Food / 11.11.2016

I have just been watching the news and listening to the warnings about our obsession with sugar and the horrendous health consequences we can look forward to if we continue to indulge in this silent killer. They have talked about the obvious culprits like fizzy drinks, chocolate and sugary cereals, but what about all the sugar loaded into other food that isn’t quite so apparent. For instance if you ever buy low fat food then I suggest next time, you take a minute to look at the ingredients list, you...

Food / 11.11.2016

I think I can safely say we all enjoy this time of year, it takes a long time coming but it’s always welcome. Feeling the sun on your back, eating alfresco, enjoying all the beautiful summer flowers and delicious fruit and veg, but of course there’s always a price to pay. INSECTS. And they are in abundance, flies everywhere, bees buzzing, wasps stinging, it’s a hive of activity but it’s part of what makes our summer. You may have already worked out that I’m a ‘Live and Let Live’ kind of...

Food / 11.11.2016

I have been eating organic food for years now. When the first ‘vegetable box scheme’ started out in our area about 15 years ago I decided to give it a try. I waited in all evening for my delivery, which was incredibly late, and when it did finally arrive I swear most of it was mud! I am all for things being ‘as nature intended’ but that was a bit too much nature, even for me! Things have changed a lot since those days, it is more convenient, flexible...

Food / 11.11.2016

This may seem like a very strange and rather personal question but it is an important one and is one that could seriously affect your health, believe it or not. The invention of the sit up toilet many years ago was, at the time, an absolute godsend, toilet habits were pretty grim in those days so it was certainly much more hygienic than just doing it where you stood, which they actually did! Anyway that aside, the toilet was a fantastic invention but it isn’t as healthy as you may...

Food / 11.11.2016

Does everyone remember the 80’s Aussie safe sun Slip, Slop, Slap campaign? Basically it advised you to Slip on a shirt, Slop on some sun cream and Slap on a hat. And we are constantly being told the same, be safe in the sun, story now, wearing sun cream as soon as there is even a hint of sun but in reality maybe we should be using a little bit less and getting a bit more sun. Did you know that Vitamin D is called the ‘sunshine’ vitamin as...

Food / 11.11.2016

I have to confess, I have a soup fetish, summer or winter I love soup! In the summer I make cold soups like Gorgeous Gazpacho and in the winter I make warming, filling soups like Love Life Lentil Soup. Adding power foods like chilli and ginger as in Hot Harissa. I could eat soup every day and I would never get bored! I do understand that soup is not everyone’s cup of tea but it really is incredibly good for you! It is fantastically versatile (great to use up...

Food / 11.11.2016

…….when it’s a habit! Treats are only treats if you don’t have too many of them, letting yourself have the same treats day after day is no longer a treat but has become a bad habit! That doesn’t mean we can’t have any treats, I love a treat, I just don’t have the same treats every day and that is what makes the difference. I try to have a treat when I really feel like it, not just because it’s what I usually do. Looking at your pattern of...

Food / 11.11.2016

Every year I have a glut of something, well usually lots of things, it’s an occupational hazard of owing an allotment. This year has been a funny year, like the last one and the one before that come to think of it! It’s either too dry, too wet, too hot or too cold but still there is always a glut of something! nstead of giving it all a way (sorry to anyone who knows me!) or just eating the same steamed veg night after night for weeks on end,...

Food / 11.11.2016

Doctors who specialise in nutritional medicine believe that the typical Western diet could be contributing to a myriad of health issues caused by food intolerances. If you are suffering from migraines or headaches, congested sinuses, catarrh or wheezing, eczema or other rashes, gut problems like bloating, diarrhoea or constipation, even swollen and painful joints or fatigue, you are likely to be intolerant to something you are eating regularly! 90% of these food intolerances are caused by only 4 foods, gluten (wheat,) dairy, yeast and eggs, the problem with these...

Food / 11.11.2016

I read somewhere years ago that putting Vicks on your feet would help the symptoms of a cold and guarantee a good night’s sleep. I decided it was definitely worth a go so tried it on my kids when they next had a cold, it worked really well so we’ve been doing it ever since! To start with I didn’t question why it worked until it dawned on me one day that it must be something to do with reflexology, I’d had a few great treatments myself from a...

