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Don’t want to be labelled obese? Obey the labels!

Having put together a nutritional diet for an ‘abs’ program, there’s little I don’t know about food labelling.  Much of that is thanks to the in-depth research necessary to turn the diet used as the basis for the program from the haute cuisine status it held, whilst delivering exactly the same results, into a Supermarket own-label branded diet (in the majority).

In fact, if you were to lay out the majority of everyday foods on a table, I’d be able to give you a rough approximation of the make up of each ingredient, fats, carbs, protein and any vitamin and/or mineral content, including sodium. Once you get to that stage, you begin to take it for granted that everyone else, similarly conscious of what they’re feeding their bodies (you so very are what you eat), at least shows a passing interest in what the packaging says about the food within. But apparently not.

That ever-popular editorial Agricultural Economics has recently issued this year’s results of the National Health Interview Survey in the US. It highlighted, for me, three main instances that could be directly addressed to tackle the epidemic of obesity spreading the globe (not to mention far too many waistlines), upon the crest of which rides the ever-growing problem of type two diabetes, even in younger adults.

The first, and for the woman looking for a quick fix to tackle their weight loss issues, is perhaps the one that is simplest to implement, is that women who don’t read food labels are an average 9lbs heavier than their content-querying counterparts. That’s like half a stone and then some!

Secondly, the annual study suggests that those who continued their education after compulsory schooling were more likely to consult the food labels than those who’d quit as soon as they were able.

And tertiary – portion control. Quite simply, if you don’t know how many calories, grams of saturated fat or nutritional content each meal contains, how on earth can you begin to serve up healthy options for you and your family?

All of this suggests that the education about food we receive falls way short and it’s often up to us as adults to go out into the world and learn even the basics of nutritional content that will help us live our lives to the full and engender our children to do the same.

There is plenty of further reading on here under the ‘healthy eating‘ tag, but why not do something about learning how to cook healthy and nutritious food yourself? We offer many regional cookery courses for you to compare. Check them out and see where you can get a hold of your nearest healthy-eating cookery class to kick-start your metabolism, hence your life. It is that serious.

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Foods that are naturally healthy for body, mind and soul

Readers and followers of cookerycourses.co.uk over the last year will have picked up little hints and tips that, as much as we cover food in general on this website, my heart beats with a passion for healthy eating.

I’m not talking processed ready meals to fit nicely into a points program to reduce/maintain weight – if that’s your idea of how to cook healthy and nutritious food, then me and you need to have a little chat. I’m talking about taking nature’s own goodness and deriving nutrition out body can actually do something proactive with. Not just satisfy a hunger, but develop your body the way nature intended us to be.

One of the key factors to being able to lose weight and keep it off is having a mind capable of dealing with the fact that, in order to be your best you have (probably) got to go through a life-changing process. Where many people fail is that there is not focused enough to determine the truth in that or retain the will power to help realise any targets, dreams and goals you set yourself to become a healthier, slimmer more active and attractive person.

Whilst there is a profusion of differing ways purported to help your body online, there’s a lot less about how we can fuel our mind to make it perform at it’s sharpest. So, today and tomorrow, we’re going to look at just that based upon an article in The Cooking Academy this weekend entitled Top 10 Brain Foods.

1. Blueberries – this little star deserves a medal! Not only is it one of many a fitness trainers’ recommended Superfoods, now it’s being recognised as a key ingredient to help with cognitive performance. It’s widespread mind-issue tackling functions and ability to burn more calories than are included in its indigo, squishy body are not the only powers the blueberry has, either. According to it, it can help reduce the impact of free radicals through its high antioxidant content and can help reduce the signs of ageing. No wonder they’re about a pound for a vacuum pack of ten in the supermarket!
2. Salmon – it’s amazing how many of the foods commonly accepted to help the body reach its optimum are also accredited with helping your brain do the same. Whilst tuna is high in essential Omega-3 too, the helpful oil found in salmon is a much purer derivative. Both contain high levels of protein, too and, according this new research salmon promotes the growth of healthy brain tissue as well as staving off many of the symptoms and causes of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
3. Linseed – these little seed pellets are dense with ALA and, when released, the healthy fat boosts performance of the cerebral cortex. This particular segment of our cerebrum is responsible for sensitivity and touch and without its function, sight, smell, sound and nervous reaction would be severely dampened. Linseed is also extremely helpful in weightloss, helping to keep the intestinal tract clean, allowing you to derive the maximum amount of nutrition from the food you eat, staving off starvation that little bit longer.

