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week 4 Update and - Newsflash! - Back to You Returns Later This Year. Plus – the Wonder of Placebos.
21 February 2014

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Saw a fascinating Horizon show this week – really made me think. Thinking being the operative word, considering it was all focussing on the power of the mind to help healing take place.


Had to include a little ‘essay’ this week therefore, on the wonders of the placebo effect (see bottom) … (of the page, not of me! Lol)… I’ve always been fascinated by the brain and this week’s Horizon stirred me into writing this piece – the links is below too, to watch it on i-Player if you missed it.


Week 4 of 18 – Our Break the Habit Challenge Continues with some BIG NEWS about the Back to You Show!

Well another week, another little ‘aha’ moment or two in my own re-discovery of Freedom Eating. When I lost the 35lb initially, in the late 90’s, it didn’t come to me overnight. But about six months in, it felt, like, how did I ever unlearn all this stuff?! Now many of our regulars on the Facebook Groups (see below) have been experiencing their own little light bulb moments, on their journey down the Freedom Eating path.

Chloe says -

I am now embracing the freedom eating approach.
I can really relate to this book...and it has given me that final push to improve my 'relationship' with food, to feel comfortable with my body and actually do something for ME!! 

Week 7 and I've lost nearly a stone but this is just the beginning. 
I’m starting to recognise feelings of hunger and satiety, which I don't think I was actually aware of before. I would just eat up until the point where I felt bloated and uncomfortable. I would also eat even when I wasn't actually hungry! 
I don't feel deprived of certain foods as I'm not excluding anything. I'm not having extreme cravings that I would normally get on a 'diet' which would usually result in me having a binge and just giving up!
I do have slip ups/bad days where I eat too much or have too many treats but I'm not beating myself up about it anymore. 
I've realised that I'm starting to make healthier food choices naturally. I WANT to eat healthy delicious nutritious foods. 

Great post, Chloe! It makes me so happy to observe other people experiencing the same thing I did when I first started. Fab news. Keep the posts coming in. This free around food, is how you can be for the rest of your life! We just have to re-learn to trust our bodies.

One of the best things for me is that food and mealtimes are the most-enjoyable ever – taste-wise - yet food becomes so much less prevalent on my mind. Some days I can't even remember what I had to eat. Before, I could list every morsel, as well as the time I ate it. Now it’s as though I don’t have to think about it any more, until my body tells me to.

Keep it up everyone! And keep sharing. It's an amazing transformation, and once you 'get it', it becomes easier than any other weight loss method ever, IMO. Cos it's not a diet you 'go on'. It's a totally new way of being around food. Permanently. (Link for TTFLS at bottom of this post). 



News about Back to You Show on QVC

Well if you didn’t already see my posts on facebook and twitter – it’s coming baaaaaaack!!!! Whooop! In September – five Mondays, no less – probably around the same time of night on QVC UK. Can’t wait to present it again. SO – after our June Break the Habit Challenge, we’ll have September as our next watershed won’t we ladies!?

And don’t forget to put in your diary Sunday 29th June – the date we are aiming for to jointly celebrate my book launch (Hawaiian Trilogy Part 3) and have a get together for all successful ‘Break the Habit’ gang!


Other News This Week –

-          Straight on statins? If you’ve had any thoughts about the efficacy of statins do go read this interesting article – yes it’s Dr John Briffa again – gotta love his chutzpah! Click here for more


Joining In

Not too late to share your own precious ‘before pics’. Do come join us, it’s never too late! And if you’ve got a ShareStory you’d like to feature on here and you’re not on facebook, just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All the links to the groups are below.

Don’t forget if you’re a facebook member of Back to You QVC Group or of the closed group Break the Habit BTU, to give us your Monday update on facebook!

Go here to read the Back to You QVC Group updates and to join.

Go here to request to join the new CLOSED Break the Habit – BTU Group.

If you’d like to join in on my own Break the Habit Challenge, it’s here.

And for more info about Freedom Eating, for Till the Fat Lady Slims book – click here for Amazon.


Next Friday I’ll be all refreshed, having been away on that well-needed spa break, and a short writing hol in Devon, since I’ve got tons of writing due – well, I have got deadlines to adhere to eh?! Next week, I may have some news about a little deal that might be on the cards… Plus another pic of me in bikini top and shorts – Before PIC 2!

Best wishes to you all and whatever your challenge, here’s to a happy healthy, successful week ahead!





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The power of the placebo – what does the future hold?

If you are in any doubt whatsoever as to the power of the mind, just watch Horizon: The Power of the Placebo. For instance, even a fake/simulated operation led to some patients believing their actual fractures and joint problems had been cured, and their lives transformed. There was no statistically significant differences between those who had the real op and those who had the fake one. Incredible. Fake pain relief resulted in less pain felt, as the placebo effect can activate the naturally occurring pain killing reactions in our own brains. The Parkinson's patient whose brain released dopamine - shown on a CAT scan - in reaction to a placebo. A sugar pill as good as the meds. Really? Watch the programme.


The Horizon placebo experiment using fake oxygen at high altitudes showed a physical, measurable, scientific reaction in the subject's body, causing them to feel less pain and work harder - producing a real neuro-physiological effect (of lowering the all important Neurotransmitter PGE2 even though the second chart showed there was no increase in oxygen in the body.) The fake oxygen administered might not be real. But the belief is. And that's real enough for the mind to work the magic.


The only thing I’d observe is that it'd be preferable to use cornflower capsules rather than sugar pills! 


In years to come, I believe that the power of the mind will be utilized, rather than denied or ignored in so called scientific studies. Further, in my humble opinion (IMHO), this is in keeping with the power of belief, visualisation, and manifesting your destiny with affirmations etc. It’s all to do with our expectations. The person who believes they can, achieves things. Things which the person who consistently says 'I can't, you can't, it's impossible, chances are it won't happen, be realistic' could never ever do. Hence a 'make it happen' person, well, makes it happen. That's my belief. And hey, whatever I believe will be true for me, right?! ...


 In decades to come, this might be a fact of life used to treat symptoms, rather than be regarded by some as simply airy-fairy stuff. Yes, the placebo effect taps into the body's own natural pharmacy. Bad news for drug companies. Sure, you have to think they're real. But - imagine if one day Hypnosis was the technique used to produce interleukins in the brain to treat cancer patients, instead of scary chemotherapy with all its side effects. The brain is indeed a wonderful thing.


If you're curious, google this topic for more amazing articles on the topic you're interested in. And watch this prog on catch up. Click here to see it on i-Player – fast before it’s removed!

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