Updated 09 January 2014

Welcome back! Here's to a fresh start.

We kick off 2014 with great ways to make your New Year's resolutions stick and bring you some of the most talked-about stories doing the rounds right now.

We’ve featured some extraordinary stories while you’ve been away, but the one thing that’s probably foremost in our minds is how to make the best start in 2014 – and actually see our resolutions through. 

To help us understand the psychology of New Year’s resolutions (don’t make too big a fuss of it, and do it for the right reasons), we have a fab video interview with life coach Nicolai Andler who gives expert tips on how to make it work for you, and discusses the most common resolutions.

But before you start downloading like crazy, first declutter your digital life. Experts say digital clutter such as unused apps and too many e-mails can paralyse us, so remove these and start afresh. In fact, if you're a junky, a little bit of a break from all Social Media may be just what the doctor ordered. 

Moving on, we’ve had brilliant feedback from our users regarding the birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin. Both have received a bad rap due to some serious side effects, resulting in lawsuits. What's been your experience? Join the conversation on Facebook.

Then there’s the curious tale of the lubricant in condoms being used to ease arthritis pain. What other uses could condoms possibly have? Let us know on Facebook or send us an email.

Finally, the interest in Prof Tim Noakes’ The Real Meal Revolution is showing no sign of easing up. We have secured an interview with him and Jonno Proudfoot, where they explain more about just why carbs are bad for you and (good) fats are good. 

We wish you a fabulous year ahead, one packed full of good energy – and may all your resolutions really come true this time.

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