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Review: proto-col collagen shots

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Shiva rampaging through my psyche

Shiva. Shhhhhiver! Remember how everywhere I turned, I was bumping into Ganesha? Well, that calmed down a bit and then, suddenly, his Dad muscled his way in instead. Now, I’ve …

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A walk down the rift

Poetry, nuclear power and the coast. A curious, incongruous trio. The Poetry Pin project was developed by Exmoor poet Christopher Jelley. ‘The concept of the Poetry Pin is simple,’ he …

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A walk down the rift

Poetry, nuclear power and the coast. A curious, incongruous trio. The Poetry Pin project was developed by Exmoor poet Christopher Jelley. ‘The concept of the Poetry Pin is simple,’ he …

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Marek Stefanowicz – The Cave

I’ve been waiting impatiently for The Cave to be translated into English for some considerable time. It’s a novel that’s also a guidebook on how to live consciously. But it’s not remotely …

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New Adult? A genre too far?

Recently on Twitter, I saw a young writer I know asking for recommendations for ‘new adult’ books.  New adult? WTF?   St Martin’s Press are doing it, she said.  So I …

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Hooves – cool vegan shoes

I love Kickstarter.  Not heard of it?  It’s an online platform for crowdfunding creative projects.  In other words, if you have some great project but can’t get (or don’t want) …

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Treasure mapping

New Year is coming up and  most of us start the year with a list of hopes and dreams. But even the best resolutions frequently collapse come February (or the …

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Who were you as a child?

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Who were you as a child?

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Sound healing

Children sing for joy. They yell if they get angry and wail if they get hurt. Yet, by the time we have reached adulthood, we have learned not to cry …

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5 ways to better buttocks

Nowadays when we ask ‘Does my bum look big in this?’ we’re often hoping the answer is ‘Yes’ as celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian champion the trend …

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Yoga to suit your personality

Everyone knows yoga gives you lean limbs and a bendy back.  But significant new research shows that it can supercharge your mind and emotions too. In a recent Oxford University …

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5 ways to get lean strong arms

It’s nearly summer and the shops are full of t-shirts and skimpy tops.  However it’s been estimated that three out of four women in the UK will be worrying about …

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Spiritual dieting

If you’ve tried every diet going but the pounds still remain, maybe it’s time for a new approach. It seems that the answer to weight loss may not lay so …

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Buddha bowl – the world in a meal

There’s something about a bowl – Buddha bowl,  salad bowl, breakfast bowl – it doesn’t matter. I’ve always loved one-pot meals but now they’re becoming a bit of an everyday …

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Eat fat to lose fat – the good fat diet

Despite the supermarket shelves being packed with products marked ‘low fat’, ‘reduced fat’, ‘zero fat’, ‘fat-free’, many nutritional experts are less and less convinced by the demonising of fat. In …

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FODMAP and the IBS link

FODMAP – the acronym everyone with IBS should know about.  An increasing body of research from around the world indicates that following a low FODMAP diet can help over 75 …

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Nourishing skincare for winter

Nourishing. Nurturing. Comforting. Soothing. That’s what we all need as we head towards the longest night of the year. We need it on all levels – in our surroundings, in …

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Ghost-free guarantee for homes?

Should all houses come with a clean bill of spiritual health? A decent neighbourhood, great local schools and a watertight roof are all taken for granted – but shouldn’t you …

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Treasure mapping

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Who were you as a child?

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What’s your water personality?

Waves crashing onto the seashore, wild and majestic or the limpid waters of a cool lake that caress your bare feet: whatever form it takes, we just can’t help being …

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The Attraction Trap

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Charisma – how to get it

Some people just ooze charisma. They’re the kind of people who are intrepid leaders and legendary lovers. Wherever they go, they’re the centre of attention. Hugely successful and highly memorable, …

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Can you create your own luck?

Are you fated to be a born loser or can you create your own good luck? Research has suggested that depression runs in families and that bad luck lies, not …

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Ways to meditate

I’ve talked about this before but it’s worth reiterating.  Really, there are a million and one ways to meditate. It’s just a case of finding one that suits you. You …

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The Good Breathing Guide

Good breathing is the hidden health secret – a sure-fire way to improve your well-being, freshen up your looks and boost your mood. While we all know how to breathe, …

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Finding happiness with real moments

Are you happy? Really happy? Not just content or getting by or doing okay but really really happy? Fat chance. True happiness nowadays seems more elusive than a simultaneous orgasm; …

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Can you create your own luck?

Are you fated to be a born loser or can you create your own good luck? Research has suggested that depression runs in families and that bad luck lies, not …

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How do I meditate?

How do I meditate? I don’t know how to ‘do’ meditation. How can I learn to meditate? Lately I’ve been hearing people ask these questions a lot. No big surprise …

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The Good Breathing Guide

Good breathing is the hidden health secret – a sure-fire way to improve your well-being, freshen up your looks and boost your mood. While we all know how to breathe, …

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Mongolian Healing

Strolling through old files I came across a feature I wrote a long time back about Mongolian medicine and Chua-ka.  I thought it might be of interest to those who …

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Sound healing

Children sing for joy. They yell if they get angry and wail if they get hurt. Yet, by the time we have reached adulthood, we have learned not to cry …

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Ghost-free guarantee for homes?

