Get angry about sugar says cardiologist

“We need people to get angry about sugar’ says leading cardiologist. 


Seem Malhotra, a man on mission states today in a Guardian UK newspaper article that if something isn’t done about sugar consumption, and fast, the rapid rise in chronic health conditions related to obesity and diet will have devastating consequences. “Take type 2 diabetes, which is almost entirely preventable,” he says. “The combined cost of type 2 diabetes to the economy and NHS is around £20bn per year.

Raising awareness is vital, he says, because without pressure from the public for change, concerted government action to address the public health and cost implications is unlikely to be successful, in the face of vast sums of money poured into lobbying by the food industry also.

If there was genuine political will, then positive changes could be brought about very quickly, he argues.

“The reality is our environments and our circumstances have a much bigger impact on behaviour than we appreciate. How can anyone argue personal responsibility, if you are living in an area where you haven’t got access to healthy food? That’s just nonsensical. I think it’s criminal.”

Read the article…

Positive psychology, an affirmation

earthTake 2.30mins. Watch. Listen. What a wonderful world @Louis Armstrong….

“What A Wonderful World”

I see trees of green,
red roses too.
I see them bloom,
for me and you.
And I think to myself,
what a wonderful world.I see skies of blue,
And clouds of white.
The bright blessed day,
The dark sacred night.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.The colors of the rainbow,
So pretty in the sky.
Are also on the faces,
Of people going by,
I see friends shaking hands.
Saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying,
“I love you”.I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow,
They’ll learn much more,
Than I’ll ever know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Yes, I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

Oh yeah.



10 keys to happier living

10 keys to happier living – Happiness is a political issue

Their Motto is: Join the movement. Be the change.

Yesterday, at an Inspirational Talk held at the Barbican Centre London, Richard Layard, author of best-selling book Happiness and leading economist, made yet another impassioned case for happier living alongside Professor David Clark, professor of psychology at Oxford University and expert on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Visit to learn about what they are doing to spread this belief. I was definitely inspired by their dedication, knowledge and assuredness.

Action for Happiness also gives out a simple guide…below…making it easy to get and do Happy.

Do you have any tips that work for you? Share them with us!

Action For Happiness

3 things to sustain you through the week

relax Try this simple recipe for a sea bass meal –

Serve with: New potatoes – skin removed after cooking alongside steamed fine green beans. Make a tasty dressing for potatoes – by mixing chopped fresh chives and thyme with dried oregano (a spoonful each). Add the grated peel of half a lemon, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 6- 8 of extra virgin olive oil. Crushed garlic (1 clove) is optional. Season with salt and pepper then add the potatoes and beans and mix well.


Relaxation Tip

Relieve stress and relax and invigorate your upper body muscles with Yoga Lion Pose. Yoga practitioners say this pose effectively gives you an outlet for this negative energy. This posture gets its name from the way you stick your tongue out as far as possible and the way you hold your fingers splayed out, resembling a roaring lion.

Learn how to practice here…

I find that just sitting comfortably or standing straight with hands on knees while practicing is also helpful.


Relaxation Tip

Frankincense Essential oil can be comforting and useful for helping overcome stress. Easy ways to use it include applying it topically, inhaling, dabbing a few drips onto your pillow at bedtime or even in your bath or face and body creams.

This is how to beat Monday morning blues

starting point

Start the Week…with stamina- inducing tips from long distance runners…

Stay hydrated by programming yourself to reach for water at very regular intervals.

Maintain good blood glucose levels by selecting food, snacks and drinks e.g. complex carbohydrates. Some people swear by half an avocado dressed with a little lemon juice and pinch of salt – as a pick me up.

Feed even when you lack appetite or have little time.

Eat a variety of foods to avoid flavour fatigue.

Be wary of sugary drinks whether promoted as ‘sports or soft’ drinks.

Consume enough calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium in your diet and adequate electrolytes particularly sodium.

Doses of caffeine can boost performance and alertness but is usually best when taken after a meal to aid digestion.

Be flexible and open-minded and reach out to your support crew whenever needed.


3 herbal energisers to start the week with

useful daily herb teas

Start the week with these useful daily herbal teas…

Green Tea – a stimulant that contains caffeine and is a healthy alternative to coffee or ordinary tea and does more than just keep you awake.

Compounds in green tea can improve brain function, physical performance and health as well as being active against bacteria.


Peppermint and Licorice Root Tea – a cup during the day when you start flagging is marvelous.

Peppermint herb tea opens up the circulation and refreshes the head, mind and body. Its oil is used to relieve various aches and pains.

Combine with a little licorice root for a delicious drink to improve the function of the adrenal or ‘stress’ glands and help soothe the stomach after meals.


Lemon balm and Chamomile Tea – works well when taken at night after dinner or just before bedtime.

It is a nice combination of herbs that are known to calm digestion and nerves and increase overall relaxation.

Tip – Herbal teas keep your body hydrated throughout the day, which is important for healthy organ function. You can buy loose organic herbal teas and combine them to your taste or have these combinations prepared for you.