New Year, New Venture – Crafty Pickle Co. Takeover!!

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So this is a post with a bit of a difference. This is because 2019 is going to be a year of new ventures, specifically as my (Madi’s) side project Crafty Pickle Co. is launching, founded with my partner in crime Arthur Serini.

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Eating what YOU want this Christmas

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Christmas is a time of plenty. It seems the holiday season these days has become synonymous with eating lots, drinking lots and having all of the things the rest of the year we’re ‘not allowed’.

But how about this year NOT having one last splurge before the January diet kicks in? Why not treat it as a time to really enjoy festive food and drink in a way that still makes your body feel good?

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The Morality of Food

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When deciding what to eat day to day do you choose the foods that you love, that give you the most enjoyment and satisfaction? Or do you see your favourite foods yet deprive yourself? Have foods become divided in your mind into go and stop, fake and real, right and wrong?

For many people foods have become just this; firmly placed into separate camps that either welcome and nourish or tempt and erode health. However, as I’ve touched upon in previous posts (see the dangers of dichotomising food) there is absolutely no need to draw these distinctions and place morality and emotions onto our food. So why is this something that we see every day?

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To be perfect… or not to be?

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Perfect hair. Perfect body. Perfect grades. Perfect job. Perfect partner. Perfect life.

These are all things we’ve probably heard and most likely used at some point when discussing our aspirations and desires or maybe when moaning about the people in our life who seem to over-achieve at just about everything.

But have you ever stopped to think about what the word perfect actually means, what it does to our outlook on life and our emotional state?

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Probiotic Prunes anyone?

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So, I wanted to write a blog post all about my recent trip to the Carolinas to visit my boyfriend’s friends and family. Thinking about what to base it on I came up with several options… the amazing array of candy, giant portion sizes and sightings of the Confederate flag to name a few. But I decided to use this post to highlight some of the differences between the UK and this part of America – some examples paint the South in a positive light and some not so much, but there is no judgement being made here just observations about a place I really loved!

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6a. Resource saving housekeeping – Food & Oh How We Waste It

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*Globally we waste around 1.6 billion tonnes of food every year*

*Global food waste could potentially rise by a third by 2030*

*More than 50% of food waste in the UK comes from households*

*The average household wastes around £470 of food a year*

To me, these are scary figures and indicative of a problem that really doesn’t seem to be getting much better but also doesn’t have an easy solution. This post is going to be looking at what we as individuals can be doing to help prevent and reduce the travesty of beautiful food being thrown away every day.

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Eating the Mindful Way

shutterstock_168648482Without knowing it my first experience with true mindful eating came one Food Technology class when I was in high school (shout out to Miss Cooke, such a legend!). Dissecting a Mars Bar is how this particular class was sold and it entailed slowly, consciously unwrapping the mars bar and using a scalpel to remove each layer of firm chocolate, sticky caramel and gooey nougat. Paying attention to all details of textures, aromas, sights, flavours and mouth-feel of the chocolate.

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5. Minimally Processed Food Preference (we sure about this…?)

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So, this is the one principle of sustainable nutrition that I take the most issue with. Processed foods have received a fair bit of press over recent years and most of it extremely negative. I want to uncover with this post why this might be and present some alternative realities around processed foods.

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The dangers of dichotomising food

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This might seem a tad controversial to some, especially coming from a nutritionist, but I’m going to say it… ALL foods have a place in our diet, that’s right all of them. The World Health Organisation defines health as not just being free of disease but being in a state of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing – this, to me, is a really powerful statement and opens up the argument of what health really means.

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4. Choose Fairtrade products (when and if you can!)

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When Fairtrade first started to creep into my consciousness (mostly from my amazing mum who has been shouting the good cause since we were kids) it was just another picture on a chocolate wrapper to ignore. But as my interest in where food comes from, sustainability and general interest in trying to be a better person grew I wanted to understand more about what it actually means. Hopefully this post will allow me to share some of what I’ve learnt, mostly through being a coffee and chocolate junkie!

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