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Juicing to Boost your Brain

Juicing to Boost your Brain

A juicing recipe from Thorbjörg Hafsteinsdottir's "Boost Your Vitality" - enjoy! Vitality is at the core of my ‘Circle of Vitality’ concept. Enhanced vitality strengthens your body and mind, acting as the key to a happier and healthier lifestyle. That is why it’s so important that we all have the opportunity to achieve it! That’s why I have dedicated a whole chapter to smoothies and juices that focus on guiding you towards your vitality. Try my Brain Booster, specifically designed to boost your mental capacities! It includes almond milk—feel free to...
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Why you Should Join a Running Club

Why you Should Join a Running Club

“You should join a running club”. After the third person made the same suggestion I wondered if they knew something I didn’t. I’ve always run alone, happy at my own pace, competing against myself. Joining a running club had crossed my mind, but the idea of running with lots of people made me nervous – my perception was that I simply wasn’t good enough. A general impression of running clubs is that they are for ‘serious’ runners: gnarly men and whippet-like women who run marathons at weekends and compete in county leagues. Ruth thought the same: “I was always...
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What is Positive Hunger?

What is Positive Hunger?

Positive hunger may sound like a contradiction in terms. We tend to think of hunger as a BAD THING and to be avoided if possible. Conventional diets often focus on ensuring that you won’t feel hungry. As Ellen, 43, said in her first Positively Hungry consultation, “I’ve been dieting all my adult life and no-one has ever asked me whether I’m hungry!” So how can hunger be positive, especially in relation to weight loss? The first thing to notice is that hunger is not an all-or-none signal; it comes on gradually in the hours following your last meal. You...
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What Are the Benefits of a Gluten-Free Diet?

What Are the Benefits of a Gluten-Free Diet?

You may have noticed increased media interest in gluten-free diets lately. Is this simply a fad, or is there a sound nutritional reason why we should consider cutting back or even eliminating gluten – in bread, pasta and also processed foods – from our diets? We asked nutritional therapist Henrietta Norton, founder of Wild Nutrition, for an update on the latest thinking. Why is gluten sensitivity a problem? Non Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) has become very ‘trendy’ in the last year. However much of this is increase in NCGS is validated by robust research. The...
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Pregnancy Exercise : Benefits of  Prenatal Yoga

Pregnancy Exercise : Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Pregnancy yoga helps women to connect to their bodies and their babies in the womb. They learn how to move more intuitively and to trust and have confidence in their bodies during birth. Pregnancy yoga helps women sleep better and keeps aches and pains, that are common later in pregnancy, at bay. As the bump starts to get bigger and heavier and the centre of gravity shifts, some women may start to experience back pain, rib pain, hip pain and shortness of breath. Regular yoga practice can help fine tune our balance both physically and emotionally, as we...
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Ever Wondered 'Why Am I Hungry All The Time?'

Ever Wondered 'Why Am I Hungry All The Time?'

Ever shovel one overloaded fork of food into your mouth after another, barely taking a breath until the plate is clean? Ever wondered how you could consume so much without even being hungry? What’s happened to our appetites? Are they in control of us? They haven’t always been: did you know that into the first few years of life we actually have an inbuilt ability to regulate our energy intake? Seems if we honour this our children tend to have better appetite control down the track. There’s a clue to healthy eating right there! I’m thinking of a close family...
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Bare Reality: 100 Women and their Breasts

Bare Reality: 100 Women and their Breasts

There has been so much public debate about breasts recently, from Free the Nipple to No More Page 3, from breastfeeding selfies on Facebook to Rihanna on the red carpet. I think the time has never been better to hear how women really feel about their breasts, and to see how they really look.  I have always been fascinated by the dichotomy between women’s personal lives and how they are depicted by the media; between how we feel about breasts privately and how they are presented for public consumption. We see images of breasts everywhere in the media and yet...
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Faster Isn't Always Better

Faster Isn't Always Better

In today’s fast-moving world, it is difficult to find time to work out, let along to stop and stretch our muscles. Understandable, perhaps, that when it comes to stretching versus cardio, cardio often wins out.  We fit in a high intensity exercise class between work, the school run, dinner and bed; if we burn 600 calories in a fast-class, we don’t have to worry about an extra glass of sauvignon, right? Wrong. Sadly, the net effect of our always-on-the-go lives is a constant adrenalin rush that can leave us more frazzled than when we started. Too much cardio and not...
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Fat: The Facts about Fat in your Diet

Fat: The Facts about Fat in your Diet

A low fat diet can seem an obvious answer to our dietary and health concerns; however it's becoming increasingly clear that fats are indeed an essential component of our body’s functioning. One of the most harmful secrets about low-fat options is that they are often packed with sugar or other unhealthy substitutions so that the product does not compromise on taste. Nutritionist Christine Bailey, who thinks fats are the most unfairly “demonised” nutrition group, says: “Many consumers still believe ‘low-fat’ foods are the healthiest options. This is inaccurate and...
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