Knowledge centre: Lifestyle

Food synergy

As we all know, the food we choose to eat is crucial to achieving our health goals. A healthy diet should contain a combination of important vitamins, minerals, fibre, protein, antioxidants and more! Research also suggests that certain combinations of food groups can further enhance the effects of the food we eat to improve our […]

“Not all carbohydrates were created equal”: Simple and complex carbs

Carbohydrates (CHOs) are our main source of energy and therefore play a vital role in having a balanced and healthy diet. There are two distinct types: simple and complex. Why are simple and complex CHOs different? The differentiation relates to their ability to be broken down by the gut. A simple CHO, such as white […]

cardiac rehabilitation and prevention

Diet vs. exercise: A few facts to help you decide which to invest in

Over 68% of men and 58% of women are obese or overweight in the UK and weight loss is a goal of the masses. In general, there are three camps in which weight loss advice falls. A few facts from each are outlined below: …With diet alone A recent study showed that subjects lost on average […]

Alcohol

Alcohol has become part of how we socialise and relax. When consumed in moderate amounts, it can be generally accepted as part of a balanced diet. However, at increased quantities, alcohol can have detrimental affects on your health and well-being. What is a unit and how many should I be drinking? +  1 unit of […]

Understanding the impact of hormones on weight loss

Hormones play a major role in how we experience weight change. Not only do they affect our body’s response to food, they also make us feel better or worse when we change our dieting habits. Why, for example, do we crave sugar when we diet? Understanding the science of hormones when dieting can help you take […]

Nutrition for arthritis

Arthritis is characterised by chronic inflammation. Consuming foods with anti-inflammatory effects and avoiding those that aggravate symptoms may help sufferers to reduce joint pain, swelling and stiffness. The Arthritis Foundation recommends following a Mediterranean-style diet involving plentiful fruit, vegetables, fish, beans and nuts, as well as limiting the consumption of processed foods and saturated fat (1). Rheumatoid […]

cardiac rehabilitation and prevention

Managing heart failure with exercise

What is heart failure? Heart failure is defined as the inability of the heart to meet the demands of the tissues in the body. This inability often manifests itself in tiredness, shortness of breath and oedema, which is fluid retention in the lungs, abdomen or ankles. The causes of heart failure are varied and can […]

Asparagus

Asparagus is a spring vegetable and a member of the lily family. Over 300 varieties exist but only 20 are edible. It is native to the Mediterranean but is now grown worldwide. Asparagus is considered a delicacy in the vegetable world with the British crops (available May-July) rumoured to be amongst the best. Why is […]

How to construct a super salad

Choose a base… Spinach Rocket Little gem lettuce Shredded kale Watercress Spring greens Mixed salad leaves Followed by the main attraction… (include at least 1 from each section to hit all 4 points on your food diary…!) Lean protein – tofu/ prawns/ steamed salmon/ tinned or fresh tuna/ grilled turkey breast/ boiled or poached egg/ grilled chicken […]

Peas

Peas come in three varieties: snow, snap and garden. During the 19th century peas played an important role in the early development of the study of genetics. Sugar snap peas were developed in 1970 as a result of a cross between garden peas and snow peas. Mangetout are garden peas which are undeveloped (eaten in their […]

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