Edwina HawkridgeCounselling in Stamford, and City of London

Weight Management. Yoga

Losing weight is hard. You are not weak we live in a society that is conducive to making us eat more than we need. Dieting culture has taught us to act like lightbulbs being either on or off diets when actually a much more subtle and evidence based approach is needed.
One to one sessions focus on your nutrition amongst other things such as your mindset, emotions, habits and behaviours that have lead to you gaining weight over the years. Once these patterns are established through therapy we can unlock these unhelpful ways of being with food so that you can lose weight and keep it off.

Powerful cravings can emerge as a result of abnormal blood sugar highs and lows which can lead you to wanting something else to eat even after a big meal.
When blood sugar falls too fast your brain thinks there is a famine, it slows your metabolism right down, which can cause you to feel exhausted and makes you gain weight easily.

6 things you can start doing now to help you lose weight

1 Watch what you drink. Drinking stimulants such as tea and coffee or alcohol can put your body into a blood sugar spiral creating the sharp rises and falls in blood sugar explained above, therefore substitute tea and coffee for herbal teas, or sparkling water infused with lemon or lime can be a refreshing treat.

2 Get enough quality sleep. A good nights sleep is so important to helping stabilise your metabolism. When we are tired our brain signals to us that we are hungry so that it can get enough fuel in it’s tired state to make it through the day. The brain is the biggest user of glucose in the body and therefore you are predisposed to reach for fatty sugary foods when tired. A good nights sleep can make all the difference when making your food choices the next day.

3 De clutter. Having a cluttered workspace or home has been scientifically proven to chip away at your willpower this is because subconscious brain is constantly processing the mess and all the jobs left undone. De-cluttering allows your brain to rest and means that you are more likely to be able to resist the eating foods that won’t help you lose weight.

4 Start noticing your thoughts. Being able to identify when a craving is happening and why is very powerful. Your thoughts lead you into action. If you can notice when bingeing thoughts start to happen you can nip them in the bud by accepting that

5 Stimulus control. Having sugary fatty foods in the house is setting yourself up to fail as you are relying on willpower alone not to eat them. Then when you do the guilt and negative self talk begins. Remove these foods from the house and replace them with more wholesome alternatives.

6 Eat enough good quality protein. Quality protein like chicken, turkey, soya and seitan contain essential amino acids that your body needs in order to function well. Protein keeps you fuller for longer so you are less likely to snack in between meals. Structured eating and eating enough are key to successful weight loss along with habit and behaviour change.

All these things and more are explained through one on one therapy where you receive counselling-coaching treatment to help you lose weight and feel happier with your body.

An Approach that Works

I have trained with the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCfED) , the primary organisation in the UK for understanding and working with people who struggle with these issues. NCfED draws on research studies from the UK and USA into what works, what may get in the way, and, importantly, what doesn't work.

One of the key things that doesn't work is a reliance on rules and willpower alone which is an approach typical in the diet industry. The problem with this is it ignores several important complex factors.

You may:

  • Eat for emotional reasons (we all do sometimes)
  • Have psychological barriers to weight loss and maintenance (many people do)
  • Have had physiological responses to repeated cycles of dieting and weight gain (many dieters do)
  • Lack the information and tools to maintain a healthy weight after dieting (most people lack these)

    I will help you to move to a happier relationship with food, eating and weight, using a more holistic approach

    The four key elements to weight management are:
  • Mindset change
  • Emotional support
  • Accurate knowledge about food and the body
  • Tools to bring back balance to your life

    I will help you so that you can make sustainable changes to your weight and wellbeing.

    Call me if you have any questions, for an obligation free chat, or would like to book 07784 105 769.

  • 6 Hours to Change Your Life - Weight Loss Masterclass 18th May City of London

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    Weight Sense Therapy and Support have been running masterclasses to help people acquire skills for life and a mindset that makes weight loss easier and sustainable. The 1 day masterclass followed by one to one sessions help individuals to change their relationship with food. Book your masterclass place for the 18th May 2019 in central London.

