Monday, 5 February 2018

Three simple ways to eat healthy

diet, weight loss, healthy eating
Britain has a love affair with processed and unhealthy foods...
It's official, the UK has the unhealthiest diet in Europe. Last week news that us Brits eat five times more processed food than those living in Portugal, and four times more than those in France, Greece and Italy, hit the headlines. 

In fact, the researchers from the University of São Paulo, revealed that half of the average person’s diet in the UK is made up of food that has been altered someway in its preparation - from breakfast cereals to ready meals. And that puts us at more risk of obesity, heart disease and strokes. 

Not surprisingly, food and health experts have since dubbed the UK a 'public health disaster zone'.

The problem with processed food is that during manufacture many of the nutrients are lost - and are instead replaced with artificial substances, sugar, salt and fat. When food lacks nutrition we tend to eat more - and many of the added substances can also be addictive, again tricking our minds to overeat and never feel satisfied. The UK government currently relies on the food industry to regulate itself - with mixed results - which also means shopping for healthier choices is made harder. So with convenience food so readily available, how can we really change our diets - and improve our long-term health? 

Here are three ways to overhaul your eating habits - and improve your health - for good...

Monday, 4 December 2017

Pre- and post-party pampering

party, pamper, christmas
Christmas comes but once a year-
so make sure you're ready to enjoy it!
You can't beat the season of goodwill for some ace party invites - but rich food, late nights and one too many festive tipples can leave you feeling far from jolly.

If you'd like to redress the balance, here's some great ways to prep (and recover) from all that festive fun...

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Christmas kit and caboodle!

dance wear, workout, kit, catsuit
Choose your perfect workout
wear this Christmas

Now the pumpkins are in the compost bin, it's officially okay to discuss Christmas shopping. And the great thing about people that like to stay healthy and work out is that they're super easy to buy presents for! 

Here are some great gifting ideas for the fitness fiends on your list (which might well be you too!).

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The best and worst children’s menus

The Soil Association wants high street
restaurants to improve the service and food they offer to children 
The Soil Association’s Out to Lunch campaign is back. Working with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, it has launched it's latest League Table, ranking 25 of the most popular chains to reveal the best and worst children’s menus at UK restaurant chains. And published today (11 October), on World Obesity Day, the league table has uncovered continuing widespread poor practice with a number of chains failing to serve fresh food or healthy choices.

On the upside, the research (carried out by secret diner families) shows that children’s food on the high street has undergone notable improvement since the Soil Association launched the campaign in 2013. There are now 13 chains serving a portion of veg or salad with every meal (up from 6 chains in 2013) and 12 chains that include organic ingredients on the menu (up from 4 chains in 2013). 

Rob Percival from the Soil Association believes many restaurants are now prioritising child health and investing in healthier and more creative meal options, but says there is still a national scandal, with some chains 'dishing up super-sized calorific junk, undermining national efforts to tackle childhood obesity.'

The good, the bad - and the ugly!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Know the signs and symptoms of gynae cancer

cancer, woman's health, gynaecological cancer
Search #KnowYourBody for more
info on The Eve Appeal's campaign.
September is Gynae Cancer Awareness Month, and cancer charity The Eve Appeal is determined to smash the taboos that surround gynaecological health and raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of gynae cancer. 

Stats show over 21,000 women in the UK are diagnosed each year with a gynaecological cancer - that's 58 diagnoses each day. Yet, research conducted by the charity shows awareness levels of the five gynae cancers among both women and men are startlingly low. 

A major aim of The Eve Appeal is to break the wall of silence that exists around the issue - particularly between women and girls - and the men that love and care for them. Celebrities like Nigel Havers, who lost his wife Polly in 2004 to ovarian cancer, and Dr Christian Jessen from Channel 4’s ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ are urging people to to discuss women-specific health issues – from periods, to menopause and even what to call the female reproductive organs. Girl Guiding UK has got involved to help spread the message.

And since early diagnosis can literally save lives, Eve Appeal’s Chief Executive, Athena Lamnisos would like to see an end to the stigma that surrounds these issues - because the devastating impact of a diagnosis of gynaecological cancer affects not just the woman involved but also her partner, her family and her friends. 

'As the month comes to a close, we’d urge everyone to continue with open conversation, encouraging women to see a healthcare professional if they are at all concerned', says Athena. 'There’s not a woman alive who isn’t aware of breast cancer and at least one of the key signs – and our aspiration is for the gynae cancers to be just as well known', she continues.

Do you know the signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancer?

Monday, 18 September 2017

Meet your new health philosophy - 'Lagom'

lagom, hygge, healthy lifestyle
Buy the book at Amazon 
I'm guessing you've all heard about 'hygge' (pronounced 'hoo-guh')? The Danish term was everywhere last winter and loosely translates as 'cozy'. It was even on the short list for the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year in 2016. It's also an official lifestyle trend that has been used to sell us everything from bedsocks to knitting classes.

But you can't spend your life sipping mulled wine and cuddling under blankets by the light of an Ikea candle (although you can spend some of your life like that) - particularly if you'd like to keep fit and healthy despite the rather early winter weather we're having. But fear not, there's a NEW Scandi-term in town - and this one might just help you with portion control!

You need to learn about 'lagom'...

Monday, 11 September 2017

Stay safe in winter sun

sun, sun safe, sun protection, SPF, ageing, winter sun
Pop your fave SPF cream into the canister
& away you go
Right now our early summer heatwave and beach holidays seem a distant memory. But if you're missing the sunshine there's always the chance of an Indian Summer - or maybe even a little bit of a winter sun or a ski vacay snuck in over the half term and Christmas breaks. If that's the case, you'll need my latest 'new product find' - the Solar Buddies roll-on, child friendly, less-mess sunscreen applicator (thankfully a lot easier to use than adequately describe in just one breath!).

Devised by fellow mums Kelli Aspland and Laura Griffin, Solar Buddies are the antidote to squirming kids that hate having SPF slathered over them - or those that diligently take a tube of sunscreen to school in their bag, and leave it there untouched! Which is most of them - am I right?

The nifty little device allows children (and anyone really!) to apply sun protection easily themselves - making it far more likely to become a healthy habit. It's so easy and portable - it's also the ideal way to ensure that children stay protected from the sun when they are away from their parents' beady eyes, whether than be during school hours, on holiday or when our unpredictable British weather suddenly gives us a burst of Vitamin D!