Investing in Your Health

Exercise helps reduce risk of breast cancer recurrence

For patients with breast cancer, physical activity and avoiding weight gain are the most important lifestyle choices that can reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and death, according to an evidence-based review published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). "Of all lifestyle factors, physical activity has the most robust effect on breast cancer outcomes," writes Dr. Ellen Warner, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, with coauthor Julia Hamer. "Weight gain of more than 10% body weight after a breast cancer diagnosis increases breast cancer mortality and all-cause mortality. However, there are good reasons to discourage even moderate weight gain because of its negat

Exercise can help you to stay young!

A study carried out by the University of California - San Diego has shown that elderly women who sit for more than 10 hours a day with low physical activity have cells that are biologically older than their chronological age by eight years compared to women who are less sedentary. The study, publishing online January 18 in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found elderly women with less than 40 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day and who remain sedentary for more than 10 hours per day have shorter telomeres - tiny caps found on the ends of DNA strands, like the plastic tips of shoelaces, that protect chromosomes from deterioration and progressively shorten with age.

Personal goals keep you motivated.

A relatively new approach to weight loss called Acceptance-Based Behavioural Treatment (ABT) helps you to lose more weight and keep it off longer than using Standard Behavioural Treatment (SBT) according to a randomised controlled trial. ABT differs by adding larger personal goals beyond just weight loss to the existing SBT process of reduced calories and increased physical activity. The trial showed that 3.5% more weight was lost in a year by those using ABT over SBT. The ABT group were asked to choose goals as to why they wanted to lose weight, e.g. healthier lifestyle, living longer etc. and were also helped to focus on their chosen long term goal to help overcome the expected challenges

Celeriac recipes

Celeriac & Watercress Soup Ingredients 4 leeks, washed and sliced 50g butter 1 tbsp olive oil 1 celeriac, peeled and diced 1½ litre vegetable stock 2 x 100g bags watercress Parmesan cheese, flaked Method Gently cook the leeks in the butter and olive oil until soft but not coloured. Add the celeriac and stock, bring to the boil and simmer until the celeriac is soft. Add the bags of watercress and blend until smooth, then season. Ladle into bowls and the stir through the parmesan flakes to taste. (Will freeze for up to 3 months.) Celeriac Tartare Ingredients 1 small celeriac 100g bag rocket extra-virgin olive oil, to drizzle tartare dressing 6 tbsp mayonnaise small handful capers, rinsed and c

Celeriac - Seasonal food of the month

Often the unsung hero of the vegetable world celeriac (also known as root celery) is low in calories (100g holds just 42 cals) and full of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre. It also contains anti-oxidants some of which posses anti-cancer properties, possibly offering protection from colon cancer and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Celeriac is also a great source of vitamin K (100g = 34% RDA), which improves bone mineralisation and according to recent studies helps limit neuronal damage in the brain with Alzheimer’s patients. As well as all of the above it’s also a great source of phosphorous, iron, calcium, manganese and copper, and contains some valuable B-complex vitamins. How to prepar