5 things you can do for your gut health

Confession: I first discovered the anti-inflammatory diet from Spencer Pratt. Yes, that Spencer Pratt. For the record, we both have sensitive skin so when I read his self-care routine on Fashionista, I thought the anti-inflammatory diet could solve my own skin and overall health woes too. Another reason to be thankful for Speidi, right?

When I first started looking into the anti-inflammatory diet I have to admit, I found the topic of gut health (Leaky gut! Microbiome! Good bacteria! Bad bacteria!) and the sheer amount of information on this topic to be completely daunting. While I’ve introduced aspects of the anti-inflammatory diet into my life – namely, my turmeric obsession –  it wasn’t until I interviewed a nutritional therapist last week about allergies (FYI, hay fever is caused by inflammation too) that I decided I really need to take this more seriously.

If, like me, you find the whole subject of gut health and anti-inflammatory food to be confusing and overwhelming, here’s 5 easy things you can do to look after your gut health today: Continue reading “5 things you can do for your gut health”

5 morning rituals to start your day positively

I won’t lie – I’m really not a morning person. In fact, I’d quite happily be a night owl for the rest of my days if I could get away with it, but for some reason though, other people aren’t really keen on doing meetings at 3am or responding to my 1.30am voicemails. Crazy, right? So, like I mentioned in my September Self-Care post, I’ve really been trying to become a morning person. Or at least less of a morning monster.

I’ve found that the best way to stop dreading getting up in the morning is to embrace morning rituals that make me feel positive and give me something to look forward to, other than a freshly brewed cup of coffee, that is. Instead of snoozing your 5 alarms for 45 minutes, here are a few morning rituals that will put you in a more positive frame of mind and set you up for a successful day. Continue reading “5 morning rituals to start your day positively”

Health and wellness podcasts for body and mind

Health and wellness podcasts are an easy way to pick up insider well-being tips and get a motivational pep talk for free. And who doesn’t need an extra serving of motivation every once in a while?

These days I love nothing more than spending an hour in the kitchen baking (or should I say no-baking) and listening to a podcast. As weird as it sounds, I go into a meditative state and get really narky if anyone interrupts me (you’ve been warned!). Lately I’ve swapped my usual pop culture or career podcasts  for podcasts about health and wellness. As I write this, Goop has just launched its first podcast – with Oprah as the first guest, no less – but I haven’t had a chance to listen.

Anyway, if you’re big into all things health and well-being related, here’s a few wellness podcast recommendations that might just lighten your day or give you the inside scoop on the latest health and fitness trends:

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We Need To Talk About Endometriosis

Did you know March is Endometriosis Awareness month? More importantly, do you know what endometriosis actually is? Maybe you read Lena Dunham’s heart-breaking essay in Vogue about her decision to have a hysterectomy after years of endometriosis hell. Maybe you’ve recently been diagnosed. Or maybe you’ve never heard of endometriosis until now.

Hopefully you’ll hear a lot about endometriosis over the next month but nonetheless, I wanted to do my bit to shine a light on this largely overlooked condition and the diet and lifestyle choices which can ease the symptoms of endometriosis, a condition that has very much disrupted my life.  Continue reading “We Need To Talk About Endometriosis”

Wanderlust inspiring wellness holidays

Is it just me or was that the longest January ever? Even though it’s now February and some would argue that it’s officially spring (FWIW – it’s not), it’s hard to shake the winter gloom and all that comes with it. One guaranteed way to beat the winter blues is to book yourself a holiday so you’ve got something to look forward to. An even better way to beat the blues is to make it a wellness holiday where health, relaxation and your overall wellbeing take centre stage. Continue reading “Wanderlust inspiring wellness holidays”

Living the lagom lifestyle

I have a confession to make. Even though over 20 books were written about hygge in the last few years, I never got the Danish hygge buzz. While I’m as guilty as the next person of wanting to inject some of that effortlessly cool Scandinavian style into my life, hygge seemed a step too far into twee territory for my liking.

If you somehow missed the hygge train, let me fill you in. Lifestyle trend hygge has been described as the Danish secret to happiness. Put simply, hygge is that warm cosy feeling. Think warm blankets, candlelight, hot chocolate. It’s that Christmas feeling all year long.

I love the idea of that cosy vibe but the older I get, the more I appreciate using what I’ve got, as opposed to the pursuit of more, and that’s why when I heard about another buzz-worthy lifestyle trend that’s about less is more, I sat up and paid attention. Say hello to Swedish lagom. Continue reading “Living the lagom lifestyle”

How to quit caffeine and not lose your mind

For the fourth time in my life, I’m trying to cut out caffeine and all I can say is hold me. Somebody. Anybody. The headaches, the tiredness, feeling so irritable you are this close to giving Michael Douglas in Falling Down a run for his money. The joys of caffeine withdrawal.

So, why am I doing this to myself? As well as being a sucker for self-punishment, it’s that time of year when we are all vowing to be a bit healthier, to drink more water and turn ourselves into Gisele, all within the space of January, and I’m as guilty of this as the next person. Also, as you may recall from my golden milk recipe post, coffee has been exacerbating my anxiety in the last year or so. Even though I used to drink up to 6 cups a day – insert beating heart emoji – these days all it takes is that second cup and my heart is aflutter…and not in a good way.

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Wellness hacks for the January blues

January always feels to me like cracking open a new notebook and feeling the nervous possibilities of that crisp blank page. Whether you’ve got your whole year planned out ahead of you or you’re gonna fly by the seat of your pants, for many of us, January’s newness can be a blessing and a curse, with the unknown creating a palpable sense of panic. There’s also the dreary weather, dark mornings and darker evenings to contend with. After the buzz of Christmas and New Year’s Eve, January just can’t compete, can it? No wonder we’re all swamped in the January blues.

In my opinion, this makes January the perfect time to look after yourself, experiment with wellness and make self-care a real priority. And no, I’m not talking about food fads, drop a dress size diets or dangerous juice cleanses – I’m talking about wellness activities that’ll snap you out of the January blues and that you can practice throughout 2018. Continue reading “Wellness hacks for the January blues”