Food cravings – what do yours mean?

What’s your secret food fetish? Do you crave gingerbread men or have an uncontrollable urge for carrot cake? Is it impossible to start the day without a shot of coffee …

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 …

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 …

Yoga isn’t just for skinny bunnies. Yoga isn’t a style thing. Yoga is for every body.

Fab, aren’t they?  No, that’s not me – or Sharon. It started with a pair of yoga leggings.  I was on Sugar Detox with the Body Retreat back in January …

Abstainer or Moderator? The One Square of Chocolate a Day Test

According to a book I read lately for research, we all tend to fall into one of two camps – we’re abstainers or moderators. Gretchen Rubin, author of Better Than Before: …

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 …

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 …

Do you really have to exercise? Of course not.

I’m pretty sure that, if I didn’t exercise, I would go crazy. When you’re working out hard, you simply don’t have the capacity to churn stuff over in your head.  Yes, I …

Detoxing for health, energy & vitality

Imagine waking up each morning feeling full of energy and vitality yet also feeling calm and relaxed about the day to come.   You know what?  Abundant health and wellbeing should …

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy: the panacea of youth?

Cosmetic surgery is booming but many anti-ageing experts believe the holy grail of youth is not about cutting and splicing but about hormone therapy. Not the old HRT, one-size-fits-all – but bioidentical or ‘natural’ hormone therapy. It’s said to make you look and feel younger, sexier and more energetic. Many are calling it the ‘new Botox’. But what’s the truth about this new therapy? Is it as good as it sounds? More to the point, is it safe? An investigation into the brave new world of hormones includes how to tell whether your hormones might be out of balance. Something every woman over thirty needs to read.