How I Eat Sustainably and You Can Too


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Whenever I’m shopping for groceries, I try to buy sustainable food. We all need to eat, but the food industry can have an enormous impact on the environment, animal welfare and living conditions of people around the world. Making conscious decisions about the food you buy and eat isn’t always easy, but it is possible. There are a few things that I try to do to ensure that my food comes from sustainable and ethical sources. If you want to shop more responsibly, you can follow some of my golden rules for doing so. They range from buying locally to purchasing the right products.

Buy Locally and Seasonally

Do you know where your food comes from? Sometimes you might look at the label that tells you which country they originated from. However, apart from that, you probably don’t know how or where it’s grown. I try to buy from local sources as much as I possibly can. You could choose to have a wider definition of local if you want to, so it won’t limit you too much. For example, you may wish to buy from the local farmers market, stick to California produce, or buy from anywhere in the United States. Another thing to keep in mind is seasonality. If you buy out of season, the food you get has probably been flown halfway around the world so that you can purchase it.

Grow Your Own

I love growing my own fruit, vegetables and herbs. There are so many things that are easy to grow, even if you don’t have a lot of room. For example, I find it’s very easy to grow basil and chives on the windowsill in my kitchen. You can easily grow a tomato or chilli plant, some strawberries or some squash. Try growing potatoes, beans, peas, melon, and much more. Once you’ve got started, you’ll love seeing what you can grow in your soil and climate. It’s also a good idea to learn some preservation methods too. Then you don’t have to eat everything as soon as you’ve harvested it!

Only Buy What You Need

As a country, we have a terrible problem with food waste, and we’re not alone. Cutting down on how much food we throw away is imperative to me. I start off by being careful about how much I buy. I plan our meals and snacks before going shopping, and I do my best to resist getting anything that’s not on my list. I then have less chance of buying something that will end up going straight in the trash.

Eat Less Meat

Not everyone is cut out to be a vegetarian or vegan. Although some people choose it for their lifestyle, others believe we’re meant to eat meat. I think that if you do want to keep eating meat, you should make an effort to buy less. Keep it for having once or twice a week, perhaps with fish once or twice a week too. Try to have more vegetarian meals, even if you’re not cutting out meat and dairy from your diet.

Eating more food from sustainable sources isn’t too difficult. You just need to educate yourself about where your food comes from.

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7 Tried & Tested Ways To Soothe Chronic Pain

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Living with chronic pain is tiresome and relentless. The pain comes in many different forms, depending on the sufferer. The most common form of chronic pain is back or neck aches, but it can come from anywhere. Some conditions, like Regional Pain Syndrome affects specific areas of the body such as the legs and arms. For some chronic pain conditions, there is no cure, only management and soothing. That’s what we’re here to help with today. We’ll show you the best, and most effective ways to reduce your everyday pain.

Keeping things at a manageable level is a daily task, and you’ll need to make plenty of lifestyle changes. Learning to cope and adapt to chronic pain isn’t easy, but it all starts by making a plan! Read the following measures, and begin to incorporate them into your life as much as possible.

  1. Yoga and meditation

The root of chronic back and neck pain lies in your muscles. It’s the tension and tightness that comes with muscle age and use. We naturally build up tension in our neck and shoulder muscles, and it needs a release. Yoga and meditation is a fantastic way to do that. Many people snub these alternative therapies, but if you’ve tried everything else, it’s worth a shot! The core of yoga and meditation is managing your breathing. Deep breathing allows you to relax, which in turn helps drain the tension from your muscles. Some soft yoga will also help stretch your muscles, and wring out the pain.

  1. Reduce stress

Everyone has different triggers and causes when it comes to chronic pain. But, doctors all agree on one thing: stress worsens it! No matter the source of your pain, stress will amplify it immensely. Why? Because we hold our stress in our shoulders, back, and neck. Stress causes our muscles to tense up which fuels the pain. Think about your everyday lifestyle, and how it contributes to your stress levels. Perhaps it’s time to reduce your hours at work, or move on from a trying job. If there are stresses in the home, face up to them, and try to mitigate them.

  1. Soft exercise

Exercise produces a string of natural, feel-good chemicals. Endorphins are nature’s painkillers, and by taking regular exercise, you can help reduce the pain. The endorphins will also boost your mood, happiness, and motivation. This is essential when dealing with relentless pain. Secondly, exercise will help strengthen those painful muscles. It will help defend against further injury and pain problems.

  1. Stop smoking and drinking

Studies show that regular smoking and drinking can exacerbate the pain levels in your body. Alcohol is a particular problem because it disrupts your sleep pattern terribly. Sleeping with chronic pain is hard enough as it is, without throwing alcohol into the mix. Try to remove it from your life, or cut back significantly. The problem with smoking lies with blood flow. Healthy circulation helps ease pain, because your muscles get all the oxygen they need. Smoking disrupts that flow, and breeds painful symptoms.

  1. Massage

Now, here’s one lifestyle change you can wholeheartedly embrace! Massages help target the specific pain areas, and loosen those muscles. Remember, the pain is almost always muscle based, caused by tension. Massages help work out the nots and stress in your neck and shoulders. They’ll ease the pain by softening those core muscle groups. If you’re suffering from a particular chronic pain, let your masseuse know, and they’ll target it specifically. Other treatments like acupuncture have also proved very effective here.

