Monthly Archives: November 2013

“Grow up Peter Pan!”

30Nov

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These were the words I uttered to my other half yesterday…”Grow up Peter Pan!” I can’t remember exactly what we were talking about – it could have been his desire to win the lottery…which of course would make everything okay! … Continue reading

  

Everyday is a Rainbow Day…

30Nov

Ella has always had a keen desire to learn. I feel massively responsible to nurture this wonderful trait and provide lots of opportunity for her to learn new things, introduce her to new experiences and (probably most importantly) allow her to … Continue reading

  

Everyday is a Rainbow Day…

30Nov

Ella has always had a keen desire to learn. I feel massively responsible to nurture this wonderful trait and provide lots of opportunity for her to learn new things, introduce her to new experiences and (probably most importantly) allow her to … Continue reading

  

A welcome breakthrough for Cat Allergy

29Nov

PetalCleanse - the pet allergy solution

Anyone allergic to cats will be pleased to hear of some new research into cat allergy and the recent arrival of Cat Allergy Desensitisation Drops that promise relief from the debilitating symptoms that come with this common allergy. When a … Continue reading

  

Envy…not a good look!

29Nov

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Today I have mostly been committing one of the seven deadly sins…envy! My envy began in the early hours of the morning, after I had been for my umpteenth wee of the night. I could hear my other half, and … Continue reading

  

Can ‘Baby Blues’ Be Inherited?

29Nov

 We know women inherit many conditions from their mothers, some serious such as breast cancer or osteoporosis, others less life threatening such as bunions or a double chin, but we do owe a lot to our family health history. The … Continue reading

  

Vitamin C Supplements – Should We?

29Nov

I am not a fan of supplements. Instead I prefer to promote having a healthy balanced nutrition from whole food sources. Some people may benefit from food supplementation under medical supervision if they have a medical condition that requires it. … Continue reading

  

When pubs panic about catering for allergies – Allergy diet cards

28Nov

Ham, egg and chips: Cross contamination possible on the grill, the pan and chip fat fryer

Eating out with an allergy or coeliac disease is a challenge. If you have multiple allergies it becomes even trickier. Not only do you need to communicate the severity of your allergy, you also need to discover what risks might … Continue reading

  

The Grim Reality of Oral Cancer in Africa

28Nov

Dental examinations in Tanzania

Mouth cancer (also known as oral cancer) is when an abnormal group of cells, known as a tumour, develops within the tissues of the tongue, mouth, lips or gums. As a dental practitioner working out in Africa for much of … Continue reading

  

Dreams!

28Nov

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Writing this blog and putting myself ‘out there’, albeit anonymously, has meant that I have been able to ‘virtually’ chat with all sorts of people…and it is fabulous! Every now and again though, I get a message that scares me. … Continue reading

  

Chasing the past..

27Nov

“Let the past be the past and let it pass”- Anon. The past a word that possibly everyone in their lifetime will drift into particularly when you’ve overcome a hurdle that has felt like it’s taken a million years to … Continue reading

  

5 Interesting Articles on Gut Bacteria, Gluten & FODMAPs, NCGS (Non Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity), & Constipation

27Nov

I try to complete a post once per month but this month has been hectic!  However I did have time to whip up this post which has some good articles that I came across via twitter in October so I … Continue reading

  

Instant way to get more calcium in your dairy free child

27Nov

Getting dairy free child to drink more calcium

Yes, there is an instant way! MyItchyBoy was given this straw in a party bag at the weekend. This is the best thing he’s seen in ages it seems. Plus, it has magic powers. Amazing! Want your dairy-free child to … Continue reading

  

Flexibility

27Nov

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Not of the yoga-esque variety, but of the mind and syns variety! I want to talk about group yesterday. First of all, I lost another 1.5lbs and was Slimmer of the Month. This is good, and I would imagine that … Continue reading

  

Happy Birthday Ella xx

26Nov

Very busy 3 year old… wouldn’t stay still for any photos!   Birthday post coming soon after the weekend’s celebrations with family xx Now you are three xx +313   

  

Happy Birthday Ella xx

26Nov

Very busy 3 year old… wouldn’t stay still for any photos!   Birthday post coming soon after the weekend’s celebrations with family xx Now you are three xx +343   

  

Slim for Christmas?

