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Everyone has been on a diet. Everyone has failed on a diet!
Diets dont work.
Well infact everyone in the world is on a diet because diet simply means what we eat.... whether its two apples a day or deep fried mac and cheese balls or a bit of both!
The only way to maintain and stick to a healthy balanced diet everyday is to make simple changes to your everyday life. These should not impact negatively on your busy, hard, hectic, stressful life, but enhance it! Below are some ideas and tips to help ensure you are doing the best for your body and mind!
Eat seasonal fruit and veggies!
Foods in season contain the nutrients, minerals and trace elements that our bodies need at particular times of year. For example, British Food Fortnight marks the shift from summer to winter and the fruit and vegetables that are coming into season then, such as butternut squash and apples, are packed with vitamin C to boost our resistance to winter colds.
With calls for us to eat at least five portions a day, fruit and vegetables are taking a more prominent role in menu planning. Think about pairing fruits and vegetables with produce that are grown or reared in the same locality e.g. watercress from the rivers of Hampshire or apples from the orchard-filled fields of Gloucestershire.
Add a wildcard to your shopping trolley! Every time I visit a new farmers market or fruit shop, I look around for a fruit or vegetable I've never tried before. I love being excited by whole foods and eating outside of the box. How do you know that your favourite fruit is strawberries if you've never tried a sugar pear or mangosteen?
Make a healthy version of your fave 'not so healthy' meal! I LOVE brownies, pizza, nachos and creamy pasta! I can confirm that I have successfully mastered the healthy version to all of these meals! Whether you're winging it in the kitchen like me, or following a recipe on google, just remember... you can make a healthy version of EVERYTHING!
Get your friends and family on the band wagon! Now unfortunately this often means sharing your delicious, healthy creations, or your expensive box of organic, activated granola with the fam, but hear me out ...... it'll be worth it in the end! Having people surrounding you who not only support your healthy eating, but take part in it with you is literally the dream! Surround yourself with people who support you and bring out the best version of you!
Recently my mam and dad organised a birthday surprise for me and the whole buffet was either homemade whole food or pulp fiction goodies and I loved sharing it all with my nearest and dearest! ❤️
Be prepared and organised! Now I don't mean meal prepping every meal and being so organised you have the next three days meals made. I just mean stock your cupboard and fridge full of healthy ingredients and snacks! I know if I'm ever craving cake or sweets and I open the cuboard to see my healthy flapjacks, peanut butter fudge or honey roasted chickpeas (recipe to follow) I'll immediately crave that... instead of dairymilk! Fill up on fruit, vegetables, nuts and other whole food snacks so you simply won't even have room for the not so healthy options!
Research, learn, discover and explore. Theres nothing more motivating to me than an afternoon spent reading health and nutrition research articles and case studies! After learning more about the impact food has on our bodies, I seem to have a renewed sense of determination, motivation and love for whole foods. Never stop learning, educating and rewarding yourself with health and feel good food!
Yes sometimes all you want is dairymilk and a pack biscuits and that in moderation is ok. Just make sure you are aware of how it will make you feel and how your body will respond! You will soon start wanting them honey roasted chickpeas and carrot and black bean rostis after a long hard day!
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Motivation is a scary word.. It can open doors and can lead us to happiness. But on the other hand without it we can find our goals or possible achievements getting further and further away until they are out of sight. That's not even the scariest part because, when we finally find it, that does not necessarily mean that it will stick around for long.
The purpose of this blog however is not to give you a motivational speech, but rather to understand the science of it and how we can stay motivated for longer.
First a definition of motivation : a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way/ our desire or willingness to do something.
To better understand this there is a quote that I found that I believe explains motivation a lot more clearly :
"At some point the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain of doing it" - Pressfield (the war of art)
In other words at some point it's actually easier to exercise or to eat healthy than to regret eating that bag of crisps or to keep experiencing that self hatred when sitting on the couch all day.
