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Drive April 5th – 9th

Among the people we spoke to on Drive this week were Alan Mortlock who’s been out and about promoting the cage fighting championships in Brentwood. It sounds a great event. Full of action and a great atmosphere – it’s becoming a fixture at the Brentwood centre and you can catch all the stars that are fighting it out in a very exciting event next month in Brentwood – at the Brentwood Centre 22nd May – for tickets call the ticket no. 07930 494 396 - or 01277 215 151 or go to
We also spoke to Dawn Jones from Brentwood’s Ingatestone Slimming World club about getting in the shape for the summer now the spring weather is here. She gave us lots of tips and said they are looking for new members to start up a club in Brentwood, as Dawn now focuses on other groups like Billericay’s, with a lack of members elsewhere - so do get in touch with them if you might want to join and you might get a group set up to help you and others. There were some great tips on losing weight – (Dawn herself lost 5 stone after suffering a painful back condition which meant she had to get slimmer to ease the pain from a painful disc in her back) – don’t go for the three P’s is one thing they advise – that’s pizza, pastries, and peanuts – (I meant to ask just how bad peanuts are! They must be if they’re part of the diet axis of evil, so to speak. I think the thing with them is, although they have some “good” fats – they’re still packed with salt and loads of calories. Don't quote me on that).
Amongst the other pieces of advice were to make your own sandwiches at home to take to work and avoid the supermarket ones which can be full of salt and sugar, and just concentrate on the healthy foods really – plenty of fruit and veg – and taking up exercise, even if it’s only a half an hour brisk walk every other day (which can prove surprisingly effective). What was also interesting, as we discussed how this generation, eating ready meals, fast food, and the like which are not great for you long-term, could be unhealthier than their parents with obesity and related health conditions cutting down their life expectancy. Also, the fact that it’s probably harder now to lose weight than it used to be with all the new confections in shops, sweets, two-for-one offers, energy drinks, multipacks, limited edition caramel choc bars etc. (that’s just some of them).
In the old days we used to eat a packet of crisps, and that would be fine – now, of course, we’ll regularly eat a bag which is double the size, one of the megapacks you can get, in its place, and eat it as normal – with double the calories.
Drive is on 3 – 7 weekdays on Phoenix 98 FM.

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