Making those New Year’s Resolutions stick
The new year often starts with the best of intentions. But by the middle of the month, most of us have already begun to abandon the resolutions we made so resolutely on the first of January.
The cold, dark weather, the long wait until payday, and the desire to cheer ourselves up often means we let our plans slip and before we know it, we’re back where we started.
So, how can we really realise our goals? How can we protect ourselves from self-sabotage and make those resolutions a reality? Here are some of our favourite tips and tricks.
What’s in your festive spirit? Understanding alcohol intolerance
‘Tis the season to be merry’, so the saying goes. And for many of us, merry means a festive glass (or three) of something fizzy, brewed or distilled.
And while it’s not unusual for us to overindulge at this time of year, leaving us nursing a hangover headache, if you find that your favourite tipple isn’t quite getting you into the festive spirit, and you’re experiencing the after-effects of a heavy night after only a drink or two, it might be time to consider what’s in that glass.
How to have a festive free-from Christmas
‘Tis the season for festive feasting as tables groan under the weight of decadent spreads. There’s nothing quite like Christmas for getting us excited about food and it’s generally accepted that we will over-indulge. Well, it is the time to eat, drink and be merry after all.
But what if you suffer with a food intolerance? If there’s something in your diet that doesn’t agree with you, navigating the tempting treats can be a challenge, particularly if you don’t know exactly what’s causing the problem.
How can you combat winter skin?
As the temperature drops, many of us notice our skin starts to change. The winter months can wreak havoc on our complexion, causing a whole host of irritation and inflammation.
While we know it’s important to wrap up warm and protect our extremities from extreme weather, keeping our skin nourished as the cold sets in involves a lot more than remembering to wear a scarf and gloves.
The hidden intolerances in a vegan diet
Climate concerns, animal welfare, health and wellbeing. Whatever the reason, more and more of us are adopting a vegan diet, or at least looking to cut down on the amount of animal products on our plates.
While maintaining a healthy, balanced diet free from meat and other animal derived produce is completely possible, a radical shift in eating habits can have an unexpected impact on health and how we feel day to day.
Winter aches and pains. Could there be more to it?
When the cold weather sets in, many of us experience flare ups of discomfort in our joints. Old injuries can rear their heads as the temperature drops, causing us to reach for the anti-inflammatories. But could something else be behind those aches and pains?
If you experience joint pain but are struggling to put your finger on the cause, it could be worth considering whether something in your diet could be the trigger.
Food intolerance and fatigue. Is there a link?
It’s perfectly normal to experience fatigue from time to time. From poor sleeping patterns to stress, overworking to changes in routine, there are many lifestyle factors which can lead us to feel tired and lethargic.
But if this exhaustion continues, and there doesn’t seem to be a clear reason, it might be worth taking a closer look at your diet to understand whether something you’re eating could be contributing to your feelings of fatigue.
What Natasha’s law means for food labelling
On 1 October 2021, a new law on allergen labelling came into effect. From this date, any food business selling pre-packaged foods for direct sale (PPDS) must include full ingredient details on the label, with allergenic ingredients highlighted.
The rule, known as ‘Natasha’s Law’, follows the death of teenager Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, who suffered a fatal allergic reaction to the sesame baked into a pre-packaged baguette from chain café Pret which, at that time, did not require allergen labelling.
A closer look at labels. Hidden sources of food intolerance.
When you know a certain ingredient causes you problems, avoiding it eventually becomes second nature. But being able to do that depends on knowing what it’s called. Seems obvious, right? Well, not always.
When it comes to food labelling, things aren’t always as they appear. Depending on their use, or the way they’re processed, certain ingredients are often listed by alternative names, making it tricker to spot your trigger foods.
Can you be intolerant to coffee?
For many of us coffee is a vital ingredient in our lives. That first cup in the morning sets us up for the day and when we don’t have it, we miss its ability to perk us up and deliver a boost of energy.
What if you’re a moderate coffee consumer? Or you prefer to drink decaff? If you’re still noticing unwanted symptoms, it might be time to put the mug down.
Celebrating National Chocolate Week
Chocolate Week – yes, it’s a real thing. This celebration of all things cocoa runs from 14th to 19th October, acknowledging our love of the rich and indulgent treat. From truffles to Toblerone, brownies to buttons. If you love chocolate, this is the week to get stuck in.
Of course, too much of the stuff can make anyone feel a little poorly. It’s a treat high in fats and sugars and should be enjoyed in moderation, as part of a balanced diet. But what if you already do? If you have good control over your chocolate consumption but find than even modest amounts seem to have an adverse effect, it might be worth taking a closer look at what’s in your favourite treat, and why it might be playing tricks on you.
National Arthritis Week 7 – 13 October
It’s estimated that around 10 million people in the UK suffer with some form of arthritis. And contrary to common belief, arthritis isn’t a condition that only affects the elderly. People of all ages can develop it and, depending on the type, the impact on a sufferer’s life can be debilitating.
