Artificial Sweeteners

As the name suggest they are artificial and do not belong in our food chain. Why would you want to ingest chemicals? Sugar free foods are very popular and sadly they are often perceived as healthier. Why are artificial sweeteners bad for you? they can affect your gut microbiome, artificial sweeteners promote unhealthy gut bacteria… Read more »

Why you need CHOLINE during pregnancy?

Did you know the importance of choline during pre-conception, pregnancy and lactation? I did not! Check if your prenatal supplements include this essential nutrient. Mine did not. Nutrients that receive the most attention in guidelines on pre-conception nutrition are folate, iron, and calcium. But what about other essential nutrients such a CHOLINE? You need more… Read more »

Why looking after your joints is important?

Because healthy joints allow you to freely and painlessly move your fingers, toes, knees, ankles and other parts of your body. There are plenty of factors and health conditions that detrimentally affect pain free movement. Arthritis, gout, being overweight or obese to name a few. Inflammation is common for all the above mentioned, and very… Read more »

Is fat making you fat?

Let`s talk about fat. Does eating fat will make you fat? Not necessary, the truth is the obesity crisis is partially linked to our obsession with purchasing foods with ‘low fat’ or ‘0% fat’ claims. The claims may be true however check the labels and you will likely see foods with excessive levels of sugar and… Read more »

Diet for breastfeeding

It has been 2.5 weeks since my daughter was born. I thought it is a good time to share some knowledge on diet I follow for breastfeeding. This is what works for me and my baby. I hope it will work for you as well. Have you ever wondered what you should or shouldn`t eat… Read more »

Vegan Black Bean Soup

Looking for an easy recipe that is delicious and nutritious? This soups ticks all the boxes! Low in calories and fat, high in fibre and healthy nutrients. Black beans are an excellent source of plant protein and fiber. Low in calories, no fat. Good source of folate – a nutrient considered to be one of the… Read more »

Healthy Thai Soup

Looking for a yummy, quick and healthy soup to kick-start your new year and new you? This recipe is full of flavour, veg, warming spices and healthy fats. For those in pre-conception period or pregnant, folate, present in broccoli, has been linked with reduced risk of spina bifida in babies. Ginger has been studied to… Read more »

Endometriosis

Endometriosis. What is it? It is the condition associated with estrogen dominance. We talked about estrogen dominance in my earlier post https://smartanutrition.co.uk/estrogen-dominance/. It affects approx 10-15% of women aged 25-45 and approx 30% of them are infertile as the result of it. It is a condition when your uterus lining grows outside your uterus in places… Read more »

Healthy pizza

We all know that processed food is bad for us…but Pizza tastes sooo good, so we still eat it. I am occasionally guilty as well! However, I have been making a healthy version of this commonly eaten fast food. Preconception and pregnancy is such an important time for both the mother and the baby. It is the time when… Read more »

Unexplained infertility – there is hope

This was my and my husbands diagnosis before conceiving our little boy through IVF. Unexplained infertility. It was like a sentence. I had rather been diagnosed with a condition or given a reason for our inability to conceive a baby. But there is hope. Some studies (see the links at the bottom) indicate that approx 20% of… Read more »

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