health

Fat, and why it’s not your enemy!

Most people automatically assume that fat is evil. After all, fat is the reason that so many people around the world are unable to fit into their clothing, right? This has lead to hundreds of companies that now market “fat free” food, beverages, snacks, and everything in between. Unfortunately, what many doctors and scientists are […]

Omega 3 is a contributor to weight loss and good health

Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that the body cannot produce on its own; therefore, people must get it through their diet. Throughout Europe and North America, very few people get enough omega-3. Their diets tend to be higher in omega-6 and lower in omega-3 fatty acids. When there is a dietary imbalance in favour […]

Cinnamon As A Tasty Weight Loss Tool

The main benefit of cinnamon is for maintaining blood sugar levels, thus helping to prevent blood sugar crashes and spikes, which in turn helps you to stave of hunger. You don’t need pills to control blood sugar!  Cinnamon is a spice that adds flavour to all sorts of foods, from savoury to sweet.  This tasty ingredient is […]

Roast Spiced Aubergine

  It’s been a while.  MY excuse is I’ve been reading paleo diet books and cookbooks.  Recently I’ve been getting more into the Paleo thing.  It seems like a great way to control what you put into your body, not just from the point of view of health, but also because it fits in nicely […]

Drink water to amplify your weight loss without any extra effort

Many people do not consider what  they drink to be as important as what they eat when trying to lose weight.  Take for example, pretty much any kind of fruit juice which is packed full of sugar (or the simplest of carbs)…  What do you think is going to happen if you drink this stuff […]

Reasons to eat eggs as part of a weight loss program

Eggs are absolutely packed with protein.  Most of the bad wrap eggs get in the press is basically bullshit.  The cholesterol argument especially, may be wrong.  Experts now believe that cholesterol that is consumed from food (mostly) doesn’t find its way into your bloodstream, as it has not been produced by your body.  The bulk […]

Sweet potatoes – A tasty food for weight loss

baked sweet potato The humble sweet potato.  Contains high levels of  vitamin C, potassium and beta-carotene. The beta carotene is the same compound that makes carrots orange, and also an antioxidant, additionally beta carotene may help to stabilise blood sugar levels and is also an anti inflammatory compound.  The sweet potato’s fibre content helps give it a […]

Flax seed – another super food?

Flax seed contains omega 3 + 6 fatty acids and dietary fibre, which if you know anything about nutrition is a very good start.  There may be further benefits however, as clinical research shows that certain compounds within them may stunt the growth of certain tumors.  Flax seeds our also our dietary friend as they […]

BMP8B for weight loss?

BMP8B (bone morphogenetic protein 8B) has recently been implicated in weight loss by Andrew Whittle at the University of Cambridge.  Currently experiments are only being performed on mice but the evidence is there.  Mice that produced more BMP8B burned more energy and therefore were leaner, and so did the ones that were injected with the protein. […]

Benefits of Garlic

Garlic is one food that everybody should be eating as much of as possible.  Garlic contains allicin, which is an organosulphur, which are compounds that our bodies need.   They have been linked with reducing inflammation and oxidation stresses on our bodies.  It contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals.  Furthermore, garlic can act […]

Ginger

Ginger benefits It has been found that ginger may affect gastrointestinal function, and has been used for thousands of years to treat nausea (especially forms of motion sickness).  It is theorised that ginger suppresses certain neurohypophysial hormones from being released into the bloodstream that can contribute to nausea.  It may also have some anti cancer proerties, but the evidence is […]

NEAT and weight loss.

A term that does not get nearly enough exposure is N.E.A.T.  This acronym stands for Non exercise activity thermogenesis.  It is a term used to describe how much ‘power’ a person expends going about their daily business.  It is a concept often used to help treat severely obese patients who are often unable or unmotivated enough to embark upon […]

Eat more plants!

You can get everything your body needs from plant life.  FACT!  We should all probably think about cutting down the amount of animal products we eat from a health & economic & moral standpoint (for non free range animals).  Cutting down on saturated fats is probably the number 1 thing you can do in order […]

The benefits of almonds

NUTRITIOUS AND HEALTHY The almond is a great nut.  High in monounsaturated fat – which can be used to substitute for saturated fat, and typically high in vitamin E, which is a potent antioxidant, and is linked with weight control and better circulation.  Almonds are also a source of vitamin B and magnesium, while also […]

Star Anise – Benefits

Star Anise has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to combat ailments such as arthritis, gas relief and as a mucus thinning ‘experctorant’. A beautifully stellar spice, star anise contains ‘shikimic acid’ which is an active compound in the drug tamiflu, which is used to treat flu.  It also contains ‘anethole’, […]