"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away".
A wonderful quote, very applicable after spending yesterday walking along the South coast from Eastbourne to Seaford, over Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters.
As part of choosing to eat a vegetarian diet throughout January I have taken the opportunity to experiment with cooking with different ingredients and combinations of flavours. In no way can I claim to be a chef or a cook, I am far more comfortable with what I describe as food assembly than actual cooking.
This simple lunch based around lentils and spring greens was something I threw together one day after raiding the fridge. My favourite way of assembling a super speedy and healthy lunch!
As many people undertake dry January after an often very 'wet' December there are many health benefits to be had from even a short time of no alcohol.
This is a lovely savoury soup with a great depth of flavour thanks to the brussels sprouts and parmesan.
Iron insufficiency in runners, especially female runners, is very common. Low levels of iron in the blood can contribute to tiredness, impact adrenal and thyroid hormone health, and result in poor training and race performance. The good news is that there is plenty that can be done through the food we eat.
Sometimes I want a colourful veggie lunch. One that provides a range of nutrients as well as giving plenty of energy for a busy afternoon. This chickpea and veg bowl takes very little time to prepare, tastes delicious and ticks all the nutrition boxes. Protein from chickpeas and sunflower seeds, healthy fats from olive oil, complex carbohydrates from pitta bread, and whole range of viatmins and minerals from the rainbow of vegetables. A complete balanced meal that keeps me going for the afternoon.
Salt is a such a common ingredient in a whole range of foods that genetic testing to assess salt sensitivity can be enlightening, helping us to make informed choices about our own personal intake of salt.
A high dietary sodium intake can cause hypertension, high blood pressure, in susceptible individuals. Salt is comprised of chloride and sodium, but it is the sodium that is associated with high blood pressure.
Inflammation, also called an inflammatory response, is a natural and vital physiological process, playing an important role in the healing process. Classic external signs of inflammation are redness, swelling, pain and heat. Unless you have had the misfortune of an acute running injury like an ankle sprain it is unlikely that you will notice straight away any sign of inflammation after a run. Externally at least, everything looks good.
To borrow a line from a George Michael song, here comes one for the ladies.
Are there really foods which fight PMS or are we doomed to a life of monthly bloating, cramps and mood swings?
Running and nutrition are my two biggest passions and I am always on the hunt for new foods to try that might boost my performance and help me run a little stronger, faster & healthier.
In the last few years there have been several studies done on beetroot and aerobic performance. I explain what it is about beetroot that makes it so interesting for athletes, summarise the latest research and share my own personal experiences.
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Helen Morton, runner and food lover, sharing latest nutrition research and recipes.