14 Tips from Top Health Bloggers

According to this poll the most popular new year resolutions are losing weight, getting fitter and eating more healthily. However, most people quit their resolutions within a month.  As you know I'm not a fan of new years resolutions. There is so much expectation and...

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Healthy Food Doesn’t Equal Orthorexia

After Nigella spoke out about ‘orthorexia’ I keep reading articles about it. It feels to me that some of them are saying its bad to try and eat food which is better for you and be healthier. If you haven’t seen anything about this there is a suggestion that there is a...

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The Pros and Cons of Going Sugar Free

Last month I was unable to eat any sugar (even fruit and grains) and no alcohol at all, due to taking some medication prescribed by my doctor. I don't eat a lot of sugar normally, so I stupidly thought it'd be easy. However, what I failed to take into account was that...

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My Top 5 Recipe Books

I must start by caveating this with the point that these are my top 5 recipe books for healthier recipes. I do have others I favourites for more decadent days or recipes, which I tweak for more nutritious choices. I love recipe books. I take them to bed and read them...

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Has Jamie Got it Right?

There was an article about Jamie Oliver in The Sunday Times magazine. He's 'found' a healthier lifestyle and shed weight in the process. The cynically part of me wonders if he's jumping on the healthy eating bandwagon for financial gains - he is a business man after...

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My Favourite UK Protein Bars

When I first started to improve the way I ate there really weren't any good options for protein bars in the UK. They all seemed to be stuffed with tons of artificial sweeteners or to better resemble a chocolate bar than a healthy snack. In the past few years the...

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Convenience Food Made Healthy

Last week the challenge was to eat well on a strict budget (if you missed if you can find out what happened here). Next up I was challenged to turn this on it's head and only eat convenience food. Often when we're busy it can seem easier to grab a takeaway, however I...

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My Bite Sized Recommendations

Ok so I ‘fess up. I’ve unashamedly stolen this idea from Tim Ferriss. But in my defence it’s a good idea. Anything that keeps things short and sweet is great, right? So here are my bite sized recommendations for fellow Superwomen. 2 books… - On Form: Managing Energy,...

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Don’t Demonise Carbohydrates!

Recently carbohydrates seem to have been demonised by some. I actually think they’re simply a little misunderstood (aren’t we all!) We all need carbohydrates in our diet (see Sarah, What Should I Eat for more on this). The problem comes when we eat cr*ppy poor quality...

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Know Your Protein Powder

I've been asked about protein powders and bars quite a lot recently so I thought it'd be good to share my responses with you. The conversations go something like this... Q. Sarah, why do I need to use a protein powder?  A. You don't! There is certainly no need to...

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Should you care about breakfast? 

We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and there are countless studies which say eating a healthy breakfast is a good thing. BUT to put it bluntly sod the studies! Who cares what some researchers found about someone else who may or may...

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The Food Industry is Making You Fat

I've alluded to the fact that I struggle with the food industry quite a lot recently. I don't mean to be confrontational, but is it too strong to say I hate food marketing? Is it too much to say the food industry is making us fat? Somehow the industry has successfully...

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Top Swaps for Your Favourite Treats

I've talked about what to eat before, but when eating well it can be hard to know where to start with packaged foods. As I've mentioned before the food industry bombards us with messages of 'low fat' and 'diet' foods as though these are synonymous with healthy foods....

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Fat Isn’t the Enemy

For years products have been emblazoned with 'LOW FAT'. Words crying out to you, attempting to be synonymous with 'healthy' and suggesting that you will lose weight by eating them. I could get onto my soap box about the marketing tricks used by the food industry, but...

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Water’s boring, right? 

I think everyone already knows how important it is to drink lots of water for so many reasons. Health is obviously up near the top of the list, but did anyone see the photos of the amazing change in that women's skin who did an experiment of drinking 3 litres of water...

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To Treat, or Not to Treat?

In todays article I’m going to explore the pros and cons of having a treat meal, or not, and what you might want to take into consideration when deciding what is best for you. In a similar answer to my articles on ‘To Track, or not to Track’ and ‘To Cardio, or not to...

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Consistency is King!

I'm often asked what my number one tip is for achieving a goal and whether this goal is getting a promotion at work, losing weight or living a more balanced life my answer is always the same - CONSISTENCY. It's not a sexy concept and might even sound a little dull,...

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Low FODMAP Food List for IBS Sufferers

As mentioned in my 'What is Low FODMAP?' post there is a lot of conflicting information on the internet as to what food is or isn't low in FODMAPs. If you've been asked to follow the low FODMAP diet you should have been referred to a dietician, but for reference here...

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Top 5 Tips to Survive an Elimination Diet

My consultant wanted to see if my health issues were being exacerbated by a food intolerance or allergy so I was asked to embark on a pretty extreme elimination diet and then had to reintroduce or 'challenge' foods which are typical allergens. I found it pretty tough...

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Top 5 Ways to Beat Cravings

The School of Balance’s Top Tips to Beat Cravings When trying to lose weight or eat healthily cravings can be so tough. You have the best of intentions at the beginning of the week and plan to eat well but then the strains and stresses of everyday life take their toll...

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Why Diets Don’t Work

I know conventional diets and even doctors will lead you to believe that weight loss is all about burning more calories than you eat and you’ll lose weight – hey presto! If it was this easy we’d all be a healthy weight and the diet companies would go out of business....

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Sarah, what should I eat?

One of the questions that I get asked the most is some kind of variation on 'Sarah, what should I eat?' Whether it's 'What diet should I follow?', 'What do you think of this latest diet?', 'Is carb/protein/fat bad for me?' or 'What's the healthiest way to eat?'...

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Sugar v Fat: Which is Worse?

Did anyone see BBCs Horizon programme last night on Sugar v Fat? If not and you're in the UK I'd say it was worth a quick catch up on iPlayer or just have a quick read of this review which sums it up pretty well. It feels like every day that some new diet or research...

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