We all have our bad habits - whether it's sleeping in late at the weekends, or drinking a bit too much coffee (I'm definitely in this category!)... And those bad habits are called that for good reason, right? Well, maybe not.
There are only two main drivers of human behaviour; reward and pain. The question for you quickly becomes this; what do you want more?
I've been there. Unable to walk properly and cycle. The knee injury left me frustrated and sad but I didn't give up. I continued with my rehab exercises until things got better (it was a long recovery). I can now walk and cycle ok but my knees are not what they used to be (I still get knee pain sometimes).
So, we've officially dived-in to the bikini and flip-flops season. And like many of us, you might be trying to convince yourself that a punishing new gym regime is the way forward if you're going to squeeze into your swimsuit or beach shorts.
By trying to use 'willpower' to stop you overeating, you're embarking on a vain attempt to overrule three millions years of evolution. It's a pointless exercise unless you REALLY know what you're doing.
Let's start with the obvious... smoking is bad for you! We all know it, it's not a secret, yet every day I bet we all see people walking down the street with a cigarette. Unfortunately, for many people smoking is a very social activity and something it's very difficult to stop.
Current terminology in the healthy eating world could definitely stand to be tweaked, including phrases such as 'good' and 'bad' foods, but it's unfair to criticize the chefs and nutritionists who want to get an important message out.
I like to pop these in the freezer for about an hour and then take them out for a few minutes before serving. This recipe doesn't make too many but they're rich and moreish and you could always double the recipe if you're craving more!
It's so easy to get consumed by things, stuff, and living in your head. This results in a missing out on the moment to moment experience of life. We can find ourselves clinging to thoughts, both good and bad. Being on autopilot, at home and at work, not stopping to take in the moments results in less ease.
By the end of 2014, I was completely exhausted and frustrated, because I couldn't get the job I decided "I wanted", a corporate role in one of the big world photography agencies based in London... -how little I knew back then of what I really wanted! ; )
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.
When I came across a recipe which blended roasted peppers into a curry sauce, I knew I had to make a version of it. I am a sucker for sweet curries, probably having eaten a lot of restaurant and take-away curries in my youth which are notoriously full of sugar.
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!