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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Dental phobia still rife throughout the population

30Jun

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People afraid of the dentist are being reminded that dentistry has significantly changed after an alarming number of Brits say a visit is scarier than 10 of the UK’s most common phobias, a new survey reveals. Oral health charity the … Continue reading

  

Sun safety at Wimbledon

30Jun

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The sun is shining once again over Wimbledon and St John Ambulance is encouraging spectators to stay safe in the sun by being aware of a few simple steps. The high temperatures are already keeping the 43 volunteer first aiders, … Continue reading

  

Mr WLB…

30Jun

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Mr WLB is wanting to take over tonight’s blog post! So here he is…filling you in on what’s been happening for him recently… ‘Hey everyone it’s Mr WLB here. I’m very sorry that I haven’t been interfering in WLB’s blog … Continue reading

  

Honesty…

27Jun

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I have done something today that may make or break a really important friendship. Some years ago, when I was at the beginning of my career – long before I met Mr WLB – I spoke to a chap on … Continue reading

  

Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards

27Jun

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talkhealth are proud to be supporting the Challenge ‘eHealth innovation Awards’. Please see details below. Expressions of interest are now open for the ‘Challenge eHealth Innovation Awards’.  The event sponsored by the Welsh Government offers SMEs, clinicians, healthcare workers, patients, … Continue reading

  

How much fat can we lose in a week?

27Jun

During my research and review of the available literature, the highest reduction I have found in adipose tissue, our fat stores, is 3.5lbs (1.6kg) over the course of a week. This was in a laboratory controlled environment and included nearly … Continue reading

  

Nation’s eating habits leave oral health charity plenty to chew on

27Jun

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A NEW SURVEY looking into some of the nation’s dietary habits has left one oral health charity calling for people to think about the impact their diet can have on their oral health. The call comes as the findings showed … Continue reading

  

Crisps

26Jun

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I haven’t eaten a bag of crisps in over 4 weeks now.This is a pretty major deal for me. Crisps are my weakness…my nemesis…my love…my friend! On a typical day the old me would eat a multipack of McCoys crisps … Continue reading

  

Natural Ways of Coping With Anxiety and Panic Attacks

26Jun

We all feel anxious from time to time, but if you are experiencing this with no specific reason, and your everyday life is being affected, then it is time to take action. The usual symptoms can include restlessness, feeling tense … Continue reading

  

Word of Mouth, Issue 20 – June 2014

26Jun

Front Cover Word of Mouth 2014 June Issue 20

Hello, and a warm welcome to the June edition of Word of Mouth. National Smile Month – our campaign to dramatically improve oral health in the UK – comes to a close today for yet another year. And what a … Continue reading

  

End of an era!

25Jun

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Today saw the end of an era – sort of! It was the last day of my coaching work at uni and I felt a little emotional actually – which was unexpected. For me, this course has been a crucial … Continue reading

  

Link between alcohol & risky sexual behaviour during the World Cup

25Jun

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The Family Planning Association have undertaken a survey of more than 2,000 adults in the UK designed to find out more about drinking and sexual health/behaviour during the World Cup. They have discovered that alcohol plays a part in risky … Continue reading

  

The comfort barrier.

25Jun

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”-Neale Donald Walsch. Life is a word that throws up so many scenarios on a daily basis to the point where we can lose sight of our train of thought and can … Continue reading

  

A Thank You Note

25Jun

Today is a thank you note, a love letter of sorts, an expression of gratitude for my job. For the past 2 and a half years I have worked one of the best jobs I’ve ever had: being a member … Continue reading

  

Use it or lose it… Beach Boys

25Jun

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The saying is very true lose it or use it…. we see many examples of people carrying on doing what they love – and age is a complete irrelevance.  Last night was a great show of energy at Hampton Court … Continue reading

  

Little Miss Swiss

24Jun

I think I’ve just broken my own record for the longest time between posts! During this time Rosie has been unwell with a chest and ear infection (for over two weeks). It’s been a long time since she’s been under … Continue reading

