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Understanding Microbiota and Weight Management

Understanding Microbiota and Weight Management

The title of Kathie Swift's book 'The Swift Diet' could be misleading. It is not a book about miracle weight loss but focuses on the medicinal power of food to heal our bowel problems, allergies and depression. Weight gain is just one of the side effects to the damage we have done to our immune system by digesting antibiotics and processed foods. The key to fixing this, says Swift, is to restore and boost the bacteria that lives inside our bodies, mostly in the colon or large intestine. Weight gain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), gluten...
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5 Tips for a Healthy Gut

5 Tips for a Healthy Gut

There have been huge advances made in our knowledge about what we eat and how our bodies react to it. We now know that 85% of the serotonin-receptor sites are in the gut, rather than in the brain. With serotonin being the neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy, confident, strong and motivated, this explains why what you eat can have such a profound effect on how you feel. Here are five things you can do to promote a healthy gut: 1) Eat good quality, natural ingredients This has never been more important as we are constantly bombarded with ready-made,...
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RECIPE: Fresh Hummus with Rainbow Carrots

RECIPE: Fresh Hummus with Rainbow Carrots

Fresh turmeric and coriander couscous with rainbow carrots recipe: a delicious and colourful snack, easy to try at home. Recipe from The Life Delight.  The distinct yet delicate flavor of the fresh turmeric combined with the earthy and aromatic coriander and citrus is simply delightful. it is also full of anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting compounds to keep you feeling tip-top this winter. Ingredients Serves 3 1 can of chickpeas – drained (approx 250g) 100g tahini 3 tbsp olive oil 1 handful fresh coriander 1?4 tsp Himalayan...
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What is the Alexander Technique?

What is the Alexander Technique?

Our body has been efficiently designed by nature and evolution, but modern life takes its toll on it. Over the years, through work demands and lifestyle choices, we tend to develop tense habits of movement that cause pain and prevent us from being at our best. With the Alexander Technique, you can learn to undo years of tension and strain accumulated through poor physical use. The Alexander Technique is a practical method that teaches the person to recognise and change patterns of muscular tension, to become naturally coordinated and poised. It works by...
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Chia Seeds: A Simple Way to Nourish Yourself

Chia Seeds: A Simple Way to Nourish Yourself

Simple is a great word for chia. The seeds are tiny but powerful, and adding them to your food is simple. The subtle taste of chia means you can add it to anything you already enjoy and it won't affect the flavour whatsoever. This is only one of the  many reasons why chia has become so popular as a health food. Here's why else these little black and white seeds are so reknowned. Chia is: High in omega-3 fatty acids Chia is among the highest plant sources of omega-3 in the world. Our bodies need omega-3s for brain function, heart health, and many other...
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Delicious and Nutritious Chocolate Truffles

Delicious and Nutritious Chocolate Truffles

These are just such a treat! The combination of chocolate, orange and cinnamon is a complete hit and perfect for the festive season. These bite-sized mouthfuls are free from dairy, gluten and refined sugar and are packed with nutritional goodness. Makes approx 12 chocolate truffles Ingredients - 5 tbsp ground cashew nuts - 5 tbsp ground almond - 4 tbsp cocoa powder - 1 1?4 tsp cinnamon - 1 1?4 tsp natural vanilla essence - 5 tsp fresh orange juice - 1 tsp orange zest (and a little extra for decoration) -...
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The UK's First Paleo Restaurant

The UK's First Paleo Restaurant

The UK’s first Paleo restaurant has recently opened in Notting Hill, London and is already pretty much booked out until January. Welldoing popped down to have a chat with co-owner Adib Bamieh, sample some food, and see what all the buzz is about. Pure Taste is a fine dining establishment (£15 - £32 for a main), located in Notting Hill specifically to cater for people who have decided that eating a Paleo diet will benefit their health. That doesn’t mean others won’t enjoy it though;  Adib told us that it’s a  50-50 split between Paleos and curious foodies. Adib...
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Discovering a Healthy Relationship with Food

Discovering a Healthy Relationship with Food

At the core of mindful eating is an exploration of your relationship with food, allowing you to gain awareness and insight into how this relationship with food is affecting you, your health and ultimately, your life. The practice of mindful eating allows you to see food as something that you're connected to, sustained by and in relationship with, something that supports the totality of your health, including your mind, body and spirit. Now for the big question: is this relationship one that is supportive of your health and wellbeing? Or is it hindering your...
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Juicing to Boost your Brain

Juicing to Boost your Brain

A juicing recipe from Thorbjörg Hafsteinsdottir's "Boost Your Vitality" - enjoy! Vitality is at the core of my ‘Circle of Vitality’ concept. Enhanced vitality strengthens your body and mind, acting as the key to a happier and healthier lifestyle. That is why it’s so important that we all have the opportunity to achieve it! That’s why I have dedicated a whole chapter to smoothies and juices that focus on guiding you towards your vitality. Try my Brain Booster, specifically designed to boost your mental capacities! It includes almond milk—feel free to...
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Why you Should Join a Running Club

Why you Should Join a Running Club

“You should join a running club”. After the third person made the same suggestion I wondered if they knew something I didn’t. I’ve always run alone, happy at my own pace, competing against myself. Joining a running club had crossed my mind, but the idea of running with lots of people made me nervous – my perception was that I simply wasn’t good enough. A general impression of running clubs is that they are for ‘serious’ runners: gnarly men and whippet-like women who run marathons at weekends and compete in county leagues. Ruth thought the same: “I was always...
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