Reset and Reframe; finding my joy

Reset and Reframe; finding my joy

Am I the only one who believes in the power of positive thinking?!  I mean, really believe…to the point that for a short while, I’m not prepared to consider any less optimal, alternative outcome?!

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Is it a food intolerance or a food allergy that may be causing brain fog? May Simpkin explains

Food allergy or food intolerance….which is it?

Do you have a physical reaction when you eat certain foods or food groups? Are you therefore avoiding these foods because you’re “allergic” to them? But is it really a food allergy or is it a food intolerance? I’ve seen this over and over and all too often, it’s a self-diagnosis based on symptoms that […]

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3 exercise rules that will change your mindset

The 3 simple exercise rules that have changed my mindset

Working for myself means that I am essentially desk-based at home and to be honest, aside from not having the house entirely to myself during the day, lockdown hasn’t been wildly different to my usual lifestyle. And yet despite this, the last few weeks have brought with it some surprising new initiatives, perhaps in part due to the inevitable slow down from my pre-lockdown lifestyle.

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Is Peanut Butter Healthy?

Is Peanut Butter healthy?

As a one-ingredient spread, ie. just peanuts, it’s absolutely healthy and indeed, this is its healthiest form. At the other end of the spectrum, where it’s loaded with more oil, sugar, salt and artificial flavourings and preservatives, it’s most certainly in its least healthy form and this does, of course, change the nutrient profile.

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Plant based Meal Planning tips from May Simpkin

How to make plant based work for you

A new study has established that “Veganism” is the most globally searched for diet on Google, followed by “Vegetarianism” (and then “Gluten-free diet”).
With all the hype surrounding a vegan way of eating, you may well be thinking that a vegan lifestyle is the most effective way to stay healthy and indeed may even be the best way to lose weight.

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Foods to freeze; Lemons

10 surprising foods that freeze well

I’m a huge freezer fan! I regularly bulk cook meals and freeze in portions as well as freezing specific meals that I’ve half prepared or fully cooked in advance. However, I also hate waste and I will always opt to freeze rather bin most leftovers.

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What to expect when you give up alcohol

As we come to the end of January, this may also coincide with the end of “Dry January” for you? Traditionally January has evolved over recent years as a one-month booze-free challenge, that helps to reset, not only the excesses of the festive period before but also, in some cases the relationship with alcohol in general.

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5 Healthy Lunch Alternatives to Salad

There’s nothing wrong with being lazy in the kitchen, particularly at lunchtime. In fact, very few of us have the time to cook from scratch and put together an elaborate lunch during the daytime.

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Vegan protein foods; healthy eating habits

9 weight loss eating habits that will actually pay off

Losing weight doesn’t automatically mean you need to embark on a strict strategy that involves eliminating foods and restricting your choices. I’ve seen it over and over…making a major overhaul to your diet and eating habits may certainly work in the short term and you will probably lose weight at the outset but it isn’t […]

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Are you trying Veganuary this Year?

3 pointless New Year’s Resolutions to make for 2020

It’s that time of year when many of us resolve to make changes to our health but if you’re making resolutions are too vague, you’re probably setting yourself up for failure from the start. Joining an expensive gym, giving up alcohol or attempting Veganuary are not uncommon health resolutions as we head into a new year, indeed a new decade.

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Going vegan after watching Gamechangers; read this first

Netflix “Gamechangers”; here’s what I think

I’m receiving many texts from clients and friends announcing they’ve watched it and “going vegan” tomorrow, without the correct knowledge and understanding of how to approach this transition safely to ensure their health.

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Salted popcorn for Low calorie snacks when feeling stressed

Is Popcorn healthy?

On a scale of Bad, Better and Best when it comes to snack choices, it certainly doesn’t fall into the Bad Category, however, neither does it fall into Best. But let me qualify this.

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Which plant based milks are best in terms of nutrition

Plant Based Milks vs Cow’s Milk, Nutritionally Speaking

With the rise of plant-based milk in our supermarkets, seems cow’s milk is less popular than ever these days; consumption rates have dropped significantly in the last 20 years. There are many reasons for this including links with skin health, taste, allergies, lactose intolerance, ethics and the rise in popularity of alternatives.

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How to choose an olive oil?

Olive Oil: Questions you’ve always wanted to ask 

Fresh high-quality extra virgin olive oil is one of the healthiest foods. Why? It’s a reasonably stable oil that’s rich in polyphenols; plant nutrients that provide antioxidants including Oleic acid, which can help fight inflammation.

