Is the Mediterranean diet good for mental health?

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Can the Mediterranean diet boost mental as well as physical health? A new study would suggest so.

It’s a familiar story. You are confronted with a range of diets when you seek information on how to improve your health by changing your eating habits.  Some have scientific backing, others don’t. Some are based on the sensible consumption of wholefoods, others just concentrate on a fad “new” ingredient. Many of these are touted as the “next big thing” in wellness and weight loss, though most are eventually discredited as scientific studies reveal how lacking they really are. It’s more than annoying, as the hype that surrounds the false, money-spinning diets obscures the effectiveness of those that do work.

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Season 1 Episode 4 — Christine Corner interview

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Welcome to Episode 4 of Season 1 on Fermenting Foods. This week the RFC’s Rich Bowden talks to Christine Corner, founder of fermented foods company Crave Natural. Listen as Christine talks about her own health problems that led her to trying probiotic-rich food as an alternative, as well as how ordinary folk like you and me can benefit from such products as sauerkraut and kefir. Continue reading “Season 1 Episode 4 — Christine Corner interview”

Season 1 Episode 2 — Susan Goodwin interview

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Welcome to Episode 2 of Season 1 on Fermenting Foods. This show we talk to fermenting food advocate and health food adept Susan Goodwin and ask her about her experience starting off with making kefir and the change in attitude to probiotics in the North Coast of NSW over the past few decades.

Susan gives some great advice for families looking to introduce a better gut health diet, talks about the health benefits of probiotics and the change a small amount of kefir has done to her grandson’s health. Continue reading “Season 1 Episode 2 — Susan Goodwin interview”

Hummus: the splendour and the taste

800px-Hummus_from_The_Nile Credit Paul GoyetteBelieved to be one of the most ancient foods known to civilisation, hummus is both delicious and very healthy. It’s also not that difficult to make, though a special “touch” is required to make it taste superb. My mother-in-law Sally has that ability (more on Mum below), however it’s a fairly basic recipe that anyone can try and deliver great results. The fact that it can be made quickly and easily at home is important as much of the store-bought version of the dish is often blanded down, has preservatives and sugar added and is an inferior taste to the homemade version!

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We are what we absorb

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One of the key concepts that EMUWellness founder Mel Blundell outlined in her informative interview with The Real Food Chain’s Jon Moore in episode three of our podcast was that “we are more than we eat, we are what we absorb”.

In other words, it’s as much our body’s ability to absorb nutrients as it is about the food we consume. So how did Melinda spell this out to our listeners? In particular, what is the cause and symptoms of leaky gut syndrome? Continue reading “We are what we absorb”