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Geri Horner wants her daughter to have a good relationship with food.

The Spice Girls star has been open in the past about her own battle with bulimia and diet culture, and has now said she made a conscious effort to fix her relationship with food and dieting for the sake of her 14-year-old daughter Bluebell, as she didnt want the teenager to repeat her mistakes.

She said: I had always wanted a good relationship with food so my daughter would have it, so she wouldnt be like I was when I was growing up always on a diet.

As a world we are moving in a different direction now anyway. Yes, we want to be gorgeous, but were letting go of perfect. I think were bored of it.

Geri - who has Bluebell with Sacha Gervasi, and is also mother to three-year-old Montague, whom she has with her husband Christian Horner - admitted she appeared on UK baking show The Great British Bake Off because of her daughter, and credited the show with re-establishing her love of food.

She added during an episode of Rainbow Woman: I only did Bake Off because my daughter loves that show and when I did, I re-embarked on this whole journey of me re-establishing my relationship with food.

And it reminded me of when I was little and I was making cakes with my auntie Doreen.

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Dec 10th, 2020 | Filed under Dieting

Machine-learning based algorithms are on the rise now, finding innovative solutions to genuine problems that people experience day to day. One Israeli company, DayTwo Ltd., is revolutionizing the way we approach one of the most common health concerns of today: dieting and obesity. Based in Tel Aviv, DayTwo has engineered an app based on machine-learning algorithms that tests a patients microbiome the amount and type of gut bacteria and creates a custom-based diet plan to monitor patient blood sugar levels and lower obesity. The app is offered as part of a program through employer-healthcare benefits in the United States and is available in Israel through the socialized government healthcare company Clalit Health Services.

In an interview with CTech, DayTwo co-founder and CEO Lihi Segal spoke about how her companys product is different from previously tried-and-true methods, and what it entails.

Our product is revolutionary because for the first time we are looking at the person when determining whether a food is healthy or not, instead of looking at the food itself. Previously, wed look at an apple, and see what vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, or other nutritional benefits it possesses, she said.

Today, all that is changing. Now we look at the person. What is the response of a persons body going to be after eating that apple? We look at that metric, including the blood sugar response, and see how the apple will spike the patients blood sugar in two hours after eating, she said.

The idea is in order to maintain good health and to avoid metabolic diseases, people need to be able to eat a balanced diet that balances their blood sugar levels. What were trying to predict is whats good for each individual.

Using this technique, DayTwo is able to determine which foods each person should be eating. The patent was developed by Israels Weizmann Institute of Science, and has been licensed in the U.S., Israel, and China.

The companys product can be accessed fully remotely, and is a viable alternative to in-person consultations. The company sells its product to insurance companies in the U.S. who provide this program to employers, who offer it as a benefit to their employees or to members that have a metabolic disease. In Israel, the public at large can access this program through Clalit, a government-subsidized and socialized medical insurance company. The product mainly aims to help those with Type-2 Diabetes, Prediabetes, clinical obesity, and other metabolic diseases.

How does DayTwos microbiome plan test (and improve) gut bacteria? How is this different from taking supplements such as probiotics or prebiotics?

The way we know how to predict what people should be eating is by collecting information on a person using clinical metrics, such as blood tests, BMIs, or other personal parameters, such as age, exercise habits, stress, sleeping habits, etc. We use a stool sample kit to test a persons gut microbiome, and based on the results that our lab comes up with after that analysis, we use our AI and machine-learning based algorithm to analyze what a person should be eating. The difference is that we are providing you with specific food recommendations, predicting a personalized response in advance that targets your blood sugar response. Its extremely personalized, she noted, and can help improve patients overall health in comparison to simply taking supplements.

When patients rely on a one-size-fits-all diet, it can cause complications for certain people, she noted. According to a recent National Institute of Health 10-year study, some $150 million have been allocated for precision-based nutrition, which can lead to a sharp decline in chronic diseases such as obesity.

