Why Whole Foods?

The term ‘whole food’ is normally applied to vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains with minimal processing, but it can apply to animal foods too. There has been a real trend towards a whole foods way of eating, and it can be attributed to the fact that  food is in its natural form, without the added extras used in processing, is better for our bodies - No one can dispute that! A 2014 analysis by Yale University consistently found that “a diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention”. The...

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Children and Teens - Create a Healthy Food Environment

As the mother of a toddler and a preschooler, I am right in the thick of THAT parenting ‘zone’… you might know the zone: It is when hours are devoted to turning wholegrain peanut butter toast into a teddy bears face, or make a ‘vegetable man’ with broccoli hair, just to encourage a ‘healthy’ intake. Fast forward 12 years and the focus has often shifted… A lot of things happen to our children during their teenage years. Choosing healthy food and snacks is often not one of them! I have worked with teens a lot and they are hormonal, fiercely...

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Top tips on how to avoid processed food

Read the ingredients label before buying anything. Many people pick up packaged foods and look at food labels, I was reviewing items such as fat grams, calorie count and sugar content. While this may be important to some (particularly if you have a chronic health condition), the best indicator of how highly processed a food is can actually be found in the list of ingredients. If what you are buying contains more than 5 ingredients and includes a lot of unfamiliar, unpronounceable names, or numbers, then you may want to reconsider before buying. Increase your consumption of vegetables and fruits....

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