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Lift yourself powerful

Running, cycling, swimming etc are our major fat-burner workouts! Right? Wrong! Resistance training; aka lifting weights; body weight work; strength work; pumping iron etc is the key to a strong, supple body. Other benefits include: Bone density better muscle tone (less jiggle, more power) increased metabolism (think slimmer, weight control) fantastic posture (walk taller) better…

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Alcohol – why it’s dangerous for women…

We’ve traditionally thought of men as the big drinkers.  They were the ones to suffer the social and health consequences associated with regular, over-indulgence. Now however, it’s becoming more acceptable for women to go out drinking with friends.   This is a result of more women being economically independent and in high flyer and management roles. …

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Smoked chicken & quinoa salad

This protein rich salad is quick and easy to throw together on a hot summers evening.  It’s a family favourite but is fancy enough to make for friends. You’ll need: 1 – 2 cups quinoa (depends how many you’re catering for) 2 – 4 cups chicken stock hand full of snow peas, trimmed 1 red…

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Raw Carrot Bliss Balls

I LOVE these and if you are a fan of carrot cake I’m confident you’ll enjoy this recipe. 1 cup cashews 3/4 cup oats 1/2 cup dates 1 tbs vanilla protein powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground ginger Blitz in a food processor to form a crumbly dough.  Add a finely grated carrot and…

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in sickness and in health… or not?

So, the dreaded lurgy has caught up with you! Do you hit the gym to “sweat it out” or stay home? Read on to help you decide what to do next time a cold or flu hits you. A quick overview of the immune system: This is the hard working part of the body that…

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5 steps to loving yourself

Be kind to yourself With the end of the year and all it’s inherent craziness looming, now is a good time to remind ourselves to take time out and look after no. 1. I know this might sound self centred and selfish, but if you don’t feel  well, get sick or just overwhelmed, you’re no…

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Goodnight, sleep tight

After having children I’ve come to understand why sleep deprivation is used as a torture technique. I’m horrible without enough sleep! Fortunately, I generally sleep very well.   If you struggle to get a good night’s rest, here are a few foods you might want to avoid: Dark Chocolate Whilst dark chocolate is a better option…

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Summer Health Kick

Summer time – think  summer frocks, swimmers, shorts. If these words leave you filled with dread, read on. Before you go rushing off to start some radical new fad diet, stop and consider this: All diets work…. if you stick to them!! Unless you have a medical condition, allergies or other reason that you can…

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Appetite busters

Are you a diet saboteur? Do you find yourself being really “good” with your food during the week, only to let it all come crashing down on the weekend? I have some great tips for you to keep your appetite under control. First of all, ask yourself if you’re really hungry or just thirsty.  Start…

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Exercise, depression and anxiety

Exercise, depression and anxiety Many of my clients have struggled with differing levels of anxiety and depression and since one in five women and one in eight men will experience depression at some point in their lives, I thought it would be useful to explain just why exercise can be helpful. Depression is more than…

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