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Category: The ‘I Love’ series

Websites – the ‘I Love’ Series

I’d love to learn about your top websites – let me know in a comment below. These are my top ones;

www.hotukdeals.co.uk – fantastic community sharing ANYTHING bargain related (toilet rolls to holidays) aimed at a UK audience.

www.topcashback.co.uk – an extra website to click through before you buy anything (thing car insurance, home insurance, Broadband etc), but worth it for the generation of extra cash. The amounts can sometimes seem small, but it adds up over time and is a lovely little surprise when you remember to check your payout balance.

https://thehappynewspaper.com/ – well, if ever happiness resided anywhere, it’s this site! Check it out, thank me later (or not at all – but please just visit!)

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/ – such a great place for anything recipe related, and all with reviews, hints and tips. Plus there is a huge community of people that post their recipes, too.

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Programs – the ‘I Love’ series

This one’s short and sweet because I’m not really a big TV or film watcher – I blame my love of early mornings and, therefore, a child-like time to bed. 

I’d love to know what you think is a great watch; pop a comment below and share a bit of inspiration.

The Great British Bake off

Doctor in the House

Eat well for less

Inside the Factory

House M.D

The Missing

Unforgotten

The Secrets of your Food

Most things with the Van Tulleken brothers

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Podcasts – the ‘I Love’ series

What other amazing brain food am I missing from the list?
Always up for a new podcast (plenty of dog walks and commute time to fill) so if you have any ideas, pop a comment below.

Food and Psych’ by Kimberley Wilson

Food for Fitness’ by Scott Baptie

Empowered Body’ by Adam Wilson

Feel Better Live More’ by Dr Rajan Chattergee

‘The Food Medic’ – by Dr Hazel Wallace

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Blogs/vlogs – the ‘I Love’ series

My goodness me there is such an array of talented bloggers, social media masters and content creators; some of my absolute favourites are below.

Who’s on your love it list?

EXPERIENCING LIFE

Rach at Things To Do On Planet Earth has one of the most beautifully engaging, accessible and informative writing styles and covers her real-life travels across the world, sharing her experience and (massively) useful hints, tips and advice. 

MENTAL / PHYSICAL HEALTH 

G Beauty and Pretty and Polished – Gweni and Sophie are two of the most influential (and beautiful) women who have had a positive impact on me managing my trichotillomania (a condition apparently so unusual that my blog editor doesn’t recognise it…hi wiggly red line *eye roll*).

Chessie King – for all things realistic and down to earth when it comes to health, happiness and body image.

Tally Rye – A truly fabulous, down to earth and hugely encouraging PT. Making sure a hefty dose of reality informs the world of wellness to make it a safe and accessible place for everyone.

Gynae Geek – a pioneer for making female reproductive health a socially acceptable topic, with a good dose of humour and masses of intelligence, too.

NUTRITIONAL EDUCATION

Renee McGregor – an incredible, inspiring and powerful dietitian, specialising in sports/athletics and eating disorders.

Priya Tew – another powerhouse of a dietitian who specialises in eating disorders and a phenomenal Pilates teacher.

The Food Medic – a prodigy of new generation Doctors, Hazel is also a PT and scientifically grounded champion of lifestyle medicine with some of the most amazing cookbooks!

Nics Nutrition – a wonderful dietitian who ignited my passion for evidence based, down to earth nutrition and its impact on health. Great YouTube content and fantastic recipes, too.

The Rooted Project –  if you’re tired of nutri-bollocks and want to be reassured that you’re reading research backed information, or want to be sure that you are attending a credible wellness event, this is absolutely for you.

RECIPES

Spice Diaries – For all of your *authentic* recipe needs when it comes to Indian cuisine. Monica is just phenomenal. I discovered her on 2nd Sept 2018 on the back of a gift voucher I’d bought to do a workshop from her ‘Spice Club‘. She has newly started up the workshops in Birmingham (having had amazing success in Manchester…which I can ABSOLUTELY understand why). 

CRAFTS

Bella Coco – Thanks to the wonderful Viv (founder of ‘Happy Hookers’ crochet group at work….I know, what a name) I have been introduced to the fantastic tutorials of Sarah Jayne. I truly thought I was a complete lost cause at crochet, turns out I was wrong (thank goodness!). You just need the right context that will support you to learn in the way that works for you.

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Books – the ‘I Love’ series

I want to read so much more than I do; I’m a big fan of non-fiction
(did I mention that I love learning…)
What would you recommend?

Compassionate Mind’ – Prof. Paul Gilbert

‘Why we sleep’ – Matthew Walker

‘Mindfulness: finding peace in a frantic world’ – Mark Williams & Dr Danny Penman

‘How to eat better’ – James Wong

‘This is going to hurt’ – Adam (Atom) Kay

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