LAST week I kicked off the Autumn Success Drive and I asked you to set a goal to achieve. I got a lot of feedback about some of your negative feelings towards goals and we’re going to do more on the subject this week. Goals
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ALL of hospital superchef Simon Smith’s recipes for Slimpodders are created with busy people in mind and this week I’d like to share his Salmon en Croute recipe. Enjoy! SALMON EN CROUTE Serves 4 Preparation time: 10 min Cooking time: 10 – 15 mins Ingredients
THE holiday season is over so let’s get motivated and lose some inches! For many people, holidays really mess up daily routines so now’s the chance to get back in the groove and get motivated to shift some inches! I’m going to help you with
MOST of us love the delicious herbs and spices that make Indian food so tasty. But if you eat dishes which are rich in sweetened sauces you’re going to make it much harder to lose weight. So this week our hospital super chef Simon Smith
SUPERCHEF Simon Smith loves eggs because they’re such a healthy food. One of his favourites in his eat-well kitchen at Tameside Hospital, Manchester, is this Continental baked omelette, which is packed with goodness. Simon says: “Eggs have had years of bad publicity when they were
ANOTHER great dish packed with good flavours and quick to produce. Top hospital chef Simon Smith has produced this recipe from his eat-well kitchen at Tameside hospital, Manchester. Simon says: “The pork pot is a traditional Mediterranean dish combining a number of different meats
LENTILS are another of our true superfoods and this week our chef Simon Smith has produced a fabulously tasty recipe for vegan dhal, always a favourite with any Indian meal. Simon, head chef at Tameside hospital in Manchester, says: “Lentils, like other beans, are rich
I WAS at Tameside Hospital in Manchester on Monday visiting people who are on our NHS/Slimpod programme and got very emotional when I heard the changes a lot of people are experiencing. Yes, there’s weight loss, but it’s much deeper than this for so many.
HERE IS a fabulous spiced salmon recipe from Head Chef Simon Smith at Tameside Hospital, Manchester. Simon says: “Here we are cooking for the summer weather. This lightly grilled salmon, marinated in a spiced oriental sauce is quick and easy to prepare and cook. Perfect
MY Boot Camp over the past six weeks has been helping you stay on track and I know so many of you have been noticing how things have changed and have had significant WOW moments! There was a lovely post in Slimpod Club yesterday and here
OUR super chef Simon Smith has done it again! This week’s recipe is more than delicious – it’s absolutely packed with goodness. Simon, head chef at Tameside hospital in Manchester, says: “With this dish I want to show how a popular fish can be made
What healthy recipe has Simon Smith, the head chef at Tameside hospital, cooked up for us all this week? He’s whipped up some highly nutritious and quick to cook Thai chicken satay. It serves 4 and preparation time is only 8 mins. Cooking time is 10
MY Week 4 Boot Camp video is about limiting beliefs and self-doubt – how they sabotage lasting weight loss (and what you can do about it). This was in my Boot Camp last January and it resonated with so many people so I thought
THIS week we’re talking food – such a HUGE subject and one about which there is so much confusion. Food gets labelled good and bad, naughty or “a treat”, a syn and any number of other things. So It’s no wonder food has all sorts
One of the things I’ve noticed most during nearly 10 years of helping people lose weight is how a lot of them panic when I ask them to set goals. Last week was no exception. Posting a picture and setting goals sent shockwaves through some of
HEY! Welcome to my six week “Get Ready for Summer” Boot Camp! The words “Boot Camp” can sometimes be scary, so first of all I want to assure you that the next six weeks are going to be a very positive, enjoyable and motivational experience!
Simon Smith, the amazing Head Chef from Tameside NHS Trust in Manchester, is helping you to lose weight by creating a lovely healthy recipe each week. This one is inspired by Sammie Axton, who has lost five stone on her Slimpod programme. She was addicted
JUST read some fascinating research on the World Economic Forum website into how sugar and fat affect your brain. A diet high in sugar and saturated fat doesn’t just cause obesity, heart disease and diabetes but can also affect the way we learn, remember and think.
