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High blood pressure: One pleasant experience that can lower stress and your reading

Other effective stress management techniques include deep breathing and meditation.

These practices are thought to “activate the parasympathetic nervous system”.

When the parasympathetic nervous system is engaged, the body relaxes, the heart rate slows down, and blood pressure reduces.

Taking six deep and slow breaths has been shown to be more effective at lowering your blood pressure than just sitting still.

Author: Chanel Georgina
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Women Doctors of Color Feel Pressure to Change Their Look

The hashtag #BigHoopEnergy has sparked an online conversation about how women of color in the medical field are pressured to conform to traditional standards of professional appearance.

It started when a Latina doctor tweeted that she lost points on a practical exam in medical school because of her hoop earrings, with the evaluator writing “earrings, unprofessional.” 

That led other women doctors to cite their own experiences, reported The Lilly, a Washington Post publication aimed at millennial women. Many women posted photos of themselves wearing hoops, which have long been associated with Latina and African American women, The Lilly said.

“There’s a big movement to police women of color and how they present themselves in medical spaces,” Briana Christophers, a MD-PhD student at the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program in New York, said. “I think in part it’s as a way of trying to make people who don’t usually fit the mold, fit the mold.”

Christophers, who identifies as Latina, said she was urged to wear a black or navy suit when interviewing for doctorate programs. She wore a black suit with a lavender blouse and received comments about that — some positive, some not, she said.

“Sometimes you don’t know how to interpret those sorts of comments,” Christophers said. “Do you remember because you like the shirt, or because you don’t think I should have done that?”

Doctors of color still stand out in American medicine. The Lilly cited The Association of American Medical Colleges as saying that in 2018, Hispanics made up 5.8% of active American physicians and Blacks made up 5%.

Studies show that medical professionals of color often don’t receive the same respect as their White counterparts, with some people questioning whether they’re actually doctors.

“At work, wearing my white coat that has my name pretty big on it with a badge that says doctor on it, I still get asked if I’m the environmental services staff,” Alexandra Sims, a pediatrician in Cincinnati, told The Lilly. “I think it just demonstrates how deeply ingrained bias, racism and sexism are in society and that we have a lot of work to do to disrupt that.”

Sim said the tweet about hoop earrings led her to wonder about daily decisions she makes about dress.

“Am I too much? Is this too much? Is this earring too big? Is this nail polish color too loud? And how will that be received at work?” she said, noting that she may opt not to wear hoops in certain situations, such as dealing with a grabby baby. 

Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, a professor and chair of the department of rehabilitation medicine at University of Texas Health San Antonio, said doctors should be judged on the care they provide, not their appearance.

“Judging someone based on their earrings or their jumpsuit or whatever else that they’re noticing about the student is not an appropriate way to judge the student’s ability to take care of a patient,” Verduzco-Gutierrez said. She noted that she was not speaking on behalf of the school.


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The Lilly. “A doctor was deemed ‘unprofessional’ for wearing hoops. Now other women of color are speaking out.”

The Association of American Medical Colleges. “Diversity in Medicine: Facts and Figures 2019”

Author: Ralph Ellis
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U.S. job gains surge, easing pressure on Biden over labor market

The U.S. economy added 850,000 jobs in June, a strong showing after two disappointing months of employment growth that had sparked criticism from Republicans that the Biden administration was stifling a labor market revival.

The report from the Labor Department marked a significant improvement over May’s 583,000 net job gain and beat Wall Street expectations of about 700,000. The unemployment rate was little changed at 5.9 percent.

“Things are picking up. All that employer demand is turning into jobs and higher wages for many workers,” wrote Nick Bunker, economic research director for the job-listing platform Indeed. “This pace of progress is solid and it looks like things can get even better.”

The report is likely to ease some pressure on President Joe Biden over the labor market’s slower-than-expected recovery. The GOP has hammered Biden over generous federal jobless benefits, which governors and lawmakers say are among the reasons workers have been reluctant to reenter the market.

