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The best foods to eat for a breast cancer DIAGNOSIS

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the UK and for those diagnosed, a better quality diet and being hysically active have been linked to longer survival.

Dr Carol Granger is a nutritional adviser. Here she will share the best foods to eat if you have had a diagnosis and the one food you should eat every day.

Plant foods are excellent, as they provide an array of vitamins and minerals. They also provide phytonutrients – botanical compounds found in certain foods. They are especially valuable because the coloured pigments they contain support several functions of the immune system and also help cell regulation. Some of the most important foods to eat are green cruciferous (brassica) vegetables, red and orange vegetables such as tomatoes and sweet potatoes, and dark berries such as blueberries. Garlic and mushrooms (which are delicious together) both support immunity. The fibre in plant foods also helps keep the digestion healthy.

Flaxseeds are another good food to eat, as they provide fibre which supports the elimination of cancer-causing compounds, and also natural compounds that can help support healthy hormonal balance. Plus, they contribute to other aspects of your health and wellbeing.

A much-cited myth is that dairy is off the menu if you are undergoing cancer treatment. However, whilst eating high amounts of saturated dairy fats from sources such as cheese and milk may increase risk, one dairy food is actually excellent at supporting good gut health. That food is yoghurt.

Live yoghurt provides good bacteria for your digestive system. These help your immunity and may even help the body to respond to some treatments. Often cancer treatment includes the use of antibiotics which extinguish the good bacteria in your body, so eating yoghurt every day helps counteract this. Live yoghurt, kefir and other fermented foods are great to eat on a daily basis and have also been shown to support good gut health.

For women living with breast cancer, there’s no single food that’s a miracle. However, there is enough evidence to suggest that some food choices can be of real benefit. This is not just in how patients feel, but also in maximising your health while living with the disease, helping to prevent recurrence, or living better (and possibly longer) in a palliative situation.

Eating well can help your body at all stages of the cancer journey, from diagnosis and treatment through to recovery, and for people living with and beyond cancer.

How to have a healthy gut

Good digestive (gut) health is the cornerstone of our immune system, helping to fend off illnesses and help us thrive. It will come as no surprise, then, that looking after our guts and understanding a bit more about what they do for us is an important part in staying healthy.

 

Fibre-rich sources of antioxidant vitamins include:

Carotenoids: Found in carrots, red peppers, tomatoes, pumpkins, spinach, kale, broccoli, watermelon, mangoes and corn.

Flavonoids: Found in raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, onions and beans

Selenium:Found in Brazil nuts, whole wheat, eggs and fish.

Folate: Found in green leafy vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts and wholegrains.

Vitamin C: Found in broccoli, cabbage, spinach, citrus fruits, red and green peppers, kiwi fruit, strawberries, sweet potatoes and tomatoes

Vitamin E: Found in nuts, seeds, wheatgerm, whole grains and avocados.

Digestive system-friendly foods.

Water: Many of us may exist in a semi-dehydrated state, which can often lead to niggling health problems that we might not realise are connected, such as indigestion, bloating, irregular bowel movements, as well as headaches and lack of concentration. Drink little and often throughout the day.

Rice: Some may benefit by choosing non-gluten cereal grains like rice more often. The starch in rice, particularly basmati rice, is digested and absorbed slowly, thereby providing a steady release of glucose into the blood for sustained energy.

Ginger: Compounds called gingerols have anti-inflammatory properties, helping reduce pain in conditions such as arthritis. Ginger root has been historically associated with helping to sooth the digestive system and stomach pains by eliminating excess gas, as well as being found to reduce symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Try adding fresh ginger to hot water to make a warming drink – perfect for a cold day.

Pears: Pears are known to be one of the least allergenic foods and are very gentle on the gut, so are well tolerated by almost everyone. Pears are good sources of the soluble fibre pectin and of bioflavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants and may protect against a range of diseases.

Probiotics: Probiotics, help to maintain a healthy balance of so-called good and bad bacteria in our gut. This balance of microbes, can be thrown out by a wide range of circumstances, including the use of drugs, excess alcohol, stress, disease or exposure to environmental toxins. When this happens, it can lead to an increase in the harmful bacteria that cause ill-health.

