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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Strawberry Lemon Sorbet


  • lemon, seeded and roughly chopped, plus juice of 1 or 2 more lemons
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled


1. In a food processor, pulse chopped lemon pieces and sugar until combined. Pour into a large bowl.

2. Puree strawberries in food processor and add to lemon mixture, along with juice of 1 lemon. Taste and add more juice as necessary. (Lemon flavor should be intense but not overpower strawberries.) Pour mixture into an ice cream machine and churn until frozen. Serve immediately, or transfer to a lidded container and freeze until ready to serve.

Strawberry Sorbet Recipe

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  • Yield: Serves 1 1/2 Quarts

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving:157
Fat per serving:0g
Saturated fat per serving:0g
Cholesterol per serving:0mg
Fiber per serving:2g
Protein per serving:1g
Carbohydrates per serving:40g
Sodium per serving:1mg
Iron per serving:0mg
Calcium per serving:



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What To Expect From Your Body During Your 50's

During our 50s we have entered the menopause and there are no clear guidelines with this because each and every woman has different experiences, but most of the changes in your bodies during this decade are related to the menopause.

Loss of interest in sex.

Helen notes that due to your hormonal changes and a drop in oestrogen levels women are likely to experience a low libido and vaginal dryness during this stage of their lives.

Weight gain around the stomach.

It is around this time that women may notice stubborn weight gain around the stomach, which is highly difficult to work off.
Helen says: 'Women may experience more central weight gain, 'fat around the middle' as metabolism slows down, more stress and lower hormone levels (particularly testosterone).'

Anxiety, depression and low mood.

Changes in lifestyle can cause various changes to mood in our 50s.
The rapid hormonal changes of the menopause can also cause drops in mood, or even anxiety and depression.

Helen says: 'Feeling quite low during this time is common as family dynamics change (children may have left to go to university) and life is reevaluated.'

Bones become weaker.

Unless you break a bone or suffer joint pain this effect of ageing is generally symptom-less, which is why is it key to pay attention to it.

Your bone density is a key part of health as you get older.
Helen says: 'Osteopenia or osteoporosis need to be taken seriously, whether you are or aren't on medication.'

Helen points out that no woman is the same and while some may have suffer some symptoms others may experience different ones – or none at all.

She says: 'Following a low sugar and alcohol and higher protein and brightly coloured fruit and vegetables is key to balancing blood sugar and supporting all of the above symptoms.'

She adds: 'Regular exercise is essential to keep endorphins high, healthy weight and bones strong.'

The rapid hormonal changes of the menopause can also cause drops in mood, or even anxiety and depression

Monday, 19 October 2015

What To Expect From Your Body During Your 40's

Libido may be dwindling.

Helen Ford says: 'Libido may be dwindling which could be due to lower hormones or just because we are exhausted with day to day life.'
The nutritionist recommends eating foods with omega 3 and stocking up on vitamins to combat the slump.

She says: 'Think about eating more oily fish and nuts and seeds to provide the anti-inflammatory omega 3 oils. 
'Incorporating phytoestrogens such as fermented soya, lentils and chickpeas, flaxseed which have hormone balancing properties. 
'A multi vitamin and mineral with more magnesium and calcium is important, with fish oil and additional Vitamin D.'

Pre-menopausal symptoms may appear.

Many women don't expect to see symptoms of the menopause until their 50s, but Jane Mitchell says that some can expect them much earlier.
'The fact is that your body only has so many eggs,' she explains. 'As soon as they are used up you will see the signs of menopause.'
'It can come as a shock to some women.' 
The nutritionist adds that the best way to reduce symptoms is to exercise and cut out sugar and alcohol. 

Your facial features change.

Dr Maryam Zamani adds that the structure of our faces can change quite significantly in our 40s.

She says: 'The fat in the face can be lost and this significant volume loss can create jowls and the hallowing of the temples.
'The nose is affected as well, and tends to dip downwards. The lips lose volume. Facial structure can be affected with bone loss and this leaves women with sunken looking eyes and increased sagging.'

Joints may start to crunch and creak.

Arthritis Research UK’s ageing expert Professor Janet Lord, Director MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research in Birmingham says that women should look out for their bones becoming stiff or crunching as this may be a sign of osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis.

It is increasingly common for people to suffer it from their late 40s.

Professor Janet says: 'In this condition, the surfaces within your joints become damaged so the joint doesn’t move as smoothly as it should. Risk factors include genetics, obesity, age and previous joint injury. 

'We don’t fully understand why it’s more common in older people, but it might be due to your muscles weakening and your body being less able to heal itself, or your joint slowly wearing out over time.'

