My Favourite Wellness Tip

Written by: Helen

Green Round Fruit on Clear Glass Mug With Water

 

I recently heard that Elysium Health was looking for personal wellness tips to include on an upcoming graphic; something small that helps to contribute to a healthier lifestyle. If you don’t already know Elysium, you can learn more about their research and their product here.

This is actually much harder than it sounds.  So many different things help when you’re trying to live a healthier lifestyle.  I thought about the routines I have, the foods I eat and how I exercise.  My top tip was almost about keeping re-hydrated because drinking enough fluids is vital to our health and wellbeing.  However, after a re-think it didn’t quite make it as my top tip.

I like the question.  I think sometimes being healthy and looking after our wellbeing can seem complicated.  There’s so much we should try and do, so many foods to try and fit into our diet, so many smoothies to drink, we need to make time to go to the gym, to meditate, we need to include superfoods and supplements and there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day.

However, living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t need to be complicated, you don’t need to constantly worry about what you’re eating or make drastic changes to your routine.  It’s about the little things that lead to big changes.  We don’t have to wake up one morning and change our lifestyle.  It can be small steps and yet these small steps can still get us to where we want to be.

So what is my favourite personal wellness tip?  My top tip is to find what suits you and enjoy looking after your health and wellbeing.  Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to dread mealtimes and it doesn’t mean you can never indulge.  It is all about moderation.  Look around, follow some food bloggers or treat yourself to some new cookbooks and experiment with your food; healthy eating doesn’t mean a sacrifice in taste.  And the same goes for exercise.  If you just can’t stick with going to the gym then stop and find something you do enjoy.  It’s about changing your mindset towards what is needed to live a healthy lifestyle.  Eating well and exercising can be fun, you’ve just got to find out what suits you.

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What would be your favourite personal wellbeing tip?  Let me know in the comments.  Thanks for reading

 

10 (more) Sensational Salads for Summer

Written by: Helen

I have previously written a post containing links to some amazing summer salads (you can read it here).  I thought I would delight your taste-buds by pointing you in the direction of 10 other super salads I’ve found on the web.  Summer is the perfect time to try new salad dishes and it is a time where, if we are lucky enough to get some nice weather, we often crave foods that are light and fresh.  I think these salads look delicious and I’d love to know if you agree.  Just click on the titles to be taken to the recipes and let me know if you decide to try any.

 

Potato, Celery and Mustard Salad

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Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Salad

 

Grilled Chicken and Strawberry Cob Salad

Grilled Chicken-and-Strawberry Cobb Salad Recipe

 

Melon, Cucumber and Feta Salad

Melon, cucumber and feta salad - Salad Recipes

 

Nutty Broccoli Salad

 

Mediterranean Prawn Salad

Mediterranean prawn salad

 

Salmon Sushi Salad

Salmon sushi salad

 

Jackie’s Vegan Pasta Salad

 

Warm Halloumi, Green Bean and Potato Salad

halloumi-salad

 

Spiced Chickpea, Carrot & Lentil Salad

 

So what do you think of the above dishes?  Reckon you’ll be trying any?  I know I certainly will.  Thanks for reading

7 Health Benefits of Rhubarb

Written by: Helen

Welcome to Fit Food Friday.  I thought it would be good to look at a vegetable that is in season now and is delicious.  I will link to some recipes at the end and, yes, one will definitely be a crumble.  Can you beat a rhubarb crumble?  I think not.

Here are 7 reasons why you should be eating rhubarb.

 

1) Weight Loss

If you are trying to lose weight then this is a useful vegetable.  It is not only low in calories but it is high in fibre.  Foods that are high in fibre help us to feel fuller for longer and can prevent snacking.

 

2) Digestion

The amount of fibre also means that it is good for our digestion.  Fibre encourages healthy bowel movements and keeps our digestive systems in good working order.

 

3) Alzheimer’s Disease

It provides good amounts of vitamin K.  Vitamin K is an important nutrient involved with brain health.  It stimulates our cognitive activity and can help to delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimers.  You can find more info about that here

 

4) Antioxidants

To read my article about the role of antioxidants in the body click here.

Rhubarb has high amounts of antioxidants.  The redder colour stems have more vitamin A than greener stems.  Antioxidants are an important part of a healthy diet because they protect our bodies and help to fight off diseases including heart disease and cancer.

 

5) Cancer Prevention

This leads me on to number 5.  As mentioned above the antioxidants make it a good food in the fight against cancer.  Antioxidants battle against free radicals and free radicals cause cells to mutate or die.

 

6) Healthy Skin

As well as containing vitamin A, rhubarb also contains compounds such as carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein.  These convert into vitamin A inside the body.  Vitamin A is important for skin health (It is also an important nutrient for healthy eyesight so rhubarb helps with this too).  Free radicals cause some of the signs of ageing and, as mentioned, the antioxidants in rhubarb help to combat free radicals.

 

7) Bone Health

As well as helping combat Alzheimer’s, vitamin K also plays a role in bone health.  It aids our bones with growth and repair.  This nutrient combined with the calcium in rhubarb means that this vegetable is a great food for our bones and teeth.

And now that you know how good it is for you, here are some recipes.  Just click on the recipe to be taken to the link.  Do you eat rhubarb?  Let me know below.  Thanks for reading 🙂

Rhubarb Cordial

Rhubarb cordial

 

Oaty Rhubarb Crumble

rhubarb crumble

 

Rhubarb Fool

Rhubarb Fool

 

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