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Why Moderation is the Key to Healthy Eating

“Everything in moderation”- Dietitians have undoubtedly repeated this phrase many times over when it comes to healthy eating. However, what is moderation exactly? And why do some of us find it easier to follow a restrictive diet, avoiding particular foods or entire food groups, rather than enjoying everything we like, but in smaller quantities? How do we ensure that by allowing ourselves a scoop of our favourite ice cream or a small glass of wine that we won’t end up…

The Stress Series: How Does Chronic Stress Affect Your Body?

Stress is an inevitable part of life. Pleasant or unpleasant, it is a shared part of the human experience. On the plus side, stress can frequently serve as a powerful, motivating force. Without it, we might struggle to get things done or stay on track. However, more often, stress feels like an overwhelming by-product of modern living. With the abundance of everyday stressors we face, it is easy to see how we can be pushed into a state of sensory…

Why We Fall off the Diet Wagon and How to Get Back on Track

We all want to be healthy and look attractive. It is no wonder that many of us seem to constantly watch what we eat. Perhaps we can all, more or less, relate to the following scenario: You have an important occasion coming in a couple of months and you decide that, in order to look your best, you need to shed a few pounds. You set yourself a target to eat X amount of calories per day and manage to stick to your plan…

Why Dieting is Not Easy and How You Can Become Better at It

The current political situation in the UK might be heated. Unfortunately, the same doesn't apply to the British weather! Regardless, Summer is officially here and that means that holidays, weddings and festivals are all in full swing. Understandably, looking and feeling good in fewer clothes is one of the top priorities for many of us right now. So what is the last port of call for those of us who procrastinated this spring and are quickly trying to undo all the damage done to our waistlines during the colder seasons? You've probably guessed…

Fitness trackers: worth the splurge?

You may have noticed that, more and more, people are swapping their traditional watches for high-tech wristbands and smartwatches.  As technology progresses, wearable devices are no longer just for elite athletes. They are becoming a big part of our everyday lives. Whether you are about to start your fitness journey or are already sticking to those New Year’s resolutions, you may be wondering if a fitness tracker is a worthwhile investment in your wellbeing. The wearable technology industry is rapidly…

The Detox Dilemma

From juicing to teatoxing to the master cleanse, there seems to be something about the concept of detoxing which appeals to the masses. For some, it may be a quick way to lose a few pounds or atone for a less than perfect lifestyle. For others, it may seem like a proactive approach to keeping well and lowering disease risk. But is there any evidence behind this popular trend? Can we really “wipe the slate clean” when it comes to…

Thoughts on Adult Bullying

It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.  - W. C. Fields When I first heard this quote by W.C. Fields, it really resonated with me. Over the course of my adult life, I have been no stranger to bullying. Sadly, I think this is an issue many of us have to deal with, not only at work, but also within family, social or romantic relationships. Personally, I think bullying is a topic that people have a hard…

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…

Review – I Am Here Now: A Creative Mindfulness Guide + Journal

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgementally” Jon Kabat-Zinn Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, I would wager that you have heard the word ‘mindfulness’ thrown around quite a bit lately. From meditation weekends to adult colouring books, the practice of mindfulness appears to be an ageless antidote for the stresses of modern living. There are an array of mindfulness books on the market, particularly as this…

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…