As a nation we are also rubbish at knowing when we are constipated. While most people know that not having a poo for two weeks and sitting for hours on end straining is constipation, there are thousands of people who don't realise that their tendency to fart, and have massive poos can equally be a sign.
Both my uncles are obsessive shoppers, both of whom are equally obsessive about paying the bill at any given restaurant. Both my grandfathers died from a smoking addiction and my Grandma has a tendency to clean manically when stressed. Three members of my family have a tendency to over-eat and are incapable of stopping and my mum can't sit still until all the drawers and doors in the house are shut.
On the 25th of November 2015, I has weight loss surgery. I underwent a sleeve gastrectomy, also known as a gastric sleeve. It has now been just over 3 months since my surgery and I have lost nearly 30 kg. YAY!
There are many superfoods which do provide your body with a fab amount of nutrients...but there is no miracle food out there that's going to burn fat like we all secretly hope superfoods will. ;)
The hazy new-baby honeymoon period was over and I was ready to take action. My goals were to tone up, eat a healthier diet with no mid-week alcohol, and consume considerably less sugar.
When a succession of critics are happy to bemoan your dietary choices, it's easy for vegan foodies to lose hope. Well, plant-lovers of the UK, rejoice! We're only a month and a half into 2016 and news outlets have already printed a huge number of victories for dairy-free eaters. Here are the best stories so far.
We all do our best to eat clean, healthy meals every day but it isn't always easy. Many things will get in the way and you'll find yourself opening a...
Insoluble fibre is not people food. Humans can't digest and absorb it like sugar or fat or vitamins. We don't have the enzymes that can break it down, so it stays intact, until it hits the colon where it becomes bacteria food.
I had to check my calendar this morning to make sure we're actually halfway through February. I mean it seemed like only last week I was enjoying a glass (or five) of Prosecco, counting down the seconds to 2016!
No-one knows your body better than you and if you only listen to your instinct, it will tell you loudly and clearly if you are on the right path. If you take time to tune into how you feel after eating particular foods or doing particular exercise, you will have a very good idea of what works for you.
In technical terms, sensory nerve fibres, neurohormones and neutrophins all play a role in the hair growth cycle. Levels of stress can have an effect on these and consequently accelerate loss of hair.
It's no secret that the French are generally healthier than Brits and Americans. Our Gallic neighbours enjoy a diet packed with artery-blocking ingredients and yet somehow manage to avoid many adverse health effects.
I never thought I had the will power to make a change to my lifestyle and eating habits but a bad breakup and lots of heartache was my turning point. I didn't want to just lose the weight that was holding me back but I wanted to work on my self-worth and learn to love myself before meeting anyone else.
The inner-critic can escalate a small slip-up such as eating one chocolate biscuit to be a justification for wolfing the entire packet, or delaying the healthy eating plan "until next Monday". The worst part of hearing this voice is that we generally believe every word it tells us.
The research on sweeteners isn't as comprehensive as I'd like yet. Only Aspartame, Saccharin and Sucralose have really been studied properly, and most clinical studies only include these sweeteners. Are they all equal to, or as bad as each other? I'll break it down for you:
How many people do you know who starve themselves with the aim of lowering their body fat, losing weight or 'toning' up? You may have even tried it yourself. You probably found it worked at first, but soon tailed off. What did you do? Probably what most people do in that situation; lower the amount of food you eat again.