It's easier to change than to stay the same. I realised this myself the day I understood that the world doesn't stand still.. By this I mean, the seasons will change , years will go by whether or not I do something. So during that time (days/weeks) that I waited for motivation to eat healthy and look after myself, I realised.. hang on if I had started last month I would be healthier by now.
Funny thing is, is that we all know the benefits of motivation, I don't need to tell you that it feels good to achieve your goals etc.. You already know.
So why is it so hard? If we know that it will give us pleasure in the long run.
For the most part things/ goals that need motivation in the first place, are not easy to attain or require a bit of effort to get there over an extended period of time. Also the fear of failure once you have put in all that hard work. And we can never forget instant gratification, I mean we all know that feeling when we see ice cream or chips we aren't thinking about how we will feel after or how it impacts our bodies or our efforts but rather.. "IT TASTES SOOO GOOOD!!"
How to make motivation possible?
Step 1 : make a schedule
If you are hoping to wake up one morning and find motivation sitting next to you, I'm afraid you are out of luck.
I found that motivation often shows up only after that you have started your new behaviour not before. So if you start eating healthy today motivation will keep you going for a little while and then it's all down to habit.
Motivation is the result but it is not the cause, so start preparing healthy meals and snacks or set a schedule for your exercise routine and you will find yourself caught in the momentum once you get going!
Step 2 : Start NOW not later
We've all heard the " I want to eat healthy so I need to finish all the junk in the house first so that I am not tempted"
No. In any case this is not a healthy approach. The "all in or out" approach is unhealthy and unrealistic in the long run.
If you want to achieve something there is NO reason that you shouldn't start right now.
Step 3 : Start small
How do I start right now you ask? It's simple.
Make it realistic. If you go too big it will seem way too daunting and well you won't even know where to start. If you go too small then well you'll get bored and give up. You have to find the right balance. Like goldilocks and the three bears, you need to find the porridge that's just right. This way your motivation will stick around for longer and you will feel like you are working towards a goal you can actually achieve.
For example, if you say : "that's it I am never going to eat a piece of junk food ever again" (too big)
" I am going to have one healthy meal a week" (too small and you will probably forget)
" I am going to make every meal as healthy as I can and still allow myself a treat now and again" ( I don't know about you, but to me that sounds just right.)
Finally once you have created your routine, you must prepare for those days where motivation is no where to be found and it just doesn't work and let yourself off the hook. Give yourself a break from time to time. Just make sure you're not giving yourself a break ALL the time, it's all about balance.
Hey! My name is Holly Johnson and I am very excited about starting to write a few guest pieces for PulpFiction! I am currently working towards my Level Three Nutritionist qualification and am a fully qualified special needs teacher. I have a passion for health and fitness and being diagnosed with coeliac since age of nine I have always been very interested in how food effects everything we do.
Recently I went to Pulp Fiction to find out more about the fascinating relationship between diet and the wondrous world of our gut. The evening consisted of good company good food and good tea, which in my book can not get better. The food made for us by Paula the owner of Pulp Fiction. It was made especially to be ‘gut’ beneficial to help us understand what is good for our gut. It also showed us that Paula can make the most wonderful tasty gut friendly food in front of our eyes! The Pharmacy series which are being held at Pulp Fiction are insightful, creative and learning evenings where you can meet like minded people talk about what you know what they know and learn about your body.
Red Aert signs for a unproductive gut!
1. DIGESTIVE ISSUES LIKE BLOATING, GAS OR DIARRHOEA
These are the hallmark symptoms of gut dysfunction. In large, this is due to the health; both number and diversity, of the bacteria living inside your gut, intestines, stomach and colon.
2. SUGAR CRAVINGS
Scientists have found that gut bacteria actually secretes special proteins that are similar to hunger-regulating hormones; leptin and ghrelin. These proteins affect both our food cravings and mood.
3. BAD BREATH
Chronic bad breath is called halitosis. In most circumstances, halitosis stems from odor-inducing microbes that reside in between your teeth and gums, and on your tongue. It can also be caused by bacteria linked to gum disease.
