Month: May 2013

Weight Loss by Design – Ayurvedic Therapy

Hi, Karen here. As an holistic therapist and weight loss consultant with Weight Loss by Design I am always interested in different approaches which bring harmony and balance into our lives and so I want to share my experience of the Ayurvedic Holistic Health Care System.

Why Ayurveda?
My journey into the fabulous world of Ayurveda began several years ago with my first visit to Goa, situated in the South of India next to the Indian Ocean. It really is paradise, filled with an abundance of jewel like colours, herbs, spices, exotic plants, beautiful beaches and smiley people.

In search of deep relaxation I experienced the most indulgent massage with oils infused with healing herbs which was so effective, that after a course of five massages my friends commented that I looked ten years younger! Since then I have visited Goa regularly, enticed by the warmth of the people and the lure of further Ayurvedic treatments.

I have such faith in the healing and rejuvenating properties of this healing system that in 2011 I decided to attend a two month residential training course in Goa at the Ayurvedic Natural Health Centre where I received 1-1 training so that I could share the benefits with you. During my training I was taught the theory and backgrground of Ayurveda and it’s application through massage and herbal oil therapies (snehan), following a daily routine as advocated by the school including diet, yoga, massage and mindfulness. Through eating an Ayurvedic diet of freshly cooked food incorporating the six tastes (rasas) I even lost over half a stone in weight without noticing until I got on the scales when I returned home!

What is Ayurveda?
Ayur (Life) Veda (Knowledge) It is the science and knowledge of life and originated approximately five thousand years ago in India. This holistic science is the knowledge of complete balance of body, mind and spirit on all levels. It includes longevity, rejuvenation and self realisation therapies through herbs, diet, exercise, yoga, massage, mantras and meditation.

According to Ayurvedic tradition all things on earth are formed by Panchamahabhutas, the five elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Ether (space). Illness is caused by an excess or deficiency of any particular element causing imbalance. Doshas, Vata (Air), Pitta (Fire) and Kapha (Earth) regulate the human body and originate from the Panchamahabhutas.

The aims of Ayurvedic therapy are to maintain the health of a healthy person (shaman chikitsa) or to eliminate toxins (ama) in the body which cause disease (shodan chikitsa). Toxins are eliminated through the process of Panchakarma or five therapies, one of which is snehan, the application of oil which can be taken internally or externally through massage. This breaks down the ama which can then be eliminated through natural channels in the body, sweat and skin.

Ayurvedic Oil Massage – Abhyanga

Ayurvedic tradition states that the secret of youth and beauty is the proper circulation of vital life fluids and the discharge of waste material. A good massage is the best tool for mental and physical relaxation and rejuvenation. It tones, relaxes and increases the flow of Oxygen to the muscles tissues, flushes out waste products and increases stamina and body awareness.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading a little about me and this introduction to Ayurveda. In the coming weekks I will share further information on types of massage and benefits, food types and recipes for particualr body characteristics and how to bring the body and mind into balance to promote health and assist in weight loss.

Wishing you all abundant good health. If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you. Karen


Weight Loss by Design

What is preventing you from losing weight?


We are all aware that there are many celebrities endorsing various diets on tv and radio.  However, remember that what suits one person may not necessarily suit another!


Think about what you have tried in the past? Why did it fail?

Did you lose motivation?

Were your food choices too restrictive which left you feeling hungry all the time? Try to eat small meals more often throughout the day.


Did you give yourself adequate time to shop for the right foods and prepare nourishing dishes?  Quick hint; invest in a slow cooker.  Cook more than you need and freeze the rest in meal size portions.


Did you have any support?  Support is one of the most important factors in successful weight loss.  Do not be frightened to ask for help.  Most dieters are what we call ‘expert dieters’.  By that we mean that they know what they should be doing.  The difference is, that with support they are assisted to apply their knowledge in a way that brings the most benefits to them.


