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The Sourdough School: Sweet Baking: Nourishing the gut & the mind Hardcover published 3 Sept. 2020

The Sourdough School: Sweet Baking: Nourishing the gut & the mind Hardcover – 3 Sept. 2020 by Vanessa Kimbell

Healthy food, the key to a positive life and at its base should be good bread. Many benefits accrue to sourdough bread. The process of preparing sourdough involves a slow fermentation process. This in turn creates a healthier and lighter dough that is easier to digest. Personally I find this to be the case.

So this process can be applied to a range of breads, tarts, biscuits and others. They can all be made with sourdough. In Vanessa Kimbell’s new book you will find many recipes that will provide for for nourishing the gut but will also improve your mood.

In Vanessa’s book, you will use a variety of flours, including chestnut, spelt and einkorn, as well as blends you can make up. There is a wide variety of options including cakes, tarts and biscuits, to doughnuts, brioche and pretzels.

It is impossible to read this book without wanting to scuttle off into the kitchen.’ Nigella Lawson

Do you want to bake:

Morello Cherry Shortbread,

Chocolate, Tangerine & Pistachio Cakes,

Carrot & Walnut Cake, Doughnuts

Mille-feuille

Chocolate, Almond & Hazelnut Spread

Sourdough Vanilla Ice Cream?

The basis for the health benefits based upon gut microbiome considerations, are expained by Vanessa when she considers the health benefits of having diversity in your diet to the amazing work of enzymes.

A fundamental connection between our food, gut microbiome and the potential impact on our mental health. New studies are unveiling links between the microorganisms in our gut and our mood and behaviour, and Vanessa is at the forefront of this research.

‘Britain’s queen of sourdough.’ – Telegraph

‘Vanessa Kimbell wants to change the bread we eat, one loaf at a time. She’s the real deal: a total inspiration.’ – Diana Henry

Just five years ago if someone said to you that they were writing a book about sourdough bread and mental health you would have thought they needed psychiatric help. Today nobody is laughing as the latest science tells us that microbes are the key link between food and the health of our mind and bodies.’ – Tim Spector, author of The Diet Myth

To buy the book, see Amazon: (we receive a small remuneration if you choose to purchase)
The Sourdough School: Sweet Baking: Nourishing the gut & the mind

Zanna Van Dijk STRONG 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes Fit Healthy Balanced Body

For a balanced approach to Health and Exercise, to become STRONG and lose weight and belly fat – another interesting book by Zanna Van Dijk called STRONG: Over 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes For Achieving A Fit, Healthy and Balanced Body was published just towards the end of the last year (2016).

My new theme for @Cook_BookReview FoodBlog is to research the most current books and ideas that offer the best potential for developing our health, body and mind.

So a really good candidate is STRONG: Over 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes For Achieving A Fit, Healthy and Balanced Body – click the link to read more and see offers to buy on Amazon from £5.99.

It seems current trends lead to the conclusion that we need exercise, movement and healthy foods to maximise our potential.

Zanna Van Dijk has come up with the concept of making us strong, by exercise and eating with balance as the core concept.

Book Content:

There are three sections in Zanna’s book:

MOVE, NOURISH and THRIVE

MOVE:

Considers how best to move, through the most efficient forms of exercise.

Resistance, HIT and preparation, recovery.

A comprehensive list of 80 exercise, with sets and reps to target each of the key body areas, with beginner and advanced sections.

NOURISH:

A selection of 40 recipes for the main meals, with sensible, healthy balanced ingredients.

What food is, the need for balance in meals and a number of tips and tricks to enable healthier choices.

THRIVE:

Reflection and self-evaluation. 

A very good guide to health, exercise and food to improve your body.

Though as with all books of this type, ask your Doctor for advice before starting any new regime – but with numerous beginners sections – the book is a gentle start to exercise that can transform our physical and mental health.

For the latest see Zanna’s website: Zanna Van Dijk and her Blog: Blog – Zanna Van Dijk

Zanna Van Dijk on Instagram Zanna van Dijk (@zannavandijk) • Instagram photos and videos and on You Tube Zanna van Dijk – YouTube and on Twitter Zanna van Dijk (@zannavandijk) · Twitter and on FaceBook Zanna van Dijk – Home | Facebook

Check out Zanna’s videos to help lose weight and lose belly fat.

My Diet and Fitness Routine for Fat Loss – YouTube

Strong Ep. 2 | How To Get A Flat Stomach – YouTube

The Daily Mail has an article on how Zanna transformed her figure and health an Instagram – FITSPO star.

