Food: the good, the bad and the ugly

A Royal Society of Medicine Meeting Review by April Cashin-Garbutt, MA (Cantab) As a society, we may be more obsessed with food than we’ve ever been. The alarming levels of obesity along with the rise of clean eating and orthorexia are perhaps just some indicators of the food-obsessed world we live in. There is a multitude of information out there on food and diet but also a lot of smoke and mirrors. A recent Royal Society of Medicine event ‘Food: The good, the bad and the ugly’ aimed to bust…

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Lifestyle modification is the key to good health, says Pooja Makhija

I have read a lot about the Garcinia Cambogia pills online. A friend too, told me to take them to speed up weight loss. What diet do I follow in conjunction with these pills? Garcinia Cambodia pills, the so-called ‘miracle drug’ to weight loss. Well, we don’t gain weight by some miracle and no miracle will help us lose it either. Garcinia Cambodia in it’s natural form is a sweet, harmless tropical fruit from Indonesia. It’s rind contains a compound called Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) which is claimed to suppress appetite…

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Trouble sleeping? These gadgets promise to help you get a good night’s kip in 2017

The benefits of getting a good night are well reported. But in an age of being hyperconnected, technology isn’t usually our friend when it comes to switching off. Not only do the constant stream of notifications disturb our slumber, but studies have shown that the blue light from your phone’s screen can disrupt your sleep pattern.However one of the key trends emerging from CES 2017 is that, this year, technology may start lending a helping hand when it comes to getting a good night’s kip. From sleep tracking devices to…

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Are You ‘Just’ A Lifestyle Entrepreneur? Good.

At The Value Builder System, we help owners that run companies with between $1 million and $20 million improve the value of their businesses, and occasionally I’ll hear our market referred to as “lifestyle entrepreneurs”. It usually happens when I’m on the phone with a partner in a private equity group or a highfalutin investment banker and I get my back up every time I hear it. The label lifestyle entrepreneur is usually used in a condescending tone to describe a business owner who has shunned outside capital in favor…

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NI schools inspector says pupils not getting good enough education

Northern Ireland’s chief inspector of schools has said too many pupils are not getting a good enough education. In her latest report, Noelle Buick said that those from socially disadvantaged backgrounds were particularly affected. She also expressed concern over how children are taught, pointing out that about one fifth of lessons were “less than good”. However, she acknowledged that a number of areas of education had improved since her last report, in 2014. The Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI) observed more than 11,000 lessons and training sessions in Northern Ireland…

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Good food puts bees in good mood

Biologists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered that after bumblebees drink a small droplet of really sweet sugar water, they behave like they are in a positive emotion-like state. We all know what it’s like to taste our favourite food and instantly feel good about the world but the same phenomenon may happen in bumblebees. Biologists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered that after bumblebees drink a small droplet of really sweet sugar water, they behave like they are in a positive emotion-like state….

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Finally! A good reason to take pictures of your food

Tracking what you eat can be a tedious practice. Food-tracking apps like MyFitnessPal and Lose It have made it slightly more enjoyable by allowing users to scan food bar codes using their smartphones, but it’s still a slow process. A new feature from Lose It may change this and actually make food tracking more enjoyable. The feature, called Snap It, lets you take a picture to log your food, rather than having to scan a bar code. Lose It describes it as the first-ever food-photo tracking and analysis feature on…

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Good News! No More Water Cuts In Pune

PUNE:  Owing to good rainfall in the catchment areas of dams in the recent days, the district administration today announced the withdrawal of water cuts in Pune city. From Monday onward, the city, which has been getting water on alternate days for the last one year, will receive water daily. “Water level in all four dams has gone considerably up. Since water level is satisfactory in all the dams, we have decided to withdraw the water cuts and from Monday the city will receive water on daily basis,” said Girish…

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The US Supreme Court’s Secret to Civility? Lots of Good Food and Wine

            The scales of justice might not be the only ones getting a workout at the highest court in the land. At a Smithsonian-led discussion on Wednesday night about the Supreme Court’s food culture, two justices revealed that the institution’s civility is fed by a veritable buffet of shared meals, from casual lunches to elaborate dinners. Here’s how birthday lunches go when the court is in session, per Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “The chief brings in wine and we toast the birthday boy or girl,”…

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