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Three Fat Brides One Thin Dress

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Three Fat Brides One Thin DressI have always been a huge fan of Gillian McKeith’s program ‘You Are What You Eat’ and now she is back on our screens to help more victims of obesity and over indulgence. When I realised my usual Tuesday night comfort TV show ‘How To Look Good Naked’ had come to the end of the series I was devastated, but I felt better once I found out Gillian was replacing it with her new program ‘Three Fat Brides, One Thin Dress’.

I have just watched the first episode and am hooked already, as you’ve probably guessed from the title, Gillian chooses three overweight brides-to-be and helps them loose weight for their special day. The lady that works the hardest and achieves the best results walks away with a dream wedding dress.

The program is very similar to You Are What You Eat, she lays out their food in front of them and helps them realise what they’re doing to their bodies. This weeks winner Jacqueline lost an amazing 10 inches off her waist after following Gillian’s healthy eating and excercise plan.

‘Three Fat Brides, One Thin Dress’ will now be on Tuesday evenings at 8 o’clock. Check out the Channel 4 website for Gillian’s tips and more information about the program.

Apple Jacket!

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Apple JacketYou’ll probably forgive me for wondering who in the world would buy a hand-knitted 100% cotton jacket for their apple? But then I gave it some thought … I bring an apple to work every day and toss it in my bag without any care. When I come to eat it I often find it battered and bruised and therefore not what I’d call appealing. So imagine wrapping it up in its own little clothes to protect it– yes it might sound crazy to some but I’m now fully supporting apple jackets!

The design includes a cute yellow button and a green knitted leaf – how adorable! The designer, Jacqueline Dufresne, is from Canada – although it looks as though the website can ship internationally if you want to get one of these. The jacket’s also available in four different colours: pink, bright blue, white and off-white. What a fun little gift this would make too!

Available from Rose And Radish for $12.50.

Expanding Jelly Diet Pill

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

PillItalian scientists are developing a new pill that aims to help people loose weight. When swallowed, the pill turns into a clear blob of jelly-like goo (about the size of a tennis ball) that gives the feeling of fullness due to lack of room in the stomach. The clear gel expands to hold liquid and can soak up 1000 times its weight, it is thought that it will be a similar to a gastric band but obviously no surgery will be needed.

Obesity in the UK is constantly on the rise so the development of a diet pill would be a great invention for future generations and would decrease the number of surgical operations.

Figures show there is an estimated 1 billion overweight adults worldwide, 300 million of whom are classed as obese. The pill is still undergoing many tests to ensure it is utterly safe for consumers, it is not know when or if the pill will be available to those suffering from obesity.

Via Wired.com.

The Size 00 Hype

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Super Skinny Me LogoLast time I looked in a magazine I saw the phrase ‘Size 0’ used in a number of cases, however that now seems to be overshadowed by the phrase ‘Size 00’. Celebs such as Nicole Richie, Kate Bosworth and Lindsay Lohan were all apparently a 00 at one point – the same size as a 6 year old. Many criticised their unhealthy figures and thankfully they have all put on a bit of weight and look ‘normal’ again.

The first time I heard someone use the words double zero was in a documentary I watched last week ‘Superskinny Me: The Race To Size Double Zero’ where 2 girls Kate and Louise raced to get down to a size 00 from a size 12. Even though I watch these documentaries I think they are becoming a little monotonous; first Dawn Porter, then Louise Redknapp now Kate and Louise. It was worth watching as it showed in more detail than the other programs how bad the situation can get; Kate had to stop her diet because she had purposely purged twice and doctors feared she was developing an eating disorder. Louise however, managed to succeed and then put it all back on while on a two week holiday in the Caribbean!

If you get the chance to see it, I would; it does point out some interesting facts such as ‘it is estimated that women who diet spend an average of 31 years trying to lose weight’ and that ‘one in five women who diet are permanently on a diet’. If however you saw any of the previous ‘Race to Size 0’ documentaries you may find it a little repetitive.

More at Channel 4.

Trying To Quit Smoking?

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Quit SmokingTrying to Quit Smoking? Finding it difficult?

Here are some tips which should help you to quit easily and effectively.

