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Spinach, the versatile Superfood

Spinach, the versatile Superfood

Spinach comes right at the top of the list of Superfoods you should be putting on your table regularly. Not only can it help you stay hydrated, it can make your skin glow and build strength, as well as promote relaxation and so much more….

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Barley – The cereal for longer lifespan and healthier hair

Barley – The cereal for longer lifespan and healthier hair

Of all the major cereals in the world, barley is one which does not often grace Western tables, or indeed modern Asian ones. This cereal grain, used to be a staple for many in ancient times, then it was slowly supplanted by (faster cooking) white rice. However, it is not only is it healthier than rice, it is also the grain with the lowest GI level.

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Is pasta healthy? What about alternatives to regular pasta?

Is pasta healthy? What about alternatives to regular pasta?

There are multiple pasta alternatives to the traditional white durum wheat pasta out there. Do you know how to choose the best one for you? Read how the different types compare to make an informed decision. Pasta can be healthy!

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DIY Halawa sugaring paste – remove unwanted hair naturally

DIY Halawa sugaring paste – remove unwanted hair naturally

An old home-made all natural “wax” that you can make in a few minutes with just three ingredients. This is the safest and gentlest way to remove unwanted hair straight from Middle Eastern times. Oh and it’s eco-friendly!

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The foods that help boost mood

The foods that help boost mood

Serotonin and dopamine are not just “happy hormones” but also neurotransmitters. They help to regulate your mood. But do you know which foods help (or hinder) your mood and mental health in general? Stay away from chocolate and sweets and explore better alternatives to boost your mood.

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Alternative Gluten-free Paleo Pancakes for Carnival

Alternative Gluten-free Paleo Pancakes for Carnival

Pancake day without wheat or gluten? Here are some alternative ideas and ingredients to keep the traditions alive without compromising on health or flavour. All strictly sugar-free!

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Frankincense and Myrrh

Frankincense and Myrrh

Have you ever wondered why the Three Wise Men give the gifts of Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) and Myrrh (Commiphora myrrah)? Did they know something we don’t? TCM and Ayurveda have long known just how powerful these resins are, and Western scientists are only beginning to understand their healing powers.

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Sugar free baking for the whole family

Sugar free baking for the whole family

These two recipes, Rye Fruit Scones and Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins, are some of the easiest ones to make either for a special afternoon tea at home, and with little ones to keep them busy. They are adapted from more traditional recipes to make them extra tasty and healthier.

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Alternative natural treatments for Hot Flashes (no HRT involved!)

Alternative natural treatments for Hot Flashes (no HRT involved!)

A woman’s hormonal journey is a complex matter. Hot flashes are just one of many symptoms of hormonal imbalance. Hormonal balance is key to wellbeing, and it is possible to achieve this during the entire lifespan, including the dreaded PMS, perimenopausal, menopausal and postmenopausal years. All of this without resorting to HRT! In recent weeks I have been asked by multiple women, friends and strangers alike, to share my solution to this. Here goes.

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Kale and blueberries might not be the superfoods we are led to believe

Kale and blueberries might not be the superfoods we are led to believe

There is much talk of superfoods these days. But what constitutes a superfood? PVFs or Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables, a more scientific name for these, have been described as “foods most strongly associated with reduced chronic disease risk”.

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Spelt and cauliflower couscous with Ras el Hanout

Spelt and cauliflower couscous with Ras el Hanout

Sometimes a few tweaks can render a simple dish healthier, getting you one step closer to achieving your daily dietary fibre target. The addition of spices can also help to add flavour without the need for salt.

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Butternut squash vs Pumpkin – nutritional differences

Butternut squash vs Pumpkin – nutritional differences

Pumpkins and butternut squash are similar in many ways, but the relatively new variety of squash is arguably not just more versatile in the kitchen but also much better nutritionally speaking, and that goes for the skin and seeds of this fruit, too, not just the flesh!

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