Mindful eating

Most of us have heard of mindfulness which allows us to focus our attention on the present moment, its used as a way to reduce stress or as a relaxation technique, and is a form of meditation.

What if we could use this technique to appreciate our food and celebrate the joy of eating?

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The lowdown on functional foods

I just got back from a visit to my local supermarket to buy ingredients for tonight’s dinner. I don’t buy a lot of processed foods and I find it interesting checking out what’s on the shelves claiming to have one health benefit or another.

I wandered up and down the aisles (much to my husband’s annoyance) checking out the claims of cholesterol lowering, low fat, high protein etc on food labels.

Foods that claim to have health benefits or reduce the risk of disease are classified as functional foods.

So what are some examples of functional foods? Are functional foods a different species to natural foods?

Well – yes and no.

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