Ancient grains are grains and cereals that have remained for the most part unmodified by humans, and they are making a comeback to our menus, and for good reason.
I’m often praised by friends and family for how healthy my diet is and told that I must be very disciplined. Yes, I like to eat healthily but it’s not a matter of draconian discipline or depravation. I’ve been there, done that, got the screwed up metabolism and now I’ve moved on. Healthy eating is all about balance – most nutritionists recommend an 80/20 rule. 80% good, 20% naughty. I’d say mine is nearer 90/10 purely because healthy foods just happen to be my favourite foods, but a few glasses of wine or some pick and mix at the cinema both have well deserved places in my diet!
It’s not easy to admit to other people that you have a problem. My problem is/was bulimia. Over the past six months I have made changes, difficult and scary changes, to get myself well again. Whilst I would not consider myself bulimic anymore, I do not have (and probably never will have) a comfortable relationship with food.
Easter is a season filled with yummy family meals and treats absolutely everywhere! In fact, the holiday is practically dedicated to baskets filled with chocolatey, sugary indulgences. If you are health conscious, do not deprive yourself during this time! It will only result in overeating and bingeing on Easter treats. These are my top tips to have a healthy Easter without sabotaging or denying yourself so that you can thoroughly enjoy the holiday.
Did you ever feel coughing or choking in the middle of the night? Or have you felt a sudden pain in your chest after having a big meal? If you answered yes to any of these, then you might be one of the million people who suffer from acid reflux.
But what exactly is acid reflux? Is it the same with heartburn? Read on to find out.
What is Acid Reflux? What about Heartburn?
Acid reflux and heartburn are often used interchangeably. But did you know that these concepts are different from each other? That’s right. Although the symptoms may be the same, there is a difference between the two. Lower esophageal sphincter or LES is a ring of muscle found at the entrance of your stomach. Every time you eat, the LES opens then eventually closes as soon as the food passes through it.
A lot of you have been asking recently about the importance of protein. Protein is actually one of the most important parts of a healthy diet, and by protein – we mean ‘complete protein’.
A ‘complete protein’ refers to a protein source that contains a substantial amount of the nine amino acids essential for healthy human function, growth and development (think healthy blood, muscles, hair, nails and skin!).
1) “Bread is the devil” – Bread is only the devil if you eat too much of it and smoother it in lashings of butter (because you’ll simply be eating too many calories!). Granary bread is a great source of whole-grain goodness, which reduces our risk of certain cancers, and it has a low GI, meaning that it releases its energy slowly. Having a couple of slices of bread with an olive-oil based spread plus a healthy filling such as tuna and salad is an ideal lunch option!
Staying slim, toned and vibrant for life is something we all want. And the key to getting it is to train your metabolism to perform at its best. Your metabolic system is not only responsible for burning fat and building lean tissue, it’s also involved in hormone function, recovery, sweat, sleep, regeneration.
So how do you get your best metabolism ever? Imagine you were trying to train a puppy. The most effective approach is to keep repeating the same messages, day in, day out. The best kind of information over and over until things click into place.
I often make the joke that I should work for a Dairy Company. They should totally put me on their payroll. That’s because I find myself endlessly embracing the benefits of dairy foods all day long! And with good reason too. Not only are dairy foods downright delicious, they are also extremely healthy – the evidence doesn’t lie.
It is true to say that all fats are not created equal. In fact, fats such as cholesterol, saturated fats and trans fats are detrimental to one’s health when ingested in large quantities. Conversely, omega 3 fatty acids are one type of fat that possess countless health benefits.
Omega 3s have been shown to improve heart rate, cut the risk of blood clots, decrease plaque in arteries, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and boost good cholesterol (HDL).
Here’s a nifty infographic that looks at the phytonutrients in food — those miraculous plant chemicals that protect plants while they’re growing, and in turn benefit human health. Get the most nutrition out of your food by eating a rainbow of deep, rich colors. Most of all, enjoy!
“Why am I not losing weight even though I’m training more?”
I’m bombarded with this question everywhere I go, even my wife asks me this on a daily basis. First we need to make sure that everyone understands the difference between weight loss and fat loss.
What’s the difference?
Weight Loss = Wanting to lose body weight on a scale – The sum weight of bones, muscles, organs, fat, etc.
Fat loss = Wanting to reduce the fat on your body regardless of weight – The amount of fat between muscle and skin.
Chia seeds are likely to help balance blood sugar, improve heart health, reduce inflammation, aid weight loss and improve digestive function. All fantastic reasons to include them in your diet!
I am a little bit obsessed with chia seeds at the moment. I add them to my oat bran of a morning, make puddings, put them in my banana muffins, choc mint brain power bites, smoothies, yoghurt, salads and pretty much anything else I can think of!
Here are 10 reasons why you should add some chia seeds to your diet:
A common question that comes up a lot for every nutritionist is “can I still drink coffee?” or sometimes it can be a statement “Don’t tell me to give up coffee, because I won’t!”.
So what is the answer when it comes to your cappuccino, latte, macchiato, flat white, espresso etc? My standard answer is pretty much in line with my whole approach to health: everything in moderation.
It’s important to have balance in our lives and our diets and if coffee makes you happy I’d be reluctant to say you can never have it again. Having said that, there may be cases where I suggest that people do cut it out because it is making their condition worse, for example women suffering menopausal hot flushes, or someone with anxiety or migraines.