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Is Fear of Fat Holding you Back?

Through my adult life I have seen so many diets come and go. The F-Plan, Cabbage soup, Atkins - but none have been as persistent as the idea that saturated fats are bad for us. This week, our Guest Blogger is retired Doctor, Jane Durston who now works as an Independent Nutritional Therapist. In this article, she explains how the evidence for low fat, High Carb diets has been debunked.

Many moons ago there was a man called Ancel Keys, a physiologist who was interested in nutrition and health. He undertook several landmark research projects in nutrition and probably the most famous was the Seven Counties Study which ran for over 25 years

The Seven Counties study objective was to explore in detail the associations of diet and other risk factors”. It was a huge piece of research which you can read here . The thing to notice is that the other risk factors were mentioned and that associations not causation was mentioned

It was a huge piece of research. The result was that there...

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Do you suffer from SAD?

Are you missing the sun? I don't know about you, but I always find my energy levels and mood become lower during the short, grey days of winter. Our Guest blogger, Holistic Therapist, Helen Buckley, was diagnosed with Seasonal Affective Disorder in her teens. She shares some of her thoughts and tactics on this common problem here.

Season Affective Disorder or more commonly known as SAD is described as a form of depression that has a seasonal trend. It is estimated that 29% of the population suffer from it with women 40% more like to suffer from it. Of the population 8% suffer from acute symptoms and the remaining 21% of sufferers with mild symptoms.

Symptoms tend to increase during the winter months with some rare occasions of summer months causing SAD symptoms.  The cause is thought to be the reduced hours of sunlight that increases the production of melatonin which increases the requirement to sleep, lowers serotonin which increases appetite and disrupts the body’s...

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7 Ways to Support Someone who is Depressed

If someone you care about is in the throes of a bout of depression it can be really difficult to know how to support them. I've been clinically depressed myself and I've supported people who are depressed, so I have experience of this horrible condition from both sides as both carer and cared for.

I've been talking to fellow sufferers and, drawing on their experience and my own, here are my tips on how to support someone who is depressed:

  1. LISTEN Don't try to "fix" them. It's tempting to try to come up with solutions - "why don't you..." "Look at it like this..." but actually, it can be really unhelpful. The best thing is to listen - really, really listen. You can reflect back what they have said to you so that they know you have heard them, but don't go overboard! The very act of being willing to listen can be a huge help.
  2. ASK THEM WHAT THEY NEED They might not know, but the fact that you are willing to ask can be comforting. If they do know, then act on it. They...
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