Fermented foods: Such as kimchi, sauerkraut, yoghurt, tempeh, miso, and kefir are great dietary sources of probiotics. Including plain live yoghurt in your diet, subbing coconut milk with it in curry, or adding it to fruit or cereals will give you what you need. You don’t necessarily need branded products specifically marketed as ‘gut friendly’.

Prebiotics: Prebiotics are nutrients and constituents of food that our gut flora feed upon, thus increasing the number of microbes found in the gut. Prebiotics include compounds known as fructo-oligosaccharides, which are found naturally in many complex carbohydrates and plants, including leeks, onions, wheat, garlic, chicory root and artichokes.

TransGender

Eight things you should know…

It may feel that the world is getting more progressive when it comes to LGBTQ+ issues. Most people certainly have an opinion, that’s for sure!

2019 saw 331 recorded killings of trans and gender-diverse people, according to Trans Respect Versus Transphobia Worldwide. Some people judge what they don’t understand so this might help educate.

What’s in their pants is none of your business

Just as you wouldn’t ask a cis person what their genitals look like, you should never ask a trans person what they have ‘down there’. Nor should you ask if they’ve had surgery.

You can’t tell if someone is  transgender  by looking at them

Men and women come in all different shapes and sizes, and how someone dresses does not necessarily dictate their gender identity

You don’t know their story

Never make assumptions about someone’s story. Don’t assume they’ve had a difficult time trying to gain acceptance; that they’ve showed signs of being trans since they were a child; that they want/have had surgery or hormone treatments; or that they started out as a gay cis person before they realised they were trans.

Try to just accept

While a lot of trans people are comfortable with the ‘trans’ label, the fact is most trans people would just like to be seen as the gender they identify with.

Someone can identify as  transgender no matter what  stage of their transition

The term ‘transgender’ refers to anyone who does not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth. Gender reassignment surgery is not a prerequisite for being transgender.

Gender identity and sexual  orientation are different things

There seems to be this misconception that trans people start out as identifying as gay, and when they transitioned, they identify as straight. A person’s gender identity does not dictate their sexual orientation. For example, there are plenty of gay men and women out there who also happen to be trans.

Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa

Arriving at the Feversham Arms on an evening is atmospheric, to say the least. The reception area has a warm golden glow from outside. The reception staff warmly welcomes you, and then you see the outdoor heated pool that emits waves of steam into the moodily-lit outside area. It is very haunting and extremely inviting; it almost feels like Dracula is about to emerge from the mist.

Adjacent to the pool is the outdoor hot tub. The jewel of this hotel’s crown, this affords one of the most wonderfully inviting hotel scenes one might ever encounter. I can imagine on a hot summer’s day sunbathing all day, drinking cocktails.

We stayed in Suite 36, which had a bathroom, king-size bed and separate living area. The bed was very comfy with good quality linen. Our room overlooked the pool, which we could see from its wooden veranda; this was very tired and in need of some TLC.

We had pre-dinner drinks in the homely bar area. The staff was great – not at all pompous. We were disappointed that the bar offered no lagers or beer on draught, and the bar section could have also benefitted from some attention and some new, up-to-date furniture.

The restaurant is possibly the second jewel in the venue’s crown; however, a bit of light music would have gone some way to masking the conversations that could be easily overheard, especially from a large table of ladies who overwhelmed the ambient noise levels.

The food and presentation, though, were off the scale. The new chef here certainly is a step or three above most good chefs. The amuse-bouches, and everything that followed, were as good as from any two Michelin-star restaurant. Each course was better than the previous, and each dish looked like a photograph from a glossy food magazine. Foodies, this is the place for you.

We had a right proper Yorkshire breakfast in our room. The plates were hot, therefore the breakfast kept hot, which is not typical when getting room service. The top-notch breakfast was grease-free and very good quality, and came with about eight jars of jam and marmalade, which found their way in our cases … The only negative was the £10 room service charge, which I felt was unnecessary.

