Get hyp­no­tised, get slim - and help char­ity

Di­eters can make school pos­si­ble for hun­gry kids

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A Cam­bus­lang hyp­nother­a­pist wants to help lo­cals shed their fes­tive pounds whilst en­sur­ing chil­dren in some of the world’s poor­est coun­tries get an ed­u­ca­tion.

Lisa Mur­phy, of Cherry Ther­a­pies, is run­ning an on­line course through­out Jan­uary to help peo­ple de­velop a healthy mind­set and im­prove their eat­ing habits as a fundraiser for Mary’s Meals.

An Ar­gyll-based char­ity, Mary’s Meals of­fers chil­dren a free meal in a place of ed­u­ca­tion to at­tract them to the class­room where they will get an ed­u­ca­tion - a tool to lift them out of poverty for life.

Lisa re­cently viewed the char­ity’s film Child 31 which de­picted the daily strug­gle for sur­vival of chil­dren in coun­tries such as Malawi and Liberia.

The heart- break­ing film in­spired her to do some­thing to help.

She said: “I see so many peo­ple who re­ally strug­gle with overeat­ing junk food, and with obe­sity, di­a­betes and other life­style-re­lated dis­eases on the rise, it’s be­com­ing a prob­lem that we just can’t ig­nore any­more.

“Of­ten the peo­ple who are most af­fected are the ones who can’t af­ford to come and see me pri­vately, so I thought - what a great idea it would be to help th­ese peo­ple and help Mary’s Meals in the process.

“So I cre­ated an on­line course that ev­ery­body can get in­volved with, no mat­ter where they live. I’m giv­ing it away for free through­out Jan­uary, and in re­turn I’m ask­ing peo­ple to make a do­na­tion to Mary’s Meals.”

Dubbed Ditch The Junk food, the course does not fol­low the usual diet plan for­mat, as it fo­cuses more on the mind than the body.

“Where most peo­ple go wrong is that they get menu plans and learn what kinds of foods they should be eat­ing, but they don’t change their be­hav­iours and thought pro­cesses,” Lisa said.

“So on Jan­uary 1 they re­solve to eat healthily, but af­ter a few days they fail, be­cause they haven’t changed their daily rou­tines around food.

“We are crea­tures of habit, so it’s cru­cial that we cre­ate healthy habits if we want to suc­ceed in any weight-loss or healthy eat­ing plan.”

The four- week course will in­cor­po­rate a mix­ture of hyp­nother­apy, neuro-lin­guis­tic pro­gram­ming and mind­set work­outs that you can do at home, as well as prac­ti­cal tips and ad­vice. “You will lit­er­ally be hyp­no­tis­ing your­self to eat healthy”, Lisa added. “We will also have a Face­book group so peo­ple can con­nect and sup­port each other.”

Peo­ple who would like to get in­volved in the course can sign up at http://eep­

Dona­tions to Mary’s Meals can also be made at: https:// www. marys­­ing/ project/lisa-mur­phy/ditch-the­junk­food

Hyp­nother­apy Lisa Mur­phy, of Cherry Ther­a­pies, is help­ing lo­cals and hun­gry chil­dren with her Ditch The Junk food course

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