26Nov

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Today has been a busy one…I hadn’t had time to think much after coming home from a party tonight, when I found a fabulous offer from a friend of mine. I will talk about my weigh in tomorrow – as … Continue reading

  

Get Going Together

26Nov

Get Going Together is a health and wellbeing programme helping older people take part in physical activity. According to Age  UK (and me!) “Exercise brings physical and mental benefits and gives people the opportunity to socialise with others.”   It’s organised by Age … Continue reading

  

Tackling alcohol misuse: why the dental team should help

26Nov

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The number of alcohol consumers in the UK has increased substantially over the last century. Around 40 million British adults regularly consume alcoholic drinks and while many do so moderately, about 25% exceed Department of Health guidelines. For men, this … Continue reading

  

Stir up Sunday – ‘free from’ fun! Low FODMAP, wheat free, gluten free, milk free

25Nov

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By this I certainly don’t mean devoid of pleasure! it is a tradition in our household to make Christmas puddings, but for this year I have decided to make a pudding that you can make just before Christmas and is … Continue reading

  

How I'm Doing, Truthfully

25Nov

Today’s ward round went well, I went in hoping to get five hours of leave so was pleased when they gave me six hours. My meds are staying the same – 800 mg of quetiapine and my body is starting … Continue reading

  

Please vote for me… Healthline’s best health blog

25Nov

Best health blogs 2013

Healthline’s “Best Health Blog of 2013″ contest just kicked off, and they’re looking for the best fitness, health, weight loss, mental health and lifestyle blogs on the Web. Healthline You would be doing me a huge favour if you could … Continue reading

  

Synaesthesia is more common in autism

25Nov

People with autism are more likely to also have synaesthesia, suggests new research in the journal Molecular Autism. Synaesthesia involves people experiencing a ‘mixing of the senses’, for example, seeing colours when they hear sounds, or reporting that musical notes … Continue reading

  

I’m not good with numbers…

25Nov

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…and calorie counting gave me a headache! In fact, all calorie counting made me do was buy ready meals and pre-packaged food as I couldn’t be bothered to count every calorie in every morsel I was consuming. It wasn’t a … Continue reading

  

Winter warmer – Porridge

25Nov

Right I know I’m probably late to the party with this suggestion but the other week someone told me a new way to cook porridge and it’s DELICIOUS. It tastes like it has been made with cream and not semi-skimmed … Continue reading

  

Silent Sunday

24Nov

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Advice…

24Nov

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Advice – a difficult subject really. Having been given so much advice over the years regarding my weight and how to shift it, I quickly learnt that most of the time, my mind pretended that it wasn’t listening. It was … Continue reading

  

Cutting out processed foods – Week 2 update

24Nov

All is going well on the NO processed foods experiment. We are both eating more healthily as a result and planning a week’s meals in advance helps, being organised and sticking to it. What could possibly go wrong? I have … Continue reading

  

A funny story about having allergies – beware of the teaspoons…

24Nov

This is a true story which had me rolling on the floor laughing. One of my clients is based in Hemel and I love going into the office. They are really good at understanding that I have allergies and there … Continue reading

  

Relationships, patience and Epilepsy thrown in between.

23Nov

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“Love is like a beautiful rose, it takes time and patience before it fully blossoms”- Anon. Today I promised myself I wouldn’t blog because today was about relaxation and being tranquil in both body and mind however when my husband … Continue reading

  

No regrets…

23Nov

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Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness. These words resonated with me. I read an article today which was written by a palliative care nurse. Her job is to help ensure … Continue reading

  

Exercise acts as a drug

23Nov

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while physical activity saves it and preserves it” (Plato) Instead of writing a post I am just going to link to an article in the British Journal of Pharmacology, … Continue reading

  

What fecking planet?!

