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How To Please Fussy Eaters In 5 Easy Steps

Author and parenting blogger Emily Leary explains why a little variety is the key to developing healthier family eating habits – plus three easy and healthy recipes to try now. Struggling to sneak healthier foods onto their plates? Fussy eating is a normal phase of your child’s development and, according to the NHS, as long…
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The Gynae Geek’s No Nonsense Guide To Smear Tests

Does a smear test hurt? What happens if I have abnormal cells? We ask gynaecologist Dr Anita Mitra for her expert (and honest) advice on the routine smear test The NHS reports that one in three women don’t attend their cervical screening because of ‘embarrassment’, yet it’s the single best way to reduce your risk…
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How To Have Better Relationships

From our self-esteem to our sense of contentment, our happiness is influenced significantly by our relationships with family, friends or partners. Psychotherapist Jennifer Cawley shares five simple ways we can all maintain successful relationships… The human brain is built for relationships. When we’re born, we’re prewired to create bonds with others to help us survive.…
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7 Ways To Improve Your Mornings

The choices we make first thing have a big impact on our day ahead. Here are seven easy ways to improve your mornings and help you make healthier decisions throughout the day. And none of them include getting up at 5am! How many times have you rushed to work this week, or snoozed your alarm?…
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Easy Peanut Butter And Apple Pizzas

These apple pizzas are so simple – they’re apple slices topped with peanut butter. Think of it as more of an activity, perfect for getting children involved and encouraging them to experiment with new flavours and textures. Recipe extracted from Get Your Kids to Eat Anything: The 5-Phase Programme by Emily Leary (Octopus Books, £16.99). Prep…
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Fruit And Oat Breakfast Bake

Stuck for healthy breakfast inspiration? Try this easy breakfast bake – a blend of summer fruit, maple syrup and natural yogurt that can be sliced into bars. The texture is somewhere between porridge and flapjack, and it’s great hot or cold. You can use any kind of berries or fruit from your pick-your-own adventures. Recipe…
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Curried Fish Fingers And Sweet Potato Chips

These tasty curried fish fingers are a great way to introduce your family to more exciting foods – it looks familiar but has new flavours to explore. Recipe extracted from Get Your Kids to Eat Anything: The 5-Phase Programme by Emily Leary (Octopus Books, £16.99). Serves: 4 Prep Time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes Ingredients For…
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Poached Eggs And Kimchi On Sourdough Toast

Recipe by Chantelle Nicholson, courtesy of Great British Chefs. This flavour-packed vegetarian breakfast recipe tops slices of toasted sourdough with perfectly poached eggs, a rich almond butter and bright, vibrant kimchi to create a balanced dish full of contrasts. Cooking time: 35 minutes, plus 3–5 days to ferment the kimchi, Serves: 2 Watch the video https://youtu.be/Y_cGpUCyU-8…
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The Best New Health Podcasts You Need In Your Life

From nutrition truths to powerful mental health stories – fitness journalist Howard Calvert shares five life-enriching podcast that you should be listening to. 23% of us listened to a podcast in the past month and, on average, we spend more than 3.6 hours per week listening to shows, according to research by Acast. Podcasts are…
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5 Ways To Improve Your Money Habits

Constantly chasing your tail when it comes to your finances? Financial journalist Laura Whateley shares small steps you can take to improve your money habits. Many of us don’t feel in control of our financial destiny. This might be because we rarely have time to pause and take stock of our finances. Unexpected costs can…
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8 ways to supercharge your walking routine

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get fit and stay in shape – there’s little to no cost involved, it’s low impact on your joints and it offers a range of health benefits.  Here are 8 tried and tested ways to get the most out of your walking routine. 1. Get your posture…
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Adventurous Weekend Breaks Worth Booking

