Back to School Health

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As the children go back to school and you start stocking up on the things they need, don’t forget to include products that support their health! A new school year often means the children are exposed to a whole host of bugs, coughs and colds, so the more prepared you are the better, to help keep them healthy through the autumn and winter.

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Happy, healthy holiday season!

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It’s that time of year already; the summer holidays! A time to rest, relax and slow the pace down! Whether you’re going away or staying close to home this summer, here are some tips to help you have a healthy summer holiday!

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Dementia

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As we age it’s common to forget things now and again and we might fear this is the first sign of dementia, but that’s not necessarily the case! Dementia is not a natural part of ageing. Dementia is an umbrella term, used to describe a group of symptoms that commonly include memory, thinking, problem solving, language and perception.

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Anxiety

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Mental health awareness has definitely become more prominent recently and has largely been helped by the Heads Together campaign, from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Dr Chatterjee, from the ‘Doctor in the House’ programmes, also covered mental health in a recent episode, highlighting the important role that food plays in mental health. This is all extremely encouraging as mental health is a serious issue and people need to know what help is available and what they can do themselves, to make a difference.

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Problems sleeping? There are natural choices that can help

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Sleep is something that is so vital for our health yet so many of us cut back on it in a frantic attempt to fit more into the day, due to the pressures of a busy life. Many others are suffering with sleep problems for various reasons but thankfully there are plenty of things we can do to help. Sleep disorders are different and not covered here, as they are medical conditions, eg sleep apnoea.

It’s really important for us to get the balance right between activity and rest in our lives! Sleep has regenerative effects and lack of it affects energy, moods, blood sugar levels, pain, memory and learning, among other things.

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Vegan store cupboard starter kit

Similarly to one of our previous posts about raw dessert cupboard essentials, I thought that it might be a nice idea to compile a little collection of some of the things that I think make up a good base for starting out on a vegan diet. Aside from fresh fruits and veggies, these things are great to make sure that you have in the kitchen cupboard and I find help me to be able to add that little something extra to a meal and insure that I’m always prepared! Some of these items are probably things that you already have at home and some might be a little more unusual. What’s great about lots of them is that they’re really versatile and can really help to transform your cooking and make food a little bit more exciting!

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Fitness and a vegan diet

One of the most commonly asked questions or points of conversation that I’ve heard when discussing a vegan diet would definitely have to be: how would someone get enough protein on a plant based diet? This point is particularly relevant when discussing a vegan diet to support your exercise performance and fitness routine. Whether you’re an athlete or someone who just trains for personal enjoyment, eating enough of the right foods to support and fuel your body is extremely important. Depending on the kinds of training that you’re doing, your diet will of course vary, but generally there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to meet your macronutrient goals whilst on a plant based meal plan.

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Simple Vegan Food swaps

Seeing as this month is world vegan month, we’ve been focussing on this theme for our November blog posts and recipes and for this post we wanted to talk about some simple vegan food swaps that you could try out, to include more plant based meals into your diet. When first making the decision to go vegan or trying out more vegan food, it might be a little daunting if this is something that you’re not used to. Eating a vegan diet does not have to be difficult or restrictive, as there are now so many different food options to replace your typical non-vegan dishes and foods that taste just as delicious. One really important thing that I wanted to touch on here is the fact that you shouldn’t feel deprived due to your diet. Whether you want to eat a vegan diet for health, environmental or ethical reasons, the way you eat should make you feel good both physically and mentally. A good way to look at this is to focus on all of the things that you can include into your diet and foods to swap in, rather than what you will be cutting out. There is such a wide array of nutritious and delicious tasting foods to enjoy, so take full advantage of this.These are only a few examples of some of the things that you could swap into your diet to get you started:

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Winter workout motivation

I think it’s safe to say that the weather has definitely changed into winter mode now and the colder, dark evenings have started to make an appearance. If you’re anything like me, then sometimes all you’ll want to do is curl up on the sofa under a big pile of blankets and hibernate, rather than braving the cold weather and venturing outside to exercise. If you’re feeling like this and maybe haven’t been sticking to your usual training regime lately or seem to be lacking in motivation, then don’t worry, you’re not alone! I’ve always suffered with low moods around this time of year when the weather changes and this is something that is very common and affects lots of people. I find that it’s really important not to let this drag you down, or allow you to feel badly about yourself. Living a healthy and active lifestyle is all about finding things that work best for you and that you can adapt to fit into your schedule and be a part of a permanent lifestyle. In today’s post, I wanted to share some of my top tips for winter workout motivation and beating those feelings of winter blues!

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Healthy eating on a budget

I think that it can sometimes be a common misconception that eating a healthy diet is an extremely expensive way. To some extent, I suppose this could be true if you purchased large quantities of organic meet, superfood and specialist products however, buying natural wholesome ingredients such as: vegetable, grains and pulses can actually turn out to be really affordable; often even more so than eating lots of processed food and meals. Like with most things, the cost of a healthy food shop can vary greatly depending on numerous factors such as: where you shop, the amount of food you’re buying and the types of products you by. Today we wanted to talk about some of the ways that you can stock your fridge and cupboards with a selection of healthy ingredients, whilst still being more friendly on your budget.

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