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Puddings – Wicked or Good?

Puddings for Good or Evil One of the most important questions of all time has got to be:- “Which is the Best Pudding in the Universe?” Well maybe it’s that treacle tart with double cream, but how about one of these:- Sticky toffee pudding? Chocolate truffle tart with ice cream? Cheesecake? Bread and butter pudding and runny custard? Apple crumble and cream? All of the above plus more. Stop! We are all about healthy living here . . . Although…

Who Needs a Good Breakfast?

Morning Folks, Many people miss breakfast: not hungry early in the morning; haven’t got time; or want to lose weight so decide to eat less. Breakfast is important, however, because the body needs to be refuelled ready for the day ahead. If a full egg and grilled everything is too much in the morning, there are plenty of quick foods which are healthy and nutritious. Porridge is good and only takes a few minutes. Top it with sliced banana to…

Eating Well – A Secret

The Best Kept Secret To Eating Well - Salutations everyone, The French love their food; they eat well and often eat rich foods, but they don’t get fat. So what’s their secret weapon? The matter has been studied. It’s all a question of style. For the French, eating, as well as the cooking, is a craft, and they like it to be a social event. They will sit down to a meal and take plenty of time. They never rush…

Activity v Exercise Part 2

Calories In Calories Out - A calorie is the energy stored in food. Calories are the fuel for body and mind. I’m not a fan of counting daily calories in or out as a guide to health and diet. Ultimately it’s a task doomed to failure and a road to madness. Everyone will require a different number of calories, depending on age, size, weight and level of activity. There are complicated formulas involved. The first is to calculate the number…

An Unusual Way To Eat Less

Hello on this colourful day. Folks who have a tendency to over-eat might find these tips useful. According to research, eating food off a red plate can suppress appetite and help people eat less. Perhaps the red just shouts caution at us. One snag is finding red plates. Plastic picnic or party plates come in bright colours but they don’t make acceptable home crockery. Never mind, they must be around somewhere. Keeping the plates on the smaller size can also…

The Low-down on Carbs

The Low-down on Carbohydrates - Hello, Carbohydrates give the body energy. They are composed of sugar molecules and are the body's fuel. They are essential for good health, but some carbohydrates are good and some are not. Carbohydrates can be found in many foods and if the body gets more than it can burn, then any left-overs are stored as fat. Complex carbs are the good carbs and they are starches made up of long chains of sugar. The body…

Exercise, Stress and Mood

Hello, Now it's about time we talked of Exercise. You know, that business you aren't doing enough of and always promise you will. Why bother? It's obvious that exercise will improve us physically. It'll build strength and stamina, keep all the joints moving and improve the heart and lungs. Even better news is that it improves mental health as well, partly by getting more oxygen into the brain. It has been shown that even modest exercise, such as a brisk…

Run For Longer Life

Run For Longer Life. Hello, Running is an extremely popular leisure activity and increasing in popularity all the time. The range is vast - all ages from young children to people well into their nineties. Distances range from a couple of miles to marathons and beyond. The recommendation from the World Health Organization and other health associations is to do 150 minutes moderate exercise a week, such as brisk walking, dancing or cycling. Either that or 75 minutes intense exercise,…

Caffeine – Good or Bad? Part 2

Caffeine - Good or Bad? Part 2. Hello, As with anything, caffeine can be dangerous if it's consumed in large amounts. While it does have some benefits, the amount of coffee drunk should be limited to avoid headaches and weight gain. Although caffeine itself will not cause weight gain, the type of drink chosen to deliver caffeine can. For instance, if you choose cola or energy drinks, you may end up gaining weight and increasing your chances of heart health…

Caffeine – Good or Bad?

Caffeine - Good or Bad? Hello, Well, it's both actually. Although research into the benefits and side effects of a product tend to fluctuate, there are a number of consistencies for caffeine. It has been found to help long-term memory and can possibly offer some protection against Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s. Some benefits have been connected to helping with cardiovascular disease, reducing the risk of liver, mouth and throat cancers. At present, all these ‘benefits’ are largely no more than…