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  1. How to eat more healthily AND enjoy your meals more with…5 tips for mindful eating!

    1 July 2013

    by Danielle Prestejohn from MindBodyGreen One of the most common problems that comes up when I talk with clients is that they’re simply not enjoying food anymore. They’re either bored with their choices, are sick of eating healthy, or can’t stop eating cookies. Whatever the problem, there’s usually one thing in common: the way they eat their […]
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  2. Why trying to get the perfect body is a waste of your life!

    24 June 2013

    Check out this simple but great article from MindBodyGreen… by Chris Freytag Quick, what do you think of your body? What thoughts or words come to your mind? In a study conducted by LifeScience, almost one-third of college-aged women surveyed said they would trade at least one year of their lives to have a perfect […]
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  3. Want to know what to eat to live beyond 100?

    20 June 2013

    The Okinawa diet – could it help you live to 100? Japanese people are more likely to reach 100 years old than anyone else in the world, a fact that some researchers attribute to their diet. So, are they right – and is eating tofu and squid the place to start? Can you eat your […]
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  4. Is snacking making it difficult for you to lose weight?

    14 June 2013

    My friend and colleague, Dr. Joanna McMillan just wrote this great post on how snacking might be causing problems for people trying to diet and lose weight; it begins like this… How many times a day do you eat? There’s been a significant shift in the last generation away from three square meals a day, […]
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  5. 4 Simple Fitness Fundamentals

    5 June 2013

    Research in recent years has increasingly supported the notion that weight loss happens more in the kitchen than in the gym.  That is, what and how much you eat (and don’t eat!) is more important that what or how much exercise you do.  But that’s just for weight loss.  Exercise is still important for so […]
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  6. Now here’s an idea…could cheating on your diet actually help you lose weight?

    4 June 2013

    Here at The Happiness Diet we’re not really fans of “diets” in the traditional sense of the word; that is, in the sense that it involves restricting what you eat for a period of time until you lose weight…and then go back to eating crap again! Rather, we advocate real and meaningful lifestyle change where […]
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  7. Exercise outdoors for health AND mood benefits

    1 June 2013

    As many of you would well be aware, here at The Happiness Diet we’re big believers in the integration of mind and body strategies; that is, what helps your mind (e.g. positive emotions such as happiness) will also help your body and what helps your body (e.g. exercise and healthy eating) is also good for […]
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  8. Just in case you were wondering…there are no quick fixes for losing weight!

    28 May 2013

    by Dr. Happy  Here at The Happiness Diet we advocate, in short, healthy living.  For some, this will involve weight loss…but only if it’s sensible, realistic, slow and gradual; because otherwise, it won’t be sustainable.  Today, once again, I was reminded that what’s often offered out there as the magic solution is, in reality, not […]
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  9. You are (and you feel) what you eat!

    26 May 2013

    Check out these interesting new research findings (from the Psychiatric Times HERE)… It’s time to send your patients to the “Farm-acy,” Drew Ramsey, MD, told attendees at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting. Ramsey, assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, was one of several speakers at the standing room […]
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  10. Focus more on what you think and less on what you eat to lose weight!

    22 May 2013

    When I saw this article just the other day I thought…that’s very similar to what The Happiness Diet is saying!  It’s great to see support for our approach from a range of other sources so check this article out below then if you’ve not already done so, check out The Happiness Diet program HERE… Weight […]
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  11. Could losing weight be possible with just 5 simple changes?

    20 May 2013

    Could you increase your chances of losing weight with just 5 simple changes?  Well, these great tips would certainly help… Eat until you’re satisfied but NOT until you’re full Get plenty of sleep (check THIS out) Minimise your sugar intake Eat protein WITH lots of vegetables And eat fewer grains  You can read more about […]
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  12. The Psychological Benefits of a Healthy Lifestyle

    19 May 2013

    by Jen Knutson – Wellness Coach (bio HERE)  The physical benefits of living a healthy lifestyle are well known. While these aspects are important to understand, the many psychological benefits must also be considered. The way we move, the foods we eat, and our sleeping patterns all influence our mood and mental health. Numerous studies […]
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  13. Sleep your way to a healthier, happier life!

