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Mark and Natasha’s blogs from 2009

February 26, 2011

Great Quote!

“In this regard, cultivating mindfulness is not unlike the process of eating.  It would be absurd to propose that someone else eat for you.  And when you go to a restaurant you don’t eat the menu, mistaking it for the meal, nor are you nourished by listening to the waiter describe the food.  You have […]

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May 25, 2010

Ditch the Diet (Natasha)

Oh, you wonderful Daily Mail Online readers, you have done it again! I never cease to be amazed by the level of anger and self-righteousness you display, or your willingness to exhibit opinions on topics upon which you clearly have little to no expertise. Who are these people who become so enraged by other people’s […]

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May 21, 2010

Ilonna Burton -v- Phillip Schofield – The Anorexia Debate (Natasha)

Blog fans will know I am not adverse to expressing a potentially controversial opinion – I’ve been known to incur the wrath of the established medical profession on many occasion and “steady on, Tash” must rank up there amongst my friends’ most frequently repeated phrases. Freedom of speech is one of the main reasons I’m […]

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Mind Chatter and the Mindfulness Revolution (Mark)

The vast majority of most people’s thinking is automated, repetitive and unconscious; it’s pure mental static in the background of our lives and serves no positive purpose. It’s the voice in the head. It’s Mind Chatter which leads inevitably to anxiety. The Voice has, for almost everybody, developed a life of its own and we […]

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May 16, 2010

Viva La Revolucion (Mark)

The Right Brain Revolution The human brain has 2 hemispheres (right and left) which process the information coming in from the world around us quite differently. The Left Brain (or hemisphere) is logical, rational, analytical and focuses on details; whereas the Right Brain (hemisphere) is creative, intuitive, picks out patterns, deals with more emotional thinking […]

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May 14, 2010

Just Tax the Stupid People! (Natasha)

So even in the midst of all this election madness, the brains responsible for implementing health policy have managed to make another spectacular gaff. It’s amazing they found the time, really – I’d be impressed if I wasn’t so full of abject despair. The latest bright idea is to tax ‘bad’ foods, in the hope […]

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April 13, 2010

At Last Some Common Sense, Courtesy of CNN (Natasha)

Regular readers of my blogs will have noted frequently my frustration and despair and the utterly ridiculous, BMI-based diagnosis criteria for eating disorders in this country. Anorexics who have lost half their body weight in less than six months have been casually dismissed, whilst bulimics who are a ‘normal’ weight (whatever this might turn out […]

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April 8, 2010

Spring is Here (and We’ve Got it Twisted) (Natasha)

Ah, sunshine. I had almost forgotten what it felt like to have it’s soul-lightening warmth beating down on my (immensely grateful and vampirically pale) skin. I’m also, as I type, being terrorized by my first irritating wasp of the season. Yes, folks, it’s that time of year again. The Easter break, during which it is […]

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March 15, 2010

Monday Morning Rant (Natasha)

I had what can only be described as a magnificent Sunday yesterday. It started with three sausages and finished watching Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man on TV with an almost unbearably cute puppy fast-asleep on my right leg. In between my Mum and I drank copious amounts of Chablis and put the world to rights. Yes, […]

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March 12, 2010

Brumantics – Adventures in the West Midlands (Natasha)

This month, my quest to mould the young minds of Britain took me to the West Midlands, home of Jasper Carrot and Kerrang Radio and where Mark studied for one of his 4 squillion qualifications. My experience of Birmingham up until that point had been limited to two distinct and different situations – Seeing the […]

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