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‘I’m not creative’ – or am I?

Claire Stone Nutrition isn’t just about food and nutrition.

Yes, it’s the main focus – I am a Nutritional Therapist after all (doh!), and I’ll always be working to help you get happy and comfortable about food. That’s why I’ve written posts with recipes like this one, and other posts about specific aspects of nutrition, like this one.

But, for me, nutrition has always been influenced by why we do what we do, and what we can do to make our lives happier and healthier without having to give up all the tasty stuff.  Which is why I often end up ranting about stuff like willpower, or why ‘trying to eat better’ is never a good idea.

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Tasty coleslaw

Summer is here and one of my favourite things to eat when the weather gets warm (and especially at a barbeque) is this simple yet bloomin’ marvelous coleslaw which my hubby (Steve) often makes.

It takes just a few minutes to make, keeps for a couple of days in the fridge (if you don’t eat it all, that is) and is better than any coleslaw you could get from the shops.

It’s just one of the recipes featured in the Summer ‘Look! No Nuts! Five Day Reboot – so if you fancy trying a few more recipes to get you eating a bit more healthy again (and want some support from me and a lovely gang of people!) then click here to sign up and really kick start your eating this Summer!

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Do not put your kid on a diet

I don’t care what anyone else says: if your child is overweight, do NOT put your kid on a diet. Not now. Not ever.

(disclaimer: I’m guessing there might be some cases when a diet is the only and urgent answer to an issue, but I’m putting myself out there by saying I believe those times are probably a lot less than you might imagine.)

And by ‘kid’ – not only do I mean the important child in your life. I’m also talking about your pre-teen. Your teenager. Your grown up kid. And, dare I say it, your own wonderful self.

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Post-exercise chocolate milk

People, especially runners, talk about chocolate milk as being a great ‘post exercise’ refueling drink, and I have to agree. It is pretty fantastic.

It tastes good, it quickly gets protein to where it needs to go, and it is super convenient – no need to start cooking an omelette when you have chocolate milk around. In fact, when I talk with clients about exercise, one of the ways I recommend refueling is to have chocolate milk.

But when you look at the ingredients of most commercial chocolate milk drinks, there is a lot of random stuff in there which isn’t exactly what you need. Added sugars, sweeteners, flavourings etc. Those are things that don’t help rebuild muscle.

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On admitting the scary stuff

It was World Escape Day – you know, the amazing day organised by the fab people at Escape the City, and I was asked to be a speaker.

Which was cool – yay me – but also a bit strange because rather than prepare a talk on nutrition or health or food, I was asked to inspire the people at the event in their quest to quit their jobs and go do something amazing instead.

I dutifully (because I’m a very good person) prepared my notes and planned on talking about:

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Spelt pancakes

Pancakes are amazing.

I love them a lot. If it wasn’t for the fact that they take a bit of faffing around, I’d have them every day. Or at least every weekend.

(If you think you shouldn’t have pancakes, read this)

At home, we make our pancakes with spelt flour – here’s the recipe for my spelt pancakes:

  • 1.5 cups of spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon of cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of bicarb of soda
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 3 cups of milk (whatever kind you like) – if you want to go extra pancakely posh, swap one of those cups for a cup of buttermilk
  • (if you want to turn these pancakes into chocolate pancakes, add two teaspoons of cocoa powder to the dry mix)

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No time to sleep?

So many of my clients say the same thing:

I’m so tired.

I’m knackered.

I don’t have enough energy.

Yet when I ask them how much sleep they are getting, the answer is often:

Not enough.

See, they already know that they aren’t getting enough sleep, but at the same time, they don’t prioritise getting the sleep that they need. They say they have no time to sleep.

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