At the same time, the number is probably not robust enough to change the view of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell that the economy continues to require emergency assistance in the form of rock-bottom interest rates until the labor market heals even further.

Both Biden and Powell have largely staked their futures on the argument that rising inflation will prove only temporary and that even more federal spending and easy money policies are needed to help address structural problems holding back the economy.

“Some further substantial improvement, which is a standard the Federal Reserve is looking at, is proving a little harder to come by,” said Mark Hamrick senior economic analyst for financial services company Bankrate. With “labor force participation basically flat, no improvement in the unemployment rate, I think that it’s not unreasonable to say we’d like to be doing better.”

The leisure and hospitality industry, which has complained of a labor shortage, saw the largest gains, adding 343,000 jobs last month, according to the report. Overall, wages grew 0.3 percent from the previous month, in line with expectations, and are now up 3.6 percent from this time last year. That figure may need to rise even more to get more workers off the sidelines.

While the June jobs figure would be considered outstanding during normal economic times, it is still nowhere near the kind of growth needed to quickly restore the jobs that remain missing since Covid slammed the U.S. in the spring of 2020. The U.S. is still about 7 million jobs short of February 2020 levels.

“Americans are going back to work in large numbers, but this is no time to let up,” said Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. “We are still down millions of jobs from pre-pandemic levels and the inequities heightened by the crisis persist. We need to be proactive in our policies to create good jobs and make sure all workers have access to those jobs.”

Analysts suggest the economy would be adding well over a million jobs per month right now if employers could find all the workers they want.

Biden touted the June numbers as evidence that his economic policies are working.

“Our recovery is helping us flip the script. Instead of workers competing with each other for jobs that are scarce, employers are competing with each other to attract workers,” he said after the release. “That kind of competition in the market doesn’t just give workers more ability to earn higher wages, it also gives them the power to demand and be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace.”

Below the top-line numbers, other key indicators of the labor market’s health showed some improvement over the previous month but still suggest that the economic recovery is uneven by industry, gender and race.

Unemployment among women and Black Americans, who made up a disproportionate share of the jobs lost to the pandemic because of the lockdowns’ hit to service-sector jobs, ticked up in June after both groups added more workers.

The labor force participation rate, which measures how many people are currently working or actively seeking work, didn’t budge, though the overall labor force did increase by 151,000. However, participation among Black workers did rise to 61.6 last month from 60.9 in May.

Republicans have blamed enhanced pandemic unemployment benefits for keeping Americans from going back to work. Federal programs offer an extra $ 300 a week to the jobless and broadly extend eligibility to most laid-off workers.

So far, 26 states, nearly all GOP-led, have opted to end their participation in the federal programs weeks before the September expiration date, although the effect of those moves barely showed up in the June report. Lawsuits against those actions have been filed in Maryland, Texas and Indiana.

A state court in Indiana issued a preliminary injunction last week requiring the state to continue paying out the benefits until it fully considers the case.

Still, the number of workers filing new claims for unemployment benefits has been steadily falling in recent weeks, according to data from the Labor Department, and economists have found no real sign that ending the benefits spurred a surge in employment.

However, the job growth did not appear to be strong enough in June to pull those who have been unemployed the longest off the sidelines.

The number of long-term unemployed, or workers who have been jobless for more than six months, increased by 233,000 to 4 million last month, after falling in May.

Author: Ben White and Rebecca Rainey
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Bob Bullock Texas history museum pulls out of ‘Forget the Alamo’ book event after conservative pressure

Bob Bullock Texas history museum

AUSTIN (KXAN) — With mere hours to go before a scheduled book event on Thursday, the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin removed itself from a discussion on a controversial new book that re-examines the narrative around Texas’ iconic Alamo landmark.

Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth,” was released earlier this year and attempts to present the “truth” around what happened at The Alamo and those viewed as heroes for the battle. Especially given a critical eye are Texas’ legends James Bowie and William Barret Travis.

