and pretty heavily pregnant at the moment, I’ve been hiding-out indoors, but still feeling a bit overheated as the sun’s warmed up around early afternoon.  As I made myself an iced lemon tea with a couple of spoonfuls of…