4. FOOD ALLERGIES OR SENSITIVITIES
If you suffer from food intolerances such as gluten or dairy, this is almost always a result of leaky gut. The gut barrier is your gatekeeper that decides what gets in and what stays out.
"The gut barrier is your gatekeeper that decides what gets in and what stays out”
5. MOODINESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Part of the reason micronutrient deficiencies affect mental health is because of compromised gut function. Even if a person with mental heath associated issues did have access to appropriate nutrition or levels of micronutrients, a leaky gut may mean they are unable to absorb them.
6. SKIN PROBLEMS LIKE ECZEMA
A common sign of food intolerance is eczema. Take a look at this article on what's driving your eczema which investigates the link between the health of your microbes and eczema conditions.
Research is now showing the health of your microbiota can give clues as to whether or not you have type two diabetes. Recently, four Russian researchers studied differences in the changes in the microbes of the large intestine, reporting their findings on the link between gut bacteria and type two diabetes in the journal of Endocrinology Connections.
8. AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE AND SUPPRESSED IMMUNITY
The link between leaky gut and autoimmune conditions is huge.
"I have not seen a client at the BePure clinic with thyroid disease who has not had leaky gut, in particular an intolerance to gluten."
Removing gluten for these people and healing their gut has made symptom management and disease reversal possible in almost every single case.
An increasing amount of research has linked gut health to disease and wellbeing, whether it’s digestion, immunity, mood or even metabolism. Our microbiota (the trillions of bacteria in our gut) has such complex, specific functions in the body, it’s sometimes referred to as an organ in itself. Furthermore, we know we can affect our microbiota and the health of our gut via the food we eat. The gut microbiome refers to all of the microbes in your intestines, which act as another organ that's crucial for your health.
Humans have evolved to live with microbes for millions of years. During this time, microbes have learned to play very important roles in the human body. In fact, without the gut microbiome, it would be very difficult to survive. The gut microbiome affects the body from birth and throughout life by controlling the digestion of food, immune system, central nervous system and other bodily processes. Eating a wide variety of high-fiber and fermented foods supports a healthy microbiome. Taking probiotics and limiting antibiotics can also be beneficial.
People forget the simple, basic things which effect our gut and digestion. For example, three healthy, balanced meals per day; not eating when stressed; not drinking loads of coffee. These small simple changes can make a huge difference to the workings of your gut. Dietary advice is completely individual and there is no “one size fits all” fix. Just because it works for Joyce next door, doesn’t mean it will work for you!
Top tips for your diet.
• Eat a diverse range of foods: This can lead to a diverse microbiome, which is an indicator of good gut health. In particular, legumes, beans and fruit contain lots of fiber and can promote the growth of healthy Bifidobacteria.
• Eat fermented foods: Fermented foods such as yogurt, sauerkraut and kefir all contain healthy bacteria, mainly Lactobacilli, and can reduce the amount of disease-causing species in the gut.
• Limit your intake of artificial sweeteners: Some evidence has shown that artificial sweeteners like aspartame increase blood sugar by stimulating the growth of unhealthy bacteria like Enterobacteriaceae in the gut microbiome.
• Eat prebiotic foods: Prebiotics are a type of fiber that stimulates the growth of healthy bacteria. Prebiotic-rich foods include artichokes, bananas, asparagus, oats and apples.
• Eat whole grains: Whole grains contain lots of fiber and beneficial carbs like beta-glucan, which are digested by gut bacteria to benefit weight, cancer risk, diabetes and other disorders.
• Try a plant-based diet: Vegetarian diets may help reduce levels of disease-causing bacteria such as E. coli, as well as inflammation and cholesterol.
• Eat foods rich in polyphenols: Polyphenols are plant compounds found in red wine, green tea, dark chocolate, olive oil and whole grains. They are broken down by the microbiome to stimulate healthy bacterial growth
The Takeaway Info
Your gut microbiome is made up of trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes. The gut microbiome plays a very important role in your health by helping control digestion and benefiting your immune system and many other aspects of health. An imbalance of unhealthy and healthy microbes in the intestines may contribute to weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and other disorders. To help support the growth of healthy microbes in your gut, eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fermented foods. Make sure you give yourself time to eat without television or your phone constantly giving you distractions. Gut health is important. There is no escaping that! Look after yourself you are the most important person in your life!