Authors Bryan Burrough, Chris Tomlinson and Jason Stanford argue they’re not asking people to “forget” the Alamo, but to understand the full truth of the bloody battle: namely that it was fought in large part to preserve slavery but is historically recounted as a “heroic Anglo narrative.”

The Bullock Museum was set to talk to the book’s authors but announced at around 4 p.m., San Antonio Express-News reports. The museum cited concerns from its board of directors, which includes conservative state lawmakers Gov. Greg Abbot, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan.

Co-author Tomlinson responded to the cancellation, saying: ““I think we’re being censored, which is a shame because the mission of the Texas history museum is to promote examining our past. “We’ve done more than a dozen events, and this is the first time we’ve been shut down like this.”

Despite its criticism, “Forget the Alamo,” has been lauded by several historical writers, in addition to The New York Times, Houston Chronicle and Wall Street Journal.

San Antonio Express-News reached out to Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, but have not yet heard back.

The event’s cancelation comes hot on the heels of ongoing debate nationwide over the alleged teaching of critical race theory in America’s public schools — despite the high unlikelihood of ever encountering the doctrines outside of a law school, where they originated.

CRT, while not a singular set of lesson plans, examines the history of the U.S. and its inequitable legal treatment of Black and brown Americans. A Harvard analysis explains CRT aims to aid white people in identifying their own biases and privilege, while giving people of color understanding of how they’ve been systemically disenfranchised.

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Author: Russell Falcon

High blood pressure: Surprising sauces, condiments and flavourings increasing your reading

High blood pressure is also known as hypertension and is a major component in the risk of heart attacks or strokes. Millions of people around the world suffer with the condition with most being none the wiser as to the hidden dangers lurking in some of your favourite condiments, sauces or flavourings and how it can increase the risk of hypertension.

Parmesan cheese

When Parmesan cheese is used it’s rarely used sparingly, and because of that it easily adds a lot of unwanted calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium to one’s diet.

Parmesan cheese is high in salt with 1.7g per 100g.

It is also high in fat and should be avoided if concerned about your blood pressure reading.

Better options include feta or mozzarella.

Soy sauce

Soy sauce is high in sodium which is an essential nutrient that your body requires to function properly.

For one tablespoon of soy sauce, it contains roughly 902 mg of sodium.

This makes it high in salt, providing 38 percent of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI).

While soy sauce has a relatively high amount of protein and carbohydrates by volume, it’s not a significant source of those nutrients.

 In addition, the fermentation, ageing and pasteurisation processes result in a highly complex mix of more than 300 substances that contribute to the aroma, flavour and colour of soy sauce.

Blood Pressure UK states eating too much salt is the biggest cause of high blood pressure and an adult should eat no more than 6g of salt a day.

Most of the salt we eat every day is hidden’ which means it’s already in processed foods like bread, biscuits and breakfast cereals, and prepared ready meals or takeaways, and frozen pizzas are another surprising food people with high blood pressure should avoid.

According to the charity, this hidden salt accounts for around 75 percent of the salt we eat – only 25 percent comes from the salt we add while cooking or at the table.

Nutritionists at Healthline say, as a rule, tomato products are problematic for people with hypertension.

The site states: “Canned tomato sauces, pasta sauces, and tomato juices are all high in sodium. A 1/2 cup serving of classic marinara sauce can have more than 550mg of sodium. A cup of tomato juice comes in at 615mg.”

Author: Jessica Knibbs
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How to lower blood pressure – 5 ways to control blood pressure without medication

High blood pressure is experienced by around one-third of Britons, although not many will know about it according to the NHS. The only way to find out if your blood pressure is too high is to have your blood pressure checked out. If you are someone who is particularly susceptible to high levels of blood pressure, then you need to get your blood pressure measured more often to ensure you stay on top of it and keep it within the realms of medical safety.

You’re likely to be more at risk of developing high blood pressure if you:

  • Are overweight
  • Eat too much salt, not enough fruit and veg
  • Do not do enough exercise
  • Drink too much alcohol, coffee or other caffeine-based drinks
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Don’t get much sleep, or have disturbed sleep
  • Are aged over 65
  • Have a relative with hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Live in a deprived area.

