• Are you a pre-crastinator? I am. Researchers at Penn State have identified what I would suggest is a modern coping phenomenon – hurrying to get something done so we can cross the task off our mental to-do list, even if doing so is non-productive. They call it pre-crastinating and they suggest those of us who do it, do so to more
  • Golly! Your nail polish might be making you fat… Nail polish. I don’t use it. For the same reasons I avoid conventional beauty products, sun screen and perfume. The stuff is toxic and not necessary. Now, new research claims nail polish can cause weight gain. Good Lord. The recent study, conducted by researchers at Duke University and the Environmental Working Groupg (EWG), tested the urine more
  • This is the goal of the human experiment Bite on this and chew it: “You will be civilised on the day you can spend a long period doing nothing, learning nothing, and improving nothing, without feeling the slightest amount of guilt.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Reader Leonie shared this with me following my post about my time in an Ayurvedic clinic in India more
  • Your favourite songs to lull anxiety A few weeks ago I shared a post about songs that can lull anxiety. And why. To refresh, this is the top ten list as compiled by a bunch of boffins from the British Academy of Sound Therapy: 1. Weightless 2. Electra (Airstream) 3. Mellomaniac (DJ Shah – Chill Out Mix) 4. Watermark (Enya) 5. Strawberry more
  • Why the one Simplicious book, three covers around the world? I like to clear up confusion. My latest book I Quit Sugar: Simplicious is now available around the world. But there are currently three different covers. And two different titles? The thing is this. Some territories like to create their own covers that suit their market segment. I designed my Australian cover. Here it is. Actually, more
  • There’s this excellent thing happening to young boys… Lately, I’ve had a stack of correspondence from young men. When I say young, I mean pre- and early-teen. It makes my day every time. Not least because I know what it takes for a boy to approach an old battleaxe like me. I’d be petrified! There’s been Jacob Towers who travelled with his Mum more
  • Wondering what I should do with this blog…thoughts? Hello there, Can I ask a favour? This blog has been around a bit. It needs some freshening up. I mean, that header photo! The dinky staples! What do you think… * I was thinking about moving things over to Medium. Heard of it? Use it? Here’s my Medium Page. 
  • Sorry, but you shouldn’t be drinking almond milk! Almond milk. Everyone’s drinking it. Indeed, it’s recently overtaken soy as the most popular dairy-alternative. Everyone, I fear, also seems to think it’s the clean and green cousin at the lactose-free barbeque. I’m really sorry, guys, I have news for you… There’s a bunch of factors not commonly discussed. It’s time they should be. 1. more
  • How to have a morning routine (and why you should) I’ve banged on about the importance of a morning routine before. And I’ve shared my own routine. I’m not alone when it comes to religiously sticking to a morning schedule. The creatives and entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed across the globe over the years all have one. And stick to it. Likewise on website Mymorningroutine.com. Intrigued by morning routines and how living by them leads more
  • Why songs heal anxiety (especially these ones) Music can very much help with my anxiety. It lulls, it distracts, it provides a lofty, expansive perspective from which I’m able to “see” my anxiety and ride it out. Sound therapists at the British Academy of Sound Therapy looked into why this may be so and created the most scientifically relaxing song possible. Listen to more