  

Surprising Responses to Chronic Conditions

24Jun

It never fails to amaze me how people can instantly become Drs and start prescribing you treatments, no matter what the condition. Some people will offer you home remedies, some will tell you about an amazing new treatment they heard … Continue reading

  

FeelFree gluten, dairy, egg and soya free pasta

24Jun

FeelFree Gluten Free and dairy free pasta

This month I have been trying out the new gluten free pasta from FeelFree and I’ve been impressed. It’s made with corn so unfortunately not suitable for those of you with a corn sensitivity or allergy but that is all … Continue reading

  

How To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes – The Facts?

24Jun

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So I’ve been a good boy for a month now and I’m starting to see some results that are making me happy. For starters, my BP is down from 158/90 to 136/85, and that was today in the GP’s surgery! … Continue reading

  

Care at home

24Jun

I have recently lost my husband and cared for him at home until he died. The help I had from my GP and the District Nurses was wonderful and could not be faulted, the NHS staff are a credit to … Continue reading

  

Sausage Pasta Recipe

24Jun

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On today’s blog is my famous Sausage Pasta recipe. This is one of our family favourites – what tastier combo than some nice sausages, fresh tomato-based sauce and pasta? It’s another very versatile dish – you can add / swap … Continue reading

  

Smile…for the end of sugar

24Jun

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Sugar is in the news again with a US movie released May 14 called “Fed Up” which highlights the damaging effects that sugar has on our health. This month is also national smile month which aims to improve the oral … Continue reading

  

Angry Bird!

24Jun

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As I was driving Mr WLB to the doctors this morning, I was wondering what changes losing weight has made to my mood. So I asked him, ‘Do you think I am less angry now that I have lost some … Continue reading

  

Feel the fear and do it anyway

23Jun

I’m generally a cautious kind of person. I’ve written before about how much during crossfit beginners’ I was actually scared. And it occurs to be that I’m generally a fearful person, combining a lack of confidence in my physical ability … Continue reading

  

If I gave you…

23Jun

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…a gun containing a single bullet and asked you to spin the cylinder before placing the muzzle of that gun to the side of your head and pulling the trigger, would you do it? My guess is that you would … Continue reading

  

Just Over Yonder: A Poem for Menopause and Other Times Too

23Jun

Just Over Yonder

As I went through The Great Pause, I kept asking older women about it. “Menopause? That was ages ago! I’ve forgotten,” they’d reply cheerfully. Their responses were happy but not helpful. But… Their forgetfulness inspired me to start this blog, so I could … Continue reading

  

A Shadow of My Former Self

23Jun

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Menopause messes with your mind… Whirls and twirls those old brain waves And shoots out changes in attitude, perspective, and personality. Some changes just happen. Some are more deliberate, prompted by an increase in zest, courage, and confidence. A week ago, my friend Judy Brown sent … Continue reading

  

Unexpected ;-)

22Jun

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Given last nights blog post of goals that I have hit, I imagine that you might have guessed what was coming tonight?! Yes, you are right…some more goals! So first of all let’s get a little bit more ‘scientific’ than … Continue reading

  

Learning disability week 2014

22Jun

To celebrate this years learning disability week, Mencap have chosen ‘firsts’ as their focus topic. Wonderful stories of first days at school, first dates, first homes, jobs and other milestones have been shared by people all week.  It’s made me … Continue reading

  

Review Time!