EATING vegetables reduces stress – especially among women. That’s the positive finding of some new research I’ve been reading about in the British Medical Journal Open. This is great news because it’s not widely known that stress is one of the reasons many people can
PEOPLE in our private Facebook group, Slimpod Club, are always asking the greatest questions about their weight loss journey. I thought I’d share this one with you in case you missed it – plus the answer from Trevor Silvester, who creates and voices the Slimpods.
ALL too often we relegate ourselves to the bottom of the pile behind partners, children, parents, work and housework. This has to stop! We need to be in tip-top condition to meet the demands of our hectic lives, so let’s pledge to crack this here
This broccoli soup recipe is great for warming yourself up on a cold, damp November day. Broccoli is a fantastic pick -me -up. It is a very good source of dietary fibre, vitamin B6, vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, choline, potassium and copper. Broccoli is also
These lovely colourful smoothie recipes have been provided by super Slimpodder and mum of 2 Debbie O’Connor. There’s a lot for mums to dislike about Halloween, when most children get more sweets and junk food in a day than we would normally give them in
HI THERE, Boot Camper! I’m so happy you’re taking part in this exciting healthy eating extension to the six week Slimpod Boot Camp. Recently, I’ve been focusing on my own nutrition – not just to control my weight but for health, wellbeing and performance. I’ve been feeling really
IF you want to lose weight and quit sugar by giving up chocolate then you’ll be inspired by what Lauren Goodchild achieved with a Slimpod. “Yes, I was a chocolate addict,” confesses mum-of-two Lauren. “I’d put my children to bed and then leave the baby
HEALTHY Food Guide magazine has got a special offer for you. If you’re a Slimpodder, you’ll know that our Slimpod programmes retrain your brain to have a better relationship with food. They do this by helping you to gain pleasure from healthy food (so you
LOVE this picture! Two happy women pose with the medals they won for completing the super-tough Spartan Sprint race in Windsor Great Park. Over more than three miles they had to do wall climbs, tunnel crawls, log lifts, sand bag carry, wading through water and
By Trevor Silvester. QUITE regularly we get emails from Slimpodders who got off to a great start and then found themselves slipping. When we delve a little we very often find they’ve forgotten to reset their short term weight loss goal. The thing is, our brain
LET’S get motivated and shift some inches! The Slimpod Club Boot Camp this Autumn is about losing weight and having fun along the way. You’ll learn how to set effective goals and achieve them with the help of the group (and me!) keeping you accountable. It’s really
CHOOSE healthier food and you’ll lose weight! The basis of our Slimpod is that it re-educates years of unconscious behaviours around food and this enables you to choose healthier and eat the appropriate amount to satisfy you. Food has evolved to mean so much more than merely
HAVE you seen the hashtag #medalmonday on Facebook? It’s the lovely way a group of runners inspire each other by showing each other the medals they’ve won every weekend. You’ll have seen the remarkable story of Slimpodder Darin McCloud in the emails I send out.
By Trevor Silvester. ONE of the problems with diets is that they break – we call it falling off the wagon. It’s inevitable that at some time during your torturous journey to your target weight, using whatever unnatural or boringly restrictive method the diet advocates, your
Counting calories keeps food at the front of your mind, which means you’re forced to constantly think about it. So should you be counting calories or points when you’re on a Slimpod programme? This is the first of a series of blog posts where I’ll be answering
When people start on our Slimpod programmes, they generally begin to notice changes in their behaviour towards food and exercise. Maybe a certain food doesn’t seem so appetising any more, maybe they are motivated to do a certain exercise that they had never considered before.
