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who drank soup through a tube drank
more when they had visual contact with the
soup than when they did not. Literally, a
person’s eyes may influence how much they
consume, leading them to be less influenced
by physiological cues of satiation.
As a result, their estimate of how much
they have consumed and how full they are
may have to do more with what they believe
they saw themselves eat and less with how
much they actually ate. In a study of 51
men and women who were served lunch of
different portion sizes, subjects consumed
30% more energy (676 kJ) when offered
the largest portion than when offered the
smallest portion. Larger portions led to
greater energy intake regardless of serving
A true distillation of contemporary
influences (Lana Del Rey, Florence and
the Machine etc), and yet at the same
time unique, relative newcomer Zella
Day’s debut album proper, Kicker, jumps
out of the starting blocks and just kicks
on from there.
The opening track, Jerome, is a
nicely simmering cauldron of emotion
that threatens to boilover, raising the
temperature just enough with its tasty
chorus and then pulling back for the verses
just enough to hint at Day’s possibilities.
This is followed by the glorious High,
a song almost bursting with spirit and
vigour, all thundering drums, quivering
vibrato and another chorus that flies over
the lot like a bird in flight.
This is very majestic stuff, and
most of the material here is dead on
target, with most of these songs being
fabulous examples of evocative, life
affirming pop music.
There’s a real sense of drama that
pervades, and you can almost smell
the melancholia, but she seems to have
this capacity to break through any self
pity with a voice that spells survival and
pumps out the melodies like a raised fist.
As a vocalist, her delivery is emphatic
and she gives of herself with an engaging
freshness but with a strength that says
“ yes but only because I want to”.
The production is busy without
causing distraction and Day’s
breathtaking voice is allowed to soar
Sweetly hypnotic, Kicker is a fabulous
debut from a wonderful talent who
deserves to go places.
Flying Saucer Attack
A glorious dream ride on magic swirling
ships of rainbow sound, Instrumentals
2015 is Flying Saucer Attack’s first album
in 15 years, and what a long, strange trip
Recalling the spirit of the Durutti
Column, this is an album of guitar
instrumentals without any real beginnings,
ending, or discernible melodies, just
meandering pure psychedelia.
The tracks are titled Instrumental 1,
Instrumental 2 and so on, names which
fittingly add to the cloudy gauze that
envelops these recordings.
Individually, the tracks are fascinating
– Instrumental 4, for example, is purely a
wash of sound that vibrates and undulates
with the pace of a python, Instrumental 6
is a glorious racket of feedback, a lashing,
crashing maelstrom, while Instrumental
7 dispenses an eeriness that tickles the
hairs on the back of your nape.
Guitarist, David Pearce, who is Flying
Saucer Attack, has created something
truly of its own, and it almost feels as if the
Muse and the music literally guided him
through its creation.
An innovator par excellence, he has
totally removed any hint of personal
technique or human signature from
these creations and made an album that
exists with a Frankenstein personality all
of its own.
Like splashes of random colour
broadly stroked across a series of
blank canvasses, this album makes no
statement and limits itself only by virtue
of having an actual track order.
Which in itself is a statement all of its own.
It’s designed, like Eno’s ambient works,
to just be.
Merging ugly/beautiful and
ferocious/tender, Instrumentals 2015
really is quite magical.
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Dr Peter Dingle is a researcher, educator and public health advocate.
He has a PhD in the field of environmental toxicology and is not a
method and subject characteristics. In one
study, after a three month intervention
subjects who regulated their portion size
had a greater weight change from baseline
to the end of the three month intervention
period losing 3.7 kg compared to 0.1 kg in
the control group. This shows that portion
control is effective in reducing body weight
in overweight and obese diabetic subjects.
It is time to have a think on why
we overeat and put some steps in place.
Simple strategies like keeping a food mood
diary can help you identify any common
factors in overeating. Even serving food on
small plates can make a big difference to
how much you eat each meal. It’s time to
downsize our meal sizes!
Meditation teacher Karen Wilson offers eight simple tips for more peace in your daily life
1. Waking up
When you open your eyes, before jumping straight out of bed, take the time to slowly
stretch your body. Wake each part of it, spread your toes, shake your fi ngers, stretch
your back like a cat would do. Become conscious of your body. You are here, for
another beautiful day. Be grateful for this gift.
Don’t run ahead of yourself by thinking of what your day will be like. Stay present.
Enjoy every mouthful of your healthy brekky and every sip of your tea, coffee or juice.
You do not need to think about your working day just yet, enjoy this moment.
Whether you like running, going to the gym or doing yoga, focus all your attention
on the activity you are doing. Connect with the sensations in your body while you
move. Pay attention to your breathing and notice when your start holding your breath
so you can correct it. If your mind starts wandering, just bring it back to the physical
sensations of the body.
4. At work
Many activities take us away from the present moment: planning, organising, emailing,
etc. Our work is often oriented towards a future goal. Regularly try to detach yourself
from the computer screen or the activity you are doing and look around you. Notice what
and who is present in the room, the office, the workplace. Engage your senses, what is
happening right now? What can you see, hear, smell? Bring yourself into the NOW.
5. Lunch break
Take the time to eat your lunch. Don’t rush or eat while working. Don` t rush towards
your phone to check email or social media. Just take the time to savour your food. Pay
attention to what it really tastes like. Enjoy this pause. And maybe if you have time,
why not fit in a little meditation after you finished your meal.
6. Socialising and family time
Let go of your concerns and make the most of the time spent with the people you love.
Nothing is more important than these shared precious moments. Be completely present
with them, as if you needed to capture each instant for a photograph album.
Take the time to relax and unwind from your busy day. Maybe do a bit of yoga, take a bath,
open a book or go for a gentle walk in nature. Do something that makes you feel good, that
makes you happy. Let go of all the problems you encounter today, you don’t need to think
about them anymore. This time is your time. Pamper your body and your soul.
Avoid anything that would stimulate your mind before going to bed. I ncorporating a
mindfulness meditation for 10 to 20 minutes before bedtime will calm the mind and
facilitate a fast and deep sleep. Again, while lying in bed don’t think of the problems
you had today or the things that will need to be done tomorrow. I nstead you can make
a list of 10 good things that happened today that you are grateful for. Then focus your
attention on your breath, on the air entering your nose and your chest slowly rising and
falling. Just watch your breathing until you fall into deep sleep.
Mindfulness is the ability to bring ourselves back to the present. Our minds always
tend to carry us away from our present experience into the past or the future, but
mindfulness reminds us to simply be, to simply live, right here and right now.
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