READ MORE: Healthy blood pressure range: 8 signs your blood pressure is too high

Reduce your salt intake

Even a small drop in the amount of salt you eat can improve your heart health and reduce blood pressure by about six mm Hg if you have hypertension.

The effect of salt intake on blood pressure varies among population groups, but in general, you should be limiting ingestion to 2,300 milligrams (mg) a day or less.

However, a lower salt intake of 1,500mg or less is ideal and recommended for most adults.

To reduce salt, consider:

  • Reading food labels and steering clear of “red” labelled salty foods
  • Eating less processed foods, as this is when most of the salt is added into foods
  • Don’t add extra salt, try using herbs and spices to flavour your food instead
  • Cut back gradually if it’s a big part of your diet and cutting down feels like hard work

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Reduce your stress levels

Chronic stress may contribute greatly to hypertension, but more research is needed to determine the exact effects of chronic stress on blood pressure.

Occasional stress can contribute to the condition if you react to anxiety-inducing situations by eating unhealthy foods, drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes.

Take some time to think about what’s causing your stress – whether it be work, family, finances or personal illness.

Once you’ve put your finger on what’s causing the anguish, consider how you can eliminate or reduce its effects from your life.

If you can’t eliminate all your stressors, at least try to cope with them in a healthier way, by:

  • Changing your expectations – for example, avoid trying to do too much and learn to say no
  • Focus on issues you can control and try and solve them – such as if you’re having conflict at work, take steps to fix it
  • Avoid stress triggers – for example, if rush-hour traffic is causing you stress, try leaving earlier, and avoid people who cause you stress if possible
  • Make time for yourself – such as making time to sit in a quiet spot and breathe deeply every day, and allow hobbies and activities into your schedule
  • Practice gratitude – expressing gratitude to others can help reduce your levels of stress

Regular exercise

If you haven’t already, one of the best things you’ll ever do for yourself and your body is to incorporate regular exercise into your life.

Regular physical activity, such as 150 minutes of walking a week, or about 30 minutes for most days of the week, can lower your blood pressure by about five to eight mm Hg.

However, consistency is key here as if you stop exercising then your blood pressure will just rocket back up.

If you have elevated blood pressure, exercise can help you avoid developing hypertension, while if you already have it, regular physical activity can bring it down to normal and safer levels.

Some examples of cardio exercises to try include:

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • High-Intensity Interval Training
  • Strength training (at east two days a week)

If you are not sure how to get started, contact your GP about developing an exercise regime right for you and your life.

Author: Myriam Toua
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'Cancel that cut to Universal Credit' DWP faces pressure to extend £1,000 boost

This Universal Credit uplift had been due to last a year, having been first announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak in March 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. At the 2021 Spring Budget, it was later extended to the end of September this year.

She asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey “what recent progress her Department has made on tackling child poverty”.

Will Quince, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions replied: “Throughout the pandemic, our priority has been to protect the most vulnerable, which is why we spent an additional £7.4billion last year to strengthen the welfare safety support for working-age people.

“Our ambition is to help parents return to work as quickly as possible, as there is clear evidence of the importance of having parents in work for reducing the risk of child poverty.

“That is why we are spending over £30billion on a comprehensive plan for jobs.”


Ms Ali replied: “I thank the Minister for his answer, but 60 percent of kids in my constituency are living in poverty, and over 4.2 million live in poverty across the country.

“The numbers have gone up by 700,000 since 2010, and the Government’s limited extension to the local support grants does not make up for the cuts to universal credit, which will mean that families are £1,000 a year worse off from September.

“Is it not time that the Minister reconsidered that decision and made sure that families do not lose £1,000 from September, so that more children are not forced into poverty?”

Mr Quince said: “I thank the hon. Lady for her question. We are wholly committed to supporting families with children.

“We spent an estimated £111billion, including £7.4billion on Covid-related measures, on working-age welfare in 2020-21. In addition, as the hon. Lady referenced, we introduced the Covid local support grant.

