Vegan FODMAP

When, a couple of weeks back, my husband announced that he was going on the low FODMAP diet to help with his digestive health, I have to admit that my initial reaction was panic. Although I was supportive of his decision and pleased that he was taking positive action to improve his wellbeing, I was [...]

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Just three little words: Iliotibial band syndrome

ITB. The three letters runners dread to hear. With marathon season fast approaching, and with the long runs for those training now hitting 18 miles or more, this is the time that injuries begin to creep in, particularly among those whose bodies are not yet used to the 40 miles plus each week that they are [...]

Vegan souvlaki?! Why not?

When the opportunity arose to sample the new vegan range at the Greek restaurant, The Athenian, for Heathly Living London, I jumped at the chance. Being a vegan of the early 2000s, when eating plant-based meant carrying around your own carton of soya milk and having to request the goat’s cheese salad without the goat’s [...]

Fit festive fancies

I can't believe that it's almost Christmas again! This year, having been elbow-deep in nappies, as opposed to the usual roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, I feel like Christmas has caught me unawares. Even now I've got my head around the imminent approach of the 25th, my focus has been very much on what to [...]

Mother runner

When I entered the ballot for the 2019 London Marathon I don’t think I really expected to get in. I’ve entered now for a number of years and I assumed that this year, as in previous ones, I’d receive the ‘sorry not this time’ email and, with feelings of disappointment and relief in equal measures, [...]

Mum and baby fitness

This weekend I enjoyed my first session back in the pool since giving birth (full set below). This came at the end of a fun and diverse week of postpartum fitness classes helping me to feel more like myself again.  Having had our six week check and been signed off by the doctor on Monday, [...]

The secrets of self discipline

If you are anything like me, you will have times when you are feeling really strong, fit, healthy and well-disciplined, and others when it feels like your healthy lifestyle has gone a little bit awry. I find that healthy behaviour breeds healthy behaviour, while once I start snacking and skipping workouts a downward spiral can [...]

A postpartum comeback?

I am acutely aware that for a blog ostensibly about exercise I haven’t written much on this subject in a little while. The various changes over the past ten months to my life, lifestyle and body as a result of pregnancy and childbirth have resulted in a shift in my fitness routine, with a significant [...]

Figuring out parenthood

We are now just over four weeks into being parents, and every day we are learning a little bit more about this new, exciting and utterly terrifying role. A big lesson for me has been to let go of my routines and accept that we are now on Florence-time (and I’m not talking trips to [...]