Part 2 of baking with chickpeas. This was initially intended to be a chocolate cake. When it emerged from the oven, I thought it was ruined, but in fact, it was something even better!
Since beginning my new Food Optimising way of eating via Slimming World, I am always looking for ways to reduce my use of processed ingredients and for foods with lower syn values. This way of eating limits all kinds of flours, even wholegrain flours, although the whole grain itself, say quinoa, can be eaten freely in unlimited quantities.
We've all done it. Mindlessly wolfed down a triple by-pass burger and chips in front of the computer as we try to meet a work deadline. Or polished off a tub of cookie dough ice cream after hearing bad news. Finding comfort in food is very human. And the trouble is, the more indulgently sweet, salty or fatty it is, the more rewarding we find it - and the more we crave it.
Nationally, despite the devastation caused by every suicide - to the friends, family, colleagues and all those working 'at the coalface', the topic has yet to make it as a central public issue. Which it should be. With an average of 12 men a day, according to published figures, male suicide costs the country £20million PER DAY. A cost which excludes suicide attempts.
Our society has an obsession over how we look and that obsession can be linked directly to what's on our plate. Our desire to be thin outweighs our desire to just be healthy. It takes away our perspective and sense of balance and as such food is seen as an emotional crutch instead of simply a source of fuel.
I find it really frustrating that the information about coeliac disease is still shockingly inaccurate. So today I'm hoping to readdress the balance with today's post: 8 things that nobody tells you about coeliac disease (even if you have it!)
Anyone (myself included) who works with people affected by cancer knows just how serious it can be when we witness its often devastating impact on lives again and again. Perhaps that's why many find it difficult to appreciate the impact of singing as a 'serious' intervention - when you look at a laid-back, smiling and dancing choir of people how can the impact be real?
The fear that someone will laugh at you in the gym may sound trivial, but it's a huge part of why people, especially women, are scared of working out. So when I heard that some utter bozo had filmed a woman exercising in the gym on Snapchat and titled it 'Tf is she doing', I wanted to ask him Tf he thought he was doing.
The main cause of Genital Phobia is society's increasing social openness of sex through visual content such as pornography or discussions and comparisons with friends about one's sex life and sexual anatomy.
As a dietitian, my role is to re-educate people on the key aspects of healthy eating and how it affects their physical health, through nutrition counselling. This is often done face-to-face in clinic, but can also be in larger group sessions.
Cough, splutter, sniff, nose wipe, BOOM...eating disorder? Surely not. While the general consensus has always been that anorexia and bullemia are a little more complex than the common cold, recent studies suggest new parallels which indicate that, like your snotty nose, eating disorders might be somewhat contagious...could this be true?
How can charities work better with the public sector? That's a question charities often ask - sometimes with an air of frustration as they see the people they care about getting a raw deal from central or local government. It is also a question good local authorities, health chiefs and others are now asking, not least as the money dries up.
If you do drink, you may want to think about what type of alcohol you have. Spirits like vodka, whiskey, gin and rum have less histamine than beers, ciders and wines. Red wine seems to be particularly high in histamine, so may be best avoided at the times when you suffer from hay fever symptoms.
The Swiss ball squat is something I did a lot at the beginning of my weight loss; carrying 23 stone it was hard for me to perform and hold a squat, but using the Swiss ball helped me build strength quickly.
Delivering integrated care is proving to be a much harder task than perhaps most envisaged. To make matters more challenging, tough financial conditions can also can have a polarising effect, pushing partners apart rather than together. That is why we need to recommit to a collective approach to leadership, with leaders willing to share power and to solve problems together rather than always working in isolation.
Healthcare has always been synonymous with innovation. From ground-breaking pharmaceutical treatments and surgical procedures, to cutting edge technology and software designed to prevent, diagnose and treat ill-health - the opportunity to create something that truly helps people is a driving force that has attracted leading thinkers, scientists and inventors - many of them here in the UK.