Articles, Beauty, Food, General, Health, home-slider / 23.01.2018

Yesterday I was out and about picking up some food and props for my Instagram images. I got caught behind a largish man who I guessed was probably not that much older than me (I’m 50.) He was shuffling along very slowly, panting heavily as he went and when he got to the checkout I could sense a real feeling of relief as he stopped to catch his breath. At the counter was a small but older lady with very arthritic fingers, she could barely hold the coins. They...

Articles, Beauty, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 18.01.2018

I was chatting to my youngest son the other day (he’s 11) about breakfast. Pretty much every morning, without fail for a few months now we have both sat down to eat a bowl of cinnamon porridge, fully loaded with banana, blueberries, walnuts, raisins and a drizzle of date syrup. So our discussion was about the many health benefits we get from eating that one simple bowl of scrumptious porridge every day. Even I was shocked when we got going, the conversation went something like this….. Oats* contain B vitamins...

Articles, Beauty, Food, General, Health, home-slider / 12.01.2018

Anyone who read my last blog will know that I was picking on an article in the recent copy of ‘Waitrose Weekend’ suggesting that the new healthy food labeling they are currently introducing on convenience foods was all wrong. I believe what we should actually be doing is avoiding convenience foods altogether and ensuring we are eating simple whole foods more often and cooking from scratch every day. I understand this is not always possible in our chaotic world but for the sake of our health we need to...

Articles, Beauty, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 10.01.2018

Hi there, I hope you are all well and sticking to those new years resolutions like glue? The Google search stats certainly make it clear that health is right up there with holidays and making money at this time of year! I know for sure that better health is the big topic on everyone’s lips and most people would like to be starting the new year a bit healthier than they finished last year but I think we are complicating things much more than we should and maybe it’s...

Articles, Beauty, Food, General, Health, home-slider / 01.01.2018

As the sun sets on day one of 2018, I wonder does it feel like ground hog day to you? A Christmas of over eating followed by promises of huge changes in the New Year, that you know you will probably struggle with? Whilst I don’t want to appear too depressing or pessimistic, I am generally an eternal optimist, this is something we all do every year almost without fail. I know we live in a world of instant gratification, fast results and immediate answers but the secret to sticking...

Articles, Beauty, Food, General, Health, home-slider / 08.12.2017

Hey there I hope you are well and enjoying the run up to Christmas, it is such a magical time of year but I have been wondering whether some of you have already started to feel just a little bit stressed about the amount of food and drink you know you will be consuming over the festive period with those office parties, family get together’s and too many boxes of chocolates and biscuits as presents. With this in mind I have decided to offer up a free pre Christmas Health...

Articles, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 31.03.2017

Did you know there are believed to be over 200 medical conditions that gluten can either cause, contribute to, or make worse? That is quite a statement and whether you think you have a problem with gluten or not, I wholeheartedly believe we could all benefit hugely from eating a lot less of it. In brief, gluten is like glue to our digestive system and is found in so many of our foods, not just the ones we would expect like bread, pasta and cake, how about stock cubes, crisps,...

Articles, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 28.03.2017

Did you know that over 90% of New Year's Resolutions have gone by the wayside by mid January? I know New Year seems like an age ago now but I bet you still really want those resolutions to transpire as much as you did when you set them? Now Spring is here, maybe it's time to try again? Do you agree, it's a much better time of year for new beginnings and positive changes, which is where I come in. I truly believe that making small changes regularly is the...

Articles, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 08.03.2017

Monday, isn’t that the day the diet starts, the healthy eating regime begins, gym enrollment happens? But why a Monday when it’s got such a stigma attached to it already, and when we all know that it seldom actually happens? It’s a bit like New Year’s Resolutions, the timing is all wrong, straight after weeks of over indulging, who thought it would be a good idea to go cold turkey (excuse the pun,) and slap bang in the middle of winter too?! No wonder most resolutions have already...

