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Juice The Veggies!

Inspired by “Mr Bloom’s Nursery” (if you have a child under 5 you will probably know this TV show) here is my “Juice The Veggies” recipe. Juice The Veggies Ingredients 2 apples 1/4 small pineapple – you can juice with the skin on,...

Running On Juice – 14 Miles On Detox Day 7

Some of the people that ask me about juicing are concerned that they will have a lack of energy if they do a juice only detox. They worry about being able to survive a day at work without eating their normal diet. Well, my experience of juicing is that after a juice...

Juice and Massage – Loving The Core!

As regular readers will know I am currently on day 6 of a 7 day juice detox. I love family time on the weekends and this can often include going out for lunch on a Saturday, but where to go mid-detox? The answer today was simple – The Core Swindon: Juice Bar...

Juicing: From Garden To Glass

This morning I started my day by going out to the garden and picking a variety of green leaves, including baby spinach and romaine lettuce to include in my morning juice. I love being able to eat from the garden, almost as much as I love a green juice for breakfast....

Juicing: Before and After Photos

Prompted by the official UK premiere of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, I’ve spent the last few days posting about juicing. This has included a prompt to join the Big Summer Juice Detox and sharing one of my favourite recipes from Jason Vale’s 7lbs in 7 days...

Passion 4 Juice

So far this week I’ve posted about the UK premiere of the awesome juicing documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (you can watch it for free on Channel 5) and the Big Summer Juice Detox. What I’ve failed to mention is that I am currently doing a juice detox...

Get Your Juice On! The BIG Summer Juice Detox

I wrote yesterday about how the awesome juicing documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is finally getting it’s official UK premierand that you can soon watch it for free on Channel 5 (A special one hour version of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead will be...

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead Is Coming To The UK

The awesome juicing documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is finally getting it’s official UK premier this week. It is now two years since the film was launched in the US and since then the film has been seen by over 5 million people worldwide. Have you seen it?...

2013 Miles in 2013 – Month 6 Done!

Regular readers will know that after completing a year without all alcohol in 2012 for Cancer Research UK and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, my self imposed challenge this year is to complete 2013 self powered miles by the end of 2013. 6 Months Done! So far this year I...

Should Junk Food Be Banned From Hospitals?

One in four adults in the UK are obese and this proportion is expected to double (to one in two) by 2050. Britain suffers from the highest obesity rate in Europe with one in three children overweight or obese by the age of nine. With statistics like these is it any...

Cystic Fibrosis: Sam’s Story

Sam was 13 when the transplant call came. Since the operation, Sam has been able to do things he had never dreamed of. He can spend more time with his friends, go bike riding with them, and take part in drama, both in school and in theatre productions. “I can’t...

Cystic Fibrosis: Calls For More Lung Transplants

Just in case you failed to notice I am currently trying to complete 2013 miles in 2013 to raise money and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The CF Trust is dedicated to promoting excellence in research and clinical care, as well as providing practical support...

Cystic Fibrosis: Are You Registered As An Organ Donor?

I’ve written before how 1 in 3 of the Cystic Fibrosis sufferers on the transplant list die waiting. Now, new figures released by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust reveal that the demand for lung transplants is not being met, with just 20% of lungs donated actually being...

Cystic Fibrosis: “I’ll Squeeze Every Drop Out Of Life”

Yesterday I posted about Rob Law, inventor of the ride on Trunki suitcase, who was born with Cystic Fibrosis. In the video included in my post, Rob talks about how his twin sister lost her battle with CF when she was just 17. Now in an interview with the Mail he...

Cystic Fibrosis: No Ordinary Case

My 4 year old daughter loves her bright pink Trunki. It doesn’t surprise me. It was obvious to me when I saw the inventor of the Trunki, Rob Law, make his pitch on Dragon’s Den back in 2006 (3 years before may daughter was born) that all kids would love...

Obesity – Is Food Labelling The Answer?

With the American Medical Association voting to recognise obesity as a disease, are new food labelling standards announced by public health minister Anna Soubry the answers to the UK’s own “obesity epidemic”? The new consistent system of front-of-pack food...

