Monthly Archives: July 2013

God, Please Help My Mother Die

31Jul

I am not a religious person.  I’m not even sure I believe in a higher power, let alone one true God.  Even so, for the past several years I often find myself praying. When I do pray, it is always … Continue reading

  

The ‘Trap’

31Jul

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My other half and I have spent a couple of hours this afternoon discussing the concept of ‘normal’. ‘Normal’ is one of those elusive words for me – on a par with ‘average’…what exactly is normal and what exactly is … Continue reading

  

Choosing the right floor for your allergies

31Jul

Choose the right floor for your allergies

Re-flooring your home can be great fun, and it’s a fantastic way to breathe fresh life into your living space. But while we’re on the subject of breathing, it’s also worth remembering the impact that a floor can have on … Continue reading

  

Can You Predict The Start Of Your Menopause?

30Jul

Wouldn’t that be great? It can be so confusing as our hormones start their journey from peri to full menopause to be able to say definitively ‘this is it’. Or even be able to say for sure that their symptoms … Continue reading

  

Cheat Day Dilemma…

30Jul

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Right then – as it’s weigh in day I guess that I had best confirm the status update for this week… The scales were fairly friendly this morning, giving me another 2lbs off which takes my total loss to 14st … Continue reading

  

8 months later

30Jul

I am 8 months post total abdominal hysterectomy (tubes, cervix and womb removed) and bilateral oophorectomy (removal of ovaries) and I can honestly say that I am PMDD free! Wow, what a difference to the past. My mood is stable, … Continue reading

  

Making your own sesame free humous

30Jul

Sesame free humous

If you have a nut and dairy allergy humous is a real treat. Luckily for me I don’t have a sesame allergy but I have always been tempted to try making my own humous. How hard can it be right? … Continue reading

  

Swimming and eczema

30Jul

  Parents worry about taking a child with eczema to a swimming pool, but let’s face it swimming is fun and good exercise – it also saves lives! So I have checked this out, and the good news is swimming … Continue reading

  

The law of averages

29Jul

There is a statistic bandied about, for which I don’t know the source, that says you are the average of the 5 people around you. Whatever the truth behind it, you can certainly see the truth of it. If you … Continue reading

  

Can you buy nut and dairy free cocoa powder?

29Jul

Plamil chocolate drops nut and dairy free

Cocoa powder is just that, cocoa powder isn’t it? Well maybe not. It nearly always contains sugar; finding one without sugar is impossible. They also probably contain skimmed milk powder if sold as a hot chocolate powder drink and on … Continue reading

  

Project Grumpy!

29Jul

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My sister and the children, along with my other half, seem to be on a mission today – a mission that I have named, ‘Project Grumpy’! Having been down in the dumps for a few days, I think they are … Continue reading

  

How to Control Diabetes with Exercise

29Jul

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Diabetes is a disease that can progress with time if not properly controlled. It’s a constant vigil: You have to exercise regularly. You must avoid eating food rich in sugar today, tomorrow, and the day after that for as long as … Continue reading

  

I love a large portion!

28Jul

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Regular readers will know that at my heaviest I was 43st 5.5lbs – I imagine therefore that there isn’t really a need for me to admit that I am a lover of large portions…but just in case of any doubt, … Continue reading

  

Poo and pallets!

27Jul

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What an afternoon of hilarity I have had! Admittedly, it was mostly spent hysterically laughing at my other half…as I could hear his frightened whimpers… Today was poo spreading day at the stables. Some people pick their horse poo up … Continue reading

  

One of those days…

26Jul

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Staying in bed probably would have been my best option today. For some reason I seem to have developed an ‘I hate the world’ mood overnight! Everything and everyone is irritating me today – I have no idea why I … Continue reading

  

Does pressing a cold sore with your fingernail stop it growing?

