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Magnesium Deficiency
Often get muscle cramps or a twitchy eye? Do you suffer with lots of migraines? Or always crave chocolate? You may be deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is an essential mineral needed for over 300 chemical reactions in the body, including regulating your blood sugar levels and pumping your heart. It’s also a vital co-factor nutrient [...]
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10 Ways to Create a Healthy Meal Plan
Fed up of thinking about what to cook? Wasting time scouring supermarket shelves for inspiration? Do you wish your meals were a bit healthier? Why not try meal planning. Learn how to create a healthy weekly meal plan to improve your health, avoid food waste and save precious time and money. Find out ten meal [...]
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7 Jobs You Can Do As A Natural Chef
If you love food and are interested in creating healthy delicious dishes, consider becoming a Natural Chef. Whether it be to change careers, get inspiration in the kitchen or learn how to nourish yourself and your family, the skills you learn as a Natural Chef will enrich your life in many ways. Discover 7 inspiring [...]
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Why is Vitamin C so Important?
Vitamin C has positive effects on bones, blood vessels, the immune system, cholesterol, mood, energy levels and our stress response, and plays a major role in preventing tissue damage. We cannot store vitamin C so you need a source of it in your diet every day. Overt vitamin C deficiency occurs below intakes of 10mg [...]
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Beginner’s Guide to Gluten
Viva Magazine Editor Lizzie Lowler interviews Elle Fox of CNM I was recently advised by a nutritionist to eliminate gluten from my diet and I feel a whole lot better for doing so. But what is gluten and why is it such a problem for an increasing number of people? Elle Fox, from the College [...]
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The real cause of calcium deficiency
There’s a common misconception that not eating cow’s dairy contributes to calcium deficiency. The dairy industry has conditioned the public to believe that milk and dairy products are a good source for calcium. This is a myth. Yes, dairy is calcium-rich; however, eating too much of it can actually deplete your calcium levels and contribute [...]
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How to go dairy free
Dairy is a staple food in the typical western diet, with many people consuming milk, yoghurt and cheese on a regular basis. Milk is marketed as the best source of calcium and a necessity for good health. This powerful message leaves many confused and thinking they’ll be calcium deficient if they don’t eat dairy. Thankfully, [...]
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What is a plant-based diet?
Discover which foods you should eat and what to avoid More and more people are turning to a plant-based diet in order to improve their health and wellbeing. Eating more vegetables can only be a good thing, right? Today we’ll be discussing the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet and how plant-based eating is [...]
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What are hidden sugars?
Do you know how much sugar is in the food you’re eating? Possibly not. The average person consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar per day and much of this is from hidden sugars. If you’re eating lots of packaged and processed foods, chances are, you’re shovelling hidden sugar into your body on a daily basis. Even [...]
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Looking for healthy breakfast ideas?
Mornings are a busy time in most households as we rush to get ready for work and school. Fitting in breakfast can be a challenge which is why many people decide to skip it. Some people are simply not hungry; others just don’t have the time and forget to grab something as they run out [...]
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Wild Foods

“Wild food” is a term used to describe the foods that grow freely around. Some of these wild foods are very familiar. Look around at the right time of year and you will easily spot an abundant, naturally growing supply of berries, nettles, dandelions and elderflowers. Plants that grow wildly, tend to contain the phytochemicals […]

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Keeping up Iron levels
There are two forms of dietary iron: heme and non-heme. Heme iron is found only in animal products and fish, while non-heme iron is found in many plant-based sources. Your body absorbs the most iron from heme sources, so in order to intake enough iron while not eating meat or fish, you first need to [...]
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5 ways to remove sugar from your diet
It is only in recent years that it has become apparent just how detrimental sugar can be to human health. A great deal of research has shown that removing sources of sugar from the diet not only helps with weight loss, but can also reduce the risk for common health problems like Type 2 diabetes, [...]
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Why Organic is better for your Gut
With over 100 billion microorganisms for every gram of intestinal content, more serotonin (happiness hormone) receptors than your brain and 100 million neurons in your gut, it’s no wonder your moods and health are hugely influenced by what you eat: scientists are increasingly discovering proof that the quality of food (including where and how it’s [...]
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Does Organic food offer benefits?

CNM Natural Chef promotes natural and organic food as part of our holistic approach to health. But what is the difference between organic and non-organic food? Understandably, consumers are wary of spending more for a seemingly identical product. This ‘Organic September’ we’ve been looking at what you get and don’t get with organic food, how […]

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High demand for specialised Chefs

A recent report by the bureau of labour statistics projects that employment of Chef’s and Head Cooks is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2016. That is faster than the average for all occupations combined.  In addition to this, a recent article in Big Hospitality stats that many employers do not believe the […]

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High Demand for Vegan Chefs

A recent article in HR Director, lists “Vegan Chef” alongside “Brexit Planner” as one of the top 5 emerging job roles in the UK – with all live vacancies situated in London and the South East. This is great news for CNM Natural Chefs and Vegan Chefs who are trained to create beautiful recipes that […]

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Top 4 Meat Substitutes

It’s easy, when first substituting meat, to become over-reliant on soy. CNM Natural Chefs are taught to avoid soy as not only is it a common allergen, its effects on health are poorly understood. CNM Natural Chefs are trained in using a range of plant-based meat substitutes, which have their own health benefits, when catering […]

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How to activate nutrients

The body needs nutrients to function properly and stay healthy. Having a meal packed full of nutrition is fantastic, but did you know that how you handle, prepare, combine and cook ingredients will dictate how much of that nutrition will make be absorbed and utilised by your body? As a Natural Chef, cooking with healthy, […]

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What is a healthy oil?

Oils are a type of fat, and healthy fats are a very important feature of a healthy diet. A healthy oil will help your body absorb nutrients which rely on fats to be utilised by the body. Dietary fats (or “lipids” as Natural Chefs learn to call them) will play an important role in the […]

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How to cook with plant milk?

If you’ve ever made a hot drink and then added a plant ‘milk’ to it, you will know that there is an instant ‘curdle’ that forms. When cooking with plant ‘milks’ it’s very easy to run into this problem. Here is how to solve it. 1) Make the two liquids a similar temperature Adding two […]

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Natural Chef Principles: No table salt

Salt is a common flavour enhancer. To add the flavour of salt, and stay healthy: Natural Chefs are trained to understand different salts and their health benefits, to make sure every ingredient used in a recipe is of benefit to the healthy functioning of the body. Table salt is a super-heated, bleached and devoid of […]

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How to reduce sugar in your diet

Research shows that reducing sources of sugar in your diet not only helps with weight loss, but can also reduce your risk for common health problems like type 2 diabetes, cancer, digestive problems, autoimmune conditions, and more. But where to begin? Start with cutting down on the obvious culprits – sweetened processed foods that are […]

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