How to guide - water kefir

How to guide - water kefir

Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha and kimchi might seem like a trendy new health fad but they have actually been a staple part of traditional diets for thousands of years.

One kind of fermented food that I have experimented with recently is kefir.  I personally like water kefir rather than the dairy based alternatives.  I am no expert but after a little experimentation I ended up with a full blown kefir factory in my kitchen with jars gently bubbling on every surface.   Here are some notes from my own experience and some helpful sources that I used.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

This gives me the perfect opportunity to big up the nutritional benefits of the pumpkin. My local supermarket has been totally cleared out of all pumpkins large and small, and I guess most of them will end up being carved and used as lanterns. However, this delicious vegetable offers lots of potential on the nutrition front, so great to use them in cooking as well
 

IS METABOLIC BALANCE THE RIGHT WEIGHT LOSS PLAN FOR YOU?

IS METABOLIC BALANCE THE RIGHT WEIGHT LOSS PLAN FOR YOU?

For some reason I have been getting lots of interest lately in the Metabolic Balance weight loss programme.  These spikes of interest are usually down to some type of celebrity endorsement.  Sam Smith and Boy George have both helped to raise the profile of the programme in the past.  I am not sure quite sure who is behind it this time around but I will put money on it some high profile person has attributed their dramatic weight loss to the Metabolic Balance.  Is the plan right for you?

FOODS FOR HEALTHY AGEING - TOMATOES

FOODS FOR HEALTHY AGEING - TOMATOES

There is definitely something about hitting your 50's, at least for me that was the case.  Suddenly I became more focussed on the whole business of ageing or more importantly not ageing.  I don't mean worrying about wrinkles or the sudden appearance of grey hair (grrrrrrr).  I mean how to age well  in a 'be disease free, able to leap around full of energy embracing life 100% AND with a full set of marbles'.....sort of way.

So let’s talk about poo….what’s normal?

So let’s talk about poo….what’s normal?

Anyone that has had a consultation with me will know that at some point I will ask about their poo.  They will also know that I like all the ‘gory’ details: colour, size, shape, frequency, etc.  

The reason why I always ask is that it never fails to amaze me how many people have no idea what a ‘normal’ bowel movement should be.

BREAKFAST - THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY....OR IS IT?

BREAKFAST - THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY....OR IS IT?

The old adage goes ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper’.  Certainly when I was training considerable importance was placed on eating a good well-balanced breakfast; the prospect of skipping breakfast was viewed with horror and regarded as a complete no-no.  However, interestingly I have readjusted my thinking on this in recent times…..

SHOULD YOU BE SNACKING?

SHOULD YOU BE SNACKING?

When I was studying nutrition the mantra we were taught was ‘little and often’ - 3 meals and 2 snacks was considered to be the right way to eat and very important to ensure that blood sugar remained balanced.  This was an approach that I followed for very many years both with my own diet and with my clinic clients....however, is this still the case now?

MEDITERRASIAN DIET - THE BEST DIET FOR HEALTHY AGEING?

MEDITERRASIAN DIET - THE BEST DIET FOR HEALTHY AGEING?

I find myself increasingly interested in many aspects of healthy ageing.  If you look at my twitter posts you will see that this issue features quite regularly.  Without even realising it I find myself drawn to reading all sorts of articles on the subject   - I guess I have hit that age where these things start to matter.