Start right!

Why stress and a bad diet can equal low mood.

We know the importance of breakfast – of heading out into the world with a belly satiated and content. We’ve been told this since childhood. Yet many of us hit the road running on empty, leaving just enough time to pop into the nearest coffee shop (where the line is long, making us late which adds stress) to grab a coffee and croissant. Continue reading “Start right!”

Start your day the porridge way

There is nothing like the promise of a new day. Each morning when you wake up, you have a choice of what you want your day to be like. We have unlimited creative power to choose what works and what doesn’t. We don’t have to be trapped in unsatisfactory situations, instead we can transform our lives overnight. How liberating! Continue reading “Start your day the porridge way”

A little rant…

I saw an interesting Horizon documentary on BBC iPlayer the other night called ‘Clean Eating The Dirty Truth’‘. The documentary featured Dr. Giles Yeo, an eminent Cambridge biochemist, who’s quest it was to unearth if there was the real truth behind claims made by healthy eating bloggers such as Deliciously Ella, the Helmsley & Helmsley sisters and Natasha Corrett, the author of Honestly Healthy. He was also trying to find the origins of the blogger’s inspiration, which took him to the US where he met the authors of three influential tombs, Wheat Belly, The China Study, and The PH Miracle Diet, to find out just how these medical doctors reached their conclusions. Some of his findings turned out to be quite problematic and highlighted that even in the healthy eating sphere you will find unscrupulous operators mainly interested in profit – not unlike any other area of business.
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Courgetti and other things..

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Pasta and I had a love affair for some years. My children grew up on the stuff and it was always the go-to dish for me throughout my 20s and 30s. If pasta was on the menu, things were going to be alright in my world. I was never wild on meat, could take it or leave it really, but pasta and bread were on top of my list of stuff I would struggle without. Carb girl, me.

Fast forward and today I can’t wait to get my spiraliser out to make courgette pasta smothered in my home-made pesto – the more colourful courgettes the better too. Do I eat regular, gluten packed pasta today? Not if I can help it – on the rare occasions that I do, the effects are immediate. I am NOT gluten intolerant or allergic, yet I feel bloated, tired and edgy. Fresh veg wins hands down every time for me these days.   The brilliant nutritionist of the moment, Amelia Freer  (credited with Sam Smith’s recent weight loss), says in her excellent book Eat, Nourish, Glow that she eats 10-13 servings of fresh veg and fruit PER DAY! Only three of those servings are fruit by the way. The rest is pure veg in all varieties. She glows and is testament to what a great diet can do. Continue reading “Courgetti and other things..”