Binge eating · Cake · Cakes · Chocolate · Chocolate addiction · Food

What’s Hypnosis Ninja?

So I figure when we arrive at a blog post to find out about something that intrigues us we ask three main questions

What’s Hypnosis Ninja?

That’s what I asked myself when I was very kindly accepted to trial their sessions. So Hypnosis Ninja have a selection of downloadable tracks which takes apx 20 mins to listen to and is tailored to your particular problem or addiction.

Is it expensive? Cut to the chase it’s just £9.99 per track! A fraction of a hypnotherapy session! Links at the bottom of this blog post.

Does it work? You listen to them as much as you can and if you have the same results as me you will notice subtle changes at first. They use hypnotherapy combined with New code NLP ( Neuro linguistic programming) to help reprogram your mind and thought processing. Hypnotherapy doesn’t always work for everyone but that can be partly to do with how you commit to it. It is however a tried and tested way to help people beat their demons. NLP simply described is like planting little seeds in your mind – a way of reprogramming your thought processes. Combining the two methods makes for a pretty powerful combination.

Ok so if you are reading this then you probably like me need some help. As a chocoholic and having had an odd relationship towards food with sporadic periods of binge eating where food has been in control I was excited to get to try these. I downloaded two tracks and yes,I can feel some change.

The two tracks I listened to are

  • Changing your relationship with food
  • Chocolate addiction

I have always had strong compulsions throughout my life in relationship to food and been a massive overeater. If I find something I like I buy 10 – not 1, it’s obsessive and it’s unhealthy.

If I find something I like I can’t stop eating it. Whether it be healthy or unhealthy but chances are it will be unhealthy !

Chocolate is also always a pull. Searching for the ultimate chocolate has ruled my thoughts for many hours in a day!

I want to keep this short so this is what I have noticed since listening to my Hypnosis Ninja downloads on my phone

  • I am not obsessing about chocolate
  • I know how to make chocolate and have all the ingredients to hand, yet even though I have had plenty of time on my hands I haven’t made any
  • I am eating healthy smaller portions
  • Food isn’t in the forefront of my mind all the time

This is after just spending 20 mins of listening to the downloads just a handful of times.

Things I have noticed today

  • I managed not to visit a cafe for cake and chocolate despite being right outside and it’s open doors calling me!
  • After a stressful day I also reached for healthy pieces of Chicken and didn’t obsess about chocolates
  • Despite the days events I threw a meal together instead of going for a takeaway!

Like anything else I don’t expect a miracle cure but am willing to try anything that will help and I have noticed changes that are encouraging !

The links to the tracks I have are below and are just £9.99 each.

Changing your relationship with food

Chocolate addiction

They also do a sleep one too! I do struggle to sleep sometimes so I may give this one a go!

Fall asleep fast!

Here is a stop smoking one too. I have never been a smoker but I know it’s so hard to quit!

Stop smoking

I am going to continue to listen to mine and at weak moments I will take myself away for a few mins to listen to my downloads on my road to a healthier me!


Entertaining · Food · Restaurants · Slimmingworld · Yorkshire

Alexander’s Bar and Kitchen – Skipton

Imagine my delight after watching the renovation of this lovely building on Market Street in Skipton for many months being invited for drinks and canapés. The centre of Skipton has been buzzing for a long while about the expensive renovation of this interesting building which has seen many uses over recent years and beyond. I remember this building as Goldies outdoor shop, then the Russian Tea Rooms and more latterly Forage before its closure for many months.

The rumours about the cost of the work have been flying around in Skipton more than the ‘Porky Light’ saga shocked and shook the nations Slimming World followers and with a figure of £2.2 million being the last figure I heard I couldn’t resist the temptation to take a peek!


The frontage is truly beautiful and opulent and emits a rich warm glow as dark settles in. My first thoughts were impressive and as you enter ‘The Parlour’ it continues to please with the quality of the fit out which is exceptionally good. You only have to look at the thickness of doors to see they have only used the best in materials, it really is a fine construction. From Edwardian to Contemporary it delights your eyes, feels comfortable but spacious with a smart but relaxed vibe which is enabled by the attentive staff who are still settling in and finding their confidence

The building itself is really like a tardis. It is unbelievably large inside. As you walk deeper into the building you pass the open kitchen area that is a focal point before you walk into the bar area and this is only enhanced by the beautiful Terrace with comfortable seating, subtle lighting, umbrellas and fire pits.
Back inside, the stage area has the capability to take you even further on your journey as the large display screens are capable of altering the ambience and environment you relax in.

