A BLUEPRINT FOR AGEING WELL AND BUCKWHEAT TABBOULEH

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We love our growing Kale and Cocoa community and particularly love your comments and input. So thank you. And a particular thank you to Lynn Dell for leading us to some of the most fascinating research on healthy ageing we’ve read in a long time. It’s a report by Dr Dale Bredesen at the Mary… 

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WILL CARBOHYDRATES KILL ME? WHOLEGRAINS AND MILLET PANCAKES

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To carb or not to carb, that is the question – particularly when it comes to age-related, degenerative disease. The battle lines are being drawn in the fight for our health. If that sounds melodramatic, bear with me. The traditional view of our nutritional needs is encapsulated in the NHS-approved food pyramid, with plentiful portions… 

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WHY TEA AND CAKE WILL IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY AND HELP YOU LIVE LONGER

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No doubt you’re dieting, detoxing or drying out – it is, after all, the month of penitence, atonement  and resolutions (read ours here and here).  But it’s dark n’ cold out there and my body’s begging for sugar and carbs.  To top it all, my eldest daughter is mid-exams and comes home starving and exhausted. And… 

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BOOSTING IMMUNITY FOR 2015, SOUP AND A SALAD

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Last week Annabel posted about her key Kale and Cocoa resolution for 2015: to get more vegetables into her family’s diet, aiming for SEVEN portions a day (you can read why seven is the new five here). So here’s my New Year’s health resolution: to boost my immunity so I don’t get any sodding awful… 

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HEALTHY AGEING RESOLUTIONS – KALE & BLACK SESAME RICE BOWL

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Over the last few days I’ve been thinking about healthy ageing resolutions for 2015.  Nothing drastic – no crash dieting or fasting for me! But after reviewing the medical findings of last year, two in particular stood out. Firstly, the report that found a Mediterranean diet to be more effective than a low-fat diet for… 

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THE POWER OF VITAMIN D – HEALTHY CHRISTMAS CANAPES

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With the darkest day almost upon us, it seems fitting to end the year with a few words on the sunshine vitamin – Vitamin D. A slew of new research has linked Vitamin D deficiency to obesity, dementia, prostate and colorectal cancers, fertility, multiple sclerosis, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, poor immunity, SAD, schizophrenia… 

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CHRISTMAS, CALORIES AND ‘HEALTHY’ CAKE!

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Talk about timing: it’s almost Christmas and here comes a report suggesting that the key to ageing slowly is cutting calories – especially carbs. That’s just mean if you ask me. But, without being Bah! Humbug about it, it’s worth taking a moment to look at the stats and science as we start the seasonal… 

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CARING, TURMERIC AND A RECIPE FOR SALMON PILAFF

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This weekend feels like the start of the long march to Christmas – with all the presents, all the parties, all the food and all the mayhem that entails. For anyone who takes care of anyone (which is most adults, to be honest) it means even more juggling than usual, fitting in the children’s activities… 

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