Interested in getting you or your family involved in growing your own vegetables? It's easier than you think and better tasting than anything you will find in a supermarket.
Read a previous blog post on Growing It Yourself
Create a better food culture for you and your family
If you don't have the space to grow vegetables at home in pots or raised beds, consider joining one of the many amazing community gardens in and around Edinburgh. They are a fantastic resource and good fun too! A quick Google search and you will find many more throughout Scotland and the UK.
Check out the following community gardens in Edinburgh and enjoy the social and foodie rewards:
There are many community gardens in and around Edinburgh. Locate one near you with this handy map
It is also a great place for kids to run around, play games and explore.
Do you know about any other community gardens? Please share in the comments below.
How do you get dinner on the table after a long day at work and how do you make lunches more exciting from Monday to Friday without resorting to convenience foods or take-aways? Stay energised and excited about meal times by learning how to plan your meals more effectively with my top tips.
15 Tips for Better Meal Planning
Seriously, it will soon become second nature to you. Try it and see for yourself!
Do you cook from scratch or are you stuck in a depressing cycle of work and convenience foods? I’d love to hear your thoughts below! What are your fail-safe kitchen hacks?
P.S. Check out my Instagram @Stellar_Health_Mary and like my Facebook page for daily lunchbox inspiration.
Here I am on The Kaye Adams show this morning, on BBC Radio Scotland.
We were talking about children’s food and nutrition education in the midst of Scotland’s obesity crisis. Also joining us in the discussion was Edinburgh based French chef, Fred Berkmiller (L’escargot Bleu and L’escargot Blanc).
Listen back now on the BBC iPlayer
Fast forward to: 2:25:46 (for the full story). I join the conversation at: 2:33:25
Scotland's obesity crisis
Two-thirds of Scottish adults are overweight or obese – the highest in the UK and amongst the highest in the world!!! About one third of children are at risk of becoming overweight or obese...
We’re discussing the possibility of forming healthier habits in children starting from grass-roots in order to make Scotland a 'good-food' nation. Too often, we are being mollycoddled by the food industry and duped into thinking we have no time and that junk food is a convenient answer.
Let me hear your thoughts below once you listen back.
Some of the main points raised during the conversation include:
What do a mum suffering anxiety, two women with severe exhaustion and chronic pain, a woman suffering from cluster headaches and a sporty obese 11-year-old all have in common?
They have all been treated successfully by Dr. Chatterjee, star of BBC’s Doctor in the House.
In the series, Dr. Chatterjee visits families who have chronic health issues. Through a series of consultations and clinical tests, Dr. Chatterjee diagnoses the root causes of these ailments. Taking a non-traditional medical approach, he investigates every aspect of their lives and viewers witness the astonishing results.
In episode 4, we meet two families, one with chronic pain and fatigue and the other who is pre-diabetic. So many things in this particular episode resonated with me, both as an individual who experienced chronic pain for several years (read my story here) and also as a practitioner. When I meet my clients for the first time, they have often suffered for years because they haven’t received the time, care, and attention they need (and deserve) to get to the root cause of their ill health. Why wait until you have diabetes?? Now is the time to act, prevention is far more powerful.
When it comes to chronic pain, Dr. Chatterjee talks a lot about mindfulness and switching off that stress response. Mindfulness, breathing exercises, practising kindness are all really helpful tools we can use to support our nervous systems. Please know that this does not mean your physical pain is ‘all in your head’: it simply means you are switching off your inflammatory stress response and supporting your nervous system, which allows your body to heal.
So, are you reading this and rolling your eyes? If I was to read this 7 years ago I would have thought what a load of **** and proceeded to eye roll too. I just hope that after watching this brilliant documentary series you too will join our Lifestyle Medicine Revolution! Food is medicine!
:)What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine means treating each individual as unique and recommending personalised diet and lifestyle changes. It is what Registered Nutritional Therapists do for a living. We work alongside your medical team to give you the best outcome. We utilise a number of tools such as:
Find out more about testing or contact me about clinical testing. Watch Doctor in the House on the BBC iplayer and leave me a comment below.
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