How I weaned myself off sugar (in coffee)

This is going to sound crazy to many of you, but as a teenager whenever I had drank (black) tea it would have to be accompanied by six teaspoons of sugar. Yes, six! So it was a good thing I didn’t drink it often and stuck to herbal teas (with nothing added) whenever it was available. Coffee was something I developed a taste for nearly almost two years ago (must be getting old!). The fancy stuff. Not the instant. I say...

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SPEECHLESS: A lesson in slowing down and getting grateful (again)

I lost my voice for the first time 2 weeks ago. It lasted 8 days (and thankfully not the 3 weeks the doctor said it could take to get it back). Day 1 = panic! Having never lost my voice before and otherwise feeling fine I got into an irrational state of ‘what if I never get it back?!’ I was forced to give up teaching 11 classes that week, had to delegate a work presentation and couldn’t verbally contribute...

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Pick one thing. Do it consistently

I haven't eaten crisps from the work cupboard since 16th February 2016. To put this into context I used to go there at least once a day for a pack - ideally Salt & Vinegar. Sometimes this went up to two packs a day. Just because they were there. Crisps aren't part of my grocery shop so cannot be found around the house. When junk food is freely available at work then this can become a problem. Especially around the time of that afternoon slump. Some of...

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Juice Cleanses: What’s all the fuss about?

Food is the highlight of my day. Solid food. Personally, I don't even consider soup or salad a meal on its own. And I've been lucky in the sense that, apart from one crazy occasion in Guatemala back in 2005 when we ran out of cash, I've never had to starve. Fasting has only ever occurred when I've been sick and  physically unable to keep food down. So why on earth would I want to do this?! The researcher in me...

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Pilates HIIT & High Tea

One of the best things about Instagram is finding out about pop-ups and slightly more niche events that you wouldn't have heard about any other way. It was how I found out about this. I've been a fan of Hollie Grant at PilatesPT for a while now, but until today have been more of an armchair follower; through her website, blog and Instagram account. I had been hoping to catch her Reformer Pilates classes at PilatesHQ around 2 years back (after seeing a workout on...

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Food diaries. And why they’re a good idea!

Generally a pain in the a*** but also worth doing for at least a week or two. I’ve just spent a good part of the last hour typing up my 7 day food diary from a couple of weeks back for an objective analysis. Here are a couple of the ways in which I’ve logged: Written notes – on my Samsung Note 3 Photos – again on my phone (useful when eating out) App – via the Food Log section...

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The Protein shake debate

Note: also contains product reviews. Both protein and protein shakes can be quite a polarising topic. Generally the UK diet, for most meat-eaters at least, consists of over the recommended amounts. According to healthy eating guidelines for the average (non-athlete) adult, protein should only make up 10-15% of your daily energy intake. The majority of us therefore don’t need additional protein supplements if we are only keeping to the ACSM (and NHS) recommended levels of activity below: Cardio: moderate 30min x...

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