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Andrea Maguire
Originally an engineer, so I have a very inquisitive mind!
Interests: music, diet, health, organic food, well being, holistic health, hippos, north yorkshire, snooker, skiing (snow & water)
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Part 2 of BBC2 Horizon documentary - 'Should I Eat Meat?’ was aired last week and although it was talking about what animals were fed and how they were raised, it was all in relation to ‘carbon footprint’. The question... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Raw Horizons
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There was a BBC2 Horizon documentary this evening by Dr Michael Mosley called 'Should I Eat Meat?'. One interesting little bit of information mentioned was: An American study showed that eating red meat increased health/mortality issues A European study showed... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Raw Horizons
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I've blogged a lot about how bad 'low fat' foods are (see my past blogs), so it was good to see Channel 4 Dispatches program - The Truth about Low Fat Food - last week. Besides highlighting the amount of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at Raw Horizons
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Spring is on it's way, the daffodils are magnificent, the clocks have gone to Summer Time and the sun is starting to emerge. So I had better get my act together and find out how to make the most of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Raw Horizons
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There seems to be a lot more being written about the problems with sugar. Here are some of them: Channel 4 - Dispatches - Are you addicted to Sugar? BBC2 - Horizons - Sugar vs Fat The Times - Why... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Raw Horizons
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It’s been a busy summer with lots of lovely ladies visiting our retreat (hence the lack of blogs for the past few months!) and a lot of talk about healthy breakfasts. This leads to discussions about smoothies, the health benefits... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Raw Horizons
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We had a beautiful warm sunny day today. It's amazing how much better you feel with some sun on your skin and blue skies above. I tried to make the most of getting some Vitamin D, which raised the questions:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Raw Horizons
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It’s about a year ago that Don Barrett filed his first case against the big food companies in the USA. And it’s about time - I’ve been writing about the dangers of sugar (my blog: Sugar Sucks, Oct 2010) and... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2013 at Raw Horizons
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I have to shake my head in wonderment sometimes at bureaucracy. Here are two examples relating to ‘Label Warnings’ I’ve seen this week: Ice cube bags – so glad to see that they’re labelled as ‘Freezer Safe’! Monkey Nuts –... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2013 at Raw Horizons
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…makes me happy… It seems these famous lyrics from the John Denver song are actually very true words! Vitamin D not only helps ward off depression, it helps boost our immune system too. But Vitamin D is much more important... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2013 at Raw Horizons
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The Daily Mail article, referenced in Coco Loco-Part 1, mentions Dr Mary Newport and her case study about her husband’s struggle with dementia. She comments that in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, multiple sclerosis (& others) it appears that the neurons in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at Raw Horizons
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The scandal of the horse meat in the beef mince is still rising. See the BBC News’ latest report. So while they try to track down the origins of how the horse meat got into the food chain, it’s a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at Raw Horizons
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The day after publishing my blog about Alzheimer's & coconut, I came across this: The Alzheimer's Society, Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge... 28 July 2013. Climb 3 peaks in 12 hours! So all those patriotic Yorkshire people can get fit and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2013 at Raw Horizons
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I had just mentioned to a friend about our concern with Dad’s short term memory becoming ‘short’! Although we have our concerns about Alzheimer’s he has always passed the doctor’s tests. Plus as he’s also off the statins now (see... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at Raw Horizons
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I'd like to wish everyone a merry Christmas, happy holidays and best wishes for the New Year... The photo is courtesy of our local tourist attraction in our neighbouring village of Bagby! Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2012 at Raw Horizons
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It’s amazing how we all get taken in by marketing hype. And that means even me too! I was looking at bacon recently in the supermarket. I was determined to avoid the sub-standard quality bacon that used injected brine to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at Raw Horizons
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I’m so pleased to announce that spreadable 100% grass-fed dairy butter is back on the menu! After Kerrygold changed their spreadable butter recipe by adding oil (see my blog – Spreading the Word – or not!) they have just brought... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2012 at Raw Horizons
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What a fantastic 2 weeks of the London 2012 Olympics! Team GB has performed amazingly and the atmosphere across the country has been fantastic. And no more so than in God’s Own Country – Yorkshire. If Yorkshire was its own... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2012 at Raw Horizons
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The London 2012 Olympics started yesterday with an interesting opening ceremony – very eclectic! I do find it bemusing that the official sponsors of this Olympics include Coca-Cola and MacDonald’s! For an event which is meant to encompass health and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2012 at Raw Horizons
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There was an article recently in the Australian press about recent research which thinks that the little old Aspirin may help prevent cancer. Now the reason for bringing this up is not because I want you all to go start... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2012 at Raw Horizons
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I’ve just come across another good example of marketing hype with labeling… In a very posh hotel they are offering complimentary bottles of green tea in their rooms. Here is what the bottle states: Green tea with honey and ginseng... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 at Raw Horizons
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I guess we’re all inherently trusting and that’s why marketing works! There’s an article in Which magazine this month (March 2012 – Food & Health/Food labelling) exposing how we’re being duped by food marketing campaigns on numerous fronts. Supermarkets such... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at Raw Horizons
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I was reading about the recipients of The Queen’s Anniversary Prizes 2012 in the Times last Friday and one of them is the Institute for the Environment at Brunel University for their work showing the widespread occurrence of feminised male... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at Raw Horizons
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Just a quick entry as we've been busy getting our new Fitness Studio ready on the Retreat. As my New Year's resolution is to get more fit and toned I've put myself onto the next Fitness & Detox Kick-start retreat... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at Raw Horizons
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I’d like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday season as it’s also Chanukah... Amy helped me make xmas Florentine biscuits on Wed and they’re much better than last year. That’s because when Mum was out... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2011 at Raw Horizons