Disordered eating? Time to get real….

It’s true that our size can have little to do with our health – if you’re a yo-yo dieter who has tried all the fad diets over the years (with January resolutions and approaching summers prime time for leaping for the latest diet ‘miracle’) it’s very likely that your body is totally confused. There are…

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Summer means strawberries….

The summer’s here, and the summer means strawberries. There are many ways to use them, apart from the ever-wonderful lusciously red slivers drizzled with cream. They go surprisingly well with pepper, basil, and in salads and savoury dishes, expanding their versatility beyond cakes, desserts and preserves. So I’m sharing a way of maximising the seasonal…

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Keep calm with duck….

Although spring has officially sprung here in the northern hemisphere, the evenings are still chilly enough to want warming food, so here’s a luscious, comforting recipe that can make a great family supper or an easy dish for entertaining. It also has a wonderfully calming effect on the brain, making it good for anxiety, so…

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Seaweed sandwich, anyone?

If your consumption of sea vegetables thus far on your culinary journey has been limited to a bit of sushi from the supermarket, then you’re missing out. Whether it’s for flavour or health, seaweed is a fantastic food to add to your diet, and best of all, it doesn’t have to be from imported sources…

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Quick Tips for Annoying Niggles….

Some physical niggles are very irritating, we don’t want to bother the doctor with them and the solution seems impossible to find. Simple additions or exclusions from our diet are often the answer, so if you or anyone you know is plagued by any of these common problems, try these easy remedies: 1. Restless legs:…

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Easter Dessert with a Healthy Twist….

As we hit the Easter celebrations, if you’re preparing to entertain the family for Easter Sunday lunch, you might be wondering what to make for dessert that is light yet indulgent, easy to do, and people-pleasing with a seriously healthy edge. For me, a cake using healthily alternative ingredients like ground almonds, polenta and dark…

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How to make your own bone broth

Bone broth, or stock as we call it in the UK, is a rich source of gelatin, enhancing protein absorption, plus important trace minerals. For those who can’t eat much dairy, stock is also an important natural source of calcium. incredibly healing and nutritious, it’s worth making and freezing so that there is always some…

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Gluten – friend or foe?

Gluten isn’t always the culprit when we have problems with digestion or the gut in general. Bread isn’t the enemy! In reality, proper bread is your gut’s friend. So, how do you know whether you really do have a problem with gluten, or whether it’s something else? And how do you find a loaf that…

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Feed your brain with this easy dhal…..

Here’s a recipe for a delectable dahl with homemade naan, very easy, and a great way of eating more pulses to boost the intake and absorption of brain-balancing, mood-enhancing nutrients essential for mental health, reduce inflammation and generally provide a delicious dose of healthy comfort food. For an added aspect, make the naan breads to…

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Sweeteners aren’t so sweet…..

For those who want to know exactly how aspartame (and other artificial sweeteners) damage our bodies, here’s a good article by Dr H J Roberts, well respected medical researcher and scientist. Scary stuff, but hopefully it will get people to understand and spread the word (especially to friends and family buying anything they think is…

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Clean Florentines

100g almonds, roughly chopped 100g oats 40g dried apricots, chopped small 40g dried blueberries 40g dried cranberries 30g coconut oil 50g coconut sugar 1 1/2 tbsp honey 20g buckwheat flour 150 ml coconut milk 200g dark chocolate Preheat the oven to 170 degrees, and line a baking tray with baking parchment. Mix the almonds and…

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Sweet on Corn

You can’t drive anywhere in our beautiful county at the moment without seeing fields of sweet corn ears standing tall and straight, waiting for harvest. As a child, I loved nothing better than freshly picked corn on the cob, hot from the pan, and dripping with melted butter which ran down my chin as I…

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The Happy Brain – A Framework

We all want good mood, clear thinking, focused concentration and a sense of calmly coping with everything the day brings. Did you know that what and how you eat has a massive impact on all of those brain functions? The creation and balance of neurotransmitters, plus the interplay with your adrenal glands and blood sugar…

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Asparagus season is here…..

There are so many ways to enjoy asparagus while the season lasts and it’s at its best – lightly streamed, in a tart, in a str fry, wrapped in prosciutto or bacon, or just drizzled with butter, or with a luxurious sauce. Try this luscious hollandaise to go with the new season’s asparagus. Gorgeous! Hollandaise…

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The Walnut has landed!

After a few days of strange, unusual, and if I’m honest, chaotic events (culminating in nearly running over a suicidal seagull focused only on the lollipop clamped jealously in its beak, proving how dangerous junk food is!), I was thrilled to receive the inaugural copy of Walnut magazine – I was approached to write foodie health articles…

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Clear outs can be delicious…

Make a scrumptious onion and sage soup today, and kill two birds with one stone – clear out onions from the veg box or fridge, and fight allergies at the same time! It might not be classic hay fever season, but our immune systems benefit from the boost that onions’ allergy-fighting nutrients bring to the…

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Oh, what a mega pesto!

So, what’s a naturally nourishing seasonal recipe for January to begin the year as healthily as possible? The winter, and especially January, are kale season, so a lovely kale recipe it is! Kale is everywhere at the moment, and rightly so – it’s the daddy of nutritious greens. It’s a potent source of plant betacarotene,…

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Calories? Or nutrients?

The sugar detox is one of the flurry of wonder-diets that appear in a veritable blizzard even before the last bell of new year has died away. The inevitable bandwagon is rolling along predictably, gathering so many passengers that it must be in danger of toppling over. The original sugar detox guru does use sweet…

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It’s all in the gut….

Interesting stuff – we know gut flora is so important to health that it should be designated as an organ or system in its own right, and here’s yet more evidence that the gut affects mood, stress response and brain function. Decreased social anxiety among young adults who eat fermented foods Grab your FREE Your…

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Winter Warming Pork

This recipe is a simple, spiced roast that’s quick and easy for a week night, but equally good on an autumn Sunday. The spice rub adds warmth and colour as well as incredible flavour, while the spices themselves are brimming with health benefits. I’ll save that for a separate post! The roasted onions, coated in…

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How To Detox

When you eat a whole, natural diet, detoxing to ‘cleanse’ your system isn’t necessary. Our body is a powerful cleansing and healing organism all on its own, but modern life can cause toxins to build up; stressful times can leave us sluggish; there can be many reasons why a few days to take the pressure…

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10 Easy To Use Superfoods

In nutritional terms, a superfood is a nutrient dense food packed full of vitamins and minerals and other health promoting properties, which may help to boost our health and protect us from diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Some are over-hyped! All real foods are superfoods in a broad, well balanced natural eating regime, but some…

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