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 →

Is there a link between low vitamin D levels and dementia risk?

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Vitamin D has received a huge amount of research attention over the last 15 years. Before then it wasn’t particularly focussed on other than being important for healthy bones, now we know that low levels of vitamin D are associated with all kinds of issues from an increased risk of cancer to increased inflammation, back Continue Reading →

You don’t need to be SAD during the autumn and winter months

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Seasonal Affective Disorder, food cravings and some helpful hints It has been noticeable to me recently that the days are getting shorter, it’s getting darker earlier in the evening. The autumn and winter months used to have a huge impact on me and my mood.  Some people in the UK suffer quite profoundly with SAD, seasonal Continue Reading →

Is lack of sleep, or poor sleep quality, impacting your emotional eating?

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  We all know that lack of sleep or poor sleep quality can leave us feeling cranky, stressed and lethargic. Tiredness, stress, and exhaustion can often lead us to reach for a snack in order to get an energy boost, when really our bodies are letting us know that we need a rest or some down-time. Continue Reading →

Bacteria in our guts – do they control our minds?!

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Previously I have written a lot about the importance of healthy gut micro ecosystem including links between bacteria and body weight A new review study (1) has found that the microbes in our gut actually influence our eating behaviour and food choices. These researchers found that the microbes influence human eating in order to favour Continue Reading →

Recurrent earache, some nutritional help

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Last week I wrote about how you can protect your children from ‘back to school’ colds and infections. Today I am continuing that a little further and looking into recurrent ear infections. Earache is most commonly seen in young children under the age of 4.  Usually the problem is an infection in the middle ear, Continue Reading →