In addition, the program is hands-on and user-friendly. The program includes a welcome kit that is able to profile a patients microbiome sequence, and through the mobile app sends dietary recommendations. Some of those include specific meals and recipes that DayTwo has curated, while others are rated on a scale of 0.9-9. Menus of several large chains are also rated in the app, such as Starbucks or U.S. food-chain grocery stores, like Trader Joes. In addition, the program offers patients a full year support of a registered dietician or health coach to help a patient create a personalized healthcare plan.

The company created their algorithm after analyzing and sequencing the microbiome makeup and tracking the blood sugar levels of over thousands of both healthy people and those who suffer from obesity and Type-2 diabetes over the course of two weeks. The company then trained its algorithm to recognize and treat other people.

Who is your target audience or target market? Is it just for diabetics or those suffering from obesity?

Our primary target is people with Type-2 diabetes, clinical obesity, Prediabetes, or fatty liver diseases. With that said, its very good for healthy people as well, and can help them limit their blood sugar levels, which is very important in the long run.

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Dec 10th, 2020 | Filed under Dieting

Have you ever been too shy to go for seconds? Or regretted wearing jeans to a big dinner?

As we dive into the holiday season, it gets hard to resist the need to scarf down all the homemade food (especially as a college student). Whether you tend to overeat or hold yourself back, intuitive eating skills can help people feel a little less guilty about what we put on our plates.

Tyler Rolling, nutritionist and health educator, spoke to San Diego State students on Nov. 24 to prepare their stomachs for the holiday season. She described intuitive eating as an alternative to dieting and more of a mind-body approach to nutrition.

All food is okay to eat, especially if you enjoy eating it, Rolling said. (Dieting) ends up restricting the food we actually want and we are more likely to binge on that food later or other food.

The eating framework consists of 10 principles:

We have all heard of good foods and bad foods, but Rolling said this mindset can be dangerous. With diet rules and mentalities, people tend to restrict themselves, binge eat, then gaining weight and feel ashamed.

The endless cycle of guilt can be broken by abandoning diet culture and recognizing its dangers.

If your stomach is still grumbling, go in for those seconds! Intuitive eating is all about focusing on what your body truly needs and listening to hunger and fullness cues.

This also means not fasting all day just to scarf down the big meal.

Give yourself permission to eat what you want.

By restricting yourself, you are more prone to uncontrollable cravings and binging.

Anola Sanders, a nutrition graduate intern, suggested putting food into a more biased perspective.

Dont demonize a food group because you think it is bad for you, or idolize one because you think its good, Sanders said. Food is not morally good or bad.

Holidays can be difficult with friends and family making snarky comments about your eating.

Often, it can lead to food shyness or insecurities.

There are also food police that live inside our minds, telling us what we should eat and what to avoid. Sanders suggested challenging these ideals, questioning who set them, why are they in place and why are they bad?

Sending ourselves into a food coma has become the norm during the holiday season. Instead of sitting in discomfort, consider when it is time to stop. Take breaks and have conversations in between bites.

A good rule of thumb, according to Rolling, is asking yourself, If I take one more bite, is that going to make me overstuffed, or will I be okay?

There is a difference between feeling full and feeling satisfied. You can fill yourself up with food, but if it was not what you wanted, the urge to want more will still be there.

Be mindful about what you choose to eat and consider whether or not you enjoy it.

It may sound cliche, but there is no way around it in order to feel comfortable with your body, you have to love it.

Instead of criticizing how you look, consider all the things that make you beautifully unique. Every part of your body works each day to keep you alive and healthy! Treat it with the same love.

Emotional eating is common when we feel lonely, sad or bored. When you feel this happening, distract yourself with other activities, such as reading, taking a walk, drawing, or calling a friend.

Working out is not limited to running or lifting weights. Think about moving your body by the ways you enjoy such as dancing, swimming, or hiking. Being outside and feeling your body move is not only rewarding, but energizing.

