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THE WORD ON WELLNESS & NUTRITION

My Third Trimester

I actually can’t believe I am writing a blog about being in my third trimester! Although the first trimester felt like the longest few months of my life, when I look back at my pregnancy, it really has flown by.

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How can food support our mental health?

Research is increasingly demonstrating that there is a relationship between our mood and the food we consume, which is the theme we are going to explore today, specifically looking at factors affecting our gut-brain axis (1). Our gut microbiome communicates to our brain via the gut-brain axis, so it can exert an influence over immune and hormone signalling in our brain. Preliminary evidence in humans suggests that our gut microbiome

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Should we include soy in our diet?

 Soy is a plant-based food deriving from soya beans, which are a legume native to Asia. It is consumed in many different forms, including tofu, tempeh, soy milk, edamame beans, vegetarian meat substitutes, dairy-free cheeses and yoghurts.

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Deciphering Food Labels

Food labelling is there to help us stay informed about what we are consuming, but with all that information on one packet, we can often find ourselves a bit confused and overwhelmed.

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Everything You Need to Know about Sugar

Sugar often comes with negative connotations. Many people are advised to go completely sugar free or opt for unrefined versions. Some common claims include it causing cancer, and it has even been claimed that sugar is as addictive as cocaine.

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Seasonal Eating

Seasonal eating is something that humankind has been doing for centuries. However, recently is it becoming more conscious and spoken about, particularly because of the impact it can have on our environment.

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My Second Trimester

I will start with the fact that it is so much more enjoyable than the first trimester! If you read my previous blog, you’ll know I suffered with all day nausea and ate very little colour! But the 12 week mark was a real turning point and although I have had occasional headaches and fatigue, my body started to feel more alive again in the second trimester.

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Supplements: Do we need them?

Trying to decide which supplements are needed for optimal health can be challenging: with the mixed messages from media, influencers, friends, and family, it can leave you confused about what you actually need. So let’s look at the research.

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How to Address Emotional Eating

Emotional eating refers to food being consumed in response to feelings or emotions, rather than physical hunger cues that tell you when, what, and how much to eat. Emotional eating is often called “bad” or a problem to be dealt with, however it’s actually a very normal response to emotions.

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Eating Healthy on a Budget

It’s a common misconception that healthy eating has to be expensive, when actually there are a number of ways we can help keep spending under control but still manage to consume a healthy, nutritious diet.

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How can diet affect our bone health?

In the UK, milk and milk products, such as cheese and yoghurts, account for almost half of all calcium intake in adults. But, with more and more people transitioning to a vegan diet or reducing their consumption of animal products, it is important to focus on including vegan sources of calcium in your diet.

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Prenatal Nutrition

Our bodies go through physical and hormonal changes when growing a baby and it is important to support yourself nutritionally.

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Being #Headstrong

This week I was delighted to attend the Headstrong event with Richie Norton (aka the Strength Temple) in partnership with AXA PPP healthcare.

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