Five tips to start right

When you first decide to do something – lose weight, get fit, start running etc – it’s easy to jump straight in without thinking about the best way of doing it.

It seems that the best way forward is to just get started (while you are actually excited about it) and that you’ll figure out the best way forward as you go along.

You’ll ask your friends about the best trainers to buy, and you’ll ask in the office for recommendations as to which well known weight loss club will work best, and you’ll see what everyone else does when it comes to exercise programmes.

Sometimes, jumping straight in just isn’t the best way forward.

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Why do some foods make you gag?

There is pretty much no way a nasty piece of food can get past my stomach.

Mouldy toast, off yogurt, under-cooked egg white, a little brown eye bit from a potato, even just watching a student member of the rugby team eat a packet of butter ; all these foods (and probably many more, but my mind has gone blank) have caused me to gag, and often barf until it hurts. Just writing about these is making my gag reflex get all pumped and ready.

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Taking the (best) biscuit

Let’s get straight to the point.


(aka cookies for you lovely non-biscuit eaters!)

Are tasty and crunchy, and they seem to pop up in the office/cafe/picnic when you least expect them.

They especially tend to pop up around 20 minutes after you’ve decided to stop eating rubbish and start eating ‘healthy’.

Which is sooo tricky, because, even though you know that a biscuit is just a biscuit, somehow your mind starts telling you that if you eat just one, you’ll fall down the hell hole of guilt and sadness and won’t be able to stop. Which means you either say ‘stuff it’ and then eat all of them, or you politely decline, and then feel sad because you have nothing to dunk in your lovely cup of tea.

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Entrepreneurial Sparkiness

A few months ago, I was encouraged by some very clever and astute women to apply for something called the Entrepreneurial Spark.

It’s a program which will be starting up in August, and it sounds pretty amazing for people who run small businesses or who have a business idea but need help getting it off the ground.

Aside from anything else, the program provides a shared office space in one of the most exciting parts of Bristol – which is pretty much the only reason I applied. (that’s a joke. I mainly applied because I like the idea of having colleagues to go to a work Xmas party.) (just kidding. I actually applied because it sounds amazing and I like the idea of my business becoming super amazing and even more people eating better and feeling more clever!)

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Why try dairy alternatives?

We’ve just finished a week of totally fab eating over at The Happy Detox – and some of the questions raised by the intrepid food explorers deserve answering here.

Rather than fill you up all in one sitting, I think I’ll answer the questions in separate posts.

The first one being:

Q: What was the point of having rice/oat/almond milk during the detox?

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A Healthy Business Retreat? Whaaaat?

I’m pretty sure that those words shouldn’t really go together. Healthy makes me think of good food, maybe a bit of yoga or running and virtuous conversations. Business makes me think of serious consideration of cash flow, income streams and book-keeping with a little bit of ego-bashing thrown in for good measure. Retreat conjures up … Read more A Healthy Business Retreat? Whaaaat?

It’s all just a continuum

And I don’t mean a space-time continuum like in Back to the Future (although, that was one of the best films of my youth-hood and maybe I should do more ‘where we’re going, we don’t need roads’ when I pull out of the driveway in my Delorean Ford Focus)


When I say it’s all just a continuum, I am talking about health, food and your approach to eating.

(btw, totally ignore this post if you are not interested in eating better or feeling better)

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3 ways to better green juices

I know that you know that green juices are good for you.

You might even be brave enough to try making the odd one, every now and again.

And each time you do, well, you gag just a little bit.

You want to feel the goodness of the green-ness, but all you can taste is grass.

Grass, mixed with cucumber and kale. And it does not go down easy.

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I just can’t stop eating chocolate

If there is one phrase that makes me sad, it’s this one:

I just can’t stop eating chocolate.

It’s the kind of phrase I hear a lot in the post-Christmas period, and I totally understand it. I understand it, but at the same time, I don’t suffer from it. I enjoy Christmas and the chocolate that comes with it, and then I just stop eating chocolate.  For other people though, Christmas is just another excuse to eat LOADS of chocolate (or the stuff that pretends it is chocolate) and then, once the festive season has gone, the newly-reignited sugar addiction is almost impossible to quash. 

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What should you eat before going for a run?

You are due to head out for a run.

You know that if you eat something heavy, you will most likely end up barfing it onto the street.

But you are starving hungry.

So you choff down your sarnies in a hurry to give you some energy, and then you’ll have your healthy banana later.


If that’s you, then I’m screaming at you: DON’T DO IT.


Because what you eat is sometimes not as important as WHEN you eat it.

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