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Date registered: February 19, 2015

Latest posts

  1. Mental Health March: My tears for a family torn apart — March 11, 2021
  2. I love Spaghetti! A post for National Spaghetti Day — January 4, 2021
  3. Review of 2020 — December 29, 2020
  4. What is Body Positvity? — May 29, 2019
  5. Eating Disorders: Types and Indicators — March 6, 2019

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  1. Empower Your Workforce! Mitochondria and Mental Health – Part 1 — 23 comments
  2. Sugar Challenge: Week 7 Update (Part 2) — 10 comments
  3. Top 8 Reasons to join Sugar Free February — 6 comments
  4. Announcing my New Challenge! — 4 comments
  5. Mental Health March: My tears for a family torn apart — 4 comments

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Jan 03

Spruce up your Sleep Routine

Factors affecting sleep

Today is the Festival of Sleep Day.  Not heard of that one?  Neither had I.  Apparently it’s a day when we’re encouraged to get some extra sleep in order to recover fully from the festivities before the year really gets going. To get you started, here are some things you might like to know about …

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Nov 30

Vitamin D and You

grandmother and baby

As winter draws in, there’s a lot of talk in the air about Vitamin D.  But what is it, where can you get it, and do you really need a supplement?  This article aims to take you closer to the answers to these questions, and more. What is Vitamin D? Vitamin D is a dietary …

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Oct 11

Blood pressure lifestyle advice? Take it with a pinch of salt.


Today I look at why the conventional wisdom about lifestyle and blood pressure may not be particularly helpful, and what else to bear in mind when taking care of your blood pressure. I was reading a public post recently from a lady who wanted to know how to reduce blood pressure naturally.  I shouldn’t have …

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Sep 25

Know Your Numbers: 6 Ways to Reduce Salt

There’s been a bit of controversy about the salt/blood pressure issue in the last couple of years.  Critics claim that the obsession with reducing dietary salt has been harmful, we have gone too far, and that there’s no real evidence that reducing salt is helpful in reducing blood pressure. In fact, there have been many …

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Sep 03

Sweatember 2018 Day 2

If only I looked this good in a leotard when I'm confused - or indeed at any other time.

It’s 11pm.  I’ve been on a pharmacology course all day, followed by a mad dash to make the train for a 4-hour journey from Edinburgh to London.  I’m tired, I’m cold, I’m missing my husband and I just want to go to bed. BUT it’s Day 2 of Sweatember, and I promised to be active …

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Sep 03

Sweatember 2018 Day 1


Everyone who knows me even a little bit knows that exercise and I are not good friends.  To be honest, we’re rarely passing acquaintances.  In the last few months I’ve tried to change this, had a horrible experience, and ended up having a worse relationship with exercise than ever before. The question is, do you …

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Jul 03

Healthy Eating Week: 5 of 5 – Make one Change

Make one change worksheet

For their final challenge, the British Nutrition Foundation is encouraging us to ‘make one change’.  Do keep reading to the end of this post (or scroll ahead) for some helpful resources). I’m not keen on the word ‘change’.  I don’t think anyone, aside from those who are a danger to society, should have to change …

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Jun 20

Healthy Eating Week: 4 of 5


How many times have you heard the saying, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”?  The British Nutrition Foundation would certainly like you to believe that.  But is it true? There are some studies that suggest that people who want to lose weight have a slightly better chance of doing so if they …

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Jun 15

Healthy Eating Week: 3 of 5

Two legs or four?  Activity is more fun with a friend (or many)

Get Active Although this is called ‘healthy eating week’, the BNF is addressing other aspects of lifestyle as well.  Staying active is one of the best things you can do to keep your body and mind healthier for longer. The current recommendation is to do 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity 5 days a week.  …

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Jun 14

Healthy Eating Week: Part 2 of 5

Vital Veggies Today I’m talking to you about vegetables and fruit.  The BNF would like you to achieve your ‘5-a-day’ target, but is that really enough? We’re bombarded by the ‘5-a-day’ message, but some studies suggest that ‘7-10 a day’ would be far better in terms of improving our long-term health.  For example, the recent …

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