    16 May 2013

    A recent article in Prevention magazine identified 5 ways sleeping less makes you gain weight. They were, in short… sleeping less means you burn less calories sleeping less means you eat more calories sleeping less means you crave more food sleeping less means your body hangs on to fat more sleeping less allows you more […]
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  14. What do you really deserve?

    14 May 2013

    by Dr. Happy I was chatting to one of my clients who’s currently working his way through The Happiness Diet and he noted that one of the things he was struggling with was the desire to “reward” himself with something “special” at the end of a hard day.  After just a few questions it became […]
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  15. 7 reasons you should sign up for The Happiness Diet now!

    13 May 2013

    If you’re reading this then you’re obviously interested in losing weight and/or eating more healthily.  And that’s great! If you’re reading this then I’m also guessing you’ve not been able to achieve this on your own.  Which is common; and which is why we have this blog and The Happiness Diet site and more.  HEREBut […]
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  16. What’s better…diet, exercise or psychological wellbeing?

    13 May 2013

    by Dr. Happy  So often I read articles and research that compare diet versus exercise, or meditation techniques versus other weight loss strategies.  And so often, especially in the popular media, one approach is trumpeted as the best or better approach if you’re trying to lose weight.  A recent article in the UK’s Daily Mail […]
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  17. The secret to NOT snacking on “bad” foods!

    7 May 2013

    by Dr. Happy  I was chatting to a client of mine just the other day, a client who’d made incredible progress over a few years, losing somewhere in the vicinity of 70-80kg!  So this guy has done extremely well… But like many, or probably like all who try to achieve significant life changes, he re-made […]
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  18. If you’re overweight then you’re almost certainly eating the wrong foods!

    7 May 2013

    Following on from yesterday’s post (HERE), in which it was suggested (somewhat simplistically I admit) that if you’re overweight then you’re almsot certainly eating too much today I want to pose a related but slightly different hypothesis… …that if you’re overweight you’re almost certainly not eating the right foods.  Carbonated soft-drinks are NOT the right […]
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  19. If you’re overweight then you’re almost certainly eating too much!

    6 May 2013

    by Dr. Happy I was at a conference/event just the other day where, as many of you would know, you have to queue up in line for the lunch buffet and then stand around eating while talking and juggling all of your belongings. This is far from ideal in a number of ways but it’s […]
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  20. Understand how many amazing things your body does and 26 other tips for a positive body image…

    2 May 2013

    Take care of your body Appreciate all the amazing things your body does Move your body Accept there will be days you don’t like your body; that’s OK Negative thoughts and feelings about your body DON’T have to turn into bad behaviours Respect your body regardless of it’s shape and size Ensure you allow your […]
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  21. Allow yourself to get hungry…and 11 other ways to lose weight!

    30 April 2013

    Do you make one of the following mistakes… You never allow yourself to get hungry You exercise the same way every time You only focus on aerobic activity and are afraid to use weights You count calories but ignore quality You’re always stressed You drink alcohol every night etcetera etcetera These and another 6 reasons […]
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  22. To successfully lose weight you need to successfully lose stress!

    25 April 2013

    To successfully lose weight you need to successfully lose stress! This is one of the key principles behind The Happiness Diet. If you’re stressed and distressed you’re less likely to make good decisions and/or to function at your best.  If you’re happy and positive and realistically optimistic, you’re far more likely to cope well and […]
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  23. Social networks can help you lose weight…

    22 April 2013

    …because you don’t have to do it all on your own!  Want some simple tips that will boost your chances of successfully dieting, losing weight and/or eating more healthily?  Try these… Educate yourself – know the facts Aim for “healthy” not necessarily “thin” Start small, reward yourself for every step you take, and build gradually […]
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  24. 2 ways to successfully diet…

    18 April 2013

    1. Build your willpower and 2. Ensure your portion sizes are SMALLER Both these issues are actively addressed within The Happiness Diet.  Strategies are offered to enhance willpower via mindfulness, use of strengths, more helpful thinking and, among other things, a focus on building motivation by clarifying the REAL REASONS you should be eating more […]
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  25. 10 steps to avoid emotional eating