Did you set yourself unrealistic goals and timescales?  Set short-term goals as well as long term goals. Small achievable steps will help you on the way to success and help to keep you motivated.


Did you incorporate any exercise into your routine?  Did you know that sitting for more than 2.5 hours per day can actually cause you to gain weight.  Bad news for office workers.  The good news is if you get into the routine of getting up for 10 minutes every hour you start to burn calories and boost your metabolic rate.


How aware were you of what you were drinking?  Although Smoothies are a healthy option, it is easy to over indulge.  Check your ingredients.  I guess we all know that alcohol is high in calories and then there are the additional temptations to snack on other high calorie foods.  How many of us do not like to admit to ourselves the calories we have consumed via ‘our little glass’!!


Here’s wishing you a great week-end.

Another Way is Possible.

Wonderful article and a great read. Thank you

Posts of Hypnotic Suggestion

This is the very first Guest Post on this blog and I’m excited for the future.

So welcome to my very first guest blogger, who is none other than Grace Quantock, wellness provocateur, writer and founder of Healing Boxes CIC and Sick Chick to Trail Blazer. She is thriving with multiple autoimmune illnesses and lives in south Wales. Feel free to join the Trail Blazers’ Movement by signing up to the newsletter at and follow Grace on twitter @grace_quantock

Another Way is Possible.

This is an urgent SOS sent direct to your hopeful heart. The way things are now is not the way they must stay. There is a place between cured and always sick, and you can play there.

I am writing this to you now, but I am also writing to the me I was 5 years ago.

Slumped in an old brown arm chair in front of…

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 WEIGHT LOSS by DESIGN Mindful Eating The practise of Mindfulness


Mindful Eating

The practise of Mindfulness seems to be a buzz word in the health industry currently.  Great interest is being shown on the positive effects on health of practising Mindfulness Meditation.  Studies show that a regular practise reduces episodes of depression, anxiety and helps with pain relief.  Mindfulness is also a great tool to use in losing weight.

Mindless eating is now the ‘norm’ for many people.  People eating ‘on the run’ and eating whilst watching tv.  Passengers on the train grazing away whilst reading the newspaper.  Mindfulness is about engaging with what we are doing whilst we are doing it.  Mindless eating results in larger quantities being consumed, therefore more calories and also takes us away from knowing if we are ‘full’, as we are not paying attention.

Many of our weight-loss clients eat in a mindless way, either snacking, pinching the children’s left-overs or eating on the run.  Often they believe that they have no will-power and will not be able to resist snacking.  Our approach of one step at a time is to say to them that they are not required yet to reduce the snacking. What we would like to suggest to them is that anytime they do have a snack, they must sit down and only eat.  No multi-tasking, no mindless eating.  They must eat slowly and eat mindfully.

We want them to get in touch with learning to recognise if they are hungry or satisfied and to learn to be aware of exactly what they are putting in their mouths.

Do give this a trial if you would like to make some changes in your eating habits and we would love to hear your experiences on our comments box.

Weight Loss by Design Why support is essential

Hello again.  Today I want to share some ideas on why it is important for anyone wishing to lose weight to enlist suppport from those around them, or if this is not possible, to join a group of like minded people who will share your triumphs and give you encouragement to stick to your goals.

At Weight Loss by Design we hold small, friendly, weekly group meetings which provide the ideal space to support you on your journey.  Our group members receive individual attention, helping them to focus on areas of concern and how to avoid danger zones, ie Friday nights out and a visit to the curry shop!

Socialising with people who have no concerns about their weight can be tricky but we can support you in choosing food options which won’t pile on the pounds and leave you feeling defeated the following morning.

Keeping a food diary is a great help in tracking those areas where your resolution has weakened, and here at Weight Loss by Design, we help you to identify the situations and places that may be slowing down your progess.

Wishing you great success on your weight loss journey.  We’d love to hear from you with any comments or suggestions for future posts.