Women's Day

From Success to Significance: a wholehearted journey

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South Africa celebrates National Women’s Day on the 9th of August each year.  The day commemorates a protest march against injustice, undertaken by approximately 20 000 women in 1956. The original march was both successful and significant in terms of South Africa’s history. Unfortunately, injustice and stigmatisation continue to haunt the lives of many women […]

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Overweight and Depressed: a case of chicken & egg?

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Back in May 2016, I published a blog and podcast with the title, Obesity & Depression: opening Pandora’s Box (http://iam.upforit.co.za/2016/05/25/depression-and-obesity-opening-pandoras-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 could play […]

HOPE: The Fuel of Rehabilitation

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  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 levels. In the world of positive […]

Celebrity Psychosis

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

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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 serious mental disorders may be classified in this way, I believe that there are […]

Teachable: the spirit underpinning behavioural change

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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 change is important.  While knowledge, confidence and importance are essential elements of behavioural […]

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

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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 http://www.uctv.tv/shows/The-Skinny-on-Obesity-Ep-1-An-Epidemic-for-Every-Body-23305 This focus by industry on sugar sweetened foods and beverages is […]

Where did my New Year resolutions go?

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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

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How bad is the problem and what causes it? The Massachusetts Aging 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 discussed effects of the Metabolic Syndrome. […]

Smoking – the ‘forgotten’ risk factor

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‘Diet and health – I get it – but what else is there? Most of the posts I write are focused on the dietary aspects of metabolic health. I pay particular attention to sugar in our diets, debunking the myths around fat and cholesterol and so on. Add to this I have written about insulin […]