Fake news and the unenlightened

I listened to a great interview the other day on radio 4 with an author who thinks we are in danger of becoming an “unenlightened” society.  As a Scot this seems really depressing because of course Scotland was the home of the Enlightenment period.

Despite having unprecedented access to vast information resources it seems that folk need to be more careful than ever believing what they read – “fake news” has made that pretty obvious.

When I make my decisions about the food I consume I check the facts and claims made. I read research papers – okay not always the whole thing but usually the abstract and I also trust some substantial organisations such as the World Health Organisation.  I think the main point is to trust your source – and I do trust mine which is why I can make informed decisions about my health – mostly!

Take a look at our resource page for ideas to start your research.

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Trail Blazers

Falda and Graeme Clark

Last week we had a hilly practice in preparation for the Balmoral Run with our great friend and ten time marathon runner Graeme.  We met in the forest car park at the bottom of Scotly Hill near Banchory and once we were all kitted out we set off almost immediately climbing for about two miles until we reached the top where there is the most amazing round tower that provides superb views across the Deeside valley. 

I remembered the many times I walked up this hill with my brother and sister when I was really wee – it seemed such a mountain.  Back then we reached the top mum gave us a milky way to keep our spirits up.  Nowadays she would be giving us a Clif Bar or Naked Bar as a snack.

We took a different route down finishing back at the car park and the whole run was just short of five miles.  A great run and amazing to discover that Graeme, who is a local councillor had achieved so many marathons with a best time of three hours and two minutes.  He’s not doing too badly for a 67 year old!

Our new  Asaic trail shoes were great, nice and grippy but one foot keeps going a bit numb so I need to keep slackening them off but otherwise a great investment.

ASICS Gel-Fujitrabuco 3, Men’s Trail running Shoes, Charcoal/Flash Orange/Chinese Red, 10 UK (45 EU)

Happy and healthy cooking

A couple of weeks ago Vita Coco sent me a box of their new coconut oil to try.  I love cooking with coconut oil as an alternative to olive oil.  And this sample did not disappoint.  The box came beautifully presented with lots of information about their products and the brand.

 

 

 Coconut oil is a great healthy alternative to normal cooking oils.  Many folk say a small amount of oil can reduce hunger and the fatty acids in coconut oil could also boost brain function.  So if you are going to use oil in cooking give this one a try.

 

Vita Coco Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil 250 ml

 This week we have been thinking more about sustainable eating, over the weekend I bought a ton of fresh fruit; watermelon, mangos, bananas and apples. Delicious however, reflecting on where these fruits come from (namely not Scotland) I decided to make a more conscious effort to buy local and in season fruit and vegetables, this is something my Mum has always done but I haven’t always listened to her (my bad) but it is better for the environment and better for local producers. I can’t wait for the berry season to get started so I can fill up on raspberries and strawberries.  But you can also go out and pick, for free, brambles and blueberries.

 

Fruit bowl

 

After attending a conference about Scotland becoming a ‘good food nation’ we have definitely adopted the drive to eat more sustainably and over the next few weeks I will be trying to source as much of my food locally.   Look on Instagram to see what I eat in the week!

 

And mum is really enjoying her new Deliciously Ella cook book – you can get it here…

Deliciously Ella Every Day: Simple recipes and fantastic food for a healthy way of life

 

 We are going to review our new ASICS Gel-Fujitrabuco 3 hybrid trail shoes in a few days, so far so good….

ASICS Gel-Fujitrabuco 3, Men’s Trail running Shoes