Fitness & Wellbeing

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…

Energy Foods

Energy Foods Are you surviving on sugar and caffeine to keep you going throughout the day?  Low energy not only makes us feel dreadful but it also has a knock on effect on our immune system, mood and emotions.  There are many reasons why we may be lacking energy.  Ask…

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…

Overcoming Panic

Overcoming Panic Never underestimate the power of panic. Anyone that has suffered a panic attack will know that they are both terrifying and debilitating. Mix that with the embarrassment of being in front of other people and you have a destructive concoction that creates the dreaded panic attack. Panic is…

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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…