Remember that there will be good and bad days. Do not judge yourself for your eating choices, just consider what makes you satisfied and when you feel full.

It is about progression, not perfection.

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Dec 8th, 2020 | Filed under Dieting

Usually, when you go on a diet, any diet, all you are focused on is losing excess weight by sticking to the tenets of the diet for as long as possible. But most diets are actually calorie-restrictive, meaning that they require you to cut back on the calories you consume every day to ensure you lose weight. This creates a calorie deficit which spurs weight loss.

Once youve shed a few kilos or when continuing with the diet becomes more difficult, most people tend to go back to eating just as much as they used to before starting on the diet. What this leads to is a yo-yo like weight pendulum. You lose some weight by dieting and gain it all back by reverting back to your old ways. This trend is also the reason why reverse dieting is becoming popular these days.

A diet after your diet

Reverse dieting is what youre supposed to do when your weight loss diet is done with. This eating plan involves gradually increasing your calorie intake over a period of time to but also making sure you dont completely undo the progress you made. Proponents of reverse dieting believe that slowly increasing your calorie intake instead of jumping right back to your previous habits helps boost your metabolism, burn calories and overcome weight-loss plateaus.

How reverse dieting is done

The best method to start reverse dieting is by counting calories. After youve followed a diet for a while, youre likely to be consuming a set number of calories per day to maintain your weight loss. Reverse dieting works by increasing this baseline calorie intake by 50 to 100 calories per week. Over a period of weeks, your calorie intake gradually increases and your metabolism acclimates to these changes. As you reach your pre-diet calorie intake levels, you are able to maintain your weight loss.

Benefits of reverse dieting

Proponents of reverse dieting believe that the key benefit of this eating plan is to maintain the weight youve lost through a diet and to encourage further weight loss by keeping bad, post-diet habits at bay. Taking up reverse dieting after a diet suggests that while youre getting back to normal calorie intake levels, you are at no point overeating or binge-eating.

Calorie restriction is believed to reduce the levels of the hormone leptin in your body, which is required to regulate your metabolism and lose further weight the healthy way. So, reverse dieting ensures that your leptin levels get back to normal and your metabolism functions just fine. Reverse dieting is also believed to increase your energy levels and reduce the risk of mood swings and hunger pangs too.

The downside to reverse dieting

Perhaps the biggest problem with reverse dieting is that there is very little research or scientific backing for it. This is a major negative as diet and nutrition are immense factors that affect health outcomes and toying with them unnecessarily can be counter-productive. The other problem is that reverse dieting centres on counting calories alone, while weight loss and maintenance depend on many other factors like sleep, stress, exercise and hormone fluctuations.

Detractors of reverse dieting therefore point out that while it may work well for bodybuilders and professional athletes, it may not be the most holistic approach out there for the general population. Its also this constant focus on calories that usually makes reverse dieting very difficult to follow through in anything but the strictest of environments. Its a time-consuming, measured and meticulous eating plan that can be challenging for most people.

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By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | December 8, 2020 10:50:53 amIt is important to be grateful for the food on your plate, said nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar. (Source: getty images/file)

At a time when there is lot of conversation around fad diets and weight loss, nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar shared five golden tips to eat in the age of dieting.

Diwekars tips are from her latest book Eating in the Age of Dieting. The book, as Diwekar mentioned, is a collection of the posts I have written on social media over the past 10 years and that of her columns on health and seasonal foods.

