Katie Piper could not be in better shape as she shimmies towards the Strictly Come Dancing ballroom and hopefully the Glitterball trophy too. Last week, the TV presenter was officially announced as the first star in the show’s 2018 celebrity line-up. News which comes as she celebrates shedding an astonishing two stone in just six months after adopting a new healthy eating and fitness plan following the birth of her second daughter. Three months after Penelope, known as ‘Pea’, was born in December, Katie, also mum to daughter Belle, four, decided to lose her baby weight and boost her feel-good endorphins by focusing on her physical and mental health. Now, having reclaimed her size 8-10 dress size, the 5ft 2ins TV presenter says the mental health benefits of eating well and training two to three times a week has allowed her to juggle motherhood with less anxiety and more confidence, too. Also, using mindfulness techniques which she has practised to conquer … [Read more...] about Mum-of-two Katie Piper shares diet tips which got her in shape for Strictly
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Students across Wales will be collecting their A-level results on Thursday, August 16. It is a nervous time for teenagers and they don’t need parents or carers adding to the stress by fretting around them. So, how can parents help before results day and on the day itself? Here are some tips from the experts Don’t use the C word Never tell anyone else to “stay calm”, that will produce the opposite effect, but try to stay calm for those around you waiting results. Remember - it’s worse for them and your job is to keep things as normal and tranquil as possible. Do say “it’s ok to be nervous” Tell your young person it’s normal to feel nervous before results day. If you can’t take minds off the looming results envelope then try to share your worries with others in the same situation. Invite friends around and encourage your teenager to do the same. Being with people going through the same thing and sharing your thoughts and worries … [Read more...] about Tips for parents on helping stressed students through A-level results day
LOOKING for ways to reduce your stress levels? Eating this particular chocolate could be the key. By Laura Mitchell / Published 30th April 2018 GETTY CHOCOHOLIC: New research reveals that eating chocolate can help reduce stress levels If you’re a chocolate-lover we’re got good news for you! New research trials have found added benefits to eating more of the sweet treat.Eating dark chocolate (with a minimum of 70% cacao) every day can reduce stress.Research found people who rated themselves highly stressed to begin with had lower levels of stress hormones after eating chocolate every day for two weeks. Celebrities share their mental health battles These celebrities have spoken up about their mental health struggles 1 / 19 FilmMagic Ryan Reynolds has opened up about suffering with intense anxiety The study's subjects ate 1.4 ounces (40 g) of dark chocolate daily and the effects were mind-blowing.Doctors took … [Read more...] about How to reduce stress: Eating THIS type of chocolate daily reduces stress hormone levels
What is Veganuary? As it sounds, Veganuary is a campaign to encourage people to try vegan food in January. This year, it's set to be bigger than ever with Veganuary, a registered charity, predicting more than 150,000 people will go vegan for the month. Although the campaign was set up five years ago, this year its profile has grown - although not everyone is a fan. Piers Morgan recently tweeted: "Veganuary....what new special kind of Hell is this?" So, who takes part and why? Last year, there were 60,000 registered participants from 172 countries, and one of the 2015 participants was Charlotte Sims, from Droitwich. She said: "I was already vegetarian and had been since I was eight because of my love for animals. "I couldn't understand how I could have so much love for my pet cats and then be sitting down for dinner and eating cows and chickens. "Why love one animal and then eat another?! I was really passionate about being vegetarian and it never even crossed my mind … [Read more...] about Veganuary: What is it, how can I do it and where can I go to eat out?
We are well and truly in flu and cold season but Gillian Killiner says there’s plenty you can do to stave off the annual winter bugs Why is immunity lower in winter? There are various reasons why our immunity is lower at this time of year. The temperature drops and, so we turn up the heat and stay indoors. Bacteria thrive in our heated/enclosed environments, allowing more germs breeding, so much easier to catch a cold or flu. With less sunlight our vitamin D stores drop too with it no longer being available for its protective effect. Our bodies also need an increase in vitamin C, so we need to stay topped up daily as Vitamin C is water soluble and is not stored in the body. However be careful if considering a Vitamin C supplement. Ascorbic acid is not as good as one may think due to its longer term negative effect on copper metabolism. Can I do anything to boost my immune system? Thankfully, yes! To keep a strong and balanced immune system to stay healthy and avoid infections … [Read more...] about Ulster dietitian offers top tips to boost your immune system this winter