What does litter have to do with nutrition?

It’s a question that I have struggled to answer – not least because today is my 100th litter pick this year – whoop whoop!

I have struggled to answer these question around the link between nutrition and litter simply because I don’t want to sound like the kind of person who tells you off for eating a bar of chocolate. The kind of nutritionist that makes you feel bad for you brown bubbly caffeinated soft drink habit. The kind of dictator that expects you to do what I say, when I say it, without question.

But, I’m starting to feel like I’m failing you if I don’t at least highlight the link a little.

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Doodle your way to creativity

‘I’m not creative’ – or am I?

Claire Stone Nutrition isn’t just about food and nutrition.

Yes, it’s the main focus – I am a Nutritional Therapist after all (doh!), and I’ll always be working to help you get happy and comfortable about food. That’s why I’ve written posts with recipes like this one, and other posts about specific aspects of nutrition, like this one.

But, for me, nutrition has always been influenced by why we do what we do, and what we can do to make our lives happier and healthier without having to give up all the tasty stuff.  Which is why I often end up ranting about stuff like willpower, or why ‘trying to eat better’ is never a good idea.

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On admitting the scary stuff

It was World Escape Day – you know, the amazing day organised by the fab people at Escape the City, and I was asked to be a speaker.

Which was cool – yay me – but also a bit strange because rather than prepare a talk on nutrition or health or food, I was asked to inspire the people at the event in their quest to quit their jobs and go do something amazing instead.

I dutifully (because I’m a very good person) prepared my notes and planned on talking about:

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No time to sleep?

So many of my clients say the same thing:

I’m so tired.

I’m knackered.

I don’t have enough energy.

Yet when I ask them how much sleep they are getting, the answer is often:

Not enough.

See, they already know that they aren’t getting enough sleep, but at the same time, they don’t prioritise getting the sleep that they need. They say they have no time to sleep.

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Cold or not, you need some fresh air

It’s that time of year again, when getting fresh air seems really tricky.

The house is warm, full of the lovely smells of Christmas chocolate (or is that just mine…?) and the thought of going out in the cold, or in the rain, is just too darned harsh.

It’s tempting to stay indoors for pretty much the whole of the festive season, nibbling on mince pies and supping the odd glass or three of mulled wine. And to be honest, there’s nothing wrong with nibbling and supping. Nothing wrong at all.

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Do you practice what you preach?

I was asked this recently by a friend*

*a nice person, but someone who clearly doesn’t know me that well because that kind of question would never come from someone who has seen me choffing ice-cream on the beach.

We were talking about food (as I often seem to end up doing) and they very seriously asked:

“Do you practice what you preach?”

Which struck me as an odd question and it hit me hard. In the gut. Like the thwack of a kipper.

So I answered, with a very serious face:

“No, of course not”.

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Just five minutes

We are all busy.

I know that.

Life isn’t exactly going to get any slower any time soon.

Work. Family. Friends. Eating. House. Holidays. Social media. etc.

All these things mean that there really aren’t any minutes spare. At all. Anywhere.

No time to chill (unless you call ‘chilling’ checking your phone again) which doesn’t quite count in terms of proper relaxation.

So when I’m talking with clients, and it becomes really obvious that they are super busy, I explain how important it is to take time out from life.

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Too. Much. Chocolate.

I’m Claire, a nutritional therapist who likes eating chocolate.

Why am I confessing this right at the start?

Well, I don’t want you to think that:

a) I’m a food dictator;

b) That I only eat pure, clean and 100% perfectly all the time.

No matter how much we know about food, or nutrition, or healthy living, we all slip into cheeky habits. The odd nibble of chocolate becomes a flood of Easter Eggs at this time of year. And the occasional social glass of wine easily becomes a whole bottle after a hard day.

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Chocolate and the BBC

As a kid, I remember really REALLY wanting to appear on the television, or on radio, or something.

I’m not an actor, I can’t sing, and even though I can dance really well at a disco, it most definitely isn’t good enough for anyone to be impressed.

I do love talking though – I’m really good at talking – so I had figured that I could do some sort of presenting, or announcing, or something along those lines.

And growing up in Bristol meant that there were two major broadcasters I could chose from. TWO.

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Why Autumn is a bad time to start losing weight

After a Summer of ice-creams, holidays and chilled wine, our thoughts often turn to that important date in December, and more specifically, to the glamorous events that we might be lucky enough to go to, and we wonder how on earth we are going to fit into a slinky (maybe even short) little black number or smart suit.

We tend to slightly regret the extra burgers we had at the BBQ, or the double cone ice cream we had at the beach, when we realise that our bellies are ever so slightly rounder than they were at the start of the summer.
I know exactly how it feels, because I’ve been there, and am there!

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