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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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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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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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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Can you change your behaviour?

Why do we do what we do?  More specifically, and importantly, when thinking about combating behaviours that don’t positively serve us, why do we get urges to do things? We’re all inheritors of a behavioural blueprint crafted by evolution (especially in areas integral to our survival like food and sex).  This blueprint, revised by our […]

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