31st January 2019
social media

Pretty Ugly. The Dark Side of Social Media.

You wake up and the first thing you do is reach for your phone and have a quick scroll through your Instagram feed. You look in the mirror and maybe what you see doesn’t reflect what you’d just seen in the 50 photos you’ve just browsed. Maybe your house isn’t as tidy and picture perfect. Maybe your wardrobe isn’t as curated and on trend. It’s 7.30am and you already feel inadequate. Sound familiar? Is social media actually damaging our mental health or is it just a bit of fun that we take with a pinch of salt? Does social media distort body image? Believe it or not, there are several studies that show that the more time you spend on […]
2nd January 2019
juice cleanse

Why I’ll never do a detox

It’s January and as sure as night follows day or hangover follows NYE, everywhere you look there are detoxes. Detox diet plans, detox fasts, detox juices and detox supplements. What’s the juice on these plans and why would I never do one? Science or sales patter? The first thing about detox plans, whatever they are selling (and make no mistake, this is all about product sales and marketing with scant regard for any actual science), is that hardly any actually explain what a “toxin” is, let alone how their product will eliminate  or ‘flush’ it from your body. If they do offer a scientific (or more accurately pseudo-scientific) explanation, it often differs from one brand to the next and few […]
9th October 2017
Women's fitness

It’s (not) all about the bass

Anyone who knows or follows me on social media will know that I’m a strong proponent of resistance exercise for women (and men). The benefits are numerous, supporting the development of strength for specific sports or core muscles to help prevent injury, reducing age-related muscle loss, improving body and bone composition and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and later-life cognitive decline. For a fantastic and well referenced review of these benefits that is as relevant to the over 40s as it is for younger people, check out this blog (part 1 and part 2). Given the many and diverse benefits of resistance training, why are the few articles written in support of resistance exercise for women all about […]
17th August 2017
protein

In defence of protein

Lately, I’ve seen a fair few articles raising concerns over the amount of protein in our diets.  In fact, I googled “Are we eating too much…” and the most popular predicted next words were “protein” and “meat”.  Are we really eating too much protein?  How much do we really need?  Do some people need more?  Does it really damage our kidneys and bones and give us cancer?  Here’s the lowdown on all things protein-based.   Quality AND quantity   Protein is one of the three macronutrients (the other two being carbohydrate and fat).  It’s made up of smaller units called amino acids, of which there are around 20, with 9 being essential in the diet as our body cannot make […]