A medical officer has revealed how you can get the best out of supermarket meal deals - including the most balanced lunch choices and best-priced options. With everyone from Boots to Marks & Spencer and most recently Holland & Barrett expanding their offerings, everyone loves a meal deal; the perfect quick fix when you're hungry and on a budget. However, it can sometimes be difficult to know which combinations provide a balanced lunch option that will keep you full and energised for the rest of the day, rather than giving you the dreaded afternoon lull. Coconut water brand Vita Coco has worked with Dr Tom Micklewright at Push Doctor, from the UK, to offer tips and advice on picking the most balanced but tasty options. The expert analysed one meal deal available from six different supermarkets - Morrisons, Co-Op, M&S, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Boots. The results found that Boots was the biggest saver option, with a total saving of £2.60, while … [Read more...] about How to get the best lunchtime meal deal on the high street: Expert reveals that Tesco has the least calories while Boots offers top value for money
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A severely obese 20 stone mother, who blamed herself for her son's autism and soothed her guilt by consuming 3,000 calories a day, has lost ten stone thanks to a free gym pass she received during a shopping trip. Sue Henman, 40, from Middlesbrough, Cleveland, who is 5ft 5in, struggled with her weight throughout her 20s, but when she discovered her son Jake, now 14, had autism in 2008, she blamed herself and started comfort eating. But after receiving a free gym pass she started working out and overhauled her diet to halve her body weight to 10 stone in three years, and drop from a size 24 to a size 12. Sue, who also has a daughter named Evie with her husband Jamie, 38, said: 'After having a healthy, happy boy, it pulled the rug from right underneath me to learn that Jake had autism when he was three years old. Sue Henman, 40, from Middlesbrough, Cleveland, North Yorkshire, went from 20 stone (left) to ten stone (right) in the course of two … [Read more...] about Obese mother who comfort ate 3,000 calories a day sheds 10st after getting a free gym pass during a shopping trip
Everyone knows the traditional healthy eating routine: five fruit and veg a day, plenty of vitamins, a balance of protein, carbs and fats. The problem is, new research has found those rules show only half the picture. In fact, following them alone probably won’t lead to optimum health, however many apples and carrots you eat. That’s because the science now shows that this type of diet completely ignores the needs of the 40 trillion bacteria living in our gut. And those bacteria aren’t just passengers, they are integral to our mental and physical wellbeing. Dr Megan Rossi (pictured) who is a world-leading expert in gut health, explained the importance of eating and drinking 30 different plant foods each week A healthy microbiota (the community of gut bacteria) is thought to lower the risk of certain cancers, reduce the chance of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and massively increase our happiness. But only if you look after it. For good mental and physical … [Read more...] about Forget five-a-day! One of Britain’s top nutritionists says she’s found the secret to optimum health — and happiness. So, are YOU getting your 30-a-week?
A grandmother shed 55lbs after her daughter taught her to use an iPhone to help her lose weight - and she's now medication-free and swamped with compliments from younger men for her ripped physique.Fitness fanatic retiree Joan MacDonald, 73, from Ontario, Canada, struggled with her weight throughout her life, despite being relatively active, and could barely walk up the stairs after having knee replacement surgery. After using food as a way to escape a difficult time in her marriage, her weight ballooned until it peaked at 198lbs and size 22.Joan was also on various medications to help with her health, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol and acid reflux. Grandmother Joan MacDonald, left, shed 55lbs after her daughter taught her to use an iPhone to aid weight loss. She's now medication-free and is regularly complimented by younger men Joan, 73, pictured in a bathing before her weight loss, struggled with her weight throughout her life, and could barely walk … [Read more...] about Grandma sheds 55lbs by learning to use an iPhone to plan her diet and workouts – and is now so ripped she can hip thrust her own bodyweight