We should prioritise our mental health everyday

Today is World Mental Health Day and here in the UK, the government hosts the ‘first ever global mental health summit’ and has appointed a minister for suicide prevention (England). While more support has been offered to schools to help measure students’ health and mental wellbeing, the support for adults amounts to funding the Samaritans […]

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Beat the Bloat and Prime Your Brain for Positivity in the New Year

I’m already hearing talk of office Christmas parties and its only early October.  My liver is wincing at the thought.  You know the routine.  By the first Friday in December you’re staring your first big night out in the face and before you’ve had your first taste of turkey or a mince pie, you’ve stopped […]

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1-hour prep for 7 tasty, high-protein meals

Your lunch doesn’t have to be expensive, shop-bought fare that compromises your nutrition.  Today I spent just under 1-hour preparing 7 healthy, tasty, high-protein meals for £1.89 ($2.46) per portion.  Each flavourful portion contains two chicken thighs and packs at least 30g of protein, as well as vitamins and minerals from the vegetables and herbs. […]

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When it comes to our health, why do we trust numbers so much more than our feelings?

When it comes to our health, why do we trust numbers so much more than our feelings?  The world of popular nutrition, the diet industry, the whole health and fitness sector has gone data mad – wearable tech, apps, calorie counting, hitting your macros.  It’s as if by relentlessly measuring and tracking we can engineer […]

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Think Slow-Carb Not Low-Carb?

Yesterday I talked about how sugar has become such a pervasive part of our food landscape that we’re chronically overdosing on it and because sugar’s effects on our brain chemistry are so powerful, giving it up can be enormously difficult.  So, if we know what sugar does to us theoretically, how do we apply this […]

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As hunter-gatherers, we ate the equivalent of only 20 teaspoons of sugar a year. Today the average individual eats more than 17,000.

I talk about fructose (fruit sugar) here, but sugar is sugar is sugar.  As well as fresh fruit and juice, fructose is plentiful in sugary soft drinks, sweets and chocolate, bread, breakfast cereal, most processed and convenience foods, and ‘healthy’ low-fat or fat-free products. Fructose can dramatically alter your metabolism and your brain chemistry, cause […]

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Sleep: Quality as important as Quantity

Individuals vary, and our need is greater at different stages in our life, but we all know that we need about 8 hours of sleep a night.  What we don’t all know is that the quality of the sleep we’re getting (or not getting) matters too. As you sleep, you cycle through light, deep, and […]

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parkrun: changing lives 5km at a time

Don’t like to look at yourself ‘mirror-curling’ a dumbbell wearing expensive body-hugging workout gear?  Don’t want to pay for a Crossfit membership but want to find a tribe?  Parkrun maybe your answer. Founded in 2004 to help people be the best they can be, while giving everyone the right to do what they want, parkrun […]

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Should we all go teetotal?

Research carried out as part of the Global Burden of Diseases study at the University of Washington and published in the Lancet suggests alcohol is the biggest risk factor for death and disability for adults under 50. Their research also suggests that the negative impact of alcohol on health outweighs any health benefit, prompting us […]

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Bouldering your way through life?

My body hurts this morning.  I went bouldering last night for the first time in years and it was hard work.  As people rhythmically floated across the wall above and below me I struggled.  The hand holds felt awkward, I didn’t know where to put my feet and the more force I applied the more […]

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