There’s nothing I enjoy more than a bowl of Greek yogurt and almonds drizzled with honey as I read my morning paper followed with a nice warm mug of honey and lemon water (I tend to not drink during my meals). I find it a gentle way to ease myself into the day – no rushing off with a half munched croissant in hand as I dash off to the station. I give myself ample time to really make breakfast part of my morning routine, and it’s amazing how long it can take me to eat such a simple breakfast.
1. It’s not news that breakfast is an important part of the day but many people still skip it. It makes sense that not having breakfast would imply a bigger lunch but just in case we were unsure, a recent study from Imperial College London shows that people who miss breakfast not only intend to eat more for lunch but they usually consume fatty and sugary foods that put them in a high risk of gaining weight.
2. If skipping breakfast isn’t enough, our hectic lifestyles can also affect body weight on the other end of the spectrum: a team at the University of Chicago found that fat cells of a sleep-deprived person were on average 30 per cent less responsive to insulin – a hormone that makes muscle, liver and fat cells take up glucose after a meal. Put simply, lack of sleep could trigger obesity.
3. Kindles, iPads, even smartphones, can affect our bodies more than we think. What a complete contrast to our ancestors – not only are our lives becoming more sedentary but our postures are also changing dramatically. The unnatural bend that using a tablet requires means there is more strain on our necks and shoulders than ever before. We are all hunched over, turning inwards into our own little worlds rather than opening out and embracing. Here are six tips to prevent neck, shoulder pain when using an iPad or computer.
4. Chen Pi (dried orange peel) is known for its wealth of health benefits in Chinese herbal medicine. Bitter in taste, it alleviates nausea and vomiting, abdominal distension or bloating. In China, it’s often eaten after a particularly hearty meal to help aid digestion – much healthier than that triple chocolate fudge brownie sundae! This is an interesting article on the different ways to eat peel, although I don’t consider broccoli stalk as peel and I won’t be eating hairy-skinned kiwis whole anytime soon.
5. Most people are taught to wash their hands from an early age, and yet it baffles me when I hear that staff at hospitals needs reminding. After all, they are healthcare professionals who should be setting an example. It is amazing that over 150 years after Florence Nightingale and physician Ignaz Semmelweis people are still not washing their hands. The British are particularly bad and the British approach to hand washing is often “bizarre” and “peculiar” say hygiene experts.
6. And finally, moving a little further afield (it’s not very health related). I’m not normally jealous of Sarah Brightman but I’ve changed my mind- I am incredibly jealous of Sarah Brightman.
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