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Eat this: foods and supplements to make your skin look better

Honestly, I am the last person who preaches about what you should eat. How could I when I mainline chocolate like a junkie and was last seen snacking on pom pom bears whilst making friends with a bottle of Whispering Angel? But, *groan*, I'm not an idiot. Well, not a ginormous idiot and I do know that healthy foods and super-supplements can make a real difference to how you look and how you feel. In what has become this summer's bid to make my skin look better, I've done some in-depth research (i.e. asked someone else) into the best foods and supplements to take to make your skin look plumper, healthier and younger than ever. Thankfully, that person is the fab Nutritional Therapist Jo Saunders, part of the brilliant Cooking Them Healthy team who knows all there is to know about super-charged eating....…

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Want to feel happier and healthier in 15 minutes a day? Read this…

Imagine a way of living with no diets, no deprivation, no starvation, no insane exercise regime, no misery, no crazy promises. Just this: when you feel good, you look good. That when you treat your body well, and fuel it properly, you enjoy food and you enjoy life. Think small daily changes and YES, you can have chocolate. And wine. And a life. This is a philosophy – and an approach – which breeds happiness. This is The Feelgood Plan, devised by personal trainer Dalton Wong (the man who hones the bodies of Jennifer Lawrence, Amanda Seyfried and Game of Thrones Kit Harington) and health writer Kate Faithfull-Williams. Want to get in on the action? Read on for our exclusive extract……


7 ways to get your body into tip-top shape for winter by nutritionist Henrietta Norton

You know the drill. The temperature drops, the days shorten and the colds and coughs start making an appearance. Even when autumn and winter are at their most glorious, the bugs hang in the air, making it the time of year when you seriously need to take care of yourself. With this in mind, we asked the brilliant nutritionist and founder of the Wild Nutrition line of supplements, Henrietta Norton, for her tips for getting your body into prime condition for the winter season. Read this and be armed. This winter we won’t be flat out from a cold!…


Let it Go

Have you made any resolutions for 2015? I was thinking about this the other evening whilst feeding my little boy. Babies are tough, right? He’s been pretty easy thus far, but we’ve hit some challenges in the last couple of weeks (anyone who can solve the sudden early waking issue wins a prize/my eternal devotion) and I find myself getting incredibly frustrated and stressed; I feel I should be able to control everything so he runs ‘to schedule’. Hello? Of course I can’t control it. Any more than I can make the sun rise or the moon eclipse. Babies will be babies. Everything’s a phase. ‘Natasha’, I said to myself, as he nuzzled into my arm, ‘you are simply going to have channel Elsa and Let It Go’. (Incidentally, am I the only person who is unable to hear ‘Let it Go’ or – even worse – ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman’ – without welling up? My daughter likes to sing them in her sweet little voice and I have to turn and furiously busy myself with something mundane like the washing-up.) Back to my resolutions. I warn you, I sound a bit like I want to be…


Recipes from The Art of Eating Well by Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley

We all want to eat well, right? The thing is it’s not always as easy as it should be. Short for time and short on inspiration, cooking can turn into a chore, meaning that you can gravitate towards easy old favourites that aren’t always the best (read healthiest) option. But, the good news is that there’s never been a better time to want to eat well. From Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop to Voguette Calgary Avaninso, there are plenty of health gurus out there, but the newest – and certainly among the most relatable – duo are sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley aka Hemsley + Hemsley.…


The Pregnancy Survival Guide

Now this is a good idea: a website dedicated to all things pregnancy-related – which tackles pretty much every issue and question you might ever think to ask – written by Consultant Obstetrician, Mr Roger Marwood, and his daughter, Rebecca Maberley – writer and mother of two boys, Wiflred and Gus. When Rebecca got in touch and told us about Doctor & Daughter, we leapt at the chance to have her write something for us. Head to Doctor & Daughter for more: birth stories, interviews, what to expect week-by-week, plus answers to all the big (and niggling) questions you might have.  To get you started, we have Rebecca’s 10 point guide to surviving pregnancy.…


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….)…


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……


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….…