    16 April 2013

    Before eating, ask yourself if there’s really a physical hunger Before eating, ask yourself if the foods you’re about to ear are really good for you Be mindful of what you eat and it’s nutritional benefits Ask what energy your food will provide Drink plenty of water Be grateful for plentiful food but eat only […]
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  26. 5 Tips to Keep Fit & Health Through Winter

    12 April 2013

    by Jen Knutson – Wellness Coach (see bio HERE)  It is coming to that time of year again. Daylight savings is over and there is a chill in the air. Although winter has many advantages, such as Ugg boots, warm fires, and electric blankets, it is also the time when motivation to stay fit and […]
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  27. 3 things to do to lose weight

    10 April 2013

    use smaller plates (and hence, have smaller portion sizes) watch less TV (and have less screen time) get adequate sleep These 3 variables have been shown in recent studies to be linked with childhood obesity but there’s no reason, in my opinion, why they’d not also be relevant to adults.  And interestingly, once again, the […]
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  28. 10 rules to live by if you’re trying to lose weight…

    9 April 2013

    Keep a food journal Drink enough water Plan your meals ahead of time Watch your portion sizes Don’t restrict your diet Ditch negative thoughts (and people) Manage stress Get enough sleep Keep active  Stick at it Read more about these tips on MindBodyGreen – HERE
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  29. Practical tips for weight loss

    8 April 2013

    I came across this article today that focuses on practical tips for parents to help their children lose weight. Among other things it suggests eating off smaller plates.  This is also a great idea for us adults as research has shown that eating from smaller plates and bowls tends to lead to us actually eating […]
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  30. What would you most like to know about the psychological aspects of weight management…Ask Dr. Happy!

    8 April 2013

    The Happiness Diet (HERE) is one of the only weight management programs that exclusively and specifically focuses on the psychological aspects of eating healthily and losing weight.  It was developed by and is overseen by Prof. Tim Sharp (aka Dr. Happy), one of Australia’s leading experts in clinical psychology and positive psychology coaching.  And do […]
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  31. Positive memories aid weight loss

    6 April 2013

    Before you eat your next meal, reflect on how filling and satisfying your last meal was. Research suggests that doing so leads to eating less!  So positive reminiscing about food leads to more future enjoyment of food while consuming less! Sounds like a win-win to me.  If you’re interested, you can read more … HERE
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  32. 3 simple tips for healthy eating

    6 April 2013

    1. Don’t eat unless you’re hungry. 2. When you do eat, eat slowly and mindfully. 3. Stop eating BEFORE you’re full.
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  33. 7 tips for getting activity into a busy day

    4 April 2013

    Although what (and how much) you eat is far more important for weight loss, exercise and activity are still incredibly important for health and wellbeing overall. Exercise assists with physical health in so many ways BUT it also acts as an antidepressant and mood enhancer. So try at least one of these simple strategies for […]
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  34. Don’t believe the hype! Busting myths about weight loss.

    4 April 2013

    There’s so much misinformation about what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to weight loss it’s great to come across an article that provides real and proven strategies for sensible and effective progress. So don’t believe the hype and make sure what you do is based on evidence like this… Here is an […]
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  35. 10 simple weight loss tips…

    3 April 2013

    Exercise and move more Eat only when hungry Don’t skip meals Eat slowly Eat more good stuff and less bad stuff… Keep reading more simple but great advice from Catherine Saxelby, one of Australia’s leading nutritionists – HERE
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  36. 7 tips to help you stop overeating

    1 April 2013

    There are all sorts of reasons people are overweight but one of the more common is overeating. So here are some simple strategies for avoiding eating too much… Eat mindfully (turn off the TV and other distractions) Eat slowly Chew your food consciously Don’t eat just because you’re bored Don’t buy problematic foods (you know […]
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  37. Celebrate every step you take

    29 March 2013

    Quick tip – celebrate every healthy food choice you make AND every time you engage in some healthy activity or exercise.  Every bit counts and every time you celebrate each of these small steps you’ll be far more likely to take the next step and… …all these small steps will add up into BIG steps!  […]
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  38. 3 quick tips to avoid eating more than you want to