AT Thinking Slimmer we just love Jamie Oliver and what he’s doing to educate the world into healthier eating habits. So for the third year running we’re giving our full support to Jamie’s Food Revolution Day on Friday May 20. This year Jamie will be hosting
WHEN Mollie Millington “The Personal Happiness Trainer” was our guest in Slimpod Club recently she answered members’ questions on healthy fun exercise and gave some really great advice. Mollie (pictured) is an holistic health coach and a UK Athletics running coach and is a regular
FOR the next four weeks we’re going to have fun with food – not any old food but the right healthy food that will help the inches dissolve! We know that the Slimpod helps you automatically make healthier choices (because we’re all *supposed* to have learned
WEIGHT loss discipline is this week’s tiopic. As you’re the proud owner of a Slimpod you’ll already know how easy the programme is and you’ll be experiencing just how amazing your own mind is! So for week two of the eight-week Summer boot camp I thought I
HERE’S a MuTu special offer that will save you money! My good friend Wendy Powell is 45 today (July 6) and she’s celebrating by offering YOU 45 per cent off her globally successful, multiple award-winning solution to “mummy tummy” – the MuTu system. Happy birthday, Wendy!
LET’S get started on our Summer Body Boost boot camp, an exclusive event for members of Slimpod Club, our private Facebook group. As you know, an essential part of the Slimpod programme is goalsetting so we’ll kick the next eight weeks off by working out
MARATHON runners are amazing! Six years ago, when Slimpods were launched, Smirti Kotecha was one of the first people to achieve success by losing weight and keeping it off. Now I’m even more proud of her because she’s become the fifth Slimpodder to run the
THOUGHT I’d share with everyone a little glimpse into our private Slimpod Club group on Facebook because it’s a source of constant inspiration for our Slimpod members and me, too! I just love the group and the magical changes that people experience to their eating habits
Great news! George Osborne is introducing a sugar tax on soft drink manufacturers to start in 2018. This is a great result for all of us who are worried about the effects sugar is having on everyone’s health and wellbeing. Jamie Oliver has been one of the leading stars
DEPRIVING yourself by trying to use willpower to make yourself eat less, won’t work! Scientists have discovered that women who were making a conscious decision to deprive themselves of calories – which is just a long-winded way of saying dieting! – ate 40 per cent more
Hypnotherapy for losing weight is probably the easiest way to lose weight because unlike dieting it requires no willpower – in fact, no conscious effort at all! Imagine being able to lose weight without even thinking about it. That’s the huge appeal of hypnotherapy for losing
TODAY is World Diabetes Day and Thinking Slimmer is proud to give its support to this worldwide campaign to raise awareness of what causes diabetes and what we can all do to help prevent it. The current theme of World Diabetes Day is healthy living
FEW people realise just how much sugar we consume in everyday food. So I was really excited when I came across this Jamie Oliver sugar in food video the other day because it explains precisely how many unnecessary calories we’re putting into our bodies
Jamie Oliver’s latest idea in his crusade against added sugar is to change the labelling system on sugary drinks. He thinks the bottles should show very clearly how much added sweet stuff is in sugary drinks. The idea behind this new labelling system for sugary
CUTTING down sugar can lower blood pressure and cholesterol in only nine days, says a new study reported on in the Telegraph. Children taking part were given a meal plan with the same amount of calories that they were eating before the trial, but with a
Scientists are advising people across the globe to reduce their intake of sugar in drinks. A study published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation suggests that up to one in 100 deaths from obesity-related diseases can be directly attributed
SUGARY sweets at the checkout are being removed by Morrisons, I’m delighted to report. The supermarket chain joins Tesco and Lidl in banning sugar-filled temptations by the queues so that will make it a lot easier for everyone. Sainsbury’s have also taken sugary
IF you’ve been on a diet and decided to use willpower to cut out cakes, biscuits, sugary foods – in fact, most of the things you really love – then I’m sure you’ll remember how difficult supermarket shopping became. Willpower was probably enough to get you
ADD a sparkle to your water to make Flaming June even more enjoyable. Nice warm days stretching out into long cool balmy evenings – or something like that. People are getting out on their bikes, going for long walks, playing tennis…even if the weather is not
BLOGGER Erin Ek Rush is noticing remarkable differences in her smaller portion sizes and her relationship with food as she enjoys her Slimpod programme. “One of the first things I noticed about the Slimpod was that my portion size shrunk instantly and effortlessly,” she says. “I
UNLESS you’re a squirrel with an allergy, here’s some great news: eating nuts every day can help you live longer! Just a handful every day could substantially lower the risk of early death, according to research in Holland. It’s been known for a while that eating nuts
IF YOU ask what’s most effective, the carrot or the stick, most people will unhesitatingly say it’s the carrot. We instinctively understand that persuasion not punishment is the way to influence people and change their behaviour. So I’m puzzled how doctors and academics
SALMON is such a tasty, healthy fish and it’s so easy to cook in just 20 minutes. Slimpodder Debbie O’Connor has shared this great recipe for a salmon parcel that’s quick, simple and very good for you! Salmon is an excellent source of vitamin B12, vitamin D, and selenium.
