Isn’t fat bad for me?

Apr 19, 2018
Dietary fat: is it good or bad?
Both. You see, not all fats are created equal.

The Skinny on Fats

Heavily processed, hydrogenated “trans” fats used in prepared, packaged foods can be extremely damaging to the body. They can compromise the cardiovascular system, immune system, and contribute to behavior problems. They can also lead to weight gain, skin breakouts, high blood pressure, and liver strain.

That said, our bodies need fat for insulation, vitamin and mineral absorption, and to protect our organs. High-quality fats can steady our metabolism, keep hormone levels even, nourish our skin, hair, and nails, and provide lubrication to keep the body functioning fluidly.

Where to Find Healthy Fats
  • Avocados, olives, and coconuts are great sources of healthy fat, along with wild salmon and omega-3 rich organic eggs.
  • Whole nuts and seeds, and their butters like almond butter or tahini.
  • Look for the highest-quality organic oils when shopping. Words to look for: organic,...
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The serving size secret you must know

Apr 19, 2018

Quick Quiz:
How many portions are in a bag of snack-size whole grain crackers? Or a small bottle of locally- pressed juice? Or a lunchbox pack of granola bars?


Hint: 
It’s not “one.” Often, the above products contain two or two-and-a-half servings per package.
 

Can YOU Eat Just One?

Sure, you could go ahead and enjoy just half the bag, but are you really going to do that?
Don’t beat yourself up if the answer is no: If you place food in front of most people, they tend to eat it all. It’s just the way we’re wired.


The Perils of Supersizing

Eating too much food in one sitting is hard on your body. Here’s why:

  • Food is meant to be spread throughout the day. Overdosing on too much food at one time can cause a painful, upset, and sluggish digestion.

  • It releases a surge of glucose  into your blood. Your pancreas has to work overtime, pumping insulin through the body to absorb all that extra glucose. This...

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Change Your Mindset and Find Joy in What You Fear

Apr 19, 2018

Am I the only one who dreads the annual ski holiday?


When I go skiing with my family, I take lessons every morning, meet up with everyone for lunch and then finish for the day going back to the hotel to have a bath, a massage or catch up on my work. Sounds perfect, right? Then why is it that I dread the annual ski holiday?


Some people really love skiing. For me, it’s more of a service to my family. My husband and kids love it, but I feel like I get left behind because quite honestly, I’m full of fear and I don’t want to ski the runs that they do. I am probably a better skier than I give myself credit for, but I don’t have confidence in my own abilities.


4 steps towards transforming your experience:



Step 1 – Set an intention


I spent years dreading the ski holiday focusing on what I didn’t like, what could go wrong and what I was scared of. This year I changed my mindset and everything was transformed. I resolved to do it differently this year by...

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5 Reasons Why Asparagus is Great For You!

Apr 19, 2018

Spring marks the tantalisingly brief 8 week season of British asparagus from the end of April to the end of June. It’s time to eat English asparagus now!

As a person not native to England, I very quickly fell in love with this local, seasonal offering that seems to taste better here in season, than anywhere else at any time of year.

Asparagus deteriorates relatively quickly after picking, so it’s best to eat it as soon as possible. Luckily for me, my mother-in-law grows it in her garden:

A Brief History

Earliest records of asparagus cultivation trace it back to Greece some 2,500 years ago. The Greeks believed that asparagus possessed medicinal properties and recommended it as a cure for toothaches. It was highly prized by the Romans who grew it in high-walled courtyards. Asparagus has been grown in England since the sixteenth century (it is not widely cultivated anywhere else in the UK) and during the nineteenth century it caught on in North America and China.

Not only...

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Glorious Summer Tomatoes!

Apr 19, 2018
We are now well into summer, which for me always means that it’s tomato time! One of my biggest summer highlights is eating tomatoes that are now at their sweetest – in fact, I’ve been known to eat them like an apple.
 
How Good Are They?
 
In addition to being delicious, tomatoes are absurdly good for you with benefits including improved eye sight, good stomach health, reduced blood pressure, relief from diabetes, skin problems and urinary tract infections. They can also increase digestion, stimulate blood circulation, reduce cholesterol levels, improve fluid balance, protect the kidneys, detoxify the body, prevent premature aging, and reduce inflammation and related conditions.
 
One serving of red, ripe, raw tomatoes (one cup or 150 grams) is a good source of Vitamins A, C, K, folate and potassium. Tomatoes are naturally low in sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories. Tomatoes also provide thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6,...
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Why Forgiveness Helps You Heal

Apr 19, 2018
Have you ever downed an entire package of chips, crackers, or cookies? Ate pizza or cake until you felt sick? Drank more coffee or wine than your body wanted?

Do you remember how you were feeling at the time?

I ask because sometimes we overeat to help distract ourselves from emotional pain. Think about it—have you noticed that sometimes when you overeat you’re not hungry at all?

What you are is lonely. Or angry. Or sad. Or resentful. Or frustrated. Or something else.

So what hurt are YOU holding on to?

Tap Into the Power of Forgiveness

Wouldn’t it be more effective to address your uncomfortable feelings? The best, most thorough, most divinely perfect way to do that is through forgiveness. If you’ve been allowing your present health to be controlled by past hurts, I urge you to commit to forgiving.

Forgiving is not easy, even for the most enlightened among us. At this time of year it is particularly relevant because it is a time of new beginnings as the...
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Go beyond the salad

Apr 19, 2018
When you think about healthy eating, salads and green vegetables usually come to mind. But how about adding a little more variety to your plan?

Roots like carrots, sweet potatoes, and turnips, are a rich source of nutritious complex carbohydrates. Instead of upsetting blood sugar levels like refined sweet foods do, they help regulate them.

It is seasonally also a great time of year to be eating these vegetables as the days get colder and we crave warmer and more filling options.

Why Eat More Root Vegetables?

Long roots – carrots, parsnips, burdock, and daikon radish – are excellent blood purifiers and can help improve circulation in the body. Round roots – turnips, radishes, beets, and rutabagas – nourish the stomach, spleen, pancreas, and reproductive organs.

Which root vegetables do you eat most?

If you’re like most of the world, it’s carrots and potatoes. Here are a few others to explore:

Beets contain an abundance of antioxidants and are...
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