26Jul

Digging your finger nail into cold sore tingle

Now this is a bit weird but it’s something I do to every cold sore I get when they’re at the slight swelling not quite blister stage. As well as hitting them with zovirax, tea tree, bergamot oil and taking … Continue reading

  

Government fails to reduce mouth cancer cases

26Jul

Following last week’s announcement that plain packaging would be put on hold, the decision to shelve minimum alcohol pricing has been met with dismay by many leading health experts. While Minister Jeremy Browne has said the policy would remain under … Continue reading

  

Saharan Harissa spice mix for Moroccan Chicken, Low FODMAP.

25Jul

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Harissa is a spice blend used in North Africa and the following recipe is Low FODMAP version, another example that it is possible to have rich flavours without the addition of onion and garlic. It is a special recipe, so … Continue reading

  

Top 5 totally freefrom snack bars and treats

25Jul

Totally freefrom Frank Bars

There are loads of cereal and snack bars out there but they nearly all contain one allergen or another. Most of the healthier ones contain nuts or nut warnings. The gluten and nut free ones are rarely free from dairy … Continue reading

  

ilumi camping experience – alfesco curry on a camping stove

25Jul

Cooking ilumi on a camp stove

If you are struggling for holiday ideas that are safe for the food challenged why not try camping. You instantly avoid the dust problem, you can prepare your own food on a stove thus avoiding the eating out problem. Eating … Continue reading

  

No one is perfect!

25Jul

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A tweet that I read earlier really struck a chord with me; it said, “You’re not designed for everyone to like you!”. Now when I read it, I nodded in agreement as it seems fairly obvious – of course not … Continue reading

  

Struggling to keep cool? Itchy hives and heat rash? Problem solved!

25Jul

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Here is a solution to your itchy heat rash and hives. If you have sensitive skin, eczema or psoriasis the chances are that this hot weather can play havoc with your skin. Whilst some sun exposure can be beneficial as … Continue reading

  

Bio-Kult advanced probiotics for SALE

25Jul

Bio-Kult probiotics

I have just listed this item on ebay so if you are in the market for some probiotics which are great for the gut, take a look. They retail for £20.00 but you could get them for £15.00 here. Bought … Continue reading

  

Pregnancy – Screening Tests: a quick guide

25Jul

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Prenatal screening tests are an important part of any woman’s pregnancy and can provide vital information about your baby’s health before he or she is born as well as that of your own. Screening tests are available to all pregnant … Continue reading

  

Eggy genius bread with a dash of chilli flakes

25Jul

Genius #GF eggy chilli bread with fried bacon

This month I have ilumi and my friends to thank for an amazing alfesco dining experience; I had ilumi cardamom chicken with brown rice and they had fajitas. Dee cooked the rice. All I had to do was snip open … Continue reading

  

What I learned on my holidays

24Jul

Gluttonboy and I spent a long weekend in Paris. Now I have a long-standing hatred of Paris, based on three disastrous previous visits (a weekend with then boyfriend when I was 17 and got a bad case of cystitis, a stint … Continue reading

  

Returning to work after cancer – what’s so important?

24Jul

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Returning to work after cancer – what’s so important? There are at present over 2 million people in the UK living with cancer and Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that by 2030 there will be 4 million. But the story of … Continue reading

  

Is my voice loud enough?

24Jul

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After reading an article today regarding the discrimination of overweight female students – who are turned down for university placements – I started to become a little despondent. More so after reading the comments left at the bottom of the … Continue reading

  

Drive to get more disabled people into mainstream jobs

24Jul

Disabled people will get more support to gain the skills and experience they need to get a job under changes to the Government’s specialist disability employment scheme announced today. Disabled people on traineeships, supported internships, work trials and work academies … Continue reading

  

Jesus!

