Fasting is de rigueur again but
are we doing it right?
For those who learned that eating little and often was the correct way
to balance blood sugar, intermittent fasting must seem like a total contradiction. Brought to us by Michael Moseley’s documentary ‘Intermittent Fasting’ and ‘the 5:2’ diet, thousands are hoping that calorie restriction may be a solution for weight loss. Whilst all the research seems to suggest that this is the case, the flawed idea is also being touted that you can eat what you want for five days as long as
you fast for the other two!
The most effective way of implementing intermittent fasting is to increase the gap between dinner and breakfast or even to skip breakfast altogether. At lunch, make sure that you ‘feasting’ on a nutrient dense meal and then do the same at dinner. Repeat this again the next day or at least two or three times per week. For those of you who have mastered this, the next step is to eat only one meal over a 24-hour
period once per month.
Ageing, Stress and Exercise
Chronic stress impacts on our physical health through cellular ageing.
It is our telomeres that are one way of measuring this, which become frayed with age. They are the protective ends of chromosomes which serve as packages for our DNA. Chromosomes, residing in the centre of our cells, come in pairs. We inherit one from our mother and one from our father. As they get shorter so do the number of possible times our cells can divide and therefore our lifespan. If the telomere becomes critically short then our cell cannot function and we become susceptible to chronic disease. By looking at telomere length, we have a way of being able to calculate the rate at which we are ageing.
Being physically active is linked to having longer telomeres. This means we can actually reduce our biological age by doing some exercise.
But what if we are physically active and yet have a very stressful job that we don’t always enjoy? Will it still work? The good news is yes! By doing regular moderate exercise, we can neutralise any effects negative stress might have on their length.
Easy Almond Flour Pancakes
Great to make fresh for breakfast as preparation and cooking should not take longer than ten minutes. Serves: 4
• 1 1/2 cups of organic almond flour
• 3 eggs
• 1 cup of water or milk(or slightly less to desired thickness)
• Optional: spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, vanilla, blueberries
1. Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl (using a hand blender)
until batter is a pourable consistency.
2. Make one test pancake to check for desired thickness and texture.
3. Cook all pan cakes in a large pan for approximately 2-3 minutes
per side until bubble form and both sides are golden brown.