So I can hear you asking what’s the food like? Well, we tried 3 plates. We sampled the Treacle roasted beef – this was a lovely juicy chargrilled steak cut into chunks on a bed of roasted onion puree and delicious. For a small plate I thought it was a generous serving.
The second plate we tried was Lamb shawarma – served with smoked aubergine and yoghurt it was finely sliced lamb , lovely, moist and tender and very little fat on the lamb. The last plate – the least Slimming World friendly was the Pork Belly Bites with a sweet and sour glaze. You can easily trim the fat off though to enjoy a tasty protein bite and they were very nice.
Having taken our fill of these delicious plates we were delighted to be presented with the ‘Around the Clock’ Gelato tasting platter with a wonderful selection of Gelato finely decorated with fresh flowers, caramelised almonds etc. All my syns went to the wall at this stage! The Gelato platter is a truly delicious way to end your tasting experience at Alexander’s Bar and Kitchen
They have an online menu from which you can make your choice from before you go should you wish to.
The drinks choice is good but they could do with expanding their Cider selection and the only plain Cider on the drinks menu was out of stock. This is hopefully just a teething problem and all part of the snagging that should not be apparent as time passes.
The prices were high – but in line with the quality and ambience. They have set the bar high and the prices reflect that. But if you want a truly different experience than the norm in Skipton then Alexander’s Bar and Kitchen is the place.

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Being a Brand Ambassador

Lots of you who read this will have probably seen a link on my social media. Some may understand the world of being a ‘blogger’ , ‘influencer’, or ‘brand ambassador ‘. Some of you may be intrigued – I get messages from people asking me how to become one. My response is always the same. Work hard, be prepared to spend up to and sometimes over 12 hours a day to build good relationships and be courteous, kind, respectful and patient.
My post though is not really about how to build your ‘visibility’ which makes it more attractive to engagers – it’s about what happens in the day of myself – a brand ambassador, I will call it ‘blogger’ as it’s quicker to type lol.

My life as a blogger started with my weightloss journey. My venture into Slimming World was the best thing I have done for myself in years . I have to thank Slimming World for giving me confidence, health and helping me regain self esteem. It began sharing ideas in group, sharing recipes and new products. People started to look to me in group for inspiration which was unbelievable to me and I became a very active member on their Facebook page sharing anything I could find and cook to inspire. I was voted Woman of the Year 2016 and it truly was one of my happiest days!

That’s where my life as a blogger started as I decided to be more active with my social media sharing to a larger audience.

My typical day starts as soon as I open my eyes! I reach for my phone, check to see if any of my followers or friends have sent me late messages – I always respond there and then. The only messages I ignore are the spoof accounts!
So once I have replied to any messages I quickly scroll through my feed to see what people have been up. Unfortunately with some platforms if you like too many it’s seen as spam so I am only able to ‘like’ a few. If you don’t get a like off me, it’s not because I don’t want to, it’s because we are restricted and I also follow over 4000 people so it’s impossible to like them all. I get inspiration from everyone though. Posts jump out, meals inspire me and your stories are so motivational. The most important aspect about my Instagram account are my followers – not the products I receive – I always respond to messages throughout the day as soon as I can and love getting them and being in touch with such kind genuine people. We are all wanting to be healthier, slimmer and fitter – That is the foundation of my life as a blogger.
Once I can part myself from my social media and have responded to all messages I get up and have my coffee. My phone is on charge ready to take breakfast pics. I photograph, eat and post my pics at the same time. Many a meal goes cold lol!
I tag in any suppliers on my pics and use lots of hashtags which I key in manually. I don’t use any automated system . When I post I am posting live.

Once breakfast is over I shower, get dressed and do my makeup and think of any stories I can do. I love talking to you all and the messages I get in return which need responding to I can’t ignore them!

