Self-care really does come from within. However, not all of us are in the right place to even think about self-care and what it can do for us.
When it comes to self-care, there's so many different things you can do based on how you feel and what serves you right now.
There's often a lot of mis-conception around the idea of self-care and i'm here to tell you that it isn't all candles, bubble baths and pampering.
No. Self-care is all about looking after yourself, your needs as a human and avoiding emotional and physical burnout. Self-care isn't always easy. A lot of us put ourselves last in the pecking order and can lose touch with who we really are and what we need in this moment.
When studying to be a counsellor, I learnt about Maslow's 'hierarchy of needs' - a great theory if you want to learn more about it!
and it works along the lines of a pyramid that starts with our own basic needs as humans and how we can't progress up the pyramid and build our lives until we have have the most basic of our needs met.
This is where the concept of self-care really comes into its own!
So what is it that you need to do in order to practice self-care?
We all have 24 hours in a day but we choose to spend it in different ways. Some of us may concentrate on work issues, whilst others concentrate on family members. However, not many of us spend time truly concentrating on ourselves.
It's important that we take time for ourselves to do what we need to do in order to keep us safe (and when i say safe, i mean psychologically).
THINK ABOUT THIS... In the last 24 hours, how much time did you truly devote to yourself? do what you wanted to do instead of doing things for others?
An act of true self-care comes from within and that begins with nourishing ourselves. Showing your body respect and love by eating the right foods is one of our most basic needs.
Fitting in nicely with the element of time, we need to make the time to eat properly. Organising our time so we map out a routine for our eating.
We cant be ourselves when our bodies aren't hydrated and water truly is your best friend. Whilst the food we eat contains water, also drinking about 2 litres of water a day can help hydrate and feed your body. Like eating, it's important you establish a routine that you can stick to.
Without hydration, we can find ourselves hungry, tired, irritable and unwell. All of this leads to poor decision making.
HOW MUCH DID YOU DRINK IN THE LAST 24 HOURS? TRY THIS INSTEAD... set an alarm on your phone for every our. Every time your alarm sounds, have a glass of water. Give yourself a challenge to drink a certain amount by a certain time in the day. ALWAYS carry a spare bottle of water with you.
Meditation isn't everyones thing but if you'd like to explore the idea of meditation, i'm here to tell you that there's some incredible benefits to both the body and mind. It can ease anxiety, reduce stress and allows you some time out in this 24/7 crazy world. Spend some TIME concentrating on your breathing. Take deep breaths in and then exhale slowly. Notice how you feel before you start and how you feel after. Good eh?!
Mindfulness is a WHOLE over support post but basically mindfulness allows us to be in the moment. Right here and now. Not thinking or worrying about the future, not fretting over what has been. Spend a few minutes to as you are right now. What do you notice? how do you feel?
You can't master self-care until you realise that putting yourself first isn't a selfish thing to do. I speak to so many women who when they look at the pecking order in their family, they are often last. 'oh i have to look after the kids' or 'my hubby's at work all day so i need to do this for him'. NO YOU DON'T and the moment you realise that is the moment you'll set yourself free!
Look at it this way. If you are so busy putting other peoples needs first and looking after others, then what happens when you finally do get burn out? who's going to look after everyone else then?
You need to learn that you are a priority and that you need to look after yourself first in order for you to then look after others. YOU ARE IMPORTANT. YOU MATTER
ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR EMOTIONS
Aren't we great at brushing our emotions to one side? someone asks how are you and our automatic response is yeah fine! wouldn't it be lovely if we truly acknowledged how we feel? 'Actually i'm not fine. I'm feeling XXX' - It would feel much better if we stopped bottling up our emotions and took ownership of them instead.
One way we can invite more self-care into our lives is by 'checking in'. Notice your thoughts and how they affect your emotions. Spend some time writing down how you feel and why you feel that way. It's a great way of purging and stopping that internal cork that makes us eat our emotions.
If you are anything like me, you'll use the Christmas period to start getting yourself prepared for the year ahead. I take about 2 weeks off over Christmas and new year and simply use that time to de-clutter. De-clutter my mind, my home, my office and my soul. I think of it as an opportunity for a fresh start - wipe the slate clean.
A lot of us take time to create new year resolutions. These are what we want to do for ourselves and for others. However, it's a sad fact that by February over 80% of us have given up on our resolutions having lost hope, faith and motivation of sticking to them.
