Category Archives: Well-Being

Laser Lipo – Does it really work? Join me on my 4-Week Journey with Bellaze Inch-Loss Clinic and we can find out together.

I recently received an invite to a brand new, non-invasive inch loss clinic – the first of its kind in Northern Ireland – which has arrived in Belfast with ambitions to give the city a leaner, more svelte silhouette. Bellaze, situated on Donegall Street in the city centre, uses the renowned Body Sculpting system from inch loss expert Tina O’Doherty’s clinics in Scotland. Since opening her first clinic in Scotland ten years ago, a total of over 500,000 treatments have been completed on over 40,000 clients, with each losing an average number of 8-12 inches.

bellaze inch weightloss clinic

So needless to say, I was offered the chance to try out their Body Sculpting System, I jumped at the chance. I had a trial today and really loved it, but when I was told that they are treating me to the 4-week Gold Plan, I was absolutely delighted!

The Bellaze Body Sculpting System uses 3 main methods:

Lipo Sculpting – A laser beam is targeted on the area of the body identified to be treated.  The cold laser beams penetrate the skin just deep enough to reach the layers of fat. When the light hits the fat cells, a rapid chain of events take place. Firstly pores form on the cells and this causes the water, Glycerol and Fatty Acids contained within the cells to spill out.

This is then removed from your body through the lymphatic system and processed in the same way as fatty foods are digested. The remaining fat cells are significantly reduced in size. This process does not affect any other part of your body such as skin, blood vessels or nerves.

Electrolite – Used originally for healing of muscles and surrounding tissues, it became apparent that the visual effect of this treatment was the improvement of the body contours. It was also noted that this was happening quickly and comfortably to the patient.
The equipment has since been modified enabling therapists to use it in the Beauty industry. It has replaced the original muscle stimulation treatments (commonly known as Faradic) that although were effective, took longer to achieve goals and were limited in use. However, there is Microcurrent equipment that incorporates Faradic type current. This is the choice of each individual manufacturer.

Microcurrent offers quick results in lifting and contouring. Cellulite conditions will improve as the cells become healthier and waste products are eliminated. After a course of treatments, (normally recommended are courses of 10 or 12 treatments), a maintenance programme will be followed to carry on the effects achieved.

Thermoshape – This treatment is carried out at the same time as the Electrolite treatment and uses relaxing therapeutic heat. Heating the muscles produces an increased blood flow similar to that seen during exercise.

My 4-week treatment plan starts on Tuesday 1st April, I am going to share my journey over the month with you to let you know the answer to the all important question you are asking, does it actually work? Follow me over the next 4 weeks to find out.

In the meantime, why not check Bellaze out on Facebook or Twitter ‘@Bellaze’

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of Your Day

My last post was about how important your sleep is – hope you’ve all slept a little better after reading it.  This articles is going to focus on one of the first things we do after we wake up in the morning – breakfast.

Breakfast 1All my life I’ve been told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and studies show that there is growing evidence that this is true. Unfortunately, when I was little my mother never had time to make breakfast for me so often my breakfast consisted of 4 home made donuts filled with huge amounts of jam and washed down with a glass of milk  – I must admit it was bliss.

Now I know what you’re thinking – gosh, that sounds very unhealthy.  Well… it might have been but I loved it. These food memories come from one of the best times of my life – donuts, 2 school dinners in the canteen and sports all afternoon – both during school and after.  This was my thing.

Throughout my life, I’ve never had a regular time set aside to eat breakfast or had something in particular that I’ve always eaten for breakfast.  My eating habits have generally varied depending on the type of job I’ve been doing, the weather and my appetite. Sometimes I found that that if I ate a heavy breakfast I would feel sluggish all day.

Increasingly, I’ve found that it’s crucial that I make time for a breakfast that consists of high energy, slow release foods and that it’s tailored to the day I will be having.  There are also some high protein, big staying power breakfasts out there that have been designed for those of you, like me, who are leading crazy, fast paced lives, always on the go.

Many of us grab breakfast on the run – a pot of porridge for the chain coffee shop near work, or get a pancake as we pass our favorite bakery or have got used to team breakfasts at work.  There’s nothing wrong with getting breakfast on the move but it’s important to make smart choices so that we are set up for the rest of the day.

These are my top five breakfasts for every occasion:

  •   1.   The Lazy Bliss: a home made Ulster fry: 2 steak sausages, 1 potato bread, 1 pancake, 2 fried eggs, fried scallions with vine small tomatoes and chili and jalapeno relish – the perfect weekend brekkie
  •   2.   The Early Riser: a pot of muesli filled with fresh fruit, drowned in hot milk and honey – something to put a spring back in your step during the early hours
  •   3. Sweet Memories: toasted pancakes with cheese and jam accompanied by glass of cold milk – a comforting breakfast
  •   4. The Energy Booster: a fruit smoothie made with special polish yoghurt (kefir or maslanka) or natural Greek yoghurt, fresh fruits (bananas, blue berries, black berries, straw berries, etc.) – this is a breakfast to help those little grey cells kick into action – to make it sweeter you can add small spoon of sugar or honey
  •   5. A Scrambled Adventure: as the name suggests, the main part of this breakfast is scrambled eggs but with a twist – I make them either with some of the following: fresh cream and onions; fresh tomatoes; polish ham, sausage, peppers, scallions and parsley; parmesan cheese, peppers, pumpkin seeds and onion.

