A healthy lifestyle is reflected in your skin - so be positive, keep happy and aim to be more physically active. A sense of well-being goes a long way towards delaying the ageing process.
Why do we all still get sucked in? Obviously, it's the idea of a quick-fix - the easy win. Except fad diets are never easy, quick or happy-making. They're angst-ridden, nerve-shattering and daily lessons in dealing with your own lack of self control.
It changes your life when you are told 'You are losing your sight and there's nothing more we can do'. Imagine hearing this news and then being left to get on with your everyday life without any extra support.
Monday morning and here I am reaching my hand to a bowl full of my favourite granola. But wait, I have just downloaded this new app on my phone that helps me make healthier food choices by comparing the food labels of the foods I choose, versus alternatives with lower fat, saturated fat and salt content
The doom-mongers would have us believe the NHS is a failing institution. That it's in the abyss of financial ruin, unravelling at the seams and unable to cope with the demands of patients. Yes, our health service is facing difficult times but we need to ditch the hyperbole, focus on the facts and look to solutions. The challenges should be used as energy for change, rather than excuses for where we currently are.
The Health Food Store could also be called the Church of Food Righteousness...but should we expect our health food store to only sell healthy food? Merely by its name we expect it to be a place where all the criminals of the food world have been rejected but beware of what lurks, masquerading in eco packaging promising slimline happiness.
It is my view that the days of tea and tissues in the therapy room have to go when it comes to helping a fat client lose weight. The vast majority of clients are fat because they have fallen into lazy ways, developed bad habits, and become addicted to food. It is for this reason that a client needs a firm hand.
I thought the sauce looked suspiciously glutenous so I asked him to check again with the chef. He returned and asked, "How allergic ARE you?" I looked at him and declared, a little poker faced white lie, "I will start vomiting profusely in the middle of your restaurant" at which point he admitted, "Yes, it's got flour in it". Sometimes you have to push to get the answers you need.
Now that we're all supposed to be eating 10 portions of fruit and veg a day, it does make me wonder when exactly we're supposed to fit it all in. A quick bowl of sugar snaps before breakfast? A handful of kale with a mid-morning coffee? I think the Australian approach may be a better way to approach the inarguable need to inject fresher, more nutritious food into our lives: Down Under, they promote a 'two and five' slogan - that's two portions of fruit and five of veg a day. Think of it as an upgrade on the UK's five-a-day and it doesn't seem quite such a food mountain to climb.
It really pees me off how the goal orientated, youth-obsessed, time limited, high-pressured establishment is still dominating this intimate sphere of femininity. Our vaginas, ovaries and wombs are being controlled by a system based on linear thinking.
What helps if you have depression is realising that you are not alone, that this 'illness' actually exists like any other physical illness; you are not making it up and you are not some self-indulgent, self-obsessed narcissist who's looking for pity or an excuse not show up at work or school.
I sit here writing this the day after the 2014 London Marathon and I ache from top to toe. Personally, it was the hardest race I've ever done. My injuries and lack of fitness caught up with me at mile 18. All plans went out the window when I hit the wall and the wall then fell on me.
When I decided to stop eating sugar, gluten and dairy and drinking coffee, soft drinks and alcohol, I lost weight without really trying. I lost muscle tone as well because exercise wasn't really something that inspired me. In the past, I would exercise to lose weight and as I was losing weight, I didn't see the point of regular exercise.
I threw out diet 'rules' and started to do what felt good in terms of moving my body rather than sticking to a set exercise routine. But I was still over eating on an evening, bingeing when I felt stressed or snacking to distract myself from other things. That was when I had my light bulb moment...
Are you exercising on a regular basis and yet still struggling to shed excess fat? I can probably tell you why. Either you're eating too many fattening foods or your training is not optimal for fat burning.
Weight training should not be viewed with apprehension by the general public, especially women and the elderly. Instead it should be acknowledged and utilised as the exceptional tool which it is in the fight against disease.