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  1. Live Happy Eat Dirty – Episode 8 – is kefir the cure for a too-clean world?

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    ‘Live’ foods which add back the good bacteria are the perfect way to ‘eat dirty’ – and dairy kefir can be a delicious way to enjoy the benefits. It used to be tricky to get hold of, but now different brands are appearing in the chiller cabinet, as well as in specialist health shops. But how do you develop a version that tastes good and does you good?


  2. Live Happy Eat Dirty – Episode 7 – Loving your gut with fantastic ferments

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    If you’re on a mission to improve your diet – and those friendly bacteria – then raw pickles like sauerkraut and kimchi are one of the easiest ways to add the good guys back in. And in this edition, Kate chats to Mendel of Loving Foods in Manchester, whose journey to improve his eczema led to the creation of a whole new family business.


  3. Live Happy Eat Dirty – Episode 6 -The ONE thing you should do to start eating dirty & feeling fantastic

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     In today’s Quick and Dirty podcast on a single topic. Kate explores the D in Dirty – which is all about diversity, especially veg and fruit – how adding more variety and quantity into your diet will reap terrific benefits – and give your tastebuds and friendly gut bacteria a treat!


  4. Live Happy Eat Dirty – Episode 4 – The joy of carbs, why clean eating is torture, plus 5:2 could be good for your heart

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    In today’s podcast, Helen and Kate talk dirty about carbohydrates – why they’re an essential part of our diet, and why cutting them out is so difficult to maintain. We also reveal our own top of the pops when it comes to starchy carbs… and talk about exciting new research on 5:2/Dirty Diet-style fasting and how it may benefit our health.


  5. Live Happy Eat Dirty – Episode 3 – Don’t ditch your daily bread & secrets of a campaigning baker

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    Bread has had such a bad press lately – we talk to a campaigning baker who has found ways to enjoy her own produce despite a sensitivity to wheat. Discover the secrets of good bread and why it has a place in your diet.  (more…)

  6. Live Happy Eat Dirty – Episode 2 – Why cheese is a superfood & coffee keeps you slim

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    Fed up with over-hyped and overpriced ‘superfoods’? In the second episode of our brand new podcast, we  look at some unexpected new superfood candidates, including smelly cheese.


  7. Dear Kate: I get cold on a Fast Day

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    Dear Kate,

    I’ve started fasting and find it easier than I expected except for one thing: I get so cold on fast days! Is this normal, and is there anything I can do?


    Dear Mel,

    I’m writing my reply with a throw on my lap, a pair of my thickest socks on my feet, and a mug of hot coffee at my side. Yes, it’s a Fast Day, it’s -2 degrees and there’s freezing fog outside, and it doesn’t feel much warmer inside either.


    Feeling colder than usual on a fast day is really common: some people get used to it while others (like me) just take steps to make it feel better.

    There are different reasons why you might feel colder. Firstly, your body creates heat when it digests food. So on a Fast Day when you’re eating less, you’re not generating that ‘central heating.’ Also, your body is very good at protecting your vital organs, which means if you’re not eating as much, it may sense that and prioritise them, so your extremities (hands and feet) cool down.

    The good news about being cool…

    The good news, is that your body actually burns calories maintaining a stable temperature, so you’re likely to be using energy that way. This fascinating Dutch research even suggests that turning down the central heating could help us stay slim.

    Down with cold – tips to warm you up again

    Stick on the kettle

    Hot drinks warm your hands and your insides too. Black coffee, herb teas, or especially a lump of fresh ginger and a slice of lemon in boiling water will soon make you toastier.

    Pull on the socks (and the gloves) 

    Your extremities are left to fend for themselves, so help them out with warm socks and, if you do a desk-based job, even fingerless gloves can help (I use these if I don’t want to stick the heating on as I work from home).

    Jump around!

    Being active helps get the circulation moving again. Getting up from your desk every hour and walking for a few minutes will help, or dancing to the radio. Better still, a walk outside (wrapped up warm) will energise you too.

    Want more tips and down to earth advice? 

    You can read much more about my journey, fasting tips and weight loss science, in The 5:2 Diet Book.