22Nov

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The question, “What fecking planet are you on?”, was on the tip of my tongue recently when trying to remain calm and polite regarding an offer that had been made to me. As I responded to the fifth message from … Continue reading

  

One plate of many…

21Nov

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I would like you to meet an old friend of mine…the buffet plate. This friend and I used to have a riot at this time of year! And this friend wasn’t taken on a solo outing…he made multiple appearances. Group … Continue reading

  

Ready…teddy…chaos!

21Nov

I’m happy to report that during my short break from writing on here Rosie has remained on top form. She’s had us in fits of laughter, surprised us with some new achievements and pulled on the old heart strings with … Continue reading

  

Ready…teddy…chaos!

21Nov

I’m happy to report that during my short break from writing on here Rosie has remained on top form. She’s had us in fits of laughter, surprised us with some new achievements and pulled on the old heart strings with … Continue reading

  

Catching up!

20Nov

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An early start with the flu jab and pneumonia jab running around my system was not the best way to start the day! Having felt on top of the world recently, today has seen strange hot flushes and headaches…but in … Continue reading

  

Helping one another. What’s wrong with that?

20Nov

As you grow older you’ll discover you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others”- Audrey Hepburn. Audrey my goodness what a woman, what a Hollywood goddess. This woman like many other actresses of the fifties … Continue reading

  

10 tips to help you be healthy

20Nov

I understand that not everyone has the desire to make big changes to their lives, that a glass of wine with supper is one of life’s small pleasures and you may not want to run a 5k. However here are … Continue reading

  

New era for patients and NHS as Government accepts recommendations of Mid Staffordshire inquiry

20Nov

The Government has published its response to the Francis inquiry report. More openness, greater accountability and a relentless focus on safety will be the cornerstones of an NHS which puts compassion at its heart, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today. … Continue reading

  

Eczema warning: cold snap on the way!

20Nov

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My skin is like my piano: in cold weather it goes out-of-tune. The piano is an old upright: the strings are held tight by metal pegs that are fixed by brute force in a piece of wood, the soundboard. Wood … Continue reading

  

What does a Dietitian eat? A snapshot into my weight loss diet

19Nov

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For this blog, I decided to feature a snapshot of my own diet. I will share today’s dietary intake with you, along with an analysis of my calorie, protein, fat and key micronutrient intakes. I am trying to lose the … Continue reading

  

What does a Dietitian eat? A snapshot into my weight loss diet

19Nov

Business card cropped

For this blog, I decided to feature a snapshot of my own diet. I will share today’s dietary intake with you, along with an analysis of my calorie, protein, fat and key micronutrient intakes. I am trying to lose the … Continue reading

  

Oral cancer: My perspective

19Nov

Christine Gundry

As a PhD student researching cancer, I have heard time and time again the latest cancer statistics and the latest idea of how to ‘beat’ cancer. However, it never crossed my mind that I, a healthy and happy 25 year … Continue reading

  

Busy day and diabetic rage!

19Nov

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First of all, waking up earlier than usual and doing a wee into a cup is not a great move when the bathroom lightbulb has blown. I know where the wee comes out, and I know where the cup should … Continue reading

  

My Experiences with Visual Hallucinations

18Nov

A common symptom of schizophrenia that I’ve not really written about before is visual hallucinations, AKA seeing things. I’ve written about auditory hallucinations (voices) numerous times before and even created a YouTube video on the subject, which can be found … Continue reading

  

Lovely people!