Hungry?  I know I am! Remember, the most important thing is to be happy and to see a healthy breakfast as an essential part of your daily eating schedule.


Waking Up With the Rooster’s Call

RoostersWaking up at the crack of dawn, as the Rooster calls, is not my favorite time of the day. New research suggests that roosters don’t need the light of new day to know when its dawn – rather, their internal clocks alert them to the time.  I often wish humans also had an inner alarm, finding it difficult enough to get to sleep let alone get up.

Our relationship with sleep is a fascinating area of study.  Why is sleep important?  How does it affect our behavior? How does aging affect our sleep?

Along with the physical changes that occur as we get older, changes to our sleep patterns are also a part of the normal aging process.  As people age they tend to have a harder time falling asleep and more trouble staying asleep than when they were younger.   It is a common misconception that you need less sleep as you get older. In fact, research shows that our sleep needs remain constant throughout adulthood.  This is because sleep has so many  benefits to our health and well-being.

  • Sleep improves memory.  During sleep you can strengthen memories or “practice” skills learned while you were awake.
  • Sleep helps you to live longer.  Too much or too little sleep is associated with a shorter lifespan, and it affects the quality of life.
  • Sleep helps to curb inflammation. Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research indicates that people who get less sleep—six or fewer hours a night—have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more sleep.
  • Sleep can spur creativity. In addition to consolidating memories, or making them stronger, your brain appears to reorganize and restructure them, which may result in more creativity as well.
  • Sleep can help you to be a winner. If you’re an athlete, there may be one simple way to improve your performance: sleep.
  • Sleep can improve your grades.  Children between the ages of 10 and 16 who have sleep disordered breathing, which includes snoring, sleep apnea, and other types of interrupted breathing during sleep, are more likely to have problems with attention and learning.
  • Sleep can sharpen your attention.  A lack of sleep can result in ADHD – like symptoms in kids.
  • Sleep can help you to achieve a healthy weight.  If you are thinking about going on a diet, you might want to plan an earlier bedtime too.
  • Sleep adviceSleep can lower stress.  When it comes to our health stress and sleep are nearly one and the same – and both can affect cardiovascular health.
  • Sleep can help you to avoid accidents.  Being tired accounted for the highest number of fatal single-car run-off-the-road crashes due to the driver’s performance—even more than alcohol!
  • Sleep can help you steer clear of depression.  Sleeping well means more to our overall well-being than simply avoiding irritability.

So, cut out late night caffeine, make sure your bedroom is dark and cozy, avoid scary movies and late night work and personal to-do-lists right before bed and get yourself a good night’s sleep so you’re ready and raring to wake up at the same time as your local Rooster.

“Even a soul submerged in sleep
is hard at work and helps
make something of the world.”
Heraclitus, Fragments

Reflections of the Night

PoetryToday my dear friends, I have decided not write long story or get philosophical but to write a poem for you on insomnia.

I hope you will all enjoy it.

 © “Reflection of the night”
By Paulina Wyczawska

“The glaze of the lantern shines through the deep white snow
Reflection of night you can see in the mirror of fluff
Stars sending down its light and glow
And me sitting at the window admiring, not having enough.

 With a shaky tired hand I’m lifting the glass of hot milk
Trying to drink it now so I can go to sleep.
Unfortunately the thoughts, so fast and deep in my head
Are keeping me up no matter if I try and count some sheep.

 Soft blues on the radio makes my soul calm
But no more than this, it works like a balm.
My friends always told you do think too much
But how can I sleep without a warm touch.

 My life so complicated flies in front of my eyes
Some of my thoughts so dated, still make me cry.
With passion and sorrow I try and keep my face
But more than I think about it, it puts me in the bad place.

 I’m hoping that one day I wake up with smile
That jam and few pancakes will bring me back to life.
That warm soft white pillow will feel like a cloud
At which I feel like in heaven and I don’t want to come down.

 When flowers and nature scents are tingling my nose
When moon during night time feels huge and so close.
When dog barking sounds like a song of a day
When day feels like adventure on which I want to stay”.


Sleepless Nights or Sweet Dreams?

“The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.”
Leonard Cohen

Dear Mind

Insomnia, or sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder in which there is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as desired.

Recently, I have been having problems sleeping.  For the last few months I have been staying half-awake till 3am, having to write down thoughts that have been spinning around my head and stopping me from sleeping.

This lack of sleep has made me constantly tired and exhausted by life and the weather and time of year hasn’t helped – it is always seems to be dark.  Even a spot of sunshine would make a huge difference to how I feel about the day.

