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What Worries Many People Over Christmas – Health and Calories!

The Lovely Leonie Wright

I am blessed to be surrounded by so many lovely friends who are also experts in their chosen fields. Leonie Wright is a Nutrition Coach and published author. After discovering and following a healthy eating programme in The Netherlands, Leonie and her husband experienced considerable health improvements and it convinced her that many more people could benefit in the same way. It showed her how you can be healthy through eating the right foods. Leonie brought this program to the UK and has helped endless people to improve their health.

I asked Leonie for some tips to help those of us who have a tendency to overindulge during the festive period, so we can reduce the damage we might otherwise do...

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XMAS BELLS are WARNING BELLS – How you can avoid family arguments

My Lovely Friend Mariette – aka Dr Destress!

A guest blog today from my lovely friend Dr Mariette Jansen, a psychological coach – thank you Mariette for your words of wisdom. I think we have escaped big arguments on Christmas day but I know there are often niggles and a few moans so I shall remember all this advice!

Did you know that each family will have at least 5 rows on Xmas day? The first starts just after 10 am and the last one ends just before bed, 12 hours later.
40% of children will moan around noon about their disappointments with their presents and 45% of the hosting couples will be argumentative between 1 and 3 pm. Usually about his drinking and her being stressed about not getting help with cooking and serving lunch.
Around 6 pm is the time to bicker about the remote control.

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How much sugar is in your alcohol?

47403431 - glasses of cocktails on bar background The Festive Season is almost upon us – Christmas events and parties are here and is this a time to forget about what we eat and drink or should we remain aware, if not concerned about what we are putting away?

I’m always talking about sugar and how harmful it is and when looking at alcohol we can’t forget about the amount of sugar it contains – or does it?

Well it’s not all bad news, a small glass of white wine only has one-and-a-half teaspoons, while a small red is even better, with just a quarter of a teaspoon.

Prosecco, one of my favourites, contains less than a teaspoon of sugar and lager is the most surprising as it contains only one gram of sugar per pint – but that is 4 teaspoons!

Spirits have no sugar – it is of course the mixers that are most damaging to you...

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Confusion over Free Radicals!

Despite it starting off rather wet the sun is now out, hurray! I saw this rainbow after getting very wet walking Henry. img_4951

Are you confused like me? I know that free radicals are not good for us and can age the skin and body but I’m not exactly sure what they are so I decided to find out.

Also I want to know how we can protect ourselves from this damaging phenomenon – so I’ve got 5 tips on ways you can do that!

So what exactly is a free radical?

A free radical is any atom or molecule that has a single unpaired electron in an outer shell. While a few free radicals are not chemically reactive, most biologically-relevant free radicals are highly reactive. For most biological structures, free radical damage is closely associated with oxidative damage...

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Ten Tips to get a good night’s sleep

Ten tips to get a better night’s sleep

I am sleeping so well at the moment as my husband is away from home! Does that sound awful? I do love my husband but as he has aged his snoring has got worse and I know it affects the quality of his sleep too; it’s funny how people put up with things and don’t take action even when they know they could improve the quality of their life.
I see posts on Facebook every day from people struggling to sleep so it got me thinking about what things could help people to get a better night’s sleep. 32559583 - woman lying in bed sleepless at night

So here go, my top ten tips!

1. Take regular exercise – even a 30 minute brisk walk a day will help. Aim to take 10,000 steps a day, it’s great fun to monitor using a pedometer or Fitbit. Make sure you get some fresh air and tire yourself out...

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Cola or Diet Cola – which is your poison?

I saw a post on Facebook last week in which a beautiful young women said she was proud of herself as she’d managed to get used to the taste of diet cola and had weened herself off the real thing!

It made me realise that people really aren’t aware of how damaging artificial sweeteners are. Yes, we all know sugar is more addictive than cocaine and we should give it up but what is the alternative?

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Honestly? Water. Yes, water – it’s the elixir of life and makes up to 70% of our body. We should celebrate water and drink more – once you get used to drinking it you will find colas and other soft drinks just don’t taste right at all.

Need more convincing?

Let’s explore the differences between full “fat” drinks and sugar free:
The average can of drink like coke has 8 teas...

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Stress – sneaky silent suffocating animal, it’s like an octopus

Las Vegas signI’ve been away in Las Vegas for a week – lucky me! It was fora conference but I find these occasions so inspiring and motivating. I always come back fired up with my driving cup overflowing and boundless energy. I’ve had little sleep for a week and then a long 11 hour overnight flight but still very keen to get on with my work.

My lovely friend Dr Mariette Jansen AKA Dr Destress is my guest blogger for this week and she has some amazing information on stress – check it out and then why not sign up for her free eBook on the subject?

Stress is such an accepted part of our lives, that we hardly pay attention to it. ‘Oh, I am stressed’ is a phrase that has nothing alarming to it, it is just what it is.

I think the reason that we respond to stress like that is that we actually don’t real...

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Turmeric: the spice of sunshine

Turmeric: the spice of sunshine

Sunshine for your palette, for your eyes and for your body

Talking of sunshine we’ve seen a fair bit this week between the April showers. My memories of April, with heavy and quite persistent showers have been followed by a good sunny May, so here’s me with my fingers crossed!

Number one son has returned to his university digs – easier to revise there for his upcoming exams apparently  – I think the lure of more exciting down time appealed too!

Number one daughter is still revising while complaining of being bored and that life sucks! Life is fantastic I tell her, if you let it be.

44302421_s Today I’m taking about Turmeric. Turmeric is native to Indonesia and southern India, where it has been harvested for more than 5,000 years.

Turmeric is a well-know...

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Bread Head?

Hi all it’s the aftermath of Easter and my body is coming down after the sugar rush. I try and avoid sugar, dairy and gluten but I slip up sometimes!
Henry sick
It’s still school holidays so things aren’t quite as tidy as I would like them at home and Henry the puppy ate a make-up sponge and was sick this morning. But hey life’s too short to worry too much!

Or is it………..?

The number of people developing Alzheimers is on the rise. Sadly, my own mother has the early stages. Do we really know what causes this dreadful disease and if it’s preventable?
Research has identified many risk factors associated with dementia related conditions. According to the Alzheimer’s Society it’s impossible to eliminate every single one; after all we can’t avoid age, which is the most significant...

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Should you be eating Easter Eggs? What about your skin?

Should you be eating Easter Eggs?

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Another great week in the Bennett household – my number one son is home from uni for the Easter holls – he ran a half marathon last Sunday in one hour forty mins so we’re very proud of him! But my kitchen now resembles a student HMO as he prepares snacks to build himself up again! When I made a comment about the need to tidy up I was told to “Chill Mum. You wouldn’t last a day in our house in Bristol!”

Number one daughter was stage manager for the school play this week so lots of late nights at school and then she finished school on Thursday for the holls so getting stuck into GCSE revision, we hope!

With Easter starting on Friday 25th and the introduction of the sugar tax by the government – did they go far enough? I guess it’s a good s...

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