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The Kindred Guide to Plant-Based Eating

Forget the 5-a-day mantra, what about 7-a-day or…. more? There is increasing interest in plant-based eating from many groups including animal rights and environmental campaigners alongside experts in nutrition. I went to an interesting research symposium on the topic last month and wanted to share it with you. What is plant-based eating? Simply, it means basing your diet around plant foods. Plant foods being vegetables, fruit, wholegrain starchy carbohydrates, pulses/legumes, nuts, seeds and plant-based dairy alternatives (such as soya, rice…

Top 5 Micellar Waters

Photo property of Garnier USA - garnierusa.com Micellar waters are the best thing that has happened to my skincare regime, ever. These clever, posh, French waters have saved hours of my time. That’s the kind of beauty product I like. Forget the mantra of cleanse and tone, throw away your eye make-up remover, and don't bother washing endless flannels - just grab your cotton wool. It seems every beauty brand has their own version, the choice is endless. To save…

The Kindred Guide to Mindful Eating

Can mindfulness help us control food cravings and lose weight? 2015 seemed to be the year we were all encouraged to be more mindful. Our eating habits did not escape this new way of thinking. What is it? Mindful eating involves increased awareness of what we are eating. It aims to turn us off autopilot and allows us to make informed decisions about what, where and why we eat. It isn’t about limiting what we eat, or telling us what is…

Mindful Hunger Scale

DOWNLOAD THE MINDFUL HUNGER SCALE Are you eating for the right reasons? We often eat due to psychological hunger (stress, boredom, routine, comfort) rather than physiological hunger. Try rating your hunger using this scale before you eat... Click here to download!  

Shinrin-Yoku: Stress Relief the Japanese Way

‘In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.’ John Muir. I am into anything that can help relieve stress and low mood. It seems modern life can become a giant path through many stressful events and I’m up for trying anything that can help us along the way. My boyfriend introduced me to this Japanese stress relief technique after reading about it in this fantastic book and I had to share. It’s called ‘Shinrin-yoku’ or forest bathing. Now…

How to prepare for weight loss…

Often people think Dietitians are naturally blessed with a fast metabolism and find it easy to be slim. Well, I am not one of these people. I know first-hand how difficult it is to lose weight,and more importantly keep it off.  In fact losing 10% of my body weight in my twenties is what attracted me to the profession. I understand first-hand the amazing effect weight loss can have on your life but also the effort required each and every…

5 Tips for a Mindful and Merry Christmas

Christmas can be a difficult time of year. Excitement and high expectations can come crashing down when compared to the reality. I’ll be honest - I had a difficult Christmas last year which left me starting the New Year tucked up in bed feeling sorry for myself with a bad back and a swollen face (my personal stress reaction!) I have spent a lot of time this year reflecting on what went wrong and while these things are very personal and…

If I Could Only Choose One: Shampoo Edition (Fran)

Following on from Laura's choice, I debated this one for a while (it's a difficult decision, right?!). I'll be honest with you, my shampoo choice usually involves walking into Boots/Superdrug/Tesco and seeing which one is half price. This is how many shameful, but honest, consultations with hairdressers begin and then end with them looking at me like some kind of hair pauper that should be pitied. Don't get me wrong, I see the value of buying good beauty products. But…