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21 Jun 2016

Help, I'm addicted to food!

I've been following Trimfit bodies since the end of March, you can find some of my thoughts about the programme here, but if you've missed the last few posts I'll give you  quick run down. Trimfit bodies is an Australian based company who believe in inspiring and empowering all women to feel great and look good - enabling them to be the best person they can be. They created an amazing plan focusing on a mix of nutrition, exercise and mental wellbeing and what I love about them most is that they believe "Healthy" is not a size, "health" is a state of mind and how you feel about yourself. 

I've avidly clicked on all of the videos and blogposts they've sent me over the past few months but none struck a chord quite like 5 ways to break your food addiction.



For as long as I can remember I've been obsessed with food, I'll never forget being given 30p pocket money on my way to primary school and choosing to buy a Somerfields swiss roll instead of a freddo bar, I'd scoff it before I reached the end of the street. In my teens I'd train for athletics 5 times a week, but still relish in the thought of scoffing a large dominoes pizza, side of wedges and a tub of Ben & Jerrys....in one sitting. I'd come home from school and crave junk food, so I'd whip up some butter frosting. Driving home from a late shift at work stressed and stopping at tesco to buy handfuls of chocolate and scoffing it in the carpark....it sounds so disgusting writing this but it's true, I really struggled with a food addiction.

But can you really be addicted to food? Yes! We're all so accustomed to thinking that addictions are reserved for gambling, drugs and alcohol but really whatever releases happy signals in your brain can become addiction. You're much more likely to develop an addiction to something if you're got a family history of addiction, struggle with low self esteem, have experienced some form of trauma or have existing mental health problems.

 
So how do you know you're struggling with a food addiction?
Truth is, you might already have worked it out, I've always known that there was a problem with my relationship with food, I'd often refer to is as comfort eating and come up with excuses to make me feel okay about it, but it was always the same cycle of guilt and remorse afterwards.

If you think you may have a food addiction try asking yourself these questions

  • Do I frequently crave certain foods?
  • Do I eat to a point where you feel bloated or “too full to function”?
  • Do I feel guilty after eating specific foods yet continue eating?
  • Do I make excuses about why it’s ok to eat these foods?
  • Do I feel out of control when it comes to these foods?



How can I break my food addiction?

As with any addiction the biggest step is realising the need to change, if you're reading this post nodding and thinking that's me and you're still reading now you're a big step on your way.

For me the biggest thing to help me break my food addiction was remembering how I felt after I ate my trigger foods, sure they taste great at the time but the feeling afterwards was terrible. Start a journal of your food and write exactly what you ate, and then see if you can find some emotions that link all the trigger foods together- a bad day at work, looking in the mirror, being around a certain person...and then work the triggers!

Of course we can't remove all of the triggers / stressors from our lives but we can identify patterns and begin to find behaviours to replace the less helpful ones. Look in the mirror and pick out every flaw? Read yourself a positive affirmation about yourself! Bored at a meeting at work so reaching for the biscuit tin? Sit at the other end of the table from the bickies and have a nice hot cup of tea and snack on some nuts.




Another huge thing to help manage food addiction is making sure you’re eating a well balanced diet!  That's plenty of good protein sources (lean meats, eggs, fish, tofu), good fats (nuts, avocado, fish oil) and unrefined carbohydrates (whole grains, brown rice). It’s not about having to eliminate carbs or go low fat, it’s just about eating good food from good sources – you’ll feel fuller for longer, more satisfied and won’t be starving yourself. 

We're also all more than aware that exercise (no, not extra fries) releases happy chemicals in the brain, so make sure you're getting active for 30 minutes a day. That could be parking a little further from work and taking the stairs instead of the elevator through to smashing out a crossfit WOD and anything in between. Find something you enjoy, that fits within your day and it won't feel like a chore at all.


And most importantly, reward yourself! In CBT we talk about the principle of 'mastery and pleasure' which in a nutshell is that we are more likely to do things we enjoy doing and we need a balance of things we have to do and things we want to do to maintain a good level of wellbeing. Making the steps to break your addiction is hard, so plan regular little treat- a new NARS blusher, a pair of trainers, a long bubble bath or an hour reserved to Skype your bestie.



I'm not going to lie, addressing your addiction to food is going to be hard work. It won't be a straight forward road and you'll hit many turns and bumps but you have to get back up, dust yourself off and keep on going.

"recovery is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain" - Peer support worker CNWL foundation trust.




xo



Note : if you feel like your addiction with food is having a significant effect on your day to day life please seek the help of a professional. Your best point of call is your GP who can signpost you to the right person. 






18 Jun 2016

Lush Perth x Bloggers United


To celebrate a year of connecting Australia bloggers the ladies behind Bloggers United decided to put on a series of birthday events across Australia teaming up with Lush to play host. It's absolutely no secret that I'm a lushie at heart (I mean it'd be rude not too seeing as they were founded in my home town in England) so I jumped at the chance of attending. 