She is taking the same approach as Shona Vertue – see blog:  Shona Vertue: The Vertue Method A Stronger Fitter Healthier You in 28 Days

Book offer links on Amazon:

STRONG: Over 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes For Achieving A Fit, Healthy and Balanced Body

The Vertue Method: A stronger, fitter, healthier you – in 28 days


Shona Vertue: The Vertue Method A Stronger Fitter Healthier You in 28 Days

The Vertue Method by Shona Vertue @shonavertue is a new approach, bringing together key components that unite to build a healthy mind and body as featured on This Morning @thismorning

A new book from the accomplished yoga teacher and personal trainer, Shona Vertue -brings a holistic view to health and fitness and the achievement of a new you.

“Shona changed my perspective on Yoga. Working with her made my aches and pains after playing disappear.” David Beckham

Change physically and mentally for a better life by following three key principles – lifting, lengthening and nourishing body and mind. Follow the links to Shona’s website and You Tube for more information while we wait for the book.

To order Shona’s new book – please review The Vertue Method: A stronger, fitter, healthier you – in 28 days the book is now published.

The new book provides:

  • a 28 day food and fitness plan
  • separate workouts for beginners and advanced movers
  • exercises based only a kettle bell and resistance band
  • a flexibility and mobility guides
  • a food plan to match the program.

Videos:

The Vertue Method: A stronger, fitter, healthier you – in 28 days: Shona’s video to give you more information on what to expect from the Vertue Method book and a summary of what to expect.

A good butt workout, see an example of how to use the resistance bands and a kettle bell: Shona’s butt workout on RED

Instagram:

Shona Vertue on Instagram: Shona Vertue (@shona_vertue) • Instagram photos and videos

Twitter:

Shona Vertue on Twitter: Shona Vertue (@ShonaVertue) · Twitter

Vimeo:

Shona Vertue on Vimeo: Watch Shona Vertue – The Vertue Method Online

 

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Some additional health and exercise books currently showing promise:

Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet: My low-carb, stay-happy way to lose weight

The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide: 200 Recipes, Weekly Menus, 4-Week Workout Plan

STRONG Zanna Van Dijk : Over 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes For Achieving A Fit, Healthy and Balanced Body

New – The Food Medic: Dr Hazel Wallace Recipes & Fitness for a Healthier, Happier You

New – Joe wicks Cooking for Family and Friends: 100 Lean Recipes to Enjoy Together

Joe Wicks – Lean Shape Shift Sustain books for a longer healthier life


Joe Wicks – Lean Shape Shift Sustain books for a longer healthier life

The Body Coach, Joe wicks. Can we apply the Lean Shape Shift Sustain series of guides by Joe Wicks for a longer healthier life?

After a period of reflection, I have been working toward a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and health as the basis for enjoying the choice of food we eat.

The basis for a healthy lifestyle is to achieve optimum health, a happy and productive life for when we are young and into our later years.

When we are young we don’t worry (or know much about) the effects of ageing. Pains,  aches and gradual wear – that can cause serious disease – is not something younger people normally have to concern themselves about.

So as I get older the need to avoid the usual ‘wear and tear’ of daily life, knowing how to help to repair my body, keep well and have an enjoyable life is something worth making changes to achieve.

Nothing comes easily in this regard and we need to research, plan and act on a lifestyle that will help us achieve these goals. However it is worth it.

Where to start?

One very popular and trend setting ‘guru’ is Joe Wicks. He suggests a combination of meals and exercises to help you attain a healthy body. For really good videos on You Tube see The Body Coach.

An example of the delicious food: Banana and chocolate overnight oats / The Body Coach Blog

Joe Wicks @thebodycoach new look as he strips off for Mens Health magazine July 2017

Joe guides us on how to remove fat and increase our lean muscle. Joe Wicks’ book series includes a number of different health guides:

Lean: Lean in 15: 15-Minute Meals and Workouts to Keep You Lean and Healthy

Sustain Plan: Lean in 15 – The Sustain Plan: 15 Minute Meals and Workouts to Get You Lean for Life

Shift Plan: Lean in 15 – The Shift Plan: 15 Minute Meals and Workouts to Keep You Lean and Healthy

Shape Plan: Lean in 15 – The Shape Plan: 15 Minute Meals With Workouts to Build a Strong, Lean Body

JOE WICKS NEW BOOK

Joe wicks Cooking for Family and Friends: 100 Lean Recipes to Enjoy Together

Previous Joe Wicks blog

Before setting out on a plan such as Joe Wicks provides, please ensure that you are able to cope with the exercises and able to make the food choice changes required.