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Hi guys, my name is Isabelle and i work here at Pulp Fiction. So i will tell you a little about myself so you can get to know me a little.
I am 19 years old and i am a french vegan. (i know you won't find many of me around)
So you are probably wondering what is this all about? Well, I am passionate about people. Specifically people being happy and feeling good in their skin. I firmly believe that feeling good starts from within.
Long story short I am here to tell you about the positive affect of eating healthy food. And let me explain why...
We all know the saying 'you are what you eat' However I believe that there is way more to it than that. Let's put it this way ; when you eat good food, within the first few days you will notice a change. Your skin cells etc regenerate every month or so. This is how you feel the positive effects so fast. We all know that when our bodies feel good from the inside, we feel good on the outside. And then we in turn feel happier and more positive.
Why does this happen?
When you start giving back to your body and you start looking after it, you will feel the rewards! Because your body is thanking you. These are just baby steps, when you start eating healthy and taking care of your body, you will learn to love yourself and truly respect yourself and take care of yourself. Which not many people do. Happiness starts with you, It starts with loving yourself. And like i mentioned above i am passionate about people's happiness.
If you don't know where to start and you are confused or you are thinking 'how the hell am i supposed to make healthy food that tastes as good as a cheeseburger' come and visit us! We can tell you all about it and how easy it is! You don't need to spend hours in the kitchen or eat letuce for the rest of your life!
Well after a whirlwind few weeks since our festive break in Brighton i finally get to sit down and tell you all about it... first of all for those not in the know Brighton is packed with a plethora of vegetarian/vegan restaurants and believe me i wanted to try them all but time was of an essence and due to it being over Xmas and new year some of the places were closed for a few days so i did my research and had a little list of must go to places...most were for evening dining which we seem to lack here in the North East, don't get me wrong we do have choice within omni restaurants and there are a few vegetarian places open on evenings but we do lack some real grown up fine dining experiences serving up works of art on a plate with a flavour bursting menu to choose from.
Our first stop was Food For Friends which i must say was truly a place you would love go to with friends, perfect ambiance and a very attentive waiter whom was a delight and was more than just serving, advising us on the dishes in detail and suggesting wine choices. For starter I chose a wild mushroom and hazelnut pate with sourdough and a star anise gel as pate was one of the meat dishes i would eat when i did partake in meat many moons ago i felt a bit of nostalgia for it and it is not a dish i tend to choose when i go out as i felt that those i have had have been grainy and not really flavourful but this dish was sooo good i could have eaten it all over again. Great texture, flavour and presented beautifully... simple, classic and sure to please. Mr Pulp opted for the chestnut parsnip and Cumin fritters cerved with a cranberry relish and crispy kale, being the king of fritter making I have to say he was not really impressed with the taste and they were quite dry.. presented beautifully so 10 out of 10 for that but if it doesn't taste as good as it sounds Mr Pulp is not going to hold back...good job his main course was divine, Truffled Potato Gnocchi with artichokes, beets and lots of lovely tasting little bits and bobs.... i was jealous as it did taste better than my choice of Jerusalem artichoke fritters with a caramelised turnip gyoza, braised leeks, celeriac and pistachio puree and spice plum sauce..again the fritter let it down but everything else was tasty and beautifully presented.... with wine flowing myself and Mr Pulp engaged in deep conversation about opening a high end plant based restaurant up north (in our dreams of course or maybe if we won the lottery) and we did not want the night to end so desserts were ordered...Poached pear with chocolate cointreau mousse, orange powder and a flax and chia seed snap for the Mr and I had a Maple and muscovado parfait with a caramelised pistachio crumb and a cardomom and clementine sorbet YUM YUM...would be rude not too and it was exactly what it said on the tin too, bursting with flavour and beautifully executed....being new to the blogging world i got far to excited and forgot to take photos once we got past the main course...that and wine. All in all a great night was had and a great introduction to Brighton vegi food at its best. All i have to say about the evening scene is that most of the menus are very heavy in dairy and the vegan choice is generally subbed for tofu which is not my cup of tea so i did eat vegaterian for the duration of our break with a vow to go dairy free upon my return and there was a lack of totally plant based eateries for evening dining.... Root Candy i believe is the only plant based evening dining along with Vegan Food Pimp whom pops up on certain evenings at the Marlborough Pub and Theatre...sadly not on while we were in town. This was our first night of many to come and we were very impressed and it got our minds geared up for thinking out our first Future Food Bistro menu for 2017 which fitted in nicely with Canny Foods new venture into organising a north east wide Vegan restaurant week from the 23rd Jan to the 29th Jan..... so watch this space as our menu developing minds have gone into overdrive and hope to make it a regular occurrence. .....
