Is a Vegan Diet Better for You? In this week’s episode, Rachael talks to the Plant Power Doctor, Dr Gemma Newman. Listen as Rachael and Gemma talk about: The health benefits of eating a more plant-based diet Do you need to eat a fully plant-based diet (vegan) to get these health benefits? The connection between a plant-based diet and reduced risk of CVD, Type 2 Diabetes, autoimmune disease, lowered blood pressure. How eating a plant-based diet could improve IBS symptoms, improve inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and increase your longevity. How to dramatically reduce your risk of chronic disease The benefits of eating soy products (and why you shouldn’t fear them) How eating a plant-based diet could reduce your risk of cancer, and why Should we eat meat replacement products? Are they healthy? How to get enough Vitamin B12, Folate and Omega

This slow cooker recipe is perfect for the winter drawing in - just what you and your family need. Something quick and easy to prepare in the morning so that you can come home to the perfect family meal. Taken from Rachael's 'Cut the Crap 4' recipe book, this recipe was designed to be super quick and easy to create. 500 g stewing steak ((cut into cubes))2 400g tins chopped tomatoes1 large white onion (diced)2 cloves fresh garlic (minced)3 cm piece of fresh ginger2 small red chillis3 star anise2 tbsp ground cumin2 tbsp ground coriander250 ml fresh beef stock2 medium sized white potatoes10 cherry tomatoes40 g spinach Place all the ingredients except for the potatoes, tomatoes and spinach into your slow cooker. Stir and add

In this episode of The Ditch the Diet Podcast, Rachael speaks about mindfulness to lifestyle and family wellbeing coach Dani Binnington from Healthy Whole Me ( Listen as Rachael and Dani discuss: Dani's journey from being diagnosed with Breast Cancer in her early 30's back to health and how she used mindfulness to help with the health anxiety that came with this. What exactly is mindfulness? Can anyone practise or do you need to be a 'type' of person? How to practise in your everyday life, even whilst washing the dishes! Mindful walking and mindful eating practice. The impact of stress on your health and lifestyle (and small things you can do to help you find relief). How to find relief from overwhelming situations and experiences. Find out more about Dani on her blog: Dani's Instagram: Listen to the previous episode of the Ditch the Diet Podcast by clicking here.

Here's how to roast pumpkin seeds that you discard from your carving pumpkin! They make brilliant snacks and are packed full of nutrients and fibre. Don't throw them away! All of the pumpkin seeds from your carved pumpkin Clean the seeds first by washing them in cold water and removing any remaining pumpkin pulp.Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (Gas Mar 4)Boil a pot of water, and add the seeds. Boil for 5 minutes then drain and pat dry.Line a baking tray with some greaseproof paper, toss the seeds across the tray and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil. Make sure they are evenly coated. Season with salt and paper and bake in the oven for roughly 8-10 minutes. But keep an eye on them because they roast quickly!Allow to cool, pat excess oil off with kitchen towel and enjoy as a

  A delicious, mild and creamy curry made using coconut cream. Vegan. 200 g butternut squash (chopped into small cubes)200 g sweet potato (chopped into small cubes)1 tin chickpeas (drained and rinsed)60 g spinach1 tsp ground coriander1 tsp ground turmeric1 tsp ground cumin1 onion (diced)2 cloves garlic (minced)2 cm piece of fresh ginger (grated)6 cardamom pods6 curry leaves1 tsp mustard seeds500 ml vegetable stock ((stock cubes are fine))50 g coconut cream ((use the solid sachets))1 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil In a part pot, fry the diced onion over a low heat until see through (roughly 5 minutes)Add the garlic, ginger, cardamom pods, curry leaves and fry slowly over a low heat for a further 2-3 minutesAdd the cumin, coriander and turmeric and fry gently for another minute or so.Add the vegetable stock, the sweet potato and butternut squash. Cover and

Rachael talks to Dr Joshua Wolrich, a medical doctor and NHS surgical trainee about his journey from overweight and unhealthy to achieving a healthy weight whilst changing his relationship with food. As a medical doctor, Joshua's motivation for change was to become a better role model for his patients. Join Rachael and Dr Wolrich as they discuss: Why you should focus on improving your relationship with food instead of thinking about counting calories. How to give yourself permission to eat whatever you like. Is aspartame really bad for you? Does the keto diet work? What about clean eating? Why you will weight more when you eat carbs (but it's not a bad thing) Are diet drinks bad for your health? Will eating croissants make you fat? and LOADS more. Find Dr Wolrich on Instagram here: For more details on how to Ditch the Diet,

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