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Die Breinchirurg se dieet: Adriaan Liebenberg deel sy gewigsverlies-suksesverhaal

Die Breinchirurg se dieetThe Brain Surgeon's DietDie Breinchirurg se dieet is eintlik Adriaan Liebenberg se persoonlike suksesverhaal.

Só het die neurochirurg onlangs aan Rochélle Human vertel oor sy radikale gewigsverlies en die eetplan wat hy met die wêreld wou deel.

Liebenberg het op 39-jarige ouderdom 161 kilogram geweeg toe hy besluit het om sy lewe te verander. Binne twee jaar het hy 70 kilogram verloor. Liebenberg sê die dieet is heel eenvoudig – “’n Mens moet minder eet en meer oefen.” Die skrywer gesels ook oor die oomblik toe hy ’n keerpunt bereik het.

Die Breinchirurg se dieet is ook in Engels beskikbaar as The Brain Surgeon’s Diet.

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Sy hartspier was verdik. Sy seun was ook oorgewig en sy dogter was goed op pad daarheen.

“Hulle het gedoen wat Pappa gedoen het.”

Hy het ’n punt bereik waar hy besef het hy het geen selfbeheersing nie.

Hy het eers ’n dieetkundige gaan sien wat vir hom ’n eetplan uitgewerk het, maar hy kon dit nie volhou nie.

“Dit was nie kos waarvan ek hou nie. Dit was nie goed wat ek kon voorberei nie.

“Dit was net heeltemal onmoontlik om te doen.”

Hy begin toe self wetenskap­like artikels oor dieet, oefening en gewigverlies lees.

“As jy vir ’n oorgewig mens sê van nou af eet jy hoenderborsies in water gekook en geposjeerde broccoli, en elke oggend 05:00 moet jy gaan draf – selfs dié wat desperaat is, kan dit net vir ’n paar weke volhou.”

Met sy kennis van die brein se werking en navorsing oor hormone wat eetlus beheer, het hy ’n volhoubare manier ontwikkel om gewig te verloor sonder om homself te verhonger.

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Podcast: Dr Eve Speaks About Out of Control Sexual Behaviour and Critiques the Term "Sex Addict"

Ageing and SexualityDr Eve recently spoke about “out of control sexual behaviour” on Talk Radio 702.

The sex therapist, clinical sexologist and author of Ageing and Sexuality: Your 21st Century Guide to Lifelong Sensuality asks, what is acceptable, appropriate healthy sexual behaviour for people?

Dr Eve says we are prone to jump to the diagnostic term “sexual addiction”, while hypersexual behaviour in men is about psychological deterioration. “These are men who are unable to control their emotions, to be able to manage difficult, unpleasant thoughts and feelings and it actualises into sexual behaviour.”

Dr Eve says that couples should have a shared value system and communicate over what they deem unacceptable sexual behaviour.

In the second part of the show readers call in to discuss the issue of hypersexuality.

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Excerpt: Adriaan Liebenberg Unpacks the Social Stigma of Being Fat in The Brain Surgeon’s Diet

The Brain Surgeon's DietDie Breinchirurg se dieetRead an excerpt from Dr Adriaan Liebenberg’s book on healthy living, which was recently published by Penguin Books in both English and Afrikaans: The Brain Surgeon’s Diet and Die Breinchirurg se dieet.

The premise of Liebenberg’s book is that you can train your brain to keep healthy and fit without becoming reliant on fad diets or appetite-suppressing drugs.

Prior to the trade publication of The Brain Surgeon’s Diet Liebenberg shared the first chapter of the book on his Facebook page.

In the extract Liebenberg describes the feeling of being overweight and the emotions and negative self talk that come with it. He writes that the market is flooded with diets and says he has only ever followed one diet, the one in the book, and the rewards have been boundless.

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If you have never stood in front of the mirror in absolute disgust, horror and feeling completely hopeless, then this book is not for you.

This book is for you if you believe that there is somebody underneath who wants to come out and somebody who can still turn heads, who can be healthy and full of energy and be happy with their body.

I have been in the situation of self-hatred, loathing and mirror aversion, and know exactly what that feels like.

Please allow me to point out some facts that you may be ignoring or pretend to be unaware of.

