Poorna Bell
Poorna Bell is the Lifestyle Editor of The Huffington Post UK, and specialises in women's journalism, health and fitness, and travel. Her world revolves around getting fit, reading copiously, cooking up a storm for her husband and playing with her dog Daisy. Don't ask her about: camping. Or what Daisy did to her expensive sofa set.

Entries by Poorna Bell

Is Persistent Back Pain Linked To Emotional Stress? Here's How The Muscle Whisperer Sorted Me Out

(0) Comments | Posted 17 April 2014 | (14:08)

I've put up with a knot in my neck which like a squatter, has moved in since 2012 and is refusing to budge. And on days when I'm really lucky, it spreads down to my lower back.

I'm not alone with my back grumbles -

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Personal Trainers Reveal The Best And Worst Things To Do After A Workout

(0) Comments | Posted 15 April 2014 | (19:09)

As you lay there prone on the mat after a workout, you may be relieved that it's all over for the day and you can go home and scoff.

Sadly, what you do post-workout counts just as much as what you do before and during your fitness session.

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Bob Wilson Reveals Prostate Cancer Treatment - Here's How To Spot The Symptoms

(77) Comments | Posted 14 April 2014 | (16:37)

Former goalkeeper and veteran broadcaster Bob Wilson is to undergo treatment for prostate cancer.

The 72-year-old, who played for Arsenal in the 1960s and 70s and was capped by Scotland, has cancelled forthcoming work and charity commitments in the near future, and asked that his privacy be respected.

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No Offense to Prince George, But the Media Reporting of His First Tour Is Boring Me to Tears

(1) Comments | Posted 12 April 2014 | (00:00)

I have a benchmark for boredom.

It's the time myself and a few friends were stuck in mile-long traffic trying to escape the Isle of Wight, caked in three days-worth of filth after attending Bestival, and the only frequency we could get on the radio was a BBC station...

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Fitness Clothing: How A Piece Of Nike Activewear Is Made From Start To Finish

(1) Comments | Posted 11 April 2014 | (17:00)

In the second installment of our review and interviews with fitspiration brands, we caught up with Nike's Julie Igarashi.


Fitness Clothing: We Review And Interview The Brains Behind Style-Driven Brand Lija

You Won't Believe How Old This...

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This Speedflex Class Made Me Lose Weight, Body Fat And Burned 550 Calories In 45 Minutes

(1) Comments | Posted 11 April 2014 | (16:14)

As any personal trainer will tell you, body weight is a bit of a dud metric.

Your weight can fluctuate by a kilogram during a day, and it depends on how much water you drank, whether you boozed the night before (alcohol makes your body retain water)...

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Victoria Pendleton Talks Fitness And What She Likes To Eat Now She's Retired

(0) Comments | Posted 11 April 2014 | (15:58)

HuffPost UK Lifestyle has a new crush: Victoria Pendleton. Yes, we're aware we have to fight off quite a few other admirers, but since she retired from sport, we're more interested than ever to find out what life is like for her.

What’s in your fridge today?

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Veet's 'Don't Risk Dudeness' Hairy Legs And Armpits Ad Campaign Causes Uproar

(5) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (18:55)

Women's body hair - to have or not to have - is once again the battleground between feminists and people who think that hairy women are female hobbits.

Hair removal product maker Veet's 'Don't Risk Dudeness' campaign has provoked outrage on Twitter, after videos featuring a quite...

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Women Who Eat on Tubes Is Not Art, It's Not Harmless and It's Not Okay

(39) Comments | Posted 9 April 2014 | (00:00)

If watching Channel 4's Secret Eaters has taught me anything, it's that women have some similar patterns to eating food. What sticks out most is guilt.

I may be reading too much into it, but the hunched shoulders, the furtive snacking and the cramming of food in one's mouth...

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Letting Go: Why Hedge Fund Manager Jenny Dawson Swapped Luxury For Chutney

(0) Comments | Posted 8 April 2014 | (21:07)

It takes a lot to give up a career in finance: holidays, lush apartments, expensive cocktails all go out of the window.

