Fitness & Wellbeing

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Cholesterol Myths Busted…..

Cholesterol Myths Busted….. Myth – Cholesterol is bad for us. Actually Cholesterol is needed for almost every function in the human body, from nerve and brain function to digestion and cell health.  It is present in every cell membrane, helping to maintain structure and stability, and also helps repair cells…

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Aromatherapy to aid sleep…

Aromatherapy to aid sleep Unfortunately many of us will at some point in our lives experience insomnia or at least difficulties with our sleep patterns and/or getting to sleep. With the demands and stresses of modern living it’s no wonder our bodies become tense and our minds overload. An overactive…

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It’s Time to Talk – Mental Health

It’s time to talk! Time to Change are the leading national campaigners, paving the way to end mental health discrimination. They are holding a nationwide Time to Talk Day on Thursday 2nd February 2017 to encourage people to talk about mental health and keep the conversation going around the clock!…

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Supplements for a healthy HEART

Supplements for a healthy HEART Supplements often get bad press, with people believing you can get the nutrients and vitamins you need from your diet alone. As much as this has some truth to it, the reality is that we don’t eat as well as we should. Our lives are…

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Cold Weather Pains

Cold Weather Pains Cold Weather Pains – a feature explaining the effect cold weather can have on our body  – from joint pain and arthritis to chilblains. Please can you provide nutritional tips (alongside key supplements including Collagen MSM Plus) which can help us to overcome symptoms?Cold weather can affect…

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Training Up To Christmas

“Silly Season” is upon us. If you haven’t already, then I’m sure the local Christmas market or festive pub will lure you in for a Mulled Wine or Cider. Next up is the run of Christmas parties, the night out to enjoy the atmosphere and of course the catch ups…

Exercise your way to a better mental health

Exercise your way to a better mental health Now lets make one thing clear here, I am not an expert in exercise nor nutrition. I am simply a human being who has had shitty mental health and been on a long and challenging journey encompassing much learning on how to…

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day It’s World Mental Health Day today the 10th October and a perfect opportunity to talk about a subject that is growing in discussion yet still holds a lot of stigma. Did you know that mental health problems are one of the main causes of the burden…

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Stress is seriously stressful

Stress is seriously stressful By Fliss Baker Stress is such a little word. I visualise someone pulling their hair, tired, pressured and feeling trapped but it’s even more than that. It is very dangerous physically and mentally to the body. I’m going to tell you what stress does to my…

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Fuller for Longer

Fuller for Longer Dieting to some can mean constant hunger pangs, deprivation and misery but it doesn’t have to be that way, Nutritionist Sarah Flower has put together a list of foods that will keep you fuller for longer, aiding your weight loss journey. We have learnt to put more…

Flashback Friday – Protein Waffle Batons

Now I know not many people have one but we have found it an incredibly valuable investment. Especially when cutting down for a bikini season or getting ready to squeeze back into the little black dress for party season. Whenever its visual over edible everyone always feels deprived and of…

5 Simple Steps to Improve Health

5 Simple Steps to Improve Health The great outdoors If you want good health, clearer mind and a decreased risk of heart disease, you need to ensure you have adequate vitamin D.  The best source is simply from sunlight, but our fear of sun exposure has lead us to shy…

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Detox – What does it really mean?

Detox – What does it really mean? We are inundated by products claiming to detox, but what does it really mean?  It used to refer to strict regimes that rid the body of toxins, but it now seems to be the buzz marketing word for just about anything.  I had…

Yoga: Tree Pose• A lesson in forgiving yourself

Tree pose • A lesson in forgiving yourself Tree-Vricksasana If you’ve been to a Yoga class or two no doubt you’ll have done this pose at some point. Repetition is useful in Yoga. As our practice deepens over the years the poses take on new meanings. For some at first…

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Perfectionism

Perfectionism Where did we learn the message that we needed to aspire to perfectionism? We could blame the media but every element of our personal learning and life experience gears towards the ideal that perfectionism equals success. If we think about our upbringing we are taught from an early age…

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Challenging our thoughts

Challenging our Thoughts Isn’t it interesting how we dip into different pools of thought depending on what mood we’re in? I couldn’t be more aware nor feel more qualified on this based on the fact I have a mood disorder. If we feel low our brain somehow accesses thoughts and…

