Are your supplements doing you more harm than good?

Do I need to take supplements? Are they all good? Are there any I should avoid? Can too many supplements be harmful? The world of dietary supplements is so confusing. Here in Chile I’ve found it much harder to eat a varied vegan diet than back in the UK, so I’ve been looking into supplements. I take calcium, vitamin D and…
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Food allergies: Five coping mechanisms for parents of kids with allergies

So you’ve just found out your kid has a serious food allergy. Welcome to the club. Someone once described anaphylaxis to me like ‘drowning’. When my boy had his attack it was just like that; he was sinking into death and I couldn’t bring him up for air. Anaphylactic food allergies are terrifying, confusing, and if I’m honest, very annoying.…
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Veganuary, veganism and feeling great: Interview with Jodi Monelle, CEO LIVEKINDLY

Are you doing Veganuary? You know, going vegan for January? I’m about 90% vegan. Like most people, my diet and lifestyle choices aren’t so easy to put into a neat label, but often I say I’m ‘vegan’ to avoid lengthy explanations about why I don’t drink cow’s milk, but I still have a leather handbag in my wardrobe. Call me…
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Anxious or depressed? Speak to Audrey

Expat life is fabulous. Life here in Chile revolves around skiing, swimming and Shiraz. Well, yes and no… At times, expat life can be very tough. Sometimes it’s more than that. Sometimes we can’t find the tunnel, let alone the light. Been there, done that…  I’ve experienced horrible anxiety after the sickness of my middle child. Even after the trauma…
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The dangers of private healthcare

Private healthcare is awesome. I feel blessed to have it. Without it, I refused to feel move to Chile, a new continent for me. On the whole we’ve had awesome medical care here in Chile. But private healthcare is not always great. I’m just a little concerned about the over prescription of drugs, the dash to surgery, the antibiotic cure all…
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Thank you

Update: We have the Epipens… hoorah… thank you all!      My son nearly died from a severe allergic reaction. I don’t know how else to write it, so there you go. One morning he started rubbing his eye, which seemed a little swollen. In a few minutes half of his face was red, his eyelids were bulging so much…
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Home Sweet Home – Finding your expat click point

Lots of people have commented how happy and settled I seem in Chile. My Dad asked if the gloss of my expat blog was for real. Well, yes, Papa, I can assure you, Chile is home sweet home. At home in life, at home in a country This got me thinking about feeling settled in life, as well as in…
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One simple trick to combat stress, loneliness and feel great as an …

During a particularly tough week in Angola a friend said to me: ‘surround yourself with your favourite things’. Life as an expatriate is generally wonderful, but sometimes it gets lonely, stressful and tiring. While it’s not usually possible for us expats to magically transport our loved ones from abroad in times of need, a few little touches can make all the difference.…
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An introduction to mindful eating by mother and former model Stefania Abovic

Picture this, it’s 9.30pm and after a seemingly endless day of nappy changes and generally just keeping your kids alive (‘Pass mummy the meat cleaver, darling!) the little monsters are finally asleep. You head to the fridge, break off a chunk of cheese, tip the remaining contents of the Merlot into the nearest glass and put your feet up to enjoy Netflix.…
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How to treat eczema and psoriasis 

Among the many things I suffer from (shoe addiction, frizzy hair, aversion to early mornings), eczema and psoriasis are probably the most annoying. I’ve battled with eczema and psoriasis since I was born. From hardly noticing it was there, to being stopped in the street and asked if my face was OK. Since I moved to Santiago in Chile, I’ve had…
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