    Skills for Life

    The masterclass and follow up sessions will help you:

  • Lose weight
  • Boost your willpower
  • Feel happier
  • Learn strategies that can be applied to everyday life
  • Alter your mindset to break the cycle of a love/hate relationship with food
  • Manage emotional and stress eating
  • Improve your nutrition
  • Grow your assertiveness skills
  • Gain information, strategies and support
  • Perfect planning and problem solving skills
  • Increase flexibility skills
  • Implement lifestyle and activity changes effectively

    The masterclass will enable you to start making changes immediately

    To book click here or call 07784105769. If I do not answer don't be disheartened, I am probably in session, please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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    Masterclass Testimonials

    "The masterclass really helped me change, especially the way I think and I am now losing weight"

    "I thought I would never find something that worked for me and had lost hope that I could lose weight and keep it off, 3 months later and I am still going strong"

    "I found the one to one support uncovered the core of why all my dieting has failed in the past which has led to me being able to move forward"

    "The masterclasses have transformed my relationship with food"

    "I am so much happier with the weight that I have lost and my body image has improved" -

    "Both Edwina and Kay are so understanding, knowledgeable and helpful I got way more support than I have ever had at numerous dieting clubs"

    If you're interested click here to book your place now.

    Next Masterclasses Peterborough, Leicester and London 2019

    It's a big investment in yourself, and your future happiness.Our exclusive masterclasses are design by women for women and are a supportive environment to gain information that will help you. Edwina and Kay are experienced facilitators and know that group environments can be intimidating for some people. We work hard to ensure that you feel comfortable in the masterclass and if you wish sharing your own personal experiences. What we find is that people rarely want to leave at the end of the day having enjoyed themselves learning, sharing and having fun.

    1 Day Masterclass Package + a one to one 90 minute session

    For £299 you will receive a 1 day Masterclass and a one to one session where you will receive:

  • Expert guidance on your individual weight loss concerns
  • Formulated implementable plan on what to tackle first
  • One to one support in changing your mindset, habits and behaviours
  • Food diary analysis for assistance with nutritional changes
  • Key strategies to help you deal with 'bad days'.
  • a useful pack of weight loss resources.

    in addition to being taught to:

  • lose weight
  • feel happier
  • shift your mindset around eating and food
  • understand andovercome emotional eating
  • boost willpower and conquer cravings
  • understand the key nutritional factors that make a difference to weight loss.

  • How it Works

    I have trained with the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCfED) , the primary organisation in the UK for understanding and helping people who struggle with weight issues.

    You may:

  • Eat for emotional reasons
  • Have psychological barriers to weight loss and maintenance
  • Have had physiological responses to repeated cycles of dieting and weight gain
  • Lack the information and tools to maintain a healthy weight after dieting

    The masterclass will start you on a journey to combat your issues around food, shape and weight. You will gain valuable knowledge about your body, food and nutrition which you can start implementing immediately. You will then be supported by myself or Kay in one to one weekly sessions where we will work collaboratively with you to change your mindset, habits and behaviours so you can start losing weight and keep it off!
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    If you are interested in attending a masterclass in Leicester please visit Kay's website

    Testimonial: The masterclass has been so helpful I learned a lot, have made changes and lost weight

    Food, Eating, Weight and Size Matters

    I am a specialist therapist for weight management and weight loss. I am trained in the evidence based approach for successful and lasting weight loss promoted by the National Centre for Eating Disorders. Being or feeling overweight in today's society can be challenging. We turn to food in times of stress or anxiety in celebration or commiseration.

    If your quality of life is impacted by worries about your weight, an endless cycle of dieting or an unhappy relationship with food and your body, I can help.

    I often see people who have dieted for years, losing weight and putting it back on, who don't understand why they keep yo-yo-ing. The mind controls everything, and without fundamental changes to your mindset and nutrition the cycle of weight loss followed by weight gain will continue.

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    It may be that you feel trapped in a never ending cycle of unsuccessful diet after diet or you found a diet that worked but then the weight came back? You may have a preoccupation with ‘healthy’ foods or your eating patterns may be identifiable as overeating,or binge eating. Disordered eating is a way of dealing with difficult emotions and is really difficult to deal with alone
    - Let me help.

    If you struggle with these issues you are not weak willed or a failure, be kind to yourself as there is a way forward. Email me or call 07784105769.

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