When I first started running, I bought at least four different pairs of running shoes. I got a pair of Under Amour running shoes in orange and another pair in pink/purple (so I could change as a function of what I was wearing, naturally!) and I treated myself to a pair of black Nike Free RN Flyknits on a trip to Nike Town in London, and I got some grey/black UltraBOOST adidas trainers (though I will admit I use them more as lifestyle trainers nowadays). Likewise, when I started learning to play tennis, I also invested in a few pairs of tennis…

View Post

Last year I did both Dry January and Yoganuary and this year I am doing Veganuary. Apparently there is evidence that it takes between 3 weeks and a month to develop a habit, but I have to admit that I did not actually continue abstaining from alcohol after Dry January, and I can’t really say I kept up a regular yoga practice throughout the whole of last year. So despite sticking with both these activities for a full month, thoroughly enjoying the experiences, and finding them fairly easy to implement, they did not develop into habits. But why? Well, I…

View Post

It has been snowing, it is cold, the snow is turning to slush, my feet are cold and wet from inadequate footwear (as the frequency with which it snows does not justify investing in a pair of moon boots), and that excited feeling I got when I saw those first snow drops has quickly evaporated. So to warm (and cheer) myself up today I decided to make my favourite carrot, sweet potato and chickpea soup. Carrot soup was the first soup I ever made, and I was surprised that I could make something so tasty with such little effort. It…

View Post

I have had an iPhone for about 8 years, but it was only recently that I clicked that purple Podcasts app for the first time, and I can’t believe it took me so long! I am now hooked. I listen to podcasts whilst driving, whilst walking along the river, as I am doing the weekly food shop (especially if it is really busy and I need to ‘zone out’), while I am doing a home workout, and always, always when cooking dinner. So I have put together a list of the podcasts you should be listening to right now if,…

View Post

I recently transitioned to a plant-based diet and probably the best thing about it so far has been the enjoyment I am taking from experimenting with so many new ingredients and recipes. Here is a typical ‘what I eat in a day’ with a couple of options for each meal and snacks. I try to eat a variety of legumes for protein, but I certainly eat less protein than I used to, but I am not so worried about it. The options below include protein powder, but I don’t actually have it every day. My percentage of carbohydrates has certainly…

View Post