About The lifestyle Pill and Me!

Lifestyle medicine

Lifestyle medicine is an evidence-based approach to improving health through optimising your way of life. It can be used to prevent, treat and sometimes reverse conditions related to lifestyle factors.

Key themes of lifestyle medicine are:

  • Nutrition

  • Physical activity

  • Stress management

  • Sleep optimisation

  • Healthy relationships

  • Education of the impacts of smoking and alcohol

I’m a true believer that living a healthy life can help lead to a long and happy one.

Key is not one single element, it’s not diet, exercise, stress management or sleep – it’s the whole thing put together.

Things you can look forward to are:

  • Posts discussing areas of lifestyle medicine – from sleep and stress management, to diet and exercise and relationships.

  • Reviews – be it for a website, book, podcast, app or a new scientific paper.
  • The occasional healthy recipe.

A bit about me

Hi, I’m Dr Emma Thurston.


(this is me in the picture!)

I qualified from Oxford University in 2015 with a distinction in Medicine (BM, BCh) and a MA in medical sciences.

I’m currently a GP trainee living in the New Forest, having completed my foundation years in sunny Dorset. I’m also undertaking a masters degree in Public Health from the University of Edinburgh alongside being a practising doctor.

I’ve more recently been appointed the Regional Director for the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine (BSLM) for Hampshire & Dorset.

I love living in the countryside. I love my fresh air and space and I’m so lucky living where I am – close to the beach for sea swims in summer and the cosy forest pubs for snuggling by the fire after a crisp forest walk in winter. I’m a countrybumpkin at heart!

I am a novice at blogging so please bear with me and feel free to comment on things if you feel I can improve or anything specific you would like to see in the blog.

Find me on Instagram @the_lifestylepill and Twitter @_lifestylepill