I really don't want that for you. I want you to be one of the 20% that high five their way to their goals, one of the 20% that have a secret smug satisfaction of 'Yeah i did it'!
So here's my tips for sticking to your new year resolutions (and if you've already 'blown' them. Don't worry you can always start again - i won't tell anyone)
Get yourself a plan
I go on about goal setting until I'm blue in the face but only because it's the only way we can truly be successful at hitting our goals. Set out a blueprint of what you want to achieve. Then look at how you're going to achieve it (what you need to do), you need to be realistic and look at factors that may hinder you in achieving that goal and lastly commit to a date of when you're going to hit that goal by.
REMEMBER - Treat yourself on the way. It makes hitting that goal all the more fun in the end!
REady, steady JOURNAL!
I'm a HUGE fan of journals and planners. It's easy to create your own (that's what i do). Every day I write down my top 3 things I have to do, I write down my goals and aims (no matter how big or small they are). I also look at how i'm feeling, write down what exercise I've done and write down any notes or things I think of during the day. My journal goes everywhere with me. I'd be lost without it.
A journal is a great way of tracking your progress. You'll be able to flip back through previous pages and see just how far you are coming.
Reminders go a long way
It's only natural to lose focus. Life can get in the way, stuff happens and takes our mind and mojo off the bigger picture. Set yourself reminders on your phone or Ipad. Don't set them on a daily basis as it's easy to become used to them and just swipe them to one side.
Set them for random points - in 10 days, 3 weeks, 2 months, 3 months. Set other reminders to congratulate yourself or remind you of where you hoped you'd be by now to see if you are actually on track , ahead of the game or falling a little bit behind.
Keep yourself focused by visualising
Gawd I love visualisation techniques. They really do work. The trick to them is to practice visualisation on a daily basis. You can't just want something and then forget about it and wonder why you haven't achieved it. You've got to work for it every day.
When I want something, i set myself visual reminders (as I'm a very visual person). I change my lock screen on my phone and Ipad to what I want, I change the background on my laptop to a picture of what I want (currently it's Hawaii).
Now if you're a fan of meditation (not everyone is and that's ok), then spend some time each day meditating on what you want to achieve. Visualise how you'll feel when you achieve it. Notice how that makes you feel.
This is where you tut at me as it's easier said than done and although i'm generally a positive person, I do have my 'woe is me' days. However, nothing takes away your mojo than being a negative Nancy (sorry to the Nancy's out there).
Bet you didn't know that it's actually easier to be negative in life than it is to be positive. This means we have to consciously work harder to be positive. When you notice your reactions (to any situation), notice if the immediate thoughts you have are negative. If you notice more immediate negative thoughts than positive ones, this may give you an indication of your natural mindset.
Just like my stay positive tip, it's all too easy to spend too much time and energy focusing on the behaviours we don't like. So lets say you're trying to give up smoking and you have a blip and have a cigarette. It's natural for us to think we've blown it and will start again tomorrow. However, in-between that time of now and tomorrow so much can happen. Our mojo can ebb away and in come those thoughts of 'well if you're starting tomorrow, 1 more won't hurt'. This can make it easier for those kind of thoughts to really take hold. Before we know it, our resolutions are out the window. If you have a blip, try not to jump to the dramatisation that you are a failure. Don't let that 1 blip define your whole day. Instead look at it for what it truly is - just a blip.
When we look at things rationally they don't seem half as bad. Nor do they deplete us of our motivation.
ALWAYS REMEMBER - Setbacks happen. Recognise your setback and put plans in place to look after yourself and get back on the wagon again.
make the most of your resources
So your resolution is to lose weight? what can you do to help yourself?
We have so many resources available to us. Starting with our phones - download an app to help you lose weight - exercise app maybe? maybe a weight loss tracker app? how about a food log app?
You want to quit smoking? - there's some amazing websites out there designed to help you. You could even go to your local smoking cessation group and get some free information/tools to help you.
You want to start saving money? then start by looking at your outgoings and money in. Then organise your bills.
No matter what your resolution(s) are, there is support and resources available out there to help you.
MAKE THE TIME
Most resolutions fail because we're not truly committed to them. We don't set ourselves time to concentrate on them. Don't allow the time excuse to ruin your resolutions. If you genuinely are one of those people who are busy (i feel you there), then look at how you schedule your time. There's been times where (although I had a busy schedule), I have allowed myself to become distracted by things.