SOME people are so inspiring! And Darin McCloud is right at the top of the list of people I admire. He’s one of our greatest Slimpodders, having transformed himself from a 20-stone couch potato into an athlete and cyclist. Having lost almost 70lbs with his Slimpod
SLIMPODDER Wendy Brotherwood, from Surrey, is proud of what she has achieved by Thinking Slimmer – and so she should be. She’s sent me a lovely before and after picture and adds modestly: “I’m not sure this picture shows much difference but if you could
FOR the second year running, Thinking Slimmer’s backing Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day today. Around the world there are a staggering 42 million children who are either overweight or obese and Jamie says: “With diet-related diseases rising at an alarming rate
I’M going to tell you something that might surprise you: people who consume lots of sugar packed foods would rather have an immediate sweet treat than be rewarded with money later. How weird is that? Well, it’s not weird at all – it’s actually very common!
WE all know what the problem is: The western world is full of overweight people, an estimated two billion according to the World Health Organisation. Many people claim to know the answer: Put them on a diet so they eat less. Eating disorders problem solved. Except
STRESS and emotional eating have an extraordinary effect on our food habits, and emotional eating brought on by anxiety is a major reason why more and more people are overweight. The more pressurised life becomes, the more people turn to food in a vain attempt
BUTTER has got the health all-clear at last. There’s some things we just know are bad for us: smoking, drinking too much, breathing in traffic fumes. But eating butter? Is that rich creamy delight really a killer? The medical profession has been telling us for 30 years
IN just 12 months, mum of two Karen Christmas has lost five stone listening to her Slimpod – and her weight loss is continuing! Her achievement is an inspiration for anyone who’s tried every diet going and given up hope that anything will ever work. Every day, mum of
I WANT you to promise me something: Once you’ve read this article, you’ll go out and spend a brisk 20 minutes walking. Because walking daily can add years to your life, scientists have discovered. Research at Cambridge University reveals that lack of exercise kills twice as
SO who fancies starting the New Year with a fabulously healthy goal? How would you like to become part of a virtual team whose aim is to run 10 miles in 10 months? We’ve teamed up with Slimpodder Kirsty Taylor-Gallop, who last October started a great project
ARE you wondering why your diet doesn’t work? Maybe you began the year with the same old weight-loss resolution and said to yourself: “This will be the last time.” Surprise surprise, the diet doesn’t work in the long term. An estimated 25 million start dieting again
LET’S start the New Year with some really meaningful goals! Most successful people are goals orientated. They take time to identify what it is they want and they build up a really clear and detailed picture of what achieving the goals will look and feel like.
WEIGHT loss targets are important and so is keeping your success log. I’m frequently being asked why we suggest that people write down the three “positives” in their success log each night, so I thought I’d explain a little more. This will be especially beneficial to people
I’m thrilled by all the positive responses we received after we announced the upcoming launch of our Autumn Success Drive on Tuesday. I’d love you to join all the others who’ll be taking part so here’s some tips to get you started. Basically, it’s time to dust off
Many congratulations to Laura Pettit, who used one of our Slimpod downloads to help make her wedding dress fit perfectly for her big day. Laura, a 28-year-old blogger from Cheltenham, started listening to her Slimpod in March and by the time of her wedding
THE Slight Edge is a way of forming good habits by using simple daily disciplines which you repeat consistently over time. Slimpod Club regular Sarah Woods has used it and has an inspiring story for all of you who want to boost your weight loss. At her
Wanted: Fanatical Facebook, Twitter or Google + users to take part in a habit changing challenge using the power of social media…Are you fanatical on Facebook, talkative on Twitter or like a good gossip on Google+? Are you looking to do any of the following?
