Food: The Future Medicine

Food is one of the most important means of preventing disease and can be an important adjunct to medicine, when we are ill. The College of Medicine is holding an informative conference entitled ‘Food: The Future Medicine’, which will build upon their previous year’s conference, ‘Food: The Forgotten Medicine’.

The conference will look at hot topics such as whether we should eat no meat, some meat or just different meat.  What is the role of intermittent fasting?  When should we eat our food raw and is bread healthy or should it be eliminated from our diet altogether?

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There will be a demonstration on how to prepare and cook healthy food and a presentation on what we can learn from India and China.  The conference will explore how we can detect, treat and prevent poor nutrition in the community and hospital and hear about a Co-Op project in London that is aiming to bring better food to its local population.

Finally, the conference will hear about first thoughts from our College of Medicine “Food Forum” that brings together farmers, food suppliers and retailers and experts to see how we can change things so that better food is available – especially to those who need it most.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine
Address: 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0LZ
Date: Thursday 14 Sep 2017, 8am GMT

Surviving your Blue Monday

Are you feeling particularly down today? No matter how hard you try does nothing seem to be going right? You could be feeling the effect of Blue Monday and you’re not alone.

Depressed business womanThe third Monday of January is historically known as the most depressing day of the year, which could be due to a number of reasons. For example many peoples New Year resolutions start to become more difficult to keep, the dark and rainy weather throughout the day could be taking its toll and ultimately people feel physically and mentally worn out from the festivities of Christmas. Here at the FHT we wanted to share with you our top tips of surviving Blue Monday.

Positivity is key

Trying to stay positive throughout the day can be easier said than done, people tend to focus on what could go wrong instead of looking at the bigger picture. We know things can be difficult, but it is possible to overcome obstacles and reduce stress by keeping positive. In turn you will find that other solutions can present themselves.

Acknowledge your accomplishments

People can find it hard to praise themselves at the risk of sounding arrogant, however no matter how small the task, it is important to acknowledge your accomplishments. This is because it provides you with a sense of pride and reassurance that you are getting through your day the best you can. You got out of bed today no matter how easy it could have been to stay there all day, this is because you enjoy challenging yourself and the feeling you receive after a productive day.

Experience Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a form of meditation which correlates largely with improved wellbeing and a healthier lifestyle. Mindfulness exercise helps you to get in touch with your breathing, which results in opening up a pathway to the brain in order to achieve a calm state. Dr Craig Brown offers a series of free 15 minute podcasts, giving useful advice and a mindfulness experience.

Click here to read more: http://www.fht.org.uk/system/files/field/article-files/gi_ba_mindfulness_brown_itoct16.pdf

Offer a helping hand

Studies have shown that by being there for someone often results in self happiness. This is because giving makes us feel good about ourselves, which results in doing more good things for others. By offering a helping hand to a colleague, family member or stranger you are spreading the message of kindness and showing the benefits of meaningful activities

Develop your sensitivity, develop yourself

We hope you enjoyed our DIY happiness tips in surviving your Blue Monday, Let us know your tips for surviving Blue Monday!