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Don’t break the cold chain

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This is the chain of chilled food storage and distribution. Micro-organisms multiply rapidly in food at room temperature so the solution, to avoid food poisoning, is to make sure that the cold chain isn’t broken. Bacteria are everywhere in the environment, and some can affect the quality of products and be dangerous to health. Below 5°C, their growth is slowed down or even stopped. Maintaining standards for temperatures makes it…

Focus on gluten

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Between publicity, lobbying, news, fashion and scientific reality, it’s often hard to choose the right path when it comes to food. Gluten is a case in point; at present, anything and everything is being said about it. Here’s why it’s essential to give it serious thought. GM crops and gluten We now know how GMOs, or genetically-modified organisms, can be harmful not only to our health but also to the…

It’s time for tea at the Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul

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As soon as I entered the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul, on this sunny Monday, I knew at once that this hotel would enchant me just like the other Ritz hotels. Ideally located in the very heart of the city, the hotel offers a magnificent panorama of the Bosphorus. How could anyone resist the magic of the place? When you’re surrounded by its Turkish-themed decor, it’s very easy to drift away amongst the…

Luminette | Light therapy that goes wherever you do

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For some months I was in a club with a very big membership – people who have difficulty sleeping. I’d been having trouble getting to sleep, and I’d been waking up in the middle of the night and then not being able to get back to sleep again. Being a supporter of gentle methods, that’s where I started to try to deal with the problem, with transformational breathing, meditation, herbal…

The benefits of quinoa for the skin

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Apart from being an excellent alternative to starchy foods, quinoa is our partner for beautiful skin. This plant is not only a favourite with vegetarians and vegans; it’s also known for its healing qualities, its anti-aging effect, and as a food that helps resist spots and acne. Quinoa, a grain with real benefits for your skin Consisting of 70% carbohydrates and 15% proteins, quinoa is ideal for people with gluten…

Sports latest: the Megaformer

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I’m having an interesting sports experience that I’d like to share with you. For the last three months, I’ve been doing Pilates on a ‘Megaformer’ machine at Community Megaformer studio. I take two courses per week, on top of my usual routine. The Megaformer is often confused with the ‘Reformer’, but the Lagree method is different. (Lagree is the name of the Megaformer designer and coach). With Lagree, you do,…

RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL | VIENNA

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Do you know Vienna? I’ve just spent a few days in the Austrian capital. I walked in the footsteps of Empress Sisi and Crown Prince Rudolf, and I admired the fabulous palaces and magnificent gardens. I also had the good luck to see Madame Butterfly at the Vienna State Opera. In Vienna, the grand story of Europe is still ever-present in the 21st century. If you’re planning a romantic/cultural getaway…

Pollen, the unsung hero of beehive products

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Pollen: A little grain with big benefits Used since time immemorial, beehive products never cease to surprise with the sheer variety of their benefits. We know about honey and royal jelly, but we hear less about pollen. However, with its toning, energising and anti-aging properties, now is more than ever the time to use it! What is pollen? Pollen consists of little yellow, gold and orange spheres, collected by bees…

Healthy, practical, tasty snacks

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So you’ve adopted a healthy lifestyle and decided to keep it up? You don’t want to carry on nibbling just anything that comes along, but you’re even less keen to pay inflated prices for healthy snacks. Let me pass on some healthy recipes that are easy to make. Energy Balls Half a cup of stoned dates Half a cup of sliced almonds A quarter cup (15g) of cocoa powder 1…

The Ayurvedic diet – it’s a whole lifestyle

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Far from the cliché that too often bundles it in with Indian cuisine, the Ayurvedic diet is based on a set of principles that focus on the individual and his or her particular physical and mental characteristics. Here is a summary of its central principles: Another way of looking at nutrition and digestion The principle of Ayurvedic diet is not to put foods together in categories but to concentrate on…