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Artificial Sweeteners

There is a great deal of confusion and controversy around artificial sweeteners, so I thought I would do my own exploration so I can get a better understanding. I have sometimes used sweeteners, such as Agave Syrup or Date Syrup, believing they are a better ‘natural’ alternative to refined white sugar, or to ‘artificial sweeteners […]

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May 13, 2018

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Prebiotics and Probiotics

Having suffered with IBS for 30 years I have explored many options to help me manage my symptoms and have been looking for a ‘cure’. Upon initial diagnosis, I was given bran to eat, and not just a little bit but I was recommended to eat at least 6 to 8 tablespoons a day! That […]

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22 April

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Kefir- My Exploration of this fermented drink

I have just recently discovered Kefir, in my exploration of fermented foods. I had always assumed that kefir was ‘dairy’ based, in the form of a cultured yogurt or drink. Now whilst milk kefir does not contain lactase, and is therefore good for those who are lactose intolerant…I still cannot have it. So I was […]

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20 April

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The 5am Club. Is this a ‘new craze’?

As someone who has always been an early riser, and by that anytime between 3am and 5am, I find the conceptualisation of a 5am club interesting.  When I was growing up, I recall phrases such as ‘the early bird catches the worm’ and ‘early to bed, early to rise’, so I can only assume that […]

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17 March

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A happy tummy equals a happy me

I don’t like the taste of the herb teas on the market, even the ones claiming to be made with organic produce. I have always struggled to find flavours which work well together and actually most teas end up tasting the same or are too sharp or sweet or do not taste of anything at […]

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9 March

I like this!

Turmeric Mixture – it really is magic!

I have suffered with an intolerance to dairy and wheat gluten for about 17 years and have had IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) since my late teens. If you know my story, you will know that I began to explore how I could manage and treat myself using alternative remedies and also food.  IBS can be […]

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9 March

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600 Calories- the Government is causing confusion yet again!!

The Government’s new initiative, which was announced on the news yesterday, was advising us to have breakfast which consists of 600 calories. This infuriated me, I mean really infuriated me! In my opinion this is misleading and actually quite damaging advice. Why? I explained this in during my live cooking session of Facebook yesterday but […]

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8 March

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Urid daal – exploring vegan protein

My visit to Goa to see my brother has been a perfect time for me to explore and try to cook using different ingredients, especially as my Mum is here with me. I have been quizzing her about all the herbs, spices and ingredients she used to use to make scrumptious meals when we were […]

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23 February

Breakfast

Can we eat raw oats?

You will see many examples of oats being used in recipes on Instagram for things such as energy balls, groats, zoats, smoothies and porridge, savoury or sweet. I decided to do a little research because my stomach became quite unhappy; distended, bloated and went into spasm, after eating gluten free oats which I used in […]

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22 February

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Be Different

Today I was on a Leadership and Management course with my Oak Lee Management team. For those of you who don’t know me, I own two Nurseries and have a team of 45 wonderful people who work with me. The Management team is made up of 8 people, including me. We, as a team,  had […]

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10 February