My Mediterranean adventure. Home prepared octopus salad!

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You may have seen my blog about being in Spain? www.hillsidehideawayspain.com The food here is fresh and delicious and much more seasonal than in the UK. Buying in season makes things less expensive too. The other day I enjoyed this delicious home prepared octopus salad. It had lettuce, broccoli, beans, red onions, chillies, tomatoes and Continue Reading →

Almonds are one of my favourite nuts and are great for health!

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At the moment I am out in Spain (you can follow my adventure by clicking here www.hillsidehideawayspain.com), it’s been very warm and sunny – perfect for alfresco eating on the mountainside. Traditional Mediterranean food is so delicious and nutritious, over the last two weeks I have been eating lots of salad, oily fish, seafood, olive Continue Reading →

Could fish oil protect your hearing?

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A decline in hearing is often thought of as an inevitable part of ageing, but there are potentially modifiable risk factors. New evidence (1) published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that women consuming two or more portions of fish per week had a lower risk of hearing loss. This was a study Continue Reading →

Artificial sweeteners impact gut bacteria and blood sugar balance

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Artificial sweeteners, what can I say, I am not a fan at all (for far too many reasons to go into in one blog post)! Non-caloric artificial sweeteners are among the most widely used food additives worldwide (1). The data surrounding their safety, and efficacy as a weight loss aid, is hugely controversial. Now a Continue Reading →

What to do if you ‘feel fat’

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So often the women I work with start by saying “I feel fat”, often they will be very distressed and emotional and desperately seeking that quick-fix diet which they hope will lead to happiness. If you are willing to take some time to look into the thoughts and feelings around feeling fat you are likely Continue Reading →

Could spinach before breakfast curb cravings and help weight loss?

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Previously I wrote a post about how eating nutrient rich food can impact our feelings of satiety and hunger. A new, interesting, study from researchers at Lund University in Sweden(1) in women investigated whether green plant membranes could impact hunger/satiety and body weight. The 38 women were given either a 5g green plant membrane drink, Continue Reading →

Emotional eating as a form of self sabotage

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Any time things began to go well for me in my early 20s I would begin the process of binge eating myself into oblivion, this would stop any progress in my projects!  It was as though I hit a glass ceiling of how much success I would allow into my life.  My unconscious belief was Continue Reading →

Healthy binges as a cover for something deeper

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A while ago I wrote a post highlighting the fact that binges don’t always have to involve junk foods. Many people who experience emotional eating,binge on healthy foods such as salads, fruits, smoothies, vegetables etc, yet they still experience the binge as psychologically painful – and it is, because beneath the reaching for food lies an Continue Reading →

If you want glowing skin from within then eat your vegetables

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Glowing skin can come from within! What we eat really can influence how vibrant our skin appears. I wrote a guest article about how to get glowing skin from within which you can read here Now a new study, published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, (1) has found that skin colouration due to Continue Reading →

Can dietary carotenoids help reduce the risk of breast cancer?

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Carotenoids such as alpha and beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin are a family of over 700 naturally occurring yellow, red, orange and dark green pigments found in vegetables and fruits.  Good sources include carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, squash, peppers, cantaloupe melons, nectarines, papaya, mango and dark green vegetables such as spinach, kale, watercress and asparagus.  Introducing a Continue Reading →