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How chronic illness and mental health are inextricably linked

My physical pain was clearly affecting my mental health (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Living with a chronic illness is tough, dealing with changes in mobility, low immunity and never knowing how your body will be on any given day can take its toll.

Raonic sets up mouth-watering Dimitrov tie as Del Potro-Thiem lose doubles debut

It’s hard to live in a body that is trying to attack and kill you every day.

I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2005 and that meant a lot of changes to my usually active late teenage life.

I could no longer go out with my friends every… Read the full story

The 5 best gluten free sandwiches on the high street

You can’t make the perfect gluten free lunch every day (Picture: Getty)

As someone who’s not been able to eat gluten for many years, I’ve always found lunchtime one the trickiest part of the day.

While most people nip to the nearest cafe or grab something on the go, gluten-free lunch options have up until now been extremely limited and reserved to soup and jacket potato at best.

Luckily, more high street stores and supermarkets have cottoned on the fact that many of us are on the hunt for suitable gluten free lunch options.

From cafes to supermarket shelves, here are the best places to grab your gluten free sandwich this lunchtime.

1. Asda

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This Japanese dessert is shaped like a fish and has a delicious surprise inside

Japanese fish-shaped cake with filling taiyaki
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A Japanese dessert called taiyaki has been getting a lot of attention on Twitter lately.

The cake-based pudding is fish-shaped and sold by street food vendors around Japan.

The traditional version contains a sweet red bean paste (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it), but you can also get versions with ice cream, custard or sausage and cheese inside – oh hell yeah.

According to The Japan Times, the dessert has been around for over 100 years, but only became popular when ‘Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun’ (‘Swim! Taiyaki’) emerged as a wildly popular children’s song in 1976.

Since then, food sellers have been rushed… Read the full story

Fashion Nova is selling some very uncomfortable looking lace-up shorts

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Just recently, we wrote about Fashion Nova’s questionable lace-up jeans, which weren’t really our cup of tea.

But it seems the fashion brand doesn’t really care what we think, as they’ve also started selling some lace-up shorts – which, much like the ‘jeans’, feature nothing but a tiny bit of fabric and some string.

The Wild One Lace Up Shorts come in black and cost $32.99 (£24).

They’re high waist and feature a zipper on the back.

People are revealing the worst things others have said about their mental illness

People on Twitter are opening up about the worst things people have said about their mental illness
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People have been taking to Twitter to reveal the most unhelpful, insensitive or insulting others have ever said to them about their mental illness.

I started the hashtag #ThingsPeopleHaveSaidAboutMyMentalIllness yesterday evening, in a bid to get people to share hurtful comments they’d heard regarding their mental illness.

Attention, students: A gin company is looking to pay you to drink G&Ts

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If you’re a student who’s partial to a G&T, you’ll be happy to know that London-based gin brand Sipsmith has announced it is expanding its Student Ambassador Programme.

The company is now offering paid ‘ginternships’ to 52 students from 21 universities around the UK.

So, here’s what the roles entail:

Brand Ambassadors will have to lead ‘juniper-related activities’, partner with local gin societies and have a love for gin.

The role will require travelling to summer festivals to spread awareness of the brand, to support the sales team with the Sipsmith Gin Palace, along with visits to key outlets to report on stock levels.

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How to train like a bikini model world champion


Want to know what it takes to get into bikini model shape? Fancy competing yourself?

If you do, you might want to start following former Pro Bikini World Champion and current competitor in the WBFF World Championships, Cristina Silva.

Also a PT, Cristina knows a thing or two about building muscle, burning fat and what kinds of weight training are especially beneficial to women.

Originally from Mexico, she started competing in 2015.

‘When I arrived in the UK seven years ago, I was astounded by the number of people going to the gym, cycling to work and the number of people running on the streets of London,’ she tells Metro.co.uk.

‘I used to train at the fitness centre of my town in Mexico. It’s was quite an old bodybuilding gym, rusty and very old school! There was no comparison with the one in London.’

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She won her first ever bikini competition and has gone on to compete… Read the full story

Pimm’s relaunches No. 6 Vodka Cup bottle in time for summer

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It may not be summer yet, but the heatwave this Bank Holiday weekend has definitely got us excited for it.

Not just for the sun, the sand and the sunbathing, but for all the summer drinks too – Pimm’s in particular.

It’s definitely the weather to be sitting out in the garden with a large jug of fruit-garnished alcohol.

But while many of us stick to Pimm’s No. 1 – the classic blend of gin liquors, fruit extracts and herbs – Pimm’s No. 6 is back, and it sounds delicious.

Pimm’s No. 6 Vodka Cup has recently made an appearance to the Pimm’s website.

It was first launched in the 1960s, but was… Read the full story

Royal wedding dresses through the years – the Queen, Kate Middleton, Princess Margaret, Diana and more

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Sarah Ferguson, Kate Middleton, Diana, Princess Of Wales and Princess Margaret have all worn varying white gowns for their wedding days (Picture: Getty)

Royal wedding dress obsession is something of an institution

It’s a public prerogative: a royal engagement is announced and the next few months are spent speculating, predicting and daydreaming about the royal bride’s dress.

Will she wear white? Will she go for an on-trend colour? Will she go with her designer friend’s creation or will she stick to a royal-approved bridal team? Will she take inspiration from a previous royal gown?

Limited details surrounding Meghan’s dress were revealed at the weekend, with reports suggesting she will be… Read the full story

These jackets will cool your dog down in this hot weather

This jacket to cool your dog down in the heat
Hi chums (Pictures: Pets at Home)

If you’re finding this weather all a bit much, spare a thought for your four-legged friend, who’s probably sweltering.

Imagine having to deal with a permanent fur coat in these current humid climes. It just doesn’t bear thinking about.