OBESITY is like a slow-motion car crash that could cripple the NHS, says its new chief executive, Simon Stevens. Well, we can’t say we haven’t been warned. Mr Stevens considers that obesity is a bigger threat to health and public finances than smoking.
LOSE weight in a way that’s a guaranteed, costs nothing, requires virtually no effort and can be done almost anywhere. How good does that sound? It’s called standing up. Do you know that if you stand up for five minutes every half hour of an eighthour
IMAGINE a 16-stone, chain-smoking chocoholic with high blood pressure deciding to run the marathon. That’s what Steve Way did at the Commonwealth Games, when he finished an amazing tenth. He is an inspiration and proof that if you want something
FAMILY activities are important once school’s out for summer so how can you resist the call of the sofa, get your daily quota of exercise and keep the children amused at the same time? Here’s 10 fun ideas for you. For many parents the holidays mean a bit
THERE are no punches pulled about sugar in the film Fed Up, which is causing a storm in America, the land of the free and the land of the obese. “This film unearths the dirty secret of the American food industry,” the trailer states boldly. “Junk food
By Lesley Smith, guest blogger. HERE’S a fun and healthy drink you can make with your kids on Food Revolution Day – the custard apple and dragon fruit milkshake. Custard apple? Sounds amazing, doesn’t it – and it is. It’s not really an apple at all actually
By Nichola Whitehead, guest blogger. HEALTHY lifestyle for all the family stems from healthy eating. So how do you achieve this for all your family members? In my video I’ve outlined five of the most important factors for a healthy lifestyle which will leave you feeling more energised
By Lyndon Gee, guest blogger. BUTTER or margarine? As a health and food writer I’m often asked which I prefer. That’s a good question with healthy eating for children on the agenda for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day. Where did the controversy about butter v margarine
ON your marks, get set…GO! The Slimpod 838 Challenge is off and running (or walking, cycling or swimming actually). The idea is that during the month of May Slimpodders complete a virtual John O’Groats to Land’s End relay. It’s called the 838 Challenge because
BREAST cancer is a horrible disease and I’d dearly love to get the women of the world walking every day – because new research shows that being active dramatically reduces your chances of getting breast cancer. Most of us understand that keeping our weight down
By Hannah Martin, guest blogger THERE are plenty of excellent reasons for taking good care of your body and ensuring you enjoy healthy eating of a balanced diet – better health and confidence, and look and feel great. But have you ever considered the effect
“IT’S only taken 30 years – but it’s never too late to reach your dreams.” Those are the inspiring words of Barbara Greenwood, who after a lifetime of battling with her weight has realised her dream by running in the London marathon and has raised well over
ONE of the quickest ways to lose weight is to cut down on alcohol because booze is often little more than liquid sugar. You might be surprised to learn exactly how much of the sweet stuff is in your favourite tipple. That old saying “What’s your
MY favourite fitness gear by miles is by Jenni Falconer, so I thought I’d give two people the chance to win a fab outfit plus a Slimpod of their choice. Total value of each of the two prizes is over £100. January and February are traditionally the
A flat tummy seems to be the holy grail of the fitness world. The problem is, there are too many misconceptions about how to actually achieve one. So says fitness expert Charlene Hutsebaut. So I asked her for advice on how best to get the flat tummy
IT’S that time of year again when everyone talks about setting goals. So as I’m always extolling the virtues of good goal-setting I thought I would write about how my 2013 goals worked for me and what my plans are for 2014. When goals are set properly
DID you know that tea, a drink that’s been around for thousands of years, has some amazing properties? Green tea can help control your weight, according to research I read. White tea can help you look younger by smoothing out the wrinkles. Black tea
I’VE been asking a few experts about hangover cures – what to eat and drink and what to avoid. The trick, it seems isto restock your body with fluids and essential nutrients like fructose, vitamins, animo acids and minerals. They can help break down toxins
FITNESS and wellbeing always throw up lots of questions, so here’s the answers to a lot of them. When top London health and wellness coach Mollie Millington – aka @PTMollie – was a guest in our Facebook Slimpod Club she offered loads of great advice on fitness.