Watch out for the next post - What to expect from your body during your 50's

Nutritionist Jane Mitchell says the best way to reduce menopause symptoms is to exercise and cut out sugar and alcohol


What To Expect From Your Body During Your 30's

Your 30s and your 40s are a time during which your hormones tend to balance out. This means most of the changes that happen to your body are influenced by lifestyle choices, explains Jane Mitchell, a nutrition and weight loss expert, and founder of Jane Plan - a diet delivery service.

You lose muscle tone.

According to Jane the process of muscle atrophy, which is basically when the muscles shrink, begins in your 30s, although it is more pronounced in later life.
She says: 'At this point a lot of women start looking in the mirror and thinking "I'm not as a toned as I used to be"'.

She recommends adding resistance training or weight lifting to your exercise plan to help tackle muscle shrinkage.
Stress at work will cause weight gain
'There is a myth that women start to gain weight during this time,' says Jane, 'But this depends more on your lifestyle than your age.'

The nutrition expert says that women who are still working are likely to spend a lot of time at their desk and have a sedentary lifestyle, which can be conducive to an expanding waistline.
 Women who have children later than their 30s often say they never get their pre-baby stomach back and this gets worse the longer you leave it to have a child
What's more, high stress levels can cause a reactionary release of hormones encouraging you to store weight around the middle
She explains: 'When we are stressed our fight or flight hormones kick in, which make the body think "I should protect myself" and so you store weight around the vital organs. This is what causes the weight gain in the middle.'
Your face becomes slimmer and more angular 
Dr Maryam Zamani an ophthalmologist, oculoplastic surgeon and leading aesthetic doctor says that a woman's face will be come noticeably thinner in your 30s.
She explains: 'Women experience volume loss in the mid face and chin because we are producing less collagen. The face can become more angular and slim, which can also look ageing.' 

Your body stops bouncing back.

As your metabolism slows down your body will take longer to bounce back, says Jane, but this is most noticeable when it comes to pregnancy.
'Women who have children later than their 30s often say they never get their pre-baby stomach back and this gets worse the longer you leave it to have a child,' Jane explains.
She says stay-at-home mums are in the most fortunate position to get back to their post-baby weight as they will be active at home running after children, while women who return to work soon after giving birth will struggle the most.
'If you have just had a baby and you're back at work you will be stressed and pushed for time so you'll be grabbing food to eat and probably not having much time to exercise.

'That's when a lot of women struggle with weight issues.' 

Watch out for the next post - What to expect from your body during your 40's 

As you become settled in your career your lifestyle becomes more sedentary, which can lead to weight gain


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

My Latest Challenge

Over the last week I have been trying out a new exercise routine based on methods used by ballet dancers.

The exercises are intense and concentrated and although I started off not doing as many reps as suggested, I was soon able to increase the amount quickly.

After the first day I felt like I had certainly used some deep muscles I hadn't used for a while and was surprised how I felt the next day. I knew I had done something but wasn't in pain (we've all had those workouts whereby the next day you can barely walk).

I definitely like this exercise routine. I will keep you updated on how I get on and will share what exactly the routine involves very soon :)

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

7 Foundation Mistakes That Make You Look Older

The foundation you use on your face is the base on which your whole look is built. And just like with your home, a cracked, aging foundation is not the ideal base to build on. In fact, some foundations contain ingredients that can age you prematurely. Here are tips on what to avoid, what to buy, and how to apply it from celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor.
4 Ingredients In Your Foundation That Are Aging You
  • Powders (unless they're mineral-based): Powders are notoriously drying and can emphasize fine lines and wrinkles. (Mineral-based powders absorb surface oils and blur fine lines.)
  • Pancake makeup: It has the most concentrated pigment, but it goes on too thick, sinking into fine lines that then make the foundation crack and look cakey.
  • Alcohol: It's a drying agent. And the drier your skin, the older it looks.
  • Parabens: These preservatives are often used in makeup. Studies suggest that methylparaben may react adversely with UVB rays to accelerate the aging process and cause irreversible DNA damage.
Foundation Application Don'ts:
  • Don't apply too much foundation at once. It's much easier to layer foundation than it is to take it off.
  • Don't use your fingers to apply foundation. Your skin could look splotchy and cakey, says Sotomayor.
  • Don't apply a shade of foundation that's even the least bit off. Foundations that are a little too gray or yellow can make you look like you're wearing a mask.
use brush

Foundation Application Do's:
  • Do use a brush, says Sotomayor, because it evenly distributes foundation across your skin, allowing you to get more from less. 
  • Do apply foundation conservatively, using very small amounts to begin with—think half a pea—on your forehead, cheeks, and top of the nose and chin.
  • Do purchase a foundation shade that matches your skin as closely as possible. Test until you find the perfect shade.

Monday, 5 October 2015

A Quote to Think About!

Can Lemon Water Really Help You Lose Weight?

Celebs such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Real Housewives of New Jerseystar Dina Manzo guzzle hot water with lemon as if the liquid was bottled at the Fountain of Youth itself. They're certain it aids in weight loss—but is the claim too good to be true?