Should all houses come with a clean bill of spiritual health? A decent neighbourhood, great local schools and a watertight roof are all taken for granted – but shouldn’t you …

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Mantras for difficult times

A group of us were being driven along a seriously scary road in France by possibly the worst driver in the world. I sat in the back, quietly toning the …

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Ways to meditate

I’ve talked about this before but it’s worth reiterating.  Really, there are a million and one ways to meditate. It’s just a case of finding one that suits you. You …

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The Good Breathing Guide

Good breathing is the hidden health secret – a sure-fire way to improve your well-being, freshen up your looks and boost your mood. While we all know how to breathe, …

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Charisma – how to get it

Some people just ooze charisma. They’re the kind of people who are intrepid leaders and legendary lovers. Wherever they go, they’re the centre of attention. Hugely successful and highly memorable, …

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Spiritual dieting

If you’ve tried every diet going but the pounds still remain, maybe it’s time for a new approach. It seems that the answer to weight loss may not lay so …

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Eat fat to lose fat – the good fat diet

Despite the supermarket shelves being packed with products marked ‘low fat’, ‘reduced fat’, ‘zero fat’, ‘fat-free’, many nutritional experts are less and less convinced by the demonising of fat. In …

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FODMAP and the IBS link

FODMAP – the acronym everyone with IBS should know about.  An increasing body of research from around the world indicates that following a low FODMAP diet can help over 75 …

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Buddha bowl – the world in a meal

There’s something about a bowl – Buddha bowl,  salad bowl, breakfast bowl – it doesn’t matter. I’ve always loved one-pot meals but now they’re becoming a bit of an everyday …

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Natural birth vs Caesarian

The operating theatre lights were glaring as my baby was born.   The surgeon was laughing about football and the radio was blaring some loud rock song.   I had been pumped …

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Living life with passion

You know how some people are so passionate, so full of life and the joys of living that they virtually leave you breathless?  Well, why shouldn’t we all have that sense …

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The Attraction Trap

You meet a man at a party and it’s instant attraction. You like the same things, you laugh at the same jokes, you share the same hopes and aspirations. Something …

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Finding happiness with real moments

Are you happy? Really happy? Not just content or getting by or doing okay but really really happy? Fat chance. True happiness nowadays seems more elusive than a simultaneous orgasm; …

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A walk down the rift

Poetry, nuclear power and the coast. A curious, incongruous trio. The Poetry Pin project was developed by Exmoor poet Christopher Jelley. ‘The concept of the Poetry Pin is simple,’ he …

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Marek Stefanowicz – The Cave

I’ve been waiting impatiently for The Cave to be translated into English for some considerable time. It’s a novel that’s also a guidebook on how to live consciously. But it’s not remotely …

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Best books for boys

Best books for boys?  Someone recently asked if anyone knew of good books for older boys; any books with good male protagonists. So I have had a bit of a …

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The Attraction Trap

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Zen – Discover your true self

Stress, anxiety and depression are an increasing part of life in Britain. According to the Mental Health Foundation around 50 percent of adults in the UK feel stressed every day …

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Review: proto-col collagen shots

The thing that drives me nuts about so many skin creams and serums is that the claims they make are ludicrous:  they defy basic biology. Take collagen for example. We …

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In praise of slow

When we are accustomed to living overloaded bloated lives, when we are used to following the dictates of a fragile ego, slowing down is scary and stopping is downright terrifying. …

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Banish the winter blues

Few people would claim that winter is their favourite season. The days are short, there is less light and the weather is often miserable – shrouding fog, endless rain, beautiful …

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All year resolutions

New Year’s Eve and I bet you’re thinking about making resolutions. The natural urge is to think big – we all want to shift our entire lives in one fell …

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What’s your water personality?

Waves crashing onto the seashore, wild and majestic or the limpid waters of a cool lake that caress your bare feet: whatever form it takes, we just can’t help being …

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Floatation meets shamanism

As a journalist and author of books on health and wellbeing I’ve tried pretty much every technique and treatment going. All were interesting but there were only some I fell …

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Are spas worth it?

I recently visited a spa where a facial cost a cool £350.  An exfoliation and massage would set you back £175 and £200 would buy you a couple of hours …

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Ghost-free guarantee for homes?

Should all houses come with a clean bill of spiritual health? A decent neighbourhood, great local schools and a watertight roof are all taken for granted – but shouldn’t you …

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Mantras for difficult times

A group of us were being driven along a seriously scary road in France by possibly the worst driver in the world. I sat in the back, quietly toning the …

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Shiva rampaging through my psyche

Shiva. Shhhhhiver! Remember how everywhere I turned, I was bumping into Ganesha? Well, that calmed down a bit and then, suddenly, his Dad muscled his way in instead. Now, I’ve …

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In praise of slow

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Meditation is the pudding of yoga

beautybanterinspiration.tumblr.com So, it was lovely to be back in my normal yoga class with the fire roaring inside and a horse mosying around the garden outside, in front of the …

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Spiritual dieting

If you’ve tried every diet going but the pounds still remain, maybe it’s time for a new approach. It seems that the answer to weight loss may not lay so …

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Eat fat to lose fat – the good fat diet

Despite the supermarket shelves being packed with products marked ‘low fat’, ‘reduced fat’, ‘zero fat’, ‘fat-free’, many nutritional experts are less and less convinced by the demonising of fat. In …

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Mantras for difficult times

A group of us were being driven along a seriously scary road in France by possibly the worst driver in the world. I sat in the back, quietly toning the …

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Yoga to suit your personality

Everyone knows yoga gives you lean limbs and a bendy back.  But significant new research shows that it can supercharge your mind and emotions too. In a recent Oxford University …

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