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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Episode 2 Season 2 — The Square Metre Garden

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Welcome to Episode 2 of Season 2 on whole foods in the home. This week The Real Food Chain’s co-hosts Rich Bowden and Jon Moore take the show on the road to a favourite coffee shop — The Mad Season Cafe in Bathurst, in the Central West of NSW. There we chat about Jon’s own concept of the no-dig-inspired Square Metre Garden and how this updated method of gardening based on traditional organic and permaculture principles is easy to do in your backyard. Have an abundance of veggies this summer on a square metre of your backyard!  Continue reading “Episode 2 Season 2 — The Square Metre Garden”

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 3 Fermenting foods supplementary show

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Welcome to Episode 3 of Season 1 on Fermenting Foods. This show is the first in our supplementary series where co-hosts Rich Bowden and Jon Moore discuss topics of interest raised in a previous interview. This show we talk about the issues raised by fermenting food advocate and health food adept Susan Goodwin.

Listen as Jon talks about the history of fermenting foods, why it has played such a big part in our culture and the availability of knowledge about fermenting techniques.

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“It’s like the difference between [shop-bought white bread] and homemade sourdough. It’s real food.”

 

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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”