• SilverOwl Dinner Planner
    Food,  Lifestyle

    Simplify your Life with the Art of Dinner Planning

    The never-ending chant of “What’s for dinner tonight?” is called out in households across the world on a daily basis, often driving the chief cook completely bonkers! It sometimes feels like you’ve just got over making dinner one night and it’s time to start thinking about the next one. I actually love cooking and often feel enthused about the evening meal and keen to try out new recipes, however I still go through phases when I find the endless slog of selecting and preparing meals really monotonous. Employing the simple art of meal planning, specifically evening dinner planning, has saved my sanity on many occasions in the last few years.…

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    Food,  Health

    The Benefits of Phytoestrogens in Menopause

    What are phytoestrogens? Phytoestrogens are compounds that occur naturally in plants that have a similar chemical structure to oestrogen. The body’s oestrogen receptors treat phytoestrogens in a similar way to the oestrogen that it biologically produces. What are soy isoflavones? Soy is a unique food as it contains high levels of isoflavones which are a type of phytoestrogen. Soy isoflavones have the ability to bind with the body’s oestrogen receptors and cause either a weak oestrogenic or anti-oestrogenic activity depending on the stage that the woman is at in her reproductive life cycle. As women get closer to menopause, these phytoestrogens can help to regulate hormones and ease some of…

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    Food,  Health,  Lifestyle

    Ten Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet

    Vegetarian diets are healthy, nutritionally complete and delicious. They are suitable for people at all ages and stages of life, including infants, the elderly and athletes. According to the American Dietetic Association, a comprehensive vegetarian diet is associated with good health, reduced disease and better management of any existing health problems. “Nothing will benefit health or increase chances of survival on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” Albert Einstein Here are ten benefits of giving up meat and fish and focusing your daily meals on vegetables, fruit, wholegrains, nuts and seeds. Less animal cruelty. By being vegetarian you save between 371 and 582 animals each year. This includes both land…