My daughter is a big raspberry water kefir fan but when it comes to eating fermented vegetables there is a marked resistance. Fair enough, some of the ferments I make require a mature palate and an open mind! Imagine my delight at discovering a recipe for fermented ketchup that firstly, she likes and secondly, is made with apple cider vinegar with mother, and sauerkraut juice! Not only is it delicious, it is packed with probiotics. Victory!
This is such a simple drink to make that is both delicious and health-promoting. It comes complete with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, takes minutes to make and only three days to ferment. You can use different fruit combinations such as blackberries and basil or lemon balm and pear. Strawberry and fresh mint is my current favourite.
Fasting has a long history in cultures around the world, many of whom practice fasting for religious or spiritual purposes. It was also a natural part of evolution and our ancestors would have had extended periods of time without eating.
Fast forward to the present and Intermittent fasting (IF) or fast mimicking diets have been talked about a lot on social media, boasting health benefits including weight loss, and the potential to prevent and reverse chronic illnesses such as obesity, hypertension and asthma.
I love this time of year. The sun is shining (or not, if you’re in the UK!), the days are longer and the fresh produce in shops and farmer’s markets is changing. There is an abundance of local fruits and vegetables.
Unless you have a box scheme or only shop at farmers markets, eating seasonally is probably less on your radar. We can enjoy many fruits and vegetables all year round. There are numerous environmental and health reasons for eating with the season.
When I turned 40, I didn’t really feel the issues or challenges that people often cite at this point in life. I was in a really good place emotionally, physically and financially. I felt fit and healthy, and even though I was in a very stressful job with high levels of accountability, life felt good.
What I didn’t realise at the time is that a whole host of issues had been slowly developing in the background, and in just a few months I went from being fit and healthy to requiring help for basic tasks like having a shower, getting dressed and walking.
Irritable bowel syndrome is an extremely common functional digestive disorder that can be difficult to treat. It is widely diagnosed and affects approximately 1 in 5 of us.
Unless you work in healthcare, discussing your bowel habits with anyone can be a real source of discomfort. We don’t talk bowels in the UK, so if you’re reading this and you’re British, imagine that I am whispering that IBS affects your large intestine (colon) and symptoms include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, constipation and diarrhoea.
Psychologists have found a substantial correlation between reduced stress, better heart health, lower anxiety, lower pain perception, and higher overall happiness are all attributed to the ability to be a forgiving person.
It is for those reasons and more that I am working on forgiveness and if I’m truly honest with myself, I’m finding it difficult.
We know that sleep, nutrition and weight are interconnected and when you don’t get a good night’s sleep – that is at least 7 hours – you are much more likely to make unwise food and drink decisions that could potentially damage sleep the following night.
Hello caffeine, high-carb snacks and alcohol.
Never fear though, here is a handy guideline to the foods that can get you back on top of those zzz’s.
Clients ask this question a lot when we first start working together. I’m not at all surprised. There are so many “healthy” diets that are being talked about that it becomes very confusing when you’re looking for a balanced approach to nutrient intake.
Current nutritional philosophies are endless; veganism, paleo, peganism, pescatarian, Mediterranean, high-fat, raw and more. It’s overwhelming. So how do we choose the best diet?