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Fats are in!

Humans need fat for health, especially essential fatty acids that the body can’t manufacture. Eating the right ‘healthy’ fats will help to boost brain and memory function, improve skin tone and heart health, and lower bad cholesterol. For many years however, fat was given lots of negative press with some research linking saturated fats (from …

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Beetroot hummus recipe

Hummus is a regular at the lunch table in the Ellson house, although not usually this pink in colour! Of Middle Eastern origin, hummus (also spelt houmous) is a dip or spread made from cooked mashed chickpeas, tahini (made from sesame seeds), lemon juice and garlic. Chickpeas – the main ingredient – provide a good …

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21 Day Challenge – review – Megan and Avril

Megan and Avril recently completed the 21 Day Challenge, a 3 week program for anyone who wants to start improving their health and fitness in a manageable, sustainable way. The personal challenge continues even though I am ‘finished’. Thank you Nick, this has been a good experience. Megan Our 21 Day Challenge is designed around …

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Rhythms and Rituals

Our bodies are innately wise and are happiest (and healthiest) when we live according to daily rhythms – and the consistent every day rituals that we create around these. The term circadian comes from the Latin circa meaning “around”, and diem meaning “day”. Circadian rhythms – sometimes called diurnal rhythms – are the foundation of …

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Muesli Bar Recipe

Muesli bars are a popular lunch box snack across the world, especially to provide fuel whilst on a walk or similar outdoor pursuit. However, there are many examples available in the supermarket that contain a number of artificial ingredients including added sugars, colours and preservatives. Here is my homemade version – made with just whole …

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Nick’s Beef Stew Recipe

Another favourite in the Ellson house. There is nothing like a good stew as the centrepiece of a meal. I have made this many times and always slightly change the veggies according to what we have in the fridge. The beef though is the hero of the dish and worth choosing carefully. I made this …

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The sweetest thing

In the 1980s fat was firmly blamed for obesity/being unhealthy and given all the bad press. We were told to trim all meat and avoid butter/full-cream milk/cream/avocado, and that eggs (especially the yolk) should be severely limited. Despite this pervasive message, obesity kept climbing until, by 2016, 13% of the world’s adult population were obese …

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