There are lots of recipes on the internet for chickpeas and I often quip that I bet they would be easy to make. Therefore, I thought it was about time I put my money where my mouth is and actually prove it. Having another healthy snack option is always good to stave off cravings for its alternative wicked …
As we age, we are not always aware of the changes taking place in our body. The speed at which these changes occur can be determined by a number of factors. For instance, genetic makeup, illness, social, cultural and financial aspects can all play a part in the ageing process. However, there is one factor …
This week I am focusing on important nutrients to eat during the adolecent years, early 20s, late 20s, early 30s and mid-late 30s. Next week I’ll be posting my suggestions for people in their 40s, 50s, 60s and into older age.
We are often concerned about our diet in regards to our weight, but how often do we actually consider our food choices based on our age? How many of us are still eating a similar diet to when we were 20? When cooking for younger people do you find your food choices being swayed?
A simple exfoliating body scrub with ingredients straight from the kitchen. There really are some wonderful ingredients available at our fingertips, but we don’t tend to consider them when thinking about our skin care regime.
A few months ago I heard about a form of detoxification called oil pulling. I immediately became intrigued as to what a spoonful of oil could do for my health. After speaking to other naturopaths and reading up on the subject, I was slightly unsure as to whether the benefits would outweigh the method. The only way to really find out for myself was to give this ancient technique a go. So, armed with a tub of organic coconut oil, considered to be the gentler of the oils, I began the process. Although I had a slightly bumpy beginning, I was completely surprised by the positive results. In fact, I can’t stop banging on about it; much to the detriment of my lovely partner!
On my quest for better snacking, I discovered there are hundreds of recipes out there. From wholesome and nourishing, to the outrageously unhealthy. After looking at several for inspiration and following some experimenting in the kitchen, here is the result! A sweet, nutty and chewy bar made from ingredients you can identify (yes, real food that even your great grandparents would recognise!) and containing plenty of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Consuming snacks like these provide you with a slow release energy injection, which gives your immune and digestive system the boost it needs to keep you going during a long day. Your body will thank you for this rather than treating it to a major sugar hit which will cause it to crash and leave you feeling like you haven’t slept for years!
I felt inspired to write about the benefits of the sea (or depending on your location – ocean) after spending a lovely weekend by the coast in Cornwall. Whilst sitting on the beach and breathing the salty air into my lungs I began to think about how much better I feel near this beautiful rippling expanse of water. I am not denying I may be slightly biased (read – extremely) as I grew up by the sea; however there are many others who feel the same. Over the years, I have often heard people mention how healthy, relaxed and well they feel whilst visiting the coast. Interestingly, an ecological study by the European Centre for Environment and Human Health researched this very factor. They discovered that self-reported rates of ‘good health’ and proximity to the coast where linked, concluding that people feel healthier the nearer they are to the coast.