Food / 11.11.2016

I decided recently that I should start to pimp my meals with some easy to use but amazing superfoods to make sure all my meals pack an extra nutritional punch. Winter is fast approaching so we all need a bit more resistance and stamina to stay fit and healthy. There are so many easy ways to pimp your meals, so lets start with breakfast. Throw some blue/purple fruits, like blueberries, on your porridge or muesli (yes even on your cornflakes is fine!) they have powerful antioxidant properties and are...

Food / 11.11.2016

It’s definitely that time of year when we start to feel like hibernating, the nights are drawing in, the temperatures are dropping and sunshine is scarce. Aside from the excitement of Christmas and the romantic notion of sipping hot chocolate in front of an open fire, we often end up getting ill, feeling tired, run down and sometimes just a little bit down in the dumps. Could it be a touch of Seasonal Adjustment Disorder (SAD?) SAD is a common ailment and can affect people in varying degrees but it...

Food / 11.11.2016

My hands are always awful at this time of year, they get very dry and sandpapery, I do try to wear gloves (when I remember,) I put on lashings of hand cream (when I remember!) I even occasionally wear cotton sleep gloves to lock in the moisture at night which does work a bit but this is a much better cure for my dry hands and it is so easy you can do it in a jiffy whenever they are feeling a bit rough. Do this over your kitchen...

Food / 11.11.2016

It is believed that artificial sweeteners found in ‘low calorie,’ ‘sugar free’ and ‘diet’ products can actually make you put weight on! There has been so much research into the effects of artificial sweeteners especially aspartame, that they now believe it can increase your appetite and intensify your cravings for sweets and other carbohydrates. Hence the weight gain. I guess it’s not quite the ‘diet’ product people think it is after all. Aspartame is a chemical sweetener and comes with a big black cloud hanging over it, of course...

Food / 11.11.2016

It may seem a bit late in the day to be suggesting you ’don’t over do it’ and I probably should have talked about this before Christmas but I thought it may just fall on deaf ears and what I really want to say here is ‘don’t over do the resolutions!’ This may seem a bit crazy coming from someone who wants you all to make healthy changes, but as good as new year resolutions are, if you make too many you are almost definitely destined for failure. Small...

Food / 11.11.2016

There are many, many reasons why we should eat a rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables every day, but these two are right up there on the list – Free Radicals and Antioxidants. These two words are banded around a lot and whilst I’m sure most people have a bit of knowledge about both of them, do you truly understand what they are and what they actually do? Here’s the science bit, in brief….. Free radicals are molecules, derived from oxygen that contain unpaired electrons. These unpaired electrons stabilize themselves...

Food, home-slider / 11.11.2016

Did anyone watch the UK docu-series The Doctor Who gave Up Drugs? Part 2 was last week. I have to be honest I did watch it and at the end felt both disappointed and sort of encouraged at the same time. WHAT NO DIET ADVICE?  Last week you may remember reading about my shock that there was no mention of diet in the first programme at all, I was hanging out for the second programme but it was no different. He did prove undoubtedly that there are alternatives (mostly exercise based) to...

Food / 11.11.2016

I was bought up on traditional British meat and two veg meals where meat was always centre stage on the plate, potatoes were a close second and vegetables, although important in their own right, were uninteresting and usually boiled to within an inch of their lives! Thankfully things have changed for the better, eating is far more interesting nowadays with all the amazingly diverse foods from around the world, the different cooking methods and of course there’s just so much more variety….. of everything. In our house vegetables often take...

Food / 11.11.2016

Nutritional deficiencies can affect every single cell in our bodies and not eating the right foods long term can cause all number of problems leading eventually to chronic diseases like alzheimers, heart disease, depression, fatigue, cancer etc. But a few little changes to your diet now could really make all the difference to your future. Our bodies are so amazingly clever that even if you feed them junk, they will still work…… in the short term anyway. We have inbuilt a myriad of resources and systems to combat just...

Food / 11.11.2016

…….and medicine be your food, advised Hippocrates over 2500 years ago and it is still as valid today as it was then, although we seem to have strayed a long was from his path. Hippocrates, the father of natural medicine, believed in good food and related ill health to poor nutrition and bad eating habits, he urged us to respect nature’s healing forces. What Hippocrates was suggesting with this is that prevention is better than cure, eating a good, healthy, whole food diet will keep you healthier in the long...