HOW RED/BLUE JUICE CAN KEEP A SPRING IN YOUR STEP – POMEGRANATE AND CUCUMBER SALAD

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The health benefits of blueberries, pomegranate and purple grapes have been widely reported recently, with experts claiming they can help halt the spread of cancer (pomegranates), prevent Parkinson’s (blueberries) and protect against hearing loss (purple grapes) among a host of other benefits.  Every month another discovery is made about the potent medicinal value of these… 

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THINNING AGEING HAIR – WARM CHICKEN LIVER SALAD

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A few weeks ago, as I was preparing to leave the hairdressers, I politely asked the stylist if she could stop my hair from sticking up, static-style, from the top of my scalp. For some reason, lots of short stray hairs were standing upright – and yes, it did rather ruin the look! But when… 

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WHY MUSTARD IS A MUST-HAVE, AND MUSTARD-MAPLE SALMON

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As a kid, I hated mustard. I couldn’t understand the pre-Sunday lunch ritual of mixing bright yellow powder into a paste with a teeny tiny spoon (does anyone still own a mustard spoon, I wonder?) or the fervour with which my parents would seek out good Dijon on trips to France. But now I get… 

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SHOULD I GO PESCETARIAN? AND PRAWN, PEA AND PEPPER PAELLA

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Bit of a bombshell from my daughters this week when they announced they have gone pescetarian. One has some clearly well-considered thoughts about animal welfare, the other is more concerned about the quality of meat they are served at school (which does sound awful to be honest). I’ve said that I’ll support them in their… 

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WHY THE GREAT OUTDOORS (AND WALNUTS) WILL KEEP YOU YOUNG

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Ever felt that deep yearning to be out in the wild?  If you have, you’re not alone.  If you haven’t, it’s time to tune in.  There’s now a huge body of medical evidence proving that being with wildlife keeps you healthier and happier.  I write this as a committed Londoner who frequently feels a deep… 

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FABULOUS FERMENTED FOODS AND TEMPEH STIR FRY

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You may have noticed that at Kale & Cocoa we are pretty much gut obsessed. From my perspective, it’s been a real education to discover how closely the health of our brains (and the rest of our bodies) are linked to the well-being of our gut. There’s new research published all the time: this week… 

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CANCER, NUTRITION AND, ER, SOME SUMMER SALAD DRESSINGS

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I’ve been blind-sided in recent weeks by news that a family member has secondary cancer.  We’re keeping everything crossed but it’s tough news to hear. This, and the cancer treatment that a close friend’s mum is undergoing, has made me keen to know more about the advice given to cancer patients, and their carers, on… 

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IS THE REDUCED CALORIE DIET DEAD? KALE CAESAR SALAD

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There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about the reduced calorie (RC) diet. Many long-term studies show that a significant reduction in calories (20-40%) promotes longevity.  Scientists aren’t quite sure why it works but think the RC diet tricks the body into thinking famine is imminent.  Your cells then rally and this postpones… 

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