Chubby, overweight, pudgy, rubenesque. These are all little pet names to describe something which is not cool at all: being fat.

There is a social stigma attached to being fat.

There is a belief that fat people are lazy and have no willpower.

People do not find fat people attractive. They might find them fun to be around, but they do not find them attractive.

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Win R5 000 with The Brain Surgeon’s Diet 16-Week Weight-Loss Challenge – No Chancers!

The Brain Surgeon's DietDie Breinchirurg se dieetThe author of The Brain Surgeon’s Diet Adriaan Liebenberg invites you to embark on a 16-Week Weight-Loss Challenge.

Stand a chance of winning R5 000 or one of three runner-up cash prizes of R1 000 each.

Liebenberg warns that “this is not a fad diet or a quick-fix solution” and only people who are serious about changing their lifestyles should take part.

To participate complete the online registration form before Saturday, 31 January, 2015.

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At the beginning of the challenge and at the 16-week mark, you would need to e-mail a photo of yourself, holding a copy of a newspaper (to indicate the date the picture was taken), a second photo of your bathroom scale reading together with a copy of a newspaper (to indicate the date of the picture). At the 16-week mark you need to submit a short motivation (minimum 100 words) on how the Brain Surgeon’s Diet has changed your life.

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Star Cheaters: Dr Eve Believes there is a Correlation Between Star Signs and Infidelity

Ageing and SexualityDr Eve, sexologist and author of Ageing and Sexuality: Your 21st Century Guide to Lifelong Sensuality, was quoted in article by The Citizen about the correlation between star signs and tendency towards infidelity.

A survey on AshleyMadison.com, a dating site for married people, showed that a very large number of adulterers are Gemini women and Pisces men. Capricorn women and Sagittarius men are apparently the most likely to be faithful. The article gives goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune as an example of an unfaithful Gemini, and Brad Pitt as a faithful Sagittarian.

Dr Eve found the informayion very interesting, and explains how the characteristics of Geminis might predispose them to cheat in their relationships.

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“I find these results fascinating,” says Dr Eve, a well-known South African sexologist currently writing a book on cyberinfidelity.

“My research reveals people seek playfulness online, and cyberinfidelity is an easy and accessible way to find this playfulness. Since adulterers have to juggle their lives, it makes sense the majority of women are Gemini. Imagination and fantasy are exactly what cyberinfidelity is about, hence the dominant presence of Pisces men.”

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Uittreksel uit ’n Dans met die dood deur Aniel Botha: Die begin van haar reis met anorexia nervosa

'n Dans met die DoodAniel Botha was sewentien jaar oud toe sy met anorexia nervosa gediagnoseer is. Vir dié sensitiewe en begaafde skolier met ’n passie vir ballet was die woord ‘anorexia’, wat ‘aptytverlies’ beteken, eintlik ’n wanbenaming, want sy was gedurig honger – vir kos, vir rus, vir liefde en aanvaarding, maar veral vir die dood. Niemand, nie eens sy self nie, kon die redes vir haar selfvernietigende gedrag peil nie.

Uiteindelik, op drie-en-twintigjarige ouderdom en op aanbeveling van ’n sielkundige, is sy in ’n psigiatriese hospitaal opgeneem. ‘n Dans met die dood is Botha se joernaal van oorlewing.

Namibiana Buchdepot het ‘n kort uittreksel gedeel uit hierdie aangrypende boek oor die realiteit van eetsteurnisse. Hierin deel Botha hoe hierdie angswekkende reis begin het en waarom anorexia nie beteken jy het geen aptyt nie.

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Die reis

Ek het nog altyd ‘n aptyt gehad vir woorde. Woorde is my kos: stories, boeke, gesprekke … dít is wat ek eet. En as woorde kos is, wel, dan is woordspeletjies sjokolade. My gunsteling is ‘Hoeveel woorde kan jy maak?’ Hoeveel woorde kan jy maak met die letters van ‘leksikografie’ of ‘lieweheersbesie’ of ‘konstitusioneel’? Ek het nooit regtig woordspeletjies ontgroei nie. Nou, op pad na die kliniek, speel ek dié speletjie in my gedagtes. Uie woord is ‘dieet’.

