For years I've been bogged down with the fact that I can't tan despite having dark hair and green eyes. It's not for lack of trying - quite the opposite actually - but I just don't. In fact, I'm one of those unfortunate people that finds their skin turning various shades of red, purple or white, but never, ever brown.
People with visible and therefore often more significant impairments can wonder why people with hidden impairments are complaining, as they do not have the constant stigma since they have the 'luxury' of choosing who they disclose their impairment to.
We rely on our beloved rectangles for everything from telling time to finding out what's happening in our friends' lives, from Googling where we're going to eat to unlocking the mysteries of GPS by telling us which street we're walking down. But the problem is that our smartphones are not going to say: 'Hey, you've been stalking that person on Instagram for half an hour - don't you think it's time to sleep?'
Technology is making our life so much better isn't it? Well the answer is yes and no; yes there are continuous advancements in technology that are making our lives easier and better.
I sat the boys down for one of these increasingly frequent 'Brazier planning meetings' and it was clear that choosing was the easy part. I placed recipe books in front of them and was really surprised by how interested they were in making dishes they had never had before as well as some of the old favourites.
Coconut water, oil, sugar, flesh, milk and yoghurt - coconut is filling up our supermarket shelves in many guises - but what nutritional benefits can it bring to our diet?
Remember stress is perfectly normal, it's something that is natural and should be managed in the same way you control your bank-balance. The more you culture and educate yourself on these stressors the more you will be able to best utilise stress.
Ever felt like you have had a bad day? I am sure you have had more than one, maybe you had a head-ache or perhaps a sickness bug? Well imagine if throughout your day/week or however long you had it, you were constantly told "just to get better or get over it" ...
So GPs are once again to blame for encouraging the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria which will eventually annihilate all mankind. Well- mea culpa. However before you tar and feather me let me take you through a typical GP consultation and then you can draw your own conclusions.
Having suffered from life-threatening bouts of depression for four years which led to alcoholism, drug abuse, medicine-induced psychosis, near-suicide attempts and multiple hospitalisations before my eventual recovery at the start of 2012, feeling overwhelmed is something I'm very familiar with.
Just because Summer might be over... well the weather in Kent right now it is more like November (cold and rainy), however, there is no need to pack up the healthy eating habits too. Have you perhaps got into the swing of healthy eating? Or maybe you are lucky enough to be going away in September?
It's a huge pain in the arse. And actually quite scary sometimes too. I have a fair few food allergies: nuts, which can set me off into an anaphylactic reaction, fish, makes my lips swell, hideous stomach cramps and vomiting, kiwi, bananas, mustard, raw eggs, milk - the list goes on. Not to mention hayfever, eczema, mild asthma.. yep, I was one of those kids.
Every human's greatest fear is that we are not enough and as a result that we won't be loved. We are born this way. It is human psychology 101. Without love a human baby dies. Other animals won't. So this is not some artificial construct that develops over time--it is hardwired into us at our most fundamental level, via our autonomic nervous system.
There are loads of different protein sources out there so, in today's article, I want to give you the low down on what they are, why they're good and which one may be best for you.
I don't believe that good health should be about restriction, starvation or press-ups in a gym, and it's outdated to think wellbeing is just for hippies or that healthy food has to be tasteless and bland. Times are changing rapidly; the big gyms and spas need to walk on the wild side a bit more, or fear being left behind
Disability, infertility, being shunned by your community and in the worst case even death: these are just some of the terrifying risks women expose themselves to when they have an unsafe abortion. Yet every year 21.6 million women, 99% of them in the developing world, are so desperate to end an unwanted pregnancy that they will quite literally risk their lives.