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6 Tips to Live Longer

There are so many people living longer healthier lives today and you can be one of them. All you have to do is make simple changes in your lifestyle. Stop smoking, cut down on the alcohol and get active. Here below are a few tips that I hope will help.

Eat Healthy

Include more fruit and vegetables into your life. Put fruit in your porridge in the mornings and choose fruit as  a snack. Include plenty of vegetables lunch and dinner. Eat what is in season making sure to eat a wide range of colourful vegetables. Include plenty of green leafy vegetables. Make sure to clean your fruit and vegetables thoroughly with white vinegar or bicarbonate of soda especially if not organic. This will get rid of all the pesticides and nasty chemicals. Another great way to include more vegetables into your diet is by having more smoothies and juices.

Include good quality protein in your diet choosing plant based protein like lentils, chickpeas, all beans and tofu. Eat more fish and when eating meat make sure to go for organic and white meat without the skin. If going for red meats go for lean cuts. Too much animal fats in your diet can lead to disease like coronary heart disease and cancer.

Go for healthy fats like avocado, nuts and seeds. Choose complex carbohydrates like brown rice and wholewheat pastas.

Make sure you do not over eat. Over eating will cause you to age as well as onset of disease. You should always walk away from your  plate feeling still hungry not completely stuffed. All people that reach the age of 100 eat little. As we age it is important not to over eat in the evenings. This is not to put pressure on your digestive system and the  heart, so make dinner the lightest meal of the day and eat at least 2 hours before going to bed.

Get Moving

Being active is  the key to longevity. Being a couch potato in front of the tv for hours on end will shorten your life. Make sure to do at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. This can be either in the gym, or even  brisk walking is good. Be active during the day, Keep busy, do not spend hours sitting down. Instead of driving or catching the tube or bus choose to walk. Get off the bus a few stops before and walk to work or the shops.


Make sure to get a good nights sleep. This too is essential for a healthy body and mind. Make sure to switch off your tv and computer few hours before bed. This will help to unwind and relax. Have a relaxing bath, switch some classical music on and read your kindle.


Make sure to cut down stress. You can eat well but if you are highly stressed your digestive system will be compromised and you will not be assimilating essential nutrients. Stress is a killer, it can cause all sorts of conditions and diseases like heart disease and cancer. Find time to focus on yourself. Take a relaxing bath before bed, do yoga which is fantastic for relaxing the mind. Have a massage.

Drink in Moderation

If only people knew the damaging affects  alcohol has on  the body. It is poison for your liver and brain. It ages you and causes disease like liver cancer. If you are going to drink moderation is key. One glass of organic red wine at lunch and one at dinner. Drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink you have.

Do not Smoke

If you are a smoker you want to consider giving up. Smoking not only ages you, it causes disease like lung cancer, emphysema, strokes and heart disease. Just like alcohol this toxic habit will not make you live long. So stop now.




5 Tips For Beautiful Skin

Beautiful skin really does comes from within. I see so many women who spend endless amounts of money on beauty products, botox and fillers. Reality is if you are not taking care of your internal organs it will show on your face. Your face is a reflection of your diet and lifestyle. If you abuse your body with a poor diet, alcohol and partying it will eventually catch up with you and show on your face. Here below are a few tips.


We really are what we eat. A healthy diet is the key to beautiful skin. Try to avoid all fizzy drinks, coffee, alcohol, fried foods, refined sugar, white pasta, rice, sweets, biscuits, pies etc. All ready made meals should be avoided. Cook everything fresh from scratch. Limit sodium based salts and go for nori flakes or himalayan crystal salt.

Foods that are very good for the skin are all orange foods that contain beta carotene (vitamin A) which are: sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots and squash. 50% of your diet should mainly be vegetables, eaten steamed, raw or in soups especially in the colder months. Dark green leafy vegetables like broccoli, kale, spinach, watercress are the best. Include a vegetable smoothie a day into your diet and use superfood powders like wheatgrass which is amazing and is anti-ageing. Use rosemary, basil, parsley and thyme in your cooking.

Essential fatty acids  which are your omega 3 and 6 and vitamin E are essential for healthy beautiful skin. Good sources include: wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, and pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and chia seeds, avocados, wheatgerm.

Vitamin C is a great antioxidant and is essential in producing collagen so include more kiwi fruit, sweet potatoes, berries, oranges, papaya, broccoli, kale, tomatoes  in your diet and take a vitamin C supplement daily.

Look after your liver. A healthy liver will give you glowing skin. Have a look at my earlier post about which foods are good for the liver.


Too much alcohol will make you age at a frightening speed. It dehydrates you and is the liver’s no.1 enemy. If you look after your liver you will have beautiful glowing skin. Drown it in alcohol and you will end up with skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema not to mention dehydrated, dull, tired looking skin with lines.


We all know how damaging smoking is to the lungs not to mention yellowing of the teeth and the awful smell it leaves on your clothes and hair. What people do not realise is just how detrimental it is to the skin. Heavy smokers over a period of time will develop bags under their eyes, lines around the mouth and dull, grey skin. With every puff you take your are ruining your skin.


Although a little sun exposure is good for vitamin D, over exposure especially in the wrong hours of the day will damage your skin resulting in dryness, wrinkles, age spots, and loss of elasticity. What happens to an elastic band if you keep pulling it? The sun pretty much has the same affect on your skin. So be sensible. Avoid sunbathing from 12-3pm and always wear sunblock on your face and wear a hat.

Hydrate and moisturise

So important to always drink lots of good quality filtered water. Water keeps the skin plump and supple. If you fail to drink enough water you will have dull, tired looking skin and you will start to get fine lines. Try to drink 1 1/2 – 2 litres daily. Include green tea into your diet. During the winter harsh weather and central heating can take its toll on your skin making it dry so make sure to moisturise. Hydrating facials are also good for the skin.