18Nov

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Today has been good – despite the mood that I woke up in! Given that I harp on about positivity so much, I could hardly let myself get too fed up though! After working for a couple of hours this … Continue reading

  

Cutting out processed food to help eczema, Day 4

18Nov

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Just a quick blog post today to say, it’s getting better. It’s slowly getting easier. Today I have had stewed apples with some porridge, chia seeds and pumpkin and sunflower seeds added, made with oat milk. No picture of this … Continue reading

  

Moderate coffee consumption may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes by 25%

18Nov

The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee highlights the latest research on coffee consumption in the prevention of type 2 diabetes Regular, moderate coffee consumption may decrease an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to research highlighted in … Continue reading

  

Kindness

17Nov

The article I posted earlier felt particularly relevant today as I had been thinking this week about that urge, break or snap that happens when we have vowed to be ‘good’ and not touch the food, alcohol, cigarettes, whatever that … Continue reading

  

Count your blessings…

17Nov

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The power of positivity is pretty bloody important when you are trying to make life changes. On those days when you cannot see light at the end of the tunnel, it is even more important. I am not normally one … Continue reading

  

Kindness vs. Self-Flagellation: How to Address Eating Disorder Recovery

17Nov

Kindness vs. Self-Flagellation: How to Address Eating Disorder Recovery: Very relevant article on the power of being kind to yourself whilst in the midst of a cycle of negative behaviour. +503   

  

Twenty tips for cutting out processed food

17Nov

Cutting out processed food is no easy feat. I know, I’ve tried it. So here, to set down some ground rules and get you started and explain how to go about cutting out the wrong things and eating the right … Continue reading

  

Cutting out processed foods to help eczema – day 3

17Nov

Home-made dairy, gluten, sesame free Humous

Not much to report today. Day 2 was a bit of a disaster – the aftermath of drinking red wine the evening before has taken its toll. Well it was his birthday and we did have a lovely evening, but … Continue reading

  

Have IBS food intolerances and only eating gruel? How to avoid a Dickensian diet this coming holiday!

17Nov

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Christmas and the holidays are a time of celebration and food usually takes a central role, so what if you need to avoid certain foods to prevent having symptoms over the Christmas/holiday period? You can eat food and take some … Continue reading

  

Writing the way you feel..

17Nov

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed”- Ernest Hemingway. A typewriter for Ernest yes. A laptop for Saz. When it comes to writing everyone is entitled to an opinion it’s the … Continue reading

  

My annual toilet rant

17Nov

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I have to say I find the price of toilets rather expensive and unlike last year when I travelled to London, this year I am going to blog about the problem. My bladder is partly at fault here, because it … Continue reading

  

Going for goal!

16Nov

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Okay – so I spoke a while ago about goals. In fact, I speak about goals quite a lot – I think they are important! I have my Christmas goal of getting my 18st award…but I also have a sneaky … Continue reading

  

Speedos and other articles of tight clothing…

15Nov

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I am all for freedom of expression…but wearing a pair of Speedos so tight and tiny that they clearly indicate the fact that you have been circumcised…well, that is taking freedom – or rather lack of freedom! – to the … Continue reading

  

Cutting out processed foods to help eczema – Day 1

15Nov

I wanted to do a series of video blogs about this but my iphone has decided I shouldn’t be videoing myself. I have managed to go pretty much ‘processed food free’ now for months but I keep slipping up. I … Continue reading

  

Choosing a school for an allergic child

15Nov

Starting school with nut allergy

This post is inspired by a post by Nutmums.com. This time last year we were busy trying to sorting out a school place for MyItchyBoy before the January deadline.  I know there are allergy parents out there right now worrying … Continue reading

  

Merino wool – doesn’t itch eczema, psoriasis or sensitive skin

15Nov

Wool next your skin? You’re probably thinking I’m crazy but this was something of a revelation for me too. I discovered merino wool in the Lake District a few years ago when I had a pair of thin walking trousers … Continue reading

  

A speedy exit or a lifelong change?

14Nov

Every exit is an entry somewhere else”- Tom Stoppard. A rather small quote tonight one with great meaning and one that sounds like it’s just came out of C S Lewis’s famous novel The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. … Continue reading

  

talkhealth update!

