How to speak Spanish in a month: Learn like a five year …

What’s the easiest way to learn Spanish? What’s the fastest way to learn a foreign language in general? Learn like a five year old. We arrived in Santiago de Chile about a year ago. My five year old son, Sebastian now speaks almost fluently and understands about 90% of Spanish (unless we’re talking about cartoons or cake, then it’s 100%).…
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Ask the experts – What are the best food supplements?

What supplements should I take every day? What can I take to boost my energy? What are the best vitamins? As I wrote in my last post on food supplements, it’s complicated. Not all supplements are actually good for us. I went back to the experts – Amy Goodson, a top sports dietitian; Kat Odell, a bestselling health and wellness…
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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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Top ten vegan goodies for 2019

Last month I had a chat with the woman shaking up the world of vegan lifestyle. Jodi Monelle is the founder of LIVEKINDLY, a beautiful online magazine featuring health, wellness and recipes… oh yeah and it’s all vegan. It’s a shining example of how living cruelty free is possible, easy, and well, rather cool. It’s less about itchy felt socks and more…
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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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A look back on my 2018 & forwards to 2019

Happy (belated) New Year Expaters! What a year it’s been. 2018 was certainly an eventful year for me. We moved to Chile, starting our new lives in its beautiful bustling capital, Santiago. I got pregnant and suffered pretty much every day of those nine months. Whoever invented the term ‘morning sickness’ is wrong – it’s all day, all night sickness.…
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My top eye creams for 2019

‘When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes’, said Victor Hugo. My eyes say I’m tired. Along with learning Spanish, my resolutions for 2019 include using eye cream more regularly. Along with sun lotion, I reckon eye cream is the best ways to prevent the growing old not so gracefully look. So I’m going…
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Language learning hacks from the experts

Welcome to 2019, Expaters! If learning a new foreign language is on your New Year’s resolution list, then read on… Here are some top tips, cheats and hacks from a range of language experts for learning a language quicker and more effectively. Let free time become study time Blur the lines between your free time and your learning time. At…
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Feeling lonely? Congratulations: you’re normal, and stronger than you think

Expaters, have you ever felt lonely? Chances are you have. Loneliness is a big issue and countries around the world are waking up to the fact. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of Britain’s Royal College of GPs, has warned that loneliness can be as bad for our health as chronic diseases. The UK government recently announced that it is putting £11.5m…
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