Food / 12.11.2016

I love all the ‘alternative therapies’ we have available to us these days. We can have our backs tweaked and cracked by Osteopaths and Chiropractors, enjoy many different types of massage, find gentle healing through reiki and reflexology, have needles placed in our meridian lines by acupuncturists, discover amazingly effective remedies and cures from aromatherapists, homeopaths, herbalists, nutrionalists, hypnotherapists, the list is endless. But what I really don’t get is…..  these are not really ‘alternative’ are they? Some of these practices have been around for thousands of years, others...

Food / 12.11.2016

Dairy products are the mainstay of the British diet but is it really doing us any good? Apart from people with a definite (and very unpleasant) lactose intolerance, would we all be better off without it or a least consuming less of it? There is no other mammal in the universe that habitually drinks another animal’s milk and on top of that, mammals only drink milk as babies and not beyond into adulthood, so why is it we have this belief that milk is so good for us? I certainly...

Food / 12.11.2016

We all know how dangerous chemicals can be but do you really know how much exposure to them you are getting on a daily basis and how it is affecting your health, not just short term but long term too. There are chemicals everywhere, just in our own home you will find them in the food we choose to eat, the water we drink, cleaning products, skin creams, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, shower gel and perfume. We have sprays to keep bugs away, others to make our houses smell sweet,...

Food / 12.11.2016

You may or may not know this but I absolutely hate waste, especially food, which I love! We throw away so much food it’s criminal, but what about the bits we throw away that we don’t even think about like veg peelings and stems? I not only detest throwing fresh veg away I also try to use up as much of the actual veg as I can. I never peel a potato or a carrot! Apart from the fact that a lot of the goodness is situated just underneath the...

Food / 12.11.2016

I spend a lot of time in my kitchen and have all the usual gadgets to make my life easier but one of the most important and simplest has to be my steaming pans. Absolutely every kitchen should have one and definitely anyone who thinks they’re healthy should be using theirs regularly, there’s no excuse. Steaming vegetables is the healthiest way to cook them, as it results in the fewest nutrients being lost in the cooking process. In particular the all important Folic Acid and Vitamin C which are...

Food / 12.11.2016

If 50’s is the new 40’s and grey is the new black then extracting is definitely the new juicing! The beauty of extracting is that you get a load more for your money and your health. With juicing you use a stack of fruit and veg for a tiny glass of juice and then have to throw away all the pulp with half of the goodness. An extractor lets you have it all, what could be better than that? Basically an extractor is a super powerful liquidiser that pulps anything...

Food / 11.11.2016

I love any kind of veg, all the usual ones like carrots and broccoli etc plus all the other ones people love to hate, brussel sprouts, aubergines, beetroot, broad beans etc. My husband has never had quite the same love for veg that I have, he doesn’t like courgettes, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, mushrooms, he’s not mad on broccoli and cabbage (although he does eat them) and of course dislikes all those ‘love to hate’ veg above. So over the years I have had to become extra inventive with our...

Food / 11.11.2016

Having just spent an excellent week in the Med I have come back feeling even healthier than ever. I fully embraced the colourful Mediterranean diet, eating masses of delicious fruit and veg, fish, chicken, wholesome breads, plenty of olive oil, garlic and lemon juice plus an occasional glass of red wine! Perfecto! You certainly don’t need to be a Master Chef to make the most amazing meals for you and your family it’s all about buying the right, fresh ingredients. And if you truly want to be healthy and...

Food / 11.11.2016

Weekly meal planning is a wonderful thing and if you are organised and have the time, unlike me, then it is a great thing to do. You know exactly what you need to buy so shopping is much easier and it should, in theory, save you money as it stops you making impulse purchases which often end up just getting wasted. I HATE WASTE! Occasionally I set out with good intentions but if I’m honest, it is rare! Normally I look in the fridge in the morning to see...

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...