There are lots of different suggestions out there about how to tackle insomnia.  Over the years, I’ve developed my own coping mechanisms.

Sometimes, I think about the ocean and the sound of its waves hitting the shore. This really calms me down and brings a positive image into my head when I close my eyes. At other times I make warm milk or hot chocolate.  Unfortunately, no amount of hot milk can take away our everyday worries that can bombard our heads at night – the time of day we’re least able to tackle them.

AnxietyI’ve found that the best way to cope with worries is to address them head on and talk to other people about them.  This isn’t always easy but it’s worth it as being anxious at night affects our inner balance and peace.

Exercise can also help.  It gives us time to think about our problems and potential solutions. For me, cycling outside in the fresh air is the most effective way to solve issues.  It makes me feel alive and think straight as my heart pumps blood into those little grey cells, helping me to feel alert and fresh.  Then, by the time you’re ready to call it a night, your body is exhausted and craves only a hot shower and warm bed.

The Secret to Happiness

“If you can think about what you want in your mind, and make that your dominant thought, you will bring it into your life”.  “The Secret”

The Secret

Many of us chase a dream of happiness and at the same time try to counter negative things that might impinge on us achieving it.  We do this by working hard, planning ahead and tackling any obstacles in our way.  We do these things not only for ourselves and our own happiness but also for the happiness of others – the ones we love and care for.

What if I told you that the true path to achieving happiness starts from within; that we are balls of pure energy capable of creating our own miracles…

“Create your day in advance by thinking the way you want it to go, and you will create your life intentionally”. The Secret

Two years ago I heard about a book called “The Secret”, written by Rhonda Byrne.  I’d spoken to several people who had read the book and seen the movie upon which it was basedThe principle that the film and book are founded upon is that the universe is governed by a natural law – the law of attraction.  It states that we attract life experiences, situations, events, and people that “match the frequency” of our  thoughts and feelings. As such, it suggests that positive thinking and feeling positive can create life-changing results.

Gratitude bookI decided to buy The Secret Gratitude Book, designed to help you live the principles of The Secret and live the life of your dreams.  In this book I write what I am grateful for and what my dreams are. The trick is to visualize your dream and feel that you are already there! You need to change “I wish” into “I am grateful for” or “I am thankful for” or “I feel so happy being able to” and so on.

I have had the book for few months now.  However, due to the recent events, I had totally left aside thinking about myself – I lost focus on what I dream of. Instead, I have been caught up in events that have distracted me.  Thankfully my dreams are embedded in my head and heart allowing me to now reconnect and create a mental picture in my subconscious, keeping the universe alert about what I truly want.   However, you must remember to not only focus on “what you want” but also to NOT focus on “what you don’t want”.

“All stress begins with one negative thought.  Just the simple process of letting go of negative thoughts will allow your natural state of health to emerge within you”.

Whatever your dreams for happiness, I think that if we believe in them and ourselves the universe will do the rest. 

Life Happens Between Making Plans

Sometimes, from the moment we wake up in the morning we find ourselves asking: why bother? Answers we give ourselves might include: I do it for my family; for my friends; for my future; for the opportunities no one else will give me.

Will Smith

In the last few months, on more than one morning I have asked myself: why bother? And, I’ve struggled finding the answer.  Things hadn’t been going to plan.  I was in a situation where I felt crushed both mentally and physically. I’d lost weight.  I’d started to feel continually tired.  I was getting ill on a regular basis. Stress and depression was destroying my inner soul.

I was trapped in a world of “darkness” where food had no taste, fun activities did not excite me and relaxing felt like a frustrating waste of time.  This dark cloud was also negatively affecting my relationships. Nothing was going in the right direction.

Yes, I did it!

Was there a reason for this situation?  Yes and no.  There was no specific reason, more of a general feeling of despair that in spite of my hard work, commitment and energy there would always be someone who would drag me down, mislead me or be dishonest with me. I am a very emotional person with a pre-disposition to care about others more than myself.  So when bad things happen I find it hard to handle.

Depression, that infamous dark cloud, does not go away in one day, a week or month.  Hard work is required to fight it off.  A combination of discipline, commitment and willpower is needed.  It’s like climbing a seemingly never-ending hill.  The incline begins, it gets steeper, the wind blows against your face, you trip over obstacles in your path – it would be easier to give up and turn around but you know that however tempting that might be, it’s crucial that you keep pushing on and staying strong.  Not easy when you feel like you are on your own, even if you know that there are people around you who love and care about you.

Charlie Brown Never Give Up

I found it helpful to start thinking about what I want from my life.  Nowadays we are told what we should want from the media; to be rich, to be young and to be healthy. In reality, few of us will be fortunate enough to be rich; we can’t escape illness; and all of us will grow old (unless someone discovers the youth elixir). So what is it then that makes us happy?  For me, the answer was to be loved and appreciated.  There are different answers for everyone but going through this thought process helped give me the kick I needed, made the hill I was climbing less steep… for now.