It’s time to embrace the latest trend that’s all about making your weekend break work even harder by fitting in a memorable, adventurous experience. Here are some ideas from Mr & Mrs Smith Over half of us plan to take more weekend breaks in 2019, and with psychologists finding that quick breaks make us happier…
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Supercharge Your Retirement Savings At Any Age

It’s never too early to plan for retirement savings, and with a few smart steps, you can set yourself up to achieve everything you want in life. Here are the money action points to supercharge them across the decades – in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Words: Rosalind Ryan The financial landscape is…
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Partner Power: The Benefits Of Group Workouts

Research reveals that exercising with a friend or loved one gets better results, motivating you to work twice as hard. Scientists at the University of New England also found that group workouts can lower stress by 26% and improve our overall wellbeing. Here, we chat to three Vitality members to find out how working out…
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Building Your Pension Nest Egg

It can be tough thinking about funding your retirement when you’re still paying off a mortgage or saving for your children’s education. But, as our experts explain, it’s never too early to start planning for your pension. Words: Rosalind Ryan, Photography: Getty Images. Do your eyes glaze over when someone says ‘pension’ You’re not alone.…
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7 surprising ways to look after your hearing

One in five of us now suffer from tinnitus and hearing loss is on the rise. For Tinnitus Awareness Week (4-10 February 2019), health writer Rosalind Ryan shares seven simple ways to protect your hearing now and in the future. Hearing loss and ear health isn’t just a concern for older people. The World Health Organization…
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Supercharge your health across the decades

Want to know the secret to tip-top wellness whatever your age? We’ve spoken to leading experts for the best science-backed advice on maxing your wellbeing. Here’s how to help stave off future health problems and keep your body and mind in peak condition, decade by decade. There’s no denying it: as time passes, our bodies and…
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Stress-Relieving Adaptogens: Do They Work?

Health journalist Carole Beck asks the experts whether a group of herbs called ‘adaptogens’ are the key to helping us manage our stress levels. Adaptogens are the latest buzzword in wellness. Thought to help your body better adapt to stress, this group of herbs is used in everything from calming supplements to stress-relief tea. Rooted…
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6 ways to work out at home

Feel more like hibernating than going to a spinning class? These home workouts make it much easier to squeeze in the exercise. It’s January – the prime time to turn over a new leaf and kick-start a new exercise regime. But it’s also cold and dark outside, making staying at home much more appealing than…
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7 Of The Best De-Stress Meditations You Need To Try

During this gloomy time of year, meditation can help to relieve stress and anxiety. Health journalist Carole Beck shares the best ideas to see you through the daily grind. If you’re feeling frazzled, meditation may be just what you need. It can help relieve stress and anxiety, according to the NHS. Plus, a 2018 study…
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Let’s Run Together with Runners Need

Advertorial Whether it’s 5k, 10k, or just OK, Runners Need are all about helping you to get out there, keep fit and reach your goals in 2019 and beyond. We’re taking a look at our latest Vitality Rewards Partner to find out why they’re the place to find the best brands around and get friendly…
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23 nutrient-rich de-stress meals and snacks

Did you know that certain nutrients can help our bodies cope better with stress? Here are the best recipe ideas you need to add to your shopping list – approved by the experts Stress is caused by so many different factors – from work pressure to money and health worries, and it’s these triggers that…
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ASMR: What the heck is it?

ASMR videos, said to trigger brain tingles to help us relax, are seeing a meteoric rise on YouTube. Carole Beck asks the experts what it is and why the experience happens. Ever felt a tingling sensation on your scalp when someone else brushes your hair? Or perhaps certain low noises give you tingles, for example…
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Improve your relationship with food this Christmas

Psychotherapist Jennifer Cawley discovers how to strike a healthy balance and take pleasure in festive feasting, minus the guilt. How many times have you felt stressed or anxious about navigating the buffet at a Christmas party? Or felt guilty after tucking into a four-course Christmas dinner? While it’s not healthy to eat lots of the…
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How To Stress Less About Money

