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Physical activity from home #thenewnormal

While the ‘stay at home and work at home if you can’ restrictions imposed by Government apply – we have to think of new ways of doing some daily activity.  The need for daily activity has been emphasised by the prime minister and the Chief Medical Officers and it is clear that when we are confined to our homes and daily travel routines are removed we will probably have a lot less everyday activity and more sedentary time.  This little blog is aimed at helping you find some activity to do that keeps the body health and the mind alert.

There are at least two groups that each of us  might fall into.

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COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) home test kits​ – caveat emptor!

There has been immense publicity in the last few days that one million home testing kits for coronavirus could be sent out in a matter of weeks. These kits are based upon the analysis of a small sample of blood, taken by finger prick, to detect the immunoglobulins IgM and IgG, antibodies that arise some time after symptoms appear. So, because the tests are detecting the immune response and not the virus itself, they inform if a person has had the condition, if indeed there is a period of immunity after having contracted the disease.  It might be, then, that those who have had the virus could return to their normal routines. 

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Finding a path to less meat: better for you, better for the planet

Processed meat was classified in 2015 by the World Health Organisation as a group 1 carcinogen. Additionally, there is robust evidence from the World Cancer Research fund’s Continuous Update Project that consumption of meat, fish and dairy products can influence cancer risk. There is convincing evidence processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer, with red and processed meat potentially increasing the risk of lung, pancreatic and nasopharynx cancers. Similarly dairy products can reduce the risk of some cancers, however may increase risk of prostate cancer. 

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Kindness at work: not always a piece of cake

We’ve just had Valentine’s Day and today (17th February) it’s Random Act of Kindness Day (or Random Act of Kindness Week, depending on the website you look at). Whether you’re a cynic or a softie, these events bring the glow of love and kindness to a gloomy month when coronavirus, flooding and tragedy pervade the news

But kindness isn’t just for February and it’s not just for loved ones; it’s valuable for society and our health, including at work.  Research shows that people who perform acts of kindness are more satisfied with their lives (1), happier (2, 3), and have higher peer acceptance and well-being (4). So, with workplaces increasingly focused on health and well-being, kindness definitely has a role. 

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#RecipeForAFuture: a summary

Thank you to all SCPN friends who have shared tasty recipes with us during January and our #RecipesForAFuture campaign. In case you missed any here are all the tasty meat-free recipes we have shared during the campaign:

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Nut Roast with Veggie Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-sized onion
  • 2 tablespoons rapeseed/olive oil
  • 225 g mixed nuts, i.e. peanuts, walnuts, cashews
  • 100g Wholemeal bread
  • 300 mls Vegetable stock or water
  • 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs or one teaspoonful chopped rosemary
  • I dessertspoon peanut butter
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Scottish Barley – Italian style

Ingredients

  • 220g pearl barley
  • 2-3 tbsp. rapeseed oil
  • 30g  breadcrumbs
  • 2 garlic cloves  crushed
  • 1/3 tsp. chilli flakes
  • 1   tbsp. parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1-lemons, finely grate the zest, and 1 tbsp juice.
  • 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. thyme leaves, roughly chopped
  •  75ml dry white wine
  • 200g baby spinach
  • 50g grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. pesto sauce
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Eat Smart, Eat Seasonal

Making healthy and sustainable food choices only really appeared on my radar over the last couple years. We all appreciate the virtues of balanced, healthy eating for disease prevention, but what about healthy sustainable eating? We care about the health of our body but do we really consider the health of planet Earth?

Being a nutritionist, I fully admit to shopping smartly for good nutrition but only recently have I changed my ways to be a little bit kinder to the environment. One main change I’ve made is making an effort to shop local and eat foods that are currently in season.

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#RecipeForAFuture

Happy New Year!! … Welcome to a new decade and new thinking about old ways. 

Many of us will start the year planning new rules, new diets, new activity routines and dry Januarys. The SCPN has enjoyed promoting “healthy shelfie” in January asking followers to take a good look inside their fridge for healthy choices. At the start of this new decade we are focussing on something different, something that will be with us now and in all our futures.

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