Handily though, there are measures you can take to keep the most important thing in your life (that’s your dog, FYI) cool.

Keep them in well ventilated shade, make sure there’s plenty of fresh water, and offer them a wet towel to lay on.

However, if you’re looking for a more portable version of a wet towel, check out these cooling jackets.

If… Read the full story

Met Gala 2018: 22 of the best ever fashion looks from the Met Ball

The xx best Met Gala looks of all time
Strong looks (Pictures: Getty)

The Met Gala 2018 kicks off in just a few hours, which means celebs have been prepping outfits for the past six months.

Back in November last year, it was revealed that this year’s theme is ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’.

The Costume Institute announced its exhibition of the same name, which opens on Thursday (10 May).

The gala’s hosts are Rihanna, Amal Clooney an Donatella Versace, and we’re intrigued to see how people will handle the religious theme.

We haven’t got long to wait, but for now, please enjoy 22 of our favourite Met Gala looks – in no particular… Read the full story

Why millennials should pick Jerusalem over Tel Aviv for their next Israel vacay


Done the usual long weekend in Paris, Rome or Amsterdam and want something a bit different? Try Jerusalem. Hey, if it was good enough for Jesus…

Donald Trump raised eyebrows last year by officially recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The minefield of politics aside, here’s 5 reasons why Jerusalem is an awesome place to visit, especially if you’re a millennial and also considering Tel Aviv.

1. Expect the unexpected

Jerusalem is over 3,000 years old and considered holy to Christians, Jews, and Muslims, making it one of the oldest and most diverse places on the planet. Around 3 million people from around the world flock there each year and you don’t have to be religious to appreciate its draw.

While nearby Tel Aviv boasts beaches and sweltering heat, Jerusalem is nestled higher up in the mountains and enjoys a more varied clime, including the occasional snow flurry in winter.

2. So. Much. Food

All our fave outfits from the Met Gala 2018

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It’s the first Monday in May, and you know what that means.

No, not that you got the day off and got to spend it drinking pints in the park – it’s the Met Gala, of course.

The annual ball is held in New York, and is the highlight of the fashion calendar.

This year’s theme is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic imagination, and we people were blaspheming sartorially all night long.

Anna Wintour and Bee Schaffer

The best beauty looks at this year’s Met Gala

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The Met Gala is all about the costumes, of course, but great hair and makeup can make or break a look.

It’s also quite an easy way for some celebs to take their ensemble from completely off-topic to fitting the theme.

Some incredible faces were painted for 2018’s bash, and we’ve compiled them all for your inspo folder.

Jasmine Sanders

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Jasmine Sanders… Read the full story

Music lover or foodie? New Orleans and Asheville, North Carolina are the ultimate mixture of both


Barely two hours after touching down in New Orleans and I was biting through the layers of an Andouille Crusted Gulf Drum.

It’s a delicious fish dish coated in a bread crumb and sausage mix, which I tasted at Emeril’s Restaurant, the original joint from celebrity chef and restauranteur Emeril Lagasse, who’s a bit of a US TV personality.

It was a welcome introduction to the city’s food scene. Having won many awards over the past 25 years, Emeril’s is not cheap – entreés range from around $28 (£20) to $45.

But if you want to experience NOLA’s (New Orleans, Louisiana) food, its biggest draw after the music (after all, it is the birthplace of jazz), it’s definitely worth indulging here one night.

Oh, and even a classy spot like Emeril’s offers you a keep-cup if you’d like to take your last drink to go.

It’s completely fine to swig from these while walking around the city.

After some much-needed sleep at the Windsor Court… Read the full story

Where will Meghan Markle stay the night before her wedding?

FILE - In this Thursday Jan. 18, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry talks to Meghan Markle as they watch a dance performance by Jukebox Collective in the banqueting hall during a visit to Cardiff Castle, Wales. With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May 19 wedding fast approaching, the fashion and bridal worlds are abuzz with talk of who the bride will pick to design her dress and what kind of look she would go for. (Ben Birchall/Pool via AP, File)
Meghan and Harry will observe tradition and spend the night before their wedding apart. Harry will stay at Windsor with his family but it has not yet been revealed… Read the full story

Vanilla now costs more than silver so we might have an ice cream crisis soon

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Hopefully, you got your fill of vanilla ice cream over the bank holiday because we could be about to go through a vanilla shortage in the UK.

The price of the exotic flavouring has skyrocketed over the past two years – and it’s now starting to affect the British ice cream industry.

At around £443 per kilo, vanilla now costs more than silver.

And while the price hike might not impact the big retailers that much, it’s sure to hit smaller businesses, with many saying that vanilla is off the menu for the foreseeable future.

The problems started last March when a cyclone hit Madagascar – where the majority of vanilla is produced… Read the full story

How does your weekly salary compare to everyone else in the UK?

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There’s nothing like finding out that you’re earning way less than everyone else to spur you on.

You might decide to quit your low-balling job. You might ask for a pay rise. Or, of course, you might just gnash your teeth, wishing you’d listened to your parents and gone into law.

Whatever the result, it’s better to know.

New data from the Centre for Cities has found that the current average national weekly wage is £539 before tax.

But if you’re looking to earn more than that, then you may want to head down south, where you can earn a much bigger packet (and pay way more for rent…).

Unsurprisingly, salaries in London are… Read the full story

A limestone quarry which comes with an actual castle is selling for £11.5 million

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A limestone quarry is up for sale for £11.5 million, and it comes with a 12th-century castle.

The 1,000-acre estate features woodland, cement works and fields suitable for growing crops and grazing animals.

There are over 500 acres of arable and grassland, part of which is currently let on a farm business tenancy until September 2019.

The land is farmed on a rotation of wheat, barley and oats with break crops including maize, oilseed rape, beans and grass leys.

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