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Is Willpower Bulls**t?

It gets a bad rap, willpower. A lot of people think it’s rubbish, but I disagree. The only reason why it comes over as rubbish is because we put the whole of our efforts to lose weight and get fit on its shoulders alone. Let’s get one thing straight. Willpower is self control and self […]

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You Can’t Have Willpower Without Self-Trust

If you have ears, then I’m pretty sure that you’ll have heard about the Marshmallow kids. The experiment that was done in the 1960s to study self control, using a bunch of preschoolers and the choice of either one marshmallow now, or two marshmallows following an unchaperoned wait. You know the one? Very much like […]

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The Real Reason You Eat Chocolate

I gave a speech yesterday and one of the lines that most sticks out in my mind is: “Never take chocolate away from a stressed out adult. They might bite you.” It was a bit of a throwaway line that jumped into my mind when talking about the “see-food” diet – you know the one; […]

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Food Should Not Be An Afterthought

I’m not really given to using the dreaded “should” in my blogs. I am one for choice, flexibility and giving yourself a chance to succeed and, usually, “shoulds” don’t gel with that approach. But on this topic, I feel a should is required. I just got done with prepping some salad for the next few […]

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On The Subject Of “Bad” Food

I have just finished eating a box of chocolates that was given to me as a gift. It’s been in the house since Tuesday. There were 8 chocolates in it. On Wednesday, no chocolates were eaten. On Thursday, 3 chocolates were eaten, separately, a few hours apart. On Friday, 5 chocolates were eaten and in […]

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How Not To Get Hit By The Sugar and Fat Truck

Stress, sugar and fat. Three things that are so inextricably linked in my life that you can bet your life on the fact that when I get stressed, the One Stop at the bottom of my road starts rubbing their hands with greedy happiness at the increased frequency of my visits. The junk food industry […]

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Do New Year Resolutions suck?

I’ve read a lot of posts battering the concept of New Year’s resolutions lately. I started to write a post like that myself, but then I realised that I don’t really see the problem. Surely you’re just expressing a desire to change something? I will agree that it’s a funny thing we do, this New […]

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How A Mexican Fisherman Improved My Eating Habits

I’m convinced that working on yourself from the inside out – and I mean working on your mind and emotions here, not the physical stuff – helps MASSIVELY with the adopting and cementing of health habits. This year I decided the inner work that would be most useful would be to learn to live more […]

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How To Guarantee You Overeat All The “Wrong” Foods

When I used to work at the council, I never used to eat breakfast. To be honest, given that I get hungry every 3 hours or so, it’s somewhat unfathomable to me that this was ever the case but it’s definitely true. By about 10am I usually wanted to eat my own arm. By lunchtime […]

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Willpower Stories – The 10 Minute Rule

When your favourite treat is in plain view, it’s an immediate reward. The temptation it brings is pretty overwhelming. Dopamine at work! Dopamine is the active agent in your reward system. A brain chemical that fills you with the desire, the motivation, the need to act. It’s released any time you come upon something that […]

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