For those who are not so familiar with my lifestyle we live on beautiful big boat. This needs taking and filling up with water, emptying out, filling with diesel etc – probably 3 times a week. We have to watch the weather – it gets difficult if it’s windy and in winter, but we get to enjoy the summer days ‘al fresco’ We fit this into our days which takes a couple of hours or so and keeps Ken busy and happy. I quite often in the midst of a blog have to quickly put my coat on and help Ken manoeuvre the boat. Especially if the weather is bad!
Around lunchtime I get the post.
If I am lucky enough to have received a delivery it gets opened and I plan my day around that.

I like to do my reviews as soon as possible but sometimes have to schedule them as I don’t like bombarding you with too much at once but have to balance that with the expectations from suppliers.
I always treat suppliers and their products with respect – If I am not keen on something I have contacted suppliers and explained to them why and I don’t post. I don’t really want something on my feed I don’t like anyway as I like to have a positive feed and don’t want to spread negativity. We all need more positivity in our lives but it’s got to be honest too!

So on the days I have received a delivery I read up about it. Take photos, experience it and review honestly. I then post.
Once this is done I check messages again, check feeds – I have Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and then plan lunch if I haven’t already squeezed it in between all of the above! I photograph again, post, check messages, check my feed.
It all settles down around mid afternoon and I get some quiet time before planning and cooking tea, taking photos, posting, watching tv with one eye and responding to messages and checking feeds.

It all sounds a bit laborious but I love it!
Ken my partner is very patient with me and acknowledges this has to be done lol!
We only watch a couple of hours tv so my social media gets priority again! And so it goes on until bedtime!
Don’t get me wrong I do have free time to spend with family and friends and I love to have a bit of pampering now and then. I am semi retired now but work 1-2 days a week as I am not at retirement age yet! – my days are full and happy! I wouldn’t change it. We are lucky enough to get to try new and exciting (and some not so exciting) products and my mission is to share these with you. I love new ideas for foods, recipes, gifts, gadgets, and the occasional luxury! My friends and family get first hand experience of these as I am a sharing type of person!

Some may see bloggers as ‘freeloaders’ but we actually work hard to do what we love to do, which in monetary value equates to way below the minimum wage! Although we are privileged enough to receive sample products from suppliers purely for review we never take this for granted. It is a job/ hobby/vocation. The products we receive from suppliers are either gifted or discounted and if we are passionate about something you will know about it!
I don’t always post about products I have been sent and quite often write about products I have purchased or things I have seen when out and about. It’s about sharing after all ! I sometimes receive products on a regular basis, build good relationships with suppliers and often do work for them behind the scenes.

They may ask for my help in creating recipes which I plan and write up for them to publish or are looking at development and ask for my input.

My foundation for all of the above is searching for a healthier,
more confident and a happier me. My Slimming World group enabled me to move on from the rut I was in and give me a focus for the future, inspired by encouragement from the same people and I will be forever grateful for that.

I love creating new recipes and sharing them and spend as much time making stuff as I can. I sometimes end up with too much because the cooking bug got a hold of me – I should open a cafe lol!

Life is importantly about balance, I now look towards a healthy lifestyle with a bit of indulgence and luxury but continue to share what I experience with you guys – my extended support group. Thankyou for being there and listening to my ramblings, for putting up with my posts if it’s not your ‘cup of tea’, for ‘liking’ my meals when it’s not something you would have and for watching my insta stories and sending me lovely messages which I am always telling Ken about. Keep in touch

Love Debsx

Food

Lo-Dough Rarebit with Bacon

Lo-Dough Rarebit with bacon
1 syn plus hexa per serving, serves 2.

