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Sensible Snacking In The Christmas Season: Don't Let Workplace Treats Be Your Enemy

Lucy Jones | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lucy Jones

But snacking shouldn't be labelled as a bad habit linked to piling on the pounds. Making informed decisions when it comes to your office snacking habits can make a big difference, especially at this time of year.

16 Foods From Our Childhood That Really Deserve A Comeback

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

It’s official, fish fingers are making a comeback. After several decades of being left on the supermarket shelf, sales have risen 5.9% in 2016, acco...

Do Trendy 'Detoxes' Really Work? What's The Secret To A Healthy New Year?

Kate Arnold | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Arnold

So while these miracle diets can seem enticing - promising speedy weight loss, glowing skin and numerous other health benefits - they're not made to last, and any 'positive' effects can soon disappear when you fall back into your normal habits

Seaside Fudge For Christmas

Fi Bird | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

I pop some well washed carrageen into a pan, cover it with water and simmer the pan over a low heat for about 20 minutes until a rich gel is released. I then sieve the gloop into a pot, cover, and refrigerate the resulting gel for up to ten days. I use it to thicken, add sheen to sauces, in marshmallows or as a setting agent in panna cottas and mousses.

Day 6: 12 Days Of Christmas Dieting

Ali Stewart | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ali Stewart

We are now half way through this series of 12 days of Christmas dieting. The way I see it there is a lot of spurious information out there that is usually confusing, contradictory or just plain wrong. I've been educating clients for years on how to eat and train properly. Here is another dose of reliable information on how to avoid getting fat at Christmas time.

Read This Blog Before You Worry About Christmas Weight Gain

Becky Hodgson | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Hodgson

Most of the weight gain you may see straight after New Year's Eve is water weight from the extra salt and carbohydrate consumed through all the meat and chocolate. Yum! So, some might say we should all stop fretting and enjoy the Christmas period for what it is. A time to enjoy ourselves a celebrate another year!

Cookery Class With The Sanssouci Collection, Marrakech - Review

Beth Brookfield | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Brookfield

During our stay in Marrakech, my husband Steve and I were invited to take part in a cookery class with The Sanssouci Collection at Les Cigognes Hotel, which has been the leading Moroccan cookery school for the last 15 years.

5 Terrible Phone Habits We Should All Try To Kick Over Christmas

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Tech

Christmas might be a time to spend with our family, but we all know after two hours we’ll be back on our phones looking for a morsel of comfort from...

Inspirational Stories Of 2016: From Being Diagnosed With A Brain Tumour To Meeting The Love Of My Life

Parminder Tatur | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Parminder Tatur

One of the hardest things was losing my hair. When it started to fall out and I had to have it cut, it felt like part of me was dying. I came home and cried. But now when I go to the hairdressers, I feel like a new person.

Rediscovering Christmas - Life After My Wife's Suicide

Gary Marson | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gary Marson

I opened the box of Christmas decorations as carefully and as nervously as an archaeologist might approach a long lost haul of Anglo-Saxon treasure. This, to me, was much more precious; a collection not of gold but memories, a time capsule of the way things used to be, before.

Finding Our Natural Space On Earth

Sam Williams | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Williams

Reconnecting with nature is not just beneficial for us and our health; it is beneficial for all species. The more we can learn from the ecosystems that we depend upon, the better we can protect them, for everyone's survival.

What It's Like To Have Sight Loss At Christmas

Paul King | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul King

As our children grew up, it was wonderful to see the looks on their little faces as they opened their presents. All the excitement and anticipation that quickly turned into sheer joy and elation. Since I lost my sight eight years ago, I haven't had that same thrill with my grandchildren. While I try not be bitter about life, I do feel a little bit like I've been robbed of that pleasure.

Support Refuge's Wish Of Giving A Gift To All Women And Children Fleeing Domestic Violence This Christmas

Sandra Horley CBE | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sandra Horley CBE

The wishes made by the women and children Refuge supports are quite different. Women might wish they could wake up safe in their own home. Children might wish they didn't have to leave their school, their friends or their beloved pet to go into a refuge; or that their mum would stop blaming herself for the abuse she has experienced.

