Is it not that food is just so cheap now? A little bit of tax won't make any difference - three or four times the current price of your average junk food might make fresh food more attractive and perhaps make people choose between fags and food.
I also think big cuts to NHS provisions are inevitable in the near future just as pensions and benefits have already been cut.
Hi Laura - the tip of monitoring your resting HR in the mornings is key - I've done this and it really is the best way to guage progress and stop you from overdoing things. Some really excellent advice from rowex and CheesyRider.
Hi Laura - I can fully sympathise being 4 years down a similar road and still unable to run. I don't know that much about glandular fever (I didn't have that) but it can take a very long time to get over fully. I think you are maybe taking the wrong approach to the exercise you are doing. Try and start with very gentle exercise and do so every other day. You need to do this for a while as you need to learn what you are capable of ie what doesn't provoke a relapse. Very gradually increase when you haven't had a response for a while. Doing too much a couple of days a week (which if you can only manage a couple of days is therefore too much) is just going to hold you back. Excuse the pun but you need to think of what is best in the long run. You will have to accept that fitness will be lost but by keeping doing what you are doing is probably barely retaining it anyway. This is of course easier said than done but you can beat this - but it really will take time. Think of the energy you have as a finite amount - less than you used to have - do too much today and you've used up some of tomorrow's. And everything you do is eating into it constantly. Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep but even moreso good quality sleep which is vital. Try and stop worrying about it too much too and relax - even that is wasted energy! I don't think there is any magic answer to this but time and patience. I'm more than happy if you want to pm me if you prefer to discuss off the thread - I don't have the answers but I've certainly picked up some experience of this!