Better Sleep

Here’s a comforting thought: if traditional remedies exist, it means that our ancestors must have suffered from bad sleep. That’s even though they did plenty of physical exercise, had no artificial light, and didn’t use screens till late. We didn’t invent sleep trouble. One less thing to beat ourselves about. What are the traditional Italian…

How To Forgive

Forgiving means giving up revenge, seething and wishing painful death onto those who have hurt us. Why should we forgive? Because revenge is extremely energy-intensive and its return on investment is usually very poor. Also, if we don’t forgive, we’ll get stomach ulcers, heart attacks and migraines too. When we forgive, we imply that we…

How To Live To 100

I’m just about to fly to Sicily to celebrate my grandmother’s 100th birthday. I’ll ask her how does it feel to be a centenarian and, of course, I’ll ask her what do I need to do to live that long. In the meantime, I’m making some guesses, and here are my grandma-inspired longevity tips:  …

There’s a Solution to Everything

‘There’s a solution to everything, except death,’ goes an Italian proverb (A tutto c’è rimedio, tranne alla morte). My Grandma used to repeat it to me every time I despaired about something. Below you’ll find some remedies to common problems. Problem Solution Constipation Sicilian remedy: stewed apple Diarrhoea Sicilian remedy: grated apple. The ultimate pampering…

Do you know how to use public footpaths?(Totally free!)

I’m really passionate about this topic because I think that many people are missing out on a great opportunity to have fun and stay healthy without spending a penny. Walking in the countryside or among greenery has been proven to improve physical and mental health, fighting anxiety and depression. Still,  when I walk in the…

Why keeping secrets is bad for you

Keeping a secret gives you stress (Huffington post , Forbes), this has been known for a while. Now new studies show that how often we think about our secrets makes a big difference (The Economist). Scientists have found that people who thought about their secrets less often than once a week had better health and…

“Don’t wash during your periods” and other menstruation myths

The most mystifying of all the bad pieces of advice that we’ve collected this week is the advice about periods: don’t wash your hair, don’t have a shower, don’t touch plants during your periods. Where does this cleanliness ban – which, from your comments, seems to have spread from Italy to India to Scotland –…

How To Join A Fitness Class (with dignity)

If the idea of joining a fitness class makes you feel like a child starting a new school, you’re not alone. Joining an ongoing fitness class is not just like starting a new school, but like joining a new school half-way through the year: you don’t know the rooms, the routines, the other people, but…

Raise Your Pulse

Lentils Pasta I can’t think of any vegetarian dish that doesn’t require shedloads of cutting. If you are a young person recently moved out of your parents’ home, there’s a number of reasons why you don’t want to do shedloads of cutting: Unless you are extremely rich and can afford to rent a place all…