Are you getting all the nutrients you need from your food?

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Food can mean different things to different people. For some, it is simply a necessity and a means of adding fuel to their body to keep them going. For others food maybe something that they really look forward to. They look forward to their next meal and are planning what they are going to have for the remainder of the day.  How ever you see food, it is important to ensure that you are getting the right sorts of food when you should be. If you find that certain foods or types of food leave you feeling sluggish then you may have an intolerance to them. Foods that contain gluten often cause many people to react. If you are not sure exactly what you are eating then try and keep a food for a week or so. Write down everything that you eat and drink then at the end of the week you can look back and see if you have been getting enough of the quality nutrients you need. If you notice you are lacking in one Keep reading

Reducing your carb intake

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Carbs are one of those food groups that many of us crave. Carbs can be found it a huge number of foods but there are different types and they vary greatly in amounts from food to food. For example, white bread and pasta contain a huge number of carbs. Although we need some carbs and these are the foods that often give us energy and keep us feeling full, too many can lead to weight gain and a sluggish or bloated feeling. Cutting down on carbs is often one of the best ways to lose weight but it is not always easy to do. To start with you may decide to switch some carbs for others. For example, switching from white bread and pasta to wholemeal is often the first step to take. This will reduce the amount of carbs you take it but also wholemeal is a more complex carb and so can be better for your body to break down. Another way people combat carbs is to do something called carb cycling. This allows you to Keep reading

Cutting sugar out of your diet

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Sugar can be a hard habit to kick. Most of us have too much sugar in our diet and although you may not be piling the sugars in your tea, many of the foods we eat have hidden sugars in them. Cutting sugar from your diet can have many health benefits. It can help you lose weight or keep weight off, it can help to balance your hormones and can also help look after your teeth. Once you have made the decision to cut sugar from your diet, you then need to have a good look at the sorts of food you eat and decide which ones you are going to cut. Often you will experience headaches and can feel quite rough when you first cut down on your sugar, but this feeling will usually pass within a few days and it is important to keep going and stick with it during this time. IF you are diabetic then it may not be advisable for you to cut down on your sugar, so always check with a doctor. Keep reading

Adding vegetables into your cooking

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Not many of us eat as many fruits and veg portions as we should each day. Often it can be hard to get children to eat different vegetables and even some adult’s struggle. A great way to get vegetables into every meal is through blending and dicing. If you are cooking a spaghetti bolognaise then you often you may put in mushrooms and onions but often these are the two vegetables that children least like. If you find that they are always picking them out then why not blend them up. They then go into the sauce and often they will eat the meal without even realising they have eaten the veg. You can also blend or dice up carrots and celery to add to a bolognaise to give it even more nutritional value. Sometimes children are more likely to try new foods if they have helped prepare them or if they are presented in a fun way. Getting your child involved in cooking from a young age is a great way for them to create a healthy Keep reading

How to get children to try new foods

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Mealtimes can become a bit of a battle if you have a child that is fussy about what they eat. You may find that you are constantly cooking several different meals to please everyone or that you are battling with your child to eat what is on their plate. It is important to try and teach your child from a young age about good food habits but shouting at them and forcing them to eat certain foods can be worse. It is all about getting the balance right. You need to be in a position where your child will eat a little bit from pay or the food groups to ensure that they stay healthy. Lots of children have the same sort of dislikes such as onions, mushrooms and tomatoes. It may be that these sorts of ingredients are the base of many of the meals you prepare, it does not mean you should cut them out entirely. Often blending up or very finely chopping these foods will allow you to still put them in to your meal Keep reading