Here are Diwekars tips on how to eat:

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1. Look at food as a blessing. Eat with gratitude, not guilt. 2. Appetite moves, dont fix quantities. Pay attention while eating to eat the right amount. 3. Move beyond carbs/ protein/ fat/calories. Food is culture, cuisine, crop-cycle. Eat local, seasonal and traditional. 4. Honour time-tested food preparations. Eat deep fried, not air fryed. 5. Share with everyone. Good health for all. Sarve bhavantu sukhinaha. Eating in the age of dieting is a collection of some of my most loved social media posts, columns, interviews, from the last 10 years. Pre-order the book here or check link in bio. Pre-order now open across the globe. #eadbook

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* Look at food as a blessing eat with gratitude, not guilt, Diwekar mentioned. So many of us are so privileged to have such good food on our plateswe need to eat it with that sense of gratitudeRemember food is a resource, dont abuse it, she said.

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*Appetite moves, dont fix quantities pay attention while eating to eat the right amount. Diwekar said, Our hunger is based on the season, our thought processes, how well we have slept or how much we have exercisedDont fix quantity, fix attention.

* Move beyond carbs/ protein/ fat/calories, she advised. Eat what is local, seasonal and traditionalIt is very important that we all learn to eat within our ecological means, she added.

* Honour time-tested food preparations, as they come in intelligent combinations. So, eat them even if they are deep-fried, instead of air frying them, Diwekar said.

* Food is a resource that is meant to be shared with every single person, the nutritionist further stressed. Our wellbeing is connected with everyone elses wellbeing, she said.

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First thing's first: at GLAMOUR, we absolutely do not advocate dieting. It's your body and your rules but if you're looking to enhance your wellness regime and look and feel better as a result, we're here to do the hard work for you by rounding up the pros and cons of all the latest wellness plans.

If you're into nutrition, chances are you'll be familiar with the keto diet. In fact, according to a new survey, which analysed the diet terms people search for the most on Google, the most popular wellness plans is the keto diet - with a collective 623,050 searches - but whilst it's the most intriguing, unfortunately it's not exactly the easiest to understand. Essentially, it involves cutting down on carbohydrates and replacing them with fats. The idea behind this is that the lack of carbs puts the body into a metabolic state of ketosis, where it becomes incredibly efficient at using fats for energy. Advocates believe that when the body reaches this state, fats are also turned into ketones in the liver, which supplies energy to the brain.

According to Healthline, a healthy ketogenic diet should consist of about 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% or less than 50 grams of carbs per day.

If like Kourtney Kardashian, you've tried it and love it, there's a new iteration of the wellness plan designed with vegetarians and sustainability trailblazers in mind: the veto diet.

The veto diet, which is the brainchild of health meal delivery service, Love Yourself, is based on a combination of keto and vegetarian.

"The simplest definition of the Veto Diet is: a diet high in fat and very low in carbohydrates," explains Love Yourself's Chef Director, Michal Snela, who has designed a veto meal delivery service based on the wellness plan. "Typically keto dieters have been very reliant on animal proteins fats. With our veto diet, we have turned this around and rely on plant-based proteins as the main element of this diet. The only animal proteins we use are from eggs and dairy (no meat of any kind is included in this diet)."

Fortunately, you won't be eating sticks of butter and dozens of eggs everyday. The wellness plan is packed with plenty of healthy plant-based food products as well as MCT oil. A typical day on the wellness plan could see you enjoying carrot cake chia pudding for breakfast, creamy broccoli salad for lunch, egg fried 'rice' for dinner and snacks of chocolate and vanilla pralines.

"These foods will help you meet your fat, vitamin, mineral, and fibre needs simultaneously, making them a vegetarian keto dieters best friend," he said.

According to Michal Snela, you can expect the following from the veto diet...

If you are thinking of embarking on the veto diet, Michal notes that during the diet transition you will experience uncomfortable side effects from significantly cutting carbs. "We like to refer to this as the 'veto flu', he said. "These may last a few days but, will pass once your body has entered ketosis. These symptoms include (to name a few): headaches, nausea, fatigue, irritability, constipation and brain 'fog'.

"It is important to keep hydrated with water and herbal teas supplement with probiotics, and/or partake in light exercise to ease the symptoms."