1 piece Lo-Dough 2 syns
2 grilled bacon rashers roughly chopped
4 laughing cow light ( hexa)
2 tbsp leftover mashed potato
1 large egg
1/2 tsp mustard powder
2 tbsp milk (hexa)
30 gms finely grated cheddar cheese 6 syns
Frylight
Salt and pepper

Pre heat oven to gas 5 – electric 190 or 170 for fan oven.
Cook two bacon rashers , roughly chop and set aside
Spray Lo-dough with frylight on both sides
Pop Lo-dough onto a baking sheet and place in oven until the ends start to curl up
In a bowl mash laughing cow, potato, mustard, milk and egg together with a fork together, season with salt and pepper. Mix in chopped bacon and spread on the Lo-Dough to the edge and return to oven until set – apx 5-10 mins. If the topping spills over just spoon back on.
Once set remove from the oven and sprinkle grated cheese on top. Pop under the grill until golden brown
Serve with sliced beef tomatoes
Buy Lo-Dough here available every weekday at 10am

Food · Gluten free · Low Carb · Recipes · Slimmingworld · Snacks · Weightwatchers

Lo-Dough Pea and Ham Pie

This is one of those quick meals that you can knock together with cupboard ingredients. For those on Slimming World some of us have a thing about Pek Ham (green tin) which is free on the plan – served with mushy peas and pickles. It's a free food lunch with pickles adding that extra speed needed to boost weightloss. We try and think of it as a pie – but it's not!
I made a variation a while ago whereby I wrapped the ham in a Weightwatchers white wrap (which you can have as your healthy extra b choice) and baked it in the oven making something that more resembles a pie!
The only problem is you may have other plans for your healthy extra b so you would have to use syns for the wrap.
That's where Lo-Dough comes in. By using a piece of Lo-Dough instead of the Weightwatchers wrap you save yourself some syns as Lo-Dough is only 2 syns per wrap as opposed to the Weightwatchers wrap which is currently 5.5 syns
The Weightwatchers wrap is thinner and I find not as filling.

Preheat oven to Gas 5 – Electric 190 degrees Celsius

Prep time 5 mins
Cooking time 35mins

  • 1 Lo-Dough wrap
  • 1 tin Pek Ham – green tin
  • 1 tin mushy peas
  • Butter frylight
  • Pickles to serve

Method
Spray one piece of Lo-Dough with butter frylight on both sides.
Line a deep dish with tin foil with plenty of overlap and press the Lo-Dough inside – I use a metal pudding bowl.
Cover the bottom of the Lo-Dough with half a tin of mushy peas and place the whole piece of ham on top.
Gather the edges of the tin foil together and use that to close the Lo-Dough together . It will not close completely but all you should be able to see is the top of the ham. Completely seal the tin foil and you should end up with a ball shape.

Remove ball from bowl and place on a baking tray in the centre to top of the oven for 25 mins. Carefully open the foil and pull back. Spray Lo-Dough with butter frylight and bake for another 10mins until golden before serving.

I added the other half of the tin of peas to an oven proof dish and popped it in the oven for the last 10 mins

Serve with pickles and Colmans Original Mint Sauce

Food · Health · Low Carb · Recipes · Slimmingworld · Snacks · Weightwatchers

Quick Salmon Pate

Sometimes we just need something for a sandwich or wrap. Something quick, not too messy and Syn free. This is a quick easy recipe ready in 5 mins

Ingredients
1 medium tin pink salmon drained
1 rounded tbsp 0% fat Greek yoghurt
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp tomato puree
Pinch of dried tarragon
2 tsp sweetener (optional)
Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Place all ingredients in a processor and blend until smooth. Season to taste and serve

Food · Recipes · Slimmingworld · Weightwatchers

Orzo Pasta Salad with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Baby Leaf Spinach

Orzo Pasta Salad with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Baby Leaf Spinach

Ingredients

  • 150gms dried Orzo pasta
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 pk sweet cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sweetener
  • Fresh ground salt and pepper
  • 1/2 tsp aromat seasoning
  • 120gms Baby leaf spinach
  • Garlic frylight

Method
Preheat oven to gas 5
Half the tomatoes and place in roasting dish. Sprinkle with oregano and sweetener and season with salt and pepper.
Bake in oven uncovered for 45 mins

Cook orzo pasta as stated on packaging adding 1/2 tsp turmeric to the water.

When cooked, drain pasta and place in a large bowl. Stir in tomatoes and spinach
Add apx 12 sprays of garlic frylight and continue stirring until spinach is wilted.
Season with aromat
Serve hot or cold.
Serving suggestion add chunks of Mozzarella for a complete tasty meal