21Jun

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Twelve months seems like a long time, but it bloody flies by! This time last year, I wrote a blog post with some goals in it. I wrote, ‘…summer 2014 will be here before we know it, and I want … Continue reading

  

Success

20Jun

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It’s time for me to talk about something that I am reading again…and, as always, I am constantly likening things to weight loss – which bores even me, so apologies to you for having to put up with me! My … Continue reading

  

7,800 allergy experts at EAACI 2014 – event review

20Jun

Me by the winning poster, needle length analysis

If you read my recent blogs about travelling to Copenhagen you may have noticed that I was attending the European Academy for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) congress as a journalist. It was almost like being famous, I got access … Continue reading

  

Instant emergency support for anaphylaxis – Alert 5 app

20Jun

iPhone and Android app for people with anaphylaxis

Alert5 is a very clever new iPhone app which alerts your friends, family and colleagues and the emergency services of your exact location using the GPS signals sent by your phone. The message it sends will let them know you … Continue reading

  

30 tips to help you stop scratching eczema

20Jun

The Eczema Solution by Sue Armstrong-Brown

Scratching is a horrible vicious cycle you cannot get out of when eczema gets bad. Here are some things that I’ve found have helped me to stop scratching, although stopping altogether is not always a realistic aim. If you are … Continue reading

  

4 Reasons Why You Should Get Tested For Diabetes Type 2

20Jun

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Hey people, one of the biggest shocks about developing type 2 diabetes for me was the fact that I was blissfully unaware at the time. I had no idea that I had a potentially life threatening condition and this is … Continue reading

  

Sleeping lion

20Jun

When I was little, my parents would often find me asleep on the landing outside their bedroom door when they got up in a morning. I have vague memories of doing this and seem to remember taking my blanket with … Continue reading

  

Smart Works

19Jun

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I spotted something on Twitter the other day that caught my eye. It was a request from a charity called Smart Works for plus size clothing, and it simply said, @SmartWorksHQ: We are always in particular need of plus sized … Continue reading

  

2 weeks to The Allergy Show 2014 and I’m speaking!

19Jun

Allergy Show 2014 - Olympia Earls Court

Only two weeks until The Allergy Show opens its doors once again. I usually look forward to it and plan to attend as many days as I can. This year however I am excited about the show but also a … Continue reading

  

Copenhagen with allergies – holiday tips and eating out

19Jun

FreeFrom food I take on holiday

Anyone with allergies or coeliac disease planning to visit Copenhagen or anywhere in Denmark should find it pleasantly surprising. There are quite a high number of people with allergies in Denmark and restaurants seemed very used to being asked to … Continue reading

  

Coolest Ever Present!

18Jun

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This has to be the coolest – in more senses than one – birthday present ever! It’s an individual ice-cream maker…and the best thing about it is that you can make the healthiest treats in it. My ‘ice-cream’ tonight was … Continue reading

  

28 things to ask your doctor to get an allergy referral

18Jun

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I recently found out about these guidance questions that you or your child might like to ask your healthcare professional in the NICE guidelines. They may or may not help and there are probably loads more questions one could ask, … Continue reading

  

Goodbye…farewell…so long…

17Jun

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…feck off! I have had the best news today – I am no longer in need of my diabetes medication, as my lifestyle overhaul is doing far more than the drugs ever can…according to my doctor. So I am waving … Continue reading

  

Some Perspective

17Jun

Sometimes something happens and it creates perspective, however unfortunately it was a sad event that occurred last week that really made me think. A man who was instrumental in creating and producing theatre in Scotland passed away a few days … Continue reading

  

Me and Linda

17Jun

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I’m around 2 weeks into my new lifestyle and I have to say that I feel pretty good! I’ve still not joined a new gym, the old one closed down, but that is on the cards this week. But my … Continue reading

  

It’s my party!

16Jun

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Well – not so much of a party…but it is my birthday today! For thirty-three years I have now roamed this planet – well, as of 8.58pm this evening! – and they have been good times. I have a lot … Continue reading

  

To the World that Hears without Listening

15Jun

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Words words words.  Everyone wants me to talk about how I am feeling, to share how it feels to be ill. To explain to them why I feel the way that I do, and they want me to use words … Continue reading

  

A quickie!

