Thanks for supporting the INSPIRED Cookbook in aid of Stroud Women’s Refuge. We have been overwhelmed with the support to date, but this is just the beginning as we need to sell a lot of books to raise much needed funds for the Refuge.
Here are a few events that might be of interest to you.
Monday 18th October 7pm
‘Pop Up Bistro’ @ Three StoreysNailsworth. Join us for a ‘one night only’ meal inspired by the recipes from the INSPIRED Cookbook. Spaces are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!
The ‘Pop Up’ is just part of a whole host of events planned at the Three Storeys throughout the Autumn. There will be an INSPIRED Exhibit featuring many of the artists involved with the project from Tuesday 12th October until Sunday 14th November.
The exhibit is situated in the Café and free to visit.
Starting this weekend and running until 10th October, there is an exhibition of new print-based artwork from the Studio of Hayley & Marcus Walters. Marcus provided the artwork for the INSPIRED front cover, plus several pieces feature in the book. https://www.threestoreys.co.uk/whatsonarticles/in-house-studio
Please feel free to share via email or via our Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/inspiredcookbook/ using the hashtag #inspiredcookbook!
As we head towards yet another winter facing the prospect of soaring covid rates alongside increased rates of influenza, it has never been more important to ensure that your immune system is in tip top condition.
So, is there anything you can do to help optimise your immune function to help fight off infections?
The answer is definitely ‘yes’ and research suggests that eating a good diet (rich in nutrients and fibre but low in processed foods and sugar) plus moderate exercise, getting enough sleep (8 hours per night), not smoking and managing your stress levels all support healthy immunity.
While eating a good diet may provide adequate amounts of nutrients like zinc (best sources in meat, fish, legumes, nuts and seeds) and vitamin C (in citrus fruits, peppers, strawberries, broccoli and potatoes) that are known to support healthy immune function, it is unlikely that diet alone will provide sufficient levels of vitamin D. The best dietary sources of vitamin D are from oily fish, red meat, egg yolks, liver and fortified foods like breakfast cereals - but the majority of vitamin D in our bodies is generated by the action of sunlight on our skin. Obviously, in the UK (particularly after the summer we have just had!) this may be problematic, and studies have found that up to 75% of the UK population may have sup-optimal vitamin D levels – particularly by the end of winter.
Since 2016 government advice has been that between October and March, all adults and children over the age of 5 should consider taking a vitamin D supplement of 10 micrograms per day. In addition: people with darker skins; those who are not exposed to much sunlight; breastfeeding infants; or children aged 1 to 4 should consider taking 10 micrograms of supplemental vitamin D per day all year round.
What is vitamin D and what does it do?
Vitamin D behaves like a hormone and nearly every cell in our body has receptors that interact with it. Traditionally vitamin D was known for its importance in bone health and preventing rickets, but it has become increasingly apparent that it is also an important modulator of immune function. It does this by supporting the part of our immune system which is the first line of defence against viral invaders, and also by modulating the inflammatory response.
Multiple large observational studies have documented that having a lower vitamin D level is associated with increased risk of developing: upper respiratory infections 1; influenza 2; HIV 3 4; autoimmune diseases like MS 5 and rheumatoid arthritis 6; and even Covid 7.
These studies, however, do not prove that having a lower vitamin D level is what causes the problem, and the evidence is less clear when we look at studies that examine whether administering supplemental vitamin D protects against developing infections.
So, should you take a vitamin D supplement?
The good news is that there is very good evidence that vitamin D supplementation can indeed reduce the incidence of upper respiratory infections8 particularly in those who have low baseline levels of vitamin D.
The evidence for any reduced Covid risk is however far from clear. While there is some preliminary indication that supplementing with vitamin D may reduce Covid infection rates, symptom severity and mortality9 10 11 - much more evidence is needed to prove any conclusive link. Watch this space!
In the meantime, I would suggest that in addition to regularly including vitamin D rich foods in your diet, everyone should follow current government guidelines to take 10 micrograms (400 IU) of vitamin D3 per day through the coming winter. More advice can be found on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/
While this may be sufficient for most people, genetic variation can mean that a minority may need a higher intake to ensure optimal vitamin D status. Private testing for vitamin D levels is possible and anyone who would like to discuss this option can contact me via the reception at Personal Best.
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‘I was inspired to get this by seeing all your cooking demos on FB before this went to print, it’s such a wonderful idea to create this book for a very worthwhile cause. It’s not just a cookbook, it has a lot of insight into the work that Stroud Women’s Refuge does, which is invaluable in these testing times. Love the artwork too, it truly is inspirational.’
‘I've just bought my copy of the cookbook from Stroud Bookshop - what a triumph. I've been sitting reading and looking at it for the last couple of hours and it's certainly a visual feast! You have done brilliantly in every respect, and I think it's so distinctive in its approach with the artwork, personal stories, and local emphasis. Thank you so much for having the vision and determination to develop the overall concept with such flair and for seeing this project through to completion!’
‘I think it's really fantastic - there is a great range of recipes, including leftovers, which is really excellent, and the photographs of the food are so good. I also like the fact that it's not just a cookbook, I've just been reading about our R.A.S. (which took me back a few years !!!!) and also about 'everything in moderation’ which is a reminder of my years of 'weight watchers' as that was their punchline. So much more than another cookery book.’
‘What a lovely book! I love the mixture of recipes, artwork, stories and gorgeous pictures of food and it seems a really good idea just to have a limited number of recipes for each type of food so that you don't get overwhelmed by choice. I've bought one for myself and one for my sister and am thinking of giving it to everyone at Christmas!’
'The cookery book is a huge success! I think I said that the courgettes and chickpeas were yummy. I’ve also made the cauliflower tikka - a winner. It seemed a bit time consuming but that is because the recipe was new to me. Next to try is the butter squash and cashew and coconut korma!'
A foot with poor support is like a building with poor foundations!
The sole of the foot is the primary method of supporting and propelling the body.
One other side effect of the bare foot summer is the increase in hard skin and calluses. Fortunately, our Foot Health Practitioner Louise Reynolds is able to diagnose and treat most type of foot problems.
Everybody can benefit from a general foot treatment. It ensures all your hard skin is removed, and corns and callus are dealt with, leaving your feet in great condition.
Appointments available every Wednesday 9-5pm.
The benefits and freedom of wearing flip flops or going bare foot in keeping your feet cool and avoiding ‘tan lines’ are outweighed the potential harm to your feet, ankles, knees and hips. Dr Kristine Hagen explains; ‘Although it takes time for your gait to change, continued wear of non-supportive shoes can ultimately lead to serious complications, especially in your ankles, heels, and the soles of your feet.’
Constantly moving without good footwear increases your risk for painful conditions like:
As a result of dysfunction in your ankles and feet, you may also develop pain that radiates up into your legs and back.
Inadequate footwear, especially flip flops, forces the ankles to turn inward, changing how you walk and the length of your strides. Your constant, but subconscious, efforts to keep your flip flops in place can lead to aching muscles and persistently tired feet.
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