However without seeing food from a different perspective – we cannot and will not make the changes necessary for good health. Without realising it, what we eat is deeply ingrained in each of us. We tend to eat what we like – as opposed to what is good for us.

Small changes in the choice and combination of foods combined with the correct exercise can provide significant health benefits.

I will continue a series on health, food and exercise over the next few blogs.

Some additional health and exercise books currently showing promise:

Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet: My low-carb, stay-happy way to lose weight

The Bikini Body 28-Day Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Guide: 200 Recipes, Weekly Menus, 4-Week Workout Plan

STRONG: Over 80 Exercises and 40 Recipes For Achieving A Fit, Healthy and Balanced Body

Coming in May 2017: The Food Medic: Recipes & Fitness for a Healthier, Happier You

Coming in June 2017 The Vertue Method: A stronger, fitter, healthier you – in 28 days

See my review of the excellent Shona Vertue book when available:

Remember you heard about Shona here…..

 

Jamie Oliver Everyday super food review TV series and book

New July 2016 – Jamie cookbook – Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics

From Jamie Oliver at last some really Everyday Super Food in Jamie’s new cookbook where there are loads of healthy recipes – with the super foods already included!! Read the cook book review of what is in fact Jamie’s guide to improving Men and Women’s health.

Based on recipes that you can enjoy everyday but more than that – a lifestyle change!!!

Are we listening to the advice from Jamie? This is potentially a book that can change our lives. Overall excellent!

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After reading – I recommend this new book from Jamie Oliver – Everyday Super Food.

Why?

Because of the very thorough work by Jamie and what this book can do for us all. We follow the recipes – Jamie has used his skills and knowledge to design super food recipes that stills tastes fabulous but packs in all that goodness that our bodies need.

To see more about the book and how much it costs to order – click the image for our best half-price offer:

Notice the clever play on words, Superfood meaning those foods that have super-charged nutrition and Super Food relating to the tasty and delicious conconctions Jamie has developed…………..

While reading all the new ‘stuff’ from our stars, celebrities and chefs I know there is justification for watching what we eat.

Cut back sugar, select the correct fat, watch for gluten free foods, sort out your gut get your microbiome under control. There are many of us who need to watch our diet.

A major concern is of course diabetes and we don’t seem to know how to avoid this major health concern.

All these new ideas are based on studies that are trying to contribute to the furthering of our knowledge about what we are – what we eat and how what we eat affects us and our bodies.

Good food, that is nutritious – do we have the time to be aware of all these factors?

So what is in the book? I have my copy now – note publication is on 27 August 2015.

The book is, as usual, beautifully produced. Great pictures.

There are sections on Breakfast, Lunch,  Dinner,  Snacks and Drinks.

Jamie has a section explaining his study for a nutrition diploma. He has consulted with all the experts and studied current knowledge about health, nutrition and wellbeing.

Recipes include dairy-free, gluten free and vegan.

See list of sample recipes below.

His guidance is distilled down into the changes we can make, some small and the new habits we could take on board.

Jamie discusses the food groups, what they are and the portions that we should eat. Calories, fat and sugar and their daily limits are given. The recipes in the book are all structured to show the calories,  fat, saturated fat, protein, carbohydrates, sugar, fibre and cooking time.

Each foodgroup is then discussed in detail and the quality and quantity of each that we need. For example carbs, fats – what is good – what is bad.

How do so many of the Greeks in Ikaria live to 90 with great healthy lives?

Simply – by every day – eating wonderful and natural food.

Milk and it’s benefits – healthy alternatives!

The liquid we all need and the effects of alcohol.

Jamie gives a guide to shopping and the way to make good choices.

Another very important factor is sleep! I would suggest we ignore a good night’s sleep at our peril. Try a week of seven and a half hours sleep and see the benefits.

There is an app that can help if we are serious about our bodies our lives and feeling well.

Recipes:

  • Baked eggs in popped beans
  • Granola dust
  • Poached egg smashed avocado
  • Smoothie Pancakes
  • Mexican pan-cooked breakfast
  • Black rice pudding
  • Fig banana bread
  • Silken omelette
  • Fruit pots
  • Protein porridge
  • Vegeree
  • Fruit soups
  • Harisa waffles
  • Rye soda
  • Perfect porridge
  • Popovers
  • Berry egg bread
  • Wrap salad and beans
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Tortillas
  • Oats and fruit
  • Potato muffins
  • Bombay Chicken and cauli, poppadoms, rice and spinach
  • Grilled corn and quinoa salad, mango, tomatoes, herbs, avo and feta
  • Lemon sole and olive sauce, sweetcourgettes and Jersey royals
  • Super-protein loaf, wheat free gluten free and tasty
  • Seared tuna, Sicilian couscous and greens
  • Fro-yo fun fruit, yoghurt, nuts and seeds
  • Ripe banana and brown bread Fro-yo
  • Mango, lime and ginger Fro-yo
  • Berry and brown bread Fro-yo
  • Strawberry balsamaic and basil Fro-yo

Jamie will help by providing a series of recipies in the new book with the superfoods built in and he really has some lovely, healthy and easy to rustle up recipes.

