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Well, January is  finished – hurray we survived – it's time to seriously consider how to get healthy again after the Christmas indulgences, isn't it?

We’ve passed Blue Monday – when people usually feel the most depressed. And we’ve probably gone by the wayside a few times, if we’re ‘normal.’ Time to pick ourselves up, and get back on track, but without the benefit of New Year, New You energy from early January.

Plus there’s a noticeable decline in the miraculous health transformations going on all around us online and in the media

O.K so the first thing to do is obviously to examine what we are putting in that big hole in our face every day.

I think there are some things you can do every day that makes such a difference, if your body is like mine. I like to do some regular things picked up from my foray into macrobiotics – miso soup, for one, fermented vegetables another. Greens – yummm. And lots of fresh veg, rather than fruit. So far so good.

But what then? With a bombardment of choices of this diet or that diet, counting these smart points or those syns, what’s best? More importantly, what’s best for us individually?

Well I saw this post talking about the DASH diet – it’s interesting. Less for what it says you should eat, (which lists what basically seems to be the norm for most diets which claim to be the best in the world nowadays,) more for the fact that they are recognising a healthy ‘balanced’ diet can solve specific medical conditions.

It says the diet known as ‘Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension’ (hypertension is high blood pressure) — better known as the DASH diet — was originally developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health as a way to lower blood pressure without using medication. The researchers wanted to take the best of vegetarian and Mediterranean diets to create a plan flexible enough to accommodate the food and taste preferences of most Americans.

Because of those strengths, the DASH diet has been researched like no other diet. Not only has following this eating style been found to lower blood pressure as originally intended (in as little as 14 days), it’s also shown to be effective for long-term weight loss and for lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes,stroke, heart disease, and some cancers.

Sounds too good to be true?

If it does, you may be a stranger to the wealth of information about a bad diet creating illness in our bodies. Maybe you think ‘if it’s so effective, why don’t all doctors know this?’ Good question. Well some do. But many don’t. I was told once that in seven years of training, a traditional GP in the UK only had half a day's training on nutrition. I was told this when I worked in the health food industry in the early to mid 2000s, so I can only hope it’s not the case nowadays, especially as regards sugar.

But if it is true, and if GPs get their ongoing ‘training’ from drug companies – is it any wonder they don’t advocate these healthy diets to solve illnesses? With the reliance on ‘peer reviewed, double blind, placebo controlled scientific studies’ is it any wonder there’s a lack of funding for studies on broccoli?

Deb Flint

At my heaviest just after my business failed

When I went to my very first macrobiotic workshop up in Scotland in 2012, four years ago, (blimey where has time gone) Marlene Watson Tara (lose weight and feel great Nature's Way), opened my eyes to a whole new world of food as medicine.

Food – as medicine.

Not weird roots and shoots but cutting out everyday ‘normal’ food which causes such problems for so many.

So this post about DASH really is no surprise to me – in fact, it’s a surprise that so many people are surprised by this knowledge. Have a read of this article and then think about your own food choices.

So – I do know all of this stuff. The problem is not knowing what to do. It is doing what I know. Are you the same?

For me, that's where Freedom Eating comes in. Why? Because the little twist of psychology in my head bestowed upon me by Freedom Eating means that my brain is freed up from the stupid restrictions and habits and means I lived by for most of my life. Before I discovered Freedom Eating. And started shaking free from the ridiculous credos that social conditioning instilled into my poor mind. Freedom Eating, for those who don’t know, is a set of principles which allow you to listen to your body and choose what is right for you, and you alone, regardless of what the clock or society or your mother or your inner chimp say. If you don’t know the basics, do go to Amazon where you can read the first bit for free, and see most of the super six principles. Go here

Deb Flint

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Editor : Debbie's new book Till The Fat Lady Slims 3.0 - Tips and Tales to Inspire is now available to pre order here.

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Debbie Flint
Who Am I?

Currently a writer and a QVC UK presenter, Debbie has been in TV most of her life, including standing in for Phillip Schofield as the first girl in the Children's BBC TV broom cupboard.

Many other TV roles ensued, including hosting her own BBC Daytime game show 'Meet the Challenge', and sharing a sofa with Eamon Holmes in the early days of daytime TV on 'Open Air.

Children, labradors, running her own business and divorce all followed, and now she's proudly presenting once more on QVC the Shopping Channel in the UK.

Writing has always been her passion, and following many courses, conferences and curses, she self-published her first titles early 2013.

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