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Gregg Wallace’s daily routine and diet plan after losing impressive 5 stone

Gregg Wallace, the MasterChef judge, has shared his typical weekend routine in gregg-wallace-autistic-son-weight-loss-alcohol/”The Telegraph‘s My Saturday column. Gregg starts his day at 5am, reading for an hour before making coffee and checking his health programme sign-ups.

He then heads to the gym for a private swim and sauna, before hitting the treadmills. Despite working towards a goal of 50,000 steps a week, he insists there’s “no sweating”.

After his workout, Gregg enjoys breakfast at the local Harvester with his PA. Despite losing five stone, he admits: “I’m now 12 stone and I have less than 18 percent body fat and a six-pack, but I have a belly that bloats. I guess we all have our imperfections.”

People surprised to see the star dining at budget chain restaurants, but he loves it. He admitted he always has bacon, sausage and fried egg. After that, a hearty lunch awaits him at home made by his wife Anna.

A few years ago, weighing almost 17 stone, doctors raised concerns about Gregg’s increased risk of serious health conditions.

The MasterChef host took charge and started making healthier food choices. He claimed that he managed to lose close to five stone “without dieting”.

He cut out unhealthy snacking and processed foods, opting instead for home-cooked nutritious meals. He didn’t follow a strict regimen but opted for a balanced, varied diet.

Gregg Wallace documented his weight loss journey on his lifestyle website, GreggWallace.Health. The site now offers weekly meal plans and hundreds of nutritionist-approved recipes for those wanting to shed some pounds.

The TV presenter explained that his plan doesn’t ban any foods, but it does advise against snacking. His website states: “This is not a strict diet, strict diets are hard to maintain. This is about swapping bad habits for good ones

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Introducing The ‘Atlantic’ Diet – better for slashing cholesterol, weight and beer bellies than the Mediterranean, according to experts

The Mediterranean diet has long been lauded as the world’s healthiest eating plan.

The diet, which emphasizes lean protein, seafood, and healthy fats like olive oil, has mountains of studies pointing to its benefits. 

These include weight loss, lowered risk of heart disease, and even warding off dementia. 

However, a new study suggests that an up-and-coming diet could dethrone Mediterranean plan and halve the risk of metabolic syndrome, which can lead diabetes, high blood prssure, and heart disease.  

Researchers in Spain recruited more than 200 familes and assigned roughly half to follow the Atlantic diet, an eating plan derived from Spain and Portugal that emphasizes stews, baked and boiled foods, rather than roasted in fat or fried, as well as local, seasonal options. 

Those who stuck to the Atlantic diet instead of their normal foods for six months ‘significantly reduced the incidence of metabolic syndrome,’ including improvements in waist circumference, weight, and HDL (good) cholesterol levels. 

Only three percent of participants following the plan developed a decline in the above health markers, compared to six percent in the other group. 

However, blood pressure and glucose – blood sugar – levels stayed the same.

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The Atlantic diet prioritizes foods found in Spain and Portugal, including local and seasonal picks like fish, healthy fats, and nuts

One of the key aspects of the Atlantic diet is stewing, boiling, and grilling foods. Stewing has been shown to reduce the amount of harmful additives that can lead to heart disease and dementia

One of the key aspects of the Atlantic diet is stewing, boiling, and grilling foods. Stewing has been shown to reduce the amount of harmful additives that can lead to heart disease and dementia

Michelle Routhenstein, a registered dietitian nutritionist at EntirelyNourished, who was not involved in the study, told Healthline: ‘The Atlantic Diet presents significant potential for enhancing health due to its emphasis on nutrient-dense foods and family-oriented

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Texas Health Resources Foundation builds community relationships while supporting hospitals

The Texas Health Resources Foundation was founded in 2012 with the goal of helping support hospitals in the Texas Health Resources system.

The foundation raises funds to support clinical, educational and research programs across the health system, according to its website. The foundation supports all of the Texas Health Resources hospitals, including 14 major hospitals in the North Texas area, foundation President Laura McWhorter said.

McWhorter and Vice President Sarah Higdon Humphrey visited the Texas Health Allen hospital May 3 to celebrate the hospital’s certification as a primary stroke center. The certification establishes the hospital as the go-to medical facility in Allen and surrounding communities for those who have suffered from a stroke.

Texas Health Resources is a not-for-profit health care system that belongs to the community, McWhorter said. The system has served the North Texas area for about 25 years across 16 counties, according to its website.

“Everything that we do, we reinvest into our hospitals, into making sure that we have the best care teams and staff,” she said.

The foundation focuses on providing philanthropic support for the Texas Health system by organizing fundraisers and accepting fiscal donations. Since the foundation’s founding, donations have funded the Jane and John Justin Tower expansion in Fort Worth, Texas Health Allen’s primary stroke center certification and enhancements to the Texas Health Plano NICU Family Resource Center.

The foundation is made up of three teams that operate in Dallas, Fort Worth and the metroplex’s north region. When looking at the growth happening in Collin and Denton counties a couple of years ago, McWhorter said they needed to start a dedicated team for that area.

