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Keeping Monaco healthy with Susan Tomassini: Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

Kombucha

Are you turned off by the thought of eating bacteria? It’s not surprising. We’ve been taught to avoid germs and microbes ever since we were kids. But as strange as it sounds, consuming bacteria can be good for you. Very good, actually. Many studies have found that foods fermented by lactic acid-producing bacteria (a beneficial kind of bacteria found in …

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Keeping Monaco healthy with Susan Tomassini: The top 3 detox mistakes – and how to avoid them

detox lime

It’s January and everyone’s talking about “detoxing”. But what does this mean exactly and how to do it right? Between the misinformation and magic potions, it’s hard to know what plan to follow, what foods to eat, and what supplements to take. Why detox? Detox is short for detoxification – the continuous process your body uses to rid itself of …

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Keeping Monaco healthy with Susan Tomassini: Beat the Winter Blues– Naturally!

Beat the Winter Blues– Naturally!

Does your mood tend to sink in the winter? You might be suffering from seasonal affective disorder or “SAD”. Shorter, darker days are a well-known trigger for the “winter blues”. The good news is that there are many natural ways in which you can elevate your mood, without resorting to chemical antidepressants. What causes winter depression? Most of us have experienced …

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Keeping Monaco healthy with Susan Tomassini: Damage Control – smart nutrition for holiday drinking

champagne

Whether it’s sipping mulled wine at a cozy winter gathering or toasting the New Year with champagne, alcohol is such an integral part of holiday events that it can be difficult to avoid. The first thing you get handed at every office party, family gathering, or festive celebration is usually an alcoholic drink. And no wonder. The “season of joy” …

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Keeping Monaco healthy with Susan Tomassini: The Stressful Season

The Stressful Season

It’s that time of year again. The festive season is a time for joy and celebration, but also a time when you’re more likely to be underconsiderable physical and mental pressure. All too often, the holidays are more frantic and stressful than festive and fun. Especially if you’re a woman facing a dizzying array of demands – parties, shopping, baking, …

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Keeping Monaco healthy with Susan Tomassini: Smart Snacking for the Holidays

Keeping Monaco healthy with Susan Tomassini: Smart Snacking for the Holidays

Every year it’s the same. Holiday overindulgence inevitably results in weight gain and lethargy. Winter holidays are particularly challenging as cold, dark days are ideal for plotting what, when and where to eat next. Then there the countless parties and festive family meals, when even the healthiest eaters can be tempted to go overboard. No one needs reminding how much …

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Keeping Monaco healthy with Susan Tomassini: Don’t Drink your Milk!

almond milk

Still drinking cow’s milk? It’s not easy to change your habits if you’ve been brought up on the stuff. As a qualified nutritionist who has long been concerned about milk’s negative associations, I admit it was years before I stopped automatically throwing a litre or two, albeit organic, into the shopping cart. The kids protested loudly the day I finally …

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Keeping Monaco healthy with Susan Tomassini: Superfoods

Superfoods

SUPER FOODS – Are they really so super? The term “Super food” sometimes gets a bad rap, as in the recent BBC article “Are you fooled by super foods?” Google “super foods” and you get a variety of articles ranging from “The Myth of the Super food” to ‘”Super foods you need now”. We all know that some foods are …

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Keeping Monaco healthy with Susan Tomassini: Detox Time

Detox Time

Wait a minute. Isn’t January the traditional time for a detox? Not if you’re smart. We’re heading into the festive season – generally acknowledged as the most indulgent time of the year. You’re going to be eating and drinking more than normal. A pre-emptive “cleanse” can help you prepare to sparkle, get your complexion glowing and boost your energy levels …

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Keeping Monaco healthy with Susan Tomassini: Immune Boosters – and Busters

Foodwise

The first winter bugs are already making their rounds. You watch resignedly as friends, co-workers and family members succumb, but how often do you think about the health your own immune system? Could you be next? Maybe you wait until you catch a cold before topping up on vitamin C or popping an Echinacea capsule or two. Or perhaps you’re …

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