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!


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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

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AuntieMos Perfect Cookies!

This was a great find at the Yorkshire Food and Drink Festival last week. Auntie Mos are a small company who have perfected the art of cookie mixes!

They are vegan and make lovely dairy free cookies. The pack which is incredibly easy and fast to make and ready from start to finish in 20 mins states 99 cals per cookie and makes 12 altogether. I split the mixture into 18 cookies
which works out at a very respectable 3.5 syns each (check syn values yourself to protect your weightloss)

I followed the instructions to the letter and 30 mins later allowing for cooling down I has a delicious 3.5 syn cookie which was crunchy and soft in the middle – a perfect cookie! They have a great best before date too – mine was dated 31/01/2018 which is fabulous! You can purchase their delicious cookies here £3.50 pk

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Evebox WOW! 

I am absolutely over the moon to be the first person to review Evebox’s amazing gift boxes! The quality is outstanding!  Evebox have an amazing selection of tailored gift boxes to suit anyone deserving of a special giftMy box contained beautifully handcrafted Jane Hogben mugs, stunningly exquisite Saint Aymes Chocolate, wonderful blends of Salvombe Brew coffee and delicious Teoni’s Cookies! Evebox have smashed it bringing together all these special items to make this ‘Couple’s Coffee One’ box and there are even more selections on their website at https://www.evebox.co.uk/

Use my code SWDEBS to get 10% off! 

These really are a special gift! So wonderfully arranged I don’t want to spoil the display! The box arrived double boxed and cushioned with straw with a little pine twig – perfect, just perfect ❤️EVEBOX are completely dedicated to discovering beautiful & distinctive gifts to pack into their gorgeous boxes, especially for you to give to your loved ones. Beautifully packaged, and charmingly presented, they take the utmost care to pack and meticulously present their gift boxes to delight family and friends.​From their Barn in beautiful South Devon, they spend their days continuously searching high and low, tirelessly looking for the loveliest of gifts from all over the UK, (and sometimes beyond), to create their unique gift boxes, just so that you can always find that perfect gift with ease.Once they have created the best of the best gift of combinations, they carefully arrange all the goodies in their beautifully presented boxes, and even tuck in a charming menu card so that your loved ones can see all the lovely details of the contents of their specially prepared gift box.To make absolutely sure their boxes are perfect they of course ‘road test’ all their finds…sometimes having to eat their way through copious amounts of chocolate! In all – my perfect job! 

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Skinny Bakery – mindful of the calories! 

Deliciously moist, deliciously indulgent but kind to the calorie and Syn bank

Lovely delivery arrived today from the very talented Skinny Bakery,  ooooh the temptation. I haven't had time to work out all the syn values so as a ball park figure each single bite is apx 1.5 syns or 7-7.5 syns per pack. The Coconut bites are slightly higher at 10.5 syns for their whole tubMy delivery contained the following
Skinny Carrot Cake Pearls, lovely taste of cinnamon, walnuts, and currants 

Double chocolate meringues – gorgeous gooey in the middle perfectly crisp meringues with a delicious chocolate taste

Skinny Beetroot Pearls – oh these are so lovely! One of our favourites in our little tasting session! 

Skinny Coconut Bites, made with jumbo oats, peanut butter, apple and coconut – lovely! 

I also received 

Skinny Choc Chip Cookies

Skinny Choc and Orange Cookies

And Skinny Mini Gingerbread men but I need to try these another day as I tried one of each of everything else! All the cakes are deliciously moist, contain a lovely frosting made with quark (apart from the Coconut) 

My favourites listed 1-4 are

1)Skinny Carrot Cakes

2) Double Chocolate Meringues

3) Skinny Beetroot Pearls

4) Lemon Pearls

Get 10% off your order with the code SPRING10 and earn reward points for every purchase Here

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Sukrin Gold – a delicious sugar alternative! 

 I have just received this really useful and exciting delivery from Sukrin UK . Sukrin Gold replaces sugar 1 part to 1 and is only a fraction of the syn value. Slimming World say 1/2 syn for a tablespoon but at only 8 calories for 100gms it works out at half a syn for 100gms too! So for those who bake this is a godsend! A lot of the food bloggers who produce lovely low syn cake and dessert recipes recipes use this. Check out sukrin.co.uk for your nearest stockist or check your local Holland and Barrett store or online at Amazon. Fiber Syrup Gold has a Toffee sort of taste and can be used for cereals, pancakes, desserts etc . Sukrin products can also be purchased at http://www.sukrin.co.uk. There is nothing you can’t have on Slimming World!