Then the focus turned to fruit and veg – trying to persuade us to eat at least 5 a day to reduce our risk of heart disease, various cancers, and numerous other health problems. That still holds true – we really do need to increase our fruit and veg intake. Though, in our quest to make our diets healthier, we need to be careful that we don’t buy into the ‘health halo,’ which has us believing that gallons of fruit juice and smoothies or foods sweetened with ‘natural fruit juice’ or packed with dried fruit in industrial quantities is fine…just look at the sugar count on the labelling and you will see how wrong that can be.
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Monday, 20 February 2017
Tailoring health and fitness plans to a person's DNA became big business last year and I'm sure DNA profiling is a luxury health trend set to continue, as more and more people begin to recognise that there's no single diet plan or 'magic bullet' to suit everyone. It seems like every day there's a new book on the supermarket shelves promising that if we just cut out a particular food group or ingredient, we will solve all of our health problems.
You've probably tried some of these things yourself - low carb, no carb, low fat, gluten free, dairy free, low sugar, etc. etc. Trouble is, without seeking expert advice first, a lot of this is just guess work. We're haphazardly cutting things out of our diet without really knowing if we, as individuals, have an intolerance or allergy, in the hope that it will completely turn our health around in the same way it has for some woman on the internet.
Monday, 13 February 2017
Back in high school, during in a PE lesson where I was stuck running a 5k while on a very heavy and painful first period (I was only 11), my teacher pulled me aside and 'advised' that I needed to be wearing a sports bra instead of a regular bra, because my breasts were bouncing around and attracting unwanted attention from the boys, who were playing rugby on the adjacent field.
Shocked and totally mortified, I muttered something about the fact I was already wearing two sports bras at the same time and walked off, doubled over with menstrual cramps, cheeks burning red and a stream of silent, ashamed tears falling out of my eyes.
Saturday, 11 February 2017
This chocolate mousse recipe is so ridiculously easy, delicious and healthy. If you've never heard of Quark, it looks like thick creamy Greek-style yogurt and tastes like cream cheese. It is actually a cheese itself (and you'll find it in the cheese isle at the supermarket) but it's a high protein, naturally low fat equivalent of the cream cheese you would make a cheesecake with. In fact, you can indeed make a Quark Cheesecake.
This recipe for a basic chocolate Quark mousse uses just two ingredients and makes 3 ample sized puds, it could stretch to 4 if you make them smaller or wish to mix it with other ingredients, such as fruit and nuts.
Wednesday, 8 February 2017
Many people see positivity as a genetic trait – something they are either born with, or not. In the same way that we might talk about our eye colour or height, many of us will describe ourselves as naturally optimistic or pessimistic. However, your brain can change! In the same way that we can train our brains to appreciate healthy food, we can train ourselves to have a more positive outlook on life.
When you find yourself thinking those negative thoughts about yourself, your circumstances, or even about others, STOP! Instead, force yourself to think of three positive things instead – there will always be something. If you persevere with looking for the good, instead of the bad, it will become a habit. It’s well worth the effort – the benefits of being more optimistic are now being recognised in numerous studies …