One of my favourite breakfasts is a smoothie bowl, but why a smoothie bowl and not just a smoothie? I think it is a bit of a psychological thing. With a smoothie it feels like a “drink“, I don’t really feel like I’ve eaten, but just the action of putting spoon into bowl makes it… Continue reading Why smoothie bowls?
I love clothes. I know it sounds frivolous but I enjoy looking at clothes, choosing outfits, shopping for clothes, talking about clothes, helping friends find clothes. I feel it is a bit of a creative outlet for me. I've always loved wearing colour and putting things together. When I started to adapt my lifestyle I… Continue reading Style is a state of mind
In 2019 I radically overhauled my diet starting with a 3 week elimination plan to reset my gut. In that time I couldn't have dairy, gluten, onions, garlic or chilli. The gluten or dairy wasn't so bad as there were so many alternatives out there, but onions, garlic and chilli were my go to flavours… Continue reading Top ten foods to enjoy in 2020
In 2018 I broke my ankle. I was on holiday in Lisbon and slipped stepping out of a metro station, landed squarely on top of my right ankle and bashed it on the step. There began a journey that lead to a big examination of my health, although I now realise my health was in… Continue reading From broken ankle to back on my feet
All my adult life I have considered myself reasonably healthy, eaten my 5 a day, exercised (I was a dance teacher for some time), but also enjoyed life. Somewhere along the line that all went awry. Chronic IBS symptoms took a hold, my mental health spiralled downwards and then a number of minor accidents led… Continue reading How did I get here?
Bracing myself against Storm Dennis earlier in the year, before all the Covid madness. I saw a meme on Instagram near the start of lockdown that said we’re not all in the same boat but we are all in the same storm. This really resonated with me and I think one of the positive things… Continue reading Coming out of the storm
Now if you’d told me 2 years ago I’d be writing a post about weights I would have laughed my head off, but now I do one or two free weights or kettlebell sessions a week. But I know the thought of getting into using weights can be a bit scary so here are some… Continue reading Getting started with weights
The news is constantly changing at the moment and currently in the UK we have no idea whether at some point we'll all be told to stay home. It is looking likely that some of the regular exercise classes that I attend may stop for a time (or hopefully go online) as their class numbers… Continue reading Home exercise ideas – Coronavirus and beyond!
I love Christmas. I’m blessed with wonderful family and friends and I love all the party going, hosting and socialising. However I have learnt that actually it is a time when listening to your body is equally as important. We all know there can be a lot of pressure for this time of year to… Continue reading It’s the most wonderful time of the year?
If you have never suffered from anxiety it can be really hard to understand. If you suffer from anxiety it can be really hard to explain. The main problem is that the person suffering will often be quite good at hiding it. Take this photo below. This was taken one morning before work. I was… Continue reading What does anxiety look like?
One of the biggest lifestyle changes I've had to get to grips with in the last year is alcohol. I've always enjoyed a drink but I was already beginning to realise that I was perhaps enjoying a few too many on a far too regular basis. Blood tests showing my liver function levels were high… Continue reading Show me the way to go home
Please note exercise after injury should be discussed with your medical practitioner. This is what I did, everyone's recovery is different. After a great Zumba session The one thing being immobilised taught me was the importance of moving, for both my physical and mental health. I had got into some really bad habits before my… Continue reading Exercise after injury