Managing Mental Health

Managing Mental Health Whether working in a small business or large business, success relies massively on happiness in the work place. Having a workforce who are stressed and unhappy can not only cause detrimental health effects but can mean losing business and reputation. Legally, under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, employers have a duty of ensuring all members of staff are looked after and work-related illnesses (e.g. stress) are minimised. A large number of mental health ailments, including stress, are left undiagnosed and untreated due to the symptoms being invisible. However, these invisible symptoms can become visib

Walking for health

Walking for health As we all know, exercise is a key element to staying healthy along with eating a balanced diet and being happy. Exercise is something that can hold people back on their journey to health, however it doesn't need to be this way. Physical activity doesn't have to involve doing countless amounts of burpees, an excessive amount of squats and bicep curling weight that is far too heavy for you. Something as easy as walking can get that heart pumping its way to health and happiness. A recent article published by Harvard Health Publications (source), revealed 5 exceptional health benefits. The list includes: Those with genes that promote weight gain can neutralise this with walkin

Fabulous French toast

Fabulous French toast French toast, or eggy bread, is a delicious breakfast that consists of bread being soaked in milk and egg before being fried to create a crispy golden layer. In this recipe I have made various adjustments to make sure it is jam-packed with nutritious ingredients to ensure you're not low in energy by 11 o'clock! Serves 1 Ingredients 1 egg 100 ml milk of choice 1 tbsp pure maple syrup/honey 2 slices of bread (I used 4 as it was a small loaf) 1 tsp coconut oil 2 tbsp cottage cheese/yogurt Lemon zest Handful blueberries Drizzle maple syrup To make Mix together the egg, milk and maple syrup and place the bread in the mixture. Leave this for a minute to soak up the mixture, t

Lunchbox ideas

Who gets fed up of the same lunch over and over again? Or gets stuck trying to think of new lunch ideas? I know I do! So I have taken the time to research and find some good, healthy, balanced lunch ideas to keep you satisfied whether you're on the building site or in the office. Sandwiches Ham, cheese and homemade pickle bloomer This classic sandwich was taken from BBC Good Food, I think it's a great way to re-nourish your body and keep you fueled throughout the day. The pickle can be made in advance to give it time to infuse, this also means making the sandwich takes just 10 minutes to make! (serves 2) Half red onion 4 radishes 2 tbsp red wine vinegar Pinch of golden caster sugar 1 tbsp ma

Smashing superfoods

For a number of years, research has been undergone to determine the effects some foods have on our diet. Experts are now saying certain foods can now help eliminate ailments such as heart disease, cancer, cholesterol and many more. Top 5 Superfoods 1. Almonds There tiny little nuts are jam packed with goodness. They hold fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron, calcium and countless amounts of vitamin E. Almonds carry more calcium than most nuts and are a useful source of protein making them one of the most nutrient dense nuts out of all the nuts. 2. Avocados The avocado is one of the richest source of healthy fat whilst still remaining a wholesome, plant-based substance. Due to our nation becomi

Sweet potato, coconut and spinach curry with tarka dhal

Sweet potato, coconut and spinach curry with tarka dhal For the curry 60ml groundnut or sunflower oil 2 white onions, diced 800g sweet potatoes, chopped into 5cm chunks 1 tbsp curry powder 1 tsp turmeric 500g whole leaf large spinach, roots cut off and well washed 50g ground almonds 2 green chillies, sliced thickly 1 tin of coconut milk Juice of half a lime For the dhal 3 tbsp groundnut or vegetable oil 8 garlic cloves, roughly chopped 1 tbsp seed spices, such as mustard, cumin and coriander 4 cardamom pods, smashed with the side of a knife (discard the husks and just use the seeds) 250g dried split peas, (yellow or green) To make Get the curry going first. In a wide, heavy-base

Homemade baked beans

Homemade baked beans For most people, baked beans are a staple in their diet whether this be with toast or a jacket potato. Beans are an important source of fiber as well as being a plant source of protein and even a vegetable. Not only do they have great nutritious factors, they are inexpensive and can be used in all types of meals. For example, bulking out a nice Mexican chilli! So, here is my baked bean recipe with no artificial flavours or sweeteners, just good wholesome ingredients! Serves 1 Ingredients Drizzle of olive oil 1/2 red onion 1/2 tin chopped tomatoes 1/2 tin beans of choice (I used cannellini) 1/2 tbsp maple syrup 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar Pinch black pepper Pinch Himalayan/

King of probiotics

The good old yogurt has been in the media for sometime, displaying its amazing properties of calcium, vitamin B, magnesium and countless amounts of gut friendly bacteria! However this isn't the only source of probiotic. Did you know the most powerful source of probiotic comes from fermented foods? So, to put it simply probiotics are strands of good bacteria that help keep the gut healthy, as well as improving cognitive and mental well-being! Something that many people don't realise is, anti-biotics that are becoming more and more common (sometimes they are really needed, sometimes they are given out unnecessary!) kill all bacteria they can get their hands on, whether this be good bacteria or

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