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High protein diet meal: Mediterranean cod

High Protein Diet Scare: PR Hype, Scaremongering or the Truth?

Hardly a week goes by without yet another health scare making the headlines. After endless column inches devoted to the evils of sugar, last week it was the turn of high protein diets. No sooner had I written about the virtues of the high protein 2-Day Diet when I was bombarded by the fact that […]

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The 2-Day Diet: Feeling Great but not Losing Weight

My quest to be Fit (and Fab!) by Fifty continues. In a little over a year I will be celebrating my half-century on the planet and my aim is to look and feel the best I can. No fitness plan would be complete without a diet and this year the diet I’m attempting is The […]

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Fresh Mint Tea and Other Mint Delights

Mint is the herb I most associate with summer. And I’m not just referring to jugs of Pimm’s, which would, of course, be incomplete without fresh mint. There’s something wonderfully refreshing about the scent of fresh mint that is both mind-cleansing and invigorating. Cool, fragrant mint leaves are the perfect antidote to a hot summer’s […]

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Wild about Garlic

‘Do you realise your front garden is full of wild garlic?’ my friend Maria asked as I answered the front door to her last week. She pointed to a bunch growing near the front door. ‘Try some.’ Wild Garlic in My Front Garden I’m ashamed to admit I had no idea the bunches of delicate […]

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When Life Gives You Lemons… Be Versatile

You know the old saying, ‘When life gives you lemons make lemonade’? Well, I think that when life gives you lemons you should use them in as many ways as you can. Now, I understand that the saying is about making something positive out of a negative, but lemons are the most versatile fruit I […]

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Is Drinking Tea Bad for You?

Let me begin by saying I love tea. I drink about five cups of tea a day and I look forward to and savour every cup and each refreshing sip. Tea is often the only thing that gets me out of bed in the morning, it warms me up after a walk in the cold […]

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a bowl of spicy chorizo, bean and tomato soup

Spicy Chorizo, Bean and Tomato Soup Recipe

It’s snowing and freezing in London today.  Perfect weather for some hearty, winter soup! Sometimes, I get a craving for a particular taste and then search the fridge and food cupboards to see what I can throw together to create the flavour I’m after. After Christmas there was some chorizo leftover in the fridge which […]

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Warm Prawn and Quinoa Salad Recipe

When it comes to lunch at the weekend I like to have something tasty, light and quick to prepare. My Prawn and Quinoa salad fits the bill on all fronts and is extremely nutritious too. The Delights of Quinoa I have to admit to being a recent convert to the delights of Quinoa.  I’ve known […]

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Forget the Diet: 5 Easy Ways to Control Your Weight

Controlling my weight has become an issue for me in recent years. Up until my early 30s I enjoyed a hearty appetite and skinny figure, but these days I’m rather more curvaceous and have to watch what I eat. Along the way, I’ve tried numerous diets and different approaches to healthy eating.  The diets didn’t […]

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strawberries, blueberries, yoghurt and ground seeds in breakfast bowl

Why Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but not many of us understand the reason why.  Blood sugar levels are at their lowest first thing in the morning and unless you restore them by breaking your overnight fast, you’re likely to experience food cravings, energy lows and difficulty concentrating. […]

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