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Posts from January 2018

As many people may know we rarely watch television. This means that the vast majority of what’s on the “one eyed monster” completely passes us by. So it’s always interesting when people mention the programmes they’ve been watching. And, sometimes, a complete revelation (!). 
 
As so often is the case, several people have mentioned the same programme recently. It’s about people filling their homes with all sorts of hoarded “treasures” and the effect this then has on their lives and relationships. Sadly, many of them are on the verge of losing their homes or relationships, with drastic action being required to remedy the situation. 
 
Thankfully, for most of us, we’re nowhere near that stage. However we do all have “treasures” – or clutter – that we don’t seem to be able to deal with, for whatever reason. Or rehome. Whether that’s on E Bay, a charity shop or the local dump / recycling centre. 
Having read the title, we know what you’re thinking – that we’re going to be talking about healthy eating, detoxing or something similar this week. After all, it is the start of the year, with many people still feeling the effects of overindulging over the festive period. Well, you’re on the completely wrong track! 
 
Instead, we’re going to pass on a great story we’ve heard recently, albeit involving a rather unlikely topic. Road rage. And if that sounds like a rather unlikely topic, bear with us, it’ll all make sense in a minute. 
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. 
 
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