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Expert Interviews – Digestive Wellness Series

Did you know that IBS is one of the most common digestive problems experienced by 10-15% of the population at some point in their lives. IBS sufferers are thought to account for: 3.5 million Physician visits each year $8 US billion in medical costs[1]. 40% of all referrals to hospital Gastroenterologists in the UK[2] ….and […]

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Almond Butter Cups

almond-butter-cupsAn American classic, these almond butter cups are awesome for a little treat or as a home-made present. This recipe is based on one from Carefree Candies but uses almond butter and a few tweaks.

Ingredients:

Chocolate Coating 
Cocoa x 6tbsp
Coconut oil x 3tbsp
Stevia extract (to taste) 1/8 – 1/4 tsp
Maple syrup (to taste) 1tsp
Sea Salt, fine x 1/4 tsp
Vanilla extract x 1 tsp (more…)

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What is a whole grain?

wheatHave you ever wondered what a whole grain actually is? We hear the term and think ‘oh that’s something made with whole grains in it or with brown flour’ but what exactly does the term ‘whole grain’ really mean?

What many of us may not realize is that there is no complete, legally endorsed definition of what comprises whole grain. Which means, for instance, that 35% whole grain on one food label could mean something quite different than 35% whole grain on another. There is now an updated definition – termed HEALTHGRAIN — that is a step toward creating a common understanding of what “whole grain” implies. Current definitions are often incomplete, lacking descriptions of the included grains and the permitted flour manufacturing processes.

“Most cereal products, like white bread, pasta, and biscuits, are based on flour after removal of bran and germ, the two parts of grain kernels containing most of the dietary fibre and other bioactive components. In the past decade, consumers have been rediscovering whole grain-based products and the number of wholegrain products has increased rapidly.” – you can find an abstract of the study here or my copy of the actual report is here. (more…)

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DIY Coconut Yoghurt

What is it about coconut that tastes so amazing? I could eat it all day long; whether its in a soup, an oil, a yoghurt or a pina colada! As far as recipe experiments go this one was alot of fun to eat afterward. Next on the list is almond yoghurt – it’s currently in the Easiyo but I am having difficulty making it thick enough. Any tips welcome!

Ingredients:
Coconut milk or Coconut cream tins x 3
Greek yoghurt x 3 tbsp
Vanilla essence x 1 tsp
Coconut sugar (optional sweetness) x 1 tbsp  (more…)

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The Bliss Point – thoughts on Sugar

Have you seen any of the recent TV shows on sugar? It’s about time this information finally surfaced! The sugar industry is big bucks and while most of us are probably aware that it contains empty calories, did you know that our body reacts to it like its a drug? Ever noticed how sometimes you just […]

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Should I take a multi vitamin and mineral supplement?

The million dollar nutritional question; should I be taking a supplement or are they a waste of money? In an ideal world we shouldn’t need to take additional nutrients; we should be able to get all of our nutrients from food and we would have no health issues to contend with. Getting nutrients from food […]

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E. coli linked to Colon Cancer

Scientists have discovered a link between high numbers of E. coli bacteria and colon cancer as well as the inflammatory bowel diseases Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Not only are E. coli levels high but they encode a toxin that damages the DNA in the cells of the gut lining. Approximately 66% of people with […]

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Fathers health affects offspring

Research suggests fathers diet, body weight, health at conception may contribute to obesity in offspring. If fathers have a high fat diet, diabetes and were obese their offspring have altered gene expression in the pancreas and in fat. Finally we understand how dad’s can have a positive impact on the health of their babies!  

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cranberry muffins

Cranberry Muffins

cranberry-muffins

Still got some leftover cranberries from Christmas time? I made my own cranberry sauce for Christmas Day (which was super easy surprisingly) and still had some that I’d frozen and wanted to use. So when my son asked me to make Googleberry muffins I thought “aha cranberries”. If anyone apart from Noddy knows what a Googleberry is please let me know!  (more…)

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Lemon & Green Juice Morning Kickstarter

If you’re looking for a quick and easy get up and go juice then you have to try this one! It’s easy, zingy, refreshing and massively detoxifying. If you’re after a detox click the box on the right there for your free guide. You’ll need a basic blender, or a fancy one if you prefer […]

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