“We know that giving is local,” McWhorter said. “People support their community, their hospital, so it was really important for us to embed a team

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Sweets, treats, and support for youth mental health –

The Center in Swift Current was at maximum capacity on Wednesday night for their Desserts 4 Hope Fundraiser. 

Nathan Wiebe, executive director of the Swift Current Community Youth Initiative, said that the event exceeded his expectations. 

“It was incredible,” he stated. “Just really humbled by the turnout and to have a sold-out event, we always hope for that. For us, we do these things with no expectations, but we work our hardest.” 

The evening featured delectable desserts, live music from Dillon Currie, an inspirational speaker, a silent auction, and more. 

This is the second time that the event has taken place in the community, with Wiebe adding that it was great to be back after the pandemic. 

“This is our first dessert night after COVID and we tagged it Desserts 4 Hope because we wanted to give it a little bit of a different sound,” he explained. “Dessert Night Fundraiser is very generic, Desserts 4 Hope is really a good objective. We are trying to provide hope for youth and families in our community and to do it through an event like this, it provides a lot of food for thought.” 

The funds from the evening will go towards the “Cultivating Strength” capital campaign program, which was announced at the event. 

The goal of the campaign is to raise 220,000 dollars to turn the recently purchased building next door into a counselling and administrative office. 

In total, the event raised 15,000 dollars. 

Wiebe added that the night wouldn’t have been possible without the support of their sponsors, and the individuals who came out to support the event. 

“We’re just really grateful for our community, we have an amazing city, and you can’t leave without an immense amount of gratitude to what you get to experience in this spot,”

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Broker mental health improving but more support still needed, MIMHC survey shows

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“Overall levels of contentment remain similar to 2022 and frustratingly suggest only marginal progress has been made”

The Mortgage Industry Mental Health Charter (MIMHC) has shared the findings of its annual survey for 2023, finding that 58% of companies are now providing brokers with support – up from 54% last year.

However, the Charter says that as 42% still don’t, there is “a long way to go to normalise mental health provision in the mortgage industry”.

46% of brokers say they have seen an improvement in workplace mental health provision over the past year, but 54% haven’t – compared to 51% in 2022.

The fourth annual survey, which coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week, aims to understand the mortgage industry’s current well-being, and importantly, highlights the key areas in which mental health provision needs to improve.

The survey found that brokers are increasingly overworked. 46% now work between 45/60 hours which is up from 42% last year. 12% of respondents still maintain that they are working more than 60 hours weekly.

Brokers also reported no change to professional contentment. 44% are still disillusioned/ moderately happy with their situation. However, the majority (56%) are happy with their role.

In addition, wellbeing is improving. 16% of respondents believe their mental health is ‘poor’ or ‘of concern’. This is markedly down from a 23% result in 2022 but continues to highlight the need to support individuals in the mortgage sector. At the opposite end 44% of people reported feeling good/excellent compared to 41% in 2022.

Worklife balance is improving. Although a blend is still evident, hybrid working is up to 37% from 27% in 2022 and nearly 1 in 4 respondents now work permanently from home. As a result, 17% think their work/life balance has improved – up from 8% last year. Only

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Apple may want to use AI to change your diet, sleep routine, and mood, Bloomberg reports

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  • Apple is developing an AI-powered health coach under the codename Quartz, Bloomberg reported.

  • It will use Apple Watch data to monitor diet, exercise, and sleep patterns, then suggest changes.

  • While reportedly set to be released next year, the initiative remains unannounced.

The future of wellness is Artificial Intelligence, with an algorithmic coach making customized suggestions for when to exercise and sleep, what snacks to eat — even how to improve your mood.

At least, that’s what the development team at Apple seems to be thinking.

Bloomberg first reported the tech giant’s plan to create an AI-powered health coaching service, currently under development with the codename “Quartz.” It would use data from Apple Watch users to monitor sleep patterns, exercise routines, diet, and emotions, then suggest personalized healthy changes based on the AI’s analysis.

According to Apple employees who were not authorized to speak publicly about the unannounced initiative, the outlet reported, the coaching tool will be rolled out next year if development is completed on time, with an emotion log feature and an unknown aid for nearsightedness to debut later this year.

Representatives for Apple did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Critics have long argued the devices degrade personal privacy and lead us “one step closer to under-the-skin surveillance, which can

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Mental Health Awareness Week – OSB Group leads the way with colleague support

As a leading specialist lender in the UK, OSB Group understands the importance of nurturing a diverse, equal and inclusive environment for colleagues, customers and the communities around them.

One year on from the launch of OSB Group’s initial Mental Health support programme for colleagues, there are now 38 qualified Mental Health First Aiders spread across their locations.

This week marks the annual Mental Health Awareness Week running from 15th to 21st May 2023 with this year’s theme centred on the impact of the cost of living crisis on people’s mental health. The 38 strong team of volunteer Mental Health First Aiders are on hand to listen without judgement and signpost available support via both professional and charitable organisations.



