Fitness & Wellbeing

Sugar – The 21st Century Health Epidemic

Sugar – The 21st Century Health Epidemic Sugar, once expensive and deemed as a luxury, is now, in various guises, in almost every processed food and drink we consume.  The World Health Organisation recommend a maximum of 25g (6 teaspoons) per day for an adult – much less for a…

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B Real with Bipolar

Be Real with Bipolar When I first started speaking and writing about mental health, I promised myself to always be real. With good health and confidence it is fantastically easy but the challenge has been when the ill health sets in. How can one positively impact the world of mental…

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Time For A Change?

How to start a fitter lifestyle is something I get asked about a lot. Whatever I seem to be doing work wise from day-to-day, or when I meet people socially; once they find out what I do/have done and that I have some knowledge in the health and fitness field,…

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Back to basics Nutrition Tip 1

I am going to keep this short and sweet on purpose. Partly because people make nutrition too complicated and partly because I know most of you won’t read beyond a paragraph anyway; time is too precious isn’t it. In my opinion, the second most precious commodity we have. The first…

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Want to add a bit of colour to your gym wardrobe?

Better step your best legging forward then! Leggings, leggings, leggings. I used to be of the ilk that they should always be black. Also I was also envious of the girls who would have bought the crazy pair that looked great in store but that I would never contemplate in…

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Shorty Swing My Way…Into the gym

I’m in the mood for Shorts. That is usually not the case. I tend not to want to force the sight of my veins, bites and usually patches of poor shaving on unsuspecting passersby. This year however I am throwing away my cares and rocking the shorts in any which…

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Time To Spruce Your Fitness Wardrobe! – The Sports Bra

Struggling to motivate yourself for the gym? Every now and then I find I need a good kick up the bottom to get me back into the gym swing. If my other half (an ex-personal trainer) isn’t around to do the kicking then I find  good old shopping trip guilts…

The Dark World of the Eating Disorder

The Dark World of the Eating Disorder By Fliss Baker My last article talked about body image but I wanted to extend into the deeper world of the associative eating disorder because of the growing increase and level of severity. We know that we associate feelings with food and often…

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Tonia Buxton – Eat Greek for a Week

Eat Greek for a Week Book by Tonia Buxton Fabulous food that will improve your health in seven days! As a society we are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of nutrition for a healthy, happy balanced life. Consuming the correct food has been linked to the prevention of life…

Body Image isn’t everything

Body Image isn’t everything…. I am currently taking respite in the quiet area of Ibiza. It is my first stage of recovery after my recent inpatient stay in a psychiatric hospital. I am doing nothing but lying on the beach, seeing friends and hanging out in local cafes. Sounds amazing…

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Leg Workout To Suit You

Leg Workout To Suit You  I love a good leg workout. It always makes me feel like I am really helping myself in so many ways. Lifting heavy weights strengthens the bones which in turn helps to prevent Osteoperosis, so with the Gluteus Maximus, Quadriceps and Hamstrings being three of…

Little people and food

Little People and Food… Advice and Tips for a Healthy Little Person and Happier Household Little people and their relationship with food can be a great source of stress for parents. We all want to give our little ones the best diet possible but there are various factors we cannot…

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Always look to the future…

I’m not gonna lie.   The last few weeks have been ‘bleep’ ‘bleep’ ‘bleepin’ awful. Due a medication mix up I now find myself back in a psychiatric hospital but thankfully I still have access to my writing! Sometimes you really wonder how you can get past the next second,…

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Staying Lean All Year Round – It’s not easy!

People often ask me what I do to stay lean all year around. If you don’t know, I’m not a physique competitor, i.e. I don’t get on stage once a year to compete in a show. Sometimes these competitors are referred to as “fitness models” due to their size and…

Be strong – Never forget who you are

When the world seems calm, your life is running at a manageable and productive rate and family and friends are good, ultimately, your life is balanced. Ok ladies, that might be your impossible dream but for me things were like that. As you know my passion lies within the work…

Arm’d for Summer

Arm Workout At this time of year, spring’s here, summer’s coming; so out come the vests, sleeveless tops and little strappy dresses and thus showing your arms off. What I inevitably find in turn, is that the number one question to me revolves around “toning the arms”. Well, first of…

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The Mind Fails Long Before The Body

As most people reading this will know, I am a former Royal Marines Commando. During my time in the Marines, the advertising campaign for the Corps became all about the Commando “Strength of Mind”. Something I have always told Recruits, clients or friends I am training is that: The Mind…

Mental ill health can touch anyone

This is a heart-felt piece that includes true life stories of people I met in mental health hospitals with reference to self-harm and suicide. This is done with sensitivity but please take this into consideration before reading. What do you visualise when you think of a person battling mental health…

Gemma Oaten on Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Well, It’s that time of year again. Where did the time go? I remember my Dad always saying “The older you get the quicker time flys Gem!” He’s so right. Makes me realise how long a journey it’s been. To get to this position I’m in…

Spot the signs and take action.

1 in 4 of us experience mental ill health at any time. So statistically, if you are stood with three of your mates, one of you is going to be struggling. But remember, these stats are only based on those that have been diagnosed. How many of us fight through…