We were greeted by Annie and the rest of the Lush Perth girls with beaming smiles, eager to show off their gorgeous new Murray Street store. We spent time learning about all of the incredible fresh produce packed into lush products before splitting up for product demos and a little competition. The girls were incredibly helpful offering advise and consults to some of the attendees and at the end of the night everyone was gifted with a goodie bag and a product of their choice.

The event was wonderful, I love that Lush Perth now have a huge selection of products that aren't available in the other WA stores. It was also great to catch up with some of the ladies I've met throughout the year thanks to Bloggers United. I can't wait till next time! 


Here's just a few of the things I picked up : 




Rosy cheeks fresh face mask has quickly become one of my favourite face masks. It's super creamy and gorgeously soothing.  A simple blend of kaolin, calamine and turkish rose oil to delicately calm the skin and restore balance. 


Million Dollar Moisturiser is my current go to moisturiser, it smells divine, is very rich and creamy and contains tiny reflective pigments to give a wonderful winter glow.
Let the good times roll is my go to Lush cleanser, I adore the smell of caramel and popcorn and how gentle it is on my skin. 



The comforter shower cream is my shower BFF, the blend of sweet cassis absolute, uplifting bergamot and assuring cypress essential oils create a blackcurrant aroma that's like being wrapped in a snug hug. It smells just like the comforter bubble bar.


Floating island bath oil is a total newbie for me, I picked it up due to it's uncanny resemblance to Vanilla fountain, which was my favourite lush bath bomb (its sadly no longer made) and I was pleasantly surprised when I dropped in my bath and found a familiar smell. Packed full of fair-trade vanilla, shea butter and a little kick of citrus, it's perfect for a relaxing soak in the bath.


What are your favourite LUSH products?
xo 







4 Jun 2016

Bells rapids, Brigadoon


Bells rapids is one of my favourite places in Perth, and it's only 30 minutes from the CBD on the edge of the Swan Valley. To get there pop Cathedral Avenue, Bridadoon in your sat nav and follow the road right to the end- be careful when it turns to dirt track there's a horrid blind hill leading in to the car park!


In summer Bells Rapids is bustling with families playing in the water and cooking up BBQ lunches, in winter it's a luscious green escape perfect for a long rambling walk and some kangaroo spotting! Bells rapids is also one of the most famous sections of the annual Avon Descent and makes an awesome spot for white water kayaking.





Jessie wasn't too sure about crossing the stream! 





Gotta get the perfect snap right dan?













Have you been to Bells Rapids before?
There's more information on the Swan Valley website

xo

21 Jun 2016

Help, I'm addicted to food!

I've been following Trimfit bodies since the end of March, you can find some of my thoughts about the programme here, but if you've missed the last few posts I'll give you  quick run down. Trimfit bodies is an Australian based company who believe in inspiring and empowering all women to feel great and look good - enabling them to be the best person they can be. They created an amazing plan focusing on a mix of nutrition, exercise and mental wellbeing and what I love about them most is that they believe "Healthy" is not a size, "health" is a state of mind and how you feel about yourself. 

I've avidly clicked on all of the videos and blogposts they've sent me over the past few months but none struck a chord quite like 5 ways to break your food addiction.



For as long as I can remember I've been obsessed with food, I'll never forget being given 30p pocket money on my way to primary school and choosing to buy a Somerfields swiss roll instead of a freddo bar, I'd scoff it before I reached the end of the street. In my teens I'd train for athletics 5 times a week, but still relish in the thought of scoffing a large dominoes pizza, side of wedges and a tub of Ben & Jerrys....in one sitting. I'd come home from school and crave junk food, so I'd whip up some butter frosting. Driving home from a late shift at work stressed and stopping at tesco to buy handfuls of chocolate and scoffing it in the carpark....it sounds so disgusting writing this but it's true, I really struggled with a food addiction.

But can you really be addicted to food? Yes! We're all so accustomed to thinking that addictions are reserved for gambling, drugs and alcohol but really whatever releases happy signals in your brain can become addiction. You're much more likely to develop an addiction to something if you're got a family history of addiction, struggle with low self esteem, have experienced some form of trauma or have existing mental health problems.

 
So how do you know you're struggling with a food addiction?
Truth is, you might already have worked it out, I've always known that there was a problem with my relationship with food, I'd often refer to is as comfort eating and come up with excuses to make me feel okay about it, but it was always the same cycle of guilt and remorse afterwards.

If you think you may have a food addiction try asking yourself these questions

  • Do I frequently crave certain foods?
  • Do I eat to a point where you feel bloated or “too full to function”?
  • Do I feel guilty after eating specific foods yet continue eating?
  • Do I make excuses about why it’s ok to eat these foods?
  • Do I feel out of control when it comes to these foods?



How can I break my food addiction?

As with any addiction the biggest step is realising the need to change, if you're reading this post nodding and thinking that's me and you're still reading now you're a big step on your way.