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Learn How to Use Your Brain to Lose Weight with The Brain Surgeon’s Diet by Adriaan Liebenberg

The Brain Surgeon's DietDie breinchirurg se dieetPenguin presents The Brain Surgeon’s Diet by Adriaan Liebenberg:

In a market flooded with quick-fix solutions for weight loss and healthy living, Dr Adriaan Liebenberg, an internationally recognised neurosurgeon, provides an easy, safe and healthy alternative: use your brain to lose weight.

After being fat and unhappy about it for most of his life, Dr Liebenberg decided to use his professional knowledge of the brain to alter his own lifestyle. He worked out which foods could modify his brain chemistry to speed up his metabolism and change his attitude towards food – and it worked. He lost 70 kilograms and became a much healthier person.

Straightforward and easy to read, The Brain Surgeon’s Diet is a step-by-step and realistic guide for taking control of your weight without having to rely on fad diets or appetite-suppressing drugs. It empowers you with knowledge that can keep you healthy and slim by providing information on the energy values of foods and meal-planning guidelines that will make your weight-loss journey uncomplicated and guilt-free. Having already helped thousands of others, Dr Liebenberg’s inspirational story and unrelenting honesty will show that using your brain to eat is the natural and most obvious way to lose weight.

The Brain Surgeon’s Diet is also available in Afrikaans as Die Breinchirurg se dieet

About the author

Adriaan Liebenberg holds a master’s degree in Neurosurgery from Stellenbosch University and is a Fellow of the College of Neurosurgeons of South Africa.

Liebenberg is an internationally published author of a standard work on brain surgery and works in private practice in the Western Cape. He is an amateur photographer and a keen adventure motorcycle rider.

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Man-handling and the Medieval Mammogram Machine: Lauren Liebenberg’s Cancer Screening

Cry BabyLauren Liebenberg is the author of Cry Baby and two other novels, and also an entertaining “bloggerina and lipstick feminist”.

Liebenberg posted an article on her blog about her first mammogram. It involved awkward man-handling by a woman, an unpleasantly medieval machine and more KY Jelly than was perhaps strictly necessary.

But, she says, everyone should do it if it means getting the opportunity to grow old and watch one’s children grow up.

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So … There I am, my right cheek squashed against a perspex screen, my torso twisted at an awkward angle to my hips, my calf muscles quivering from a balancing en pointe for so long.

“Can you just lean in a little more dear?” the radiographer asks the back of my head.

My lips are puckered up for a sideways smooch of the perspex, but I still manage to silently mouth, “F*** off!”

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People Who Are Addicted to Sex Author Joanne Brodie Explains How the Addiction Affects People

People Who Are Addicted to SexJoanne Brodie spoke to Sue Grant-Marshall for Business Day about her recently published book, People Who Are Addicted to Sex. Brodie herself was a sex addict and has been in recovery for the last twenty years, she is now a counsellor and helps others to overcome their addictions.

Brodie explains to Grant-Marshall that sex addiction “is not included in the ‘bible’ put out by the American Psychiatric Association, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).” However, she describes it as a “primary illness that affects people on many levels — physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually”.

Brodie goes on to discuss the way in which it is a “brain disease” as engaging in sexual behaviour, such as watching pornography, can trigger the brain’s neurotransmitters to release endorphins.

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Joanne Brodie has been wearing the “been there, done that” sex addiction T-shirt for 20 years now — the length of time she’s been “clean”. This means she is no longer promiscuous, nor does she masturbate obsessively. But her clients do.

They also watch pornography, visit prostitutes, and flash their genitalia at, or rub their bodies up against, strangers. People arrive at Brodie’s private practice rooms when their addiction is so out of control that they are unable to continue living their “normal” lives, or are in mortal danger. Something’s got to give.

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Podcast: Joanne Brodie Explains Why Sex Usually Precedes Other Addictions

People Who Are Addicted to SexJoanne Brodie joined Sue Grant-Marshall for her Reading Matters show on Radio Today to discuss her recently published book, People Who Are Addicted to Sex.

“Sex addiction is not necessarily about sex as such”, Brodie explains, saying that it a commonly misunderstood condition. She says that food and sex addictions usually “precede any other addictions, because one generally starts to look around for ways to make oneself feel better.”

Brodie discusses how her own sex addiction started when she was a young adult and says that it was only after she had been clean for many years that memories of being abused as a child surfaced.

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