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A moment on the lips…….

Did you know that the average woman consumes approximately 6 lb of lipstick in her lifetime?   With tempting lipstick names such as Truly Toffee, Raisin Hell, Triple Chocolate Parfait and Vaseline’s latest product ‘Sugar Coated’ lip balm, it’s hardly surprising.

 

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One study analysed more than 1,700 lipstick names from 52 manufacturers.

The study found that:

  • 24% of the lipsticks reviewed were named after food.
  • 97% of women age 18 – 24 wear lip colour.
  • Lipsticks are the most shoplifted cosmetic! (Not recommended)
  • This is a multi million pound industry, just for women.

There is also some evidence that lipstick sales have an inverse relationship with national calamity and economic downturn. 

The study also reported that:

  • During the Great Depression when food and other necessities were scarce, women still found money to buy lipstick to boost their morale.
  • Following the September 11th tragedy sales of lipstick increased by 13% in quarter four.
  • During periods of economic downturn lipstick sales have been seen to rise by nearly 12%.

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When manufacturers use names like Raspberry Soufflé or Triple Peach Pie to sell lipsticks they are trying to stimulate the palate in addition to the eye or ear, which is a phenomenon called synesthesia. I experienced this yesterday when I just had to buy the pink tin promising sugar coated lips! 

From a nutrition perspective I think a little bit of what you fancy does you good and no food should be forbidden, but I do like the idea of buying a Double Chocolate Fudge Brownie lipstick instead of an actual chocolate brownie.

Girls whatever your age, put your lippy on and a smile.

Val

Merskin, D. (2007)  Truly Toffee and Raisin Hell: A Textural Analysis of Lipstick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the email that made my day! Student Volunteering Week 23 February – 1 March 2015

I received a lovely email this morning telling me I’d been nominated for the Student Volunteer of the Year Award by Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative (SCFI). Although I wasn’t shortlisted it was a great surprise and brilliant that they took the time to prepare a nomination especially when I know how busy they are.

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Since I started volunteering with SCFI l’ve met some lovely people, improved my knowledge (especially of social media) and attended a marketing training course specifically targeted at charities. I can definitely recommend volunteering and whether you’re a student or not, there are loads of opportunities available to use the skills you already have, to gain new ones, or to help others and just have fun.

Good luck to the five shortlisted finalists; Conor, Gary, Harriette, Henry and Simon. http://www.studentvolunteeringweek.org.uk

If you are thinking of volunteering and live in West Lancashire, don’t hesitate, contact: http://www.wlcvs.org (who helped me) or elsewhere in the UK https://do-it.org

Val

…………………..Here is the email that made my day!.………………..

Hello Valerie,

Congratulations! You were nominated for the Student Volunteer of the Year Award! The Award is run by Student Volunteering Week, an annual, nationwide campaign that celebrates students like you all over the country and inspires many more students to get involved in social action.

Unfortunately you were not selected by our panel of judges to be shortlisted for the Award, although being nominated is a fantastic achievement and a sign that you deserve to be recognised for your commitment to making a positive impact in your community. We’ve included your nomination at the end of this email so that you can find out who nominated you and why they thought you deserved to be recognised.

We’ll be presenting the Award to the winner today at a special Parliamentary Celebration in the House of Commons in London. 

Congratulations again on your nomination, and all the best as your social action journey continues!

The Student Volunteering Week team

Nomination:

  • Please describe the nominee’s volunteering activity. How have they demonstrated passion and commitment? Who has benefitted from their volunteering? Describe their positive social impact.
    “Val has committed herself to working with us in terms of developing a cohesive approach to our social media. As a small charity her commitment to us is invaluable as she brings with her not only passion and enthusiasm but real skills both in nutrition and social media knowledge. I cannot praise her commitment to us enough.”
  • Please tell us what you think makes this student an inspiring volunteer.
    “Val is giving her time freely and without any cost to us either on a monetary or time basis to us. Val comes prepared for every interaction she has with staff and fellow volunteers and we have found her extremely efficient in her dealings with us. She has worked autonomously and with great purpose in her own time

Nominator: Skelmersdale Community Food Initiative

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Busy month of CPD activity – November

The busy month started with a day at the Countess of Chester Hospital where I met the most amazing group of dietitians from different specialisms and finished with a day at the Association for Nutrition Regional Networking Meeting in Manchester, where I met some really lovely people all very enthusiastic about their dissertations and PHD’s.

