I am a young mum (29 is still young, right?) but these signs that motherhood has given me makes me feel old. I wonder almost every day why women have to bear the burden of perpetuating life on earth?
I know I'm not the only one who finds it frustrating that a man simply has to decide to lose weight and it drops off (or so it appears), while so many women have a constant battle with their weight - struggling to lose a few pounds, only to then end up gaining it all back!
Stop every ninety minutes or so, take a break, eat something nourishing, drink something replenishing, move, look at a picture of someone you love, breathe mindfully, pray, nap, get out of your head and back into your body, remind yourself that you're a human being and not a human doing.
As far as some people believe, when students are not studying they are reclining back watching Netflix with a large sharing bag of crisps, which they definitely aren't sharing. You are most probably right, in some cases.
Many of you know what the vices are: smoking, poor diet, being overweight, alcohol, not being active enough. And they can make all the difference between a healthy heart and a damaged one. So if we know what the causes are - why is it such a health burden?
I love it that people want to juice everything in the house, be healthier, more in tune with their bodies and connected with those around them than with a pinging contraption. But honestly, when did it all get so extreme?
Its almost the end of January, spring is just around the corner, but with the nights still long and dark and the days still cold its hard to image. During these long dark winter months there is a primal urge inside us that says wrap up warm, stay inside, eat!!!
Most traditional diets are unsustainable, and based on unrealistic expectations of ourselves, and as a result, are destined to fail - leading to that inevitable rollercoaster of weight-loss and weight-gain that we hear so much about.
I know this is going to come as a shock to you if you're used to counting calories but not all calories are created equally. It's time to forget totting up the numbers and instead think about how the food you're eating is making you feel and what good it can do to your body.
In terms of preventive health, simply putting down the remote control and getting off the sofa rates in the same category as stopping smoking and remembering to strap on your seatbelt. From heart disease to osteoporosis and diabetes to back problems, much of the illnesses we once associated with old age are actually due to decreasing activity levels.
Try to keep in mind that resolutions are meant to to be a catalyst for positive change in your life. Keep your resolutions positive and don't make life hard for yourself, healthy living has never been about restrictive diets and excessive exercise, real results come from consistent effort, one successful day after another.
As we wave the dregs of the last 12 months down the plughole and prepare to celebrate Christmas, I've realised that a huge amount of positives have come out of the negatives that I've endured... So I thought I'd write them down and share them - if nothing else, because I can refer back and chivvy myself up if things start going wonky again in 2015.
December is in full swing, which means party season is upon us. Cue late nights, boozy shenanigans and that seasonal 'fitness amnesia' that seems to strike without fail year on year...
Upon waking on Sunday morning still with the feeling of discomfort in my throat, I decided to take my juicing that one step further, I do love a good vegetable juice more than a fruit juice. I have been finding juicing difficult in the cooler months, I like to be warm so I decided to juice vegetables with ginger to create that warming effect.
Suppose we all took more responsibility for our own health? What? You ask. Yup, that's what I'm thinking. That, instead of automatically booking an appointment with the GP, we Google the symptoms and check out what's wrong with us then take advantage of some aged old wisdom.
I highly recommend ensuring pregnant women increase their omega 3 levels, and work towards a healthier balance of omega 3 to omega 6 as this has been shown to increase our brain power, sleep and mood, and may help us fight any addictive tendencies. However, there is a concern from some readers, especially when pregnant, that eating too much fish (one of the most common sources of Omega 3) can be risky.