Nutrition
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There is so much information out there about nutrition but here are 5 top tips for consideration. I’ll be posting a new recipe every week on my blog to help inspire you.

Diets can lead to short-term results, but as soon as you come off your diet, it is likely that you will gain the weight back and probably more besides! We then get on the yo-yo dieting track. When losing weight by dieting alone, you lose some lean muscle as well as fat. Unfortunately, every time we put the weight back on, the weight gain is then not lean muscle, but fat, so we end up ‘fatter’ than when we started. Food….for thought!
This is a good reason to think about the long term lifestyle changes to our eating habits. Eat to live, not live to eat mentality.
Mum knows best…..eat your greens! Vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and a variety of nutrients that benefit our overall health and can help lower the risk of disease.
There is such a large variety of vegetables to choose from, so cast aside the boring spuds and pick up a sweet potato or two, make a healthy soup and add a bit of chilli to spice it up. Veggies can be fun, they are healthy, filling and add variety to the diet. Check out your local supermaket and try something you’ve never tried before!
Trans fats are those nasty fats hiding in all the things we love to eat!! Biscuits, crisps, cakes and lots of lovely processed foods. Also known as partially hydrogenated oils, they are the baddies in our diets. The unsaturated fats are mixed with hydrogen gas at a high heat to make them resemble saturated fats, then put into foods to act as a preservative for a longer shelf life. Unfortunately, that shelf life is also longer in our bodies too and very hard to get rid of!
Trans fats raise the bad cholesterol and lower the good cholesterol and can cause in the long term, the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, depression and many more.
These are definitely one to be aware of……..BEWARE of the TRANS FATS!
If it looks like it was made in a factory, don’t eat it!
Hard statement as we all love the ‘convenience’ of food these days but the reality is that these foods are made more to help the producer rather than the consumer. As a nation, our health is deteriorating as we move away from fresh food to processed. Beneficial nutrients are removed and other ingredients are added such as sugar, trans fats and refined wheat to heighten taste, look and convenience.
Basically, processed foods have less of the good stuff and a LOT more of the bad stuff. The most important thing you can do to ensure optimal health is to “eat real food.”
Time is the critical thing in planning good eating habits and taking time to plan ahead is essential to ensuring a wide variety of protein, carbs and good fats are consumed, as well the occasional treat!
My mum always writes a shopping list and plans her meals before hitting the supermarket – a great habit to get into. At 75 she’s still looking good!
If you can’t always keep to it, cook in bulk. The next time you make a healthy casserole, cottage pie or even a chilli, cook extra portions so that you can freeze some for another day, making sure you always have a nutritious meal ready for those ‘I can’t be bothered’ days.
Always a good idea set a meal time too, so that you sit down for breakfast or dinner at the same time each day (not too late!) which is also great for maintaining strong family relationships.
Trans fats are those nasty fats hiding in all the things we love to eat!! Biscuits, crisps, cakes and lots of lovely processed foods. Also known as partially hydrogenated oils, they are the baddies in our diets. The unsaturated fats are mixed with hydrogen gas at a high heat to make them resemble saturated fats, then put into foods to act as a preservative for a longer shelf life. Unfortunately, that shelf life is also longer in our bodies too and very hard to get rid of!
Trans fats raise the bad cholesterol and lower the good cholesterol and can cause in the long term, the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, depression and many more.
These are definitely one to be aware of……..BEWARE of the TRANS FATS!



Diets can lead to short-term results, but as soon as you come off your diet, it is likely that you will gain the weight back and probably more besides! We then get on the yo-yo dieting track. When losing weight by dieting alone, you lose some lean muscle as well as fat. Unfortunately, every time we put the weight back on, the weight gain is then not lean muscle, but fat, so we end up ‘fatter’ than when we started. Food….for thought!
This is a good reason to think about the long term lifestyle changes to our eating habits. Eat to live, not live to eat mentality.
Mum knows best…..eat your greens! Vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and a variety of nutrients that benefit our overall health and can help lower the risk of disease.
There is such a large variety of vegetables to choose from, so cast aside the boring spuds and pick up a sweet potato or two, make a healthy soup and add a bit of chilli to spice it up. Veggies can be fun, they are healthy, filling and add variety to the diet. Check out your local supermaket and try something you’ve never tried before!
Trans fats are those nasty fats hiding in all the things we love to eat!! Biscuits, crisps, cakes and lots of lovely processed foods. Also known as partially hydrogenated oils, they are the baddies in our diets. The unsaturated fats are mixed with hydrogen gas at a high heat to make them resemble saturated fats, then put into foods to act as a preservative for a longer shelf life. Unfortunately, that shelf life is also longer in our bodies too and very hard to get rid of!
Trans fats raise the bad cholesterol and lower the good cholesterol and can cause in the long term, the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, depression and many more.
These are definitely one to be aware of……..BEWARE of the TRANS FATS!
If it looks like it was made in a factory, don’t eat it!
Hard statement as we all love the ‘convenience’ of food these days but the reality is that these foods are made more to help the producer rather than the consumer. As a nation, our health is deteriorating as we move away from fresh food to processed. Beneficial nutrients are removed and other ingredients are added such as sugar, trans fats and refined wheat to heighten taste, look and convenience.
Basically, processed foods have less of the good stuff and a LOT more of the bad stuff. The most important thing you can do to ensure optimal health is to “eat real food.”
Time is the critical thing in planning good eating habits and taking time to plan ahead is essential to ensuring a wide variety of protein, carbs and good fats are consumed, as well the occasional treat!
My mum always writes a shopping list and plans her meals before hitting the supermarket – a great habit to get into. At 75 she’s still looking good!
If you can’t always keep to it, cook in bulk. The next time you make a healthy casserole, cottage pie or even a chilli, cook extra portions so that you can freeze some for another day, making sure you always have a nutritious meal ready for those ‘I can’t be bothered’ days.
Always a good idea set a meal time too, so that you sit down for breakfast or dinner at the same time each day (not too late!) which is also great for maintaining strong family relationships.

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