As I was leaving I got a chance to chat to a manager, so I expressed the flaws I had observed. He was well aware of them and told me about the imminent renovation programme, promising that by the summer the hotel would no longer look tired. I could tell he was passionate, and I did express this did not affect our experience.

Overall, the Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa is a great venue with a stunning pool and restaurant, but at the moment it needs a little TLC.

1–5 High St,
Helmsley, York,
YO62 5AG,
Tel: 01439 770766,
fevershamarmshotel.com

THE Billing Tea Room

Rawdon has a right proper hidden gem!

I think many of us are guilty of driving around with our eyes closed and not noticing what is on our doorstep, and prefer travelling to a restaurant/café, as for some reason we believe the ones further away are better than the ones near us. I am certainly guilty of this.

The other day I was driving through Rawdon village, I was hungry and fancied a 10-minute sit down and a cuppa. I pulled up outside The Billing Tea Room café which, I might add, was packed at 2 pm on a wet Thursday in March. The owner saw I had two dogs in the car and told me if I sat by the window and they were good I could bring them in, which I thought was a really nice gesture.

The other diners were all so friendly; everyone was talking to each other, and started making a fuss of my poochies. It was like a social event where everyone was friends — very unusual, but really genuine and different.

The interior can best be described as a village tearoom that oozes traditional charm with no modern quirks. It has around 30 covers and sells eclectic knick-knacks like cushions and honey which adds to its unusual charm.

The three-page menu consists of an all-day breakfast menu, from a full English to eggs Benedict to smoked salmon and scrambled egg. The lunch menu ranges from sandwiches and soup to veg platters and quiches. Then the afternoon tea menu is again varied, with traditional and ‘Gentlemen’s’ tea (never seen that before). There are lots of teas and coffees to choose from and the best cakes you have ever seen.

I ordered a posh fish finger sandwich, soup of the day (traditional Thai soup) and a coffee. Everything was homemade, as you may expect. The fish finger sandwich was served with tartare sauce and was as described: ‘posh’. It was very hearty and just what I needed. The Thai soup was the star of the show and like nothing I have never had. It was fantastic, really fantastic. I was shocked that a little café I drive past all the time could be so good and so friendly and welcoming.

It also does a gourmet evening on the last Friday of every month; each time offering a different country’s cuisine. It’s BYO booze, too — bonus. Apparently, you need to book well in advance.

Try this little café out, the food is so good and it’s great to support small businesses in the area. It’s my new favourite place.

11a Town Street,

Rawdon,

LeedS, LS19 6PU

Tel: 07811 009844

Closes 4 pm

THE OLD GLEN HOUSE

The perfect year-round venue

 

This dog-friendly country pub with dining is situated on the idyllic Baildon Moor, just minutes from the Shipley Glen Tramway.

It serves a range of cask beers, wines and freshly prepared home-cooked food. With the wood-burning stove roaring away in the winter, and the vast beer garden open on summer days, it’s the perfect venue all year around.

The Old Glen House also provides full function facilities, catering for birthdays, weddings, christenings or just a get-together with family and friends. Whether you call in after a walk (with or without a dog), a cycle ride, as a diner or drinker, you can always be assured of a warm welcome.

In the beginning …

The Old Glen House pub was originally Woodhead Farm (at the head or top of the woods). Shipley Glen was so-named by the Minister of the Bethel Chapel in Shipley. It properly consists of Bracken Hall Green and Bracken Hall Crag.

By the last quarter of the 19th century, Shipley Glen was the name that had captured people’s hearts. The buildings have seen many changes over the years, but one thing is certain; it still provides refreshments for passers-by, from the 19th-century drovers to the 21st-century day trippers.

Today …

Today The Old Glen House is a beautiful country pub serving home-cooked food; from a cheese and pickle sandwich to an 8oz-sirloin steak with all the trimmings. In the last year our homemade pies have created quite a stir in the region and now outsell every other dish. You can eat either in the bar area (with or without a dog) with the log fire or in the more refined candlelit dining room.

Current owners Ed and Louise are proud to have regenerated The Old Glen House into the flourishing country bar/eatery it is now. Ed says, “It has taken six long years to get this amazing venue back to its former glory. We have both worked hard and are now seeing that hard work pay off. We look forward to the next six years and wonder what they will bring. Please say ‘hello’ if you pop in. Even though I say so myself, our pies are amazing!”