23Jul

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Apologies, I am not normally one for blasphemy – oh, who am I trying to kid? I do it all of the time! – but I had to share the response of one lady in group when she found out … Continue reading

  

Hypnosis for surgery

23Jul

I’ve received some lovely feedack following my last post. One of the messages was from a good friend of mine, Greg, recently had a bit of bad luck – his kidneys packed up. You know, as they do. No reason … Continue reading

  

Terribl(y cute) twos!

22Jul

Well summer has well and truly arrived and with all this hot weather drying everything up my blog has been no exception! I’m happy to report its nothing other than being a lover of the summer sun. I’ve been spending … Continue reading

  

ISG are finalists in the National Lottery Awards

22Jul

Ichthyosis Support Group

The Ichthyosis Support Group (ISG) is a fantastic charity, genuinely helping to change people’s lives! Ichthyosis, pronounced Ick-thee-o-sis, is a term used to describe continual scaling of the skin. It comes from a Greek word “ichthys” which means fish although … Continue reading

  

Going for gold…

22Jul

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The obesity crisis is now being dealt with in an unusual way over in Dubai. This rich and apparently fat nation is offering weight loss incentives to it’s people…gold! For each kilogram people lose, they will get a gram of … Continue reading

  

Top 5 Power Vegetables That Can Help You Lose Weight

22Jul

Are you trying to lose some weight? If so, then you’d do well to go about it in a healthy manner. Fad diets that promise quick weight loss are typically detrimental to your health. What you need to do instead … Continue reading

  

Bloody horses!

21Jul

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What a delight today has been – can you sense my sarcasm already?! There was no long lazy Sunday lie-in for me this morning. I was up, on the treadmill, and then off to the stables to load my Mum’s … Continue reading

  

Time passing

21Jul

The every-day hum drum of life is OK. It’s the quiet times that get to me. The times when grief is close to the surface of my heart, and erupts in a harsh sob, that I can’t even tell the … Continue reading

  

This Body!

20Jul

This Body

Ever since menopause set in, I’ve gotten grumpy about my body. Aging makes me sad. Shocks me. Worries me. The vanity issues. And the bigger issues. Eyes. Mobility. Teeth. Balance. Girl stuff. I’m determined to keep in the best shape … Continue reading

  

Compliments and progress!

20Jul

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No specific topic for today’s blog post…partly as I am very tired…but partly because my eyes seem to have had a delayed reaction to the insect repellant I put on earlier and I can’t keep them open without them stinging, … Continue reading

  

Why don’t horses wear pants?

19Jul

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Is your willy bigger than my willy? Why do they poo in their beds? Why do you put the horse food in the bin? Do they like vegetarian sausages then if they don’t eat meat like me? Oh the joys … Continue reading

  

Bladder, Bowel and IBS Clinic

18Jul

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Did you manage to catch our online clinic on Bladder, Bowel and IBS?  If  not don’t worry – as the clinic is still available for viewing and offers some fantastic support and advice provided by our panel of leading experts.  … Continue reading

  

Ditch the scales!

18Jul

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One of the issues I have picked up on – that all of the lovely people I have spoken with or emailed since starting this weight loss campaign have in common – relates to scales…the dreaded scales! They become our … Continue reading

  

Brits Leave Medical Issues Unchecked for a Year before Visiting The GP

18Jul

Brits grin and bear medical problems for a year before getting checked out by their doctor, it emerged yesterday.   Adults in the UK have confessed that they endure conditions that impact their lives for an average of 12 months … Continue reading

  

Cheese Police!

