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 [...]

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A good influence?

Like many health and wellness bloggers I try to surround myself with positive and inspirational people and media, not only to stay abreast of the latest fitness and diet trends to report back on here, but also to keep me motivated, optimistic and to try to help mould me into the best version of myself [...]

Eat less, move more: How public nudity and Ben Greenfield have changed my views on diet and exercise

There is something more than a little unnerving about standing in nothing but your knickers and a pair of high heels, surrounded by mirrors and faced by a total stranger. It is a scenario that forces you to take a serious look at your body. Seeing yourself practically naked from every angle is rather a [...]

Periodic problems? How your monthly cycle can impact on your diet, mood and training regime

So, your training is going well, you feel motivated, powerful and positive. You are eating clean, fuelling your workouts without any cravings for junk food and you are feeling pretty good about your body. And then you wake up one morning and all you want to do is curl up under the duvet and eat [...]

10 Strategies to slim down

Although I workout on a daily basis and eat a vegan diet, I've come to accept that I have a body type which picks up weight quite easily. While I'm lucky in that I love exercise and favour dates and nuts over chocolate and cakes, these foods also come with their own fair share of [...]

Tempted? How gender may impact our ability to resist temptation

This week I've been reading about temptation; in particular, how gender impacts on our propensity to be tempted by food and, as a result, how it can influence our weight loss goals. I started to think about this while reading about the ways in which gender can affect how our bodies process various chemicals - [...]

Thinking of going vegan? It’s not all quinoa and kale.

Last weekend R's mum gave me an article written by journalist Anna Magee, who decided to challenge herself by going vegan for 60 days. Fighting past her perception of vegans as 'anaemic-looking, sandal-wearing hippies' she switched from her largely meat-based Paleo diet to a vegan alternative, with some interesting, and largely positive results. Social stigma [...]