10 Questions Diet – coming soon!

passionflower-1643154_1280How would it feel, if one day you would be able to stick to your healthy eating plan, follow it through and know, that this time you are going to succeed and that in a few months you will look and feel fantastic.

How would it be to know that there will be no setbacks and the weight you lost will never come back.

10 Questions Diet will help you do just that.

Anna Storey was a trainee psychotherapist when she realized, that in a course of her personal therapy she has not only got rid of old psychological blocks, that were holding her back, but has also lost some weight and has dramatically changed her diet.
Later, working with clients in her private practice, Anna has noticed the same things happening to some of her clients.

Are you tired of dieting?

Have you tried and failed to lose weight?

Maybe a diet worked for you at first, but then you just put all that weight back on again?

Losing weight isn’t easy – otherwise, why would overweight people continue to put up with prejudice, disapproval and feelings of guilt and shame?

In fact, almost one in four adults in England is classified as obese.

There is no genetic explanation why some people are unable to regulate their food intake. Research indicates that the answer may lie in our emotional relationship with food.

It may not be real hunger that pushes us to reach for second helpings, but actually a response to an emotional need elsewhere, which is nothing to do with food.

This book will offer you 10 questions to explore, think about and answer as honestly as possible. The answers will help you find out what your relationship with food really is.

You will think about why you want to go on a diet now and how thin do you want to be.

We will explore your dieting history.

You will discover what your weight means to you. You will visualize yourself being thin and see how you feel about it.

We will discuss the role food played in your family– what messages did you get from your parents about eating or not eating? What cultural attitudes to food were predominant? How were overweight people regarded?

As a result, you will learn to start listening to your body, to recognize your emotional needs and find other ways of fulfilling them, rather than overeating.

Instead of fighting your body, you will begin to live in harmony with it, and to enjoy your newfound energy and drive.

Getting Into Shape After Having A Baby

happy selfGETTING INTO SHAPE AFTER HAVING A BABY

One of the most common problems facing new mums is losing weight after having a baby. I can remember discussing various diets with my girlfriends and looking forward to recovering my pre-baby body. I also remember really struggling with being on a diet and not quite succeeding. My friend’s experiences are quite similar to mine. So why do diets so often don’t work? I did not get my answers until quite a few years later when I was seeing clients as a counsellor and having counselling myself.

If you are looking after a lively toddler (or two!), you might be craving food because you are tired, not because you are hungry. Before starting on yet another diet, which is likely to make you even more exhausted, it is worth asking yourself a few simple questions: Why am I reaching for food now? Am I tired? Sleepy? Just need some comfort? There are many other ways of fulfilling these needs rather than food.

Losing weight isn’t easy – otherwise, why would overweight people continue to put up with prejudice, disapproval and feelings of guilt and shame?
In fact, almost one in four adults in England is classified as obese.
There is no genetic explanation why some people are unable to regulate their food intake. Research indicates that the answer may lie in our emotional relationship with food.
It may not be real hunger that pushes us to reach for second helpings, but actually a response to an emotional need elsewhere, which is nothing to do with food.
Well known weight loss companies have for many years successfully used group counselling techniques to help people lose weight.
In my practice, I work with clients on resolving emotional blocks that prevent them from achieving their perfect weight.
During sessions we first find out what the client’s relationship with food really is. What does he or she feel just before reaching for food? And what about after? What do they say to themselves when they overeat?
Next, we explore what being overweight means to my client. We experiment with my clients seeing themselves thin and imagining how their life is going to change as the result.
We discuss the role food played in a family of origin – what messages were given by parents about eating or not eating? What cultural attitudes to food were predominant? How were overweight people regarded?

If you would like to lose weight, start noticing when you overeat – do you reach for biscuits when you are tired? Upset? Anxious? Is there anything you can do to deal with your emotional discomfort instead of eating? Paying attention to and resolving a psychological issue is a way to loose weight for good, much more effective than a crush diet (which is likely to make you even more stressed and irritable).

Taking supplements might also help you lose weight after pregnancy. Certain food cravings indicate that your body is lacking vitamins or minerals. For instance, if you can’t live without peanut butter, it means that your vitamin B intake is insufficient. Taking a supplement instead of dipping into the jar will greatly improve your waistline!
Craving cheese is often a sign of Calcium and Phosphorus deficiency. Try taking a supplement or eating more broccoli – it is high in calcium and phosphorus and has a lot less calories than cheese.
If you need comfort food when you are stressed – give Omega 3 a try and make sure you take it for at least a month. Essential Fatty Acids improve brain functioning and might make you feel calmer and clear the brain fog.

Quite often food cravings are not a sign of a particular vitamin shortage, but just indicate that you need rest. One client complained that she was a chocolate addict and could not get rid of the habit. A born perfectionist, she could never take a break and relax, so the chocolate for her became a substitute for a good rest.

Research indicates that overweight people, who try, but don’t manage to loose weight, often don’t have clear motivation. So when you decide to loose some weight, first ask yourself – how thin would you like to be? What does being thin means for you? Do you know your ideal weight and have a clear plan of how to reach it? Otherwise, your weight loss program will become just another exercise in self-criticism and low self-esteem.

Don’t blame yourself for an occasional chocolate or second helpings. Internal criticism is not likely to stop you eating too much, but will definitely make you feel bad and as a result – more comfort eating! Pay attention to your feelings and look after yourself, then you will not only achieve your perfect weight, but also learn to live in harmony with your body.

Anna Storey at www.annastorey-counselling.com

Weight Management after Christmas 2

WMC:seaWeight Management after Christmas

Question no 2:
In what ways will your life change when you will achieve your target weight?

After establishing your goals and writing them down, it would be useful now to do the following exercise:
Imagine yourself being the weight and size you want to be. How do you look? What are you wearing? How do you relate to people and how do people relate to you? As you are imagining that, what feelings do you experience?
I found, to my great surprise, that very often my clients experienced fear. If you have been overweight for a while, your extra weight could have become your “protective shell”. Loosing it might bring a sense of being exposed.
You might be worried that your friends will treat you differently or that you will attract more attention of the opposite sex. Really let these fears come up and explore them. Unless you know what you are scared off, you are bound to “fail” in any dieting attempts. On the other hand, when you can comfortably imagine yourself being thin and living your life as a thin person, actually loosing these extra kilos will be easy.

Following on from that topic, next time we will discuss what your extra weight might mean for you on an emotional level

Weight Management after Christmas

anis-2170626_1280January is the time of year when many people start a diet. Before you do so, here are a few questions to ask yourself. If you will be clear with your answers, it will mean that you are ready to get fit and know exactly what you want. If not, you better take some time reflecting upon them and finding your answers.

Question no 1:
How thin is enough?

Working with my clients on weight management issues, I often find that a client really wants to loose weight, but does not know exactly how thin he or she would like to be. If that is a case, however successful your diet will be, you will never feel truly satisfied.
Imagine yourself being the ideal weight – what size are you? what is your weight? how are you feeling? what kind of clothes are you wearing? Write everything down and think again, really become this “thinner you”. When you are absolutely convinced that this is the size and weight you would like to be, you are ready to explore the next question.