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Why Food is More Than Just Science

Why Food is More Than Just Science

Choosing, preparing and eating nourishing food has never been so complicated and involved. The health conscious have always paid careful attention to the calorie content of food and been sure to tick off their 5-a-day, but even they are struggling with the growing number of dietary issues that require attention and the opposing expert views that seem to surround each one. What hope for those with only a passing interest in healthy eating? One of the key reasons that eating has become so complicated is that modern society demands that the decisions that shape...
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Dealing with Negative Self-Talk and Body Image

Dealing with Negative Self-Talk and Body Image

Here’s a hard truth about what happens when we don’t love our bodies: if we’re busy picking ourselves apart, limb from limb, then we deplete our willpower and aren’t available to take care of the rest of our lives. Think about it: when our brains are filled with negative self-talk, especially self-talk that pins us down by negating the real beauty and strength of the awesome feminine bodies we’re born with, then there’s no room left to take new, positive action or focus on the good stuff; our brains get too distracted, too weighed down to focus on creating a life of...
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Food and Sex: Should We Give In to Our Cravings?

Food and Sex: Should We Give In to Our Cravings?

Taste. Lick. Suck. Bite. This thing we do, every day, all day long, is a driving desire in life. We work for it, think about it, crave things to consume. The innocent act of eating can sound so lustful. And, eating food is, at its core, incredibly sexual. Birds and bees pollinate flowers, the sexual organs of fruiting trees and plants, and we eat the results of these unions. In fact, eating is the most intimate thing we do with other people…in public. We take nourishment into our bodies at every meal, just as we take another person into us when...
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Iraqi Food I Grew up With is Today's Food Fad

Iraqi Food I Grew up With is Today's Food Fad

Digestive health is today's big food fad. People today are discovering food allergies they were not aware of; that some foods make you young and others make you age; that changing your job, partner or lifestyle would have fixed your ailment more efficiently than being loaded up on antibiotics.     This food fashion is all over men’s and women's magazines. Flipping through them at newspaper stalls in London makes me realise that their ground-breaking discoveries are my everyday food habits since I was a child growing up in Iraq. Back then I didn't once stop to...
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9 Common Medical Myths about Digestive Problems

9 Common Medical Myths about Digestive Problems

Benjamin Brown teaches nutritional medicine and is on the advisory board at the UK College of Nutrition and Health. Here's what he has to say regarding the common myths we are told about digestive problems: 1) It's all in your head For a long time the symptoms of IBS have been thought to be purely psychological and people with chronic digestive problems are sometimes still told it's all in their head. Well, it is in your head, but not how you think! Several studies have found an increased incidence of stress, anxiety and even functional changes in the brains of...
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Managing Stress  with Mindful Eating

Managing Stress with Mindful Eating

If I asked you to simply stand up, both feet on the floor and just stand there, would you consider that stressful? Okay, not exactly. But what if I asked you to stand for five hours? Or better yet, for a full day with no pee breaks and no sleep, or for a full month? What if, while you were standing there for the next full month, I asked you to stand on one foot and then balance an egg on a spoon? Stress is like that. One thing on its own is not necessarily stressful, but stress can slowly build up over time. The daily to-do list gets longer, and at the same...
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RECIPE: Shiitake Mushroom, Bean and Fennel Soup

RECIPE: Shiitake Mushroom, Bean and Fennel Soup

Using beans to thicken soups creates a smooth and creamy texture. Shiitake mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine for their immune-stimulating properties, while fennel bulbs and seeds are excellent for cleansing the digestion as well as supporting kidney function. Ingredients  Serves 4  10g (.oz) coconut oil 200g (7oz) fennel bulb, finely shredded 2 celery sticks, finely shredded 1 onion, finely chopped 100g (3 ½ oz) shiitake mushrooms, sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tsp fennel seeds 4 thyme...
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