Doubling Up!

A little ditty from Ritu ahead of Easter – enjoy!

But I Smile Anyway...

I have to confess… I have been oh so naughty these last few days! The Easter break always finds me with less willpower than at Christmas or the summer holidays for some reason!

I have been eating… and eating… and eating. When I want a snack, I am not reaching for the fruit bowl, or a yoghurt, as I have been doing, but rather the crisps, chocolates, ice creams, cakes… did I mention chocolate? And rather than having just one, I end up going back for a second helping!

It inspired a little poem from me today! Here’s to all of us who can’t help but snack! ( I’ll be back on my wagon once term starts. It’s not even worth me trying to be ‘good’ this holiday!)

This is getting serious
I don’t know what to do
For every time I have a snack
It’s never one, but two!

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Tips and Encouragement for New or Returning Exercisers of All Health Statuses

Tips to get back to exercising…..

Illness to Wellness: A Journey

Note:Everybody who reads this should talk to their medical practitioner or some sort of fitness professional, like a personal trainer, before they get started with an exercise routine. This article is written both for people with typical health and those without, but the suggestions are easier to map onto your life safely if you don’t have as many medical quirks.

I mention some chronic conditions and how that can affect the kind of exercises you want to do, like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), and general hypermobility in your joints or something more specific like Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. And if you’re a wheelchair user, here are some exercises that are specific to you! I’m sorry that I don’t write about you specifically, but I hope you will find encouragement here, too.

ben-o-sullivan-382817 Photo by Ben O’Sullivan on Unsplash.

So, your new year’s resolutions…

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I wonder, has anyone had results with chamomile or ginger tea?


Drinking Chamomile tea has been shown to sooth back pain and menstrual cramps. It helps relax tense muscles due to the high levels of glycerine, which is an amino acid which is known to ease muscles.

Chamomile tea has a calming effect on tense muscles in the back. If prepackaged chamomile tea isn’t available, you can steep chamomile flowers in a cup of boiling water. Do consult your doctor first if you’re allergic to ragweed pollen or pregnant.

Consumption of chamomile tea 2 – 3 times in a day can provide highly effective results. Another option is to drink ginger tea 3 – 4 times in a day.


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