Prod Lane

Baildon, BD17 5BN

T: 01274 597777

E: enquire@theoldglenhouse.co.uk

W: theoldglenhouse.co.uk

Bev @ Michael Laurence

A unique hair salon that inspires creativity! 

We understand that most ladies prefer to stay with their existing salon/stylist, which we totally understand and respect. But we would like to introduce ourselves to ladies that are new to the area or those that might just fancy a change, to see what is out there.

Our salon in Horsforth is just like most other salons; we don’t profess to be ingenious or unique or revolutionary. But what we are — and are very proud of — is professional, caring and good listeners. It’s your hair, and you know what you want!

Yes, we will offer advice and years of knowledge thrown into the pot to give you the hair confidence that maybe you have been lacking. However, one thing we are for sure is FUN — all our clients say they leave with a smile on their faces. The girls who work here all really enjoy coming to work. Our clients come for great hair and hopefully have a bit of respite fun whilst they are here.

I am Bev and this is my salon, which I am very proud to run in my own special way. I have been a hairstylist all my life. I started here in 1988 (God, am I that old?) then Michael decided to sell in 2012, so I bought it. Since then we refurbished it, gave it a ladies’ feel and increased our customers three-fold.

Our products are Matrix and Sexy Hair; we don’t believe in hosting lots of brands but prefer to specialise in a few. This has proved to be a successful formula for us. I am also proud to be a Matrix ‘Colour Master’ which, in English, means I am one of an elite group in the UK to be extremely qualified in hair colour.

Of the five of us ladies that work here, four of us are fully qualified and we have one lovely young trainee. I DO NOT AGREE with charging more for more experienced stylists. At my salon everyone is good, and we are all equal. I think this shines through in our happy demeanours.

Opening days are Monday (yep, we open Mondays), Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Opening times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday: 8 am–4 pm and Thursday: 9 am–as late as is required. If you suffer from anxiety, just want a quiet environment, or simply work late please call us; we will bend over backwards to accommodate you on a Thursday evening.

From all of us, we hope to see you soon.

95 New Road Side

Horsforth

LS18 4QD

Tel: 0113 258 3365

PROVENCE in SPRING

The perfect choice for an early spring holiday, with temperaturealready starting to hit 15˚C and the days rapidly lengthening, offering a perfect escape from winter.

Hiking

Provence can get hot during the summer. Really hot! The heat is wonderful and allows for lazy days on the beach however, it’s not ideal for more physical pursuits. March offers an ideal opportunity to do activities, like extended hikes around some fabulous areas of the region.

Two favourite spots to hike are the Calanques and the Gorges du Verdon. The Calanques extend south from Marseille and run along the coast. They are a series of inlets, steep-sided valleys and hidden coves that, due to fire risk, can be closed during the summer months

If you’re into hiking you could build an entire holiday around hiking this region. Equally impressive is the Gorges du Verdon, a river canyon considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful. There are hundreds of routes to hike, but with climbs of 700 m or more you’ll be pleased to be walking the region in the comparative cool of a March spring day.

White water rafting

Thrill-seekers flock to the Ubaye Valley region during spring to make the most of the incredible white water rafting opportunities available from late March, thanks to the rivers that become swollen with spring snow meltwater.

Don’t worry if you’ve never white water rafted before. There are different levels of ‘runs’ available, depending on experience. Not only are you in for an exciting ride across turbulent rapids, but you’ll get to see the countryside from a whole different angle, much of it inaccessible from roads.

Bird watching in the
Camargue

You may well have heard of the Camargue – a World Heritage Site and home to an incredible array of wildlife, including the world-famous Camargue horses. It’s at this time of year, though, that bird watching can be hugely rewarding by offering a chance to see early returning migrants such as white storks, stone curlews and hoopoes.

You’ll be able to catch the best of the Camargue’s winter birds before they disperse for the summer, such as black-necked grebes, cormorants, red-crested pochards and other waterfowl which gather on the vast Étang de Vaccarès, which lies at the heart of the reserve.

