When you crave this, eat that!

New research from the Texax A&M School of Public Health offers these alternatives to mindless snacking.

  • If you have an insatiable sweet tooth, try eating more sweet fruits like berries or apples, and even dark leafy greens.
  • For chocaholics, constant cravings for the sweet stuff could indicate a magnesium deficiency, so it’s worth investing in snacks like mixed nuts, bananas and sweetly seasoned greens for healthier options.
  • When nothing will satisfy other than French fries, your body could be craving fat. Instead, try avocado or raw nuts.

And often, when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually dehydrated. So next time you start craving something you know isn’t good for you, try drinking a large glass of water first.

Read more about ways to beat the munchies.

Health care provision in conflict zones intentionally targeted

The World Health Organization has revealed new research identifying the targeting of health care as “a deliberate tactic of war.” How sad, especially when other statistics from the organization show that for crisis affected populations, “health is both their number one priority and unmet need.”

This really puts our own health niggles, and blessings of good health, in perspective.

Why women centred policy solutions are important

Women Centred Working‘s latest publication, a guide to adopting a women centred approach in policymaking, says, “The aim here is not to separate gender, but recognise that gender specific needs, approaches and working practices can be used alongside mainstream service delivery.

“There is a need for a gendered approach to be accepted and utilised as an additional element of service support, an ‘add on’ that highlights specific needs which integrate women centred practices in local authority priority areas, addressing needs and working in collaboration with third sector and other pubic agency partners.”

World Breastfeeding Week 2016 – support mums to breastfeed anytime, anywhere

breastfeeding-2016-week-posterAn international awareness raising week, World Breastfeeding Week encourages all members of society to play their part in making communities friendly towards and supportive of nursing mothers. Following 2015’s worldwide adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is making explicit the links between a healthy start to life and sustainable development. Are there things you could do to help mothers breastfeeding their children?

At present we know only that the imagination, like certain wild animals, will not breed in captivity. George Orwell