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Five Tips for Getting Started with Yoga

Five Tips for Getting Started with Yoga
Did you know that the most popular fitness activity in Leicester (my home town!) is Yoga? *

Yoga has been a huge part of my life for the last few years, especially since having a child. I used to go to yoga classes when I was a uni student but these days I practice it at home, using a smartphone apps (I recommend FitStar Yoga) and various YouTube videos. Sometimes I've even practiced yoga in my PJs shortly after I've put my son to bed!

Here are my top tips for getting started with yoga for the first time:

Dr Sally Norton's Guide To Vitamin D

Dr Sally Norton's Guide To Vitamin D
Up to 10 million Brits are simply not getting enough sunlight to make the right levels of Vitamin D. That’s about 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 children. There are certain groups of people in particular that are more at risk and the risk is greatest between October to April when the sun isn’t out very often.

What has the sun got to do with it? Well, quite a lot! We don’t get much vitamin D from foods – we make it in our skin when it is exposed to sunlight. The winter sun is insufficient and not of the right wavelength for us to make much Vitamin D. Sunlight is so important that statistics show 8% of adults have vitamin D deficiency in the summer compared to 39% in winter. When we don’t get enough sunlight, our Vitamin D levels decline – it’s that simple.

Dr Sally Norton's Guide To Nut Butters

A guide to nut butters by Dr Sally Norton
Not that long ago, the only choice when it came to nut butters was smooth or crunchy peanut butter. Now the preserves shelves in health food shops are offering a choice of almond, cashew and brazil alternatives – but what are the health benefits?

While nuts may contain a seemingly high amount of calories and fat – they can play a role (in the right portions!) in a well-balanced, healthy diet. Most of the fat in nuts is the healthy unsaturated type, plus they are a fabulously well-rounded source of protein, vitamins E and B group, minerals including copper, zinc and magnesium and fibre. They are a great on-the-go snack with a low glycaemic index to help you feel fuller for longer and help suppress appetite. You can easily make your own, just by blitzing nuts (pre-roast for a few minutes if you like) in a food processor until the natural oils are released to form a buttery texture. But if you go for shop-bought, check the label to find one that has no hidden nasties like sugar or palm oil.

Here’s our breakdown of the pros and cons of the nut butter aisle:

Herbalife Review: Are Herbalife products good for you?

Herbalife is a company I've seen on social media quite a lot recently. I had a vague awareness that it was an MLM company and knew that I wouldn't be able to buy their products from a shop and that I would need to find an independent distributor instead. So when I was put in contact with Personal Trainer & Herbalife Wellness Coach, Jordan Head, I wanted to take this opportunity to ask him about Herbalife products and how they fit into a healthy lifestyle and test out some of the product. I also consulted with Dr Carel le Roux, a professor from the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London, to find out more about the ingredients of the products and their health benefits.

So let's discuss the Herbalife and some of their products, specifically and from a health and nutrition perspective.

Neil Welsh's 10 Ways To Introduce New Food To Kids

how to introduce new food to kids
Eating healthily is a hard enough task on its own. It is made much harder when we have to take into account the eating preferences of a whole family, especially if the kids at the table are less than adventurous! We’ve all been there, thumbed through a cook book full of tantalising recipes… ruling out one after another as the kids will more than likely turn their noses up at it.

The good news is that it does not have to be that way. All over the world, families sit down to meals together, enjoy the same food in a relaxed environment without even having to threaten the kids with no pudding if they don’t eat their fish fingers!

Here are 10 ways that we can all help our kids try new things at meal times and make our dinner tables more varied and more relaxed…. starting right now.