So, what is arthritis? What causes it and how can sufferers ease the symptoms? For National Arthritis Week, we’re taking a look at the UK’s most common cause of disability.
The perfect free from hot chocolate
With the end of summer comes the promise of crunchy leaves and chilly air. What better way to warm up on an autumn walk than with a gloriously decadent flask of hot chocolate? It’s one of our beloved cold weather drinks but, if you have certain intolerances, a mugful might not leave you with that warm and fuzzy feeling.
Food intolerance friendly packed lunches
As the kids head back to school, the task of putting together tasty, balanced packed lunches also returns.
The morning scramble to get everyone ready can make pack ups challenging enough, but what do you do when you need to account for food intolerances too? Read on for some of our top tips.
Is something in your diet causing your migraines?
If you’ve ever experienced a migraine, you know how painful, draining and debilitating they can be. Often coming out of nowhere, the impact of a bag migraine can last hours, and sometimes even days.
This Migraine Awareness Week (5 – 11 September) we’re taking a look at the link between diet and migraine, and whether what you eat can play a part in triggering an attack.
Getting under the skin of eczema. Common questions.
If you suffer with eczema, you’ll know all too well the frustration of flare ups. From identifying your triggers to managing the symptoms, living with skin complaints such as eczema can take a toll emotionally, as well as physically.
As we kick off National Eczema Week (13 – 19 September) we’re taking a look at some of the common question people ask about the condition.
Eating out with a food intolerance
When something in your diet doesn’t agree with you, it’s likely that you’ll do what you can to avoid eating it at all costs.
From bloating to migraines, skin complaints to joint pains, our trigger foods can cause a host of unwanted conditions that, given the opportunity, we’ll make an effort to steer clear of.
Here are some of our top tips:
Packing a food intolerance friendly picnic
The weather is warming up and, with social distancing still recommended, outdoor picnics are a great way to get together and enjoy the summer safely.
But for those of us with a food intolerance, many of our traditional picnic favourites can feel like they’re off the menu.
Best ways to beat bloating
It’s a fact of life. From time to time, for one reason or another, we all feel a little bloated. After a big meal, we generally expect to feel full, and sometimes, a little uncomfortable.
But for some of us, bloating can get quite severe and painful. When this happens, we want relief as soon as possible.
Going Free From – Top tips
When you realise something you’re eating isn’t agreeing with you, the next logical step is to remove it from your diet. But sometimes, that’s easier said than done.
Our trigger foods can often be some of our most favourite things to eat, making them very hard to resist. They can also be ingredients which feature heavily in meals, and prepared products, making it difficult to avoid them.
If you’re trying to make changes to your diet to avoid a problem food, here are some of our top tips.
Are superfoods really that super?
5 ways food intolerances affect your fitness
Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, or you’re taking steps to introduce a little more activity into your daily routine, it can be frustrating when you’re not seeing progress.
We all know that results come from a blend of regular exercise and a balanced diet. But, on the diet side, sometimes even the healthiest meals can undermine your efforts if you’re eating something that doesn’t agree with you.
Should I give up gluten?
Cast your eye over any Free From options on a menu, or the supermarket shelves, and it’s likely you’ll see gluten-free alternatives high on the top of the list.
From bloating to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), skin complaints to weight gain, when it comes to shining a light on the foods that may cause us to feel unwell, gluten often gets the blame. But are we being too quick to judge?
Can food intolerance cause acne?
Could beer be behind your bloating?
Getting fit this summer. How to make real sustainable changes.
With the weather heating up, many of us are turning our attention to the extra pounds we gained during lockdown.
Are food intolerances more common now?
Can you grow out of a food intolerance?
Could food intolerance be causing your joint pain?
Sore, aching, and stiff joints are something we commonly put down to ageing, or a natural response to exercise. We often excuse aches and pains without much thought, managing the symptoms with over-the-counter medication
Could something in my diet be causing my eczema?
Struggling with your weight. Could food intolerance be to blame?
From bangers to burgers. Could you have a meat intolerance?
Plant-based diets may be on the rise, but it’ll be a while yet before they completely replace meat.
4 reasons why your Nutritional Therapy consultation is the most important part of your food intolerance test.
Food intolerance: Testing methods under the microscope
Food intolerance and depression. Is there a link?
With Easter out of the way and spring in full swing, many of us are looking forward to casting off the winter blues and enjoying sunnier days.
Could your lockdown diet have triggered a food intolerance?
Should I just give up dairy?
What’s behind the bloating?
We’ve all been there. Tucking into a delicious meal, we overindulge until the waistband is digging into our stomach and the button is ready to pop. That uncomfortable feeling of fullness is a common result of overeating, and generally nothing to be concerned about.
What are the common symptoms of a food intolerance?
Are food intolerances and food allergies the same?
Research grant helps Smartblood make food intolerance testing more affordable.
At Smartblood, we’re delighted to be able to offer our most comprehensive food intolerance test at a market leading price, thanks to a new research grant.
Q&A with Smartblood Nutritionist Sheila.
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