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IamYiam Health and Fitness DNA Profiling

IamYiam Health and Fitness DNA Profiling
Tailoring health and fitness plans to a person's DNA became big business last year and I'm sure DNA profiling is a luxury health trend set to continue, as more and more people begin to recognise that there's no single diet plan or 'magic bullet' to suit everyone. It seems like every day there's a new book on the supermarket shelves promising that if we just cut out a particular food group or ingredient, we will solve all of our health problems.

You've probably tried some of these things yourself - low carb, no carb, low fat, gluten free, dairy free, low sugar, etc. etc. Trouble is, without seeking expert advice first, a lot of this is just guess work. We're haphazardly cutting things out of our diet without really knowing if we, as individuals, have an intolerance or allergy, in the hope that it will completely turn our health around in the same way it has for some woman on the internet.

Sports Bras For Big Boobs: A Buyer's Guide

Sports Bras For Big Boobs: A Buyer's Guide
Back in high school, during in a PE lesson where I was stuck running a 5k while on a very heavy and painful first period (I was only 11), my teacher pulled me aside and 'advised' that I needed to be wearing a sports bra instead of a regular bra, because my breasts were bouncing around and attracting unwanted attention from the boys, who were playing rugby on the adjacent field. 

Shocked and totally mortified, I muttered something about the fact I was already wearing two sports bras at the same time and walked off, doubled over with menstrual cramps, cheeks burning red and a stream of silent, ashamed tears falling out of my eyes.

How to Make Healthy Chocolate Mousse Using Quark

How to Make Healthy Chocolate Mousse Using Quark
This chocolate mousse recipe is so ridiculously easy, delicious and healthy. If you've never heard of Quark, it looks like thick creamy Greek-style yogurt and tastes like cream cheese. It is actually a cheese itself (and you'll find it in the cheese isle at the supermarket) but it's a high protein, naturally low fat equivalent of the cream cheese you would make a cheesecake with. In fact, you can indeed make a Quark Cheesecake.


This recipe for a basic chocolate Quark mousse uses just two ingredients and makes 3 ample sized puds, it could stretch to 4 if you make them smaller or wish to mix it with other ingredients, such as fruit and nuts.

Dr Sally Norton Explains Why Optimism Is Important For Health

Dr Sally Norton Explains Why Optimism Is Important For Health

Many people see positivity as a genetic trait – something they are either born with, or not. In the same way that we might talk about our eye colour or height, many of us will describe ourselves as naturally optimistic or pessimistic. However, your brain can change! In the same way that we can train our brains to appreciate healthy food, we can train ourselves to have a more positive outlook on life.

When you find yourself thinking those negative thoughts about yourself, your circumstances, or even about others, STOP! Instead, force yourself to think of three positive things instead – there will always be something. If you persevere with looking for the good, instead of the bad, it will become a habit. It’s well worth the effort – the benefits of being more optimistic are now being recognised in numerous studies …

Four Fitness Trends for Summer 2017, According to Julia Buckley

Four Fitness Trends for Summer 2017, According to Julia Buckley
Following on from Dr Sally's look back at 2016's fitness trends, online personal trainer Julia Buckley tell us which four fitness trends she expects we'll see this summer. I really hope these predictions come true, as we certainly need a shake up of the fitness industry landscape. 

1. Real life fitness 



The recent proliferation of fitness-related social media accounts has created a gap between what people see online and the everyday reality of simply maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Professionally shot and edited images of models, celebrities and even their meals creates a false impression of effortless perfection. Under the guise of #fitspiration, these posts are merely self-promotion with the additional negative effect of intimidating and deterring those seeking to make positive changes to their lifestyle. 


“We need to put a lid on the current trend for perfection. Like most people, I enjoy images of colourful smoothie bowls sprinkled with flower petals, or I-just-woke-up-accidentally-looking-gorgeous portraits.

“However, as a professional in the fitness industry, I see these images as entertainment. But many people take them seriously and end up feeling depressed about their lives,” says online trainer Julia Buckley.