Health and Wellness

Use less salt when cooking. Rather than pouring salt straight from the container, measure out the amount you would like to add using a teaspoon.
Use less salt when cooking. Rather than pouring salt straight from the container, measure out the amount you would like to add using a teaspoon.
Reduce risk of high blood pressure with less sodium and more potassium
Reduce risk of high blood pressure with less sodium and more potassium
12 March 2013

Eating too much sodium and not enough potassium has been shown to increase blood pressure, which can be dangerous because it makes the heart work harder than normal and can lead to heart disease or stroke. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued new recommendations on how much sodium, salt and potassium people should eat for good health.

Keeping a record of what you eat for a few days will help you to know your habits and consider what changes you can make.
Keeping a record of what you eat for a few days will help you to know your habits and consider what changes you can make.
How to make small changes that last
How to make small changes that last
12 February 2013

Small lifestyle changes are easier to sustain and are more likely to last. Making a drastic change is difficult and less likely to be successful. Rather than focusing on immediate results, it is better to take things one step at a time and not to become discouraged.

Set goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely — otherwise known as SMART goals.
Set goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely — otherwise known as SMART goals.
Start the new year healthy with SMART goals
Start the new year healthy with SMART goals
17 January 2013

The start of a new year is a great time to make improvements to your lifestyle habits, whether by being more active or cooking more healthily. Setting SMART goals is an effective approach that can be used not only for health, but also in other aspects of life.

Colourful, delicious, and nutritious: pea and bean salad is a great source of fiber and protein, and it makes for a great snack or meal.
Colourful, delicious, and nutritious: pea and bean salad is a great source of fiber and protein, and it makes for a great snack or meal.
Solid foods can be more satisfying
Solid foods can be more satisfying
15 November 2012

The feeling of fullness is very difficult to measure, or even to understand, as there are many factors involved. Although some people believe that all calories are equal, researchers are finding that solid foods have some advantages over fluids.

Good food choices support intensive training while limiting risk of injury and illness.
Good food choices support intensive training while limiting risk of injury and illness.
Sport nutrition basics — how to win at any sport
Sport nutrition basics — how to win at any sport
14 March 2012

When talented, well-trained and enthusiastic athletes meet in competition, attention to detail can make all the difference between defeat and victory. What you eat and drink affects how well you train and whether you can compete at your best. Registered dietitian and sports nutritionist Linia Patel shares some tips.

Accompany your meal with plenty of salad.
Accompany your meal with plenty of salad.
Make healthy choices when eating out — South Asian style!
Make healthy choices when eating out — South Asian style!
8 March 2012

Eating out at an Indian or Pakistani restaurant can be nutritious; however, it is less healthy when food items are deep-fried, cooked in excess oil, or prepared in ghee, coconut oil or coconut milk. Here are some tips for making healthier choices.

Children, like adults, should be eating at least five servings of vegetables and fruits daily.
Children, like adults, should be eating at least five servings of vegetables and fruits daily.
Teach children to enjoy eating vegetables and fruit with positive persistence
Teach children to enjoy eating vegetables and fruit with positive persistence
17 December 2011

Few children are born with a liking for every vegetable, but researchers wondered if infants could learn to enjoy a specific vegetable, and how many tastes it would take. Their studies show that while it may take more than 10 attempts to get the child to try something new, with encouragement children can get used to flavours, textures and consistency of food.

Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Dietitian Shirzad Chunara checks out the research.
Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet. Dietitian Shirzad Chunara checks out the research.
Nutrition info... Is it all credible?
Nutrition info... Is it all credible?
20 November 2011

How many times do we receive emails claiming that a specific combination of foods will cure cancer, or that eating large amounts of certain foods will eliminate our cholesterol? Nutrition advice is everywhere, but it is important to know how to separate credible, good nutrition information from the rest.

Cholesterol: Know it - Lower it!
Cholesterol: Know it - Lower it!
Manage your cholesterol (Part 2)
Manage your cholesterol (Part 2)
29 October 2011

In the second part of her article on managing cholesterol, Baldeesh Rai, Dietetic Advisor to Heart UK adds to her recommendations on fats and sugar. She discusses the importance of eating more fibre and being active.

Pasta in tomato sauce is quick, cheap and healthy.
Pasta in tomato sauce is quick, cheap and healthy.
Skip the microwaved meal: Student tips for eating healthily on a budget
Skip the microwaved meal: Student tips for eating healthily on a budget
29 September 2011

Shazia Govindji has been thinking about what to have in her kitchen and fridge as she starts her second year at university. She shares her tips on preparing quick, nutritious dishes, and on how to keep to a budget whether eating in or out.

Eating breakfast every day can help improve concentration, reduce hunger and maintain a healthy weight.
Eating breakfast every day can help improve concentration, reduce hunger and maintain a healthy weight.
Breakfast everyday may keep childhood obesity away
Breakfast everyday may keep childhood obesity away
29 May 2011

Are children who eat breakfast regularly less likely to be overweight? Studies suggest that eating breakfast every day can help improve concentration, reduce hunger and maintain a healthy weight whether you are young or old.

Salt Awareness Week in the UK is taking place between 21 – 27 March, 2011 with a focus on “Salt and Men’s Health”.
Salt Awareness Week in the UK is taking place between 21 – 27 March, 2011 with a focus on “Salt and Men’s Health”.
Salt Awareness Week in the UK focuses on men’s health
Salt Awareness Week in the UK focuses on men’s health
22 March 2011

According to the UK National Diet and Nutrition Survey of 2010, men tend to eat more salt and less fruits and vegetables than women, placing them at greater risk of stroke and heart disease. Azmina Govindji shares important facts and practical tips on how to reduce salt in your diet just in time for Salt Awareness Week (21 – 27 March).

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