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Delicious vegan sweet potato and cauliflower lentil dish

This delicious and simple recipe (discovered on the BBC Good Food website and amended) is good enough to serve to guests at a dinner party and works equally well as healthy mid week dinner.  Or you could make it and store portions in the fridge…
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Teenagers with exam stress - how diet and supplements may help

This time of year can be really stressful for teenagers studying for exams. Some students seem to breeze through it while others get extremely anxious, suffer with poor sleep, depression, and literally become sick with the pressure. If your…
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Rosemary

Key uses: Lifts the spirits Improves the circulation Supports memory and improves concentration Improves digestion Rosemary has a long history of medicinal use and is one of my favourite herbs this time of year.  Rosemary is great for lifting…
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Weight loss, insulin resistance and type II diabetes

Did you know when you eat bread made out of refined flour, whether it is white or wholemeal the grain has been ground so finely and is so uniform in size that it behaves pretty much like sugar when it enters our bodies?  Refined grains and…
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Is apple cider vinegar really good for us?

The Times and the recent BBC Two series ‘Trust me I’m a doctor’ got together to look at the health claims made about apple cider vinegar. They reported their findings in the Times earlier this week. They concluded having diluted apple…
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I want to lose weight but...

....keep putting off my ‘diet start date’ ....feel overwhelmed by all the different diet advice out there ...when I get tired I reach for sugary snacks Here are a few simple tips to help you get on track: Start making small changes today…
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Siberian ginseng and my friend Debbie

My friend Debbie was asking what she could take to keep her stamina up during a 100km walk for charity she will be doing this weekend.  Siberian Ginseng instantly came to mind.  Herbs and herbal medicine are not just for illness; ideally they…
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Fizzy drinks and bone density in kids and teenagers

Commercial fizzy drinks are high in phosphorus and high intakes of phosphorus lead to calcium being excreted from the body, reducing bone density.  This is a particularly important issue for teenagers who need more calcium than any other age…

Gluten free pecan and chocolate banana cake - super easy to make!

I devised this recipe last night and it came out really well.  It is gluten free and it contains no added sugar.  The sweetness comes from the bananas, dark chocolate and cranberries.  A little xyllitol has been added to give it a sweetness…