Make sure you spend time each day/week working on your goal and resolutions. NO EXCUSES
I love planning, to do lists, shopping lists basically any kind of keeping me organised lists. I haven't always been this way though.
Years ago, I was a mess and I mean that in every sense of the word. My finances were just in a box (no particular order), my house was cluttered and I just couldn't seem to place my hands on anything when I needed it.
However, over the years, I have learnt to embrace organisation and in turn my productivity levels have increased.
I have tasks that I complete every week and every day but at the start of every month, you can bet that I'm doing the following tasks to help keep myself on top of things.
Organise & clear the handbag
Your handbag is a representation of you. As you are wearing it with you everywhere you go, it should be a pleasure of love. I adore mine but it's a hobo style and it can easily become a place where receipts and change go to die.
On the first of every month, i take my handbag and i empty all the contents and go through them 1 by 1. Starting with my purse.
I take all receipts and throw any I don't need away. I take my coupons (I'm a coupon queen) and I throw any expired ones away. I also regularly ensure any loyalty cards are put in a box if I haven't used them for a while (it's amazing at how many we collect). I also then put any change in my change jar ready for pocket money for the children.
I then do the same with my make up bag. I clean the bag itself, wipe over any products inside the make up bag. Lastly I give my handbag a good old clean itself.
Clear out the emails
This is a drag as I have so many email accounts - personal, personal/work and 3 work email accounts. It's so easy to let unread emails build up and I don't know about you but it annoys me if my phone has lots of numbers next to the email accounts. Just makes me think 'not another email to action'. So I go through my personal email accounts, delete any unread emails (as they obviously aren't important if I haven't read them in a month) and I use that time to unsubscribe from companies I no longer want to hear from (sorry guys).
Delete the Voicemails
My mobile is used mainly for work so it's easy for me to rack up a tonne of voicemails in a month. Once they're listened to, it's easy to forget about them. So at the beginning of the month, I go back and delete any voicemails that I forgot to delete at the time of dealing with them.
Budget for the month ahead
I like to clearly see how much I have coming in, going out and how much I can play around with. The start of the month is a great opportunity to do that and see what you have coming up so you can get saving if you need to.
spring clean the house
Obviously the house needs cleaning more than once a month but at the beginning of the month, I go through everything and I mean EVERYTHING. I open the drawers up and organise them, clean them. I go through wardrobes and sort things into piles of chuck, charity or sell. I dust in places you never knew needed dusting. It's hard work initially but once you've done it for the first time, it gets easier as between the month, not much gets put in the wrong places and you are able to easily keep on top of things on a week by week basis. PLEASE NOTE: If you don't have time to do this every month, then schedule it in your yearly diary for every other month.
Go through the diary for the coming month...
At the first of every month, I go through my diary to see any birthdays/anniversaries that may be coming up and I ensure I bulk buy any cards that are needed. I then write them out in one go ready to post nearer that date.
I also go through the diary to see what reminders I need to be aware of - MOT, Dentist appts so i can then add them to my weekly to do list or make the appointments (hair, beauty etc).
These are such big time savers for me and as I'm a list person anyway, I love keeping to do lists, folders of things etc.
Let me know what tips you have for keeping yourself organised every month
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Christmas is the kind of time where we put our weight loss woes to one side and give those scales a break for a change. Now this post isn't about going all Bah-humbug on you in fact quite the opposite - I'm telling you to go enjoy yourself, enjoy the festivities but also letting you in on some quick tips to help you avoid that guilt groan come January 1st next year.
Christmas day is probably one of the fattest days of the year (with Easter following closely behind). We can scoff up to 6000 calories alone on Christmas day but it's the run up to Christmas that we can use for the shocked emoticon face. The reason for this is because Christmas can start at least 10 days before the big day itself.
I asked some of my clients when they start to get into the Christmas spirit with food and drink and majority of them agreed that from 10-7 days before December 25th, they start to get into the 'Diet starts next year mindset' and pop open the wine, open the tin of biccies. As said earlier, this post isn't about me having the Scrooge mentality around Christmas eating but I'm here with some of the tips I implement myself in order to avoid crying on the scales come January. So have a read and see which ones you think will be helpful to you. As always, if you have any tips, please do add them to the comments - you never know when a slimmer may use your tip!
