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I can't be bothered to cook anymore. Help!

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Ben Brown explains...

If you're lacking motivation to cook and prepare foods, setting goals can be very helpful. A great goal that simplifies things is to eat more variety in your diet, it will get you eating more healthy food, widening your nutrient intake, and push poor food choices out of your diet without you realising it. Try aiming for four different fruits and vegetables daily, and four different types of fresh or dried herbs and spices each day. Write them down and make it a personal daily challenge.  If you want to really get some culinary inspiration, then why not go global?  Choose a different country for each day of the week, and learn about some new cooking traditions and methods, not to mention new flavours and textures. Food variety is so important because research shows that those who have lower variety and lack the motivation to cook consume lower levels of important minerals, vitamins, and antioxidant nutrients. All the best!

I want to try water only fasting. Can you tell me more please?

Jayney Goddard

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Jayney Goddard explains...

“Water-only fasting – as the name suggests is where you only drink water and take no food whatsoever and, most importantly, you must take complete bed rest.  Here are a few water-fasting do’s and don’ts.  Firstly, Don’t attempt a fast by yourself – you must be supervised by an expert. This is important as you might need someone to check in with as you progress through this kind of fast. It’s also essential to get clear instructions and guidelines. A practitioner will be able to make sure that you’re thoroughly prepared at every stage. Do check to see if you are suited to fasting – it is not for everyone and there are some conditions for which water-only fasting is contra-indicated. Finally, do rest completely if fasting.”

Lockdown is really getting me down now. What can help?

Miguel Toribio-Mateas

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Miguel Toribio-Mateus suggests… 

“Listening to any type of music that you can connect with so that it helps you become calmer, more relax, or to disconnect from your daily sources of stress has been seen to do a number of things to the immune system; it directly affects stress hormone levels, e.g. cortisol, as well as immunoglobulins, proteins that play a role in maintaining healthy immunity. This is not 2020 “new age” stuff. The authors of a clinical trial published in the Journal of Music Therapy back in 2007 looking at the effects of music on anxiety levels concluded that “music is as effective as diazepam” in reducing vital signs of anxiety. 

If you find that listening to Metallica makes you feel all mellow and fuzzy inside, then that’s the album you need on repeat. Some will prefer Mozart, and some will prefer house music. Whatever it is that takes you out of that stress / anxiety zone, that’s the kind of music that works for you.”

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Yvonne Bishop-Weston

Yvonne Bishop-Weston

Clinical Nutritional Therapist, Yvonne Bishop-Weston, has held a variety of key roles in the health industry and profession. As well as practicing as a Nutritional Therapist Yvonne provides corporate health consultancy has co-authored a range of cookbooks. Yvonne can also be seen regularly in the National press and on TV.

Miguel Toribio-Mateas

Miguel Toribio-Mateas

Miguel Toribio-Mateas is a nutrition practitioner and clinical neuroscientist who is a real influence on the science of nutrition and application of this to the therapy setting. Miguel is a leading light in consumer education and practitioner training and writes for many publications; the Times, BBC World, the Daily Mail and Women’s Health.

Suzie Sawyer

Suzie Sawyer

Suzie Sawyer is a clinical nutritionist, well known for her passion for nutritional science. Able to communicate effectively on many levels, Suzie brings the wonders of healthy eating and supplementation to life. Suzie is widely quoted and has worked effectively in all forms of the media for many years.

Patrick Holford

Patrick Holford

Patrick Holford is a leading spokesperson on nutrition and founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. He is the author of 44 books, translated into over 30 languages. He founded the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London and the charitable Food for the Brain Foundation.

Rob Hobson

Rob Hobson

Rob Hobson is a registered nutritionist whose work spans across public health, the NHS, charity organisations and many of the UK’s leading health and wellness brands.  Rob is regularly featured in the UK media, having written hundreds of articles for publications including the Daily Mail, Daily Express and Women’s Health, as well as being a regular voice on both radio and TV. 

Jayney Goddard

Jayney Goddard

Jayney Goddard is a pioneer of complementary therapies and is a global authority in this area, bringing her extensive understanding of scientific research to both professional arenas and the public. Jayney is a truly inspirational advocate of all things natural, as seen in her extensive media work, publications, seminars and webinars.

Dr Marilyn Glenville

Dr Marilyn Glenville

Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD is the UK’s leading nutritionist specialising in women’s health. She is the former President of the Food and Health Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine, is a registered nutritionist, psychologist, author and popular broadcaster. She is author of 16 internationally bestselling books.

Angela Dowden

Angela Dowden

Angela Dowden is an award-winning freelance health writer and registered nutritionist. She has written for many consumer publications, including the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Woman’s Own and Mail on Sunday, as well as having authored a number of books relating to diet and the sensible use of supplements.

Jamie Christie

Jamie Christie

Jamie Christie is a nutritional biochemist with over 20 years’ experience of running a major UK supplement brand and pharmaceutical manufacturing plant, making food supplements for many of the UK leading brands and retailers. He is the founder of Nutrasolve, UK, and a nutritionist with the British Nutrition Foundation.

Ben Brown

Ben Brown

Ben Brown is a science writer and speaker specialising in nutrition and functional medicine. Ben is Contributing Editor of Integrative Healthcare and Applied Nutrition and Director of Clinical Education for Pure Encapsulations UK. He guest lectures at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition and is the author of The Digestive Health Solution 2nd Ed.

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