Last year, in the midst of a relapse, I'd just been discharged from NHS services, told that I didn't meet the criteria for outpatient support, despite the fact I desperately needed it. The timing was particularly poor as a number of external events were also affecting my stress levels.
Christmas is one of my favourite times of year, everything is all beautiful and shiny, people are happy and jolly, and there is just an air of warmth and love - But it often comes hand in hand with extra parties and gatherings where you are tempted to over-indulge in loads of food and drinks you normally wouldn't.
A lot of my patients find eating in front of other people especially painful to do. Some need to know exactly what's in their food and drink and how many calories each piece of food has. But these are sensitive issues and the best you can do is to talk calmly and non-judgmentally to your friend or family member. It's not their fault, they are ill - many people think anorexia is a choice. It is not.
If you do need to lose a few pounds I promise you it's not because you are greedy or lazy so don't beat yourself up. Neither do you have a weight gain inducing food intolerance or need a colonic so don't hide behind those. And your persistent pounds can't be blamed on a slow metabolism or are big boned either. Wake up, smell the coffee- you are most likely overweight because you eat too much and/or don't move around enough.
I've spent a lot of time talking to people who have successfully lost weight. When I ask them how they finally succeeded they often look a little sheepish. They tell me they just did the things they always knew they should. They ate better and they exercised.
So why aren't more people eating it? Raw kale on its own isn't the most appealing and can actually be quite difficult to digest. However, some simple tips to improve its digestibility and how to use it may actually make the transition to including this in your diet much easier.
Now I don't knock Denise's weight loss. The fact that she is feeling better than she has in ages is great - but the truth is Lighter Life is possibly one of the most extreme diets out there. A meal replacement diet, that substitutes food for powdered potions at highly inflated prices is no sensible way to make lifestyle alterations.
Survival of the Fittest is a 10km obstacle race run by Rat Race Adventure Sports. Written like that, it looks fairly manageable. Waking up on Saturday morning, schlepping to Wembley and then joining 1000s of other, much fitter and happier looking people, it was less so.
I hate talking about 'diets' I hate when the focus is on 'diet'- I really find these conversations pointless and almost on a level frustrating. You know when you tell yourself you can't have that, it's all you want. Psychologically I feel this is what restrictive diets do. You become obsessed with food, it is your only thought and it's draining.
What do you hear when you listen to ads telling you that you have "4 weeks to fit into your LBD", or to "tone your tum for Christmas", "drop a dress size before Christmas", or advising "how not to ruin your diet during Xmas". Me? I heard fear, failure, and the reinforced message that I could not be trusted around food.
Human beings are social animals. This is something we've known for a long time, but often neglect in practice. Maintaining our social interactions is a fundamental human need, and consequently holds many undervalued benefits to our health, our well-being and our economic prosperity.
Lately, I've had all kinds of run-ins from participants who have illustrated to me common perceptions, ideas and beliefs about a 'proper yoga teacher'. So what exactly is a yoga teacher really supposed to look or behave like!? If it's already accumulated a label, surely, that's taking away the whole ethos of 'yoga' itself.
So we are all familiar with the gym and gym classes, but what do gym classes mean to you? Legs bums and tums, spinning and maybe a bit of body pump if you're lucky. Now talk to many people and this is still what their perception of gyms and group exercising is.
Entering the winter months, night closes in early, as darkness envelops us with a chill in the air. There is nothing more welcoming than arriving home, greeted by the wonderful aroma of a steaming pot of soup on the stove.
How many times have you heard yourself saying things like "turning up to the gym is half the battle" or "doing something is better than doing nothing"? Both statements are true in so far as they can motivate us to get up and do some exercise.
I highly recommend ensuring pregnant women increase their omega 3 levels, and work towards a healthier balance of omega 3 to omega 6 as this has been shown to increase our brain power, sleep and mood, and may help us fight any addictive tendencies. However, there is a concern from some readers, especially when pregnant, that eating too much fish (one of the most common sources of Omega 3) can be risky.