Stay tuned for the rest of our brighton foodie experience
Miss Pulp x
MThe Month of december is all about go go go... shopping, meeting friends and family, doing seasonal activities such as ice skating, pantomimes, ferrying kids to christmas parties, picking teenagers up at all hours from xmas parties, cooking, cleaning, decorating ....need i go on? thought not. Here is the first of my recipe ideas that are tried and tested out in the cafe. Thought i would keep it simple with a raw no cook recipe that you can make at home with the kids or knock up in the morning for your busy day ahead. We make and sell power balls from pulp fiction and they are so simple...but if you like the sound and have no inclination to make yourself dont worry as they can be bought from us every day or why not pop over to our Made to Order Page and order a whole batch made fresh just for you.
Power balls are a perfect go to snack for those on the run, packed wit loads of energy using a base of Medjool dates and nuts then you can just add what you want, thought i would give you the run down on my christmas power balls being that time of year.
1 500g box medjool dates pitted
1 cup almonds or any other nut you have in your store cupboard
1 cup cranberries
Pinch ground clove
Pinch Ground Ginger
Grate 1/4 of a whole nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
grated rind of 1 orange
1 tsp vanilla Bean Paste
1/4 cup maple syrup
Something to roll in...coconut, chia seeds, poppyseeds, raw cacao or acaiberry powder.
Place the nuts in a processor and pulse for a minute then add everything else except the syrup and turn on processor then when it starts to get mixed drizzle in the maple until the nmixture starts to ball together, you may not need all the maple it all depends on how seet you eant them and how moist your dates are. When done remove from bowl and roll into balls that weight around 35g each and roll in your desired coating.
You will get aroun d 15 balls out of the mixture. why not bag them up and tie a ribbon around anf give as nice little i
gifts at xmas...easy for children to make with no bake but maximum satisfaction.
I love nothing than giving every little thing a purpose so i also add into my balls the nut pulp that i have left over from making my nut milks...waste not want not as my Mam used to say. If you dont make nut milk then keep tuning in as shall show you how to make it very soon x
MISS PULP xx
I am sitting in my little cafe now on a Saturday with not a soul in...on a SATURDAY and it is small business Saturday at that, people are out and about on the street laden down with bags of shopping with gifts galore for family friends buying outfits for nights out. Not our quietest Saturday as looking back over the books we took half of what we have taken today this time last year ...but it does make you feel a little deflated non the less. Luckily i am not a crazy spender at christmas buying sensibly for my nearest and dearest, i shop within my limits to ensure i dont have hefty bills coming in.. and with quite days like this you worry about paying staff, electric bills so worrying about what i am going to buy at xmas is defo a no no for me. My mind often wanders at this time of year thinking about those whom will be alone or homeless, people with no work and finding it hard to even put food on the table never mind buying gifts so on the other hand i do feel very lucky indeed...even though i do get paid way less than the minimum wage. December is a troubling time for many out there so dont forget to look after you with simple things like diet and wellbeing, instead of buying 3 for one at boots or buying into all those deals on things that people dont even need in their life why not pick up vouchers for holistic treatments for your loved ones or a block booking of yoga sessions or even encourage those that are always talking about sorting their diet out to a health on a Plate course... which Julia Ebbens Health Coach shall be running very shortly from Pulp Fiction (details will be reveiled soon). We also sell gift vouchers to come and dine in our cafe and we also run our very own Pulp Fiction Pharmacy that you could book friends onto as a special gift... a gift of giving.