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5 reasons you should go on a Yoga Health Retreat

Have you imagined going on a health retreat but never managed to commit to one in your busy schedule? Now is the time to go for it and book that health retreat you’ve always dreamed of…….. “Live the life you imagine – you deserve it!” Whether it’s a family gathering or an adventurous trip of […]

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Join May Simpkin at the Ideal Home Show

IDEAL HOME SHOW 2 for 1 Tickets

I’m delighted to announce that I will be participating in the Ideal Home Show Olympia, London with Co Hosts Eat Drink Festival. I will be performing on the FOOD & DRINK STAGE.
Saturday 23rd March

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Which oil is best for cooking?

I’m often asked which is the best oil for cooking? With so many oils available on the supermarket shelves, it can be very confusing knowing which one to choose to cook with. Should you be using butter or should you choose a vegetable-based oil, such as sunflower oil, instead? How about Ghee, coconut oil or olive oil?

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Vegetables for staying hydrated

Staying hydrated without drinking water

If I ask you how much water you should be drinking, I’m betting that most of you will be able to quote “8 glasses a day”! That’s roughly around 2 litres a day and for the sake of clarifying, that’s water not wine…. or beer…. or cocktails! We know that staying hydrated is important but […]

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Do you really need to eat breakfast?

Is Breakfast really necessary?

We’ve grown up with the notion that we should eat a hearty breakfast. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and you should “Breakfast like a king” are common sayings we’ve become accustomed to. What is the truth?

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2018 learning

9 things I learnt in 2018

There was a time that I would begin each year with a list of plans and goals, which I would kid myself would be achieved over the coming year, simply because I had taken the time to think them through and note them. Experience has shown me that these were long forgotten once the year […]

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Ideal salad for weight loss tips

12 Effortless Weight Loss Tips (that work)

Have you ever considered that losing weight doesn’t have to be difficult or tortuous and can be surprisingly easy? I believe it can simply be a case of making small changes to your daily routines, that are healthier and more rewarding, inspiring you to continue for longer until you do eventually achieve your goal. The […]

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Extreme diets to avoid this New Year

6 Diets to AVOID this New Year

Finding a diet plan that works is not always an easy task at any time but particularly at this time of year, when you may have gained a few extra pounds over the festive period and you’ve struggling to get back on track with your healthy choices. You may find yourself swayed by the inflated […]

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10 Common Protein Myths; True or False?

With the rise of vegan diets, protein is a hot topic in the health and nutrition press. Whether it’s a focus on how to avoid it or conversely how to ensure even more or indeed whether you should or shouldn’t be avoiding it, many find themselves on a rollercoaster of changing opinions and it’s easy to see how protein myths can embed.

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Yoga Retreat that's more than just relaxing

The yoga retreat that is about more than just relaxing

I love running my yoga retreat at a property that I’ve owned and run since 2001! It’s a wonderful opportunity to invite a small group of like-minded individuals and offer them a glimpse into my world, where we can fully indulge a healthy lifestyle together; cooking and eating delicious healthy food, enjoying the beautiful outdoors […]

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Foods to boost heart health

Seriously boost your heart health with smart choices

Numerous studies conclude that eating a rich and varied diet, that provides good nutrients, protects us from illness and disease and fundamentally, this starts with good vascular health; in other words the health and integrity of your veins and arteries which consequently impacts your heart health. However understanding exactly how eating certain foods can actually […]

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September is the new January!

Hello Autumn

It’s been an incredible summer here in the UK but we’re in no doubt that we are now heading into Autumn! I, for one, love the change in seasons. No matter how much I’ve enjoyed the current season, I always find that the advent of a new season offers me a shift in focus and […]

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Are you eating too much salt?

Are you actually eating too much salt?

Without salt, our food would taste pretty bland but it’s not uncommon to find yourself reprimanded for adding salt at the table. Are we actually eating too much salt and do we need to restrict our intake and perhaps our enjoyment of food? The answer is not that straightforward and indeed, may surprise you. If […]

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How to lose body fat

How to lose body fat and keep it off-my 9 step guide

When I see clients for the first time, losing weight frequently tops their list of health goals. But in many cases, it’s even more specific: to lose body fat around certain areas.  More often than not, they want to lose most of their weight from around the middle. After all, improving your overall health and […]

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Intermittent Fasting to manage menopausal weight gain

Intermittent Fasting: how I use this way of eating to manage my weight during the menopause. “After overindulging in bread and cheese on holiday in France earlier this year I returned home 4lb heavier, which made my size 10 clothes feel uncomfortable. Until then I’d always been able to quickly lose any weight gain within […]

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May Simpkin discusses whether fermented foods are worth the hype?

