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Health & Beauty


The year is flying by and we are approaching spring already. You have had plenty of time to fail in your earnestly declared New Year resolutions, made with hand on heart. These no doubt included plans to exercise more, eat/ drink less, read more books that don’t revolve around shopping/unrequited love and to stop watching junk TV. This was going to be the year you reinvented yourself as a successful, thoughtful, well dressed individual, instead you are reading this while eating cake, watching Celebrity Big Brother and shopping on line for stretch pants!


I met a friend (Ingrid) the other day and told her she looked amazing (which she did!) and she said ‘it’s now or never’. This made me think about how I was treating life. My conclusion was I had better get on the ‘now or never train’ and shape up. If we wait until everything is perfect to take action it will never happen. Endless dissatisfaction with ourselves means we slouch around in clothes pulled haphazardly from the wardrobe that are thrown on bad temperedly because we hate our figures. We spent so much time trying to cover up our imagined flaws that there is no time left over to celebrate our good parts. I quote another friend who is a personal trainer, she encourages people to ‘work on what they can change and stop being so anxious about the bits they can’t’. If you have a body that is well toned and nicely muscled then no matter what size it is everything is going to look better including those short legs, wide hips, small bust and any other bit you care to moan about. We are wasting time wanting things we can’t have. Anxiety makes your face pinched and grey and that is never a good look.


Can it really be possible to feel depressed because you can’t fit into a pair of jeans you wore five years ago?


Stop, throw the jeans out, let’s face it they are not fashionable any more and when that shape does come


back into fashion you’ll want to buy new ones anyway. Take this new positive attitude, stop living in the past, and apply it to other areas in your life.


This was going to be the year you reinvented yourself as a successful, thoughtful, well dressed individual, instead you are reading this while eating cake, watching Celebrity Big Brother and shopping on line for stretch pants!


Confidence oozes when we feel good so how do we make sure we capture that feeling all the time? Come on, what are you waiting for? Start by taking stock of yourself, your wardrobe and your beauty routine. Huge changes can be made without spending any money – I’m sure that was a resolution for lots of people - to spend less money this year and we are going to be sticking by that one. Start with working out what you like. I know that sounds mad but we often end up doing things we don’t like to please someone else or to fit in, including what we read, how we dress and how we think or you may be stuck in the past and are too lazy to reassess what is important to you now.


If you like trashy novels and they bring you joy then keep on reading them. If you like wearing grey jumpers or peach lipstick and they are not in fashion then, who on earth cares, stick with it! No matter how big or small the option if it makes you happy (and it is not harming anyone else) it’s worth it. We all have to eat so now is the time to start making better choices. Make


sure you are eating foods that contain the vitamins and minerals that allow your body to function at its best, don’t sabotage yourself with copious amounts of sugar and fat. You are in charge of what goes into your body, no-one is force feeding you lemon drizzle cake, unless you are tied up in a basement somewhere in a hostage situation, in which case, enjoy the cake! Eat foods that are rich in the essential amino acid


tryptophan that is thought to enhance your mood, to help with depression, anxiety and insomnia. Tryptophan converts into seratonin after reaching the brain, which is needed to regulate moods, appetite and sleep. As we do not produce this amino acid in the body it has to be obtained through diet making it an


IT’S NOW OR NEVER


by Rowena Kitchen


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