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Each year, 45 million Americans try dieting and fail; Emily Hochman, CEO and Founder of Wellory, was one of them. She built Wellory out of personal need, having struggled with fad and yo-yo dieting which led to several potential chronic illnesses, and the threat of infertility. Hochman decided to take her health into her own hands by enrolling in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where, with a balanced nutritional plan and the right support system, she was able to rebuild her health. As a certified health coach, Hochman also managed the customer success team at tech startup WayUp, learning the value that the intersection of technology and human interaction can bring to the ever-evolving digital world.

"At Wellory, we're on a mission to make personalized nutrition accessible for all. We believe that everyone deserves a long-term, healthy relationship with food." Hochman says, "It's important that we address nutrition education in our country head on. We must prioritize teaching consumers how to make better nutrition choices so we can stave off increasing obesity rates, chronic illness, and decreasing life expectancy.Wellory is here to provide that support, particularly now more than ever, when people are struggling to stay healthy at home."

Wellory focuses on making micro adjustments that lead to macro behavior change. The app's relationship-driven, meal-by-meal approach is paired with photo-sharinga simple but powerful tool that helps coaches identify opportunities to make nutrition recommendations, while helping clients stay accountable to their new habits and track progress over time.

"As a data technology investor, we get approached by different types of wearable or diagnostic companies nearly every week," says Jake Yormak, Managing Partner of Story Ventures. "We love the category but what we saw in Wellory was a way to put a human coach at the center of understanding this health data. With nutrition as the wedge, Wellory has built a trusted relationship with people who affirmatively want to better understand and improve their wellbeing."

While Wellory takes a 1-1 approach to nutrition, they're also building an inclusive community for the experts themselves. Serving as a provider for nutrition experts, Wellory Nutrition Coaches are given the tools and platform to connect and learn from each others' backgrounds, training, and hands-on experiencesultimately benefiting Wellory clients as well. Hired from top programs in nutrition, dietetics and food sciences, Wellory has a network of over 650+ practitioners today and growing.

Wellory is available for download now in the Apple Store and Google Play at $59.99/month ($2/day) with the option of cancelling at any time.

ABOUT WELLORYWellory is a health tech company reinventing personal nutrition to create healthier relationships with food. After experimenting with fad diets for years, Founder + CEO Emily Hochman is on a mission to create an accessible and affordable solution that bridges the disconnect between losing weight and eating healthy. Through Wellory's user-friendly app, clients match with a Wellory Nutrition Coach to receive 1-1 recommendations, feedback, and support to reach their personal health goals. The mobile service offers a science-based habit-building approach, personalized meal planning, photo-based meal logging, and daily communication through its community of nutritionists, certified health coaches and registered dietitians. Named Tech NYC's "Top Five New York Health and Wellness Companies to Watch in 2020", Wellory is also the creator of National Nutrition Day, a national holiday dedicated to celebrating healthy eating. For more information and to download the app, visit

ABOUT EMILY HOCHMANEmily Hochman is the 28-year old Founder and CEO of Wellory, the anti-diet nutrition app on a mission to make personalized nutrition accessible for all. Hochman has been featured in Business Insider, Thrive Global, named Bucknell University's 13 Under 35 Innovators and Forbes 30 Under 30.

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Murray Oliver. an S4 Balwearie High School pupil, took to indoor rowing at the local Strength Lab Crossfit gym and, under the tutelage of coach Huw Davis, his technique on the rowing machine developed quickly.

It prompted Davis and fellow coach Jamie Strebor, to encourage him to enter the Scottish Indoor Championships last month.

No one was more surprised than the 15-year-old when he topped the winners list in the 2000 metres event for Under-16 with a time which was the third best in the world this year.

Hours of heavy training under Daviss guidance and strict dieting prepared him for the British Championships which were held virtually last Sunday a much bigger event than the Scottish Championship, attracting a world wide field for the six minute Time Trial.

Competitors came from as far afield as Australia and South Africa as well as a host of European countries.

