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Stop bashing our bodies

It is a challenging time for the body positivity movement. Christmas and New Year have just flown by, and most of those who celebrate will – hopefully – have had time to relax, spend time with loved ones, and enjoy some festive fun. As always, however, comes the inevitable onslaught of New Year diets and […]

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Lidl to remove cartoon characters from packaging: is it enough?

Lidl has announced plans to remove cartoon characters from the packaging of eight own-brand cereals in a bid to encourage healthier breakfasts. The change comes almost two years after the Health Select Committee recommended that all cartoon characters be removed from sugary foods. With researchers estimating that more than 100,000 young Scots are now classed as […]

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Lifestyle Wellbeing

Seasonal Affective Disorder: how to beat those winter blues

As the days get shorter and the dark nights draw in particularly early over Edinburgh, many of us eagerly look forward to the upcoming festivities that winter promises, however for 1 in 15 Britons, this is sadly not the case. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of clinical depression that occurs in a seasonal […]

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Vegan toolkit: a guideline for all new or curious vegans

Veganism is an increasingly popular lifestyle, with over 250,000 sign-ups to Veganuary in 2019. With so many reasons to give up eating meat, whether it be for the environment, animals, or your health, this upsurge in popularity is hardly surprising. However, as with any diet, there are certain things to consider when making this lifestyle […]

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Lifestyle Wellbeing

What is intermittent fasting? A breakdown of a new diet trend

Content Warning: mentions of a diet restriction and disordered eating.  Intermittent fasting: the cool, new kid in the world of dieting. With the popularity of the body positivity movement and the increased awareness of the dangers of dieting, intermittent fasting sounds like an unlikely trend. However, this type of fasting is not about going for […]

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Why we should all be eating more bugs

When I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here comes onto our screens each November, millions across the UK watch through their fingers as the camp mates are forced to eat spiders, mealworms and witchetty grubs. There is a collective shriek as the celebs gag and retch whilst Dec offers some encouraging words of advice […]

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Were we right about salt, for all the wrong reasons?

It turns out that the accepted wisdom on dietary salt, that too much causes dangerous increases in blood pressure, might be a little oversimplified. The body strives to maintain a constant level of salt in the blood; when there is too much, the body draws water in from surrounding tissues to keep the correct concentration. […]

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Children with depressed parents more likely to be fussy eaters

Image: nvainio (Flickr) It is well accepted that a parent’s eating habits can profoundly affect those of their children. However, new research would suggest that an adult’s mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety, can adversely affect their child’s attitude to food. ‘Fussy’ eating is identified as a selective, but consistent, rejection of certain food […]