Recovery is such a tricky thing for someone who has an eating disorder. You never think you will reach a day when you don't feel fat and will not count calories. There are no fancy drugs to take to cure it, no definite answer about the cure, and no way of telling how you are going to feel from one day to the next.
Inflammation is a natural process that occurs in the body. It is triggered by the immune system and is part of the healing process if there is damage within the body and a protective mechanism. However there are times when this natural process can become over-active or under-active, thereby increasing inflammation or failing to respond at all.
Jake was six when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. About to start chemo and therefore about to see my appearance dramatically alter I knew I had no choice but to try and explain to him in simple, non scary terms what was happening. "Mummy's got a nasty lump," I said as we sat together in the kitchen one sunny afternoon.
Many people in this world watch their diet. Some have to watch what they eat due to a variety of food allergies, but 1 in every 100 people in the UK have coeliac disease and have to steer clear of foods that contain gluten for life.
My favourite thing about quinoa is its texture. It's something a bit like barley with its chewiness, and it also has a light fluffiness akin to well prepared couscous. No matter how 'good for you' a food is, I don't include it in my diet unless it passes the taste test.
So it's happened then. The moment I have spent the last three and a half years running away from has happened. The moment when the doctor says the chemotherapy isn't working anymore and there are no more options left. The moment when you are signed off to let nature take its course.
The best defense against free radicals is an antioxidant-rich diet, which means beetroots, besides being delicious, help you live better. The best beetroots come in June, so stop by your local farmers' market today and give this refreshing summer recipe a go.
Today marks the start of Children's Hospice Week - seven days of awareness raising, highlighting the vital care and support that these services provide to seriously ill children and their families.
I totally get that the idea of a smear test can be horrifying and completely soul-destroying but it's one of life's uncomfortable must dos, that we have to start prioritising. Though, who actually has the time or energy to make an appointment?
As I write we are coming towards the end of carers' week 2014. Hopefully you will have been caught up in the influx of data being spread your way about how much carers save the economy each year (about £119bn - you're welcome) and heard some stories from carers about what they do and how they manage.
Sadly, about 80% of the dieters, fail in their weight loss and workout goals, because they're losing their motivation against the lure of their 'good-old' habits which are simple and comfy; where they don't have to 'struggle' in workout-sessions and eating tasteless and boring, yet healthy food...
We passed some fantastic sites, London is truly beautiful at night, but for the first few hrs it was hard to pick up any speed due to the millions of traffic lights- despite it being most peoples bedtimes London was fully alive!
Epilepsy is the most frequent neurological disorder after migraine. It affects 1-2% of the world population. Thirty percent of patients with epilepsy are resistant to treatments. But what is a seizure? This question has been an enigma for patients, their relatives, researchers, and doctors for centuries.
True, we are surrounded by junk foods, packed with sugar, fat and salt and generally processed to the extreme - but which ones are the real worst foods to eat, the foods that you really should avoid?
I was 25 years old when I stepped into the Glasgow Blood Donor centre to give blood for the first time. It had always been something I had thought about doing, but like most of the population I'd just never really got round to it. In Scotland, only 5% of us are active donors meaning National Blood Week is more important than ever.
Over the last few weeks, meeting new clients I have heard some horror stories regarding a profession that is unregulated and obviously unmonitored.