Ready made vs home made

When does a ready-made meal service make sense? Tony Sarno finds out. The reason to try ready-made meals was a simple one: I’m both health conscious and really, really busy, and trying to eat well when I’m often working late, travelling or attending launches is one of my biggest challenges. So I gave ready-made meals a try. Although ready-made meals have been around...

When healthy turns harmful

If you believe everything social media tells you about food, you’re at risk of having a potentially serious eating disorder. Cat Woods explains. Paleo, clean eating, vegan, raw, keto, gluten-free... all these diets, labels and strict eating rules have become such a huge part of our food culture that it now seems completely normal to rule out major food groups,...

Know your macros

There’s a different kind of eating plan that supports your training and allows you to eat any food you like. Sports dietitian Gabrielle Maston explains how the macros approach works and why it’s a favourite of fitness pros. An effective way to make sure your eating plan supports your training is to take the macros approach, also known as If...

The inconvenient truth

With low-carb diets a huge fad in health and fitness, some nutritionists are risking the ire of the keto crowd by pointing out an inconvenient fact: a lack of carbs potentially damages the gut microbiome, which needs carbs such as bananas for prebiotics — the stuff that feeds the gut bacteria. Noted nutritionist Joanna McMillan points out that a...

Soulful soups

This selection of soups is perfect to ward off the winter chill without overloading on the calories. Easy peasy veggie laksa Serves 4 2 tbsp peanut oil, plus extra if needed 1 cup vegetable stock 600ml canned coconut milk 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets 2 carrots, finely sliced 3 bok choy, cut into bite-sized pieces 6 button mushrooms, halved ...

Recover with a banana

Bananas may be better for recovery after exercise than a sports drink, according to a US study. The carbohydrates in bananas work as well as sports drinks to fuel athletes and help them recover after exertion. But the researchers found an additional benefit: bananas also provide greater anti-inflammatory benefits than sports drinks, helping to reduce pain and swelling.

What is a flexitarian?

If you like vegetarian eating but want the flexibility for an occasional meat dish, a flexitarian approach is for you. Susie Burrell explains. You already know all about vegetarian and vegan diets, and you may have even heard of the pescatarian and raw vegan diets, but have you heard of a flexitarian diet? Mixing vegetarian or veganism with a regular omnivorous...

Mushroom magic

Mushrooms could hold the secret to slowing down ageing and increasing your immune function. Ashleigh Feltham reports. Packed with fibre and B vitamins, we already know that mushrooms are nutritionally beneficial. Now, new research has revealed that mushrooms might be as super a food as broccoli and turmeric, with profound effects on health. Live longer Mushrooms could help you live longer and...

Feed me grapes

How do you get the benefits of exercise without exercising? Latest research says to take a bath and eat some grapes. A hot bath could burn as many calories as a 30-minute walk and lowers your blood sugar, while grapes contain two chemicals that activate the same pathways as exercise: resveratrol (for muscle growth) and cyanidin 3-glycoside (for fat...

Cold comfort: immune-boosting smoothie

Nutritionist Kathleen Alleaume creates a spicy, icy winter smoothie to keep your immune system fighting fit for flu season. As the weather cools, your chance of picking up pesky germs increases. While it’s impossible to escape all bugs, you can build a more robust immune system to lower your risk and decrease your recovery time ­— and what you eat...

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