It's easier to be out of shape in winter, with all those layers to hide under. But once the warmer weather is here, being in less-than-peak form gets harder to ignore - particularly if we're carrying a few (or more) extra pounds. Just the wake-up call we need for a mind and body turn-around.
As a follow on from my unexpectedly popular nutrition myths blog post, here are the top fitness myths which I think need to be busted...
Whether you are suffering from an anxious mind, the side-effects of prescription meds or a chronic condition (such as IBD or arthritis) good sleep can often be hard to achieve!It can often seem like your mind is racing and the harder you try, the more difficult nodding off seems to be. Since sleep is such a common problem, today I'm sharing my top tips for a perfect night sleep.
I'm really advocating eating breakfast at the moment. You've probably read before that it's something I've always struggled with and eating regularly in generally, I'm much more pre-set to eat one large meal at dinner time.
Part 2 of baking with chickpeas. This was initially intended to be a chocolate cake. When it emerged from the oven, I thought it was ruined, but in fact, it was something even better!
Since beginning my new Food Optimising way of eating via Slimming World, I am always looking for ways to reduce my use of processed ingredients and for foods with lower syn values. This way of eating limits all kinds of flours, even wholegrain flours, although the whole grain itself, say quinoa, can be eaten freely in unlimited quantities.
Wild garlic season may just be the highlight of the spring for me. As much as I adore asparagus and Jersey Royals, there is something so alluring about shards of garlicky green leaf growing free in the wilderness.
We've all done it. Mindlessly wolfed down a triple by-pass burger and chips in front of the computer as we try to meet a work deadline. Or polished off a tub of cookie dough ice cream after hearing bad news. Finding comfort in food is very human. And the trouble is, the more indulgently sweet, salty or fatty it is, the more rewarding we find it - and the more we crave it.
Our society has an obsession over how we look and that obsession can be linked directly to what's on our plate. Our desire to be thin outweighs our desire to just be healthy. It takes away our perspective and sense of balance and as such food is seen as an emotional crutch instead of simply a source of fuel.
If you do drink, you may want to think about what type of alcohol you have. Spirits like vodka, whiskey, gin and rum have less histamine than beers, ciders and wines. Red wine seems to be particularly high in histamine, so may be best avoided at the times when you suffer from hay fever symptoms.
For a big part of my life I was the most tired person in the world in the morning. I could hardly do anything before 9 am. There was a period when my lectures at university started at 8 am but I could not listen and take in what was being said before 9 am, even if I had slept well the night before.
Coeliac disease isn't an allergy or intolerance to wheat. It's a lifelong autoimmune disease, caused by the body reacting to even a tiny crumb of gluten, found in wheat, barley or rye. The symptoms include, but aren't limited to; unexplained anaemia, diarrhoea, stomach pains and lethargy.
I'm a huge sucker for good design and packaging. Make it cute, make it slick - make it Instagrammable - and I'm there for it. Of course the actual product has to be good too or what's the point? Style over substance may work for fast fashion but it's not what you want from health food or drinks.
It's a growing trend. Minutes in the office are carefully accounted for and it seems the risk of someone tripping over their mat and suing someone, outweighs the benefit of them staying pain free and happier because they are getting in some regular exercise.
If you have a relentless sweet tooth, next time you're hit with a craving, stop and take stock of what exactly is going on at that present moment. Accept that 'yes I really want chocolate right now' but ask yourself why. There's always something else driving the desire for a sugar fix - especially if the desire is sudden, strong and all-consuming.
I could hardly say no to this Zumba class given that my bestie (and fabulous Pole Dancing partner) S was teaching it ... If I had said no, chances are she would have dragged me there kicking and screaming regardless of whether or not I happened to be wearing kitty pyjamas at the time.