Monthly Archive: September 2015

Sep 30

When is Sugar not Sugar?

Cakes and breads

When people hear that I am giving up sugar, the first thing they often say is, “That’s impossible”, and they are right.  Sugar is everywhere, and avoiding sugar of any kind would mean foregoing many beneficial foods.  Today I explain which foods count as ‘sugar’ for the purposes of my challenge. How do you decide? It …

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Sep 24

Announcing my New Challenge!

A short while ago I conducted a survey on what people liked about my blog, and what else they would like to see.  One of the things that readers wanted was for me to do nutrition-based challenges and report on them.  My first challenge was to feed myself and my husband for a week on …

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Sep 22

Mitochondria and Mental Health Part 3: Co-Existing with Coenzyme-Q10

Try cauliflower or broccoli instead of rice, or use them as a base for veggie burgers.

Co-Enzyme Q10 – What’s that? Co-Enzyme Q10 (Co-Q10) is an antioxidant, which may work to protect the membranes of mitochondria (1) and regulate the way they produce energy (2), as well as reducing the production of inflammatory chemicals (1).  Additionally, it may contribute to the body being better able to make serotonin (3), one of …

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Sep 21

Mitochondria and Mental Health Part 2: The Creatine Connection

Even the most dedicated sushi-lover may find obtaining creatine from diet alone a challenge!

This was meant to be the last of my posts on mitochondria and mental health, but my much-loved computer is something of a dinosaur.  Result: research takes far longer than it should.  Then I got so interested that the post grew much too long.  Therefore I will split it into 3 parts, with a different …

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Sep 18

Empower Your Workforce! Mitochondria and Mental Health – Part 1

Mitochondria have many functions besides energy production.  They even have their own DNA.

This is Part 1 of a 2-part post.  Part 2 is coming on Sunday afternoon, so come back then for more! Last week I attended a conference on nutrition and mental health. One of the most exciting areas we explored is the role that mitochondria play in mental wellbeing. Mitochondria?  What are those? Mitochondria are …

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Sep 08

Eat Yourself Happy?

Happy lady eating salad.

Depression is misery. I am not talking about feeling unhappy, although that’s no fun either.  I am talking about overwhelming feelings of utter despair and hopelessness and the fervent wish to end it all.  If you know what I’m talking about, I feel deeply for you, and hope that there is light at the end …

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