Running alongside this hands on support, are a variety of courses that colleagues can sign up to and range from ‘Every Mind Matters’, ‘Stress Management Techniques’ and ‘Wellness Action Plans’.

As the increased cost of living continues, OSB Group recognises the financial impact this may have on colleagues and has allocated an additional cost of living payment to all staff beneath senior management level again in 2023. Internal webinars have also been developed to help colleagues with budgeting and highlight everyday hacks that could help reduce costs.

Jon Hall, Group Managing Director, Mortgages and Savings, OSB Group said “Mental Health Awareness Week is a great opportunity to highlight available support and encourage conversations to flow but it’s also important to ensure our colleagues feel supported all year round as they are the key to our success at OSB Group and their health and wellbeing is a central focus. Helping colleagues when they need it most is critical and I am extremely proud of the range of support OSB Group offers.


Our Mental Health First Aiders programme goes from strength

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The 10 Best Diets for Better Heart Health, Ranked by Cardiologists

Surprise! The Mediterranean diet falls in the third slot. Learn about the top two diets, plus the other fads that don’t quite make the grade.

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Reviewed by Dietitian Jessica Ball, M.S., RD

The Mediterranean diet is often applauded as one of the best diets for overall health. It is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish and seafood and legumes and light on dairy and meat (and, as a result, low in saturated fat, too, which is a topic still up for debate in the heart-health world). It’s a heart-smart way to eat, and can be beneficial in many other areas of health as well. Mediterranean dieters also tend to have lower risk for certain cancers, cognitive decline, type 2 diabetes and more.

Circling back to heart disease risk, the Mediterranean diet tied for first in the U.S. News and World Report‘s 2022 rankings for the best diets for heart health, but a surprising new victor came out on top in 2023. That 2023 best diet for heart health also earned a gold medal in a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published April 27, 2023, in its journal Circulation. The U.S. News and World Report health panel and AHA cardiologists now agree that the DASH diet (which is short for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) appears to be the best diet for heart health.

Read on to learn more about what makes DASH such a heart-smart eating style, then study up on how nine other popular diets ranked in the evidence-based analysis by AHA professionals.

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Budget 2023: GPs are the heart of healthcare, but little specific support shown

This year’s Budget, “Support for today, building for tomorrow”, is focused on flood and cyclone recovery, and rightly so. However, despite the finance Minister’s comment about “expanding GP services” it is hard to see where that attention has been applied.

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners welcomes the announcement of $20 million to lift immunisation and screening coverage for Māori and Pasifika, as well as the removal of the $5 prescription fees for all New Zealanders. “All of our members will have patients who struggle to pay for their prescriptions and removing this barrier is good news,” says College President Dr Samantha Murton.

Social determinants of health are another area where attention has been applied and this is essential to lifting the burden on the delivery of health services, especially in the community.

However, the College is disappointed to not see more immediate support for the sustainable delivery of medical care in the community through GPs, rural hospital doctors and their teams.

Currently, 95 percent of Kiwis are enrolled with a general practice, and 90 percent of medical problems dealt with in general practice.

Dr Murton says, “The earmarked $118 million to help reduce waiting lists by ‘improving patient flow and enabling planned care to be delivered in primary care’ sounds good in theory, but serious attention needs to focus on growing the number of GPs and rural hospital doctors being trained as specialists, supporting their wellbeing, and supporting those thinking of retirement to stay in the profession.

“There have been some steps to support training with Minister Little’s announcements last year but there is much more that can be done. We need to have a solid plan in place and significant investment to grow our own workforce.

“To highlight the urgent need for more GP investment,

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The best (and worst) diets for heart health, according to the American Heart Association

From paleo to pescatarian, there’s a seemingly endless list of diets to choose from. But which are the most heart-healthy?

In a statement released Thursday, the American Heart Association rated 10 popular diets based on their standards for heart health.

The diets that rated the best for improving cardiometabolic health included the DASH-style eating plan, the Mediterranean diet, pescatarian and vegetarian. Meanwhile, paleo and ketogenic diets were found to contradict the association’s guidance and did not rank as heart-healthy eating patterns.

“The number of different, popular dietary patterns has proliferated in recent years, and the amount of misinformation about them on social media has reached critical levels,” Christopher D. Gardner, chair of the writing committee for the statement and the Rehnborg Farquhar professor of medicine at Stanford University, said in a press release

“The public – and even many health care professionals – may rightfully be confused about heart-healthy eating, and they may feel that they don’t have the time or the training to evaluate the different diets.” he said. “We hope this statement serves as a tool for clinicians and the public to understand which diets support good cardiometabolic health.”

The DASH-style eating plan, which stands for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension,” received a perfect score from the analysis thanks to its emphasis on being low in salt, added sugar, alcohol, tropical oils and processed foods as well as being rich in non-starchy vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes. Protien also tends to be mostly from plant sources along with fish, lean meats and low- or fat-free dairy products.

The Mediterranean diet, patterned on the traditional cuisines of the region, emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, legumes, nuts and whole grains. It ranked below DASH since it doesn’t “explicitly address added salt

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