In case you didn’t already know, coconut flour has a much lower impact on our blood sugar levels than wheat flour and is higher in protein. It’s made from the flesh of the coconut, is gluten free and far tastier than other wheat flour alternatives.
One of the more memorable health initiatives that the government has publicised over the last 10 years has been the 5-a-day campaign. This campaign was born of the World Health Organisation’s recommendation that people should be eating 400g of fruit and vegetables every day in order to lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Low fruit and vegetable intake is among the top 10 risk factors for global mortality and is responsible for 14% of gastrointestinal cancer deaths, 11% of heart disease deaths, and 9% of stroke deaths.
Many of us would like to lose weight. In fact, according to statistics, 58% of women and 68% of men in the UK were overwight or obese in 2015 - and these numbers are predicted to increase dramatically.
The media is constantly bombarding us with the latest approach to weight loss, and there are as many different approaches as there are different types of fruit and vegetables.
Type 2 Diabetes is on the increase. This chronic disease now affects nearly 5 million people in the UK and rates of diagnosis have doubled in the last 20 years. One in 15 people in the UK has diabetes, and it is estimated that there are one million people who are diabetic but have not yet been diagnosed.
Laura Currie NT. Dip. CNM. NMA
Registered Nutritionalist Therapist and Health Coach
Let’s talk about new years resolutions. Do they have to turn into another unsuccessful thing with which to beat ourselves? We are creatures of grand gestures, often knowing full well that we are not going to achieve these unrealistic goals when we are already struggling to keep up with work, a social life, children, the elusive gym, the housework and all of the other things that we have on our to do list.
Emily Fawell DiplON BANT NTC CNHC Nutritional Therapist The festive period is packed with unhealthy temptations: alcohol, rich puddings, sweets, chocolates, crisps, roasted nuts, buffets! We know it’s all hard to resist. We are presented with plates overflowing with food, in the name of celebrating, and it’s hard not to overeat.
We know that sitting is bad for us (if you didn’t know it before reading this newsletter you’ll definitely know it now!) Have you heard the phrase “sitting is the new smoking”? It may sound like quite a dramatic statement but it’s sadly true.