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Annie’s 8 top tips to being greener…

Annie’s 8 top tips to being greener…

Let's dive straight in.  We're in no messing, no faff mode.  SINGLE USE PLASTICS: ‘Single-use’ was named word of the year by the Oxford Dictionary last year. Plastic is ending up in our oceans thus destroying wildlife, eco-systems and actually ending up being digested...

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THE HEALTH OF THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE: Part One: A checklist

THE HEALTH OF THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE: Part One: A checklist

This blog is aimed at women.  Women of 'mid-life' age who may struggle to knock some sense into their partners, friends and brothers about taking health seriously and getting even small symptoms checked out.  I have friends who are married to men who are lovely,...

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PREPARING FOR THE MENOPAUSE (peri and post) Part I : Bones

PREPARING FOR THE MENOPAUSE (peri and post) Part I : Bones

This is the first of three blogs on the subject of the menopause.  This first blog deals with what we can (and should) do to look after our bones.  Right now. Not later.  Now. Firstly some clarification. The peri-menopause refers to the years (usually the early...

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LOOKING AFTER OUR BOWELS…

LOOKING AFTER OUR BOWELS…

That’s code for ‘let’s do all we can NOT to get bowel diseases which may then lead to bowel cancer”. “Tell it like it is, …” The advice given here has been scooped up from a range of reputable websites to help with the symptoms of (or help prevent the onset of),...

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MEDITERRANEAN STUFFED SWEET POTATOES WITH GARLIC HERB SAUCE

MEDITERRANEAN STUFFED SWEET POTATOES WITH GARLIC HERB SAUCE

A cheap, quick supper idea which is vegan.  No meat, no animal products, but possibly plenty of moaning from those round your table.  If you think you can wing it and get it past the fussiest eater in your family then give it a go.  The recipe and photograph are...

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Coping with the effects of the all-inclusive holiday

Coping with the effects of the all-inclusive holiday

Oh, come on.   You know what I mean.  You're feasting your eyes on a breakfast buffet which bears no resemblance to the porridge you have back home.  There's hams, cheeses, pastries, cereals, 5 types of yogurt, 10 sorts of bread (no, wait....12...you forgot the...

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Four Salad Dressings (that won’t break the calorie bank)

Four Salad Dressings (that won’t break the calorie bank)

Move over oil and vinegar ....sometimes we want to add a bit more flourish to our salads.  Here are 4 simple ideas.  They'll also serve as tasty dollops for your barbecue meats and fish.  SKINNY CAESAR DRESSING Great over chopped cooked chicken and piles of crisp...

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Summer Drinking – Minimising the damage

Summer Drinking – Minimising the damage

FACT : ALCOHOL STOPS YOU BURNING THE FAT THAT'S ALREADY THERE. "Oh what a cheery soul you are, Deadman". Nothing like calling a spade a spade.  Alcohol is a toxin.  The body wants rid of it as quickly as possible and so it will stop using your fat stores for its...

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What’s the secret behind a great set of abs?

In short, there isn't one.  Just focused training and focused nutrition. "What?  No magic supplement?  No 500-sit-ups-a-day? No-fasted-training-plan? No shakes-bakes- HIT-crash-burn-diet? Nope. This is the core of a woman.  Her name is Chloe.  This is before she took...

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Blast Plan Case Study: Susan

Blast Plan Case Study: Susan

This is Susan. What's her story? Well, it's one many might recognise. After the birth of her second child, she took a long look at herself in the mirror. "Hmmm I don't recognise that person.  She used to be trimmer, tighter, less slack. Bits are hanging out everywhere...

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