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Karen Evennett is a prolific journalist, author and blogger with a rich portfolio of contributions to popular media including health, lifestyle, interiors, beauty and real-life stories.  For more information and to contact Karen, please email karen.evennett@yahoo.co.uk or dm @KarenEvennett on Twitter

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New Year, New You?

I am embracing neither Veganuary nor Dry January. But I am trying to be more mindful about what I eat and drink. This is a time of year when we are naturally more hibernatory and reflective creatur...

DIY kitchen design…

We recently moved house, with the intention of immediately knocking through three tiny rooms to create a large kitchen in which we could relax and entertain. Finding a builder to do the knock-throu...

Image by Lindsay Henwood

3 of the best anti-ageing strategies

Goldie Hawn was featured in The Times last weekend, and she looked AMAZING!  I had to press my face closer to check I wasn’t imagining it: she really was a 73 year old woman with no sign of a wri...

Health, Wellbeing & medcine

How to be more focused

My favourite newspaper feature this week: Peta Bee’s interview with Chris Bailey in The Times, Thursday 30th August. Bailey is the 29 year old Canadian behind Hyperfocus: How to Work Less and Ach...

Farrow & Ball Cinder Rose

Will pink work in your interior?

When we moved into our new house, the front room was deep blue. Deep, dark blue: on the walls, windows, doors, and even the radiator. It was perfectly painted – but it was blue. Even the curtains...

Kangaroo care baby skin to skin contact

What is Kangaroo Care for your baby?

Kangaroo care or Skin to Skin Contact is one of the best things you can give your newborn… This blog is taken from a piece I wrote for Water Wipes… Baby love… Skin-to-skin contact will help y...

Are you thinking of giving up gluten?

Gluten-free is all the rage – but is it a food fad that you really need to follow? This blog is adapted from a feature I wrote for Woman’s Own magazine. Know your enemy Think back to the last t...

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Is it better to sleep naked?

Ditch the winter wynceyette – you’ll sleep better in the buff… That was the argument I made in this feature for My Weekly (link to pdf) – but, of course, the truth, as was soon to be establ...

Signs of a stroke

What happens when you have a stroke?

Of all the health conditions I’ve covered, I think stroke has got to be the most terrifying. The prospect of being left permanently paralysed, disfigured, or unable to communicate is mind bogglin...

Does my age affect my fertility?

When I first started writing about women with fertility problems, a quarter of a century ago, I was told by the fertility expert Professor Robert Winston that a woman’s chances of getting pregnan...

Health, Wellbeing & medcine

Are you at risk of hearing loss?

Six years ago I was introduced to Emma whose hearing problem went undiagnosed until her 30s. Ironically, while writing Emma’s story, I started to realise that my own hearing was not 100 per cent....

Considering becoming an organ donor?

If you live in Wales you are now considered to have agreed to donate your organs after death unless you have taken steps to opt out. In England you still have to actively opt-in – by joining the ...

Health, Wellbeing & medcine

Are you at risk of osteoporosis?

Fifty is the magic number… After this age you have 50-50 chance of developing osteoporosis. Your genes, lifestyle choices, and medical history can all contribute to your risk. After your menopaus...

Karen Evennett on Health, Wellbeing and Medicine

What’s causing your headaches?

It’s shocking to think that migraine – affecting one in seven people in the UK – costs the nation more than £2billion a year. But even more astounding is the realisation that many of these f...

Is there a cure for your cold?

Officially there is no cure for the common cold… But I swear by the herbal remedy Echinacea. At the first sign of a tingle in my throat I will reach for A. Vogel’s Echinaforce Sore Throat Spray...

What does stress do to your body?

A dry mouth, racing heart and tummy ache… They’re all signs that you’re going into fight or flight mode. There’s no saber-toothed tiger in sight – but your body doesn’t know it. That tr...

Sweet dreams are made of this…

Lavender in my bath, Melissa on my pillow… You can see where this is going. I – who like to think of myself as one of the world’s best sleepers – am having trouble sleeping at night. Like m...

The poison on your plate

Last night we tucked into a meal of fish curry with Basmati rice, ooh-ing and aah-ing because it had been two weeks since we’d last eaten rice and we’d forgotten how much we loved it. “Slimmi...

Have your cake – and drink it!

A large glass of wine contains the same number of calories – 200 – as a doughnut. Will this information, if displayed on our bottles, A) have more impact on reducing your alcohol consumption than t...

turning 50

Turning 50!

The Times recently reported that 50 is the age at which people start to think about their own mortality. Not really very surprising news, but someone went to the trouble of commissioning an opinion...

Lent… I relent (with consequences)

As I do not have a religious bone in my body, my Lent abstinence was destined to fail. I’d embarked on it with the promise that I would make an exception for my trip to Rome (just a few days into...

Peel the fear…

In an excellent feature in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph – Short Cuts to Self Help – Victoria Lambert gave us a quick run through of the most enduring self help books on the market. I was pleas...

So spa, so good…

My name’s Karen and I am a spa junkie. There – I’ve come clean and fessed up. I love being pummeled by jet sprays and slow cooked in saunas and steam rooms. And I have no trouble submitting t...

The truth about painkillers

I’m scratching my head to remember the last time I had to take a painkiller…  Oh yes – it was on holiday in August in Roquebrune Cap-Martin. We’d been on our feet all day, trying to fit ...

Portion control

In the 1960s my dad worked for BP, and a Sunday family treat was to go to the company’s sports club for lunch and a swim. I don’t remember much about the lunch’s main course – I suspect it ...

sleep problems

Good night, sleep tight…

Apparently the national average of zzzzs has fallen to just 6.5 hours a night – and sleep researchers say that could be damaging our health more than if we skip a session in the gym. Getting that e...

Is it faux depression?

Where I live, the Thames riverside is gorgeous at the moment, lined with golden leafed trees. But let’s not forget that these are also a sign that we are in the season of melancholy – the time ...