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I think it’s healthy to routinely have a break from eating meat especially after hearing that a diet low in fibre and high in red and processed meat is a risk factor for bowel cancer. Pulses are great alternatives to meat and so versatile. Like meat, pulses are really filling and can make really tasty meals. Pulses are cheap, low-fat source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. They also count towards the recommended five daily portions of fruit and vegetables.

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Natural yogurt is one of the oldest foods which have stood the test of time. Oh by the way, I had no idea that the word yogurt is of Turkish origin and that yogurt is actually the correct spelling instead of yoghurt! Lol!

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A couple of years ago I got lost in Manchester and ended up discovering an Asian food store (like you do!). Worldwide food store was such a good find as it offered something different to my local supermarkets, a bit of India! I love the variety of ingredients, prices and the freshness. I also like the way that the fresh produce is displayed on stalls outside the store. The amazing colours of the fruits, vegetables and herbs are all so inviting! I enjoyed this different shopping experience which has kept me going back ever since but as it’s a bit of a trek from where I live it’s become a six-monthly ritual.

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Ever heard someone say that their hair grows better in the summer or when away on holiday to a hot destination? Well this got me thinking and I wondered whether there is a possible correlation here with Vitamin D levels.  Just in case you didn’t know, Vitamin D deficiency is a really common problem in the UK with more than half of the population having insufficient levels of Vitamin D. This has led to a massive campaign in recent years to raise awareness about Vitamin D deficiency as Vitamin D is important for good health, growth and strong bones. The most natural way of getting enough Vitamin D is by exposure to sunlight (UV-B radiation). So soaking up the sun responsibly is really our main source of vitamin D as food only provides very little Vitamin D naturally. Oh and by the way, a diet that cuts out fat may further reduce this small supply of Vitamin D (a fat soluble vitamin).

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In April I watched the TV series Back in Time for Dinner on BBC2 and was amazed to see how little food and the lack of choice people had in the 1950s. I felt lucky to come from a generation where food is plentiful, affordable and available in such a wide variety that makes eating exciting. This may be great but I think it has stopped us seeing food as precious and so we don’t think twice about wasting it. I was inspired to write this blog after reading an article “use your loaf and save billions” by the charity, Waste Resources and Action programme (WRAP). The charity was established in 2000 to help recycling take off in the UK. In more recent years its focus has been on reducing food waste.
According to WRAP the UK households throws away more than 4.2 million tonnes of food that could have been eaten. If that’s not bad enough, most of the food wasted ends up in landfill sites, releasing the nasty greenhouse gas methane. Apparently methane is worse than carbon dioxide causing climate change. This is something that I didn’t know.
I am passionate about preserving our natural environment and in recent years I have become more conscious about wasting food. I feel that it’s important that I do my bit in preventing it. I therefore would like to share with you some examples of how I have managed to cut down on food waste.

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