17Jul

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The award for ‘oxygen stealer of the month’ goes to the lovely lady – Sarah – who decided to take umbrage with my cheese consumption! Perhaps this is a little harsh? ‘Oxygen stealer’ is a term that the Urban Dictionary … Continue reading

  

The Healing Power of Manuka Honey

17Jul

Manuka Honey

Honey has been associated as having positive health benefits and being used as a natural remedy for centuries. Great philosophers, such as Aristotle referred to it as a great remedy for wounds. However, the increasingly vast number of products and … Continue reading

  

Prime Time Confidence with the Over 55s

17Jul

Over one fifth of all British over 55s have confided that they have never felt as confident as they do in their prime – showing that, like fine wine, we improve with age. Citing the here and now as the … Continue reading

  

End of the 8 week Low FODMAP Diet

16Jul

Before starting the diet we discussed what we were going to miss most, and decided it would be the flavour from foods such as garlic and onion, fresh bread and our weekend baked treats such as pastries. In reality, these were relatively … Continue reading

  

RIP takeaways

16Jul

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Where did the love go? We used to rendezvous on a regular basis – too regular; you became addictive. My thoughts of you were distracting and you took over my life in ways that some people will never understand; they … Continue reading

  

Huge improvement for MyItchyBoy

16Jul

MyItchyBoy's bad eczema

MyItchyBoy’s arm last week This morning, putting cream on MyItchyBoy, I felt very emotional.  Why?  Well, this morning, about 80% of his skin feels weird.  Yes, weird.  Perhaps not to a parent whose child has never suffered with eczema, but … Continue reading

  

Improvements to drink-drive rehabilitation scheme

16Jul

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has announced changes to the Drink-Drive Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) to offer more consistent quality standards and wider availability of courses as well as transferring the full cost to the user rather than the taxpayer. DDRS … Continue reading

  

A weird sense of non-achievement

16Jul

So after I hit the halfway point, I had a massive high- I’d reached my goal bang on schedule, I’d done what I set out to do (but if I’m honest hadn’t really expected to do, anticipating another failed weight-loss … Continue reading

  

F@*k – I love swearing!

15Jul

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Whilst part of me cringes at this acquired trait of mine, the other part loves it. There is nothing more satisfying at times than uttering a swear word, and I like to use words that are fairly easy to lip-read…so … Continue reading

  

Aliens spotted!

14Jul

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My perception of ‘normal’ is distorted I think. Well, I know it is. After years of living at my size it is easy to become immune to normal things…portion sizes, clothes sizes, body sizes. When I see pictures of myself … Continue reading

  

Paddling Pool Party…

13Jul

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…on my own! I decided that today was far too hot to do anything much other than wallow in the paddling pool at the stables for the afternoon. Here is the aforementioned paddling pool… …I think that you will agree … Continue reading

  

GluttonGirl goes a bit Katie Hopkins

13Jul

There are people, in this brave new world of instant online media, who are employed stir up trouble and web hits. They are generally best ignored. But I have been pondering this old weight loss business, from the perspective of … Continue reading

  

Wimbledon Woes

12Jul

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I am aware that I have slightly missed the boat with this post…by about a bloody week…but I just can’t stop myself from having a little rant about the situation between BBC commentator, John Inverdale, and the women’s singles champion, … Continue reading

  

Colonic massage for constipation, bloating and IBS

12Jul

This all sounds complicated doesn’t it and who wants to bare their poorly sore tummy to prodding and kneading when all you want to do is curl up with a hot water bottle? Regular exercise can help, even a gentle … Continue reading

  

Jake’s Cafe – gluten free menu and my first ever latte

11Jul

Jake's gluten free cafe near Luton

Anyone living in Luton or nearby or even in Buckinghamshire and surrounding counties should pay a visit to this fantastic hidden gem. Jake’s Cafe is located at Woodside Animal Farm near Luton in Markyate so if you have kids there … Continue reading

  

Allergy Adventures story time and picnic in Wendover Woods – 31st August

11Jul

Allergy Adventures

Summer is finally here so with true British optimism the next What Allergy? Allergy Support Group, brought to you with the support of The Anaphylaxis Campaign is going to be story time in Wendover Woods on Saturday 31st August. I’m … Continue reading

  

Thursday Thoughts

11Jul

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Thoughts for this wonderful Thursday… Even though it sounds and is quite disgusting, it is good fun to time your farts in bed at night for when the fan blows past…as it then blows onto your other half, sending you … Continue reading

