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Explaining Food Allergies, Intolerances and Sensitivities

Food is at the heart of many of our lives. More than mere fuel to keep our bodies running, many of us build our social and family calendars around mealtimes. The idea of sharing food as a bonding activity is as old as humankind itself. Unfortunately, many of us experience adverse reactions to food. 

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Sunshine Smoothie

Bursting with sunshine and packed with Vitamin C, this juice is perfect for an early breakfast smoothie, and will supply you with all the vitamin C you need for a day.

How can inflammation affect the body?

Inflammation can affect every part of your body in different ways, both outside and inside your structure. Inflammation itself is not all bad – it is part of how the body’s defence mechanism works when it recognises an invader or intruder and wants to remove it.

Spicy Tuscan Beans with Ciabatta Toast

Don’t think of normal beans on toast, this is way beyond opening just a tin and pouring the beans hot, over toast and butter! This is a more elevated recipe, extremely tasty, with an Italian kick

How to make the transition to a vegan diet

An increasing amount of people are making the change to a vegan diet. Some of you make the change from omnivore to vegan overnight, whilst others decide to do it gradually and slowly. Doing it under your own steam and not overthinking the process, is the best way to go. 

Fruity Guacamole with Chilli, Coriander and Lime

A lovely, refreshing one bowl dish, for dip or spread on crisps, veggie sticks or whatever you enjoy. Perfect for those with low Vitamin C levels, as this dip will really elevate your vitamin intake.

Vitamin C – Why we need it

Vitamin C or ascorbic acid is an essential vitamin for the normal healthy functioning of the body. It is a water-soluble vitamin which means it dissolves in water and our body absorbs it from the food we eat. Vitamin C has several important roles.

Indian Coconut Ladoo

These are so ‘moreish’ and a great snack for those with gluten intolerance. It’s always difficult to know what you can just pop in your mouth without buying something gluten-free from a shop, but you can make these so quickly, and they freeze! Make up a few batches at a time, so you never run out!

Wheat and gluten-what’s the difference

There is often confusion as to whether wheat and gluten are the same thing, with the names frequently being used interchangeably, particularly when people talk about intolerances.

Turkey, Avocado Lettuce Wrap

This is a very good recipe for those suffering with any form of autoimmune disease. It’s also pretty perfect in terms of health (contains good level of protein and fatty acids, as well as a wealth of vitamins and minerals.) 

Autoimmune Disease – why does it happen?

So far, medical research has not yet discovered why this happens. There is a strange loop somewhere that can no longer tell the difference between the cells in your body, and ‘invader cells’. So instead of fighting off bacteria and viruses, your immune system accepts them, either in one isolated place or potentially your whole body.

Garlic and Lemon Prawns

This is a lovely, quick supper recipe, very suitable for FODMAP diet and a gluten-free diet. 

Low FODMAP Diets – what are they and what are the benefits?

FODMAP – strange word, but it is a shortened version of a very, very long set of words! This type of diet will offer relief from the classic, debilitating symptoms, such as bloating, stomach cramps and diarrhoea.