The art of good health

(image © David Shrigley) Art helps us access and express parts of ourselves that are often unavailable to other forms of human interaction. It flies below the radar, delivering nourishment for our soul and returning with stories from the unconscious [...] Making and consuming art lifts our spirits and keeps us sane. Grayson Perry While [...]

10 Strategies to slim down

Although I workout on a daily basis and eat a vegan diet, I've come to accept that I have a body type which picks up weight quite easily. While I'm lucky in that I love exercise and favour dates and nuts over chocolate and cakes, these foods also come with their own fair share of [...]

Tempted? How gender may impact our ability to resist temptation

This week I've been reading about temptation; in particular, how gender impacts on our propensity to be tempted by food and, as a result, how it can influence our weight loss goals. I started to think about this while reading about the ways in which gender can affect how our bodies process various chemicals - [...]

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 [...]

Outside option – the benefits of the great outdoors

It was as I was sitting outside in the park on a rather chilly Wednesday lunchtime, eating a salad while wrapped up a jacket and scarf, that I was inspired to write this post. You see, I have inherited from my mum an overpowering belief that being outdoors is inherently good for you. As a child [...]

On running and writing

Regular visitors to the site may have noticed that I've been doing a little blog housekeeping of late. I've refreshed the layout and organised my posts to make it easier to view them thematically, whether you are interested in Running, Yoga, Swimming, Climbing, Recipes and Nutrition, Marathon Training, Mind and Body, or Guest Posts. This menu is [...]

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 [...]