September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
The month of September is designated to raise awareness about child obesity. In the US, one in three children is obese. This puts children at high risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure from a very young age.
The good news is that we can help change that statistic. If you’re struggling with your own weight, we have a generous eating plan called Food Optimizing and genuine, caring support for your weight loss campaign—and encouragement and resources for you to help your children on a path to long, healthy life.
The basic principles of Food Optimizing can be used as a foundation for a healthy diet for children (and your whole family). We offer specific resources for teenagers, called Free2Go, which you can access as a Slimming World member.
Slimming World Founder and President Margaret Miles-Bramwell speaks from experience in her words for parents of overweight children:
- “Let them know why you worry about them and what you see the future holds for them as an obese adult who from their teens has been slowly but surely gaining weight.
- “Let them know that when they decide, not you, when they decide they want to do something about their weight you’ll do whatever you can to support them.
- “Be a good role model. Personally demonstrate by example good habits, eating, drinking and activity levels.”
If you’re looking to lose weight, for yourself or as a role model for your child, discover the amazing things you can achieve with Slimming World.
Research says eat egg yolk for extra health benefits
It’s a longtime “diet myth” that egg yolks—because of their high cholesterol content—are bad for you. New research not only hails the health benefits of the yolk, it debunks it as a contributor to heart disease. Bring on the omelets!
Egg yolks first got a bad reputation as a result of research in the 1950s, which firmly linked consumption of saturated fats and cholesterol-rich foods (such as egg yolks) to heart disease. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has since confirmed that the link is not causal, and the many benefits of eggs—particularly the yolks—are now being discovered.
Among the humble egg’s high points: they’ve got vitamin A, which is great for your skin, and B vitamins, needed for brain and muscular health, as well as energy. Eggs are also loaded with vitamin D, a key ingredient for bone health and can reduce your risk of depression. To top all that off: eggs have a healthy dose of omega-3s and protein.
Slimming World has been ahead of the research when it comes to eating eggs. When you’re Food Optimizing, eggs are Free Foods—meaning you can eat unlimited amounts and still lose weight (and we mean unlimited—have two or three, or more, a day if you like!) Boiled, poached, fried, scrambled—you choose how you’d like to enjoy these Free Food stars.
We have some eggscellent egg recipes to whet your appetite and whittle your waistline:
Eggs are just one of the many foods you can eat freely at Slimming World. Discover more about how generous and flexible Food Optimizing is for your weight loss!
Do you need to eat breakfast to lose weight? A new study says…
Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?
Breakfast: it’s long been said it’s the most important meal of that day, and eating it actually helps you lose weight. Or does it?
A University of Alabama study found that eating breakfast has no bearing on losing weight. The study took 300 volunteers who were trying to lose weight, and randomly instructed them to eat breakfast or skip the morning meal. After 16 weeks, there was no difference in the amount of weight lost in each group.
Breakfast still has its benefits, and the National Weight Control Registry says 90% of weight loss maintainers eat breakfast. A good breakfast can give you energy and prevent mid-morning hunger pangs. If you’re not a breakfast person, though, you can skip the morning meal without worrying it will affect your weight loss.
Food Optimizing, Slimming World’s generous and flexible eating plan, is perfect for non-breakfast people and breakfast lovers alike, because you can eat whenever you want—whether it’s first thing in the morning or just before bed. There are no limits to how many meals you eat—you eat when you’re hungry! You’ll still lose weight because Food Optimizing encourages you to eat filling foods that are naturally low in calories, like fruit, veggies, eggs, pasta, potatoes and lean meat.
Whether you enjoy a big breakfast every morning or can’t face food until noon, find out how Slimming World can support you in your weight loss!
Celebrate Labor Day with Slimming World
Celebrate the long holiday weekend coming up and the end of the summer season with a fabulou Food Optimising picnic feast.
No matter whether the sun shines or not this Labor Day, you can enjoy our picnic favorites below and relish the taste of weight loss success when you next step onto the scales…
Pack up your hamper with these favorites…
Chicken Caesar salad
Tomato and herb relish
Jalapeno potato salad
Chocolate and apricot brownies
Happy Labor Day from Slimming World!
Smokin' hot Canadian bacon recipes
It's Bacon day so let's celebrate with recipes featuring tasty Canadian bacon.
It's Bacon day on Sunday (August 31) so let's celebrate with recipes featuring tasty Canadian bacon.
Canadian bacon is a real multipurpose food that's great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As well as being Free for Slimming World Food Optimisers (meaning you can enjoy as much as you want), it's brilliant for bringing that smoky bacon flavor to your favorite dishes.
Swapping from regular bacon to Canadian bacon will save you a huge 7 Syns per large slice. You'll still be getting that fantastic meaty flavor, and be right on track to a super result on the scales.
Smokin' hot bacon suggestions...
For hundreds of healthy and filling recipe ideas find out more about Slimming World and our latest special offers.
- Top a whole wheat English muffin (Healthy Extra ‘b’ choice) with Canadian bacon, egg, broiled tomatoes and 1oz Cheddar cheese (Healthy Extra ‘a’ choice).
- For a brilliant brunch idea you'll love these baked potatoes with a smoky bacon and tomato topping.
- Chopped Canadian bacon makes a super salad topper—it’s delicious with cooked chicken, egg, shredded fat-fat mozzarella (Healthy Extra ‘a’ choice) and fat-free dressing (we love Walden Farm’s calorie free chipotle ranch dress— it’s Free).
- This super tagliatelle will be a family favorite—mixing pumpkin, salty bacon and a kick of chile