A lot of local holistic centres... i recommend Cloud 9 in cullercoats... have a range of life enhancing gifts for sale too... crystals, salt lamps, natural homemade beauty products and candles. So not only will you be supporting local but you will also be giving a useful gift which believe me when the real stresses and strains hit in January when bills come in, when the big clean down comes and you get time to stop and actually think about what the whole thing has all been about that is when a gift meant for you...truely just for you to indulge your mind body and soul will be very much appreciated. So i guess what i am trying to say is take time out for you and if you cant do that then give gifts that enhance the wellbeing of others...hoping they get the hint and return that favour next year.
Seasons Greetings Miss Pulp x
No by healthy advent i dont mean that we will be opening little doors to reveal a healthy food item and fact about said item.....instead we will be opening our door to you and inviting you try one of our healthy options for half price every day...be it a salad, curry, clean treat or a life enhancing hot or cold drink from or very tasty menu.
December is of course a time for most to celebrate and most over indulge with the excuse that "its christmas" forgetting that our bodies are not used to consuming all that alchohol, rich food and of course chocolate so get overloaded and become ill. So this month we are going to promote healthy eating now rather than in January when it is too late.
The season to be jolly soon turns sour when you have that banging headache after your works night out so why not prepare beforehand and make sure that you dont go out on an empty stomach, try drinking water alongside your wine while drinking and dont forget that your body takes 1 hour to process 1 unit of alcohol so if you are at work the next day set yourself a time limit have your last drink so that the process can begin before you go to bed... you may just be thankful in the morning. Start the day with a Pulp Fiction Juice... we open at 8.30am so perfect time to call in en route to work and grab one of our Soothers which is a slow pressed juice with... grapefruit to restore your electrolite balance to stop you becoming dehydrated and replenishes lost vitamins caused by drinking alcohol, Red cabbage...listen to the ancient greeks as they were the first to do this, cabbage clears the body of congeners (my memories as a cocktail bar manager are coming flooding back) which are toxic by products of the fermentaion process which give us a hangover in the first place so red cabbage is always a good place to start, Red apple helps with your blood sugar levels which drop drastically after alcohol consumption and parsnips which have many benefits including helping to aid gut health and lets face it all that alcohol and rich food cant be doing your gut that much good now can it. When they are all juiced together it makes a perfect hangover cure... so lets start the season as we mean to go on... Eat well...live life to the max and be happy. Oh and dont forget to follow our instagram, facebook and twitter posts to the daily healty advent deal.. helping you help yourself.
Miss Pulp xx
Why hello there lovely Folk... it has taken me many hours to get this website up and running in between running a very busy little cafe 7 days a week i am so very happy that i have made it... so please do keep dropping by to see what is going on in our world of juicing, food invention and generally stuff of goodness.
Our cafe is a little hub of lovely folk all with the same aim in life... to live it to its fullest by nourishing our bodies with yummy life giving foods. We all have many common interests including yoga, wellbeing, mindfullness and loving each other how we would like to be loved ourselves...sounds a bit hippy dippy hey... well you have to come down and see for yourself.
With a warm welcome and lots of comfy nooks and crannies to seat your butt you can people watch, banter with friends, have meetings, do your work, read a book, swap a book in our book swap, recharge your batteries in our covered in south facing Yardon or take in some fresh sea air on our outside decked area while feasting on foods and juices that have been designed to give you a future.... So welcome to Pulp Fiction Future foods website and blog and may our cyber relationship grow and grow xx