Ditch The Guilt

Household cleaning tools on a blue wooden floor

During the same weekend that I grit my teeth when the Duchess of Cambridge spoke about mother’s guilt  ( I tried to imagine Prince William ‘fessing up to the same thing – no me neither ), I read another article in the Observer by the goddess, Mariella Frostrup about tackling her insomnia. I don’t suffer from insomnia but have many friends who do and go to incredible lengths to try and ‘fix it’.

The big reveal was on its way:  what was Mariella going to attribute it to?  Hormones, the menopause, too much sugar, not enough sex… I can’t lie, I felt deflated when her answer did come.   For while anxiety and regular insomnia are synonymous with hormonal change in a woman’s 50s, it didn’t explain the nocturnal struggles experienced by younger women. On closer inspection she discovered, a picture starts to form that’s recognisable to any women who is knee deep in the mothering, marriage and career years. Read More…

Refined Sugar Ages Our Body


Refined sugar is ubiquitous in our culture; omitting the obvious sources of refined sugar such as confectionery and many carbonated drinks, sugar is the most common ingredient in food today especially in processed foods.

Many people are simply unaware of the amount of sugar they consume since sugar is often hidden under less familiar names such as dextrose, maltose, high fructose corn syrup and maltodextrin just to name a few. There are actually nearly 60 different forms of sugars under different names and they may be present in over two thirds of processed foods. Read More…