This blog post is a summary and an extension of Amanda Hamilton‘s workshop titled ‘The Importance of Optimum Gut Health’ which I attended at this year’s VegFest in London, at the Vegan Health Summit. I have found her talk to be a real eye-opener because until that day, I hadn’t really thought much about my gut in the context of my own health and fitness – however, after listening to Amanda, it seems that gut health is something that we all should concern ourselves with, regardless of whether we have existing digestive issues or not! Amanda is resident nutritionist on…

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I have recently visited VegFest in London Olympia with my friend Hannah who blogs at She Writes, She Fights. We both have a keen interest in vegan lifestyle and we both have gone through shorter periods of following a vegan diet, so this event seemed to be the perfect opportunity to indulge our ‘veg-curiosity’ (a new word we learnt at the event!) In the UK, veganism is one of the fastest growing lifestyle movements, with some 542,000 people– more than one per cent of the population – who have adopted a plant-based diet, up from 150,000 in 2006. This means…

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I joined a Facebook Group a while back called ‘Chicks Who Lift’.  I was trying to add some more weight training into my workout routine to help with my running, but I was struggling to really get into it. As the name suggests, this group is open to all ladies who love lifting or are looking to start working with weights, no matter what level they are at. It is quite a diverse group, so you are guaranteed to fit in, no matter your age, background or goals. You will find your tribe here whether you are a new mum…

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I am taking some time off from work, so what is a better way to kick start a week than with a good ol’ fashioned cross-country 10k in the Chiltern Hills? A few of my running buddies signed up for the infamous Frieth Hilly race, so I didn’t want to feel left out. Obviously. This was also a very special occasion as the race celebrated its 10th birthday this year, offering runners the original 10k route and a slightly flatter 5k run. With its route through some breathtaking scenery across the Chilterns countryside, this race is known to be one…

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It was World Mental Health Day on the 10th October, so I wanted to take this opportunity to open up about what has been going on in my life in the past few months (and which have kept me from writing as much as I wanted to). I also wanted to share some important lessons that have helped keep my sanity intact. It is important that we talk about mental health and how we can find ways to combat issues: according to the mental health charity, Mind, “approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health…

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