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Why some restaurants still aren’t doing enough to cater to those with Coeliac disease and gluten intolerance

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A lack of understanding means non gluten-free food are sometimes served (Picture: Mmuffin for Metro.co.uk)

I often write about the amazing gluten-free places I find on my travels, whether that’s gluten-free fish and chips or the best places to try pie and mash.

While there are certainly plenty of great places to eat out when you’re on a gluten-free diet, there are also plenty of places that still aren’t doing enough for those of us with Coeliac disease, food allergies or intolerances.

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Just… Read the full story

World Sleep Day: How sleep affects your sex life

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We all know that sleep is important.

Failing to get a decent snooze each night can bring up issues with your physical and mental health, lower your productivity at work, and make you feel generally rubbish.

Oh, and a terrible sleeping pattern could also be wrecking your sex life – just in case you needed another reason to give yourself a bedtime.

There are a bunch of ways not getting enough sleep can put a serious dent in your sex life… and, as a result, a load of ways that getting more high quality sleep could make your sex life much better.

The better a woman sleeps, the higher… Read the full story

Eight-year-old boy wants to meet as many animals as he can before he can no longer walk

Draven Jefferies, 8 with his meerkat. See National copy NNLIST: The parents of an eight-year-old boy have just two years to complete his dream bucket list - before he can no longer walk. Draven Jefferies, eight, suffers from a rare muscle-wasting disease, is hoping to visit Disneyland and swim with dolphins before he is forced to use a wheelchair permanently - and will ultimately claim his life. The animal-loving boy from Hawkinge, Kent, was born with his oesophagus and food pipe connected, and spent his first eight months in an intensive care unit undergoing surgery.
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Draven Jefferies has just two years to complete his dream bucket list – before… Read the full story

World Sleep Day: This is the world’s first sleep album led by scientific research

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Go to sleep, sweet man, go to sleep (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Many of us on this here planet,for some reason, struggle to get to sleep.

You might be super tired, and super excited to get your snuggle on, but as soon as you head hits the pillow, your brain thinks it’s party time.

Whether it’s anxiety, insomnia or a rubbish home environment, you might have tried loads of things to try and help you fall asleep quicker.

Having a nice bath, a milky drink and doing some gentle exercise are all suggestions given by experts.

And then there’s your soundtrack – when I moved into a… Read the full story

Woman shares how living as an adult baby helps her deal with her depression and anxiety

Meet the woman who drinks from a bottle, sucks a comforter at night and wears diapers - because she lives as an adult BABY. Tori Hart also dresses in onesies, watches cartoons, throws temper tantrums and babbles in baby-speak as she acts out her infantile alter ego. See SWNS story NYBABY; The 18-year-old engages in 'age play', specifically Adult Baby Diaper Lovers (ABDL) and Daddy Dom / Little Girl (DDLG), a sometimes-erotic practice linked to BDSM. But while most of her 2,000 plus followers on Instagram @little_tori_baby view the fantasy role-playing as a fetish, Tori said there is nothing sexual about her interest in it. The 'adult baby', who works at fast… <a href=Read the full story

Landmarks photobombed by paper cutouts make for excellent photos

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Pretending to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa, sitting on the famous Diana bench in front of the Taj Mahal. It’s all been done before.

How do you capture images in tourist destinations in a totally original and cool way?

Rich McCor decided to make paper cutouts and angle them in front of famous landmarks, and they make for some pretty sweet pictures.

The London artist turns the most recognised places in the world into whimsical illusions.

Some of them have included Leonardo Di Caprio embracing Christ the Redeemer (from the famous Titanic scene), The Statue of Liberty, Big Ben and so many other amazingly detailed creations.

The London artist talked… Read the full story

How your gluten-free diet could be increasing the amount of arsenic you ingest and what to do about it

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Eating gluten-free can mean eating a lot of rice (Picture: Getty)

Inorganic arsenic is a poison that occurs naturally in rice and it is known to cause cancer, developmental issues and heart disease.

For the majority of the population, who may eat rice a few times a week, there is little to worry about.

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In fact, if the rice is prepared by soaking it overnight and cooking it in a 5:1 ratio of water to rice,… Read the full story

World Sleep Day: 8 insomniacs reveal what it’s really like when you can’t get enough sleep

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It can be very lonely (Picture: Getty)

Today is World Sleep Day and it’s got me thinking about insomnia.

I have a complicated relationship with sleep, and it’s affected by my mental health – if I’m stressed, I’ll be up until 3am, unable to turn off my brain.

A few years ago, I was so sleep deprived that any small sound would keep me up. Add party-happy housemates to that and you can imagine my nightmare scenario.

sleepy coupleWorld Sleep Day: 10 unexpected benefits of being a sleep-deprived parent

It was less about the sleep itself, and more about the fear that I wouldn’t… Read the full story

You can get a vegan Guinness doughnut for St Patrick’s Day

Vegan Guinness doughnut from Dough Society
What a dream (Picture: Dough Society)

We’ve made no secret of the fact that we’re a little bit obsessed with vegan doughnut legends, Dough Society.

They opened a cute as hell vegan doughnut and coffee shop in east London’s Hackney, and make outrageously delicious plant-based doughnuts.

We tried them as part of our vegan doughnut guide to London and were blown away – they’re so damn good.

The company is known for its fun flavours, so it’s no surprise that they’ve gone and done a special one for St Patrick’s Day.

It is, of course, Guinness flavoured.

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It turns out you can put any card in the hotel light switch slot and it’ll work

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Today in revelations that will blow your mind and change your life, were you aware that you can slot any card in a hotel room’s light switch slot and it’ll work to turn on the power?

