Month: December 2013

New Year’s Eve – a time to reflect!

It’s New Year’s Eve, a day when we look back at what we achieved last year and look forward to what we hope to achieve in the next.

Looking back over this year
– I’ve been busy! I completed the Manchester 10k, the Diva Deva triathlon and found out I had a place in the 2014 London Marathon (still in shock!) I did the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride, climbed Scafell Pike (scenery out of this world ), went open water swimming in Manley Mere (just for fun), completed my first year at Uni, and celebrated a milestone birthday I attended a cookery course at the Vegetarian Society and the Nutrition Society Winter meeting and started a blog!

I’m looking forward to another great year – I’m going to be fitter than ever, will complete the London Marathon and raise lots of money for a great cause ‘The Starlight Children’s Foundation’. Nutri-juice health promotion will be a success, I’m going to be happy, love, be loved and realise my dreams!

Although red wine is my favourite tipple and full of polyphenols, I’ll be switching to red grapes until after the London Marathon.

Cheers!   What healthy choices do you plan to make in 2014?

Val

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How healthy is your diet?

I’ve just been looking at the World Health Organisation (WHO) website to help with my assignment and it makes for interesting reading.  It reports that millions of lives could be saved globally if fruit and veg consumption was sufficiently increased.

There is evidence that fruit and veg helps :

  • Reduce nutritional deficiencies.
  • Increase resistance to infectious diseases.
  • Helps prevent cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

Another benefit, this time from the US Department of Agriculture’s website refers to evidence that people who meet the ‘5 a day’ goal are less likely to be overweight than those who don’t.

To get you thinking about how healthy your diet is, why not try the NHS Self Assessment quiz via the following website:

It has links to other interesting information once you’ve finished.

I added some blueberries, almonds and cinnamon to my porridge this morning – tasted delicious!

Val

Delicious breakfast and one of my '5 a day'

Delicious breakfast and one of my ‘5 a day’

Lean – 5s

Decided to get my home office organised for the new year using Lean tools and techniques. I’m a qualified Lean practitioner so applying what I’ve learned should be easy!

My goal is: to be more organised to help with my Uni work and nutritional musings.

Applying the following Lean 5S steps, called phases I’ve created a calmer more creative space.

Sorting – get rid of junk.
Straightening – organise and find a place for everything.
Shine – systematic cleaning, clean, clean, clean.
Standardise – develop a routine for sorting, straightening and shining.
Sustaining – keep it tidy and organised.

See what you think!

I now need to write a 2,000 word project plan, a presentation and a 2,500 assignment on inflammatory bowel disease. Wish me luck.

Val

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5 a day

I’m working on my ‘nutrition and entrepreneurship’ assignment today and I’m focusing on ways to improve the nutritional intake of students.

As a nation we on average eat only 3 portions of fruit and veg a day with only 15% eating the recommended ‘5 a day’ (British Dietetic Association). A survey I gained ethical approval for at my university confirms students there on average, eat only 2 portions a day.

Fruit and vegetable juice drinks or smoothies are a great way to increase intake. A group of us are in the process of developing a health promotion called ‘Nutri-juice’ and are working with the university catering team to run an event in January. I’ll keep you posted on progress.

One 150ml glass of unsweetened fruit or veg juice can count as one portion. But it must be made of 100% unsweetened juice and if you have 2 glasses it still only counts as one of your ‘5 a day’.

Banana, walnut, milk and Manuka honey is a favourite smoothly of mine and it’s a great energy boost before you go for a run!

Val

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Love food hate waste!

Every year our food waste fills Wembley Stadium 9 times over! Check out http://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com for tips on re-using leftovers and saving money. I first heard about this initiative at the ‘Sustainability Food Lancashire ‘ event at Edge Hill Uni – it has a great website.

Why not make a New Years resolution to waste less. I’ve made a delicious Courgette and Stilton soup with my leftovers:

Ingredients to serve 4:
4 leeks washed and chopped.
4 sticks of celery, washed and chopped.
3 courgettes washed and chopped.
800ml stock.
1tbsp Tamari soya sauce.
2 cloves garlic chopped.
50g Stilton cheese (any leftover cheese will do)
Salt and pepper to taste.

Directions:
Place all the ingredients, except the cheese, in a large saucepan (no oil needed).
Cover, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 15 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the cheese until melted. Cool a little, then blitz with a blender until smooth. Adjust the seasoning to taste. Top with home made croutons made with stale bread, olive oil and crushed garlic, baked in the oven.

Give it a try – Yum!

Val

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First ‘nutritionval’ post.

Welcome to my first ‘nutritionval’ post. I’m a 2nd year degree student studying ‘nutrition and health’ and I am very passionate about my subject.

I spend hours reading and researching and as a result come across loads of interesting information that I would love to share with you.

Whilst I’m not an expert (yet), I have started to build up my knowledge and the resources and journal articles I have access to provide a great insight in to topical issues and the latest research findings.

I’m going to write about what interests me and hopefully you may be motivated to find out more, or make some positive changes that could improve your nutritional intake, your health and ultimately your quality of life.

Val