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Eat yourself Healthy

Eat yourself Healthy Healthy eating is very simply going back to basics.  If you use fresh ingredients for at least 80% of your diet, you really will be achieving better health.  It is common sense.  Food that has been put together in a factory is going to have less nutrients…

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Be a warrior not a worrier

Be a warrior not a worrier Yoga is a proven science of soothing the body and particularly the mind. Almost all studies done on Yoga have one thing in common. The people in the study felt better within themselves for taking up the practice of Yoga. Yoga helped me deal…

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Eat your way to a healthy heart

Eat your way to a healthy heart We have all heard the saying ‘we are what we eat’, with a belief that a good diet can help protect us from ill-health.  Dr Carl Pfeiffer, a pioneer in nutritional medicine believed that ‘With adequate intake of micronutrients, most chronic disease won’t…

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National Eating Disorder Week

National Eating Disorder Week • Fliss Baker’s story Eating disorders are a mental illness I feel very passionate talking about. Due to it’s secretive nature, it is very difficult for those who have struggled to speak out. I know that for a fact because it can be hard for me….

Top 5 Coconut Oils for Oil Pulling

Chicks Top 5 Oils for Oil Pulling The new craze this year will be oil pulling with coconut oil. Don’t panic! It’s not particularly dangerous, actually its quite enjoyable really. What are the benefits? Used primarily in Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is a fantastic oral detox process. This ‘pulls’ plaque, bacteria…

Don’t dip after Christmas

Don’t dip after Christmas Isn’t life a contradictory bugger when Christmas and New Year brings fun, joy and celebrations yet the time off work, nice presents and newly made memories are simply not enough to lift our moods through January and February? Most of us experience that unavoidable dip. I…

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How Long Should I Train For?

How Long Should I Train For? by Sean Lerwill If you were following my ramblings last year on social media, you may be aware that from May – Sept I decided to stop using a gym; choosing instead to exercise at home/in the park with my bodyweight, rollout wheels, a…

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‘Break Your Rules, Inspire Your Thinking’ – Angela Whitlock

Angela Whitlock is a registered therapist with the EMDR UK and Ireland, BSCH and WIEBGE certificated to deal with the effects of narcissistic behaviours. She is a professional life skills consultant, author, speaker and hypnotherapist. She works with teenagers, parents, individuals and businesses. More recently she has also started to work with…

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Forget Resolutions join The New Year’s Revolution!

The New Year’s Revolution! At midnight our previous year flashed before us as our New Year appeared as a welcoming window of hope. We hugged and kissed loved ones, chinked glasses and promised new resolutions. We do so for the sake of tradition but if we look at hard facts,…

Choosing The Right Training For You

 Choosing The Right Training For You by Sean Lerwill Compliance is one of the buzzwords within nutrition at the moment and has been for a few years. The idea being that if something isn’t at least in part easy, enjoyable and achievable for an individual with their lifestyle that they won’t…

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Giving is better than receiving

Giving is better than receiving   Back at college when I was completing my English Literature A Level I was given an interesting book to study and discuss. The assignment question was ‘is any charitable act we do for others selfless?’ I remember deliberating endlessly because I couldn’t think of one…

Vitamin D

Vitamin D Our concern of skin cancer through sun exposure has lead us to cover up resulting in us not getting adequate vitamin D from sun exposure.  This is impacting our health in many ways.  Vitamin D deficiency can affect our immune system, respiratory system (especially incidences of asthma) depression, heart disease,…

The Great Sugar Con

The Great Sugar Con Sugar has made the headlines as it has now been linked to obesity and a wide range of health complaints.  The World Health Organisation are recommending a maximum of 6 teaspoons per day which equates to 24g (4g per teaspoon).   Pour this into a glass and…

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Healthy Food Misconceptions

Healthy Food Misconceptions  Supermarket shopping is dull.  To ease my boredom, I enjoy trolley watching. I may even try to match the trolley with the owner and am guilty of superior smugness when my trolley looks healthier.  Smug mode doesn’t last long, especially when my son is with me.  He…