8 tips for improving mood, anxiety and sleep

I’ve been focussing heavily on my mood and parasympathetic balance recently, after a few weeks of stress/heightened anxiety and also in preparation for the change of the seasons (which can often lead to low mood). Yesterday, my Oura ring showed optimal balance and HRV, and my overnight heart rate has finally dropped to normal, after … More 8 tips for improving mood, anxiety and sleep

Wild Plants

When I moved into my home near woods last July, it was exciting to discover the many plants growing around the garden. At that time the elderflower tree was in bloom and there were lots of blackberry brambles all around the garden. This spring, lots of bee-friendly wildflowers have popped up, and I’ve been foraging … More Wild Plants

Women, Exercise, And The Menstrual Cycle

For a long time in science, the menstrual cycle’s effects on everything from response to drugs, food and exercise was largely ignored as an “inconvenience” rather than vital information. Thankfully that is changing and we are discovering how the different phases of the cycle affect women’s bodies and responses to the environment. I have been … More Women, Exercise, And The Menstrual Cycle

Rest-Pause Training

When it comes to increasing the intensity or difficulty of weight workouts, there are two methods usually employed; increasing the weight, or increasing the reps. I normally go the increasing reps way, as I do the exercise (squats, deadlifts, etc) until failure (I can’t do another rep with good form), as per the Body By … More Rest-Pause Training

Walking enhances the effects of “formal exercise”

I read this study the other day which added to the bounty of evidence of how important walking is. It’s a small one, looking at only 10 patients, but it shows what many other studies have shown; that unless you’re moving regularly, that bout of more intense exercise doesn’t do all that much (it’s called … More Walking enhances the effects of “formal exercise”

London Fog recipe

Recently I’ve been exploring alternatives to coffee in the morning, to somewhat reduce my caffeine consumption (only because I’m currently breastfeeding; as I’ve posted before, I believe coffee to be a very healthy beverage!). I came across a drink I’d never heard of before, despite living in London most of my life! It’s called London … More London Fog recipe