A varied and balanced diet is sure to provide a nourishing one. What we eat and digest is so fundamental when establishing a healthy lifestyle, and is something we should be proactive about when our bodies give us give a signal that something's not quite right.

For example, if you notice your skin becoming dryer, your body's likely to be asking you to drink more water and increase the your vitamin E and C intake. If you're noticing bloatedness after a big meal, you may find you have an intolerance to gluten or dairy. If you're putting on weight, look at your lifestyle; are you less active than you used to be or maybe it's time to review how much sugar you're consuming - don't just put it down to being a few years older!

Good fats from coconut oil, fish oils, olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds have a huge range of health benefits and have a significant impact on the condition of our heart and brain. These should be generously included into a well balanced diet. You're not going to put on weight if you replace the cakes and sausages with fish and nuts, because these foods are metabolised differently. The hydrogenated and trans fats found in fried foods, cakes, desserts and processed foods aren't needed by the body so stored as excess fat.

We are fortunate that our bodies are so resilient of what we put them through, so may not notice these tell tail signs immediately, but I think we have a duty to look after them with the knowledge we have. Chances are we're more likely to grow older more gracefully....

I'm not one to create inspiring new recipes (a bit flukey if a recipe idea transpires into a delicious dish) and since we're constantly bombarded with what's healthy and what's not, I thought I'd just share some of my go to websites;

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