“We have now extended that grant with an additional £160 million in funding between 21 June and 30 September. That brings the total funding package to £429 million.

“For the hon. Lady’s constituency—I reference Tower Hamlets London Borough Council—it means an overall funding package of over £3million.”

Labour MP for Rochdale Tony Lloyd also asked about Universal Credit in the Commons yesterday.

Within her response to his question, Dr Coffey said: “As the House will well know, we are absolutely committed not only to making sure that this is a temporary measure, but to helping people get back into work.

“We believe that that continues to be the best way, especially as there are vacancies across the country, and we will strain every sinew to help make that happen.”

The standard allowance for Universal Credit was increased by £20 per week, as was the basic element in Working Tax Credit.

The extension announced in March 2021 was for six months, meaning it will come to an end in September.

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Blood pressure chart: What is a healthy range? 8 signs your blood pressure is too high

Blood pressure, when too high, is often related to unhealthy lifestyle habits like drinking too much alcohol, smoking cigarettes, eating unhealthy foods, being overweight and not doing enough physical exercise. When it’s left untreated, high blood pressure can seriously drive up your risk of developing numerous long-term health conditions, like coronary heart disease and kidney disease. Low blood pressure is much less common, and is sometimes brought on by medicinal side effects.

What is a healthy blood pressure range?

Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the human arteries and is produced primarily by the heart muscles contracting.

Blood pressure is measured using two recorded numbers.

The first looks at systolic pressure and is measured after the heart contracts at its highest level.

The second, called diastolic pressure, is measured before the heart contracts at its lowest, while blood pressure elevation is referred to as hypertension.

READ MORE: What is the normal blood oxygen saturation by age? When to seek help

Eight signs your blood pressure is too high

Hypertension can be terrifying because many people who get it won’t experience any symptoms.

In some cases, it may take years or decades for the condition to reach levels high enough that symptoms become obvious.

Even then, it’s easy to attribute the symptoms to other health ailments, but acting for a symptom of high blood pressure can be fatal so be extra wary if you think you could be affected.

The best way to know if you have hypertension or your blood pressure is too high is to have regular readings, but signs to look out for include:

  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nosebleeds
  • Flushing
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Chest pains
  • Visual changes
  • Bleeding in the urine

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Boil water notice lifted for Lake Jackson residents after low pressure

LAKE JACKSON, Texas (KTRK) — The city of Lake Jackson lifted its boil water notice Monday morning after city officials announced a drop in water pressure Saturday afternoon.

As of 8:30 a.m., residents are no longer required to boil water before use, according to a press release from the city.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality reportedly required city officials to notify all customers to boil their water prior to consumption.

On Sunday, city said authorities were still testing the water due to requirements when pressure reaches below a certain level.

“The public water system has taken the necessary corrective actions to restore the quality of the water distributed by this public water system used for drinking water or human consumption purposes and has provided TCEQ with laboratory test results that indicate that the water no longer requires boiling prior to use as of June 21, 2021,” Monday’s press release said.

This boil water notice came months after a previous advisory was issued when a 6-year-old boy died after coming in contact with contaminated water.

The family of Josiah McIntyre said he became sick after playing in a Lake Jackson splashpad.

According to officials, water samples taken from that splashpad were in fact contaminated with a brain-eating amoeba. Officials from the city of Lake Jackson said they were responsible for Josiah’s death.

SEE ALSO: City officials in Lake Jackson take responsibility after amoeba threat

A boil water advisory can be issued under a number of circumstances from natural disasters, like in the aftermath of hurricanes and winter storms, to sudden emergencies like a water main break.

The notices are issued when an area’s water is, or could be, contaminated with bacteria that could make you sick.

Boiling kills disease-causing organisms, including viruses, bacteria and parasites.

You’ll want to boil water before you do anything that involves human consumption, such as drinking, cooking, and brushing your teeth.

The following information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here are some common questions and answers about boil water advisories.

What should I do if a boil water advisory is in effect?

