Healthy weight loss tip for the elderly people waiting for surgery

June 19, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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As summertime finally approaches losing a little bit of weight will be on lots of people’s minds. However, in recent months I’ve become more aware of people having to lose weight for more serious purposes than looking good in a summery outfit.

In January I read an article about one hospital not adding overweight patients to their surgical waiting lists until they shed the pounds and since I’ve spoken to friends, colleagues and customers who are looking to lose weight to make a pending surgical procedure more effective, and in some cases, safer.

With this in mind I thought I’d share some healthy weight loss tips that are targeted specifically at men and women over the age of 60.  It’s no surprise that our bodies change as we get older and so does the way we lose weight.

old lady cooking

Healthy weight loss tips-

  • If you’re over 60 and want to lose weight speak with your GP first especially if you losing weight ahead of surgery or because you want to improve your mobility. He/she will be able to offer practical advice and consult you on implications that dieting could have on any medical conditions you have.
  • Ask your GP to weigh and measure you then calculate your BMI (click here for the NHS’s online BMI calculator). Your BMI (Body Mass Index) indicates if you’re at a healthy weight, overweight or obese and will give you some indication of how much weight you should ideally lose.
  • Set yourself a target by coming up with a realistic weight goal that will ideally place you at a healthy BMI status. This goal will help you stay motivated and should ultimately encourage you to keep on track.
  • Join a slimming group if you need extra support. Groups such as Slimming World and WeightWatchers hold weekly meetings where you can be weighted and talked through the diet plan. Rosemary Conley offers a dieting and fitness plan with the addition of fitness classes. And the Jenny Craig plan is a good option for people who struggle to cook to diet restrictions as it delivers set meals according to your dietary needs and aims. Slimming groups are also a great place to meet new friends who have a common goal of losing weight.
  • Stock up on ‘superfoods’ such as blueberries, sweet potatoes, kiwis, salmon, broccoli, beans and nuts. These specific foods are packed with goodness, low in calories and include disease fighting nutrients that can be beneficial to your wellbeing especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Most are also part of your ‘5 a day’.
  • Read about other people’s dieting experiences to see how specific diets made them feel and how effective the dieting programs are in reality. Jenny Craig, WeightWatchers and LighterLife all have community forums or online blogs written by a variety of dieters (men and women) who are currently trying to lose weight. These first hand tales can be really helpful and give you a nudge in the right direction as to which one is right for you.
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Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day 19th May 2012

May 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I’m sure that people who read my blog regularly will know that I’m a real foodie. I love to cook, share recipes and entertain my friends and family with regular dinner parties. So when I read about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day, which is been held on the 19th May 2012 across the world, I was interested to see what my favourite TV chef has planned.

Jamie is renowned for being passionate about getting people, specifically children, to eat a healthy and notorious diet. He’s previously worked on projects both in the UK and in the United States that actively helped families, school children and communities to eat healthier.  

Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Day 2012

Now Jamie Oliver is using the power of people to make a change to the world’s unhealthy food habits. He wants foodies from across the globe to come together and share their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm for food to raise awareness of how easy healthy food is to prepare and more importantly how delicious it is to eat.

Anyone can take part in Food Revolution Day. You can host an event- dinner party, BBQ, tasting session, cookery class, food parties/festival- or go along to an existing event it’s completely up to you. The point is that we make and share healthy foods, teach children where produce comes from and start to understand the advantages of cooking at home rather than opting for unhealthy take-outs or restaurant meals.

As I’m sure you can imagine the response to Jamie’s Food Revolution Day has been phenomenal. At present 551 cities and 57 countries are involved with 397 public events and 434 dinner parties taking place on Saturday. These events hope to raise funds for more schooling toward food education in schools and colleges where food basics should be unfortunately aren’t been taught to children and young adults.

Jamie Oliver

As someone who loves food and cooked as a child with my mother (I believe it’s important to get kids in the kitchen from a young age), I think that Food Revolution Day is a great idea. Not only will it help educate people and further their skills but it’s a great opportunity for foodies like me to learn more about foods from across the world as The Food Revolution Day website allows guests to post their own recipes making it a brilliant resource for finding authentic recipes from all corners of the globe.

If you want to get involved check out the website where you can search for an event near you or register to host your own. But importantly read the facts about how major an issue the world’s unhealthy attitude towards food is. The facts are shocking- 43 million children under 5 are overweight- the reality of the issue will encourage you ‘stand up for real food’ once and for all.

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