Essential amino acids must be obtained from our food. Where as non-essential amino acids are made by the body, so we don’t need them from food. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They are also found as free amino acids in food and the body.
So, why are amino acids important, and what do we need to eat, to meet our requirements for essential amino acids?
My first visit to Nepal was in 2008. It wasn’t the typical introductory trek that you might expect. Firstly, my husband Dennis and I didn’t go to Everest Base Camp, and secondly, we didn’t complete one trek, we combined three circuit treks in Western Nepal—Manaslu, Annupurna and Dhaulagiri. In this post I share the highlights from the Mount Manaslu Circuit Trek, which at the time was relatively unknown compared to the Annapurna and Khumbu regions.
Osteoarthritis is the fastest growing cause of disability worldwide. It is a condition affecting the whole joint.
It most commonly occurs in the hip and knees but can also affect the spine, hands and big toe. Cartilage breaks down and inflammation in the joint can lead to pain, discomfort and reduced quality of life.
My post on nutritional support for osteoarthritis focuses on whole foods, not supplements. Can nutrients and phytonutrients from whole foods help?
Cumquats are an early autumn citrus fruit. They are tangy in flavour and provide a good source of vitamin C and phytonutrients. One of my favourite ways to enjoy cumquats is as a spicy chutney. Spiced cumquat chutney goes nicely with vegetarian curries and burgers, cheese, meat and poultry.
My first ever overnight hike in New Zealand was the Routeburn Track. This was some 17 years ago, but my memories of lush green forests, big rivers, still lakes and misty snow cap mountains are backed up by my photos. I also recall the terror of crossing my first major landslide.
An eating habit forms without us even realising it. A habit is defined as, routinely undertaking a task or action on autopilot. These types of decisions may also be referred to as mindless or unconscious. In this post I reveal three myths about eating habits.