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Diet and Nutrition

The core theme to my Diet and Nutrition blog, is for us to live a healthier life through our choice of foods. In order for me to deal with Cerebral Palsy and symptoms of Cerebral Palsy, I need to maintain a good standard of health, whilst living with and working along side Cerebral Palsy and its many symptoms.

Both my Diet and Nutrition and my Health and Wellbeing blogs help us form a bigger picture of how we could be living our lives and go hand in hand.

Gut bacteria & mood

4 Apr

We all know the basic steps to keeping a young, healthy brain includes eating a balanced and varied diet, regular exercise, and getting a good night’s sleep.

Research now shows that our brain health may also be influenced by an unexpected source, called our second brain. Within the walls of our digestive system is the gut, or the “second brain …

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The benefits of Watermelon

7 Mar

Although watermelon is a seasonal fruit, it is by far my favourite fruit. It’s also good for us. It contains lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient that is particularly important for cardiovascular health.

They are also packed full of goodness. With every bite, we’re also taking in significant levels of B6, Vitamin A and C, together with antioxidants, lycopene and amino acids. Watermelons also …

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Natural sugars & health

4 Feb

There has always been a sugar debate, which seems to continually be ongoing. Recently the World Health Organization has recommended taxing sugary drinks, linking them to obesity and diabetes and many now people believe that all sugars (including natural sugar found in fruit juice) are a key reason for the obesity and diabetes epidemics.

In response to the growing concern about the likely scenario that soda drinks are adding to rising obesity levels and diabetes in Europe, France has recently banned unlimited soda drink refills …

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Nuts for health

7 Jan

Nuts have always courted controversy for their fattening qualities, so we’ve always been told to avoid them, but now research has given them a little bit of a lifeline, because studies now show that healthy fats and fibre in nuts, can reduce our risk of heart disease.

An international group of researchers, publishing in the journal BMC Medicine, analysed 29 studies about nuts and health outcomes to find out if there are wider health benefits from us consuming …

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Sensible weight loss

4 Dec

It’s not always easy to lose weight, but we can all lose extra calories by adopting a few sensible suggestions. Below are simple and achievable suggestions, ready made, for those New Year resolutions.

07:00  Do a gentle work out. You can lose up to 20 percent more body fat by exercising in the morning on …

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Hidden toxins

3 Nov


MSG is a huge issue across the natural products industry. Pick up almost any veggie burger or similar product, and you’ll find it’s made with yeast extract, a hidden form of MSG (monosodium glutamate). Your average takeaway foods also contain MSG.

Yeast extract is prevalent in the food industry because it looks nicer on the label than ‘MSG.’ Most people know to avoid MSG, but yeast extract slips by, so food manufacturers put it into canned …

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Turmeric study

2 Oct

My blogs aren’t just about my thoughts, feelings and experiences. My blogs also reflect my keen interest in all aspects of lifestyle choices and healthy living, including nutrition and alternative remedies.

Today I’m looking at Turmeric. Turmeric looks a bit like ginger root, but ground down, you get the familiar and …

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How much protein?

7 Sep

How much protein is too much? A simple question, yet not one that is easy to answer.

Some exercise researchers say more protein is better. It’s filling, beneficial for appetite suppression and weight loss and also helps prevent loss of muscle mass and strength as people age …

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The Raw Food Diet

4 Aug

I wanted to write about The Raw Food diet in more detail as part of my Diet and Nutrition blogs.

A Raw Food diet is based on uncooked, unprocessed, mostly organic foods. The staples in this diet are raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains. Some people also eat unpasteurised …

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6 Jul

Breakfast wouldn’t be breakfast without the mandatory berries, all of which are packed full of antioxidant goodness.

Berries are also low in calories. Blueberries contain 57 calories per 100 grams; strawberries contain 33 per 100 grams; blackberries contain 43 calories per 100 grams and raspberries contain 53 calories …

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