CPD is defined by the Health Care Professions Council (2014) as:

  • “the way professionals continue to learn and develop throughout their careers so they keep their skills and knowledge up to date and are able to work safely, legally and effectively”

I also managed to deliver a presentation for my Personal Career Development Module, spent a day job shadowing at Public Health England and submitted my application to Chester University for a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics. Phew!!

December is a bit quieter, I’m attending the Edge Hill Scholarship Awards on Friday and then off to London again for the Nutrition Society Winter Meeting. Val

Val's November CPD Activity

Val’s November CPD Activity

3rd Year Edge Hill Nutrition Students at the Association for Nutrition Regional Meeting

3rd Year Edge Hill Nutrition Students at the Association for Nutrition Regional Meeting

Royal Liverpool Hospital Food and Nutrition event - Joyce and Margi

Royal Liverpool Hospital Food and Nutrition event – Joyce and Margi

Life is just a bowl of cherries!

“Life is just like a bowl of cherries” is a saying used to convey that life is wonderful.

IMG_1490.JPGIt is also the title of a 1931 song with a great message that still rings true today. The first verse says:
Don’t take it too serious,
Life’s too mysterious,
You work, you save, you worry so,
But you can’t take your dough, when you go, go, go.

From a nutritional perspective cherries and cherry juice are power houses of goodness.

IMG_1817.JPGA study into ‘cherry Antioxidants: from farm to table’ outlines that sweet and sour contain compounds that have antioxidant, anti cancer and anti inflammatory properties. This can be enhanced when grown in temperatures of 25 to 30 degree C.

Transport and storage can have a negative effect but today’s swift harvesting methods and freezing methods mean sour cherries derived from species such as Montmorency are said to retain high levels of nutrients.

In the study I found there was evidence reported that a 90 day cherry intake reduces the levels of pro-inflammatory molecules in plasma and further invitro studies provided evidence of a reduction in the proliferation of human colon cancer cells in culture.

I don’t know about you but I have this habit of associating certain foods with certain people. Cherries remind me of my good friend ‘Sharon’ who regularly eats them and loves the taste. Now I’ve noticed that Sharon has a lovely clear complexion. If nothing else that’s a great reason to eat more cherries!

Val

Thanks Pam for the lovely picture x

Foodie Pen Pals – delivered a lovely surprise!

I don’t normally like surprises but my ‘foodie pen pals parcel’ is definitely the exception. I recently signed up via the blog ‘thisisrocksalt.com’, and when my very first parcel arrived this month I was over the moon.

IMG_1703.JPGDawn my pen pal this month sent me a lovely card outlining what she had sent which included:

Barenaked Gluten Free noodles – which were featured on Dragons Den and only have 8 calories per 100g serving.

Green and Black’s chocolate bar – when, like Dawn said, anything other than chocolate just won’t do!

Graze Popping Corn – a gluten free treat ready in 40 seconds.

Itsu – pack of three chocolate covered rice cakes, yummy!

Mini caramel syrup – this made a great addition to my camomile tea.

Thespicery – jamaicanmethirsty – a cute little pack of spices to make a refreshing Caribbean cocktail.

Thespicery – ‘Brown Down’ chicken a world kitchen recipe kit. This was my absolute favourite item and my families too. It has a shopping list on the back and an easy to follow recipe inside.

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This gorgeous array of food + the delicious spices = a chicken and mash dinner with a difference.

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The sweet, spicy chicken, sweet potato mash and herby salsa made a great combination.

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IMG_1801-1.JPGI also enjoyed buying the contents of the parcel that I sent to my pen pal Nikki and I hope she enjoys the goodies (Mallorcan almonds covered in gold leaf, Tabasco and popcorn flavoured jelly beans from Selfridges, Carob for baking, dried physalis berries and gluten free stars) as much as I enjoyed choosing them.

If you are in Europe and you want to join, click on the link below.

I for one can’t wait for next months foodiepenpals surprise!
Thanks again Dawn for my first parcel it was a delight.
Val

Honey and herbs a wonderful combination!

