Simplify your life – making life that bit easier

When I was a child, there were no computers, no mobile phones, no Internet, no CDs, no DVDs. There was less choice in everything – from food to fashion to …

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 …

Magnesium deficiency – have you got it?

A muscle in my leg started twitching. At first I barely noticed it but then it started to become really vexing. There I was lying in bed, trying to get …

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 …

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 …

5 ways to strengthen your immune system

As winter approaches, your immune system is going to have to work harder than usual to keep you protected. Here are five simple ways to keep it strong. SUPERSLEEP Your …

The 5,000 year old diet – with up-to-the-minute results

Over the years we’ve tried them all: fat-free, carbohydrate-free, protein-free. Raw food; diet food; no food. We’ve tried counting calories, combining foods and keeping them strictly apart. Yet still we …

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 …

Vitamin D – the health and happiness vitamin. Are you getting enough?

Are you getting outside and getting your vitamin D?  If not, why not? Vitamin D affects a vast array of organs in the body. It also plays a vital role …

Is Niacin the cure for schizophrenia, alcoholism, migraine, arthritis and heart disease?

I recently read a book called Niacin: the Real Story while I was on detox in Portugal.  We were taking Niacin four times a day to dilate blood vessels (and …

How to eat – the Viva Mayr way – for weightloss, energy and good health

The Viva Mayr programme is totally different from most detox programmes on offer.  Forget juicing and raw vegan regimes, the Mayr doctors believe firmly that cold raw food is tough …

An ayurvedic detox for autumn

Here’s one of my favourite autumn cleanses, based on ayurveda.  I like it for this time of year because it’s warming.  As we prepare for colder weather, it’s best not …

Stubborn stomach fat & the stress factor

Like many people, I battle with my weight.  Or rather, I battle with a very specific bit of weight – the wodge of flab around my middle that simply won’t …

How to lose weight sensibly and keep it lost

Still looking for that magic weight-loss bullet?  Check out  The Body Retreat.  I met trainer Julie Brealy years back, when I did something nasty to my Achilles and my pal Trisha recommended her …

Five flat stomach myths & how to get toned abs

Don’t laugh but I went shopping.  And I bought…a bikini.Now I haven’t possessed a bikini since I was eighteen. But there was this Monsoon voucher I’ve had for about seven …

Can you cure cancer with diet?

Can you cure cancer by diet alone?  Could it be as simple as changing the pH of your body from acid to alkaline?  A statement flying round the Internet insists …