14Nov

Young Man in Boxer Shorts. Model Released

Today is the first of a new series of blogs about the latest news @talkhealth! As it is Movember this month we have all been talking  about men’s health! We’ve successfully launched talkmenshealth and have opened this month’s star attraction, the Men’s Health Clinic!  There … Continue reading

  

Focus on the solution…

14Nov

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Problems. We all have them. We all dwell on them at times…well, I dwell on mine quite a lot! They drag us down. We struggle to see any light at the end of the tunnel. So what the heck can … Continue reading

  

Thinking about the unthinkable

14Nov

If you are unable to work because you suffer from an illness, disease or have an accident, it is important that you ensure your income is covered to protect your lifestyle and your family. Throughout your life, your expenses tend … Continue reading

  

Food: the good, the bad and the ugly

14Nov

Did you know sugar’s good for you? Yes, you read that correctly. And so is fat. Fat’s good for you as well. And salt. Salt’s essential. I’m not aiming for controversy here, by saying this – or even setting out … Continue reading

  

Thoughts on the Mannequin Debate

13Nov

Tonight I finally had the chance to catch up on the recording of the members debate at the Scottish Parliament which took place yesterday. I’m sure Members Debate is the more official, professional sounding title, but for my own purposes … Continue reading

  

Quickie!

13Nov

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I love a quickie! Especially when I am tired…so it’s just a little one tonight…blog post that is…my other half might get annoyed if I talk about quickies and little ones! Today has been fantastic. Another day with the coaching … Continue reading

  

Online Clinic on Men’s Health now OPEN

13Nov

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Our Online Clinic on Men’s health is now open, this is your chance to ask our experts about any health concerns or queries you may have.  We know that men in particular are not that good at going to the … Continue reading

  

Bedtime adventures of Ella & Cat…

12Nov

Ella’s always been so good at going to bed, getting herself to sleep and on the whole sleeping through til morning.  Her bedtime routine has remained pretty much the same since she was around 6 months old; bath, drink, brush teeth, … Continue reading

  

Feeling bloody marvellous!

12Nov

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I feel so great at the moment…I struggle to put it into words…but you know me, I will always give it a go! The scales were okay today – I shifted another 1.5lbs and got Slimmer of the Week too… … Continue reading

  

Call for larger fashion mannequins

12Nov

Call for larger fashion mannequins: Today is potentially quite an interesting day on the topic of body image in Britain – I’m actually rather excited. An MSP by the name of Dennis Robertson is campaigning for a variety of different … Continue reading

  

Why I'm in Hospital, Partly

11Nov

I put some tweets out last night explaining the basics of why I’m in hospital. There may be triggers in this for some. Please be careful. So for those not on Twitter, the tweets were this:I know I’ve not said … Continue reading

  

Psychological stuff and Thomas the Tank!

11Nov

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Today has been good – I had my ‘head’ meeting with the psychologist who works on the weight loss surgery team. This guy has always been fantastic. He gave me a couple of home truths that were well needed during … Continue reading

  

How quick is your morning routine?

11Nov

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Do you know how quickly 4 year olds can get dressed? Did you know they can get dressed by themselves? This wa s all a bit of a revelation for me last week.  We stayed with friends who have a … Continue reading

  

Lazy days!

10Nov

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Today has been wonderful…I have done absolutely nothing! Every now and again I will ask my Mum to be on horse duty for the day, so that my other half and I can have a day of nothingness. Today was … Continue reading

  

Off to London again!

10Nov

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I am planning another trip to London tomorrow, this time to Imperial college London for a course on allergic gastrointestinal disease. I am looking forward to the lecture on eosinophilic oesophagitis and gastroesophageal reflux and other upper GI motility disorders. … Continue reading

  

What do you dream of?

9Nov

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality”- John Lennon. Dreaming. One word many authors have made an absolute fortune publishing books on, the majority of which have created little summaries … Continue reading

  

It’s a FODMAP free fishy friday

9Nov

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Do you eat fish on Friday? Do you know where this tradition came from? I think one of the most comforting foods during dank winter days is fish pie. It is warming, comforting and can be a really healthy option … Continue reading

  

Habits!

