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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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How To Succeed in a Job Interview

How To Succeed in a Job Interview

One way to succeed in a job interview is to treat it like a pitch. Michael Parker, author of It's Not What You Say, It's The Way You Say It!: How to sell yourself when it really matters (Vermilion) shares some tips to help you succeed: The principles are the same for the interview and the pitch in that both call for you to perform under pressure. Your stage may be a platform, or a seat across a table, but the impact of your words on your audience comes mainly from your tone of voice and body language. The common error when faced with the spotlight is that we tend...
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Adopting Siblings: Our New Family

Adopting Siblings: Our New Family

My husband and I have been together for nearly 17 years and married 11 years ago. Since marrying we had tried for a family but when it became clear that we wouldn’t be able to have biological children we both (separately) came to the conclusion that we would like to be considered as adoptive parents. I read information on the adoptive process and we approached our local authority and Clifton Children's Society, an adoption service who specialise in adopting siblings, for further information. After attending information sessions by both organizations we asked CCS to...
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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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Becoming a Grandparent

Becoming a Grandparent

I was pleased when my son and daughter-in-law announced they were expecting, but I had no idea what a transformational rite of passage it would be when she became part of our family. How much love would be unleashed, how it is to see her little personality shaping itself and to have a soft dough hand thrust trustingly into mine and The Old Man's as we stride down the street with her, pausing to examine dogs, doorways, shop, windows at her command. In fact I fear I've become a sentimental old bore whipping out my smart phone if someone as much as enquires...
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Using Mindfulness to Banish Negative Self-Talk

Using Mindfulness to Banish Negative Self-Talk

How do you feel about 'future you'?  Can you see possibilities and positive things for your future or is your future negative and difficult? When faced with a new challenge, do you find yourself filled with self-doubt? "I'll never be able to do this", or "I'm not good enough", or "I can't". How do you feel about 'past you'? When you judge yourself in a negative way it can lower your self-esteem. For example, when you've made a mistake, do you tend to judge yourself for it? Does your self-talk include comments such as "How could I be so stupid?"...
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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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Culture Tip: Grayson Perry's Who Are You?

Culture Tip: Grayson Perry's Who Are You?

The Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry talking recently about Who Are You?, his display of new works at the National Portrait Gallery in London, commented that, “identity is one of those words that gets used a lot particularly in political terms and it always seems a slippery term to me”. In this diverse collection of 14 portraits shown in the Gallery’s nineteenth and twentieth century rooms Perry uses his fierce intelligence and particularly winning aesthetic to try to pin that term down. The works have all been made in response to meeting...
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Coping with a Relationship Crisis

Coping with a Relationship Crisis

When you are going through a relationship crisis and you don't know if the relationship is over, or if you are in fact dealing with the ending of a relationship, it's an incredibly difficult time. You may find yourself struggling to cope emotionally, which of course has an impact on your ability to deal with day-to-day life. At such times, some people find they have trouble sleeping or eating, while others may start to over indulge with food as a way to stuff down the feelings and numb the pain. Some people start to drink more than usual to block out their...
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