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Autumn Pumpkin Waffles

I’m still on a pumpkin kick, adding it into as many dishes as possible to fully capture that lovely autumn feeling. They’re such an amazing vegetable, full of energy producing B vitamins, immune boosting zinc and fibre for your digestive system. And the seeds are […]

I Tried It: The 4-7-8 Deep Breathing Method For Better Sleep

Do you ever have nights where your mind is whirring and it’s tricky to drop off to sleep? I do.   I’ve been trying the 4-7-8 deep breathing method to help me get to sleep and it’s been really helpful! Pioneered by Dr Andrew Weil, the […]

My new e-book is here!

 

I am so excited to share my first e-book, Six Ways To Improve Your Period Pain! In it, you’ll find six ways to get started on improving your period pain, including ways to integrate these changes into your life.

 

Period pain is so common and it needn’t be. I’m passionate about helping women get to a place where they understand their menstrual cycles, their periods are pain-free and they know more about how their bodies work. Use this link to download my book.

 

Want to know more and have a more personalised session? Get in touch for a free 20 minute period health review!

 

Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes

I love making pancakes on the weekend. Something about the ritual of measuring out the ingredients and gently stirring, folding and mixing them all together is so calming to me.   My son loves his weekend pancakes and I now have the challenge of creating […]

How well do you know your menstrual cycle?

This isn’t a trick question!   There are a few signs that tell you it’s worth becoming more familiar with your menstrual cycle.   Are you surprised every month when your period arrives? Do you get hit like a brick with PMS every month, feeling […]

Stories I loved this week.

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No more ‘mysterious blue liquid’ and more realism in adverts for tampons and pads. Finally. (The Pool)

 

Prebiotics can potentially reduce stress response in those suffering from anxiety and depression. (NCBI)

 

Losing weight in the ‘anti-dieting’ age. (New York Times)

 

The case for letting fevers run their course: taking paracetamol can reduce your body’s ability to fight a fever. (The Daily Beast)

 

The world’s first non invasive diagnostic test for endometriosis. Hurrah! (Medium)

 

When anxiety feels more physical than mental. (The Cut)

 

I love this kitchen utensil set for kids. (Food52)

 

How to do the perfect plank. (The Guardian)

Alcohol and your hormones

We’re creeping up on Christmas party season, traditionally a time when many of us indulge in a tipple or two and let our hair down.   We all know that alcohol is a toxin. Yes, I said it! It tastes great and can loosen you […]

Stories I loved this week.

  Have you ever considered moving towards a minimalist lifestyle? I have. We seem to accumulate so much stuff, especially with a child and despite my regular clear outs, they never seem to make a dent in the stuff. (The Cut)   How getting rid of […]

6 ways to take care of yourself this weekend.

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It’s been quite a week, hasn’t it?

 

The news has been overwhelming recently, with stories of loss, craven abuse of power, sexual misdeeds and stories of utter bravery.

 

It’s a lot to take in, and for many of us, these stories unearth old memories that we thought we had tucked away.

 

So be gentle with yourself this weekend.

 

Here are a few ways to practice self-care and healing.

 

1. Find an affirmation for the week to that you can say to yourself when you need to be lifted up. This was my affirmation last week.

 

2. Take a deep breathe (or two or three) and let the week wash away.

 

3. Get outside and enjoy the autumn foliage.

 

4. Take an hour or two to plan out and cook some of your meals for the week. Knowing you have a plan to nourish yourself well when things are hectic can take some weight off.

 

5. Have a good belly laugh. Or have a good cry. They’re both a form of emotional release, which helps.

 

6. Have a long hug with a loved one.

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Stories I loved this week.

How has your week been? I’ve been in training most of the week and all of Saturday, so I’m looking forward to some down time on Sunday. Here are some of the interesting health and wellness stories I’ve found this week.   Are you an […]

Do you get enough sleep?

How many hours do you sleep a night?  Ideally, according to the World Health Organisation, we should be sleeping at least 8 hours a night, uninterrupted. Anything less counts as sleep deprivation. And guess what: on average, most of us get 7 or fewer hours […]

Stories I loved this week.

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It’s nearly the beginning of October and hopefully we’re all getting to grips with packing school lunchboxes during the week. Here are some nice lunchbox tips. (Cup of Jo)

The bacteria in your gut may be shaping your waistline. (The Economist)

Have you tried mediating before eating? (Bon Appetit)

I had a little cry after reading this article. It’s shocking how many women feel that their doctors don’t listen to their concerns or take them seriously. (The Cut)

Are you sober curious? I probably am and am part of the trend of millennials that are choosing to drink little to no alcohol. (The Pool)

How many hours do you sleep a night? The shorter the time you sleep at night, the higher the risk of diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and weight gain. (The Guardian)

Any type of exercise can reduce cardiovascular risk and early death, even vacuuming or taking the stairs, as long as you get at least 150 minutes (that’s only 2.5 hours!) a week. (Vox)

I Tried It: Hot Yoga

I just completed 30 days of yoga and I’m hooked. I love how yoga calms and relaxes me, how it’s increasing my flexibility and how much stronger I’m becoming.   I’ve started another Yoga with Adriene 30 day challenge, but last week, I decided that […]

How can I make Autumn meal planning and preparation easier?

I was recently asked to share my top tips for Autumn health and wellness with Motherhood Reconstructed. I love what Tamu and Leah are doing to share diverse stories of motherhood in the UK. Go check out their site and events!   The kids are […]

Stories I loved this week.

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How’s your week been? We’re in week 3 of the new school / work routine and we’ve finally started to find a new rhythm. And autumn looks like it’s finally here. Let squash season begin!

My recent yoga challenge has opened me up to what this practice can do for my body. The next challenge is to build up towards some proper inversions. They promote calm and can help release shoulder tension. (Shondaland)

True happiness is elusive but working towards good physical, spiritual and emotional health is a constant. (The Pool)

How do you know if you have a problem with your drinking? (Refinery29)

Proper education around food and nutrition in schools could be a way to reduce obesity. (The Guardian)

Education about food also includes gaining proper cooking skills. Here’s what happened when a single dad learned how to cook. (The Kitchn)

Taking a break from dieting may improve weight loss. Dieting is temporary, good eating habits are forever. (Science Daily)

I love these Sunday meal prep ideas. (Healthyish)

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