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The poigniant story of how cancer fighting recipe and wellness app wholesome world was born

March 1, 2019
This is a story of an incredibly strong and brave young woman who transformed tremendous loss into an opportunity to help hundreds and thousands of others beat cancer and live healthy lives. Freyja Hanstein, 31, lost her husband to abdominal synovial Sarcoma cancer in 2014 just one month after their wedding. Mercilessly, 10 months later Freyja was diagnosed with a grade III/IV Oligodendroglioma cytoma brain tumour. Despite the odds Freyja beat the cancer and has now launched Wholesome World, a healthy lifestyle app featuring cancer-fighting recipes, treatment options, support groups, products and services and wellness tips. The app’s healthy recipes and wellness tips make it applicable for everyone to use and get inspired to live a healthy lifestyle.… Continue reading...
Food, Health

My Veganuary

February 1, 2019
Since the Veganuary movement started five years ago participant numbers have more than doubled each year and a total of over 250,000 people in 193 countries have signed up. This Veganuary I decided to join them and devote myself to being wholly vegan for one month. I was mostly eating a diet of plants anyway but the occasional piece of fish or cheese did pass my lips. Oh and I can’t exclude the sweet treats I consumed, some of which contained dairy. I’d not touched red meat for ages (years) though and had been repulsed by chicken and eggs ever since watching the 2017 documentary film What the health, which critiques the health impact of meat and dairy products consumption, and exposes the malpractices of  leading health and pharmaceutical organisations which support animal consumption in highly questionable ways.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Warm-up before you run. Here’s a video of some moves that work well!

December 17, 2018
Warming up before the main part of any workout is crucial. You want to gradually increase your heart rate so  your muscles gradually become warmer and receive an increased oxygen supply. This will increase your performance and reduce the risk of injury. Injuries occur more often when the muscles are not warm and tear as a result of going into exercise too vigorously without the proper warm-up. I hope this helps! Usually, I perform theses movements three times after a 5-minute slow jog. After I then jog for another 3 minutes before increasing the intensity for the main body of my run.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Motivation: “You must do the things you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt

December 11, 2018
I’ve written about winter motivation in my latest Modern Woman column (previous post) and now, I want to now share what motivates me the most personally to get up on the cold dark winter days and any day of the year to train and push my body hard. Sometimes I wake up feeling tired. I know – groundbreaking right?! Stick with me. This Monday was a perfect example. I’d had a fun, frivolous weekend away from fitness focusing on self indulgence instead to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It was hedonistic and worth it. However..! On Monday morning I woke up early in a warm bed and the thought of going out to sprint or run a long distance just seemed like a bad joke.… Continue reading...
Health, Mindfullness

Why you should feel grateful every day

November 29, 2018
When life’s knocked you around a bit, when you’ve seen a few things and time has happened and you’ve got some years under your belt, you start to think more highly of modest things like flowers and a pretty sky or just a morning when nothing’s gone wrong and everyone’s been pretty nice to everyone else and things are pretty nice and it’s coming up to eleven or twelve o’clock and things are going well and you think – that’s nice. No one’s died, everyone’s ok. It makes you a little bit more modest.                                                                                                       –Alain de Botton in conversation with Tim Ferris on the Tim Ferris Show Podcast Hands up if you can relate to these wise words spoken by one of modern day’s most esteemed philosophers?… Continue reading...
Food

Get one of your five a day with yes! snack bars

November 27, 2018
*Disclaimer: This post was kindly sponsored by Nestlé YES! The snack bar market has come a long, long way since my childhood days when the Tracker bar ruled the roost. Its ingredients? Sugar, palm fat, sweetened condensed skimmed milk, glucose syrup, palm kernel fat, emulsifiers – you get the pretty unappealing picture. Back then little attention was paid to the ingredients of such bars and pre-made meals et- cetera. Taste was what mattered most and consumers weren’t so nutrition-savvy as to question what ingredients they were ingesting. Thankfully, nutritional awareness has been and continues to grow which can be seen in the expanded range of healthier snack bars, supplements and healthier food alternatives that  are now on the market.… Continue reading...
Fitness

Cold Weather Running Kit Essentials

November 20, 2018
Bbbrrrrr! Baby it’s COLD outside! After the glorious sunny autumn weather we’ve been treated to recently these frosty temperatures are tough to take! Today, I so nearly didn’t go on my run. It was 4 degrees outside, raining and I’d only slept 5 hours due to hormone-induced insomnia. I felt tired and I couldn’t warm up even with the heating on. But I had my week’s running schedule already set and I was sticking to it. So I put my (one too many) layers and waterproofs on not forgetting my gloves and off I went. About 5 minutes in my cheeks were rosy and my energy was returning.… Continue reading...