Guest Blog - Claire Dunn of no faff Talks All Things Clean and Wheat Free

Guest Blog - Claire Dunn of no faff Talks All Things Clean and Wheat Free

My youngest was not quite 2 when through a process of trial and elimination, I discovered that he was intolerant to wheat.  After nearly 2 years of putting lose bowels, red dry itchy skin and a bloated tummy down to the usual teething, bugs from nursery, eczema in the family and toddler chub I decided it wasn't right.  He wasn't right.

At first we eliminated dairy but 5 days later, no change.  Next we tried wheat and after 3 days, the red dry skin was gone, bowel movements had improved no end and the bloated tummy was less bloated.  Another couple of weeks later and he was a different boy. 

And so with the relief of finally understanding what was going on, came a bucket load of confusion.  What should he eat?  What alternatives are available in the supermarkets? As I trawled through the aisles reading all the labels, the confusion turned to frustration.

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What I have learnt from taking up paddle boarding

What I have learnt from taking up paddle boarding

Ok so not the most obvious of sports to enjoy when you live in a land locked county in England. Earlier this year I decided I needed a little bit more fun in my life but I had no idea what that looked like. It then popped into my head that I wanted to try paddle boarding after watching my teenage boys try it on a lake in Italy a year earlier.

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Exercise and pain

Exercise and pain

These are all good intentions, but like everyone else my concern is that this will become another January fad. For me the key is to listen to my, body, this is where the conscious bit comes in.  Every now and again, I need, too check in with myself and, ask the questions. How does my body feel today? Is this working for me? Sometimes my body will respond straight away, with a very clear answer, that yes, this yoga routine is what I need today, or that this walk will strengthen my muscles. However, there are other days when I ask the same questions and struggle to get the answers I think I want.

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Natural Skincare for the Changing Season

Natural Skincare for the Changing Season

As the weather gets colder, our skincare requirements change, and, especially in the UK, we need a lot more moisture to keep our skin healthy. Harsh conditions, hot showers and central heating can all leave our skin dry or dehydrated and contribute to a dull, lacklustre complexion. Dehydrated skin is a common complaint, with many people mistaking dehydration for dryness.

With dry or dehydrated skin, it’s important to not strip the skin of its natural oils, so using a cleansing cream or balm such as Balm Balm cleansing balm is a good place to start. Even if you suffer with oily or combination skin, you still need oil and moisture to hydrate and plump the skin.

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5 Things You Should Know About Breakfast

5 Things You Should Know About Breakfast

Breakfast is THE most important meal of the day. How many times have we heard this, from our parents whilst we were growing up, in advertisements, in the press?

For years we’ve been force fed (excuse the pun) adverts for cereals and porridges that are loaded with sugar and are made from glutenous grains.

Breakfast is very important. It’s good to eat in the morning, to fuel the body and to kick start our metabolism. But so many of us are doing it wrong. Here are 5 reasons to stay away from traditional carb laden breakfasts.

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Magnesium, the Magic Mineral

Magnesium, the Magic Mineral

Since I joined the Wellbeing Clinic in April last year, I have embarked on a more holistic lifestyle. One of the first things I did was swap my usual milk chocolate fix with dark chocolate. This isn’t quite as daft as it might sound, as dark chocolate is one of the top ten foods containing magnesium.

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