If You Breakup With Someone - Do It With Class

Jordi Sinclair | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jordi Sinclair

That was before the whole "Tinder" age took over and things have obviously reached a new low. The amount of terrible texts, emails, voicemails and even EMOJIS used to breakup with people is now beyond a joke. And it needs to stop.

The Five Decisions You Need To Make Before Buying A Bed On Boxing Day

Robert Lane | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Lane

With mattresses, it's a very different story. Retailers wag their fingers and tell you that it's the most important purchase you'll ever make because you'll spend so many thousands of hours in bed. A cheap bed will lead to a lifetime of back pain and remorse, they say.

When Life Gets Intense

Ella Robson | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Robson

We've all experienced one thing in our lives that brings everything to a halt. Things that shake you so vehemently that you can't remember how things were ever so 'normal.' This world is brutal, there's so much that can harm us.

Is Music The Ultimate Aphrodisiac? 55 Per Cent Of Brits Think So!

Tracey Cox | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Cox

It's a potent aphrodisiac because there's a natural synergy between music and intimacy. Both allow people to lose their inhibitions. Both help us remove ourselves from the outside world and lose ourselves in desire.

How To Avoid Arguments This Christmas! Three Golden Rules

Mia Forbes Pirie | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mia Forbes Pirie

For some of us, spending time with family is purest delight, for others it ranges from a little tricky to a complete nightmare. Most of us regress to emotionally younger versions of ourselves when we are with family. Here are the 3 things that will help you navigate difficult relationships (in fact, all relationships):

Christmas Jumpers, Festive Cocktails And A Sleepover

Olivia Cox | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Cox

Every year around this time, I get the crushing realisation that my yultide vigour has peaked too soon. I'm that person humming Wham as soon as the first Starbucks red cups appear, and at last count I own seven Christmas jumpers. By the time the 25th comes around I'm kind of a bit over it. Nightmare.

You Are Allowed To Eat Whatever You Damn Well Please This Christmas (And Always)

Laura Thomas PhD | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Thomas PhD

Give yourself permission to eat this Christmas, and always. Eat foods that make you happy, make you feel good, and satisfy you. Don't apologise or justify your food choices to anyone. Only you know how hungry you are. Only you know what and how much you should eat.

Day 5: 12 Days Of Christmas Dieting

Ali Stewart | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ali Stewart

IIFYM. No, it's not a spelling mistake nor have I just leant on the keyboard accidentally. It is an acronym for If It Fits Your Macros. Let me explain what I mean. Firstly, macros is short for macronutrient.

Chronicling Cancer - How Blogging Can Help Tackle Cancer Taboos

Dr Mark Winwood | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mark Winwood

In this sense, blogging can be purposeful by helping to raise people's awareness of the psychological, emotional and physical effects of cancer. Bloggers can lay out their thoughts and feelings honestly and sincerely.

St. Regis Dubai, Review

Beth Brookfield | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Brookfield

The St. Regis Dubai is situated in a new area of Dubai, Al Habtoor City, where on my visit they were in the process of building a water canal that would flow all the way to central Dubai. We were told it would be finished a few weeks after our visit and I couldn't believe it, as it was more or less a building site when we were there, but true to their word after researching online, it is done and looks very impressive.

10,000 Hours Of Wisdom

Chris Wharton | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Wharton

It is often said that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in anything and in the last month I completed my 11,000th session as a personal trainer! It's been a hell of a journey but one that has taught me far more than I would have imagined when I delivered my first (very average) session straight out of university.

How To Get Through The Festive Period Positively!

Jolene Setterfield | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jolene Setterfield

Whatever we give our attention to, and therefore focus on, it grows. If you are dwelling in misery and fear, you'll be consumed in it. Start looking for the one thing which makes you smile. Even if it is just the thought of welcoming in 2017, and a new much needed fresh start.