9Nov

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Dr Maxwell Maltz – maybe not a name you have heard of before, but this chap has a lot to answer for! Maltz – a plastic surgeon-turned-psychologist – is the person responsible for the much touted belief that it only … Continue reading

  

Struggles and being accepted by the Epilepsy community.

8Nov

“Opportunity follows struggle. It follows effort. It follows hard work, it doesn’t come before”- Anon. This evening’s quote is a one that has struck a cord with me tonight. It’s a quote that has made me see that the past … Continue reading

  

And now for ‘Gym Etiquette’!

8Nov

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Goodness me – my ‘grrr!’ side was difficult to repress today…what is it with some people?! There I was on the elliptical machine next to the window, a whole row of empty machines stretching off to my right…and some numpty … Continue reading

  

Why you should NEVER pop a cold sore

8Nov

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This is just a really quick blog post about cold sores. I keep getting asked on my original cold sore blog, “The Do’s and Don’ts of cold sores”, ‘should I pop a cold sore?’ A scabbed cold sore The answer? … Continue reading

  

Ideas for Reducing your Food Wastage

7Nov

Today’s headlines have again brought the issue of food wastage to the nation’s attention. Today’s news stories claim that despite a 21% reduction in food wastage over the past 5 years, we are still throwing away far too much food. … Continue reading

  

Ideas for Reducing your Food Wastage

7Nov

Today’s headlines have again brought the issue of food wastage to the nation’s attention. Today’s news stories claim that despite a 21% reduction in food wastage over the past 5 years, we are still throwing away far too much food. … Continue reading

  

Swimming Etiquette

7Nov

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Goodness me – almost being banned from the swimming pool is not the way to go…especially when I want a long and fruitful relationship with a swimming-toned body! Perhaps threatening to fecking drown a rather ‘splashy’ swimmer if they splashed … Continue reading

  

Prostate health – why are so many men still in the dark?

7Nov

This month marks the start of Movember, a global movement that seeks to raise awareness of men’s wellbeing, in particular testicular and prostate health.   Many men – in particular young men – don’t pay as much attention to looking … Continue reading

  

Stir fry beef low fodmap

6Nov

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This recipe is suitable for a Low FODMAP diet, lactose free, wheat free dairy free and some advice later will show you how you can modify this recipe suitable for Crohn’s and colitis too. Give it a go – also … Continue reading

  

McDonalds?!

6Nov

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First of all I have to say a huge ‘thank you’ to you! Your support and love is amazing and I really do find it overwhelming and refreshing to know that there are lovely people out there…people who can see … Continue reading

  

What a Difference a Day Makes

6Nov

So yesterday, I blogged here saying about how I wasn’t 100% happy with my leave being unescorted, how I wanted to stay on my section and that I was going to move into a flat of my own. Those three … Continue reading

  

How you can help to save lives with mouth cancer screenings

6Nov

Nearly 60 per cent of patients still don’t know that their dentist can check them for mouth cancer at their dental examination1. Denplan, the main sponsor of Mouth Cancer Action Month, continues to rally for free screenings in the dental … Continue reading

  

Clothing Innovations To Help Diabetics

6Nov

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In the UK alone, there are approximately 2.9 million people who are directly affected by diabetes, with around 850,000 cases of the disease going undetected.  With around 5% of the UK’s 63 million strong population suffering from diabetes, the need … Continue reading

  

Bonfires and storms brewing.

5Nov

“Some people create their own storms and get mad when it rains”- Anon. First and foremost remember remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot! Good old Guy Fawkes the fact he wanted to blow up the houses of … Continue reading

  

17st lost with Slimming World…or should that be ‘Swimming’ World?!

5Nov

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Today has been immense! I am on a real high and feel absolutely fabulous! First of all, I got this… After last weeks ‘stay the same’ I really had no idea what the scales had in store for me. My … Continue reading

  

Is scratching eczema, psoriasis and prurigo a form of self harm?

