The Paleo Diet Challenge Video

Here’s a video to watch about the Paleo Diet.


Is Your Weight Loss Motivation Going the Wrong Way?

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Is a low fat diet bad for you?

To lose weight requires lots of weight loss motivation. But what if that weight loss diet does not work?

I am recovering from a bout of shingles, a chicken pox related condition that has drained me of energy for the last two weeks and prevented me from posting entries to this blog.

This has been a good time to reflect on my health. I now need to boost my immune system.  One factor in this is nutrition. Conventionally a nutritious diet consists of low fat, lots of carbohydrates and whole grains.

I’ve just finished reading the book:Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health by Gary Taubes which makes the case for a high fat, low carb diet. Gary argues that the traditional healthy low fat, high carb diet is in fact bad for you. Here’s why…

How Does Stress Affect Health?

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How does stress affect health?

A friend of mine started teacher training full of enthusiasm and ambition. She told me that she wanted to be a school head teacher within 10 years of leaving teacher training college.

A caught up with her two years into her teaching career.

“So are you on track to be a head teacher in eight years time?” I asked.

“You must be joking. I never want to be a head teacher,” she replied.

Two years later she retired from teaching. She had carefully observed a few head teachers and came to the conclusion that their job entailed lots of stress caused by:

  • Disruptive pupils
  • Angry parents
  • Local authority education bosses
  • Government policies that kept changing the rules
  • Long hours catching up with the bureaucratic burden of reports and forms that had to be filled in

My friend left teaching to save her health before she too suffered from stress.

So, how does stress affect health? [Read more…]