    29 March 2013

    Eating healthy food is important; enjoying nice food is important. But for health and happiness, effective weight management also involves self-restraint and NOT eating more than you want to. So here are 3 quick tips to help you stop when enough is enough… Resist the urge to eat outside of meals or to eat second […]
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  39. Enjoy Easter but…

    28 March 2013

    Happy Easter long weekend everyone. I hope you all enjoy the extra time off, fun with your families and/or what ever other plans you have for the next few days.  I’m sure some, if not all of you will also be enjoying some chocolate, probably in the shape of eggs or bunnies, but I invite […]
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  40. Minimise distractions for healthy eating

    26 March 2013

    Research suggests that distracted eaters are more likely to consume more calories (HERE). Others studies and experience also suggest that distracted eaters enjoy their food less.  So if you want to gain more pleasure from eating less try the following:  turn off the TV and all other “distractions” when you eat focus only on your […]
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  41. Quick tips…

    25 March 2013

    Every time you sit to eat today… …think of your health and happiness …choose carefully …eat mindfully Enjoy!
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  42. Decision making

    25 March 2013

    I recently posted a short comment noting that one of the simplest but also one of the most effective strategies for dieting success was…planning.  People who plan and prepare their meals ahead of time are far more likely to eat healthily than those who’re more “ad lib” in their approach.  Why’s this? Because without planning […]
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  43. 2 simple tips from today’s news…

    18 March 2013

    The Sydney Morning Herald today has two stories which indirectly, have important implications for anyone trying to live a healthier (and happier) life.  In one, they report on how the design of cities and suburbs can influence healthy behaviours… If you design suburbs so walking to public transport, shops and parks is an easy option, […]
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  44. Simple tips for staying active each and every day!

    13 March 2013

    Exercise and activity are extremely useful for both our physical AND psychological health and wellbeing.  I’m pretty sure most, if not all of you, know this! But too many of us think about exercise as just something we do in the gym; or in a formal exercise session…when activity is really something we can do […]
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  45. Portion control is key!

    8 March 2013

    The following article focuses on treating obesity BUT the basic principles are just as relevant and would be just as useful for anyone trying to lose weight. So read on, enjoy, and as always, feel free to post any thoughts, comments or questions HERE on The Happiness Diet’s Facebook page… Portion control key to fighting […]
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  46. Breaking the diet/binge cycle

    4 March 2013

    Check out this important article from the Huffington Post… Having spent decades bouncing back and forth between my strict diet du jour and the “I blew it, screw it, eat everything in sight and start again on Monday” program, I am honored to share with others the tips and tools that helped me crack the […]
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  47. Be careful how and with what you start your day!

    26 February 2013

    Cereal: Not the Breakfast of Champions By Holly McBride In a society obsessed with health food – we can be led to buy some pretty ridiculous foodstuffs: fat free yogurt flavored as New York Cheesecake? Ninety-nine percent fat free cereal with more sugar than a candy bar? At the end of the day, I am not […]
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  48. Getting fit fast!

    20 February 2013

    Check out this new research from Science Daily… Getting Fit Fast: Inactive People Can Achieve Major Health and Fitness Gains in a Fraction of the Time Feb. 1, 2013 — With many of us struggling to get enough exercise, sport and exercise scientists at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and the University of Birmingham, under the […]
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  49. Be more mindful and…eat less!

    11 February 2013

    An integral component of The Happiness Diet is what we call “mindful eating”. In short, this involves learning to be more aware and more conscious of what and how and where and when you eat. By doing so, most people find they eat more slowly, less emotionally, only when they’re actually hungry (more often) and […]
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  50. Why most diets miss the mark and what the “real” target should be

    3 February 2013

    How motivating can a number really be? Is aiming to lose 5 or 10 or however many kilograms, or to drop how ever many dress sizes really what we should all be focusing so much time and energy and resources on? Why do high profile “experts” encourage people to work towards “the perfect body” when […]
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Dr. Sharp has three degrees in psychology and an impressive record as an academic, clinician and coach. He established one of Sydney's most respected clinical psychology practices, a highly regarded Executive Coaching & Consulting practice, and founded The Happiness Institute.

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