What is mindfulness? For me it is being present in the moment, cognitively and emotionally. It is savouring the tangy, refreshing juice and tiny seeds of a ripe tomato. It is feeling the crunch of leaves and hearing the sounds underfoot. It is feeling your voice raise on the line with customer service and

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  Almonds are one of my go-to snacks: delicious with some Greek yogurt or with a small handful of cranberries. However I have never really gone for almond milk even though it makes a fantastic hot chocolate. I never really knew what was putting me off – it wasn’t the flavour for sure, being infinitely

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  What can I expect on my first acupuncture appointment? On your first visit, you will have a consultation regarding the reason for your visit and any past pertinent health conditions. You will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns and to ask questions. Based on the diagnosis, a treatment plan will be recommended. After

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  There is something about London in the summer that makes it truly the wonderful city that I know it is. Perhaps it’s this heat wave which, regardless of how you feel about wilting in the sun or embracing eating al fresco, undoubtedly makes a lot of people much happier. Perhaps it’s the beautiful pink

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  This week in the Guardian is an article reporting the research published by consumer group Which? that shows shoppers can save up to £440 by swapping “superfoods” with cheaper alternatives.   While the intentions are good, it is this very kind of apples-and-oranges style of comparisons that leave the results frustratingly misguided.   The

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  Is acupuncture effective? Yes! In 2003 the World Health Organization recognized acupuncture as effective for a wide range of common health conditions (download their PDF report) and in 2009, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence released guidelines recommending that acupuncture should be made available on the NHS, as a cost-effective short-term treatment for the management of early, persistent non-specific

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  This is not a new article but I recently stumbled across it and I wanted to share it with you.   Dr Leana Wen is a Harvard-educated emergency physician and she describes how despite being trained in western medicine, she came to appreciate the “whole picture” approach of Chinese medicine:   While my study is

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  Stylist magazine recently brought to my attention a syndrome called Bitchy Resting Face (BRF) which “is basically an expression (or rather a non-expression), that makes people think you’re in a bad mood, when actually you’re not. In fact, you’re probably not thinking about a lot, to be honest.”   There’s even a spoof public

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