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Do you suffer from brain fog? Is your memory not as sharp as it could be? Are you stressed?
What you eat, when you eat and how you eat can all impact on your mental health and wellbeing. At the same time stress can influence your food choices.
In these strange COVID times we are all having to make massive adjustments to our lives and this leads to stress. Stress can lead to cravings and maybe, suddenly, our diet isn't looking so good. Add to this more time spent at home with the opportunity to snack and you may find you're not feeling your best.
Making changes to your lunch routine may not seem like it would have an impact on your mental health but small changes add up. So here are a few lunch hacks that are worth a try.
The Beginners Guide to Eating Vegan Food – written by a non-vegan. Veganism is on the rise, particularly amongst younger people. Many people are turning to this way of eating as an ethical choice but an increasing number of us are making the switch for health reasons. But is a vegan diet healthy?
We’re racing through January, already at the halfway point. Many of our New Year’s resolutions around food will have started to hit hurdles or have fallen by the wayside. Why? Because change can be hard. Because January is dark and damp and can be a bit miserable. Or maybe because we were really ambitious and tried to change everything at once. That’s where the idea of one new thing comes in.
I’m a huge fan of aubergine - a quick skip through the blog archives will probably reveal a bias towards this versatile vegetable. Even so, braising aubergine was a new one to me. In this recipe you griddle the aubergine first which gives it heaps of flavour in it’s own right. Then you braise it in the sticky, tamari dressing which takes the flavours up a notch and also makes sure the aubergine is a beautifully soft, buttery texture. I ate a double portion of this as a light lunch but if you are after something more substantial you could serve up with brown rice and add in some tempeh (fermented soy) to up the protein whilst keeping it vegan friendly.
With headlines this week suggesting eating as few as three eggs a week could increase our risk of cardiovascular disease, I feel like I have stepped back in time. For years everyone avoided eggs because of their high cholesterol content. Then suddenly it was OK to eat eggs again. Now a new study suggests maybe not. So what's going on? I've had a few people contacting me off the back of this one to ask if it's still OK to eat eggs - so here goes...
This vegan cottage pie is packed full of veggies. Green lentils replace the traditional mince, providing texture and protein. This one has a number of steps so grab yourself a kitchen helper to speed things up or put the radio on and enjoy immersing yourself in kitchen activity.
Vitamin B12 is essential for our mental health. What’s more, a deficiency in B12 can show up as mental health symptoms without any of the usual physical symptoms of this vitamin deficiency. This means it can go undiagnosed and untreated by health professionals. If you are vegetarian or vegan you are at increased risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. Here’s what you need to know…..
It’s January. It’s cold. It’s that time of year when people are feeling like maybe they overindulged a little in the festive period and it’s time to cut down. Maybe you’re trying to lose weight, or you're trying to lower your cholesterol. Maybe you’re trying out ‘Veganuary’, or you may be vegan already. If you have introduced any kind of restriction into your diet then here’s my message to you – EAT FAT.
Today I am sharing with you one of my all-time favourite dishes – aubergine parmigiana. This Italian classic is a knock-out dish whether you are vegetarian or not, making it a great way to get more vegetables in your diet. For a dish that has such depth of flavour it is surprisingly easy to make.
Do you have a food related goal for 2019? Maybe you want to lose weight, want to eat a healthier diet, or want to feel like you have more energy. What about wanting to improve your sleep? Or your memory? Or maybe your mental health? When it comes to food, what we put into our body is just as important for our mental health as it is our physical health. Those all important nutrients that fuel our body also provide ‘brain food’. But if we are feeling stressed, lacking energy, feel fuzzy headed, then making changes can seem even harder.
I'm Kim Adams, founder of SAVI Nutrition. A Registered Nutritional Therapist who is passionate about healthy, tasty food. Here I share with you my thoughts on food and health alongside a few of my favourite recipes.