Saturday, 24 November 2012

How the smell of a new car can stop you losing weight

Who would have thought it?

Angelabook with borderThis post appears in @SocioWellBeing Angela Steel’s blog at

I am seeing Angela and she is doing wonders for my health because I was, as she puts it, ‘metabolically stuck’.  After years of being an Athlete, running around a Basketball court and now a sexagenarian, I got stuck.
I never realised how much sugar I was processing and the impact it was having on me.

Her blog post amused me; I can see the Obesogens flying in formation now! Open-mouthed smile

How the smell of a new car can stop you losing weight

Sometimes people can get ‘metabolically stuck’ and feel that
even though they might be eating the right things, and
exercising regularly, their body is just holding onto fat.

How frustrating!

There are a few reasons why this can happen, and one
of them was covered recently in the journal ‘Molecular
Cell Endocrinology’ (not available from WH Smiths… J)

What were they looking at?

Something called obesogens (that’s the name they
gave them!) which are in fact chemicals coming from
outside, as well as bacteria residing in our guts.

The chemicals are well known already. It’s no new discovery that plasticizers (used in all kinds of materials, mainly plastics of course, and which evaporate into the environment. You know the new car smell?….. that comes from them), fungicides used  in agriculture, hormones fed to animals to suit mass production
‘requirements’, all cause disruption to our hormones.

Hormone disruptors

Of course our hormones are a crucial link in the chain that determines our ability to burn fat, lose weight, etc… so these ‘obesogens’ are flicking all the wrong switches and playing havoc with our finely tuned metabolism.

Obesogens from within

The other type of obesogen that was mentioned is perhaps less widely known and its origin is in our own gut.

These are essentially bacteria which can grow in the gut and create more calories than actual calories consumed during digestion!

Now that is not something we want at all…

How to avoid them

There are lots of things we can do once we are aware of these undesirable ‘obesogens’. Avoiding putting food in contact with plastic is one major step (especially heating food in plastic, for a whole lot of other reasons too). Buying organic food as much as possible (especially animal foods, like meat and milk).

Consider a detox

A functional detox, designed to help the liver drain off unwanted toxins AND balance gut flora as well can be a good way of pressing the RESTART button on your metabolism.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Who Else is a Female, in or Thinking of Being in, Their Own Business?

I have been aware lately of many Women oriented events , appearing mainly on Facebook and was pleasantly surprised to come across this Magazine. It’s different and worth a good read … and, ladies why not write something for it? …  AND being a Coach / Mentor I like what they  say:

“This magazine is for the go-getters, for the ones who believe, for the ones who dare and the ones who succeed!

We want to leave you feeling fired up and ready to take on the world and achieve amazing things!”

Isn’t that just the role of a coach? …


The Fastest Growing Magazine for Female Entrepreneurs

carriebwIt’s not often that you come across something which is free…and of great value. Well, a relatively new magazine entitled This Girl Means Business certainly fits the bill.

The magazine is the fastest growing digital magazine for female entrepreneurs.

Instead of talking about the latest celebrity faux pas, how to lose weight and how to spice up your love life, This Girl Means Business talks about women who have built successful businesses, how to turn ideas into a reality and how to get the right mind-set for living an amazing life. With its unique style and inviting language, it’s really stuck a chord with women looking to achieve amazing things.

Sharing interviews with people such as Louise Hay, Kim Kiyosaki, Michelle Mone andimage Michael Gerber, the magazine aims to inspire women with stories and insights from truly successful people. The magazine also shares interesting stories about women from all over the world – from girls in their teens to women in their 80s, from women who have survived cancer and started a business, to women who quit their jobs to start a business. From raising finance to get started, to starting on a shoestring budget – the magazine aims to cover a diverse range of topics, all helping the readers to be inspired to excel.

Within the first 4 months of launching, the magazine was seen by over 1.3 million people. This is a magazine that’s really making a difference. There is nothing like it for women and it aims to fill the gap in the market.

Check out the latest issue of the magazine >>here<<

They’re always on the look out for contributors, so if you would like to get involved find out more  >>here<<