My tips for avoiding the Christmas weight gain...
At the end of the day, Christmas comes once a year. The last thing you want is to feel deprived and not enjoy yourself (and that involves every aspect of Christmas not just the food and drink rituals). Enjoy yourself, spend time doing what matters most for you and your family and that is being with each other.
Wishing you health & happiness this Christmas time
Stress is something we'll all experience in our lifetime but it's also something that can hinder our happiness (and we don't want that now do we)?
Stress creates a vicious circle - you worry about something that's happening in your life then you feel stressed, you then worry more and feel even more stressed out. It's like you can't get control of how you're feeling. You may think that this stress you're experiencing is only a temporary thing but if you allow this feeling to build up, it can lead to anxiety and inner turmoil.
Your body doesn't react well to stress.
DID YOU KNOW?
When you are feeling stressed, your body releases a hormone called Cortisol which can age you! Not only that BUT added stress can damage your immune system leaving you susceptible to colds, viruses and can take longer to get over them. Stress can also cause you to put on weight. Yes it's true! Your body reacts to stress in more ways than you realise. So you need to do something NOW to reduce your stress levels and I have all the right tips for you right here in this post...
Reduce stress and anxiety with these simple yet effective tips.
Please remember: In order to start noticing the benefits of stress reduction, you need to practice these on a daily basis. Embarking on them once will have just a temporary effect. Stress reduction is all about new habit & thinking forming for a more mindful life.
As always, I hope this article helps you in some way to find clarity and inner peace
Love & light
Ally Baldwin is a weight management counsellor & Life Coach. If you find that your emotions cause you to overeat, please consider Ally's e-guide 'Beating Emotional Eating' where Ally discusses our emotions and how we can learn to control them to beat our overeating.
Baby it's cold outside and that means for a lot of us, we want to get all Hygge and start snuggling up with our cups of hot chocolate, marsh-mallows, cosy log fires and saturday night TV. Whilst this is all good for our stress levels, it's also the time of year a lot of us can easily put weight on.
If you want to start the new year ahead of the game, then read on to see my tips on avoiding any winter weight gain.
Research shows that some of us can put on up to 5lbs over the festive period. It may not sound a lot but when you think half a stone is just 2lbs extra, it soon makes it more real. In the time I have worked as a weight management counsellor, I have noticed some weight loss trends... Slimmers usually try to lose weight in October/November ready for Christmas parties etc and come December (usually from 10th December), they start to get the 'start in the new year mentality' and here's why.
So at the start of this post I mentioned the feeling all hygge - you know that cosy feeling where you're grateful you're indoors all snug as a bug and all that jazz. Well... that cozy hygge feeling contributes to our winter weight gain more than you know.
Hot chocolate in a coffee shop whilst doing the Christmas shopping? oh go on then (235 calories). Whilst you're at it, how about a cheeky mince pie? 'Don't mind if I do' (that's another 289 calories).
Lets not even get started on the Christmas Chocolate tubs that we all buy in December under the pretence they won't get opened until Christmas Eve - yeah we all know you'll buy another tub as they'll get opened one rainy weekend when you want to feel all cosy.
It's all of these behaviours that lead to this Winter weight gain (and I haven't even got to the Christmas day feast yet).
Lets not even think about the winter warming meals we usually have. It's proven that in colder months, our portion sizes get bigger. Plus we have a tendency to want to eat stodgy, filling foods which are usually coated in carbohydrates.
Avoiding the winter weight gain
Get Active It may be cold out there but there's nothing nicer than a long winter walk on a cold day. Imagine this... the sun is shining, you put your winter coat and boots on and just go off and enjoy the weather. Even a shorter more brisk walk can do wonders for your health. It can improve circulation, help clear your head and offers stress relief.
If you really aren't a cold weather kinda gal then don't worry. There's plenty you can do around the home to help burn off some of those mince pies.
Put on an exercise DVD and make sure you find time every other day to complete exercises. I personally love my Youtube videos and make sure I exercise for just 20 minutes every other day at home when i wake up.