I, personally, quit smoking using hypnotherapy years ago and it worked wonders for me. I’ve been smoke free now for the last 15 years and, believe me, it was very little effort at all.

Since that time, I have qualified as a hypnotherapist myself and have helped to dozens of people to quit the habit.

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The Wonders of Scentology

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Scentology FragrancesWhile browsing through In Style magazine last week I came across an advert that really caught my attention. The subheading of the ad was “Curb your cravings, boost your energy, improve your outlook: take control”, naturally I was intrigued and read on.

The formulas known as Scentology are produced by Dr. Rachel S. Herz (an expert on psychology of scent). They aim to change the way you feel and can apparently help stop certain cravings and provide quick boosts of energy. The fragrances can be sprayed onto your neck or around your environment and there are three different formulas to choose from:

Crave Control – Curbs cravings for stodgy foods such as carbohydrates, chocolate, cake and desserts (great if it’s that time of the month)!

Bliss Booster – A smile enhancing citrus scent to help lift your mood and make you feel happier.

Endurance Enhancer – Helps to gain a competitive edge in athletics or at work, great if you’re in need of a motivation boost.

Check out Scentology.com for more information.

Trim and Tone with The Speedshaper Program

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Speedshaper ProgramI saw this gadget in last week’s issue of Star Magazine and thought I must give it a go. It is known as the Speedshaper Program that trims, tones and firms your whole body concentrating on the six problem areas; waist, stomach, hips, bum, thighs and underarms (bingo wings!). You are advised to use the tool for seven minutes a day and manufacturers guarantee results in a very short period of time.

The program was developed by Olympic Gold Medalist Ike Berger and uses Synometrics (combining two methods Isotonic & Isometrics) which gives greater results than the both of them separately.

If you have some flabby areas and feel you need to tone up, you can purchase the Speedshaper for as little as £14.99 from Shop.com. The super deluxe version is also available there for £19.99. Please let me know if you have used this gadget and your opinion on whether it has worked for you.

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Congo Line Of Fruit!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Fruit Combo RackWe rarely write two posts in a row about food but I thought this Fruit Combo Rack deserved a mention! It’s a fun alternative to a standard fruit bowl and may even encourage the kids to eat more fruit – they won’t be able to walk past without touching this, it looks too tempting to play with! Not only does it look more interesting, but it also means the fruit’s more accessible and prevents it becoming easily bruised (as it often does at the bottom of the fruit bowl).

Pop it on the worktop to add a splash of colour to your kitchen too – it’s thin enough to not take up much space. At $19.98 it’s a tad more expensive than you’d expect to pay for a fruit holder, but worth it if you’re into kitchen gadgets that your friends and relatives aren’t likely to have!

Via Random Good Stuff

The Pampered Chef

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Food ChopperOk, all you cooks out there! In the past few years it can’t have escaped you that Chefs like Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey seem to have taken over on the TV. New cook books are advertised and on sale every few months and kitchen cupboards are packed full of interesting herbs and spices and wonderful gadgets.

Take a look at www.pamperedchef.com for loads of really useful ideas. My favourites are the food chopper which chops onions, veggies, herbs, in fact anything that needs chopping, in seconds. Also, the Microplane adjustable grater is fantastic for finely grating hard cheese, citrus rind, ginger, garlic etc. which comes with a slider attachment to avoid grating fingernails and the end of your finger along with the cheese which we’ve all done at some time!! Both are dishwasher safe which is an added bonus.

They also do some great stonewear which distributes heat uniformly for even baking and browning leaving pizzas crispier and roasts more succulent. There are many different shapes and sizes to choose from and Pampered Chef are so confident with their product that all products carry at least 1-year guarantee; some products even have a lifetime guarantee, so you really can’t go wrong. Get cooking!!

Champneys Gift Ideas

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Special Occasion HamperIf you’re looking for a special gift for your Mum this Mother’s Day, there could be something that interests you over on the Champneys Website. They have a large variety of luxurious gifts from small body care collections to large premier gift hampers.

Champneys are well known for their luxury health spa’s and quality products so your Mum will know that you’ve chosen her present carefully. The products range from about £20 to as much as £150 depending on what you’re after. My personal favourite is this Special Occasion Hamper that costs £80 which I think would be perfect for my Mum. See the full collection at the Champneys Website.