The Vegan Society estimates that there are 150,000 full time vegans in the UK, and a meat free diet is firmly on the map in the UK. Mintel recently revealed that 12% of adults in in the UK follow a vegetarian or vegan diet with this figure rising to 20% of 16 to 24s.
Stress is a term that has become synonymous with busy lifestyles. It's born from the feeling that you have too many demands and not enough tools to cope with them. Too much stress can affect you both physically and mentally leaving you feeling shattered and burnt out.
We're under no illusion that the majority of women would prefer someone with a "six-pack" as opposed to a "keg". Women aren't plastering 45 year-old men with beer bellies on their Facebook Page, they're posting pics of Channing Tatum with his shirt off shaking his "groove thing" during "Magic Mike"...... And that puts pressure on us.
By the end of the year, there will have been three major exhibitions in Great Britain devoted to the work of artists at the end of their careers - Matisse, Turner and Rembrandt. Yet it wasn't until the middle of the 20th Century, that late life creativity was considered a possibility.
While many of us try to eat healthily throughout the day, mindless snacking, hunger pangs and access to vending machines can really set our healthy resolutions back and contribute to loss of energy, weight gain, and moodiness. Even more so when we sit all day at the office, typing away on the computer, not moving around much.
Not all fats are the same. And the fats you choose to eat could mean the difference between obesity, Type II diabetes topped with a side of heart disease and a trim, toned, beautiful body, energy and a large dessert of optimal health.
This is a call for authentic listening. Instead of verbalising that emotion, be quiet. Listen to it. See what fears and foes lurk beneath what you're feeling. It's about listening to oneself and one's own emotional state and then being wholly responsible for it.
Supermodel Cara Delevingne typically may be perceived as fun loving and living a carefree life. However during fashion weeks Cara is known to suffer from stress induced psoriasis. At Paris Fashion Week in March 2013 Kate Moss saw Cara in such a state that she demanded she seek medical treatment.
Contrary to popular belief, I do not spend that much time in the kitchen. What I do is I have sessions where I put my favourite music on loud and spend a couple of hours every few days stocking up my kitchen with the lovely basics that I can easily use to whip up super-fast, super-nutritious food on my lazy days (more time for the beach).
When it came to race day I wanted to be sick when I came out of the water, the lake was green with algae, I got kicked, it was pouring with rain, I ran with wet socks, got shouted at by marshals, and on the run I was so fatigued I felt like I actually might die. However, as the saying goes 'It's the hard that makes it great'.
According to recent polling, less than one in eight visits to physicians include any counseling or discussion about nutrition and more than 75 percent of physicians feel their medical school training didn't prepare them to speak with patients about diet and nutrition.
Marketing companies run riot on the packaging of our foods. 'Fat Free', 'Low Fat', 'All Natural', 'Vitamin Enriched' - are often terms created to make us believe these products are healthy and, in turn, good for us. And with so little free time, is it any wonder that we read these labels and buy these foods assuming that we are purchasing the healthy option?
Stress is just a fact of life for the majority of us living in the 21st Century. The mere thought of next week's presentation, the mother in law coming to stay, the kids Nativity play costumes to be made all have the tendency to send our stress levels soaring. Which means the sources of stress are literally everywhere!
We all know the classics tips for burning fat. The high intensity interval training, the eating six small meals a day, the seven to nine hours of sleep per night, the sipping green tea and the big hearty (ideally protein) fuelled breakfasts... We know all that. So there's no point in repeating this information. However, there are some slightly less well known, but still effective, methods of burning fat.
While we all come in different sizes and every body is unique, experts have identified four basic body shapes that all women fall into. Body shapes are largely determined by bone structure, genetics and age and, while lifestyle factors make a huge difference to the dimensions of your body, it can be difficult to change your basic shape.
It's probably about time to ask yourself the same question. What are those small touches you can make sure you're doing in your day to day life that make you feel happier, calmer, more connected and to keep your mind healthy and dosed up?