Wednesday, 22 March 2017
One way to help you meet the regular challenge of creating a balanced mid-week family meal is to batch cook and freeze a versatile base to give you several menu options. In this case I worked up four meals from a tasty vegetarian spaghetti sauce using Dolmio Bolognese (bonus - it contains no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners!). Then I set about finding various ways to use it!
Thursday, 16 March 2017
|Clearly, an unbelievably beautiful baby |
(even if I am a little biased!).
But of course, behind every soft focus image of an ideal lifestyle are some less palatable facts. For a start, among women who know they're pregnant, it's estimated one in six pregnancies will end in miscarriage (defined as the loss of a pregnancy during the first 23 weeks). And while eleven babies are stillborn every day in the UK, there are also 60,000 premature births (ones that happen before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy) in the UK each year. A preterm birth is the number one cause of newborn deaths and the second leading cause of deaths in children under five.
Add to that the many, many women that experience complications during pregnancy and/or labour, and postnatal problems such as depression, and it's clear to see that Mother's Day can be a painful experience for many, many women.
But Tommy’s the charity that funds research into pregnancy problems and provides pregnancy health information to parents, is running a campaign to raise awareness of the fact that, even if your baby was born too soon or born sleeping, you are still very much a mum!
Sunday, 12 February 2017
|Winter bug or spring allergy?|
One in four of us suffer from hay fever (or seasonal allergic rhinitis to give it it's proper name!) triggered by tree pollen, which can kick in as early as March. Unfortunately the tree pollen season generally lasts until May and early June, because each type of tree pollinates at different times, and then it overlaps with the start of the grass pollen season (groan). The two most important tree pollen types are the silver birch, which triggers hay fever in approximately 25 per cent of sufferers, and the oak, which affects around 20 per cent of hay fever sufferers.
Around 15 to 20 percent of the UK population suffer from hay fever, with our bodies producing histamines in response to pollen in the air. But too many histamines in the body produce the symptoms hay fever sufferers know only too well, including sneezing, a runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy, watery, streaming and swollen eyes, an itchy nose and throat, an overall achy feeling, and pressure in the facial area. Not surprisingly the symptoms can end up causing sensitive and irritated skin and fatigue, even affecting sleep quality. Yuk.
So what can you do?
Sunday, 5 February 2017
|GOPO® was discovered over 20 years ago in Denmark|
Way back in November (y'know, even before Christmas!) I started a 12-week trial of GOPO - a supplement made from the seeds and husks of a sub-species of the rather beautiful rosehip plant.
The GOPO® Joint Health product contains a high level of GOPO® - a key component of the rose-hip, which may play a valuable role in the care of joints and joint tissues.
Clinical trials involving hundreds of patients with joint pain and arthritis have already taken place. I was hoping the supplement would help with some knee pain I've been experiencing.
Did it work?
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
|Natalie Trice and her son Lucas, |
the inspiration behind the first Warrior Walk.
DDH occurs when the hip joint fails to develop correctly and two to three in every 1,000 infants will require treatment. To date, Lucas has had five major operations and spent over a year in casts, harnesses and wheelchairs - and is still on his treatment path.
While caring for her son, Natalie founded DDH UK, the UK’s only DDH-dedicated charity, to support families on their journey towards healthy hips and wrote 'Cast Life - A Parent's Guide to DDH' too - the resources she wishes she'd had all those years ago. And now Lucas - and his school, the Stover School in Devon, are hoping to raise the £5,000 needed to register the charity he inspired with the Charity Commission.
'If I can walk a mile for healthy hips, anyone can.'
Friday, 13 January 2017
|Join the Julia Buckley |
online gym for free (yes FREE!).
At this time of year everyone wants to start healthy habits but not everyone has the cash to splash on a gym membership or personal trainer. Particularly right after the expense of Christmas! And if you've failed to keep up with a fitness plan in the past you might also be reticent to start paying to work out if you think you might renegade later. (but you won't this time - will you? Because you've read this!).
Thankfully not all exercise plans come with a price tag. And if you can get a taste for the good life for free - why not take it? What have you got to lose?
Here are some top training ideas that won't cost you a penny:
Thursday, 12 January 2017
|The kids are already planning for snow...|
but are you ready?
A study by Public Health England found that indoor temperatures below 18 degrees can have an impact on health, and independent expert the Energy Saving Trust is reminding people not to take risks and ensure that their homes are able to cope with the conditions. This comes after a study shows 42 per cent of householders across the country avoid putting the heating on during cold spells due to concerns about high bills. Brrrrrr!
So how can you protect your family's health AND avoid a large bill? Here's what our experts have to say:
|Wake up the right way this winter|
Of course, I'm not alone in hating getting up when the sun has yet to rise! As many as a quarter of us experience the winter blues and seven per cent within that group suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It's thought that the dawn light level in winter is too weak to signal the pineal gland to stop producing the sleep hormone melatonin; which leads to over-sleeping and grogginess in the mornings. And the modern trend of spending most of our day indoors means we also have insufficient light exposure, which can make us feel tired and down.
But hibernating isn't an option - and in most cases - neither is just taking these few months easy. So what can you do to improve your mood and energy levels?