Boating

Whilst it might be a bit nippy for swimming, March offers a great chance to get out on the water with conditions often proving ideal.

In addition, don’t miss Les Nauticales, one of the first major boat shows of the year. With 30,000 visitors annually and 200 exhibitors, if you’re into boats it’s not to be missed! The upcoming show is being held between March 14th and 22nd, 2020.

Food and drink

A trip to Provence just wouldn’t be a trip to Provence without making sure you include a food element. Fortunately, March offers all manner of gastronomic delights to enjoy. If you’re quick, you’ll be able to catch the end of the black truffle season. These are wonderful grated over an omelette. The market stalls are beginning to get loaded with early seasonal produce.

Wine is also most definitely on the agenda during March with the nationwide Foires aux Vins running during March. This is the perfect time to get your cellar replenished after a thirsty festive season, with heavily discounted bottles on sale throughout this period.

Other activities

Provence really starts to come to life during March. Aside from the activities listed above, there is a lot to see and do; museums to enjoy, beautiful towns like Aix-en-Provence to explore, beaches to walk on and restaurants to sample, to name but a handful.

With a vitamin D boost, you’ll leave feeling refreshed and invigorated and ready to make the absolute most of the upcoming spring and summer. We suspect you’ll also want to get some new dates in the diary to pop back and enjoy another holiday in the summer months, as well. Provence is totally seductive during the spring … you have been warned!

Gill @ NotJustTravel says

Stay at Villa Campagne, Saint Saturnin Les Apt, Provence for 7 nights from 23rd May from £2996 for a family of four.  This 4 bedroom villa has a pool, fantastic views of the surrounding area and is in the gated resort of Le Clos Savornin. Price includes return flights from Leeds Bradford Airport to Nice and villa rental.

hiking trails

Seven of the Pacific Northwest’s most impressive hiking trails.

Toketee Falls

We’re starting off small with Oregon’s Toketee Falls. This stunning waterfall in the Umpqua National Forest takes less than a mile hike to reach. You’ll probably recognise it from the many photos circulating Instagram, because this view is truly breathtaking. The two-tiered waterfall flows down the side of a cliff that surrounds the area, making it even more beautiful. The 0.8-mile hike is perfect for kids, a busy day or those who don’t love hiking but do love a view.

Carroll Rim Trail

This dry trail is the exact opposite of the last one. Instead of a lush forest and waterfall, the Carroll Rim Trail spirals through the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon. This trail offers the best views of the Painted Hills, and some of the best sunsets you’ll ever see in your life. It can be steep in some areas but is only a 1.6-mile round trip, so it’s easy to fit into a busy day if you’re in the area.

Colchuck Lake

This Washington hike will offer you one of the best views of your life, as well as quite the workout. Colchuck Lake has been described as “heaven on earth”, but it is a nine-mile round trip to get there. It’s totally worth it, though! This lake’s striking blue water is unforgettable and if you’re a hiking lover, it is a definite must-do!

Nisqually Vista Loop Trail

Nisqually Vista Loop Trail is a 1.1-mile hike on Mount Rainier in Washington. Great for families and offers some of the most amazing views of the stunning mountain. The trail is paved, so it’s more of a scenic walk than a hike, making it perfect for all ages. Be sure to get to the carpark early in the morning, though, as it fills up quickly!

Rattlesnake Ledge

Rattlesnake Ledge is the perfect hike to take if you’re on a trip to Seattle because it’s so close. Take a break from the city for a day to see this gorgeous trail. The hike is rated moderate to hard and is a four-mile round trip, with an elevation gain of 1,160 feet. The trail is also pet-friendly so you can bring your pup, and if you don’t have a dog, you’re guaranteed to see some on the way up.

Oneonta Gorge

This amazing one-mile Oregon hike is tucked away in the Columbia River Gorge. The hike is best done in the summer because for most of it, you’ll have to wade through shallow water. Although your feet may get a little cold, the gorgeous view of Oneonta Falls at the end makes it all worth it. As you walk through the creek, you’ll also be surrounded by the picturesque, moss-covered walls of the gorge. While hiking through a creek may seem intimidating, but truly,  you can’t miss this one!

