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Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment without judgement. When we apply mindfulness to eating it helps us to slow down and appreciate our food.
Catherine Russo Epstein explains the benefits of mindful eating and how to get started.
Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment without judgement.
In simple terms, that means being aware of your thoughts, feelings and emotions without judgement.
Mindful eating is bringing mindfulness to our eating.
Eating and food is an emotional experience for all of us (to a bigger or smaller way.)
As you become aware of these emotions and feelings around food, you can change them.
Our society celebrates with food. Parties and eating are a normal part of emotional eating.
Often we eat when we want to avoid an emotion (for that’s boredom!)
A bit of emotional eating is normal. The danger is when emotional eating leads you to over eat.
Gluten is a controversial area. Many experts think that gluten is hugely inflammatory and contributes to many diseases.
We know that people with coeliac disease can't tolerate gluten. But what about people who don't have coeliac disease?
Should they exclude all gluten?
In today's episode Dr Ash explains what gluten is, how it can affect our bodies and what we should do to find our "gluten threshold".
A protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
Coeliac Disease is an autoimmune condition. It can be described as a “severe gluten allergy”.
People who are diagnosed with coeliac disease are on a life long gluten free diet. If you have coeliac disease and eat gluten it can affect your body and make you unwell. (Even if you don’t notice it.)
Coeliac Disease (aka “Celiac Disease”) can be difficult to diagnose. Partly as the symptoms...
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The paper “Carbohydrate quality and human health: a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses” was published in the Lancet.
It showed that eating 25-30g of fibre a day decreases your risk of dying from all causes.
To quote from the study:
“Observational data suggest a 15–30% decrease in all-cause and cardiovascular related mortality, and incidence of coronary heart disease, stroke incidence and mortality, type 2 diabetes, and colorectal cancer when comparing the highest dietary fibre consumers with the lowest consumers.”
“Clinical trials show significantly lower bodyweight, systolic blood pressure, and total cholesterol when comparing higher with lower intakes of dietary fibre.“
“Risk reduction associated with a range of critical outcomes was greatest when daily intake of dietary fibre was...
You can get screened for diabetes and prediabetes. If you have risk factors such as having a family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, inactive and overweight. I recommend that anyone over the age of 40 should be screened.
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The pillars of our health are diet, exercise, sleep, emotional health and mindset.
Eat lots of vegetables and less packaged foods!
Movement is life!
You don’t have to do heaps of exercise.
We’ve only recently come to realise how important sleep is to our health and productivity.
The small things add up to make or break our healthy lifestyle.
It’s so easy to undervalue what we have. We all have something that we can be grateful for.
We need to take time to appreciate the good things in life....
How do you create your dream life?
Whether you want to lose weight, get more fit or be happier, you have to make a plan.
And stick to it.
In today's episode, Dr Orlena tells her story of how she transformed her life and gives you the tools to start your transformation.
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Alcohol is widely accepted in society today. It’s considered normal to drink large amounts of alcohol because it’s fun and helps us to socialise.
We’ve all been there. I don’t know about you but I look back on my University years and my liver shudders. Medical students are some of the worst offenders when it comes to alcohol consumption.
The sad thing is that alcohol is bad for us. I know many people don’t like to think about it but alcohol damages our bodies.
Much easier just to pour yourself another beer and forget about the consequences.
Alcohol is a risk factor for many cancers. Drinking alcohol in excess damages our livers, pancreas, hearts and immune system.
(For more horrible details of what alcohol can do, check out this article.)
The problem is that none of us think we drink in excess. We think everyone else drinks...