15Jun

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‘What motivates you?’ is one of the most-asked questions thrown my way. It is difficult to answer, as what motivated me back when I was 43st 5.5.lbs is very different to what motivates me now at 22st 10.5lbs. Also, motivation … Continue reading

  

Respect and love

14Jun

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My guilty pleasure is watching ‘Made in Chelsea’ – I have to say that I love the foulness and stupidity of some of the cast members…it has me screaming at the TV! I wrote last year about the fact that … Continue reading

  

Pilates Shoes – Daisy Roots

14Jun

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I was so excited when the postman delivered these gorgeous Pilates shoes! You see, I have foot issues. I hate bare feet…and the thought of standing bare foot and doing Pilates or Yoga makes me shiver…so I tend to just … Continue reading

  

How do you feel?

13Jun

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How do you feel? It’s a simple question…which can open a can of worms. The typical British response is to say, ‘Fine, thank you’! People often get a shock when they ask me how I feel now…as I am quite … Continue reading

  

Fats Debate – Sorting the Truth from the Myths

13Jun

In celebration of Dietitians Week, I am writing my second blog of the week. Dietitians Week is all about raising awareness of the work Dietitians do and their unique skills. Dietitians are truly the gold standard when it comes to … Continue reading

  

Balance

12Jun

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This isn’t about balance in the traditional sense – although I have done some mean moves on a bosu and a foam roller recently! It’s all about balance in the slimming sense. As an ‘all or nothing’ creature, I find … Continue reading

  

So…one week later, insurance, diabetes on television, and the world cup!

12Jun

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Where were we? Oh yes, so I started taking the metformin about a week and a half ago and I’m having no issues with it to be honest. This week I have upped the dose to twice daily, next week … Continue reading

  

Dreams…can come true?!

11Jun

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Goodness me – I had the strangest dream last night! I was walking across the field to see my horses. It was really muddy and the ground was kind of moving up and down…like a wave. Then, the corner of … Continue reading

  

Silence.. What’s it all about?

11Jun

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”- Martin Luther King. Before I begin I’ll ask you a quick question. What do you associate silence with? How do you define silence or being silent? … Continue reading

  

Happy Days!

10Jun

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So the little 100 Happy Days project has reached the end! I am going to carry on with it though! 100 days ago, I wrote about ‘100 Happy Days‘. I wanted to spread some happiness and positivity – as well … Continue reading

  

Why I Trust a Dietitian

10Jun

In celebration of the first ever Dietitians Week, I have written this poem entitled “Why I trust a Dietitian”. It’s a bit of fun, but highights the importance of always checking your nutrition ‘experts” qualifications, as there are lots of … Continue reading

  

On days like this…

9Jun

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…I should not be allowed on social media, or in fact allowed any form of communication with people! So please take this as a warning – if you are of a sensitive disposition then you should check back tomorrow. I … Continue reading

  

Diabetes Poster Boy?

9Jun

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If there could be such a thing, I reckon I must be a prime candidate for that less than savoury role. Diabetes type 2 is a condition that develops when your insulin producing cells kind of say enough is enough’. … Continue reading

  

Cervical Screening Awareness Week: What you need to know

9Jun

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Cervical Screening Awareness Week (CSAW) is a UK-wide initiative led by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. The week aims to highlight the importance of cervical screening (smear) and how attending a screening invitation can help to prevent cervical cancer.   Please … Continue reading

  

Attention!

8Jun

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Gosh – I have been doing everything today apart from the one thing that I should have been doing! Which was to write my final assignment…based on the use of compassionate approaches in coaching. Instead I decided to: have a … Continue reading

  

Vegetable Pasta – gluten free, Low FODMAP

8Jun

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This recipe is a light roasted vegetable pasta sauce for use with gluten-free pasta. It is a great recipe for a warm summers day to eat alfresco. Ingredients 2 tablespoons of light tahini 1 tablespoon of garlic flavoured olive oil … Continue reading

  

Crafts’n’Fun!