  1. Good diet

A healthy diet is critical whether you’re suffering from chronic pain or not. But, it’s time to take a long, hard look at your current intake. You need to keep your blood sugar levels at a healthy dose to ensure good blood flow. You need to keep your weight down, to avoid putting more stress on those painful areas. A balanced diet will keep your body in good working order.

  1. Drug treatments

Of course, there are plenty of medicinal answers. Simple painkillers may do the trick when it comes to early pain symptoms. Speak to your doctor about the right prescription for you. There are also more controversial options out there. The use of medical ketamine and medical marijuana is rising rapidly in the USA. Speak to the specialists about whether this route might benefit you.

Living with chronic pain is possible is you learn to manage it correctly. What tricks do you use to soothe your pain?

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Here Are My Favourite Ways To Ease The Boredom Of Regular Workouts

I love that I am exercising more each week now than ever before. I feel reinvigorated and more youthful. My body is leaner and stronger and even more flexible than it was years ago. But it hasn’t all come easy. Anyone who has come a long way with their fitness will tell you the battle is with your mind. Boredom, lack of focus, and a lack of tenacity can undo weeks of work in just a few days. So how do you overcome the boredom of an exercise routine?

Boot Camp

I love boot camps. They are such a great way to test your fitness level. Boot camps can push you harder to achieve more. The sense of satisfaction you can get at the end more than makes up for the fatigue you’re feeling. There is an annual boot camp open to all fitness levels in Hyde Park. You can click here to find out what is best to wear at weekend boot camp. Boot camps are also a great way to network with other people just like you. I’ve met plenty of other online fitness friends in the flesh this way.

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Yoga Retreat

Whether you already commit to a weekly Yoga class or not, a retreat will help you develop your practice further. It’s great to meet other people interested in the health benefits of Yoga. It also helps you to become more interested in Yoga itself. Learn new poses, or just attend to feel relaxed and rejuvenated.


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Mix It Up

Swap out one or two of your regular activities. Instead of running on a Tuesday, go swimming. Instead of an hour in the gym on Friday, head to the squash court. If you make swaps every four weeks or so, you shouldn’t find yourself getting stuck in a rut. It’s a great way to increase your all round fitness too. Different exercises and activities deliver different physical benefits.

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Try Something New

If you’ve never tried rock climbing before, why not book into your local indoor centre for a taster session? How about skiing? If you’ve never picked up a rugby ball then now is definitely the time to try that! Finding new sports and activities is the perfect way to test your body out in new situations. Stretch the limits of your current abilities and use your new activity to enhance your body further.


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Train For An Event

Now could be a great time to enter yourself into a race or event. If you’ve been running for a while, why not try out a 5k fun run? For the more seasoned runner, you could try a half marathon! Set yourself the challenge to inspire you to better yourself. Find a training programme online, or speak to your running club.

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Keeping fit can sometimes be lonely, especially if you do a lot of exercises alone at home. There are some great apps to help you track your progress and that of your friends. Alternatively, why not use FaceBook to compare notes on your successes and achievements? Everyone gets a little bored with the same old things every day. See what you can do to spice up your fitness.

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How To Deal With A Serious Injury When You Are A Fitness Fanatic

When you are used to spending a lot of your time keeping fit, a serious injury can be a nightmare come true. The injury itself is one thing, but there is also a significant psychological impact to deal with.

People who exercise a lot have a lot invested in their ability to get up and out for a workout. Take that away, and it can be devastating. So what do you do if you are a fitness fanatic that suffers a severe injury? And what are the psychological signs to look out for? In this short guide, we’re going to go through everything you need to know.

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Don’t do too much

After a serious injury, it is essential that you take it easy for a while. While it might be tempting to do as much exercise as you can, you have to listen to your doctor and physiotherapist’s advice. Don’t push yourself too hard, and allow your body time to recover.

Your medical team will give you the plan to get yourself back up to speed – and you should follow it to the letter. You may feel like you are progressing better than they think, but you run the risk of injuring yourself again – perhaps even worse. The medical profession takes years to learn about the human body and know best how to fix it. Listen to them.

Don’t feel isolated

If you are used to going to the gym three or four times a week, it becomes a big part of your social activity. And, when that social activity disappears, it can have an impact. You might find yourself feeling isolated, which in turn can lead to depressive thoughts. While you shouldn’t push yourself too hard, it’s important to remember that your life isn’t over and that it is only a temporary situation.

So, get out when you can and keep up with your social life. Perhaps you could do with a wheelchair to help you get around, and you could even hire a portable wheelchair lift to help you get in and out of the house. Human contact is important to keep the spirits up, so don’t let your injury stop you from social life.

Keep your self-esteem up

As a fitness fanatic, a lot of your self-esteem will have been built up from your workouts. You are used to challenging yourself, and getting results. Without that ability, you can start feeling bad about yourself. In fact, the more committed you are normally, the worse it can be for you. It’s important, then, to try and keep your spirits up.