  

New vaccine offers babies protection against rotavirus

11Jul

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Around 675,000 babies a year in England will be offered a new vaccination to protect them against rotavirus. Rotavirus infection is the most common cause of gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhoea) in children under 5. Nearly every child will develop rotavirus … Continue reading

  

5 Things I Hate About Eczema

11Jul

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I hate eczema.  It really sucks. Aside from watching MyItchyBoy suffer on a daily basis and the feelings of desperation, helplessness and failure that goes with it, there are a few other things that I really hate about eczema too. … Continue reading

  

Mental health nurses to join police on the beat

10Jul

The street triage scheme sees mental health nurses accompany officers to incidents where police believe people need immediate mental health support. The innovative scheme, funded by the Department of Health and backed by the Home Office, helps people with mental … Continue reading

  

Envy

10Jul

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The article in the new Slimming World magazine – ‘The upside of Envy’ – made me wonder whether any good really could come out of my envious feelings. I won’t go into the detail of the article – you can … Continue reading

  

Lost your Mojo?

10Jul

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Let me ask you some questions: Do you struggle to get up in the morning? Are you still tired even though you had a great nights sleep? Does it take you ages to get over an illness or injury? Well … Continue reading

  

“Is he gay?”!

9Jul

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Tuesday rolls around so quickly at times. It feels as if I had only just left group, and I was back there this morning…it’s lucky that I love it! Although I have probably could have won the award for ‘Most … Continue reading

  

Why the fizzy drinks tax should be implemented

9Jul

Drinks packed with sugar have long been problematic to the health of the nation. The Foundation has supported a number of policies designed to curb sugary drinks consumption, including a report backed by more than 60 organisations calling for a … Continue reading

  

Falling Off the Roof!

8Jul

Falling Off the Roof

For your viewing pleasure, a painting created exclusively for Friend for the Ride: My mom painted this young lady falling off the roof, inspired by a recent conversation with her friends. During their high school and college days, in the … Continue reading

  

HOW long?!

8Jul

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Imagine heading to McDonalds and ordering a Big Mac meal. The nutritional information is printed on the side of the box – whether you check this or not is down to you, but they provide it for us in order … Continue reading

  

Do people buy ‘go private’ because the NHS is bad ?

8Jul

In the United Kingdom the historic premise behind the National Health Service (NHS) has always been medical care free to the user at the point of delivery. It should of course never be forgotten that the NHS is anything but … Continue reading

  

Role of Emotions in Disease and Illness – An Introduction

8Jul

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An emotion is not a feeling, and a mood is something different too. Most people don’t understand the difference. An emotion can be thought of as just an ‘electro-chemical spark’ in the brain. Yet it is responsible for so much! … Continue reading

  

Doctors call for a ban on face cream chemical blamed for an epidemic of skin allergies

8Jul

Doctors call for a ban on face cream chemical blamed for an epidemic of skin allergies

It is estimated that 1 in every 10 people affected with eczema or dermatitis is allergic to a preserviative known as MI, or to give this preservative it’s proper name methylisothiazolinone. Methylisothiazolinone has been increasingly used in a range of … Continue reading

  

BBQs…

7Jul

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Gosh – I am so stuffed! We had a wonderful BBQ this afternoon but I feel really bloated, despite not going as overboard as I used to. It was a lovely afternoon. My friend came, my Mum was there, my … Continue reading

  

Time flies…

6Jul

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Time has flown by today! It’s already 9.37pm as I write this, and I have only just started cooking dinner…which is not good! I haven’t really done much of anything either really – apart from getting held hostage by my … Continue reading

  

Potato and salmon rosti

6Jul

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This recipe uses the tandoori spice masala mix made in the last blog (see the bottom for a link.) This dish is low-fat, suitable for those who are looking to manage their weight whilst having tasty filling Low FODMAP food. … Continue reading

