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FOOD

If your lockdown leisure pursuit of choice is eating and you're doing rather too much of it, here are 10 golden rules for resisting the munchies:

1) Deny yourself. Yes, it's stating the bleedin' obvious, but some people forget it's actually possible

2) Shift focus - i.e do something different

3) Don't buy food that will lead to snacking, or buy healthy snacks so it doesn't matter

4) Clean your teeth (food just doesn't take right afterwards)

5) Take several deep breaths - this can be an effective way to calm strong emotions

6) If you really fancy a big chocolate bar, for e.g, satisfy your craving with a slab or two of it

7) Head outdoors and get some exercise and fresh air. Not only should this take your mind off food, it will help your health too.


Fruit and yoghurt together - must be good for you, right? 

Wrong if you combine the two foods in the form of Yogurt Coated Cranberries, that is,

A small 150g bag of the little blighters amounts to an astonishing 705 calories - which is not far off half the recommended number of calories a woman needs per day. And, equally  disturbing, is the amount of fat in the packet - 29g, of which 18g is saturated fat. (An average woman should not exceed 70g of fat per day)

Take a look at the ingredients and it soon becomes clear why you'd be better off having a bar of chocolate: the  bag pictured contains a huge 21% of the recommended daily sugar intake of a woman and there's harmful palm oil is lurking in there too.

But...at least they're veggie. Every cloud eh?


FITNESS

Whether you've just run your first marathon or it's simply you against the bike, exercise often feels like a never ending battle. Why? Because it is - particularly where endurance pursuits are concerned. The key, it seems, to winning the battle is mind over matter. If we can train our mind to override the "stop" messages are body sends us, then there is potential to achieve amazing things. But how do you do that?

Well, you could hire a sports psychologist...or you could just try a few of these simple things first:

1) Focus your attention on what you're doing, rather than what you're feeling.

2) Distract yourself by thinking of something totally unrelated to exercise.

3) Play music

4) Exercise in a group

5) 'Catch' negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones.

6) Keep moving. Exercise helps improve inhibitory control, so the fitter you get, the stronger your mind gets.