I love honey and I love herbs, but adding them to cocktails and serving them in an art gallery made me love them even more! The healing properties of honey have been talked about since ancient times and herbs not only add flavour but have been found to have a wide range of health benefits.
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The event at the Manchester Art Gallery was a perfect way to unwind after work.

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What made it even more special was that the honey and herbs used were all from the Manchester Art Gallery rooftop garden.

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We enjoyed the Rosemary Lemonade and both the Whisky and Citrus Buzz made from honey, lime, grapefruit and ginger ale. The Honey Gin Jam was delicious served with mint and so was the Vodka, Lemon, Sage Martini.

There was a gentle buzz of chatter as people sat and shared their stories, and the music added to the lovely atmosphere. The little bar area looked stylish with pots of fragrant herbs, fruity tasters and a citrus bowl display.

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We managed to fit in a relaxing wonder around the gallery and a visit to the gift shop before heading back for a final cocktail and the train home.

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The Gallery opens late on a Thursday but this was the first time they had hosted the ‘Honey & Herb’ night. I for one hope they do it again very soon!

Val

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A festival in a day!

I’ve always loved the idea of going to a festival but for one reason or another never managed to get to one. On Sunday however that all changed when I got a little taste of festival life and joined 50,000 other Radio 2 listeners at the ‘Festival in a Day’ The sun shone, the atmosphere was amazing and for 10 hours we owned a patch of grass 4msq in London’s Hyde Park!

20140917-215343.jpgThe line up included Paloma Faith, Bellowhead, Kacey Musgrave, Blondie, Chrissie Hyde, Billy Ocean and ELO’s Jeff Lynne who was on stage for his first gig in 28 years. It was great seeing inhibitions disappear and everyone going back to their youth and dancing ‘like nobody was watching’ including me!

20140917-220023.jpgAs a student nutritionist I was interested to see what the quality of the food would be like and it’s fair to say I was expecting a small selection of food outlets with poor quality food. But that wasn’t the case. There were noodle and deli bars, freshly made fish and chips, delicious smelling Churros, but what I didn’t expect was to find a great little gem of a stall called ‘The Honest Carrot‘ selling lovely vegetarian, vegan and gluten free food.

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I went for the halloumi, falafel wrap with chilli sauce which was absolutely delicious! Fiona the owner of ‘The Honest Carrot‘ said they had been trading at all the major festival with their biggest success being the Reading festival.

20140917-125959.jpgIt was great to see tasty, nutritious food on sale, and I’m glad I don’t need to wait for my next festival to enjoy what The Honest Carrot had to offer because I can order online for delivery to my door. That said, I don’t think you can beat picnicking on a sunny day, glass of wine in hand, accompanied by great company and great music.
Happy memories.😀
Val

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I’m an artist!……….

I’ve been on holiday this week in the Balearic Island of Mallorca. It was sunny, there was a lovely relaxed atmosphere, the sea was crystal clear and the food superb.

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Now I don’t know whether it’s this combination that makes your skin glow or if it’s purely the Mediterranean diet, but either way I loved it. Here’s a selection of what we ate, with special thanks to my sister Pam, who when she isn’t taking pictures of cats, takes a mean foodie pic.20140913-120154.jpg
Photographing food is the norm in my house, as I don’t think you can beat an original image to sit along side your nutritional musings. Generally my family and close friends accept that they are not allowed to eat or drink until I’ve got the right shot, which usually takes a few attempts. I thought I may attract attention in the beautiful surroundings of the Hotel I’ll a Dor and restaurants in and around Puerto Pollensa, but nobody batted an eyelid, I guess that’s the Tw-insta-book’ phenomenon!

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Come to think of it, the only place anyone has ever commented on this unusual hobby / obsession, is the
Manchester Art Gallery, when I whipped out my iPad to take a couple of pictures of a sugar bowl with a lovely array of sugar cubes, (no it wasn’t a display it was an actual sugar bowl on the refreshments table) and a member of the catering team said with a look of pure disdain “you’re taking a picture of sugar”. I replied “I’m an artist” and flounced off. One of my colleagues had commented earlier, that I was looking very bohemian that day, so I think I might just have got away with it!
To see a real food artist click on the following link to look at some amazing foodscapes by Carl Warner :
http://www.carlwarner.com/foodscapes/

I’m no Carl Warner, but I hope you enjoy the images, we certainly enjoyed what’s in them.

Val
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