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Jan 2015

The Breakfast Sins


About 2 years ago now I was at a training camp, assessing riders etc, when I noticed a display the nutritionist had done - drinks and their sugar content. She had bought some of the most popular soft drinks, worked out how much sugar was in them, and then stacked the corresponding amount of sugar cubes by each drink. It seriously shocked me


Which Diet Is Best?


With a wide range of diets out there, it is hard to know which diet is best.  Today we are going to look at the most popular ones


Do you sleep as soundly as a baby

sleep like a baby

Sleep deprivation is a form of torture - fact.  And whilst we all survive the baby days of night feeds and teething, we feel there is always light at the end of the tunnel as they get older.  Most of the time, mine are pretty good sleepers.  They may wake, but normally they go back to sleep -  until recently.  My eldest, Isla, is a gorgeous bright 5 year old in her first term at school.  However, she is easily spooked, and at the moment she is worried that burglars will get her whilst she is asleep.  This results in a fair few toilet stops before bed, several ‘tuck me up please’, lots of ‘I can’t sleep’ and ‘can you read me another story, and her favourite is ‘will you lie with me?’ before she goes to bed and also in the middle of the night.  We are all on our knees, trying every strategy - audio books, a few night lights, reward charts etc.  I have even shown her her little sister sleeping peacefully and explained that children need to sleep in their own beds, and as she is the big sister, maybe she should lead by example, to which I got ‘Well does that mean you and Daddy need to sleep in different beds as you two are the oldest?’  Got me there!!  Therefore, I have been researching how to overcome insomnia with good sleep routines, and it got me thinking about how healthy mine was.


7 Dos And Don’ts For A Healthier Breakfast


Breakfast is massively underrated in my eyes - regularly missed, quite often badly made, and poor choices.  Let’s be honest, if an alien were to spy on us during breakfast, he would think many of us were mad eating what quite often looks like shredded cardboard.  Breakfast is a great way to start your day as if you eat right, you can curb cravings, reduce snacking during the rest of the day and sneak in some vital vitamins and minerals.  Nearly 3 years ago, after Elly was born, I lost 4 kg of weight, that I had carried for many years, and I believe most of it was down to altering what I ate for breakfast.  So how can you make your breakfast healthier without too much disruption to your lives?


To Weigh Or Not To Weigh, That Is The Question

fat size vs. muscle

For years we have all weighed ourselves, shouting for joy when we have lost a pound or two or shedding the odd tear if we haven’t. Or God forbid, we gain any!!  But before you leap on the scales and set your goals around your weight, let me help you look at some more accurate and effective approaches.  Weighing yourself does exactly what is says on the tin - weighs you.  However it doesn’t differentiate what it is weighing - fat, water, muscle etc.  If you are wanting to lose weight, what you are actually wanting to lose is fat, and build lean muscle which gives you toned arms, legs etc.  Did you know that muscle weighs more than fat? Throw hydration levels into the mix and you have another element that can affect your weight.  The more hydrated you are, the more water you have in your body, and therefore the more you weigh which is no bad thing.  So if weighing can give you unclear results, what are your other options?