Any card. As in, not just the hotel key.

Now, when we discovered this half the office fell into the shock and awe camp, but the other half had a reaction of – and we’re summarising here – ‘did you seriously not know that, you absolute idiots?’

So if you fall into the latter camp, you’re not alone. But clearly, this article is not for you, and you shouldn’t try to sh*t on the joy of the… Read the full story

St Patrick’s Day service will call up the snakes in your life and secretly out them


Got a snakey friend in your life? Magners has got your back.

In celebration of St Patrick’s Day, which takes place on 17 March, Magners Irish Cider is calling out all of the snakey people in your life.

Legend has it that St Patrick banished all the snakes from Ireland, and so, to honour him, Magners is doing a modern twist to help call out all snakey millenials.

Whether you’ve been ghosted, cheated on, lied to, or maybe a friend’s just told you you look fire in a dress that actually… Read the full story

Virgin Trains now offers a vegan hot breakfast and soya milk

Virgin Trains now do a vegan hot breakfast and soya milk
Yummmmmmmmm (Picture: Virgin Trains)

Being vegan in 2018 can be pretty easy.

In big cities like London, we’re spoiled for choice with fab options like What The Pitta, Black Cat and Mildreds offering us all manner of tasty treats.

However, it’s often travelling where we get a bit stuck – vegan options when flying are pretty hit and miss, and trains can be a nightmare. There’s often nothing available on board aside from crisps and fizzy drinks. Which, we think you’ll agree, do not maketh a balanced meal.

So,… Read the full story

Britain’s oldest rescue dog moves to a retirement home

What is activated charcoal and what is it used for?

*comp/illustration request* What is activated charcoal and what is it used for?
Activated charcoal: Good for Instagram – but is it good for you? (Picture: Monika Mmuffn for Metro.co.uk)

Activated charcoal seems to be just about everywhere.

There are so many reality stars and social media ‘influencers’ who are filling their feeds with pictures and videos of them smearing their skin or teeth with striking masks and toothpastes made from the ingredient.

Health shops and cafes have filled their shelves with charcoal products and among the wheatgrass shots and colourful juices at smoothie shops are striking black-coloured beverages made from the ingredient.

But what is activated charcoal?

And, other than looking good on Instagram, are… Read the full story

Inside the cocktail experience where sight, sound and smells are used to enhance the taste of your drinks

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It’s one of a kind (Picture: The Berkeley)

Of all the ‘speakeasy’ places I’ve been to, Out Of The Blue at The Berkeley has to be the most secretive.

Housed behind locked doors – accessed via a keypad next to the sliding panels that disguise the real entrance – the intimate cocktail lounge opened late last year at the London hotel.

It’s not hard to find as such – there are no secret passwords and there’s definitely nothing illicit going on – but rather, guests are asked to keep tight-lipped about the ‘big reveal’.

March new restos8 new London… Read the full story

World Sleep Day: Clean sleeping is a big con to sell you stuff and make you feel bad

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What won’t Gwyneth Paltrow put her name to?

Whether it’s steaming your vagina or getting bee stings to heal injuries, she’s always at the forefront of a questionable health or beauty trend.

One of the recent ones is clean sleeping.

In an article for Daily Mail penned by Gwynnie, she said that sleep should be your first priority – even before diet.

Her advice is to get at least nine hours of sleep a night, practice Yoga Nidra, and give yourself (or have someone give you) relaxing massages.

This is actually some of the most rational advice that’s ever come out of the house of Goop. There isn’t even… Read the full story

When do babies smile, start laughing, roll over, crawl and walk? All of the important milestones

There’s not much cuter than a baby’s smile (Picture: Getty)

Babies are the best form of entertainment – you can just sit there and watch them sleeping all day long and you’ve had a fulfilling time.

But while the first few weeks and months of a baby’s life are filled with cuddles, coos and cute outfits, there’s no denying things get even more exciting when they start showing their personality through smiles, laughs and being able to move more than just a raised arm in their sleep.

So when do babies smile and reach these other precious milestones?

A baby will generally begin to smile at six to 12 weeks old – so… Read the full story

What is Yin yoga?

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For the uninitiated, yoga can seem very daunting.

There are so many different types, it can be hard to know where to start.

Vinyasa? Bikram? Iyengar? It’s all very confusing.

There’s one type though, that is very different to them all, and that’s Yin.

Yin is a very slow-paced, restorative practice, with an emphasis on alignment, and postures that are held for up to five minutes, which allows your body – and mind – to relax and surrender into poses.

It’s very different to your average vinyasa class – here’s all you need to know.

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Is it uncomfortable?

Many people avoid… Read the full story

World Sleep Day: How not getting enough sleep wrecks your skin

Why offices should give workers time and space to sleep
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Exhausted, shattered, desperately snoozy?


A lack of decent sleep can ruin your sex life, make you less productive at work, and raise your stress levels.

There are loads of reasons to be prioritising your sleep, basically… and yet we still stay up until 3am when we know we have to get up at 6.

If you’re not motivated to get into bed by the promise of better sex, being a better worker, and generally feeling good, take note of this, instead: No matter how detailed your skincare routine may be, it won’t do much if you’re not getting… Read the full story

You can get your hands on a free Creme Egg sundae this month

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If you’re in London on 19 March, you could get your hands on free ice cream, as Cadbury Creme egg has teamed up with Chin Chin ice cream parlour to create a Creme Egg Sundae.

To celebrate the new dessert, the first 100 customers to order the ice cream on the launch date will get it for free.

Available at Chin Chin Soho from 19 March for one week, the sundae will be made using freezing handcrafted ice cream made in clouds of liquid nitrogen.

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