"Hot water with lemon in and of itself does not cause any actual weight loss," says Alissa Rumsey, R.D., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. However, if this drink is replacing a beverage that is higher in calories, like coffee with sugar or fruit juice—and that results in a calorie deficit—then it can help you lose weight.

Drinking water—whether hot or cold, infused with lemon, or plain—also helps keep your metabolism humming. "Staying hydrated is an important component of a healthy diet because it boosts your metabolism," says Rumsey. "For those that don't enjoy plain water, adding some lemon is a great way to boost the flavor without adding calories."

In the short term, drinking water with lemon can also reduce bloating—it acts as a mild, natural diuretic, says Rumsey. However, if you're experiencing bloating in the long-term, it's best to figure out what is causing it and work to stop those habits: Eating too fast, drinking through a straw, drinking carbonated beverages, consuming too much salt, and consuming foods with sugar alcohols are common culprits.

You also don't want to chug water with lemon religiously if you experience heartburn or acid reflux, as the citrus in the lemon will only exacerbate your symptoms, says Rumsey. Now you know!

lemon water

Saturday, 3 October 2015


Lots of men have a little extra padding around their middle, but your abdominal fat, known as the visceral fat area, is responsible for all sorts of health issues. Read on to learn how your belly’s killing its host.

It suffocates you at night

Lots of men snore, but few realise their mid-night grunting is caused by excess weight. When carrying too much timber your airway prevents oxygen from reaching the lungs and bloodstream. It’s usually excess soft tissue around the throat that’s the issue, but the Journal of Internal Medicine ID’d a positive correlation between sleep apnoea and abdominal visceral fat. Gut your gut for a better night’s rest.

It’s making you sick

Cytokines – the chemicals inside your body that informs your immune system when something’s wrong – are affected by belly blubber. “When we have high levels of visceral fat, we’re reducing our chances of letting your body know there are problems,” says nutritionist and weight management specialist Rhiannon Lambert. “The cytokines become sensitive to chemicals like insulin, which stops them doing their job. Abdominal fat is not just linked to heart disease and diabetes: you’re affecting your whole immune system.” You heard it here first – being fat makes you ill.

It’s causing diabetes
Most people understand there’s a link between diabetes and obesity, but visceral fat in particular is an early warning sign. “The type of fat that gets stored around our middle is linked to insulin balance,” says Lambert. “Over a long period of time, we secrete insulin when we’re stressed or eating irregularly, and the more resistance we build up the more fat is stored in that area.” 
You can’t always tell
Generally, the NHS defines a dangerously large waistline at over 37”. But much like a ninja, the belly is at its most dangerous when you can’t see it. “Skinny-fat” guys in absence of muscle often store layers of visceral fat that aren’t as immediately obvious as a big beer belly due to a similar unhealthy lifestyle, causing the same immune-system interference as their bigger brethren.
It’s already a risk
Your mate down the pub may be staunchly proud of his power-ab, but not all bellies shake like bowlfuls of jelly. “Often it’s quite solid weight, so you can have a really large belly that, when prodded, feels quite solid,” says Lambert. “That’s due to all the fat building up against the organs pushing forwards, so it’s not going to feel like flabby adipose tissue. It’s going to feel hard, an indicator that it’s quite dangerous.”
It’s tough to prevent
It’s common knowledge that as you age it becomes tougher to fight fat, but the sugars that do the most damage are tucked away in secret, says Lambert. “It’s in processed foods, it’s in chicken breasts that are breaded, it’s even in sliced roast chicken as a chemical called maltodextrin, basically another word for sugar.” Lambert also warns of an unexpected insulin source: sweetened workout shakes. “Protein powders are often laden with sugar. Instead of keeping blood levels stable they’re actually causing an insulin spike.” Check your shakes for sugar. Portable devices such as the Accu-Chek Blood Glucose Monitor should help you watch your waistline.

Friday, 2 October 2015

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Coconut Oil

t’s not often a health fad becomes a health trend but coconut oil has done it and is here to stay. 
It is the oil cold-pressed from coconuts and has been used as a staple in Asian cooking, and traditional healing, for centuries. 
Coconut oil has important nutritional properties and has demonstrated some important health effects.

Coconut oil has been used as a staple in Asian coking for centuries and has natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxident compounds
Coconut oil has been used as a staple in Asian coking for centuries and has natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxident 

It preserves natural anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds and when applied topically has been shown to relieve some skin conditions. 
And although a saturated fat it is very stable when used in cooking, much better than other vegetable oils, so it does not create toxic compounds and it does not negatively affect your cholesterol. 
Try cooking with coconut oil in dishes that would benefit from its flavour, like curries and stir-fry’s. 
Topically, coconut oil has been shown to help improve skin health when applied like a cream twice daily. So buy a jar for the bathroom as well as the kitchen.

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