• Anxiety: fight it or ride with it? Every few months or so I get stuck. I get wobbly or, as was the case this time, I get so thoroughly sick of myself I can’t move forward without offloading some of the spinning thoughts somewhere. In the absence of a pillow talk companion, and to save my friends the tedium of discussing my more
  • Why do we write? Tweet? Blog? Anyone who blogs, or finds themselves really quite glued to their social media feed, asks this of themselves intermittently. I do. I have my answer now. I blog because I need to. It’s my dharma. The way I experience things is to pull apart the elements, to break them down, to cluster and to organise more
  • I was wrong about sugar… Just kidding. Although today I want to take a moment to emphasise and clarify a really crucial issue that a few unmentionables in the comments insist on challenging: that my focus on fructose is misguided. Or, more specifically, that substituting fructose with glucose as a sweetener is misguided (which I don’t actually do, but more more
  • How to heal autoimmune disease: the most insightful cure I’ve found (so far) Last week I shared some bits I found interesting in writer Meghan O’Rourke’s essay “What’s Wrong With Me” in New Yorker magazine. She has the same disease as me: hashimotos, with a side order of several other (possibly) related vague autoimmune (AI) conditions. And her insights touched me – and you guys – big time. more
  • Sardines for World Food Day Happy World Food Day! I hope you celebrate by eating your leftovers, choosing a secondary cut of meat, getting smart with your food scraps and using up all your leftover herbs. Food sustainability is my number one passion right now. And, just to give you a sneaky head’s up (hopefully my publisher’s not reading this!) my more
  • How to heal auto immune disease: 20 weird thyroid symptoms (for your comfort) I’m not sure if you caught Meghan O’Rourke’s essay What’s Wrong With Me in a recent issue of New Yorker? It shines a spotlight on what it’s like to live with autoimmune disease. Totally pervy stuff for us AI folk. I read it. I read it again. And I wept. You know that kind of weeping more
  • A Field Guide to dealing with Trolls and Snippities Troll baying seems to come in waves. Is it a lunar thing? Lately, something has been going on. They’ve been making quite the cacophony out there in the social media zoo. It’s not just the traditional trolls either. It’s everyday people who get all snippety about an issue and forget that online slam-downs are no more
  • Slow food and hiking guide to Sardinia #2 A few weeks back I posted a Slow Food and Hiking Guide to Sardinia part 1. Forthwith is the rest of it. Sing out if you need any other tips. I’m forthcoming, mostly. Sardinia is an intriguing place. You’ll like it. But, as I always advise, it’s always best to make your adventure your own. And more
  • f*ck up and find your own way Chuck Close can be quite the oracle. I often stumble upon a lovely wisdom from this New York-based painter and photographer. This one I agree with, with bells on: “Get yourself in trouble. If you get yourself in trouble, you don’t have the answers. And if you don’t have the answers, your solution will more more