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Have a happy Halloween!

Halloween puts kids and adults alike in the mood for party food and candy—we're human, after all! With Food Optimising, though, Halloween doesn't have to mean a scare next time you step on the scale!

happy halloween

A pre or post-trick or treating Halloween dinner might usually include pizza or burgers. These dishes, cooked Food Optimising-style, will keep the whole family satisfied and warmed up after a night out (or before heading out!):

When it comes to candy, it can be a potential danger zone when we're trying to lose weight. As a Slimming World member, you'll have access to Syn values for Halloween candy so you can have a treat or two. If you're looking to avoid candy, we have some options for you:

  • Hand out candy you don't like, or won't be tempted to eat
  • Give out non-candy goodies, like dollar-store Halloween stickers, pencils or glow sticks
  • Donate any leftover candy to a local food pantry or nursing home—some denitst offices will buy your Halloween candy and ship it to troops overseas

Happy Halloween from Slimming World!

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Quick fix crash diets? Not at Slimming World!

You may have seen in the news that a study, which has been published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal, claims that fast weight loss is better than gradual weight loss. We think they’re missing the point!

The Australian study’s findings on very low energy diets go against current dietary guidelines, which recommend gradual weight loss over rapid weight loss. While a big weight loss can increase motivation, for long-term success, we know that slimmers need a healthy eating program that will work for them for life, rather than the option that will get them there the quickest.

crash diet

“We know that bigger weight losses in the beginning increase motivation to stick with a new healthy lifestyle and reach your goal”, says Dr. Jacquie Lavin, Slimming World head of nutrition and research. “That’s something we have seen in our own research. However, rather than talking about the diet that will enable the fastest weight loss, people really need to talk about the diet that will work for them in the long-term. If adopting a healthy lifestyle would involve significant behavior changes then it’s likely that this could lead to a rapid weight loss anyway, which could help motivate them all the way to their target weight. Sustainability, rather than speed of weight loss, should be the main focus.”

Slimming World’s Food Optimising plan is a healthy eating plan like no other—generous, filling, tasty, full of variety and best of all—good for you! It’s not a quirk of fate that causes weight loss with Food Optimising—this sensible diet works because Free Food is low in energy density and high in appetite satisfaction—in other words, low in calories, and very filling!

So if you're looking for a safe, easy, filling, delicious—and evidence-based—eating plan, look no further than Food Optimising. Try our 7-day menu and see the results for yourself!

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Top oatmeal toppers—Food Optimising style

Oatmeal is a popular breakfast food, and these Free toppings make the most of your bowl!

Oatmeal is one of the most popular breakfast foods, and it’s delicious and filling—hot or cold! 

A morning (or noon or night!) bowl of oatmeal also fits in perfectly with Food Optimising. Oats (¼ cup dry) count as a fiber-rich Healthy Extra “b” choice, and you can cook them up with a Healthy Extra “a” portion of milk or water.

oatmeal toppers

Overnight oats are another way to enjoy this Healthy Extra grain. Cover your portion of oats with a splash of milk from your Healthy Extra “a” portion and a few dollops of your favorite Free yogurt. Mix and let sit in the fridge overnight, and in the morning, voila—breakfast is ready!

Once you’ve got your oatmeal cooked or chilled, the topping options are endless! Here are a few combinations to pile on:

  • Fall flavors: chopped apple, pear and a sprinkle of cinnamon and sweetener to taste
  • Pumpkin pie: scoop of pumpkin puree, sweetener and a dash of pumpkin pie spice (or a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves)
  • Tropical taste: chopped pineapple, banana, papaya and mango
  • Strawberry-banana: sliced strawberries, banana and sweetener

These extras contain a few Syns but can add that little extra something to your morning oats:

  • Cocoa powder - ½ Syn per heaping teaspoon for a chocolatey flavor!
  • Raisins - 4 Syns for 1 oz

While nuts are a popular oatmeal topper, they can send Syns high if you're not using them as a Healthy Extra "b" portion—walnuts are 9½ Syns for 1 oz, and slivered almonds are 8½ Syns for 1 oz.

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World Series super snacks

The build up to the baseball World Series has begun, and these dishes are a surefire home run!

The build up to the baseball World Series has begun… the champions will soon be crowned, and whether you're hosting a viewing party or going to one, there are plenty of slimming eats to enjoy!

If you’re wondering how traditional game snacks fit into a weight loss plan, worry no more!

At Slimming World we’ve got the know-how to ensure you stay on track while you’re watching the field! Our tasty snack ideas fit in perfectly with your weight loss journey…

If these sound like home run dishes to you, find out more about our delicious Food Optimising plan

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Turn over a new leaf with Slimming World

As the air turns crisp and the leaves change color, fall is the perfect time to turn over a leaf of your own! 

As the air turns crisp and the leaves change color, fall is the perfect time to turn over a leaf of your own!

If you decide that losing weight can improve your health, Slimming World is here to help you with caring support and a generous, hunger-busting eating plan called Food Optimising.

turn a new leaf

Hearty fall meals like lasagna, stew, soups and chili all fit in perfectly with Food Optimising. As an online member, you’ll get hundreds of recipes for these classic dishes that you can feed the whole family with and still lose weight. You’ll also get quick meal ideas for fall’s best Free Foods—which you can eat in unlimited amounts!—like squashes, beans, beef, potatoes and chicken.

If you’re looking to become more active this fall, Body Magic is a realistic, doable way to slowly add activity you love into your everyday life. Anything that gets your heart beating faster counts, and fall weather is perfect for long, brisk hikes to spot beautiful foliage, or to kick around a soccer ball or football with the family. This cooler time of year is also bursting with outdoor walks and 5Ks in many areas, and signing up with a friend can be a stellar source of motivation.

If you want to turn over a new, healthy leaf this fall, there’s a loving, caring community at Slimming World to help you every step of the way. Find out how to join today!

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