Despite knowing it could be part and parcel of child-bearing, hair loss was just never on my radar. I really wasn’t prepared for mine to start falling out in massive chunks, that’s for sure.
Raising kids in the Instagram era is terrifying. As an only-just Millennial I grew up with mere magazines and a non-HD TV as my insight into what ‘the norm’ for other women’s appearances were (to be honest, who can tell what they look like when the telly picture is that fuzzy?), and somehow seemed to emerge unscathed.
If you show me a mum who hasn’t used a little gentle blackmail featuring a child’s favourite sports star to make him or her scoff all their dinner, I’ll show you a unicorn. And that persuasion has never been more pertinent than now, with children eating worse year on year – a staggering 70 million children worldwide now suffer with obesity.
I find that juices really set me up for the day. It’s the vitamin injection and boost I need to get going in the morning, leaving me feeling full, satisfied and bursting with energy (OK, this bit does depend on how much the kids were up the night before…). Here’s my favourite of all the green juice recipes.
When Elfie was diagnosed with a chronic health condition, one thing that struck me was how much sheer admin is involved: we spend so much time ping-ponging between GPs, Consultants, clinics and pharmacies that you need to possess the diary management skills of an Executive-level PA to keep up with it all.
I once did a 3 day juice detox. The hunger was maddening: for dinner on the first day I caved and cooked a curry, on the second I bought fish and chips, and on the final day I gave up…