Are fermented foods actually good for you?

Good gut health is fundamental to our overall health; indeed many health problems can be alleviated if you optimize the efficiency of your gut; words improving the balance of gut bacteria and ensuring a healthy gut flora or microbiome.

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Staying hydrated by eating vegetables by May Simpkin

Getting portion sizes right for weight loss

The notion of not eating or drinking too much to ensure you achieve your weight loss goals is well known and of course so simple. Yet, it is very easy to exceed the amount you know you should be eating and consequently sabotaging your efforts to lose weight. Getting portion sizes right is seemingly harder […]

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Supermarket labels, hidden nasties

The Hidden Nasties Behind our Food Labels

Many of us are now more health conscious than ever, buying and choosing food with their health benefits in mind but the hidden nasties behind our food labels can be quite surprising. Food manufacturers have responded to this with clever marketing tactics to make their foods and products sound healthy. However many of their clever […]

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How plastics can play havoc with your hormone balance

We are hearing more and more about plastic, especially when it comes to pollution. Many TV documentaries have highlight the long term damage our prolific and incessant use of plastics is causing on our environment, piling up in mountains in landfills and polluting our oceans. There is no doubt that our use of plastics is […]

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The Power of Colour in Nutrition & Style

We were delighted to run our first Nutrition and Style Event at Cannizaro House, Wimbledon SW19 on Sunday 28th January 2018 and absolutely thrilled with the many wonderful emails, text messages and social media posts we have received since. It seems taking positive steps to improve our health and wellbeing from both the inside and from the outside […]

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May Simpkin discusses Donald Trump's Diet of Macdonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Burgers

Donald Trump’s Diet; how bad is bad?

As President of the United States of America, Donald Trump could and should be setting an example to a nation which epitomises the global obesity epidemic; 38% of it’s adults classed as clinically obese as well as 17% of its teenagers. Clinically obese, as opposed to Obese moves your health status into a dangerous category […]

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healthy low calorie snacks

11 ideal low calorie snacks to opt for when you’re hungry

There’s a temptation to skip meals if you’re on a diet and trying to lose weight, hoping that you’ll sail through your day energised, focused and without debilitating hunger pangs niggling in the background and knowing which low-calorie snacks to choose can be mesmerising.

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Diet causing headaches

Headaches: Diet tips to manage 7 common triggers

Living with regular headaches is surprisingly common and some people have suffered for years from headaches that simply “won’t go away”. Worse still, the pain can elevate into a longer lasting migraine, which can be debilitating at best.

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Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss

6 benefits of Intermittent Fasting and how to fast for weight loss

The benefits of restricting calories on health and extending life span are well established. Fasting has been used for thousands of years for spiritual and health benefits and has become popular in recent times due to the celebrity endorsement of intermittent fasting, aka the ‘5:2 diet’!  So what are the benefits?

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Healthy Ghee

Ghee; once vilified and now an elixir of health

I remember a time when ghee was vilified as heart clogging, dangerous and to be avoided at all costs. A staple in authentic Indian cooking, it certainly added to the guilt of an Indian take away. Fast forward a couple of decades and now ghee has risen to ‘superfood’ status and is slowly gaining a […]

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Nutrition in Depression

The Under-Reported Role of Nutrition in Depression

  The role of nutrition in depression is one area that has been under-reported or indeed under-recognised when it comes to mental health, despite awareness of mental health issues increasing. The body of evidence and indeed the medical literature shows a clear link between the diet and mental health and specifically the role of nutrition […]

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Coffee with plant based milks

Coffee; 4 ways it can affect you and how much is ok?

A question I am often asked and one that is still subject to confusion due to the conflicting advice we are bombarded with is ‘Should I drink coffee?’.  The ‘coffee experience’ has become a part of modern life and culture and indeed an enjoyment whether gathering with friends or when you’re at a point in […]

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Vegan diet Fibre-rich foods

Why you may not be losing weight on a vegan diet?

There is one response that probably tops most lists of health goals; Weight Loss. Historically over the generations and still today, there is always room for a downward shift in the figure that appears on the weighing scales, whether it’s a priority or not. More recently, another health goal may well be a new contender […]

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Kale - a superfood?