  

In the moment…

5Jul

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Please, please, please just live for the moment. Tell all of your loved ones how much they mean to you and put petty squabbles and arguments to one side. I got the news today that a lady I know had … Continue reading

  

NHS is 65 years old today

5Jul

NHS is 65 years old - 5 July 2013

The NHS was launched on 5 July 1948. Over the 65 years since then it has continually grown, evolved and improved to become a source of national pride and a service envied around the world. As the NHS passes its … Continue reading

  

Everything in moderation

4Jul

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That saying annoys me – “Everything in moderation”…said the doctor, said the personal trainer, said the magazines…but moderation was not a word in my vocabulary. The definition of moderation is: the avoidance of excess or extremes; and it is synonymous … Continue reading

  

Pfizer’s UK patent expires – but what does this mean for the patient?

4Jul

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In recent weeks you will have no doubt heard or seen reports about changes to Viagra and Pfizer’s patent on the drug. Since 1998 Pfizer has owned the patent on Viagra, which means in has had exclusive rights to the … Continue reading

  

Lowering the odds.

3Jul

Everyone knows how to lose weight.  Its not rocket science!  It may not be easy, but its not difficult. Like playing the lottery, the rules may be simple and the prize life changing but the odds are enormous.  So, what … Continue reading

  

Fast eating – speedy way to make your IBS worse, the benefits of slow eating.

3Jul

Why is it suggested to help IBS you need to ensure you relax, take time over your meals and chew food slowly? How does this advice help with reducing symptoms? If you don’t chew your food well you are more … Continue reading

  

Deception!

3Jul

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My other half and I were chatting about my blog last night, and he said something along the lines of, “You need to write a post about how much you struggle – something for a bit of sympathy – as … Continue reading

  

2 Key Reasons Why Young Women Need Bioidentical Hormones

3Jul

It is a myth that only women at menopause need hormone balance. Younger women are as much in need of it for a variety of hormonal conditions that can often be related to oestrogen dominance or progesterone deficiency. Supplementing with … Continue reading

  

Low FODMAP on a budget – how to make the diet more affordable

2Jul

One factor I have noticed about this diet is the likely increase in food costs, it is not possible to get gluten/wheat free foods on prescription. Free from food is expensive, no-one will disagree, so how can we make the … Continue reading

  

Some people…

2Jul

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…just can’t help themselves can they?! I posted the results of today’s weigh in on my Facebook page and, as usual, got lots of lovely and positive comments. One lady however thought that it was a good opportunity to say, … Continue reading

  

Euphoria! The Best Part of the Menopause Roller Coaster

2Jul

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Preview Yep! Euphoria. I’d be living my regular life and all of a sudden. Pow! I’d fly into the best mood. Dust bunnies, pudgy stomach, piles of projects. Didn’t matter. Life was a beach! A big, wonderful, splashy, happy beach. … Continue reading

  

What is hypnosis?

2Jul

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This is my first blog post for talkhealth, so hello, and I trust you are well! I will be blogging regularly as well as being active on the forums and Online Clinics.  Feel free to ask me any questions you … Continue reading

  

Heavyweight or Heavy Weights?

1Jul

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Women – I should actually say, some women – have a real fear of lifting weights. When I tell people that I prefer my BodyPump workouts and my weights rather than endless hours on the treadmill, they look at me … Continue reading

  

The Critical Role of Line Managers

1Jul

I am often asked what is the most important factor in helping people return to work after cancer. Clearly a lot depends on the diagnosis, the stage that the cancer is at, and the kind of work the individual does. … Continue reading

  

DermaSilk in long-term treatment of infantile atopic dermatitis

1Jul

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A recently published paper has reported how DermaSilk may help in the long-term treatment of infantile atopic dermatitis. The double blind, placebo controlled comparative study was carried out with 20 children using either DermaSilk or identically styled cotton underclothes for … Continue reading

  

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