• Honey & Lemon Drink
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    The Amazing (and Simple) Health Benefits of Honey & Lemon

    In the UK, the autumn is closing in, the nights are getting longer, the wind is blowing the coloured leaves all over the place, and people are wrapping up warm against the elements and the oncoming cold and flu season. 2020 is made more unusual with the existence of the COVID19 pandemic, and while this isn’t a post about that specifically, this easy-to-make drink is a really great health booster, tonic and pick-me-up. The recipe was given to me by an old friend who has since passed away and is based on what I call “the wisdom of the elders.” In the past, people turned to nature as their medicine…

  • Care Less
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    Why do so many people feel cut off from the emotions of caring?

    I have been reading The Charge by Brendon Burchard this week and if there was ever a person who goes deep and knows about the psychological and emotional make-up of people, I would rank him at the top of the class. You may have noticed I have an interest in this also, especially from an emotional trauma point of view see (Narcissism: A Solar Metaphor) and the science-geek in me always wants to understand why. A lot of the resources I have read and listened to recently talk about the effect of emotional trauma and that there are many studies which show this result to be true, that much of…

  • Snoozing on the Trail
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    My Fitness Journey: Running and Wellness

    My fitness journey has been stop/start for years. I know it is essential to keep fit, raise the heart rate and push the body. It keeps things working in the long-term and helps restore the balance. The body was used to labouring in ancient times – the hunter/gatherer required us to be active – and the body is designed to deliver. But in today’s sedentary times where we have “the good life” (if we’re fortunate enough) we have to bolt on exercise to our regular daily routine. And that’s when it can feel like a chore and we find excuses not to do it. And that’s OK as long as…

  • A Small Ambulance
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    A Stroke of Luck? 9 Keys to Surviving a Hemorrhagic Stroke

    On Wednesday 15 January 2020 I suffered a minor hemorrhagic stroke in the afternoon. It had shown itself earlier at work and, thinking about how I felt over the preceding month, had been trying to warn me of its arrival. It was a huge shock and it made me realise just how fragile life is and that my priorities were way off from where they should be, despite all the learning I had taken in from self-help books about creating a balanced life and despite what I said was important yet clearly did not honour my words. The Wrong Life I said health was my priority, but in reality, I…

  • Three bowls of salad dish with lemon on table
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    The Top 27 Alkaline Foods

    There is a trend today for more healthy diets and healthy lifestyles and one of the key messages we see repeatedly is the need for more alkaline foods. This is because an acidic environment benefits disease taking hold and spreading. A lot of articles talk about the beneficial effect a more alkaline body has on limiting cancer, for example. The problem lies with processed “quick and easy” foods, fast foods, and genetically modified foods. They put our bodies through a lot in just one day. It’s not just about the horrible ingredients that go into everything out there (things that aren’t even food in some cases); it’s also about what…

  • Round candies in clear glass jar with clamp lid
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    Sugar – A Bittersweet Love Affair

    I stopped eating cakes and sweets three weeks ago; mid-December and the Christmas festival of gluttony soon to be upon us. I decided that all the sugar in the little sweets I eat in my restaurant could not be a good thing, especially since my daily intake was slowly increasing. My body still has withdrawal symptoms and cravings for a sugary hit, but I won’t give in, even throughout the Christmas period. I did have a slice of cake the other day because it was one of the team’s birthdays. I think it’s OK to celebrate when it’s a collective occasion – like a birthday – but you should follow…

  • Man Walking in the Woods
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    Redefining Health – Holistically

    What do you think of when somebody asks how your health is? Or how your parent’s health is? In my experience, we gravitate towards the physical most of the time (even though the dictionary defines it more holistically). We think of mobility and fitness, being active as opposed to sedentary. We may extend this to our mental state – though this is often only considered when there is a predisposition towards a condition such as dementia. Even my earlier posts talked about “getting fit” from a purely physical standpoint. However, our true health is much more holistic and has four aspects to it. When each of these is cared for,…

  • Coffee
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    Dealing with Addiction: Kick the Caffeine

    About five years ago I visited a Chinese Herbalist and had an allergy test done. They took a small sample of hairs from my head and sent them off for analysis. When the results came back I was surprised to see I had a medium sensitivity to caffeine. As I drank 2-3 espressos a day as part of my daily grind running my restaurants and had had no adverse effects, I thought this was a little odd. However, I did up my dose from time to time to 5-7 shots a day when I was more tired or needed a pick-me-up. Up until that point in time, and approx every…

  • Health & Fitness

    Polar Loop and Other Obsessions

    Always on. Always moving. Am I? I went on holiday to Spain about a month ago and was impressed by the presence and scope of sports in Barcelona. There was a whole department store dedicated to sports (Corte Ingles) – 4 large floors of everything from running gear to golf, swimming, trekking, shooting, skateboarding and more – along with numerous outlets for training shoes. Keeping fit seemed more of a way of life and, as somebody who keeps fit in order to better handle life’s challenges, I felt a bit like a kid in a candy store.

  • Fitness
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    It’s never too late to get fit

    Exercise is key to happy and healthy old age according to the latest research. So what are you waiting for? Those who are active as pensioners can stave off major illnesses such as heart disease and dementia. An eight-year British study found that those who exercised at least once a week were between three and seven times more likely to be classed as “healthy agers”.