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  1. 7 ways to have a healthier relationship with food

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    Is your Instagram feed swamped with images of delicious foods, ranging from brownies to smoothie bowls, signalling mixed messages to your tastebuds on what you fancy? Let alone what your conscience is telling you to eat, after being bombarded with the latest celebrity bikini pictures. Here are top tips to help you have healthier relationship with food, as opposed to constantly counting calories and obsessively thinking about what you’re putting into your body.   Don’t label your foods For a healthy relationship with food, start by not associating them with being ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ “People talk about themselves in terms of being ‘good’ or ‘bad’ according to how habitually they eat or drink things, or whether they snack.  ‘I’ve been bad today’, might mean someone has had a chocolate bar or muffin with their...
  2. Is Sitting the New Smoking?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon According to Dr Sara Gottfried , author of the book Younger, in which she details her 7 week programme to help us change the way in which we age,  sitting increases our risk of heart disease and diabetes.  Sitting for too long weakens our abdominal muscles,  raises the incidence of weak bones, leads to overall muscle decline , hormone problems and bad circulation . Phew!  After reading that list it definitely motivated me to move more! I wrote an initial review of Younger last week, but as I continue through the 7 week programme I appreciate just how much the way in which we age is within our own control. There are simple things we can do today which can really impact our...
  3. Why is Vitamin D so important?

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    Article by Dr Sally Norton News out today stresses the importance of Vitamin D in preventing as many as 3.2 million colds and flu in the UK each year. So health expert and NHS weight loss consultant, Dr Sally Norton, is offering a load down on this valuable vitamin Up to 10 million Brits are simply not getting enough sunlight to make the right levels of Vitamin D. That’s about 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 children. There are certain groups of people in particular that are more at risk and the risk is greatest between October to April when the sun isn’t out very often. What has the sun got to do with it? Well, quite a lot! We don’t get much vitamin D from foods –...
  4. 10 outside the box weight loss tricks

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    Struggling to keep up your strict diet and exercise regime to help you squeeze back into your favourite jeans? Don’t stress, with January coming to and end, many of us may be lacking motivation and wearing our gym trainers less and less. To avoid the usual ‘cut down on your portion size’ and make sure you ‘exercise more’…we have asked our experts for weight loss tricks to help get us back on track.   Decrease your waistline with vitamin D Did you know that the sunshine supplement, Vitamin D, could be linked to weight loss in obese and overweight people who are deficient in this nutrient? This is according to research conducted by Dr. Luisella Vigna of the University of Milan. Dr. Louis Levy, Head of Nutrition Science at Public Health England confirms,...
  5. Nutrition to help you cut back on booze!

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    Article by Adam Greer for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). After the excesses of the festive holidays, many people’s New Year’s resolution is to reduce their alcohol consumption.  We know that alcohol is one of the biggest risk factors for developing conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.  It even affects the basic way our brain functions. So what makes us drink it? The reason for alcohol’s feel-good factor is found in some of the brain’s messenger chemicals, known as neurotransmitters. Just as an example, Dopamine – our reward and motivation chemical, is increased threefold by alcohol, giving us a burst of pleasure, but we quickly develop a tolerance to it, so we end up needing more to get the same ‘hit’.  Similarly, our ‘happy’ chemical, serotonin, is increased in...
  6. Do you feel tired all the time? Nutritionist reveals 6 healthy choices to improve your ‘get up and go’

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    Article by Cassandra Barns There can be many reasons for feeling tired, with the most obvious being lack of sleep! But what you eat and drink can also be important. The ‘right’ choices will provide slow-releasing energy, as well as all the necessary nutrients to help your body convert that food to energy. Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns reveals 6 healthy choices you can make to improve your ‘get up and go’! Whole grain oats If you start the day with a sugary breakfast cereal, toast or croissant, your energy is probably taking a nosedive by about 11am. Try swapping them for whole grain oats: as an unprocessed whole grain, they’re higher in fibre and break down more slowly, providing sustained energy. They’re also a natural source of energy-producing vitamins and minerals such...
  7. Health Trends of 2016 Reviewed– The Good & The Bad

    Article by Dr Sally Norton With every New Year comes new health trends, so we wanted to take a look back at the health trends of 2016 – the good and the bad!  Super-foods We are often told that super-foods have a powerful effect on our health, but this word is often thrown around a little freely sometimes. So we’ve rounded up the best, most trending super-foods from 2016 that you should definitely take into 2017 for a healthy diet. Avocado – Avocados are the super food of 2016 and this trend is sure to stay in 2017. Avocado toast on wholegrain bread is the perfect way to sneak in healthy monosaturated fats. This type of fat can lower cholesterol levels in the blood and a reduced the risk of heart disease. Sweet potato – Another...
  8. Lorraine Kelly : How dance based fitness has changed her body and her life

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon We have all seen  how Lorraine  Kelly has transformed her body in her 50s , and is the first to say that she is slimmer and fitter than she has ever been. I caught up with Lorraine to ask her just how she has achieved this. This is what she had to say: When you get to 50 your body shape does change .  We can all change our hair and makeup, but the best way to look young and feel better is to exercise. I wanted my waist back – but not in a way that involved doing situps and crunches. I was so pleased to find...
  9. Healthier Christmas Left Overs

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    By Dr Sally Norton, NHS weight loss consultant surgeon and health expert .    Tucking into the vast choice of left-overs in the fridge is almost as much part of our Christmas indulgence as the main Christmas Day lunch.   The great thing is we’re not wasting the excess food we create from catering for twice as many as we have around the table on the big day itself!   The only problem is that if we’re not careful, that ‘special day’ indulgence becomes a week or two of calorie-laden feasting.   Feels great at the time but New Year’s Day soon looms leaving so much work to be done on getting back into shape!   At VavistaLife we are all about enjoying our favourite foods: we would never discourage a turkey curry, a...
  10. 5 ways running can help you reach your health goals over 50

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    Many women over 50 take up running – often for the first time.  We have spoken to a number of  experts for their tops tips on why we should slip on our running shoes and hit the ground running  Run into more Vitamin D Heading out for a run is a great way to make the most of the little sunshine we get, and boost our Vitamin D levels the natural way! “Bright daylight entering your eyes triggers serotonin production. Even on an overcast day, natural daylight is much brighter than artificial light indoors. Do what you can to maximise your natural light exposure, such as going for a run outside, to help boost those vitamin D levels,” explains Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com the online shopping destination for health & wellbeing. “To...
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