Obesity – Now Officially A Disease

In order to fight what it described as an “obesity epidemic,” the American Medical Association voted on Tuesday to recognize obesity as a disease and recommended a number of measures to fight it. The label is supposed to improve awareness and treatments...

1 Year And 1,219 Miles Later

So today marks the first anniversary of Neil Martin the runner. I became a runner the day I took those first hard steps, although I wouldn’t have described myself as one at the time. My first run involved as much walking as running, oh and a lot of sweating and...

Rise In Child Obesity Hospital Admissions

There has been a four-fold increase in the number of children and teenagers admitted to hospital for obesity-related conditions in the last decade, doctors in England and Wales warn. In 2009, nearly 4,000 young people needed hospital treatment for problems complicated...

1011 Miles Done – 1002 To Go…

Regular readers will know that I am currently trying to complete 2013 miles self-powered miles in just one year in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Well, I am please to announce I am that I now just over half way there! My 2013 miles in 2013 challenge is in aid of...

Can Eating Home-Made Pickles Fight Infections And Obesity?

Michael Pollan has written some of my favourite foods books and now he has a new book “Cooked” and as part of the launch has written the following article for the Daily Mail… For more than a century we have been engaged in a war on bacteria. We...

Two Castles Run – Done!

It’s not very often I choose to get up at 5 a.m. on a Sunday, but this morning I was up and out early to take part in my 7th race of the year, the Two Castles Run 2013. Today was the 31st Two Castles Run, a 10k race that starts inside Warwick Castle, Warwick and...

One More Sleep Until The Two Castles Run

Just one more sleep until my next race, the Two Castles Run, a 10k race that starts inside Warwick Castle, Warwick and finishes inside Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth. This will be my 7th race this year and my 10th since I started running just under a year ago....

Next Race: Two Castles Run

I still can’t believe that just 10 days ago I ran a marathon! I have to confess that I have been taking it easy since and have only logged a fairly low number of miles. I was advised by some friends who have run marathons to be sure I took some rest days and...

A Quickie In Amsterdam (With A Surprise Bonus)

So tonight, after work and before heading out for dinner I went for a quick run around Amsterdam. When I got back to my hotel I was stopped by the staff in reception. Was this because of a problem with me coming through the hotel lobby in sweaty running clothes? No,...

Could Artificial Sweeteners CAUSE Diabetes?

Artificial sweetener, Splenda, can modify how the body handles sugar and could lead to diabetes, according to a new study. Splenda is the commercial name and registered trade mark of a sucralose-based artificial sweetener derived from sugar, owned by the British...

2013 Miles in 2013 – Month 5 Done!

Regular readers will know that after completing a year without all alcohol in 2012 for Cancer Research UK and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, my self imposed challenge this year is to complete 2013 self powered miles by the end of 2013. 5 Months Done! So far this year I...

Dangers Of Painkillers

Two common painkillers, ibuprofen and diclofenac, can slightly increase the risk of heart problems if taken in high doses for a long time, data suggests. People with severe arthritis often take the drugs, which also calm inflammation, to go about daily life. The...

2013 Miles in 2013 – Updated Race Schedule

Regular readers will know that I am currently trying to complete a self imposed challenge to travel 2013 “self-powered” miles in 2013 in order to try and raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Although not technically in my rules, I am also trying to...

Rest Days

Having completed the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday I am currently taking a few rest days before I start preparations for my next race – The Two Castles. It’s not too late to add your sponsorship for Edinburgh (and my whole 2013 miles in 2013 challenge)...

Edinburgh Marathon – Done!

OMG! I ran a marathon. If you’d told me last year that I’d ran 26.2 miles on my birthday I would have laughed in your face, but that is exactly what I did today. I was running as part of my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust....

One More Sleep – Edinburgh Marathon Tomorrow

I’ve been obsessed by music since my early childhood and there are many songs and lyrics that make up the soundtrack to my life. There are songs that whenever I hear them take me back to certain times in my life. There are songs that instantly stir different...

