New job and crop tops

Yesterday was my last day at a company I’ve worked for since I was 25. I’m 31 now. A lot has happened in those years, of course. Over half a decade of life. I got married. Bought a flat. Travelled to dozens of countries. Divorced. I grew as a person, as a writer, as a…

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Is broccoli the healthiest vegetable in the world?

It’s not classed as a super food. It’s not packaged up fancily and sold for 20x its value in organic health food shops. It’s not trending on Instagram, or being used in face creams, or as a gin flavour (thank goodness). It’s just plain, unglamorous, cheap and cheerful broccoli. But, according to one TV doctor,…

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Frozen banana is a game-changer for healthy eaters craving ice cream

This blog needs no preamble. Just grab a banana now, peel it and put it in a bag/box in the freezer. In about 3 hours it’ll be frozen. But not the rock hard, flavourless type of frozen typical of fresh fruit. Frozen banana is creamy and softish, like ice cream. You can chop it up…

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Every time I don’t like how I look, I strike a pose and take a photo

The embarrassed, self-deprecating Brit in me does not want to write this post. The woman who’s fed up with hating her own body because it doesn’t subscribe in every way to the standard model of beauty, does. I recently wrote about how I’m making a real effort to accept my body after a lifetime of…

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How I’m learning to accept my body, flabby bits and all

Throughout this blog’s lifetime I’ve tried several different diets with a mission to excavate through my belly flab and unearth a long-hidden abdominal muscle or two. Why???? Because I’m vulnerable to the images of beauty that bombard women. As free-thinking, open-minded and decently-read as I like to think I am, I tapped into those insideous…

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Established weight loss theory is a big fat lie – there’s actually a tiny receptionist called Linda in your brain who calls the shots

Everyone knows losing weight boils down to a very simple formula, which is this: Burn more calories than you consume + time = weight loss. Right? Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. It turns out there is no scientific formula for weight loss. It’s actually an entirely random process operated by a receptionist called Linda, who lives…

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You need to do THIS one very important thing to actually benefit from a juice cleanse

Just when you thought I couldn’t possibly have anything more to say about juice cleanses, here I am again with my most click-baity blog title ever. But please bear with me…this piece of information could TOTALLY CHANGE YOUR LIFE*. *Warning: may not totally or in any way whatsoever change your life. It’s been 5 days…

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Soup, soup, tasty soup, soup…pepper and sweet potato

If you were ever a Mighty Boosh fan you’ll have the soup song in your head now like I’ve had FOREVER. You’re welcome. Cooking was never my strong point. At uni my speciality was rice, cheese and ketchup in a tortilla wrap, microwaved. I think my lowest point was when, feeling simultaneously lazy, poor and…

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It’s over! Day 5 of my juice fast – thoughts and feelings

Concerned about time moving too quickly in these strange, repetitive Covid times? Try not eating for 5 days. Without the usual anchor points of breakfast, lunch and dinner, and with a tummy constantly whining for food that never comes, seconds ooze out of the day in super slow motion. This morning, on the final day…

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Walk, work, juice cleanse day 4, and a man with a rifle

My day started strangely. I was nearly home from my morning walk, about to head across the open expanse of the South Downs golf course, when a jogger crested the hill and came running straight at me, waving her arms in a panicked fashion. I stopped in my tracks and removed my earbuds, wondering if…

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