If you have bottled water available for drinking and to prepare and cook food, you can use that. But if bottled water isn’t available, it’s advised you:

  • Bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 minute (at elevations above 6,500 feet, boil for three minutes)
  • Allow the water to cool before use
  • Boil tap water, even if it is filtered
  • Don’t use water from any appliance connected to your water line, such as ice and water from a refrigerator
  • Breastfeeding is the best infant feeding option. If you formula feed your child, provide ready-to-use formula, if that’s available

Note that many cities and communities surrounding the Houston area said you can boil the water for at least two minutes.

SEE ALSO: Boil orders in effect for much of the Houston area

Is it safe to brush my teeth?

Only brush teeth with boiled or bottled water. Do not use untreated tap water.

What about hand washing under a boil water notice?

  • In many situations, you can use tap water and soap to wash your hands. Still, follow the guidance of your local health officials.
  • Make sure you scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Rinse hands well under running water.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Is it safe to bathe and shower?

You can use the water for bathing and showering, but you must be careful not to swallow it. Use extra caution when bathing babies and young children. Consider giving them a sponge bath instead.

Can I wash dishes and laundry under a boil order?

According to the CDC, it is safe to wash clothes as usual. But you’ll need to follow a few more guidelines for dishes.

  • If possible, use disposable plates, cups, and utensils during a boil water advisory
  • Household dishwashers generally are safe to use if the water reaches a final rinse temperature of at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit (65.55 degrees Celcius), or if the dishwasher has a sanitizing cycle

What if I need to clean?

Use bottled water, boiled water, or water that has been disinfected with bleach to clean washable toys and surfaces.

Follow these CDC guidelines carefully as it relates to using bleach.

How do I care for my pets under a boil order?

Provide bottled or boiled water after it has been cooled for pets. Why? Because they can get sick by some of the same germs as people or pets can even spread germs to people.

You’ll need to follow the order until your local health or city officials have deemed it safe to end it and resume consumption.

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High blood pressure: One of the ‘most effective’ ways to lower your BP right now

A healthy blood pressure range falls between 90/60mmHg and 120/80mmHg, but many people – around a third of Britons – exceed those guidelines. What can be done about it right now? Lowering your blood pressure will be in your best interest to minimise the risk of:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Kidney disease
  • Eye disease
  • Cognitive decline.

“You don’t have to embark on a major life overhaul to make a difference in your blood pressure,” noted Harvard Health Medical School.

“If you have a medical condition, you should consult a GP before starting,” the NHS cautioned.

To get a glimpse into what the NHS 12-week weight loss plan involves, week one details simple dietary swaps you can make for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For example, “swap white bread for wholemeal or wholegrain varieties” for when you’re having a slice of toast.

When it comes to lunch, it’s advisable to swap white rice and pasta for wholemeal versions to increase your fibre content.

The plan also tells you the best type of protein to eat to feel fuller for longer. These are:

  • Beans, peas and lentils
  • Fish
  • Lean cuts of meat
  • Skinless white-meat poultry
  • Lower-fat dairy products (milk, cheese, yoghurt)
  • Eggs
  • Tofu
  • Quorn.

“No matter how healthily you eat, you can still put on weight if you’re eating too much,” the NHS warned.

So this is where portion control really comes in handy, which is why it’s helpful to:

  • Eat with smaller plates and bowels
  • To eat slowly
  • Not to eat in front of the TV
  • Aim for two portions of vegetables on your plate.

The NHS plan also gives advice for when you’re eating out, such as:

  • Avoid appetisers including bread, nuts or olives
  • Stay clear of ‘supersize’ or ‘go large’ options
  • If you’re having dessert, share it and go for fruit-based options
  • Stop eating before you feel full.

Did you know it can take around 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that you’re full?

This is why it can be so easy to mindlessly keep eating, not realising that you’re stuffing in calories for the sake of it.

If you’d like to begin your weight loss journey right now the best thing you can do is download the NHS Weight Loss Plan.

The next step requires commitment and persistence, which is down to you.

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