Health Archive

Coeliac Disease and the Gluten Free Diet

The term disease is an unfortunate one as there is nothing contagious about this condition, making it difficult for newly diagnosed young people.  The Coeliac UK website explains exactly what this condition is:  “Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease. Gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and

Is your summer salad making you fat?

New year’s resolutions a distant memory; another failure chalked up on your board of self depreciation? Side stepping bike riding or taking country walks, preferring to stay indoors snuggled in winter clothes using the unseasonally damp, cold late spring weather as an excuse? “I’ll start once the

Summer Smoothies

This summer, in the UK, we’ve been blessed with some beautiful warm and sunny weather, perfect for barbecues and al fresco dining. When we feel too hot and sticky we often don’t want to eat much yet feel the need for something other than water to rehydrate.

Sunshine on a Plate

‘The woman who puts sunshine on a plate’, is the complementary, and utterly deserved, title given to 2012 MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo in this month’s (August) edition of Red magazine. Evoking sunshine from a dish draws us closer to pleasurable memories; of warmth, long summers, holidays and

How to lose the baby weight (when you’re closer to 40 than 20 and your babies are teens!)

Following on from the success of one of my previous posts, How to Lose the Baby Weight, I want to share with you some tips to lose weight and improve your health in your late 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond. Once your children have all started school,

Seven simple steps to swap ready-meals for home cooking

Horse meat and veterinary tranquilizers found in UK supermarket frozen beef burgers and beef Bolognese!   This scandal in the food production chain this week has sparked a massive investigation in the UK, Ireland and Europe.  Somehow, I feel that this may just be the tip of

Top 12 tips for dealing with kids coughs and colds this winter

Oh how I LOVE the winter months… yes it is fun to get all wrapped up and play in the snow if you are lucky enough to get any. Yes its fun to splash in puddles a la Peppa Pig BUT if you are anything like me,

Post natal depression: a little account by me.

During my pregnancy, if there was one thing I was sure of, it was the absolute concrete fact that I would be completely immune to post natal depression. Although we hadn’t conscientiously planned to make human life, and the discovery thereof was a massive shock, all throughout

Five Steps to Feel Fantastic by Friday!

Hello Ladies,  Today’s post is short and sweet and has one goal in mind:  to have you feeling slimmer, lighter, happier, healthier and more positive by Friday!Many of us don’t thrive on long-term goals.  Lose two stone by February?  Yawn!!  Lose 2-4 pounds by Friday?  Yes please!!Step

10 Steps to Slimmer Thighs!

An all-inclusive plan for every woman, with or without access to gym, child care and much free time! Whilst we may dislike the analogy, we ladies can generally be divided into two categories:  apples and pears.  Apples tend to carry excess weight around their middle and have