Community Rocks

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As an only child, coupled with being an independent Swede, the lives of other people can sometimes take a backseat. Or not feature much at all. Don’t get me wrong. I would go to the end of the earth for my friends and family and I am intensely loyal. But in a wider context I get on with my stuff and let others get on with theirs – I am seldom the person who’ll put my hand up to join the PTA or voluntarily take on a set of responsibilities which may benefit a greater whole. I keep myself to myself in the nicest possible way. Continue reading “Community Rocks”

5 Top Summer Tips for looking and feeling your best.

IMG_8225It always happens at this time of year without fail. A few days of perpetual sunshine and suddenly, without warning, you realise that the beckoning of beach 2017, so far ahead in the distance with time to visit gyms or change diets, is actually here and now. Scary thought right? And the prospect of baring flesh that has been safely tucked away all year is not immediately appealing. So what can be done, quickly?

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10 Healthiest Fermented Fruit & Veg

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Are you looking after your gut flora, people? If you’re not sure then join the club.

I remember being shocked a few years back when I learned that 80% of our immune system resided in the gut. Really? Who knew? But with more science pointing to the importance of optimising our gut condition, it is clear that in order to stave off disease and inflammation in our bodies we need to take this seriously. And with an emerging gut-brain link, we also know that a bad gut can be behind all kinds of mental and psychological conditions too, like depression, anxiety, ADHD and so on. In the future, these conditions may be treated with supplements and diet rather than pharmaceuticals. The well informed and always relevant Dr Mercola has got several good articles on the science behind gut health (and lots of other things too) and its consequences. It’s worth doing the research. It’s quite an eye opener. Continue reading “10 Healthiest Fermented Fruit & Veg”

Let’s talk about beets, baby…

IMG_7175Beetroot has come a long way from being seen as something pickled in a jar. This fibrous, sweet and iron rich root vegetable has been used since the Roman times where it had a reputation for being a blood purifier and cleanser of the liver and intestines. Continue reading “Let’s talk about beets, baby…”

Bone health is on the menu…

 

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Having just come back from Mallorca and the beautiful city of Palma, I was struck by the immediate benefit that being in the warm sun has on us northern Europeans. The sunshine eases our moods and we become fun, frivolous and feel alive. Everything seems possible and little joys can make a huge difference. Like finding the last sunny table in your favourite cafe and knowing you’ve got a little extra time to spare… just heaven. Continue reading “Bone health is on the menu…”

A bit about prep…

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When is a quick lunch more than just a sandwich? When all the bits you need are waiting in your fridge and you produce a super salad in less than 30 seconds, that’s when.

As well all know, preparation is key to most things in life. Whether you are preparing a speech, planning to run a marathon, cooking a four-course meal or going for a job interview the message is the same. If you’re badly prepared the chances for success are fairly slim. Continue reading “A bit about prep…”

It’s Yoga, Baby

How do you take your yoga?

I’ve dabbled with yoga for a long time now and always found it comforting and relaxing yet I never really ‘got’ it. Until recently. Since starting hot yoga I have come to look forward to the sweat, stretch and bend which comes with the 90 min class that I do and I can really feel the benefits, mentally and physically. It is intense for sure but also strangely meditative which is one of the great benefits of the practice that I didn’t expect. The atmosphere is utterly inclusive and non-judgemental, which for beginners can come as a great relief. And for those who think hot yoga is a bit of gentle stretching in a warm room, think again. Our instructor, Ben, is a true testament to the fact that yoga works both on the inside and most definitely on the outside too. Continue reading “It’s Yoga, Baby”