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Hello All,

It’s that time of the week again – hump day! I cannot believe how fast the weeks are flying by and how the weekends are forever fast approaching. I guess I shouldn’t complain though as it is an indication that I’m enjoying work at the moment. Here’s a scary thought though; we are officially six months away from Christmas! Which makes me wonder how many of us have actually stuck to and achieved our New Years resolutions?!

Anyway, a slightly different post today about another aspect of my diet, which arethe vitamin and mineral supplements I consume. There has often been negative associations made about supplements such as a healthy diet should provide all the nourishment and nutrients required, leaving little argument substitute products. However, in a modern environment it is considerably different when compared to our ancestors therefore disease can often be induced even in the healthiest of diets. More information can be found here about the arguments around supplements and particularly why they are important.

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I think we all crave some comfort food once in a while and admittedly the weekend is usually the time I cave and have a little binge. My Mam’s sunday roast is one meal I could eat when wanting to warm the cockles of my heart, however it certainly isn’t the healthiest of dinners to consume.

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Coconut oil is rapidly becoming incredibly popular in the western world with many celebrities hailing the super oil. However, on my travels to Colombia I discovered it is a traditional product in the tropical world that has been used for thousands of years holding various properties in food, medicine and industry. And it is no surprise why its popularity is sky rocketing in this part of the world with the many benefits in obtains.

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Hope we have all had a wonderful weekend. I had a lovely weekend back in the countryside celebrating my Mam’s birthday and feel refreshed ready for the week ahead.

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So in all special occasions, cake is a necessity. After skimming through the range of sugar and fat laden cakes in the supermarket, I realised I would be silly to not try making my own one. Alas in a mad frenzy I managed to whip this fat free, gluten free rich chocolate cake within the hour. I like to hope I tricked most people by not letting them into the secret ingredients until they had tried the cake.

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I don’t intentionally eat a lot of vegetarian and vegan dishes, as I love all meat. However, sometimes if I’m on a particularly tight budget one week, vegetarian and vegan options can often work out a little cheaper.

I’ve experimented with curries in the past and never managed to achieve the same diverse taste and moist texture like those from the local curry house. Albeit, the common purchased curry has often been made by an experienced chef and includes richer ingredients that often increase the saturated fat content of the dish.

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In theme with my recent post about Colombian Cuisine i experienced on my travels, one of my favourite parts was the access to the best avocados that I have ever ate. Not only were they consistently ripe and about four times the size to those we find in the UK, they cost $1,000 PESO, which is the equivalent of 35p. Compare this to the minuscule £1.50 avocados we have to choose from in the local supermarkets, I most definitely made the most of it while on my travels.

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After a rather stressful and frustrating few days of travel (don’t ask!) I have finally returned from an amazing trip in Colombia!

ImageAvocado’s the size of melons – heaven! And only a few pence when compared to those we buy in the UK supermarkets

Although my trip wasn’t as long as I would of liked, I still had a phenomenal time and was lucky enough to experience many of Colombia’s diverse settings. I could go on about my favourite moments, but I don’t want to bore you with stories of personal amusement.

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