Fermented Foods -The Next Big Thing

Fermented Foods -The Next Big Thing

Organic September is here and to celebrate, Helen, Rachel and I took a trip to London to investigate the latest trends in organic food, drink and beauty.

The Wellbeing way of life is becoming big news

It’s really encouraging to see that people want to take care of what they are eating, and are becoming aware of the relationship between food and their bodies.  Consequently, healthy food and organic products are becoming more accessible and interesting. We were surprised to see that even the drinks trolley on the train to London sold coconut water!

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Guest Blog - Claire Dunn of no faff Talks All Things Clean and Wheat Free

Guest Blog - Claire Dunn of no faff Talks All Things Clean and Wheat Free

My youngest was not quite 2 when through a process of trial and elimination, I discovered that he was intolerant to wheat.  After nearly 2 years of putting lose bowels, red dry itchy skin and a bloated tummy down to the usual teething, bugs from nursery, eczema in the family and toddler chub I decided it wasn't right.  He wasn't right.

At first we eliminated dairy but 5 days later, no change.  Next we tried wheat and after 3 days, the red dry skin was gone, bowel movements had improved no end and the bloated tummy was less bloated.  Another couple of weeks later and he was a different boy. 

And so with the relief of finally understanding what was going on, came a bucket load of confusion.  What should he eat?  What alternatives are available in the supermarkets? As I trawled through the aisles reading all the labels, the confusion turned to frustration.

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The 8 types of tea you should be drinking

The 8 types of tea you should be drinking

Black tea, which is the tea us Brits drink for every occasion, is one of few teas which are fermented, and thus is full of health boosting benefits. Black tea is full of antioxidants, which help to encourage a strong immune system, improve cardiovascular health and fight inflammation. Black tea also contains tannin, which is great for the digestive system and can help fight viruses. Tannin is brilliant for eye care; if you have sore or puffy eyes put a cooled damp black tea bag on and rest for 15 minutes. I also keep my used teabags to clean my pets eyes every day!

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Juicing; My Morning Ritual

Juicing; My Morning Ritual

I started juicing three years ago and haven’t looked back. Juicing has become part of my morning ritual, alongside the usual early morning chaos that surrounds family life. I have read many a blog about morning rituals of yoga and meditation, none of which suit my morning chaos. Juicing is my morning ritual of choice, the very act of making a live juice, then drinking it is my gift to my body. I enjoy the act of chopping fruit and vegetables, feeding them into the juicer and watching the beautiful color that comes out the other end. Juicing can be done every morning regardless of the demands of lost school shoes and packed lunches. I can honestly say making my morning juice gives me genuine pleasure.

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5 Things You Should Know About Breakfast

5 Things You Should Know About Breakfast

Breakfast is THE most important meal of the day. How many times have we heard this, from our parents whilst we were growing up, in advertisements, in the press?

For years we’ve been force fed (excuse the pun) adverts for cereals and porridges that are loaded with sugar and are made from glutenous grains.

Breakfast is very important. It’s good to eat in the morning, to fuel the body and to kick start our metabolism. But so many of us are doing it wrong. Here are 5 reasons to stay away from traditional carb laden breakfasts.

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Listening to Cravings

Listening to Cravings

Food cravings aren’t just reserved for pregnant women. Have you ever suddenly found yourself wanting a certain food, or flavour so much that you’d consider going out of your way to get it? I bet you’ve never given that feeling a second thought or just passed it off as ‘weird’, but food cravings are our body’s way of telling us what we need, no matter how strange that particular craving may be!

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