7Jun

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What fun I have had today! First up was a Saturday morning Slimming World group for one of my talks. I don’t usually see Saturday mornings at that time…the roads were so clear! Another great bunch of people all trying … Continue reading

  

Binge Eating

6Jun

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Bloody hell! Tonight was a sharp reminder that you rarely overcome but instead learn to manage your issues! I have been looking forward to my dinner all day…burgers…I love burgers! So as I plated up and arranged it all to … Continue reading

  

Copenhagen with allergies

6Jun

The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2014 (EAACI)

I am planning a trip to Copenhagen as I’m attending the EAACI Allergy conference in June and so, I have begun the intricate planning which will enable me to travel there safely. The European Academy of Allergy andClinical Immunology 2014 … Continue reading

  

Low FODMAP fishcakes

5Jun

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Ingredients 1) Tartar Sauce 50 g Gherkin 2 teaspoons of capers 3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise 5 g flat leaf parsley 2) 300 g white fish 650 g new potatoes 9 g fresh turmeric 2 teaspoons of cumin 1 tablespoon garlic … Continue reading

  

Coaching…

5Jun

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Goodness me, talk about opening a can of worms! The lovely email from a coaching client that I shared with you last night has prompted a fair few questions about coaching…and I am going to try and attempt to give … Continue reading

  

Pipe Dreams or a Realistic Goal?

5Jun

Okay, my lovely GP also told me that if I changed my lifestyle for the better, it was possible that I could live a normal life and could also do away with the need for Metformin in the future. You … Continue reading

  

Be proud!

4Jun

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I had to chuckle when reading some of the comments left by people about my weight loss results yesterday. ‘Be proud!’, or, ‘You should be so proud of yourself!’, or, ‘I hope that you are proud!’ The reason I chuckled … Continue reading

  

Another Flashback

3Jun

Recently I’ve been blogging about some flashbacks to significant parts of my life in regards to my eating and body image and today I’m going to continue that trend. Last week I installed the Timehop app on my phone – … Continue reading

  

Choosing a safe university for your allergic teenager

3Jun

Helicopter parent of an allergic child

Thanks to Tiffany, we have an intimate insight into a parent’s worries and fears for their allergic child when they head off to university alone… Tiffany (aka helicopter parent) planning which university is best for her allergic son “I want … Continue reading

  

I have lost 20.5st with Slimming World!

3Jun

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Another title decided upon by Mr WLB! It’s true though…today I lost 5lbs and managed to get into the ’22′ bracket. I am now 22st 12lbs! This means that I have now shifted 20st 7.5lbs – or for my American … Continue reading

  

Makes me sad…

2Jun

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Despite the fact that this research was commissioned by a fecking ‘fat-freezing’ company – whom I won’t name as this shite needs no promotion – the findings, if they are to be believed, make me sad! I happened to glance … Continue reading

  

When Intrusive Thoughts turn Problematic

1Jun

*Trigger Warning* This blog post talks openly about suicidal thoughts and other matters that could be triggering so please don’t read any further if you are likely to be affected. Everybody gets intrusive thoughts. It’s the content and intensity of … Continue reading

  

Looking back…

1Jun

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After my tough day yesterday, I decided to take a look back in time. There is a ‘thing’ on Twitter at the moment that lets you look back at the first ever ‘tweet’ you sent…I didn’t bother so much with … Continue reading

  

Hot surf and turf wrap – Gluten and wheat free

1Jun

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Ingredients 2 Steaks 200 g of large prawns Wheat & Gluten free seeded wrap Gravy browning – a few drops 2 teaspoons cornflour Spray oil for frying 2 carrots Green salad leaves and 5 radishes for the salad bowl Method … Continue reading

  

Hot surf and turf wrap – Gluten and wheat free

1Jun

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Ingredients 2 Steaks 200 g of large prawns Wheat & Gluten free seeded wrap Gravy browning – a few drops 2 teaspoons cornflour Spray oil for frying 2 carrots Green salad leaves and 5 radishes for the salad bowl Method … Continue reading

  

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