O pasta, pasta, where for art thou pasta?

Deny thy carbohydrate and refuse thy gluten contentOr if thou wilt not, be but sworn my loveAnd I’ll no longer be on the keto diet. As I enter week 3 of my vegetarian ketogenic 'journey' (as everyone seems to be calling it, rather than 'diet', because it's supposed to be a long-term lifestyle change rather…

The ‘be outside more’ challenge – 7 different tasks to do in nature and how it could make your life better

We all know instinctively that nature does something good to our souls. After all - we're animals: we are nature. But being the clever monkeys that we are, we realised at some point a few thousand years ago that building walls around ourselves kept us pleasantly distanced from things like sharp-toothed animals and weather. And…

Isn’t yoga just a fancy nap?

Call me a massive twat, but I like hard exercise. There's something so enjoyably primal about a really difficult workout, like being in a fight. It's kind of unpleasant and it hurts, but you're being true to your inner animistic self and there's something satisfying about that. I've learnt so much about myself through running.…

On writing, social media and the impending end of Lent

I'm irritating myself. Everything I do irritates me. I'm irritating myself by writing this blog because I sat down to write my story and look what's happened. Really I should be packing, or throwing all my old stuff away because we're moving house in a couple of days, but I've just remembered I have a…

6.5 tips for getting through the Fast 800 diet without killing someone

I'm over the halfway point on my 6.5 week Fast 800 diet, so to distract myself from the fact that I've got to do what I just did AGAIN, here are 6.5 tips to help you fast for 16 hours a day without killing anyone. If you are interested in my progress, so far I…

The day I finally accessed my body’s fat stores (Fast 800 diet)

This morning I weed on a stick and it turned pink. To bring you up to speed (god forbid you should miss something on this riveting journey of mine) it's day 4 of the Fast 800 diet, which I've decided to follow for 6.5 weeks over Lent. It's really hard to write these blogs because…

I’m trying Michael Mosley’s fast 800 diet for Lent

Lent is a test of willpower. Every year, like many people around the world, I renounce things I like for 6 weeks - not because I'm a Catholic (although this is what the official papers say I am) but because I feel like if I don't follow Lent, something bad will happen. In other words,…

Eye debris and weight loss frustration

I've got a little while before I start work so, seeing as I just paid to renew my blog domain name, I thought I'd whack out a short post. I have now been sugar-free for three weeks and three days. Let me just remind you that this includes banning the following: actual sugar the usual suspects…

Coconut milk yoghurt and self-reflection

According to Christian tradition, Lent should be a time of quiet self-reflection and prayer. With this in mind, I decided to turn my metaphorical gaze inwards - and in doing so, I found a dark, empty space. A dark, empty space about the size and shape of a 500g bar of Galaxy chocolate. All the blogs said giving…