Health & wellbeing

Health & wellbeing

MUSHROOM MEDICINE

First appeared in Women’s Health Magazine No need to mutter about your mushroom habit; these days announcing that you’re a fungi lover will get you a reputation as both health conscious and on trend. Praised by functional medicine experts and nutritionists for their medicinal properties, these miniature pharmaceutical powerhouses have (quite literally) mushroomed in popularity, […]

7 things you need to know about Generalised Anxiety Disorder

First appeared on Netdoctor website (http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/mental-health/a27965/generalised-anxiety-disorder-symptoms/) Many people think Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is just a wooly diagnosis given to a person who can’t stop fretting. Yet GAD symptoms can vary hugely in their severity and scope. It’s more complicated than just feeling nervous, preoccupied or even grumpy and is characterised by an excessive [...]

Shake it out

First appeared in Psychologies Magazine. Teetotal Lucy Fry discovers the healing power of dance… It is 9am on a Saturday morning when I walk onto the dance floor at my first ever sober rave. Immediately I feel my body stiffen with dread and self-doubt: Why did I come here? I think. Whilst I do have […]

Seven things you will be eating in 2017

First appeared in Women’s Health Magazine It’s time to ditch the avo – there’s a new superfood in town. And a new Matcha. Meet the seven ingredients you need in your shopping basket in 2017 Protein-packed cricket crisps; black raspberries containing three times the antioxidants of blackberries; and a cheesy nutritional yeast product called nooch, […]

Don’t go for the crash-and-burn

First appeared in You magazine, Mail on Sunday. It’s a familiar slippery slope into exhaustion, starting with a big professional project, forcing you to work late night after night, relying on caffeine and sugar to get you through. Add to the mix endless social engagements and early morning, punishing gym sessions to try and counterbalance […]

Can exercise make you ill?

First appeared in Sunday Telegraph. Unless you’ve been hidden in a cave somewhere with no access to either the internet or other humans, you’ll know that exercise is now widely regarded as a wonderdrug. It improves heart and lung function; reduces blood pressure; helps us stay trim; aids good sleep; enhances self esteem and, a […]

The dangers of a perfect diet

First appeared in Sunday Telegraph. There’s no doubt about it: eating healthily is an important part of achieving all-round wellbeing. Yet anything and everything, however positive and sensible, can become distorted or perverted when taken to extremes. So, today, in advance of National Eating Disorders Awareness week (23rd Feb – 1st March), I’m looking at […]

Do you dread the day ahead?

First appeared in You magazine, Mail on Sunday. Imagine waking up, every morning, with the sense that something terrible is about to happen. Everything you need or want to do has some kind of fear and anxiety attached to it: you start to panic about the dangers of getting on the tube; during the course […]

Money worries…

First appeared in COACH magazine. People have been known to steal it, gamble it, hoard it and even kill for it. Regardless of how much you have and what you think about it, everybody has a relationship with money. And understandably so – money dictates the kind of life we lead, where we live, travel, shop, […]

Mindful Yoga – tautology or necessity?

First appeared in Om Yoga magazine. Not yet heard of Mindful Yoga? That’s probably because until very recently, it didn’t exist. Not explicitly at least… Rather, the notion of mindfulness in yoga – being present, accepting limitations and focussing on the breath – was as important as the asana (postures) themselves. But an exponential increase in […]

Mind over water

First appeared in Psychologies magazine. It is seven o’ clock on a late September morning and I am moving through water, half way across a sheltered bay near Sivota in Greece. In the corner of my eye I can see a faraway speed boat, pulling a waterskier off in the other direction. Soon I’ll head […]

Drunk on life

First appeared in Psychologies magazine. Booze and Britain. For a long while, us Brits have been known for our love of alcohol as much as our love of sarcasm. When we celebrate a success, we head to the nearest bar. When we feel upset (with work, our families, the weather) we hit the pub. For centuries […]

So what is Cryotherapy?

First appeared in Sunday Telegraph Whole Body Cryotherapy is a type of healing treatment, much-loved in particular by the Welsh rugby team, that uses extreme cold to stimulate the body’s natural responses, reducing pain and inflammation. I’ve never played a game of rugby in my life but I have just returned from an intensive 9-day […]

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