Pregnancy

Review of Your Baby, Your Birth – Hollie de Cruz

★★★★★ Your Baby, Your Birth is a hypnobirthing guide designed to help expectant mothers think more positively about the birthing process. In society, there is a lot of scaremongering amongst women and the media on the trauma of birth; pain, cesareans, episiotomies, epidurals and foreceps are the most common stories you hear, but most births… Continue reading Review of Your Baby, Your Birth – Hollie de Cruz

Food + Recipes, IBS

The sweet truth behind our ‘healthy’ snacks

In my pursuit of health and after learning more about the impact of sugar on the body, I began to get into the habit of reading the labels of everything I ate. Many of the snacks I used to purchase that I thought were healthy alternatives, were actually more sugar-dense than chocolate and other treats!… Continue reading The sweet truth behind our ‘healthy’ snacks

IBS

How to have a happier belly

Following on from my previous post about the role of the microbiome in our health, here are some easy and practical tips to improve your gut health and help you feel better: 1. Diversity is queen For somebody with IBS, it can be a scary thought to move away from your 'safe foods'. However, by… Continue reading How to have a happier belly

IBS

What is the gut microbiome?

I was first introduced to the term the 'gut microbiome' by Tim Spector, a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at Kings College London. Spector specialises in twin studies, genetics, epigenetics, the microbiome and diet and I was fortunate to attend a talk he hosted nearly five years ago at KCL. He is a best-selling author, and… Continue reading What is the gut microbiome?

Pregnancy

Review of French Children Don’t Throw Food – Pamela Druckerman

★★★★ An entertaining and insightful comparison of French vs 'Anglophone' (American and British) parenting methods. Some revelations I found to be shocking, to the point I had to confer with my French exchange (from ten years ago) as to whether certain parts were legitimate. Everything I asked her she confirmed to be the set way… Continue reading Review of French Children Don’t Throw Food – Pamela Druckerman