Stock up Make sure you stock your cupboards with tinned foods such as tomatoes, tinned beans and lentils, pastas. Every winter we personally start cooking our homemade soups. Full of different kind of pulses, heaps of veg and potatoes to bulk it up. It can last for up to a week in our house with us topping it up when it starts to run low. It's filling, full of the good stuff (vits and minerals) as it cooks in the vegetable juices.
Healthy food swaps...
Avoid those dips - they are creamy, taste nice but they're so full of fat and calories. Plus they don't fill you up so you usually have a carb and calorie laden piece of bread to go with them.
It's tempting to have a roast dinner on the weekends but they're full of calories. Try having baked potatoes with your dinner instead of roast potatoes.
When you do go out to your coffee shop ask yourself if your hot chocolate really needs those marsh-mallows and extra whipped cream? they're just empty calories that you won't want later in the day.
Don't do the Christmas food shop too early
All that food in the house is far too tempting. I usually go out late one night (when I know it's less busy in the supermarkets) and I usually do my Christmas food shop about 4 days before Christmas. I also make a list before I go so I stick to my list without deviation and the temptation to buy lots of extras (which usually consist of sweets and nibbles).
Leave something on your plate rule.
How many of us as children were told to eat everything on our plate? now as adults we usually have a mentality of 'must eat everything even if i'm stuffed silly'. Our bodies and belts are groaning for us to stop yet our brain is telling us we must carry on. Silly isn't it? Seeing as our portion sizes get bigger in the colder months, so does our bellies as all of that extra food has to go somewhere. Try and experiment where you purposely leave something on your plate. Over time you'll naturally give yourself permission to leave that something on your plate without feeling guilty about it.
our thinking around christmas is way too crooked...
Remember... Christmas is only 1 day! So why on earth do we drag it out for about 2 weeks (or until the children go back to school)? On Christmas day itself, the average person eats about 3000 calories. That's nearly enough calories to put on 1lb. This mentality we have (and yes i'm guilty of it too) is so irrational. Some slimmers in the past have actually said to me they use Christmas as an excuse to eat what they want without caring and then feel guilty when they get back to normal in January. This is the dieting cycle that so many of us experience every year and links in nicely with new years resolutions.
Wouldn't it be an amazing feeling if you got on the scales come the new year and found you haven't put any weight on over the Christmas period?
I'd really love to hear your tips on avoiding winter weight gain. Please leave any in the comments section.
Your body hears and responds to everything that your mind thinks.
That's why weight loss truly is an internal battle. The problem is this....
Alot of us who want to lose weight comes from a negative viewpoint. We tend to concentrate on what we don't like about ourselves rather than focusing our attention on what is great about ourselves and our bodies.
Weight loss isn't just about eating less or moving more to lose weight. Weight loss is about showing yourself appreciation, respect and self love. If you aren't respectful to your body and don't appreciate (even the small things) that your body does for you everyday, you will struggle with successful weight loss.
So many slimmers seek nourishment for our emotions rather than for our body and this can lead to a negative pattern of thinking, feeling and behaving. You respond to your negative emotions rather than your rational / logical way of thinking.
If you are in a negative mindset pattern, how on earth can you go about starting to love yourself?
Affirmations are a fantastic place to start with self love and showing your body respect. Its true that if you feel grateful for your body and all it accomplishes, this will start to show on your body too.
By turning your attention to your body in a positive way, you'll feel less inclined to seek that emotional nourishment that you have been turning to for so long.
what are affirmations?
Affirmations are short, structured sentences designed to support your subconscious mind into positive change. Affirmations are used by millions to help change their mindset, apply positive behaviour and encourage long term change.
The idea of an affirmation is to find one that you can identify with and to apply it to yourself as your own personal mantra.
How can they help me?
HOW TO USE YOUR AFFIRMATIONS...
If you aren't used to the idea of using affirmations, it may feel quite alien or silly at first but trust me when I say, affirmations can be completely life changing. My personal affirmation took me from a girl who couldn't to a girl who can and since using my own personal affirmation every day, my life has changed considerably. When I find myself in life situations where I can't see any way out, I simply repeat my affirmations to myself and I can feel myself becoming mentally stronger as a person.
There's no point in using an affirmation once and thinking 'it doesn't work'. In order for our affirmations to stick to our subconscious, we need to repeat them as and when we need to AND on a daily basis.
Weight loss & health affirmations
You can apply affirmations for any aspect of your life but here I have listed some great affirmations to help encourage weight loss and good health.