5Nov

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I am a self harmer. There I’ve said it, and you know what? I enjoy doing it. If you don’t have eczema you don’t know what I mean. It’s not like scratching a bite, I’ve had those. I can just … Continue reading

  

Sister Act…

5Nov

Ella’s become really wary of the camera (once again) and isn’t up for having her photo taken at the moment.  I’ve tried a few times to get a picture of Ella and Lucy together, that’s half decent and finally managed … Continue reading

  

Today's Ward Round

5Nov

Just a quick update as to what happened at ward round today. My leave has gone to two hours unescorted again (as in, I can go by myself), which I’m not 100% happy with, but I did manage to go … Continue reading

  

Today's Ward Round

5Nov

Just a quick update as to what happened at ward round today. My leave has gone to two hours unescorted again (as in, I can go by myself), which I’m not 100% happy with, but I did manage to go … Continue reading

  

Menopausal Beach Toes

5Nov

Barbara on the Beach

Beach walker here. Barefoot beach walker. That is until three years ago when I noticed the sand wearing away the skin on the bottom of my toes. Yikes! Those poor toes returned from a beach walk looking like I’d run … Continue reading

  

Enabling…

4Nov

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Enabling – this is a difficult subject really and one that I am unlikely to handle with the sensitivity it needs! Firstly, I am going to give some details surrounding the two ‘versions’ of enabling – one has a positive … Continue reading

  

Local Charity hosts IBS Wellbeing Day in Sheffield on Saturday 16th November.

4Nov

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With 1 in 3 people experiencing the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, this common health complaint accounts for 10 per cent of visits to GP surgeries.  To coincide with the launch of its unique IBS Self Care Plan, The IBS … Continue reading

  

Depression and how to spot the signs

4Nov

Jon Rees

Depression is incredibly common and we all know someone (or several people) who has suffered from this problem, even if they have never shared this with us. As a GP, I see patients every day of my working week suffering … Continue reading

  

Winter prep!

3Nov

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Winter prep for me doesn’t involve buying thick tights and a hooded coat…it’s all about the horses! Today has been spent fixing electric fencing, topping up water buckets and replacing one that had sprung a leak, thoroughly cleaning out the … Continue reading

  

Be your own leader.

3Nov

“Being positive in a negative situation is not naïve, it’s leadership”- Anon. Throughout life I’ve constantly wondered whether you can be your own leader or whether this is just a figment of my imagination. I have looked at many examples … Continue reading

  

Safe and Sound(ish!)

2Nov

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The neddies are all safe and sound in their new field…and I am safe and sound(ish) at home trying to warm up after a day spent on windy hillsides! I woke up early and a little apprehensive as a conversation … Continue reading

  

Comparing gluten free bread – which is the healthiest?

1Nov

Hovis Nimble Wholemeal Sliced Loaf 400G (contains gluten)

Every wondered just how healthy gluten free bread is and how the different brands compare with each other. They have all improved their fat and calorie content recently but how does it compare to a normal 400g loaf and what’s … Continue reading

  

Be slow and patient.

1Nov

“Be slow to fall into friendship but when thou art in continue firm and constant”- Socrates. Gosh can you all believe it? It’s November already, where has the year gone? It’s absolutely flown! Unfortunately this year cannot pass by quick … Continue reading

  

A little R&R

1Nov

I’ve always promised myself not to write blog posts for the sake of it as I feel it will affect the integrity of what I do, however I am mindful that I haven’t written for a while and wanted to … Continue reading

  

Argh!

1Nov

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The gym – argh! Positivity – argh! My other half – argh! Optimism and positivity is something that I am keen on. At times it might seem that I am a little over-ambitious, or a little out of touch with … Continue reading

  

Another Huff Post Piece

1Nov

I’ve made it to the front page of the UK site of Huffington Post! I used a blog piece that had especially good feedback, tweaked it a little and sent it off. The piece can be found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/katy-gray/mental-patients-the-truth_b_4179147.html but if you’re … Continue reading

  

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