Challenge yourself in other ways – that book that you always planned on reading, for example. You could do a short online course on a subject you are interested in, or maybe even try doing some artwork. Keep your brain busy, keep achieving, and you will stave off some of the negative thoughts.

Well, with any luck, these tips will help you get through the psychological pain of being injured. If you can keep your spirits up, it won’t be long at all until you are back on the fitness trail. Good luck with the recovery!

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What Are The Dangers of Detoxing From An Alcohol Dependency Without Professional Help?

If you are physically dependent on alcohol. It may well be your very dearest wish to be able to stop drinking. You may have completely stopped enjoying drinking, even finding it hard to swallow and keep down alcohol, but the withdrawal you experience when you stop is terrifying so you keep trying to keep it at bay with more alcohol. It can seem like a good idea to bite the bullet and try to detox by yourself at home, so you can free yourself from the debilitating addiction, but this is actually more dangerous for many alcohol dependent people than continuing to drink.

What Will You Experience If You Go ‘Cold Turkey’ From Alcohol Without Medical Help?

As you may be aware, the ‘DT’s’ as the most acute withdrawal symptoms from alcohol are often known, can be fatal. It is estimated that 17% of people who experience these symptoms, which can include severe seizures, die, and others can experience brain damage and other serious harm. While this is at the acute end of the withdrawal spectrum, even what tend to be assessed as milder experiences of withdrawal can be terrifying and even deadly, with high blood pressure and a rapid heart rate increasing the possibility of heart attacks and strokes during this period – especially in individuals who weren’t in great health to begin with – which is the case for many alcoholics.  Even without dangerous symptoms, you may experience a scary level of anxiety which makes it impossible to leave your home, as well as shaking, sweating and insomnia. These last only a few days, but a few days coping with this alone is a long time, and there is no good reason to put yourself through it.

Why Rehab is the Best Option

If the option is available to you, and a rapid detox is your goal, then going to a professional rehab center is your best option. There are plenty of fully accredited, supportive treatment facilities all over the country, such as FirstStepDetox in Palm Beach, FL. Many rehab centers accept insurance, and you will find there are people from all walks of life using their facilities – addiction can happen to almost anyone. Different rehabs use different methods, but all of them will get you through those first few days with minimal discomfort and symptoms, and make sure you are safe from any dangers relating to detoxing.

Don’t Go It Alone

If you can’t go into rehab for whatever reason, never try and detox alone. Try using a tapering method to cut down your drinking over the course of a number of days while keeping symptoms at bay, and make sure someone knows what you are doing and to stay with you and call medical help if you get into trouble.

There is a huge success rate for people who commit to getting over alcohol addiction, but you do need to quit responsibly, so check into rehab if you can and never ever try and go cold turkey on your own.


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Healthy Living 101: Feel Better Than Ever By Going Back To Basics

We all want to live a healthier lifestyle. However, there’s so much contradictory information on the subject that knowing where to turn is often the hardest part of all.

Don’t let these complex issues prevent you from achieving your goals. Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, one of the best methods of reaching your targets is to strip things back to the very basics.

Get these four elements of your life right, and you’ll soon notice huge improvements to your health and general well-being. Better still, you won’t be wasting money on temporary fads and gimmicks. Employ these tips now, and enjoy the new you.

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Eat Cleaner

The human body is a complex machine. If you want it to perform in the best way possible, it’s imperative that you fuel it with the right sources of energy.

There are hundreds of different diets that you could choose from. But the greatest tip that anyone can give you is to eat cleaner. Preparing meals from scratch is easily the best way to achieve this, which is why a Berkel slicer could be one of the best investments you ever make. You could additionally up your game by growing fruit and veg.

Additionally, it’s vital that you keep your body hydrated. Increasing your water intake is a must.


Make no mistake, healthy eating is a cornerstone of achieving a healthier and happier life. But it’s far from being the only important factor. Your body craves physical activity, and it’s imperative that you take notice.

By taking up yoga, you’ll keep your body supple while also improving your mental wellbeing too. Furthermore, it isn’t too strenuous on your joints or muscles, which will come as a great relief to those who are a little out of sync.

You could always join a class to make it more social too.

Quit Bad Habits

Improving your life isn’t just about seeking new positives. Removing the negative aspects of your current lifestyle can have an even greater impact, and is a route that everyone should look to take.

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Finding a way to stop smoking will make a noticeable difference to your health within days. Your appearance will improve, as will your fitness. Kicking the habit isn’t always easy, but there are plenty of resources to help you on your journey.

Once you’ve successfully achieved this goal, you’ll wonder why you ever did it in the first place.

Get More Sleep

Nobody enjoys a lack of sleep. Unfortunately, far too many of us deprive ourselves of the desired amount. If you’re one of them, now is the time to change.

Not getting your 40 winks will leave you feeling tired and groggy. Meanwhile, it can prevent your brain computing at its optimum level. Furthermore, fatigue can leave you more vulnerable to making bad decisions such as eating an unhealthy meal or skipping the gym.

There are plenty of methods and cheap products to help promote a better night’s sleep. Take advantage now, and you’ll soon notice vast improvements to your feelings throughout the day.

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