If any inspire you, then please use them or alternatively, feel free to create your own.
About the author
Alleyne is a weight management counsellor based in the UK. With over 10 years experience helping slimmers, Alleyne looks at weight management from the inside out using counselling, mindfulness, spirituality and personality profiling.
A client sat in my office last week, looked me in the eye and said 'maybe I should accept that I'm just supposed to be fat'
I hear this quite alot from my clients. They seem to have tried everything that they are on the verge of giving up, ready to submit to their fate of obesity and body dislike but I'm here to tell you that IT REALLY DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY!
There are so many reasons why you aren't losing weight and today I'm going to go through my top 7 reasons for you.
You lack motivation
In order to get started with something, we need that motivation. You know that little OOMPH, that get up and go, that metaphorical knock on the head to make us flick that switch. Motivation is something we are born with and we utilise it in different ways. Some of us are motivated by external forces and others by internal. You need to discover what motivates you and how you are programmed to best utilise that inner strength i know you have.
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there are some quick fire ways in which you can easily get yourself motivated.
Some slimmers use an outfit to give them that burst of motivation, others use a holiday or special occasion. For me? I use people. I have a list of people I follow on social media. They are positive in their daily approach and I use their upbeat energy to give me that burst of 'hell yeah I can do this' mentality
You don't truly believe in yourself
If you've dieted and always found yourself with the same results, it's likely that you are stuck in that negative yo-yo trap I see so many slimmers get into. You lose weight, you gain it again so you try to lose it only for it to find you. Depressing isn't it? The truth is, that every time you go through that negative yo-yo cycle, you carry negative messages relating to your previous weight loss attempt. By carrying those negative messages, you burden yourself with your 'failed' previous attempts. You store them in your subconscious (a bit like a bank deposit account) and you withdraw the feelings when you feel like it just as a reminder of what a 'failure' you really are when you next try.
Your thoughts really do determine your reality and if you only think of yourself in a negative way, chances are that you won't achieve the results you are seeking.
You eat emotionally
Food is readily available - special occasions, happy times, sad times. It's there as a reward or as a comfort. It's no wonder that when faced with certain situations in our life, we turn to food!
It's not your fault thought as we food was often used as a reward, comfort or punishment when we were children. Often we carry these messages through to our adulthood and instead of using food as it should be (body fuel) we use it for much more. Changing your attitude to emotional eating isn't a quick fix BUT it can be changed with support and coaching. We have a fantastic e-guide called 'beating emotional eating'. This e-guide gives you more in-depth information about emotions and can help steer you into the right direction so you start to recognise your trigger emotions.
You really aren't trying
You say you're on a diet and losing weight but you choose the most calorific item on the menu and joke that diet starts again tomorrow.
You want to lose weight but you find all the reasons under the sun as to why you can't do it right now.
This is what we call a 'MIS-MATCH' it's where you say one thing but act on a completely different, contradictory behaviour. It's actually something I see alot.
We are all great at procrastinating, making excuses or telling ourselves fibs BUT who are we kidding. Liklehood is that others can see it for what it is so it's best to cut the Cr*p and be honest with yourself.
Are you giving it your 100% attention and devotion?
You aren't exercising
You groan, I groan, everyone groans. Yes - exercise. Sorry to say this but exercise really is an important factor in our weight management. Over the years, I have successfully lost weight and I've been just as successful at gaining it again but the times I have managed to keep my weight stable is by exercising. Find an exercise you like (for me it's swimming and kettlebell), cut the excuses, make it a priority.
You are secretly picking at food
We open the food cupboards or fridge, we have a little nibble and close the door. An hour later we have forgotten that nibble we had earlier yet we wonder why the scales keep going up!
Keep a food diary. Write down exactly what you eat and drink in a day and review it weekly. Look at what changes you could make and implement them.
You aren't drinking enough
When our bodies are de-hydrated, they can send signals to our brain that we are hungry so off we go to fill our bodies with food when really it's water we're crying out for. When you wake up, have a drink of water and set yourself reminders to have regular drinks through out the day. 20 minutes before you sit down for a meal, have a glass of water. This will fill your stomach and in turn will help you eat less.
Alleyne is a qualified weight management counsellor, author and columnist.
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> 10 tips for reducing stress
> How to cut back on sugar
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>What is your self worth?
>What are you really hungry for?
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