Jamie’s (see a link to the new book) Everyday Super Food makes eating well exciting, delicious, easy and fun.

Find Jamie’s new book in your country………….

Again Jamie is aware of our busy lives and lack of free time, so no matter how busy you are, this new book is designed to provide us with healthy eating solutions the Jamie. He has designed a way that is both straightforward and achievable, making it super easy to choose and make exactly the kind of meals that suit you.

You know, Jamie’s heart is certainly in the right place, his concern for our potential to become overweight and trend to ill health is not misplaced. He does make alot of money – yes- but Jamie is in the position of being able to help influence people and he is trying hard to get the healthy message across. An honest approach that I think gives Jamie the grounds for some attention and respect.

Amazon Book Review:

“The book is divided into breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and every tasty meal is nutritionally balanced so that any combination over the day will bring you in under your recommended daily allowance of calories, allowing you to enjoy snacks and drinks on the side. You can eat Smoothie Pancakes with Berries, Banana, Yoghurt and Nuts for breakfast, Tasty Fish Tacos with Game-Changing Kiwi, Lime and Chilli Salsa for lunch and Griddled Steak and Peppers with Herby-Jewelled Tabbouleh Rice for dinner, and still be healthy! Whether you dip in and out of it, eat from the book Monday to Friday or use it faithfully every day for a month, it’s totally up to you.

In Everyday Super Food, Jamie’s done all the hard work for you – all you need to do is choose a delicious recipe, cook it up and, most importantly, enjoy it.

Every meal in this book is a good choice and will bring you a step closer to a healthier, happier you.”

I suppose this is a plea for us to be careful about what we eat. Does it not make sense that the food that we eat – its quality, its component constituents and their efficiacy – our sleep and generally how we take care of our selves will affect our bodies gradually each day? All adding up to wear and tear over the weeks and years.

If we maximise the care and attention we give to our food and to our bodies, sleep and relaxation, then should we expect to live longer and perhaps have a better quality of life?

Or can we really eat anything and not be affected?

To read more and see the new book visit Everyday Super Food and see full details.

See Jamie on This Morning here!

His new approach to eating, is very helpful and the new book Super Food is a great guide to the new healthy way of eating….

Sea Bass recipe

Jamie Oliver Super food every day

The accompanying TV program has started see Channel 4 watch Jamie Superfood – Squash Daal with Fried Egg, and Griddled steak Episode 1

Supplementing your diet is one thing, however getting these health providing foods is sooo much better….  Jamie’s recipes include nuts, seeds, greens, coloured veg and minimal fruit, examples of gluten free, wheat free choices and low in sugar and only healthy fats.

Try looking after yourself, eat well, keep fit, keep active and most of all get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Better moods, memory, perfomance are all possible examples of good nutrition.

Hopefully we can assist our body to will retain as long as possible the youthful health that we all had? Keep well and change your life.

More blog articles about Jamie oliver and Jamie’s 15 Minute meals recipes

The book is pubished by Penguin press £26.00: read a brief synopsis of Jamie Oliver Everyday Super food at Penguin press.

Some links for the latest healthy cooking ideas:

Cookbook store for all types of books on cooking

Some new approaches to healthy eating:

Lorraine Pascal Eating Well Made Easy published 27 August 2015

Simply Nigella Feel Good Food published 8 Oct 2015

Rick Stein From Venice to Istanbul published 30 Jul 2015

 

Christmas Cooks ~ Cookbooks and Gifts

Maybe it is time to think of the best way of choosing cooking related gifts for Christmas? As we have links to a number of reputable online services, consider Amazon or Tesco for your research. Be assured of good offers from both companies.

I love books and use Amazon as my main page when launching internet explorer, I browse the books and from time to time purchase ~ maybe a cookery book, but usually it is to buy a gift. More often than not I go to my local Tesco for a browse. Again some good deals are available on books and CDs from Tesco.

Amazon ~

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