For me the biggest thing to help me break my food addiction was remembering how I felt after I ate my trigger foods, sure they taste great at the time but the feeling afterwards was terrible. Start a journal of your food and write exactly what you ate, and then see if you can find some emotions that link all the trigger foods together- a bad day at work, looking in the mirror, being around a certain person...and then work the triggers!

Of course we can't remove all of the triggers / stressors from our lives but we can identify patterns and begin to find behaviours to replace the less helpful ones. Look in the mirror and pick out every flaw? Read yourself a positive affirmation about yourself! Bored at a meeting at work so reaching for the biscuit tin? Sit at the other end of the table from the bickies and have a nice hot cup of tea and snack on some nuts.




Another huge thing to help manage food addiction is making sure you’re eating a well balanced diet!  That's plenty of good protein sources (lean meats, eggs, fish, tofu), good fats (nuts, avocado, fish oil) and unrefined carbohydrates (whole grains, brown rice). It’s not about having to eliminate carbs or go low fat, it’s just about eating good food from good sources – you’ll feel fuller for longer, more satisfied and won’t be starving yourself. 

We're also all more than aware that exercise (no, not extra fries) releases happy chemicals in the brain, so make sure you're getting active for 30 minutes a day. That could be parking a little further from work and taking the stairs instead of the elevator through to smashing out a crossfit WOD and anything in between. Find something you enjoy, that fits within your day and it won't feel like a chore at all.


And most importantly, reward yourself! In CBT we talk about the principle of 'mastery and pleasure' which in a nutshell is that we are more likely to do things we enjoy doing and we need a balance of things we have to do and things we want to do to maintain a good level of wellbeing. Making the steps to break your addiction is hard, so plan regular little treat- a new NARS blusher, a pair of trainers, a long bubble bath or an hour reserved to Skype your bestie.



I'm not going to lie, addressing your addiction to food is going to be hard work. It won't be a straight forward road and you'll hit many turns and bumps but you have to get back up, dust yourself off and keep on going.

"recovery is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain" - Peer support worker CNWL foundation trust.




xo



Note : if you feel like your addiction with food is having a significant effect on your day to day life please seek the help of a professional. Your best point of call is your GP who can signpost you to the right person. 






18 Jun 2016

Lush Perth x Bloggers United


To celebrate a year of connecting Australia bloggers the ladies behind Bloggers United decided to put on a series of birthday events across Australia teaming up with Lush to play host. It's absolutely no secret that I'm a lushie at heart (I mean it'd be rude not too seeing as they were founded in my home town in England) so I jumped at the chance of attending. 

We were greeted by Annie and the rest of the Lush Perth girls with beaming smiles, eager to show off their gorgeous new Murray Street store. We spent time learning about all of the incredible fresh produce packed into lush products before splitting up for product demos and a little competition. The girls were incredibly helpful offering advise and consults to some of the attendees and at the end of the night everyone was gifted with a goodie bag and a product of their choice.

The event was wonderful, I love that Lush Perth now have a huge selection of products that aren't available in the other WA stores. It was also great to catch up with some of the ladies I've met throughout the year thanks to Bloggers United. I can't wait till next time! 


Here's just a few of the things I picked up : 




Rosy cheeks fresh face mask has quickly become one of my favourite face masks. It's super creamy and gorgeously soothing.  A simple blend of kaolin, calamine and turkish rose oil to delicately calm the skin and restore balance. 


Million Dollar Moisturiser is my current go to moisturiser, it smells divine, is very rich and creamy and contains tiny reflective pigments to give a wonderful winter glow.
Let the good times roll is my go to Lush cleanser, I adore the smell of caramel and popcorn and how gentle it is on my skin. 



The comforter shower cream is my shower BFF, the blend of sweet cassis absolute, uplifting bergamot and assuring cypress essential oils create a blackcurrant aroma that's like being wrapped in a snug hug. It smells just like the comforter bubble bar.


Floating island bath oil is a total newbie for me, I picked it up due to it's uncanny resemblance to Vanilla fountain, which was my favourite lush bath bomb (its sadly no longer made) and I was pleasantly surprised when I dropped in my bath and found a familiar smell. Packed full of fair-trade vanilla, shea butter and a little kick of citrus, it's perfect for a relaxing soak in the bath.


What are your favourite LUSH products?
xo 







4 Jun 2016

Bells rapids, Brigadoon


Bells rapids is one of my favourite places in Perth, and it's only 30 minutes from the CBD on the edge of the Swan Valley. To get there pop Cathedral Avenue, Bridadoon in your sat nav and follow the road right to the end- be careful when it turns to dirt track there's a horrid blind hill leading in to the car park!


In summer Bells Rapids is bustling with families playing in the water and cooking up BBQ lunches, in winter it's a luscious green escape perfect for a long rambling walk and some kangaroo spotting! Bells rapids is also one of the most famous sections of the annual Avon Descent and makes an awesome spot for white water kayaking.





Jessie wasn't too sure about crossing the stream! 





Gotta get the perfect snap right dan?













Have you been to Bells Rapids before?
There's more information on the Swan Valley website

xo

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