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Life in the Fast Lane: My Brief Attempt at Intermittent Fasting

Desperate times call for desperate measures, so the saying goes. After a year or so of trying various diets without any success, and excited about the many benefits of intermittent fasting, I decided to give it a try. The idea of being able to lose weight, improve my health and increase my longevity through fasting […]

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5:2 Diet – Is Intermittent Fasting the Key to Good Health?

The Horizon: Eat, Fast and Live Longer programme on BBC Two last week provided a fascinating look at the health benefits of intermittent fasting. Presenter Michael Mosley set himself the challenge of wanting to to live longer, stay younger and lose weight while making as few changes to his life as possible.  To help him […]

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Tales from the Vegetable Patch: Part 4 – The First Harvest

There was great excitement and jubilation in the kitchen last week as I harvested my first crop of leaves from the vegetable garden.  My war against the slugs and snails appears to have paid off and we feasted on a selection of chard and beetroot leaves for dinner. Beetroot and chard leaves are rich in […]

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5 Reasons Why Drinking Coffee is Good For You

Coffee often gets a bad press and is normally excluded from healthy diets due to its high caffeine content. Back when I was studying for my Diploma in Nutrition and Diet we were taught that coffee was a major source of toxins and you’d be a fool to drink it. Coffee is Good For You […]

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Throw Away the Supplements: Natural Food Sources of Calcium

Another week, another health scare.  The Health pages of newspapers in the past couple of weeks have been full of the news that taking calcium supplements can almost double the risk of having a heart attack. What is the Role of Calcium in the Body? Calcium is the mineral most needed by the body as […]

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Food Allergy or Food Intolerance?

One man’s food is another man’s poison. Lucretius 50BC Do you find yourself avoiding particular foods because of a bad reaction? If so you’re in good company. The number of people who think they have a food allergy or food intolerance is on the increase in the UK. Food Allergies are On the Rise According […]

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Do You Eat to Live or Live to Eat?

Last weekend, after a lovely evening at a restaurant with friends, I found myself thinking about the social importance of food and the many reasons we eat. Do We Eat to Live or Live to Eat? We all have to eat to stay alive but beyond that food has different meanings for different people. For […]

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Are you Part of the Free From Food Revolution?

Earlier this week pop star Miley Cyrus provoked a bit of a controversy over gluten-free diets when she reacted to speculation about her sudden weight loss by announcing on Twitter: ‘For everyone calling me anorexic, I have a gluten and lactose allergy. It’s not about weight it’s about health. Gluten is crapppp anyway!’ She also […]

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Beetroot and Garlic Salad Recipe

A couple of years ago I spent a wonderful week on the Greek island of Crete.  Every evening my partner and I headed off to our local taverna where we feasted on grilled lamb and fresh vegetables.  Most of the vegetable dishes were served with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkled with fresh garlic […]

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