So we are a year or two into the dementia drama now. (Read part 1 first if you haven’t already). We still didn’t know how best to handle my Grandma and it was hard, but not as hard as what was to come. If only we had known what to expect and how to act with her, those precious months could have been so different….Read More...
Today is cupcake day with Alzheimer’s society! Today is also the day I talk about my experience of Alzheimer’s disease. We all have elderly relatives who have become more forgetful or confused but Alzheimer’s is more than just getting old. It can completely take your loved ones away from you right in front of your eyes. I remember when my Grandma started to show signs of Alzheimer’s I was in College at the time…Read More...
We probably all know someone who is observing the fasts during the Islamic month of Ramadan. It’s a common practice in lots of religions. So surely there must be some health benefits to this practice or is it all just purely spiritual?Read More...
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In a world where we are constantly bombarded with adverts and social media posts, it can be hard to know what diet we should be following.
The amount of health foods and body or fitness ideal images we see on social media has massively affected the way we perceive food and health. We are becoming not only more body conscious but also more health conscious too. We have all seen popular diets come and go over the years and can name a few instantly. Now we are seeing things like 30 day challenges and shreds, the ‘superfoods’ and there are always new diet pills on the market.
But are any of these diets actually good for us and more importantly are they actually achieveable?
I want to talk about the Mediterranean diet. A lot of research has shown that the people living in places like Greece and southern Italy who follow the local diet are healthier than the average person. On the whole they have less heart problems, less diabetes, less blood pressure problems and lower cholesterol. So surely they must be doing something right!
The main reason I like the diet is because it’s actually quite simple to follow, it’s not strict and if followed sensibly it is shown to be good for your health.
So what exactly does this sort of diet involve?
In terms of what is allowed in this diet you can eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, whole wheat breads, herbs, spices, fish, seafood.
Rapeseed oil or extra virgin olive oil should be used instead of butter or margarine and herbs in place of extra salt.
Things that should be eaten in moderation are poultry, eggs, cheese and yoghurt.
Red meat is to be eaten at most once a week.
Sugar-sweetened beverages, added sugars, processed meat, refined grains, refined oils and other highly processed foods are to be avoided completely.
A basic example would be:
Breakfast: Vegetable omelet, Fruit.
Lunch: Cheese salad sandwich on whole grain bread.
Dinner: Vegetable pasta bake or grilled fish with vegetables
Obviously portion sizes need to be sensible. There’s plenty of information about this diet online and lots of diet plans and ideas freely available.
So if you are looking for a simple healthy diet, my recommendation is forget the fad diets or quick fixes and stick to the Mediterranean diet!
Mindfulness is now recommended for the treatment of mental health problems in the UK. It’s all about literally being more mindful of things you already do. The aim being, that as you become more mindful you become more in tune with yourself. In time finding it easier to cope with situations knowing how your mind and body would normally respond.Read More...
Feeling dizzy and light headed is a horrible sensation, and can be very worrying. Just one episode in public, can be enough to put you off venturing outside completely! It isn’t usually caused by anything serious in most people. So, I have come up with my list of the most common reasons. If this has been a problem for you, read on to find out what it could be, and what you should do.Read More...