Some Statins ‘Raise Diabetes Risk’

Are pills and drugs the answer to the diseases caused by the modern western lifestyle? In the last 2 days I have written about how nature may hold some (if not all) of the answers, including how vitamin C can kill multidrug-resistant TB and camomile tea could help...

Nature Is At It Again: Camomile Tea ‘Fights Cancer’

A cup of camomile tea could help ward off cancer, researchers say. The tea contains a chemical, apigenin, which takes away some of the ‘superpowers’ of cancer cells. Scientists at Ohio State University found apigenin can block the ability of breast cancer cells to...

Vitamin C Kills Drug-Resistant TB

As scientists continue to look for new ways to tackle disease it looks like once again nature already has the answer… Vitamin C can kill multidrug-resistant TB in the lab, scientists have found. The surprise discovery may point to a new way of tackling this...

Ginger And Sunshine – Natural Ways To Beat Asthma

A few years ago I used to puff on an asthma inhaler several times a day, every day. Then I made a few changes to my diet, reducing wheat and cow’s milk dairy, eating less processed food and increasing my intake of vegetables and fruit. Now I no longer have...

Marathon Countdown – 1 Week To Go!

Dr Ron Hill MBE set several world best times during his career, his proudest achievement being the 1970 Commonwealth Games marathon in Edinburgh which he won in a world record time of 2:09:28. Forty years later, his time still ranks in the UK’s top ten. Ron Hill...

Fizzy Drinks Increase Risk Of Painful Kidney Stones

I’ve written before about how sugary soft drinks could be causing almost 200,000 deaths a year worldwide and how experts say sugary soft drinks should carry cigarette-style health warnings as drinking one can of soft drink a day can increase the risk of type 2...

Diabetes Rises In Our “Nation of Lazy Porkers”

People under 40 are being warned to watch their weight as researchers find a sharp rise in the number with type 2 diabetes. Cardiff University found the incidence trebled in the UK population between 1991 and 2010, but rose nearly ten-fold among under-40s. They now...

Barefoot Running, Good Or Bad?

I remember as a kid watching Zola Budd run without shoes. Now a small study suggests that barefoot running is causing injury concerns. As I prepare for my first full marathon I am intrigued by this as since I adopted a barefoot running style the aches and pains I...

Marathon Countdown – 2 Weeks To Go!

“Plenty of people who are 38 have run really well in the marathon.” Paula Radcliffe I hope Paula is right as when I run my first marathon on 26 May 2013 it will also be my 38th birthday. If anyone had told me on my 37th birthday that I would be running a...

Eating Peppers Could Reduce Risk Of Parkinson’s Disease

Vegetable and fruit are good for you. Just in case you are not convinced of this already here is another news article about how plant based eating can improve your health and reduce your risk of disease… Eating peppers twice a week could help reduce the risk of...

Cystic Fibrosis: New Drug Kalydeco’s Go-Ahead For Welsh NHS

Great news for cystic fibrosis sufferers in Wales as a drug that could transform their lives will be available on the Welsh NHS after the health minister went against advisors. It was feared Mark Drakeford would follow a recommendation not to approve Kalydeco because...

Walnuts Dramatically Cut The Risk Of Heart Attack

Could eating WALNUTS be the key to good heart health? Nutrition experts said eating whole walnuts or their extracted oil can reduce the chance of cardiovascular damage through a mechanism other than simply lowering cholesterol. Professor Penny Kris-Etherton, a...

Health Benefits Of Sunlight May Far Outweigh Skin Cancer Risk

Research by Edinburgh University suggests sunlight helps reduce blood pressure, cutting heart attack and stroke risks and even prolonging life. The health benefits of exposing skin to sunlight may far outweigh the risk of developing skin cancer, according to the...

2013 Miles in 2013 – Race Schedule Update!

Regular readers will know that I am currently trying to complete a self imposed challenge to travel 2013 “self-powered” miles in 2013 in order to try and raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Although not technically in my rules, I am also trying to...

Two Thirds Of Adults Do Too Little Exercise

A poll for the walking charity the Ramblers suggests 25% of adults walk for no more than one hour each week. The Ramblers, which is promoting a “Get Walking Week” from 4-11 May, said there was already research showing that two thirds of adults in the UK...