Disease and Illness Prevention, Lifestyle and Fitness, Nutrition

Artichoke, chickpea and lemon dip

I love this artichoke dip! It’s light, lemony and easy to make. Artichokes are excellent for you. They are high in antioxidants and are a rich source of vitamins, fibre and minerals. Ideally, you should boil or steam fresh artichokes and scrape out the hearts, though this can be time-consuming. An alternative is to buy the artichoke hearts marinated. Marinated artichokes have a […]

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Mental Health

Your atoms came from those stars

If you’re feeling down and insignificant, take a moment to listen to this short and uplifting speech by the American astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson. Neil’s speech is a genuine and unrehearsed answer to a profound question he was asked by a reader of Times Magazine: “What is the most astounding fact that you can share with us about the universe?” According to […]

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Mental Health, Stress Management

Know how to belong to yourself

I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. – Henry David Thoreau What is the difference between loneliness and solitude? These two terms are often used interchangealby and yet they are very different. Loneliness is a painful, negative state or an unpleasant emotion marked by feelings of isolation and a lack of companionship. On the […]

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Nutrition

Roasted pumpkin and red pepper hummus

October is the perfect time to add fresh pumpkin to your diet. Pumpkin is a highly nutritious squash, loaded with antioxidants and disease-fighting vitamins and minerals. Last year, I highlighted eight top health reasons to cook with fresh pumpkin. You can read them here. There are so many ways to include pumpkin in your diet. […]

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Mental Health, Stress Management

Gratitude for better health

Being grateful is the foundation for living a healthy life. You can live in a great country, have access to the best medical care, adopt the healthiest lifestyles, but … without gratitude, your health will never be at its best. In the preamble of its Constitution, the World Health Organization states: “Health is a state of complete […]

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