Okay, those are three good starters, beneficial to both body and mind. And, of course, for your ever-loving soul, if you share this knowledge with friends, family and anyone who you think could benefit from a change in their diet.  Join me tomorrow when we’ll look at the final seven selections and how they can bring us to the peak of physical and mental conditioning.

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Katy Perry tweets to fans she’s taking up a cookery course

So even the superstars realise the importance of learning to cook. It seems that it doesn’t matter how many millions you have in the bank, possessing the ability to fend for oneself in the kitchen is paramount to self fulfilment.

The gorgeous Katy Perry is temporarily foregoing the limelight to start a new relationship with the kitchen. An announcement from the pop queen on twitter reveals that she is tempting to become “human” by enrolling herself in a cookery class.

Her fledgling attempts at culinary prowess may well be a sign that the 27 year old superstar is thinking of settling down. Reportedly dating John Mayer, a fellow top of the pops singer (that’s showing my age – c’mon, I could have said ‘The Tube’), this may be a sign that Katy is perhaps seeking domestic bliss.

It was only a short Tweet and did not divulge in which discipline the cookery course is aimed. This is not the first time that the chart-topping Perry has shown a public interest in cookery; earlier this year the ‘Teenage Dream’ singer invested a cool $50,000 for a one off cookery class with celebrity chef Cat Cora.

The huge sum was donated to Elton John and his AIDS foundation. The charity event, celebrating its 20th anniversary, saw Perry embroiled in a bidding war to court Cora’s culinary expertise, which she eventually won thanks to the massive bid.

The prize was, though, shared with big screen producer Steve Tisch. Maybe Perry’s thoughts, as she approaches her late twenties, are turning to quiet nights in with new beau, Mayer. It is perhaps a far cry from the wild, long hell-raising nights with ex husband Russell Brand.

No, I can’t work it out, either: what did she see in him in the first place and what on earth (that was nearly stronger) was he playing at fooling around with a woman like Perry sat at home?  If she ever decides to become a wandering chef and abandon the charts and stage forever, she can come and cook me up a dish any time she feels like it.  No doubt all the ladies are thinking the same thing about Brand, and who am I to argue the toss?

Who knows? We may well see Ms. Perry on BBC screens next year in the next series of Celebrity Master Chef. However, with no disrespect to “Peggy”, I cannot image Perry preparing scampi on the same workbench as Su Pollard.  Unless they called it the Peggy & Perry Cookery Show – now that would be full of hi-de-hi’s and low-de-lows, for sure.

But seriously, it just goes to show that even the most glamorous people on the planet appreciate the need to be able to cook for themselves. Perhaps if more celebrity icons got involved publicly with learning how to cook healthy and nutritious food from scratch, then more of our youngsters would follow suit.

Learning to cook from an early age is one of life’s essential lessons. Let’s hope the millions of Perry’s twitter fans take a leaf out of her cookery book, which I’m sure would also be a hit if she put her mind to collating what she has learnt in the kitchen, or intends to, into a glossy recipe book.

If you are anxious to teach your children to cook, there are plenty of cookery courses on our home page that will fulfill this need. Why not head on over there and compare our current offerings, hand-picked from the best on the net today? For many adolescents, learning their way around the kitchen professionally really would be a teenage dream come true.