Running a marathon in 2015? The training starts here!

Thousands and thousands of committed (and a little crazy) people will run a marathon in the UK this year. They’ll all run for different reasons, they’ll all train a little differently, and they’ll all have different goals. But nobody will ever forget it.

Running a marathon is a huge commitment and for most runners the training will be kicking up a gear at this time of year. We thought we’d do our bit by inviting Ruth Walters from Let Her Eat Clean to write some helpful blogs to encourage and inspire those of you taking the challenge in 2015.

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Guest post: Natoora, “Let Them Eat Kale”

Image of Natoora purple kaleKale is one of the tastiest greens (or purples!) to arrive on British plates each autumn, and in the past few years it has become one of the most talked-about vegetables, often dividing opinion. It is extremely nutritious and full of health-boosting vitamins and minerals; it has a lovely sweet flavour; and it is very versatile in the kitchen, working wonderfully in a wide range of recipes, from smoothies to soups.

When and where

Our purple kale comes from two farms in Cornwall and Lancashire. Grown in the open air, slowly and without excessive watering, it develops tender leaves with no trace of sponginess, and a deep, complex flavour. In season from early autumn to mid-spring, kale grows better and more widely in cooler climates, as the cold temperature keeps its leaves more tender, and the stalks crunchier and sweeter. Continue reading

Guest post: Postnatal nutrition by Charlotte Watts

In the last of our blogs by Nutritional Therapist Charlotte Watts, we learn what to eat after the birth of your baby. Read on for advice on the nutrients you need and how to get them into your diet, plus lots of handy time-saving tips for busy new mums and dads.

As always, you can find the foods Charlotte recommends in the special parenting aisles she helped to set up. Congratulations on your new baby, and happy eating!

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Guest post: what to eat when trying to get pregnant

We’ve teamed up with Nutritional Therapist, Charlotte Watts, to make it easy for new parents and parents-to-be to shop for nutritious food and drink.

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New mums and dads – how to make sure you’re eating well

Did you know that almost 80% of parents recently admitted they didn’t take care of themselves properly after the birth?

We commissioned a survey to see how well new parents and parents-to-be eat, and were shocked by the results. For example, nearly two thirds of new parents said they were turning to ready meals and takeaways as they had no time to get to the supermarket, and 57% of mums said they didn’t eat three meals a day.

Nutritional Therapist Charlotte Watts said, ‘lots of new parents are struck with a numbing ‘shock of the new’ so it’s not surprising that their own nutrition is one of the first things to be forgotten when working out how to deal with their new arrival. This can have long lasting consequences; coping becomes more difficult and energy, mood and immune issues may arise.’

To help make things easy, we’ve created a Nutrition for New Parents and Parents To Be aisle. Charlotte Watts has provided advice for every stage – Getting Pregnant, During Pregnancy, Postnatal Women, Breastfeeding, New Parents – and personally selected the food and drink you choose from.

Take a look around at www.ocado.com/parenting. We’ve also got some smashing offers on baby products in our Biggest Ever Baby Sale, which you can find at www/ocado.com/baby

Take care,

Amisha

Ocado Baby Buyer

Cleanse and refresh – food and drink for a feel-good summer

When the sun is out and the mercury is up, it’s even more important that I feel good in my skin. It’s not about guilt-tripping myself, it’s about food that does me good but tastes great too. Food I actually want to eat. So here’s what I reach for.

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Coco Face Fresh Coconuts – these are raw and unpasteurised. Just crack one open, stick in a straw and drink the water, then scoop out the flesh. The flavour is naturally sweet with floral and woody notes. i.e. yum.

(Coconuts are a great source of salts and minerals, plus electrolytes that help muscle and brain function, and are good for rehydrating after exercise.)

Here’s how you open one:

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Dr Hilary Jones on milk intolerance and the a2 solution

You’ll probably recognise Dr Hilary Jones from the sofa of ITV’s Daybreak and Steve Wright’s Radio 2 programme.

As an NHS GP, medical presenter and spokesperson for a2 Milk, we wanted his insight on the importance of milk, lactose intolerance, and the options for those of us who have problems digesting milk. Here’s what he had to say when we caught up with him.

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A lot of people avoid milk and dairy because they suspect it’s causing them digestive issues. Why is that?

Not all cows milk is the same. There are two different types of protein in milk and cows either produce A1 or A2.  Not surprisingly they are known as A1 cows and A2 cows. The A1 protein digests differently to A2 protein and has been linked to discomfort after drinking milk. This is why some people feel they have issues or an intolerance to milk. a2 Milk is cows’ milk that is naturally rich in the A2 protein and contains none of the A1 protein. Put simply, because a2 Milk does not contain the A1 protein, some people may find a2 Milk easier to digest. Continue reading