Thinking of going vegan? It’s not all quinoa and kale.

Last weekend my mother-in-law gave me an article written by journalist Anna Magee, who decided to challenge herself by going vegan for 60 days. Fighting her perception of vegans as 'anaemic-looking, sandal-wearing hippies', she decided to switch her largely meat-based Paleo diet to a vegan alternative, with some interesting, and largely positive results. Social stigma [...]

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The truth is bitter sweet

'Anything can be made dispiriting when turned into an obligation.' Such were the words of Oliver Burkeman in his column in the Guardian Magazine this weekend. Burkeman was actually writing in response to a recent research project on the link between sex and happiness, in which participants were asked to double their weekly volume of [...]

GI (the non-military type)

References to high or low 'GI' foods are often banded about with little, or no explication. Indeed, I was guilty of this myself in my previous post. But how much do we really know about the term 'GI', and what does the GI number of a food actually indicate? What does 'GI' mean? The glycaemic index [...]

Salad days

After last week's proclamation of a health kick, and with a few good salads under my belt, the healthy eating started in earnest this week. I'm working towards little targets, the first being our holiday in September, which gives me seven weeks (and counting!) of being good to my body. I'm not reviewing improvement in [...]

Bringing you up to speed

Regular readers may have noticed that over the last couple of weeks I've not been writing as much as usual. This isn't as a result of a dip in enthusiasm, a dearth of inspiration, or a lull in my running - far from it. Instead, I lay the blame for my lack of output at [...]

‘Eating chocolate makes you thinner’, and other facts based on bad data

As regular readers will know, I do like a health-and-fitness-based scientific study with some good, solid statistics to cite. However, among the rigorously tested experiments, based on results collected over an extended period and conducted using a large number of subjects, there are plenty of more questionable papers floating around. The latter are frequently founded [...]

Fat versus Thin or Form versus Function?

I love my body. There's a sentence you rarely hear. And this is something that's been playing on my mind, particularly following on from the recent backlash, featured in various news articles and on social media this week, against the latest Protein World adverts. In case you haven't seen them, the ads show a woman, with the [...]