My Fabulous Flexitarian Recipe

This flexitarian dish is so versatile and is perfect for beating the last of the winter blues.

Okay, so this isn’t strictly a carbonara per se, but during the cold months, why not try warming up with my delicious and creamy pumpkin “carbonara”, which is completely adaptable as a flexitarian meal, the new term for those adopting a part vegetarian lifestyle. This means my recipe is suitable for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans with a few simple ingredient swaps. Delicious! Read more…

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  • Meat Free Monday

    Thinking of moooooving to less meat? Why not try Meat Free Monday?

    As a nutritionist, an environmentalist and an animal lover, I’ve found myself reducing my meat intake. In fact, having started with Meat Free Monday, I now find myself moving towards a meat free midweek. Here you can find out why giving up meat for one day of the week, or more, could be good for your health, the world’s health and animal welfare. Read more…

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  • Ayurveda Tip: Drinking Water

    According to Ayurveda there’s actually an art to drinking water to make sure your body gets the most out of it.

    Drinking water in big gulps and chugging it down will mean that most of it does not get absorbed or it may drain important salts from your body. Drinking too much water is actually not good for you. Instead, it’s important to sip water throughout the day at a steady rate. Here are some Ayurveda tips to get you started and find the right balance. Read more…

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  • Detoxing from Alcohol

    Do I need to detox from alcohol?

    As I sit here and write this, off the back of three independent Christmas parties in a row, all influenced by alcohol, I wonder how bad this is for my liver, and we haven’t even met the main event yet! I often think back to my youth, when drinking large volumes of drink was “normal”. In those good old days we would quote “the liver regenerates”, which is in part true, but like anything, it can only take so much. So, since Christmas, New Year and anything in the same vicinity generally involves a tipple or two, could January be the booze detox month?

    The revised number of units of alcohol is now 14 for both men and women. A unit is 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol, so it varies from drink to drink. Half a pint of beer and a single 25ml shot counts as 1 unit, while a small 125ml glass of standard strength wine and a standard pub shot (35ml) already counts as 1.5 units. Binge drinking, where you consume more than 4 units in one sitting, is bad for your health. You shouldn’t save all your units to consume on one night.

    What does 1 unit of alcohol look like?

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  • Cheap retreats for a happy new 2017

    The weather outside if frightful – cheap retreats would be delightful… Read more…

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  • Have yourself a healthy little Christmas

    Is it possible to have a healthy Christmas?

    With the UK ranked as the second highest consumer of calories over Christmas dinner (pipped to the post only by 2 calories by the USA), it’s pretty easy to see why we don’t have healthy Christmas habits. But is there a way to stay on track during the feasting… I mean festive season?  Read more…

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  • Let’s get physical

    We are regularly bombarded with health messages regarding being physically active, and while the magic 10,000 step guideline seems rather basic. Could there be other benefits from the two main type of physical activity groups; aerobic and strength training?

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  • November retreats for those who just can’t wait

    Desperate for a break but can’t hold out for the winter holidays?

    You don’t need to. Treat yourself to a last-minute getaway and get some much-needed time off by picking one of our November retreats – from relaxing weekends in the UK, to sunny shores abroad. Read more…

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  • Iron and the Irony of Popeye

    Iron is a mineral which is required for the production of haemoglobin in the body, essential for carrying oxygen to the cells in our body. Without adequate levels, you may feel tired, look pale and be irritable. Severe deficiency can lead to iron deficient anaemia, but this can be resolved with a good diet or in extreme cases, iron supplementation.

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  • Intermittent Fasting

    The popularity of intermittent fasting has grown over the past few years, catapulted into fame by the Horizon program first aired in 2012. The revelation of what we eat, and when we eat it may determine life expectancy. Traditionally, fasting diets have thought to increase life expectancy and reduce age related diseases, but the impact of weight loss has meant these types of diets are becoming more popular. So what are the types of fasting diets? Read more…

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