But for Jenny Dawson, swapping a lifestyle of luxury to a more modest one was a natural progression because she was so driven by her desire for social...

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Brilliant Clip Of Exhausted Dad Filming Energetic Toddler For Three Months Goes Viral

(5) Comments | Posted 7 April 2014 | (16:46)

You're told that there's no such thing as a weekend once you have kids, but this excellent video of a dad filming his full-of-beans toddler every Saturday morning for three months captures his exhaustion perfectly.

As Rihanna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga play in the background, his...

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Bodybuilder Anita Albrecht, Who An NHS Nurse Branded As Obese, Talks BMI And Keeping Healthy

(3) Comments | Posted 7 April 2014 | (13:58)

Super fit Anita Albrecht, a competitive bodybuilder and personal trainer, hit the headlines after an NHS nurse branded her as obese.

SEE ALSO: HuffPost UK Lifestyle campaign Fitspiration

According to the nurse, Anita needed to 'eat less', which - apart from insulting her...

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Fitness Clothing: We Review And Interview The Brains Behind Style-Driven Brand Lija

(0) Comments | Posted 4 April 2014 | (18:49)

Sportswear brand Lija is unusual for two reasons: first, it has been known to actually inspire women to try sport (rather than women buying it just for necessity) and two, the design is driven first by style then by the sporting requirement.

Style-driven sportswear could...

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Food Intolerance YorkTest Saves Time On Elimination Diets, But Does It Work?

(1) Comments | Posted 4 April 2014 | (17:39)

Sometimes the food and diet industry is awash with such conflicting advice, it can be hard to know what to eat and what to avoid.

Some don’t agree on the idea of a wheat or gluten allergy – with one leading doctor saying it’s a...

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Beautiful Pictures Of Strong, Fit Women On Instagram Inspire Us To Get Physical

(5) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (19:18)

Instagram may be awash with pouting selfies, but one area that it is good for is fitspiration.

There are countless accounts of women uploading shots of their bodies and their workouts, and they all celebrate the 'fit not thin' ethos.

Take a look at our top women...

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Sonja Moses, Nike Master Trainer, Reveals Her Workout, Diet And Fitness Inspiration

(0) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (16:39)

Other fit women make us want to get fit, fact.

And one woman who HuffPost UK Lifestyle has a massive crush on is Nike master trainer Sonja Moses.

Sonja is as tough as it gets - she has mastered several types of fitness and...

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A Dead Sausage With One Foot - Owner Of America's 'Worst Tattoo' Decides To Get Rid Of It

(48) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (16:07)

'Party favour tattoos' as California-based tattooist Jeremy Swan refers to them, may seem like a good idea at the time, but they rarely end up being works of art and the owner almost always regrets them.

In this clip from TLC's latest episode of America's Worst Tattoos,...

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Big Mac Fast Food Facts: How Many Cows Does It Take To Make A Burger?

(7) Comments | Posted 2 April 2014 | (18:46)

The latest installment to ruin your fast food fun is an insightful video from Hidden Costs about what really goes into your McDonald's Big Mac burger.

Don't worry - it's not something horrible like small children or sawdust - but the facts are pretty stark....

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Lung Cancer: How To Spot The Symptoms

(7) Comments | Posted 1 April 2014 | (21:29)

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK - around 43,000 people are diagnosed every year. It's also one of those tricky cancers that shows few symptoms in the early stages, meaning that by the time it is diagnosed, it may be...

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Wheat And Gluten-Free: Nutritionists Reveal Yummy Alternatives To Bread And Pasta

(1) Comments | Posted 1 April 2014 | (20:48)

With an increasing number of signs in cafes and recipes in magazines evidencing the popularity of wheat and gluten-free foods, some of us are left wondering what that exactly means.

Something that is wheat free may not be gluten free, but on the other hand,...

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