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It’s scary how fast time flies, isn’t it?

April 15th marked the beginning of the first ever Dietriffic 30 day challenge.

I wanted each of us to challenge ourselves, push past barriers, and change the mindset that says “I can’t exercise every day!

Lots of you committed to the challenge via the comments section under the original article. I also had emails, Facebook messages and Tweets about what you were doing, when and how it was all going. I loved that!

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A few weeks ago my husband called me over to his laptop to show me a news article he had been reading on the BBC.

The small town where we both grew up is apparently, “ranked number two in the top 10 places in the UK for poor heart health.”

Back in 2007, official police figures claimed it to be the safest place to live in Northern Ireland. So, these latest health stats completely blow that out of the water.

Anyway, for the most part the incidence of poor heart health in our little home town is a lifestyle issue, and it’s preventable.

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SALT /sôlt/ A chemical compound made up of two elements, sodium and chloride (NaCl).

The idea that too much salt is bad for our health is something very few question.

According to conventional wisdom, too much salt in the diet increases blood pressure, which can lead to hypertension and as a result stroke, heart failure or heart attack.

The World Health Organisation recommend adults eat no more than 5g (1 tsp) of salt a day.

So, is there anything wrong with this recommendation? Let us take a closer look at the evidence…

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What is one thing healthy traditional societies in the past (and those still present today) knew instinctively, that we seem incapable of getting a grasp of?

Well, they consumed foods in their natural form in abundance, including animal and tropical fats.

I’m thinking of foods like lard, butter, tallow, poultry fat and coconut oil. But, we all know these are bad for us, right?

I touched on the topic of full fat dairy recently, but I want to consider more specifically today what oils and fats should be used in cooking. And, it’s probably not the options you think, either.

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It really is a sad fact that some experts add more to the confusion surrounding health and nutrition then they do to clear things up.

One such area is that of ketosis vs ketoacidosis.

While you may be unfamiliar with these terms, you will most certainly know about low carb and very low carb diets, and it is likely you’ve heard health professionals warning against the dangerous side-efffects of low-carbing.
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What if you could accomplish something really great in the next 30 days?

Can you imagine that that is possible?

When I talk to people about the problems they face, one of the things they frequently mention is the difficulty of establishing a consistent exercise routine.

It is difficult, no doubt about it.

So, I’m trowing down the gauntlet, so to speak, and setting you a challenge.

It won’t be easy, but who knows, the benefits may be even greater than we both imagine!

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There’s no doubt eating a higher protein diet has become much more in-vogue in recent years.

You only have to take a look at your supermarket shelves to see that.

Food manufacturers have caught on to the idea that protein sells. So, you’ll find the word splattered on everything from drinks to breakfast cereals to ‘health’ bars.

But, according to some, having a few too many chicken wings could end you in the dialysis ward.

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