Struggling to keep on top of your finances? Worried that you’re not saving enough? Financial writer Amy Bonifas asks the experts for seven easy ways to stress less about money. A poll by Statista found that managing our money is the main cause of stress in Britain. Many of us are feeling overwhelmed by huge…
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6 Ways To Get Ready For Retirement

There’s more to being happy in retirement than just having a healthy pension pot, as financial journalist Dean Evans discovers. The secret to enjoying a happy retirement isn’t all about money. In fact, according to a 2014 survey of retirees, the most important factor is to stay fit and healthy, both physically and mentally. However,…
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Vegetable samosa tart

Everyone loves a vegetable samosa, but they’re not quite suitable as a standalone main course. Instead, try it open with a filo pastry base filled with delicious veg. Makes one portion (multiply ingredients for extra servings). Ingredients: 2 sheets of filo pastry ¼ red onion, sliced ½ carrot, sliced A few broccoli florets Handful of…
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Prawn and beetroot poke bowl

Poke bowls are quickly gaining popularity and might just become the next big food fad, but they are so expensive to buy readymade. Here’s a budget DIY alternative with beetroot instead of tuna and shelled frozen broad beans instead of mega-expensive edamame beans. Makes one portion (multiply ingredients for extra servings). Ingredients: ½ mug of…
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Keema lamb tacos

Making your own tortillas is a great way to eat on a budget. They are really simple to make, cost pennies and make a little filling go a long way. This recipe uses a tasty keema lamb curry in a taco, Mexican street-food style. Makes one portion (multiply ingredients for extra servings). Ingredients: 40g plain…
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Oat porridge with chocolate and cherry compôte

Oats are comforting and rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium and tryptophan, all of which add up to good quality sleep. Because they’re low GI (glycaemic index) they release energy slowly to keep you sleeping soundly throughout the night. Serves: 2 Prep: 5 minutes Cook: 15-20 minutes Ingredients: 85g porridge oats A pinch of salt 200ml…
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Butterbean, chicory and avocado salad

This salad is perfect as a light supper. Avocados contain magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6, which all help to induce sleep. Serves: 4 Prep: 15 minutes Ingredients: 3 heads white or red chicory 2 red apples 1 bunch spring onions, finely chopped 1 ripe avocado, stoned, peeled and sliced 1 x 400g can butterbeans, rinsed…
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Need to know: what is mindful drinking?

Looking to cut down on alcohol and to reap the benefits of drinking less? Health journalist Carole Beck finds out the benefits of mindful drinking. Whether it’s to save money or to avoid hangovers, the past decade has seen more people than ever in the UK cut back on alcohol. One in five people in…
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5 of the best meditation ideas for kids

Want to help your children feel calmer, less stressed and more in touch with their emotions? Health writer and psychotherapist Jennifer Cawley asks the mindfulness experts how you can practice meditation at home. Meditation isn’t just for grown-ups, it can help children, too. In fact, there are at least 4,000 teachers trained to teach mindfulness meditation…
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5 daily ways to beat the winter blues

Feeling the seasonal gloom? Health writer and psychotherapist Jennifer Cawley shares five science-backed ways you can give yourself an instant mood lift.        During the winter months, many of us may feel a dip in our mood – with one in three of us affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD). However, there are a few surprisingly…
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Start Saving: 8 Quick Ways You Can Stop Over-Spending

Whether you’re an impulse buyer or have a vice that’s draining your funds, there are ways to tackle mindless spending. Personal finance expert Emma Lunn gives her advice for saving. One in three people didn’t save any money at all over the past 12 months. That means not saving cash for emergencies, not putting anything…
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10 ways to keep your skin happy this winter

Very dry skin? Chapped lips? Health writer Helen Foster asks the experts for the latest skin advice for men and women this winter. Cosy nights in and crisp, cold days – there’s a lot to love about winter. But your skin isn’t always as happy with the change in season. “One of the biggest challenges…
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