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Last week we looked at vegetable oils and which are the best ones to use at home, both as a dressing and for cooking. As promised, this week we’re going to focus on one oil in particular which has become increasingly popular over recent years, but there are widespread concerns about. Rapeseed oil. 
Here in the UK few people can have missed the bright yellow fields each spring of rape in full flower. Or its pungent smell, which seems to mark the beginning of the Hayfever season, although this is a topic for another day. 
With so many people making healthy eating one of their new year’s resolutions, it’s not surprising that we’re being asked about which vegetable oil is best to use at home. As this is a topic we looked at a couple of years ago, this week we’re going to cheat (!) and put this post up again. 
Next week we’ll focus on one of the oils there are widespread concerns about – rapeseed oil – as there’s so much more to say about it. Like soy, it’s another example of how a half truth can be used to paint a rather misleading picture of the health benefits of a product. It’s also a timely reminder of the need to do a little research of your own rather than taking things on face value. And this applies wherever the information comes from, ourselves included (!). 
So, without further ado, here we go. 
First things first. Happy New Year. We wish everyone a very happy – and healthy (!) – new year. May all your dreams – or at least some of them (!) – come true during 2018… 
As it’s the first blog of this shiny new year, it must be time for our annual post about new year’s resolutions (!). This year we’re not going to focus on the traditional approach to this annual ritual – and, sadly, why it simply doesn’t work – but on a completely different one. It still has the aim of improving your life which, after all is what it’s all about, but in a way you’ve probably never thought of before. 
With the madness of the festive season reaching its peak, this year we thought we’d look at things from a slightly different perspective. And we do love giving people something to think about before we then skip merrily on our way(!). 
So not the consumer fuelled frenzy that epitomises the modern approach. Enough said. 
Nor the Victorian one seen on so many cards. The nativity scene. Or, perhaps, the snowy landscape, usually with a flock of sheep in the foreground. And not forgetting the perennial favourite, the festive robin. 
With the nights drawing in – and temperatures dropping – it’s not surprising that our thoughts at this time of year turn to warming and comforting treats. Spices have long been treasured for their ability to pep up our staple fare not to mention their preserving and medicinal qualities. 
Many of the winter treats we still enjoy today – fruit cakes, Christmas puddings, mince pies and mulled wine – date back to medieval times, when spices were a luxury. A long anticipated treat. 
These days with travel having become so much easier – and the world much smaller – spices have become an integral part of our everyday lives. However, they offer much more than simply being an ingredient of our favourite Indian or Chinese foods. They also have an important medicinal aspect which has long been recognised by many traditional forms of medicine, including Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine. 
A couple of weeks ago we talked about the mysteries of time and sowed a radical little seed. Forgiveness. Having left it there to grow for a while, we’re now returning to talk about it a little more. Give a different perspective. 
Before we go any further, we must also say that we’re not talking about forgiveness in the religious sense you were probably taught at school. The stories about forgiving your enemy. Turning the other cheek. Etc. Etc. 
Over recent years soy has been marketed as the healthy alternative to many meat and dairy products, appearing in an ever increasing range of products found on supermarket shelves. Much has been made of the important part it plays in the diets of those in the Far East, particularly Japan and China. 
One topic that fascinates us – and has the ability to completely shatter many of our illusions about this world of ours – is time. 
How there is only now. This present moment. And the next. And next. Ad infinitum. 
The past has gone. But, when we were there, it was just another now. Another moment in time. (For some reason we haven’t yet fathomed, many people find this a hard notion to get their heads around.) 
The future has yet to come. And, yes, you’ve guessed it when you get there it’ll be another now. 
A couple of weeks ago we looked at the difference between minerals and vitamins. How important they BOTH are to good health and the complex web of relationships between them. 
As promised this week we’re focussing on one mineral in particular, magnesium, which has been the subject of much research in recent years. Interestingly, this has highlighted the large number of people who are deficient in this mineral AND the part this then plays in many health problems.  
It has also emphasised, once again, the part played by poor ongoing lifestyle choices. And they’re the ones we mention regularly – lack of fresh fruit and vegetables, dehydration, stress, lack of exercise and smoking. 
We’ve all had those days. 
You know, the ones where you never quite seem to get going. 
Or, perhaps you did. Then something knocked you off course and you never regained your momentum. 
And it doesn’t matter whether you were at home or work. 
Either way, before you know it, it’s suddenly mid afternoon and you find yourself thinking that the day’s practically over. 
It’s too late to get anything done, so you may as well just give up and have a cup of tea. Or coffee. With a biscuit or two. Spend the evening at home in front of the television. 
But, today is not over yet.