Mount Storm King

Of course, we saved the best for last! Mount Storm King in Washington has been described as some of the best views people have seen in their lives. How could you pass that up? The hike has a 2,300-feet elevation gain in just two miles, so come prepared. While the trail is difficult, if you take it on in nice weather and with the proper equipment, you’re in for the view of a lifetime.

Whether you’re a hiking lover, or just looking for a breathaking view, we hope this helps you pick out which gorgeous trail you’re going to take on, while on your next trip!

Gill @ NotJustTravel says

Explore the magnificent North West of America on a self-drive round trip from Seattle. From £6855 for 2 adults on 5th September. Price includes return flights from Manchester, accommodation, car hire and driving directions.

how to choose your Thai villa vacation island

Any 1970s backpacker who might venture into Phuket or Koh Samui today would definitely have a hard time recognising the places they used to know. The paradise islands of Thailand have grown from the far-flung tropical hideaways they once were. The old paths are now paved, fishing boats have given way to yachts and cruise ships, and the thatched seaside huts have been replaced by high-end accommodations, including star-studded resorts and, of course, private luxury villas.

Phuket

With an elongated landform, Phuket enjoys longer stretches of beaches, especially along its western side, which faces the Andaman Sea and the vast Indian Ocean. Areas such as Patong and its six-kilometre long Bang Tao beach are popular for its fine white sand.

However, there are very few villas here privileged with a beachfront. There are plenty of hillside properties offering splendid sea views, either walking distance from the beach or just a short drive away.

The coastal woodlands of Kamala, along Phuket’s famed Millionaire’s Mile, are home to luxurious villa estates with spectacular clifftop properties looking out into the ocean.

Should you prefer a beachfront setting, there are a good number of villa options in the more remote areas of Phuket. The exclusive Cape Yamu Estate on the quiet eastern side hosts some of the island’s most luxurious beachfront villas. Though the beach here is not as ideal for swimming, it is perfect for walking or sunbathing and has a view of the distant Phang-Nga bay cliffs.

Up north, in the neighbouring Phang-Nga province, beachfront properties are also found along the secluded Natai beach area, with its unspoilt 10-kilometre stretch of ocean-facing beach.

Samui

Koh Samui still possesses the true island-village vibe, which has already gone in most parts of Phuket. And, although you will find a good selection of lively establishments there are no high-rise buildings or multilane concrete highways.

For this same reason, Samui also enjoys more beachfront options among its private villas. Along the northern shores, you will find vacation homes right next to the lovely Maenam beach. Down south, if you are after complete seclusion, the peaceful neighbourhood of Laem Sor offers a selection of luxury villas on the far south. But arguably, the best choice would be the quiet Lipa Noi beach – a gorgeous stretch of fine and unpretentiously white sand.

Samui also boasts impressive hilltop villas that capture the island’s awe-inspiring coastal landscape from high above. You will find these in the areas of Choeng Mon, Maenam and Nathon.

Activities

Phuket is more advanced in terms of development. with more shopping malls. The more popular party venues are also found in Phuket, however, Koh Samui has its own offerings of beach clubs.

The yachting scene is thriving in Phuket, evident with its four different marinas that present gateways to the wondrous formations of Phang-Nga Bay and neighbouring islets. Although it has no marina, yacht charters are also available in Koh Samui offering tours to the exciting islands that dot the Gulf of Thailand, including the Angthong National Marine Park.

Other leisure activities that can be enjoyed in both islands include golfing, Muay Thai, yoga, zip lining, scuba diving, snorkelling, and visiting elephant sanctuaries.

Accessibility and transport

Phuket has an international airport undeniably a key advantage. Because it is much larger than Samui, fixing your itinerary and transport around the island will need a good deal of preparation.

Koh Samui, with its small-town feel, allows you to explore its central areas on foot, Roads are less developed but because of its smaller size and circular form, distances between places are
also shorter.

Gill @ NotJustTravel says

Stay at the luxurious COMO Point Yamu pool villa for 2 weeks for £11,585. Price is for 2 adults and includes return flights from Manchester on 7th November.

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