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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Healing Irritable Bowel Syndrome The Holistic Way

Healing Irritable Bowel Syndrome The Holistic Way

How you can help yourself both physically and emotionally

Fifteen years ago, after having suffered with cramping, bloating, nausea and chronic constipation for several months, and, after having had some very invasive medical procedures, I was finally diagnosed with IBS.

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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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Why Your Toast Allegedly Causes Cancer

Why Your Toast Allegedly Causes Cancer

Oh dear. If you’ve heard the news this morning, it would seem that we can’t even enjoy our morning (wholegrain/gluten-free/low-carb) toast without having to worry about it causing cancer…

We have known for some time that cooking some foods until they are effectively ‘burnt’ (think chargrilled) can be carcinogenic. But the reason we are now being warned to only gently cook our starchy carbs to a mild golden colour, is down to a little chemical called Acrylamide.

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Gluten-Free Pancake for Shrove Tuesday

Gluten-Free Pancake for Shrove Tuesday

Where did our beloved pancake come from? Well pancake day, Shrove Tuesday, was the final feast before the 40 days of fasting between Lent and Easter.  Pancakes were a great way of using up ingredients before the fast, like eggs and fat.  Apparently Anglo-saxon Christians would be called to Church to make their confessions by the peel of the “Pancake Bell”.

Here is two gluten-free pancake recipes; one suited to savoury fillings and the other to sweet.

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Courgette, Chickpea and Coconut Curry

Courgette, Chickpea and Coconut Curry

One of the joys of working with a nutritional therapist  such as Samantha is that she provides us with lovely healthy recipes to try out. Here is the first in a series of recipes that we will be sharing with our blog readers. This simple curry (that tastes divine by the way) includes many lovely vegetables with a whole rainbow of colours, and ginger, which health benefits include helping to combat diabetes and obesity. Samantha  recommends using coconut oil, one of the world’s super foods, coconut oil has a high burn point making it a great choice for cooking. I made this curry in less than 30 min and it was enjoyed by everyone in my family including a hungry teenage boy.  

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