HELP: Harmony Eating & Lifestyle Program


Nutrition is the fuel – in the form of food and drink – that we put in our bodies to make them function. Simply put – it’s what our bodies need in order to support life. Many people fill their bodies with toxic chemicals and expect them to function optimally.

This doesn’t work.

Just as a car needs the right fuel and oil in order to run properly and prolong its lifespan, so we need to ensure that what we’re putting in our bodies is nourishing it and not destroying it.

Many of society’s diseases and illnesses are related to our dietary choices. Statistics show that 61% – nearly two in every three – South African citizens are overweight, obese or morbidly obese. Most of Western society’s so-called ‘silent killers’ – hypertension, hyperlidaemia, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease can be linked to the consumption of carbohydrates, specifically among those individuals that can be classified as ‘carbohydrate resistant’ or that suffer from Metabolic Syndrome.

HELP is the first 28-day inpatient program or 6-week Outpatient program in South Africa that looks at treating carbohydrates and sugar as an addiction comparable to narcotics such as heroin and cocaine. By taking a few simple steps toward improving your diet, and by dealing with the psychological and spiritual issues associated with carbohydrate and sugar addiction, you can significantly improve the quality of your life.

HELP is not a fad diet – it’s a profound change in lifestyle that includes a diet low in carbohydrates and high in protein and fat.

Benefits of adopting the HELP diet include:

Weight loss (maximising fat loss and minimizing muscle loss)
Reduced hunger and cravings
Stabilization of blood sugar / glucose
Improvement in fluid retention
Increased energy
Normalized blood pressure within acceptable ranges

Under the guidance of our registered dietician, we will take great care to ensure your diet is tailored to your individual needs, ensuring your safety and offering you the maximum benefit. If it’s deemed necessary, we’ll undertake medical tests such as lipids, glucose and triglycerides for the duration of the stay to ensure your diet is safe and beneficial.

If you feel that your relationship with food may be strained and leading to weight gain, you may need HELP. Ask yourself the following questions and answer as honestly as you can:

Do you think about food or your weight constantly?
Do you find yourself attempting one diet or food plan after another, with no lasting success?
Do you eat differently in private than you do in front of other people?
Has a doctor or family member ever approached you with concern about your eating habits or weight?
Is your weight problem due to your “nibbling” all day long?
Do you eat to escape from your feelings or to try and fill a void?
Do you eat when you’re not hungry?
Do you eat in secret?
Do you frequently feel guilty or ashamed about what you’ve eaten?
Are you waiting for your life to begin “when you lose the weight?”
Do you feel hopeless about your relationship with food and your body?
Are you ashamed of the way you look?
Do you avoid intimacy because of your weight?
Do you wear oversized clothing to hide your body?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be a food addict. You are not alone. We are here to HELP. Call +27 82 736 6702 or visit for more information about food addiction and our 28-day inpatient program or 6-week Outpatient program that will help you lose weight and improve your lifestyle in every way.

(Karen Thomson's food tips)

 Foods you can have

Breads, Grains, Cereals, Pasta, Rice
Meat and Fish
Fruit and Fruit Juices
Vegetables and Legumes (e.g. Beans)
Vegetables and Vegetable Products
Legumes and Legume Products
Dairy Products - Milk, Cheese, etc
Eggs and Egg Substitutes
Nuts and Seeds
Fats and Oils
Herbs, Spices, Sauces
Others, Snacks, Sweets, etc

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Karen Thomson's top tips

1.Cut out all refined sugar and carbohydrates
2.Increase your fat intake
3.Keep a food diary or track your meals
4.Journal your feeling prior to, during and after meals and snacks
5.Follow mealplan
6.Ask for help

About / History

HELP – or the Harmony Eating & Lifestyle Program – is a partnership comprised of Professor Tim Noakes, nutritionist Rael Koping, and Steven and Karen Thomson of Harmony Addictions Clinic. We are proud to launch the very first 28-day inpatient or 6-week Outpatient eating and lifestyle program aimed at treating carbohydrate and sugar addiction.

This is not a new approach – in fact, studies have been carried out over the past few decades. The studies have shown that for some individuals, the consumption of carbohydrates has the same physiological response in the dopamine receptors in the brain as heroin or cocaine addiction does.

HELP offers the first treatment that implements these scientific findings. HELP patients will find comfort in the fact that they can utilise a 28-day inpatient period or 6 week outpatient period to improve their lifestyle in a safe, supportive environment. Healthy lifestyle changes as a result of HELP include dietary habits, exercise, and trauma work, as well as psychological and spiritual counselling, and these changes will all be incorporated in order to facilitate a holistic change.

HELP is run in conjunction with Harmony Addictions Clinic in Hout Bay, Cape Town. After assisting thousands of people in attaining sobriety, Harmony Clinic recently expanded its horizons to empower all individuals to lead a healthy and nutritious lifestyle by means of changes to their dietary habits as well as working on emotional, spiritual, psychological and trauma issues that may be connected to weight gain or body issues.

HELP is not a diet. Instead, it is a holistic lifestyle program for treating individuals by equipping them with the knowledge, skills and experience to unlock their full potential and getting them to understand that their constant ongoing battles with food are likely an addiction.

As with chemical addictions, it’s not necessarily the substance that is the problem, but rather a combination of underlying psychological and biological factors that form the root cause. By treating carbohydrate and sugar abuse in the same manner, better results are achieved.

The HELP menu has been designed in conjunction with Professor Tim Noakes and Rael Koping, and serves to empower individuals to improve their physical health and wellbeing.

Our aim is to inspire individuals and communities to live their best lives through active lifestyles and intelligent food choices.

  Why choose "HELP: Harmony Eating & Lifestyle Program"?
 Promotes long term weight loss
 Maintain your goal weight
 A healthy living alternative
 Teaches sustainable weight loss skills
 Improves mood and outlook
 Reduces the risks of diet-related diseases
 A roadmap for a healthier lifestyle

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