A LADY emailed me today to tell me she’s just been diagnosed with a fatty liver and wanted to know what she should and shouldn’t eat. This problem is becoming more and more common, largely because of our modern-day diet, so I was happy to give her
THERE is nothing better than eating seasonal fruit and veg – and pumpkins, and other members of the squash family, are at their best in late autumn. Not only is a Hallowe’en pumpkin super tasty, it also has incredible health benefits – so when you’re pumpkin carving
FOUR out of five doctors routinely prescribe drugs to patients even though they believe they are addicted to them. That is the alarming finding of a survey by the Family Doctors Association. Official statistics estimate that about 1.5 million NHS patients may
HEALTHY eating is all about eating what we need not what we want. We were all brought up to finish the food on our plates, but sometimes it’s more than we really need. As a national partner of the Department of Health’s Change4Life campaign we’re working
KNOW the real problem with the snacks kids like most? They’re often the ones with the most fat, salt and sugar in them – and they need healthier snacks. As an official national partner of the Department of Health’s Change4Life campaign, we’re working
I’VE asked my friend Mollie Millington, better known as health and wellness coach PTMollie, to show you some of her brilliant routines because our research at Thinking Slimmer shows that your Slimpod’s probably making you feel motivated to become fitter
Trevor Silvester is one of the world’s leading experts in changing behaviour through the use of words and is the Voice of the Slimpods. One of the questions Trevor Silvester is asked most often is: “Can a Slimpod really work in 21 days?” His honest answer
Amanda Ursell, one of the UK’s leading nutritionists, has great advice on better breakfasts, fruit versus biscuits, stay-awake lunches. They’re all in this blog on healthy eating which she’s written for Thinking Slimmer. Amanda Ursell’s the author of numerous books
There’s a lot of nonsense written about fat loss through exercise, so here’s the expert facts from someone who knows. I’m really happy to welcome top trainer Tim Drummond, of Sexy In The City, as a guest blogger. Here’s his expert views on the principles of fat loss:
“RAIN, rain, rain. This weather’s getting me down.” How often have you heard that? The way bad weather makes us miserable is proof of the powerful mind/body connection that links physical well-being with our mood. “Weather is a known catalyst for mood swings”
I WAS really upset by the stories several ladies told me last week about the real-life effects of the diet clubs culture and the emotional connections it creates. They were made to feel bad by the people running their diet clubs because they had broken the
CHOCOLATE cravings can be very hard to stop because the massive sugar content in chocolate stimulates a part of our brain which is hugely powerful. When I tell people that being addicted to chocolate is just like being hooked on a drug like heroin they
MY fabulous guest blogger Laura Williams offers some great fitness tips on how to winter-proof your workout and keep fit and healthy over the coming months. Shorter days and plummeting temperatures often mean exercise and good nutrition take a back seat
NOT only are diets usually doomed to fail, they can also have dangerous health risk, according to an article I’ve just read in the British Medical Journal. The Daily Express made it the main story on its front page, warning people on extreme Atkins Diet style
ANY time I eat out I always look for anything described as the “healthy option.” So I was shocked by a discovery at McDonald’s that their low-fat blueberry muffin has more salt in it than one of their burgers – and more than three times the sodium
I JUST couldn’t believe how many people were running in the Great South Run (more than 20,000). It was so inspirational seeing everyone run for such good causes. It set me thinking about the runners’ motivation. I asked a few people why they were running and they
OBESITY is a global epidemic. So much so that we now call it GLOBESITY. Today, at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition in London, I’ll be joining other experts to discuss how we can tackle this enormous challenge. The facts we’ll be discussing about global obesity