Up For It

Living a healthy life, simplified

Overweight and Depressed: a case of chicken & egg?

I previously published a blog with the title, Obesity & Depression: opening Pandora’s Box.The aim of the blog and podcast was to briefly discuss a possible link between these two very common chronic conditions, especially since there appears to be some evidence that the use of antidepressants...

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HOPE: The Fuel of Rehabilitation

When we think about the word ‘rehabilitation’, we tend to think about ‘drug rehab’ or rehabilitation after injury. We seldom think of rehabilitation in terms of a weight loss journey or when we try to improve our chronic disease-related risk by reducing long-term blood sugar or blood pressure...

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‘Celebrity Psychosis’: an outside-in approach to (no) weightloss.

What is ‘celebrity psychosis’? The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of psychosis is , ‘… a serious mental illness (such as schizophrenia) characterized by defective or lost contact with reality often with hallucinations or delusions’. While it is possible that people who suffer from...

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Teachable: the spirit underpinning behavioural change

Teachable: the spirit underpinning behavioural change. There are a number of aspects involved in improving your health ranging from being knowledgeable about your condition; what action to take to improve matters; being confident about making the necessary changes, to really believing that...

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We Don't Think What We Are Thinking About: why diets often fail

Introduction Diets fail largely because people often don’t think what they are thinking about. People fail to ask the ‘why’ questions? When it comes to wanting to lose weight most people have what I call ‘blind faith’. To start with many of us don’t understand why we are overweight. We...

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Emotional eating: Fact or fiction ?

Emotional Eating: fact or fiction? Medical research has clearly demonstrated that being overweight or obese is generally unhealthy. However, such an unhealthy state has less to do with your total body mass than it has to do with abdominal or visceral obesity. In plain language, it’s how much...

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Open your eyes to the benefits of keeping them closed.

You have probably come across the saying, ‘ You snooze – you lose’.This may be true in some instances, but not in all. A few years ago I read an article about the association between a lack of sleep and a common condition known as irritable bowel syndrome, written by Dr David Johnson a Professor...

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Sugar is sweet and so are you: just how safe are low-calorie sweeteners?

Dr Robert Lustig, who is probably the sugar industry’s public enemy #1, says that about 80% of the processed foods and beverages that fill most of the shelves in the food aisles in US supermarkets contain added sugars in some form or another...

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Where did my New Year's resolutions go

The short answer to the question is that much like the New Year resolutions of so many others it’s in the trashcan. This short answer is, of course,a copout because it is a conclusion empty of any reason. The question is, in essence, not really about the ‘where’ but the ‘why’, and why demands...

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Low Libido and Erectile Dysfunction: the ‘under the covers’ effects of lifestyle-related disease

How bad is the problem and what causes it? The Massachusetts Ageing Study reveals that by age 40, a significant percentage of men (about 40%) will experience low libido (sex drive) and erectile dysfunction or ED (difficulty achieving or sustaining an erection). These are two of the least...

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