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Here’s the Juice

You’ve probably read a lot about juicing recently. It being the New Year! New You! New Diet! season and all that. But, to paraphrase that famous saying, juicing is for life, not just for post-Christmas detoxes. In fact, juicing needn’t be part of some all or nothing fasting cleanse (although, actually, when I’m out of the new baby, give-me-carbs-now phase, I’ll be all over that). It can be a brilliant way to give your body an instant health boost and maybe inspire you to get your arse in gear and start juicing yourself (although let’s just ignore my recent attempt at making a kale, blueberry and almond smoothie, which can only be described as interesting at best….)…

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Eat well, Be happy

So, today is apparently the most miserable day of the entire year. What a thought to wake up to on a Monday morning. You may disagree and be actually pretty darn happy, thank you very much, but if you are suffering from the mid-January blues, then don’t fear, we have help at hand. While there’s obviously more to it than what you eat, having a healthy diet can seriously boost your mood, getting you on the road to being as ‘happy’ as a certain mr Pharrell Williams (see what I did there?) “There is no doubt that a diet full of chemicals and additives can definitely have a negative effect on your mood,” says uber-nutritionist Vicki Edgson, author of several books including Honestly Healthy and founder of the excellent Vital Energy retreats. “Some people, for instance, are particularly sensitive to sweeteners, such as aspartame (found in all fizzy drinks), which has now been recognised as a neurotoxin. Eating clean, natural foods as close to nature as nature intended,  has a positive effect on all functions of the body, not least your brain and mood.” And so, what foods should you be eating? Vicki suggests the following….…

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How to…cook for children

One of the best discoveries I made last year was Cooking Them Healthy, a brilliant blog set up by three mothers (sisters Georgie and Minnie Soskin, and nutritionist Jo Saunders) providing inspirational recipes, nutritional advice and ideas on how to encourage your children to eat healthily. One of the things I love most (apart from the recipes which are really delicious) is their A-Z of Health focusing on specific ailments and the foods that can help alleviate them (which is probably just as useful for adults). With delicious recipes and invaluable information, it is my new must-read site when it comes to cooking for my boys……

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Boost up your body for autumn with leading nutritionist Henrietta Norton

Oh Autumn. Yes, we love the mist, the conkers, the food (clearly we’ve talked about ALL of this already)….But, we really don’t love the coughs, the colds or the flu. It’s not yet the middle of September and already half the people I know have succumbed to some kind of illness. I think it’s the change in seasons (it’s happened a little earlier than last year, but hey, that’s the pay-off for a great summer), it’s definitely Not Much Fun. Which is why, we are taking all the precautions we can and boosting up our bodies in preparation for the months ahead. To do this, we’ve enlisted the help of uber-nutritionist Henrietta Norton, the founder of Wild Nutrition, who we spoke to back in June about healthy summer eating. This time, Henrietta has focused on the essential topic of how to nourish your health this winter….…

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Pregnancy yoga – a definite ‘do’

Yoga is really good for babies. Okay, not actually doing it themselves, but lying on mats and watching their mamas bend, breathe and stretch. One of the most chilled out little chaps I know spent his formative months on a yoga mat with his mum. Moreover, the benefits being waayyy before the babe is born. Just ask our favourite experts – Grace of The Pregnant Beauty Guide, Tara Lee at The Life Centre, Nadia Narain at Triyoga and Sarah Oakley and Elinor Evans of Yummy Yoga. Both Alex and I practised yoga when we were pregnant and it made a world of difference to our mental state, well-being and bodies (possibly because I generally fell asleep at the end of every class…). So we were thrilled when Sarah and Elinor sent us their guide to why – for the love of om, girls – you need to get yourself on that mat.…

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Henrietta Norton on the 5 foods you should be eating this summer

Nutritional expert, author and founder of Wild Nutrition, Henrietta Norton is something of a guru when it comes to women’s and children’s nutrition. If you are feeling run-down, want to maximise your physical and mental wellbeing or have a specific issue you’d like to address, then Henrietta is your woman. As well as running her own clinic in Sussex and practicing at the uber-chic Grace Belgravia health club in Mayfair, Henrietta is also the author of ‘Take Control of Your Endometriosis’ and the mother of two young children. Yup, she’s busy. Luckily, for us, she’s taken time out of her hectic schedule to give us the run-down on the 5 foods we should be eating this summer to stay in tip-top health. And the really good news is that there’s not a mud-tasting herb or dodgy smelling vegetable in sight – they’re all delicious and of course, nutritious……

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Disconnect to Reconnect: How to stop technology taking over your life

I lay in bed the other night, checking my email, checking my twitter feed, even checking the weather for the coming week (well, I am British), before turning off my phone and going to sleep. But, I couldn’t sleep. Thoughts kept whirring through my head, ideas about what to post next on Wear & Where, things I needed to do for work… I tossed and turned all night and despite being really tired, I just couldn’t fall into that deep, restorative sleep I craved. The next day it hit me. I’d become addicted to technology. Not in a dramatic, ‘can’t leave my computer for more than ten minutes’ way, but in the way that I HAVE to check email a few times every day. I had even started checking my email when I was with my children (and this, for me, felt wrong). And, since signing up to Twitter (to paraphrase Jemima Khan – I dipped my toe in, now I’m up to my neck) it had got worse.…

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Spring Clean Your Mind

Some people are more innately ‘zen’ than others. Sarah is one of those people. Whenever I see her, I think, ‘How the bejesus does she always stay so calm?’ Okay, so she’s a yoga teacher and life coach – and runs the brilliant Yummy Yoga, but still…the woman is so chilled (and she has a toddler). (If ever I go mad and get knocked up again, I’m booking into one of their weekend workshops to get the bump some oms. Side note: both Alex and I swore by yoga during our pregnancies. For me, working full time, it was the one time in the week I was guaranteed to sit down and wholly relax/snooze.) However, having read this, I think I begin to get an inkling as to why Sarah appears so calm All The Time. Here she is. Looking sunny and relaxed, obvs. And here’s her advice….…

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Five foods to build you up after the flu

Don’t you just love the flu? Nothing like a bout of head spinning, body aching, coughing and sneezing to make you feel on top of the world. I’m slowly coming back to life after a particularly nasty bout, and with energy levels bordering on the comatose, my body is in serious need of repair. Thankfully, I’ve been talking to someone who knows exactly how I can repair it. Vicki Edgson is, quite simply, one of the best nutritionists in the world. Not only does she run several health clinics in London (where she offers dietary advice, health screening and blood tests), she’s also the author of several books including her most recent, Honestly Healthy (more on that in a future post) and founder of the fabulous Vital Energy retreats in the UK and Ibiza. Vicki has been kind enough to recommend to us the five best foods for building your body up after the flu. Take note. If you’re unlucky enough to be struck down, these are exactly what you need to get up and running again. Vicki’s top five foods to build you up after the Flu 1) Barley: This mineral-rich grain is often thought of as rather old-fashioned…