Be creative and healthy with your Halloween treats this year

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

As the nights grow darker, the shadows lengthen and thoughts turn to ghouls and other such scary creatures – be prepared to counteract the sugar attack!

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Try our top 3 ideas to calm the sugar crazed Halloween zombies in your house:

  1. Carve a Jack-o-Lantern – scare off those trick-or-treaters! 

Then don’t just throw out all the goodness from your pumpkin – it gets that fantastic orange colour from beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body. In fact it is one of the highest sources of vitamin A which is crucial for healthy skin, mucus membranes, immunity and vision. Fruit is also a great source of vitamins C and E.

Use the flesh to create a spicy pumpkin curry – great to ward-off any autumnal chills, or make a scrumptious purée, sweeten it with dates and pour over porridge for a tasty breakfast treat.

  1. Create a Banana Ghost

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Peel your banana, cut it in the middle at an angle and put on a lolly stick – dip in yoghurt, add a couple of chocolate chips for eyes, freeze and they are good to go.

Bananas are a great source or fiber and contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium. Potassium plays an important role in helping to decrease the risk of high blood pressure and strokes.

  1. Conjure up a Fruity Pumpkin

Even quicker to create – peel your satsuma and arrange on a plate, add a bit of cucumber or grape for the stalk – it couldn’t be simpler!

Satsuma’s are high in vitamin C, which will help safeguard you from coughs and colds.

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Enjoy!

 

How well do you know your body!? Get boob and bowel aware today!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Here at LYG, we were moved by the inspirational CoppaFeel! campaign which was founded in 2009 by twin sisters Kristin and Maren Hallenga, after Kristin was diagnosed with breast cancer at just 23. In support of this invaluable campaign, we too want to encourage everyone to get to know their bodies better!

Regular checks and touching of our own bodies can help us to understand when and if changes do occur!

The CoppaFeel! website provides an excellent page: http://coppafeel.org/boob-check/ to help you (females and males) with your boob check. So get feeling today!

Join the CoppaFeel! twitter campaign @CoppaFeelPeople and #WhatNormalFeelsLike

There are so many areas where understanding how our bodies work can help us to understand if something is up and requires a visit to the doctors.

Our bowel habits are another example. While motions can vary with factors such as diet and stress, which play a significant role in consistency and regularity of our stools, we should all be aware of symptoms that could suggest the need for a visit to the doctor.

The symptoms of bowel (colorectal) cancer can be:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A change in bowel habit lasting for 3 weeks or more especially to looser or runny poo
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

You might experience one, some, all of the above or no symptoms at all. Remember most symptoms will not be bowel cancer.

http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk

Just remember you’ll not be wasting anyone’s time by getting checked out. If it isn’t serious, you’ll put your mind at rest. If it’s bowel cancer, early detection can make all the difference. Over 90% who are diagnosed at the earliest stage are successfully treated. So a trip to your doctor could save your life.

Changes in our bodies may not suggest anything menacing is going on, but it is always worth a visit to the doctor as a precaution!

 

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Apples aplenty!

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Autumn is on its way, and as the sun rises later and later each day, waking-up can begin to feel like a bigger struggle.

Look around outside on your way to work or school; you may have noticed apples are in season, so why not get your day off to a refreshing start with this juicy fruit!

As well as providing a great source of fibre, apples also contain beneficial polyphenols.

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Try out the following simple recipe as a new way of eating apples?

Spiced pork tenderloin with sautéed apples

Ingredients:

• 3/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed and cut crosswise into 12 pieces
• Cooking spray
• 2 tablespoons butter
• 2 cups thinly sliced unpeeled Braeburn or Gala apple
• 1/3 cup thinly sliced shallots
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 cup apple cider
• 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Cooking time: 20min

Recipe:
1. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Combine first 5 ingredients; sprinkle spice mixture evenly over pork. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove pork from pan; keep warm.
2. Melt butter in pan; swirl to coat. Add apple slices, 1/3 cup shallots, and 1/8 teaspoon salt; sauté 4 minutes or until apple starts to brown. Add apple cider to pan, and cook for 2 minutes or until apple is crisp-tender. Stir in thyme leaves. Serve apple mixture with the pork.

If your children are not a big fan of eating fruit in the morning, why don’t you amuse them with bunny shaped apples and encourage them to eat before they go off to school.

How to cut apple rabbits:

1. Cut each apple into 6 or 8 wedges.
2. Cut the core out of each apple wedge.
3. Carefully score the apple skin with a knife in an inverted V shape.
4. Insert the knife under the apple skin and carefully move the blade to a little over the edge of the inverted V shape.
5. Remove the triangle section of apple skin. Soak apple rabbits in salt water for a few minutes to prevent them browning.
6. Serve apple rabbits for dessert or pack them in lunch boxes.

The information above was obtained from the following websites:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780124078253000125

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814613002847

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spiced-pork-tenderloin-with-sauted-apples-10000002012820/

http://japanesefood.about.com/od/howtocook/ss/how_to_make_apple_rabbits.htm#step-heading

Gut tips!

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

To help improve your ‘gut flora’ we have come up with three tips and three foods to start you on your way…

1. Eat a fibre–rich, whole foods diet—it should be rich in beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, all of which can help feed the ‘good bacteria’.

2. Limit sugar, processed foods, animal fats, and animal protein—these can provide food for the ‘bad bacteria’.

3. Eat fermented foods daily—these foods contain ‘good bacteria’.

Foods to try…
1. Yogurt
Try eating fermented and cultured foods daily to increase your ‘good gut bacteria’. As well as containing lots of live cultures, which are thought to offer numerous health benefits, these types of food can also provide a good source of protein and calcium.
Granola pots with strawberry compote and yogurt

2. Asparagus
Asparagus is a good source of natural prebiotic fibre known as inulin. Asparagus is also know for being a good diuretic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Grill it, boil it, bake it… cook it in any way you want.

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3. Artichokes
Artichockes are also a good source of fibre, containing the prebiotic inulin. They are also a great source of magnesium, potassium and vitamins C.

Gut Week 2014

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Raising public health awareness of gut health!

Gut week is nearly upon us and this year we are excited to have teamed up with Sam Faiers (recently diagnosed with Crohn’s disease).

Crohn’s disease causes inflammation to the lining of the digestive tract. While it can occur in any part of the digestive system, it is more commonly found in the small or large intestines. Symptoms can include: diarrhoea, abdominal pain, blood and mucus in the stools, fatigue and weight loss.

Gut Week provides a great opportunity to raise public health awareness of gastrointestinal health and the issues surrounding our guts! So get involved and order your Gut Week pack today!

To keep up-to-date with all the coverage from this year’s gut week visit: http://www.loveyourgut.com/gut-week/gut-week-2014/ While you are there, why not check out all the different recipes and even play one of the games!

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