Adam Holland of the Scots College in Adelaide was a clear winner while Murray had a three way battle with Pedro Rodrigues from Portugal and English boy Lucas Bowe before edging into silver medal place in the last few metres.

After his exhausting six minutes Murray recovered sufficiently to thank coach Davis and everyone at StrengthLab.

Their support today was amazing with everybody in the gym cheering me on," he said, especially in the last minute or so when it was really tough.

I would never have dreamt three weeks ago when I began training that I would win the Scottish Championship and be runner up in the British.

I also want to thank Caitlin McAleese for keeping my body in one piece and to Jamie Strebor for getting me involved in indoor rowing and then on to the Scottish championships.

They were terrific.

Within a few hours of winning his medal in the British event, Murray had an offer from a Scottish rowing club, but says he doesnt think rowing will take over from rugby dad Stuart is a former player and now board member at Kirkcaldy RC

Murray added that he is also keen on tennis and discus.

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The vegan diet has risen in popularity in Saudi Arabia in recent years and has been a constant topic of debate among Saudis, attracting the interest of many, including athletes.

Ongoing debates about whether the vegan diet is sufficient for normal people, let alone bodybuilders, abound, but one Saudi is answering them physically.

Veganism is a lifestyle that excludes all animal products from diets, clothing or any other purposes.

Over the years, a number of studies have found that people who eat vegan or vegetarian diets have a lower risk of heart disease, but other studies have also placed them at a higher risk of stroke, possibly due to the lack of vitamin B12, an essential vitamin that reduces the risk of anemia and neurological diseases.

Speaking to Arab News, 33-year-old Saudi vegan bodybuilder, Ali Al-Salam, who first started his vegan diet three years ago when he was suffering from high blood pressure, highlighted that the consumption of animal products is a deep rooted idea among bodybuilders and athletes.

We always hear that in order to build muscle, we must consume animal products. In some parts of the world, there are people who can only have a small amount of animal products yet they live their lives healthily and comfortably and are not suffering from malnutrition on the contrary, they have a lower level of chronic illnesses.

He said it also opened his eyes to what goes on in the dairy and meat industry; he began researching in 2016 and decided to become vegan in 2017.

I was just like every other athlete, I used to consume a high amounts of protein. I remember in the last days before turning vegan, I used to have 10 egg whites and a piece of steak for breakfast to fulfil my protein needs. This made me think, is this the only way to consume protein? And from then on, I started researching and got introduced to the vegan diet at a larger scale, he said.

When I consumed meat and animal products, I suffered from high blood pressure; it was 190 over 110, and I wasnt even 30 yet. Two weeks into the vegan diet, it went down to 150. The vegan diet did what couldnt be done with medications for me.

He explained that bodybuilding does not solely rely on protein, and that there are steps that must be completed in order to reach an athletic body. Nutrition is the most important part, then comes type of exercise, and good rest.

When we talk about good nutrition, it does not just rely on protein. Yes, it is important, but the amount of calories in general is more important, he said.

Lets say you needed 200 grams of protein, does that mean if you consumed 200 grams of it, you would gain muscle? No. You need all the basic nutrients to reach a certain amount of calories in general, he added.

He highlighted that as soon as people register for gym memberships, they immediately look for supplements because they think they cannot reach the needed amount of protein.

Im talking about non-vegans here too, where their protein intake is already high. Marketing plays a big role here. People link protein to animal products because our society grew up with this idea as well.

Can a vegan build muscle? Yes, when they eat right, exercise correctly and rest well. The misconception about protein stems from amino acids. People think vegan food lacks amino acids, and only animal products are full of them and that is far from the truth, he added.

When comparing vegan athletes to regular athletes, he said vegan athletes have more endurance, strength and faster muscle recovery, because the vegan diet is rich in antioxidants which helps greatly in recovery, and because animal products sometimes cause inflammation, that your body needs to recover from in the first place.

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