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Mother Earth has a clever way of providing us with what we need most at each time of the year. Vitamin C and zinc are essential for strong immune function and are more abundant in winter produce. Vitamin C is used to signal the production of white blood cells to protect us when foreign bacteria or viruses enter the body. It is also present in the fluid lining in our lungs and mucous membranes, where the antioxidant activity helps prevent inflammation and damage by bacteria and viruses, and is crucial for collagen production in the skin – something we also want to support over the winter months. Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, so we need to consume it every day. Eat a piece of fruit or add lemon, orange or grapefruit to your morning juice. Incorporating leafy greens and broccoli into stir fries is another great way...
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In all my years working with people on an individual level or in a group, regardless of their age, sex or current health status, there is often one thing that unifies people’s health and wellness goals – energy and the desire for more. When you ask someone how they are, the most common response I tend to hear is “tired, so tired”. And hence our reliance on caffeine and refined sugars – or anything – that gives us more energy increases. If we think of our daily energy as a bank account, it’s easier to consider what ‘adds’ or ‘takes’ our energy. Energy supplies us with the power to function, grow, heal and regenerate ourselves daily. We are designed, however, to supplement this original endowment of energy with what we generate from eating, breathing, sleeping, working, playing, learning and relationships. Each day we make withdrawals and deposits; we invest or...
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How many of us have been told that if we burn more calories than we eat, weight loss will be inevitable? How many of us have then discovered this doesn’t apply to our body no matter how hard we work? The answer – not all calories are created equal. Our bodies react very differently with calories from different sources. They may go through similar digestive processes but the biochemical reactions they trigger can be completely different.Compare how 1000 calories from fizzy drink are metabolised in the body versus 1000 calories from broccoli. When you consume a fizzy drink your body quickly absorbs the fibre-less sugars and the glucose spikes your blood sugar, which stimulates insulin and subsequently signals to your body to store body fat. Inflammation is increased, triglycerides are raised (essentially fat in your blood), and leptin, one of the hormones involved in appetite regulation, is blocked. If you...
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As winter approaches you can almost feel people’s mood start to shift. You start to hear people saying, “it’s too cold, it’s too dark, I hate winter”, and before winter has even really begun, you start to feel worn down. Here are a few simple ways to support your energy and maintain your glow over the cooler months: Don’t use sugar as a comfort In the cooler weather there is naturally a move to more warming and comforting foods. Most people associate home baking with comfort, and in the cooler weather there is a tendency to bake more puddings or crumbles. If there’s one thing that can steal someone’s shine, it’s most definitely consuming too much sugar. Really address whether your food choices are about nourishing your body or nourishing your soul, and try some of the delicious wholefood alternatives to traditional winter recipes. Hydrate The body is largely made up of water, and consuming enough is essential for our body to...
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Dr Libby takes on sugar in her new book, Sweet Food Story. The first way to debunk some of the confusion around sugar is to clarify the precise definition of the word ‘sugar’ as it is used loosely in the modern vernacular and given a variety of meanings. Technically, sugar and starch are carbohydrates, with one of the main differences between them being the size of their structures. The term sugar refers to simple sugars, monosaccharides such as glucose and fructose, as well as disaccharides such as sucrose, lactose and maltose, which are two monosaccharides linked together. Starches are polysaccharides made up of long chains of monosaccharides. Starches are broken down into sugars during digestion. Sugars are created by some plants to store energy, rather like the way animals make fat. For plants, periods of feast and famine are natural and plants have to be able to store fuel for lean...
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As spring arrives we can shift our focus to the things that uplift us – the factors that make us feel good. They don’t have to be complex. Often the more easily accessible the better. What you focus on is what you feel, so make a conscious choice to feel good and utilise these techniques to assist you and your health will love you for it. Appreciate the Simple Things It has been clinically proven that it is impossible to feel stressed or overwhelmed when you feel gratitude. It is so easy to fixate on the aspects of our life we wish to improve or change, but looking at what makes you feel grateful and is available all day, every day can have the most profound effect on your perspective. Soul Food If you find yourself in the pantry thinking ‘I want something but I don’t know what that something...