SlimFizz a Gastric Band in a Glass

As a McTimoney Chiropractor and Health Coach, I firmly advocate healthy eating, along with moderate exercise, to people who come and consult me, on any number of issues, as an all round lifestyle to maintain good health.

Being overweight, by even just a few pounds, puts increased physical stress on the lumbar spine, the low back, increasing your risk of wear and tear, osteoarthritis, and “slipped” discs, to name just a few of the problems you may encounter. On top of problems to the spine, then are a number of other health related issues connected to obesity. So it really does make good spine health sense to maintain a healthy weight.

Medical Complications of Obesity

Medical Complications of Obesity

However you only have to watch TV programmes like Channel 5’s “87 Stone, Fat Chance of Work”, to realise that there are any number of people out there who are so obese, who have no idea of what “healthy eating” means, who cannot exercise and really do need help getting them off the treadmill of obesity. They need help, and for this reason I am happy to recommend SlimFizz by Proto-col, as recently highlighted by Health Journalist, Hannah Ebelthite’s article in the Daily Mail’s on Mon 20th July 2015.

So what is SlimFizz?

The large pill looks like a Vitamin C tablet, which, when dissolved in water, tastes like orange squash. It is designed to be taken 30 minutes before a meal, and has the effect of making you feel full, and so you eat smaller portions. Giving you a “full” feeling also means that you are less likely to snack between

So what is in SlimFizz to make you feel like that?

The main ingredient is from the Konjac plant, the active ingredient being known as Glucomannan. It has long been known as a weight loss product, recognised by the European Food Standards Agency, who also class it as a cholesterol lowering supplement when 3g or more is taken. 3 SlimFizz tablets a day, 1 before each meal, would give you 4.5g.

“It is designed to aid the control of hunger and cravings to help you lose weight, rather than speed up the metabolism or block fat absorption as most diet pills do”, writes Hannah in the Daily Mail.

Being a liquid when you swallow it, means it slides down the oesophagus (food pipe) quickly, and goes to work in the stomach, where it acts as a gastric band, in fact it has been dubbed a “Gastric Band in a Glass”. Other products which contain Glucomannon in a more solid form have been known to be a choking hazard, which is why proto-col decided to make their product soluble. It sets like a gel once in the stomach, giving rise to that satisfied feeling and so limits the food intake for the individual.

A study into the efficacy of glucomannan published in the British Journal of Nutrition found those taking it lost up to 10 lb in 16 weeks compared with 1.7 lb in the group taking placebo pills. Other studies have echoed this with an average of 5.5 lb lost over eight weeks.

Now many of you reading this may think, well all it takes is willpower, cutting down on calories, and exercising more. Yes all of those things will definitely help, but for the group of people who don’t seem to know when to stop eating, or who want some help, then Slimfizz is defintiely worth considering. I would recommend combining it with a therapy such as EFT or hypnotherapy to address the emotional issues which may be leading an individual to overeat, especially if you recognise that there is an emotional component to your overindulgence.

To purchase Slimfizz in the UK, for yourself then click here.


Critiquing my work “Rhythms of Abandonment”

2 nights ago I went to my second meeting of the Ayr Writers’ Club, where we reviewed each other’s writing. The previous week there had been a workshop on poetry, and we had been asked if we had any work that we were willing to read out to the group. As it was my very first time of meeting everybody, and the only poetry  that I had written, was work on my adoption, I decided not to stand up in front of a room of strangers and read aloud something that is very raw to me and makes me want to cry sometimes. However the second week I was willing to take it along to have it critiqued by my fellow Writers.

For those of you who haven’t read this piece, I will repeat it here, and for those of you who have read it before, can you spot the amendments from the first version?


Rhythms of Abandonment

I listened to the rhythms of your body

Your heartbeat, your footsteps, your breathing

Endured your tossing and turning

Between relationships

Now you want me, now you don’t

Do I have a say in the matter?

Apparently not!


Squeezing, more bodily rhythms

Lowing like cattle, roaring like a lion

Outside now, not at your breast or in your arms

Just hearing the rhythm of your footsteps

Fading away, you didn’t even take one look

An ice cold bath thrown over me

Severed Love!



The piece was appreciated for it’s subtlety. Initially some thought it was a rejected lover, others a baby. Poses so many questions, “powerful” and “intriquing”. They thought the piece might be improved by losing the exclamation marks!

Their favourite line was the first one “I listened to the rhythms of your body”


Were they right? What do you think?




Rhythms of Abandonment

I listened to the rhythms of your body

Your heartbeat, your footsteps, your stomach

Endured your tossing and turning

Between relationships.

Now you want me, now you don’t

Do I have a say in the matter?

Apparently not!

Squeezing, more of natures’ rhythms

Lowing like cattle, roaring like a lion

Outside now, not at your breast nor in your arms

Just hearing the rhythm of your footsteps,

Fading away, you didn’t even look at me

Tough love!

Joy Rivett-Gill Jan 29th 2014

Please comment on how you found this piece affected you. Did you understand it? Any feedback gratefully received. This is the second piece of work on this theme.

Joy Rivett-Gill is the recognised author of this work. Copywrite rules apply, Please refer to this blog if copying all or part of this work. Thank you for reading, and commenting. Bless you 



Write the blurb for the book jacket of the book you’d write, if only you had the time and inclination.

Well here it is:

“Imagine growing up, the subject of a social process of the 60’s, when being divorced, pregnant and single was considered a mental illness. The feelings of the author are real, the events and scenarios surrounding her conception, foetal life and birth, and subsequent fostering and adoption process, are imaginary, based on the social services of the day, what was written in her social care notes, and what she was told as she was growing up. An insight into how it feels to be an adopted adult, when any incidence that remotely resembles rejection and abandonment, many years on, are magnified through that lens. Read the revelations that are unwittingly told at her mother’s funeral, which explained so much of why, even when they were re-united when the author was 19, the mother continues to reject her daughter and the pain that this re-rejection causes. When she asks God, “But surely I don’t remember how it felt when my mother walked out on me at the maternity unit?”  God replies “But your Soul does!”

APPEAL FOR HELP! Are there any writers out there who would be willing to help me actually get this written?