Has Kale had its day as a superfood?

Absolutely not – Kale is still up there! You may well have written it off as a fad and moved on to another vegetable, that has now become ubiquitous at your table; breakfasts, lunch and dinners and even juices. However, as a member of the Brassica family, which also includes cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, […]

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Tired business man from jet lag

Melatonin for jet lag; does it work and is it safe?

Melatonin is a hormone made by the pea-sized pineal gland within the brain and its production is triggered by darkness and inhibited by light. In other words, it is not a sleep hormone but simply a marker of darkness and its release helps to prepare the body for sleep.

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Red chilis

8 Thermogenic Foods that Help to Burn Fat

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to be able to eat foods that can help you lose weight, simply by eating them? Although this doesn’t quite make sense on first reading, you may be surprised to know that there really are foods, thermogenic foods, that can help you do just that. Here are my top 8 foods […]

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Lunch makeover

Britain’s worst lunch choices made healthier

A recent study asked if people were bored with their lunch and a whopping 81 percent confirmed they were, with 30 percent admitting that others had even commented on their boring lunch choices. So let’s look at the worst repeat offenders in the lunch stakes more closely; those that top your lunch choices and see […]

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Weight loss and a Vegan diet: Legumes: Beans and pulses

Legumes; can they play a role as part of a healthy diet?

Absolutely! Firstly, to clarify, the family of Legumes is made up of plants that produce a pod with a seeds inside and common edible examples include lentils, chickpeas, beans, peas and peanuts. They are incredibly nutritious, providing good levels of iron, folate, magnesium, potassium and vitamins B1, B3, B5 & B6. a rich source of […]

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Breakfast to improve focus and productivity at work

Breakfast; the key change to kick start a healthy day

When embarking on a new health kick, you may find yourself inundated with articles and tips for healthy eating as you scour the internet, newspaper and magazines for tips and advice. Such articles, with the conflicting and often confusing advice hammered out, can leave you feeling despondent as to the best course of action to […]

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Here’s 10 Supplements Vegans May Need to Consider

Over recent months, many are choosing to follow a vegan diet and indeed, “Veganuary” may have tempted you to adopt a vegan diet since the new year? A recent Finnish Study identified that ensuring a healthy balanced diet varied amongst those sticking to a vegan diet, with some showing deficiencies. Here are 10 nutrients and […]

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Need more energy?

Want more energy? Eat to support your Thyroid

Want more energy? Tired all the time? It could be that you need to eat to support your thyroid gland. There are 3 key nutrients that support the thyroid function to include more in your diet.   READ FULL ARTICLE

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Spotlight on Aubergine

Spotlight on Aubergine

A classic Mediterranean vegetable, the aubergine is related to peppers, potatoes and tomatoes as part of the “nightshade” family and comes in various shapes, sizes and colours.. The most common variety here in the UK is the pear shaped glossy deep purple aubergine, also known as “eggplant”.

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6 lunch mistakes

6 Lunch Mistakes that are Making you Fat

Despite hearsay, lunch rather than breakfast can be considered the most important meal of the day. It is crucial that you fuel your body so that you can meet your energy requirement during the day, when you are active, both physically and mentally.

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Turmeric

Turmeric; Nature’s Powerful Anti-Inflammatory

Curcumin is the main active ingredient in the spice Turmeric and gives the Turmeric its distinctive yellow colour. Its health benefits have been recognised for thousands of years and now, backed with extensive clinical research, the use of Curcumin as a powerful antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory supplement is gaining significant interest.

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How to stress less

What is Oxidative Stress and Why Is it a Problem?

Oxidative stress is a type of stress that we cannot see, as it affects the cells deep inside our bodies. It causes damage, more specifically, damage to the mitochondria, which are the power houses of each cell, thus affecting the amount of energy they produce and need to function.

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Butter: foods to freeze

Bring Back the Butter

A study published in the British Medical Journal last month has prompted a change in thinking….saturated fats are no longer the villain. The study revealed that those who avoided butter, a saturated fat, in favour of healthy spread alternatives may indeed have noted a drop in cholesterol levels, but this didn’t necessarily translate into a lower risk of heart disease.

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Welcome to maysimpkin.com

As the summer holidays come to an end, the stark reality of the long lazy lunches, relaxing poolside and lack of routine suddenly doesn’t feel so good and addressing your health and lifestyle becomes a matter of urgency!  September is an ideal time to take control and reintroduce the healthy habits that make you look […]

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