Articles, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 24.02.2017

I love it when I am ahead of the game! Did you catch yesterday’s news story all about telling people ‘5 a day’ is just not enough and we should be eating at least 10 portions of fruit and veg a day. I actually wrote this exact same thing in a blog about 2 years ago, it is good to know that finally every one else has cottoned on! I do wonder whether people are even managing to eat 5 a day, maybe aiming higher could help them reach...

Articles, Beauty, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 10.02.2017

February is ‘National Heart Month’ which I’m sure by no accident falls in nicely with Valentines Day. Last week was National ‘Wear Red Day,’ which specifically raises awareness of, heart disease amongst women. And on Saturday it was World Cancer Day. So just as everyone’s healthy resolutions are flailing, and lets face it most of our resolutions are healthy ones, we are bombarded with national health awareness days, On top of that it’s February, the most depressing month of the year apparently. So why are we still seeing increases...

Articles, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 19.01.2017

This week marked the 97th anniversary of the start of prohibition* in the USA. It didn’t quite work out for them as they had hoped and ended up creating a crime wave so great that it rocked the nation, but 13 years is a long time for anyone to give up alcohol completely, even I would struggle with that! Dry January We now of course have the increasingly popular Dry January which is a much more manageable time frame and also is personal choice rather than a total ban, which...

Articles, Beauty, Food, General, Health, home-slider / 10.01.2017

When it comes to being healthy and making the right lifestyle choices, I find myself often saying, ‘It’s not Rocket Science!’ It certainly isn’t Rocket Science that if you eat doughnuts every day you will inevitably get fat. It is equally not Rocket Science that if you don’t eat any vegetables you will eventually become ill and it is undeniably not Rocket Science that if you smoke and drink too much your body will unquestionably suffer. But the more I think about it, it is much, much more than...

Articles, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 04.01.2017

Hi there and Happy New Year from ‘Your Healthy Self’   I have decided to go right back to the beginning and re-introduce myself, explain what I do and where I am going and see if I can help any of you on your path to a healthier you in 2017 End of a Cycle 2016 was a funny year, according to Numerologists it was the end of a 9 year cycle (2+0+1+6 =9) and many people seem glad to see the back of it, It has certainly been an interesting ride...

Articles, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 28.12.2016

You may or may not know but I absolutely hate waste and have often found that leftovers have become my most favourite meals. Avoiding waste also creates a culinary challenge which I love and has led me to conjure up many new and interesting combinations. Bone Broth is a perfect example of making something incredibly healthy out of something that would ordinarily be thrown in the bin. It is talked about in all the good recipe books these days and even has whole books dedicated to it. Making bone broth...

Articles, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 21.12.2016

Recently I was stood behind someone in the supermarket queue; he bought 4 loaves of white sliced bread plus 2 packs of indigestion tablets. I couldn’t help thinking to myself that maybe he ought to look at what he was buying and re-evaluate his diet. I stopped myself from butting in but felt quite saddened by it for some reason. I heard somewhere recently that if you take tablets it is like ‘telling your body to shut up!’ Whilst medicine can sometimes be life saving, popping pills for everyday...

Articles, Food, General, Health, home-slider, Uncategorised / 19.12.2016

These perfect green bullets are right up there at the top of the list of amazing cruciferous vegetables, which is why I have decided to write a blog post about them, after all sprouts aren’t just for Christmas! I love Brussels sprouts but our family are divided as most families are, however I really can’t stress enough how important including greens, especially Brussels, into your diet is. Because they are so unbelievably healthy, I have found it my duty and a great challenge sneaking them into recipes and serving them...

Food, General, Health, home-slider / 09.12.2016

A few years ago my family and I decided to forego shop bought Christmas presents in favour of home made. Not for the kids of course, they may not have been so enamored with knitted socks and chutney but we were and for me it truly brought back the magic of Christmas and made us all really think about the gifts we were giving. Having a homemade gift made from the heart is so much more enjoyable than anything shop bought so why not give it a go this...

General, Health / 20.04.2016

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