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Here are six hassle-free diet hacks to cut down calories and help boost your energy

WILLPOWER is hard at the best of times but it can seriously waver when you are tired or stressed. And the last thing you need is complicated nutrition advice to keep you on your diet. Sun nutrition…

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WILLPOWER is hard at the best of times but it can seriously waver when you are tired or stressed. And the last thing you need is complicated nutrition advice to keep you on your diet.

Sun nutritionist AMANDA URSELL reveals six hassle-free diet hacks to help boost energy and cut calories when all you really want is a chocolate bar or five.

 Orange juice is a good source of vitamin C which helps the body absorb the iron that's added to many breakfast cerealsGetty – Contributor Orange juice is a good source of vitamin C which helps the body absorb the iron that’s added to many breakfast cereals

COOK PASTA LIKE ITALIANS

 Pasta gives a slower release of energy when cooked 'al dente'Alamy Pasta gives a slower release of energy when cooked ‘al dente’

Pasta that is still a bit hard, or “al dente” as they call it in Italy, gives a slower release of energy after eating, compared with the soft, overcooked pasta we are more used to.

When energy levels are steady and stable, experts say you are more likely to be able to focus on tasks.

ORANGE JUICE WITH CEREALS

Vitamin C in orange juice helps your body to absorb the iron that is added to many breakfast cereals such as Weetabix, Fruit and Fibre and Cheerios.

 Drink orange juice with your breakfast cereal for a vitamin C and iron combination which helps combat iron-deficiencyGetty – Contributor Drink orange juice with your breakfast cereal for a vitamin C and iron combination which helps combat iron-deficiency

Nearly half of teenage girls and more than a quarter of adult women up to 65 have low iron intakes, which can lead to tiredness, low mood and stress.

The vitamin C and iron combination helps to cut the risk of iron-deficiency anaemia.

EAT BANANAS WHEN THEY ARE MEDIUM-RIPE

 Medium-ripe bananas with some green on the skin are a better hunger-busting option.Alamy Medium-ripe bananas with some green on the skin are a better hunger-busting option.

Carbohydrates with a lower glycaemic index (GI) take longer to digest than high-GI carbs, helping us feel fuller for longer and curbing appetite, leading to a lower calorie intake.

While ripe bananas have a high GI of 74 – the same as sweet biscuits – medium-ripe bananas with some green on the skin have a GI of just 43, the same as porridge, making them a better hunger-busting option.

EAT LEFTOVER PASTA

Leftover pasta, stored in the fridge and eaten cold the next day in a salad, gives you fewer calories than the fresh variety.

 Leftover pasta feeds good bacteria in your colon, helping to improve gut healthAlamy Leftover pasta feeds good bacteria in your colon, helping to improve gut health

This is because some of its starch becomes resistant to the enzymes in your system that usually break it down.

The undigested starch feeds good bacteria in your colon, helping to improve gut health and, among other things, it may boost immunity.

OPT FOR CANNED BEANS

As with pasta, cooking and cooling vegetables such as haricot, red kidney and butterbeans, for example, has a similar effect on their starch, making some of it resistant to digestion.

 More resistant starch is formed when beans are canned which can have a significant effect on calorie contentAlamy More resistant starch is formed when beans are canned which can have a significant effect on calorie content

If these beans are then canned, still more resistant starch is formed.

Dr Guy Crosby, of Harvard University in the US, says: “Cooking and cooling legumes at home means they have four to five per cent resistant starch but canning them raises this to five to six per cent. This is enough to have a significant effect on calorie content and your feelings of fullness.”

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Just One Puff Of This Type Of Cannabis ‘could Ease Depression, Stress And Anxiety’

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JUST one puff of cannabis can significantly reduce depression and anxiety, new research suggests.

But prolonged use over time could lead to worsening feelings of depression, experts warned.

Getty – Contributor Just one puff of marijuana can help ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety

Washington State researchers assessed how varying levels of chemicals found in marijuana affected people’s moods and feelings of wellbeing.

The team found that just a single puff of cannabis high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), was enough to reduce depression symptoms.

After just two puffs patients felt less anxious and after ten puffs they were less stressed.

Lead author Carrie Cuttler, assistant professor of psychology at Washington State, said: “Existing research on the effects of cannabis on depression, anxiety and stress are very rare and have almost exclusively been done with orally administered THC pills in a laboratory.

Getty – Contributor But prolonged use of cannabis can worsen depressive symptoms

“What is unique about our study is that we looked at actual inhaled cannabis by medical marijuana patients who were using it in the comfort of their own homes as opposed to a laboratory.

“A lot of consumers seem to be under the false assumption that more THC is always better.

“Our study shows that CBD is also a very important ingredient in cannabis and may augment some of the positive effects of THC.”

To test how the chemicals in marijuana could help mental health problems Cuttler and her team used data from the app Strainprint, which allows medical marijuana users to track how different doses affects their wellbeing.

AP:Associated Press One of the main ingredients in medical marijuana, cannabidiol, has also been found to be effective in treating epilepsy and sleep problems

Users rate the symptoms they are experiencing from one to ten before using cannabis, then rate them again 20 minutes after smoking along with how many puffs they had.

“This is, to my knowledge, one of the first scientific studies to provide guidance on the strains and quantities of cannabis people should be seeking out for reducing stress, anxiety and depression,” Cuttler said.

“Currently, medical and recreational cannabis users rely on the advice of bud tenders whose recommendations are based off of anecdotal not scientific evidence.”

One of the main ingredients in medical marijuana, cannabidiol, is also used in cannabis oil to treat a range of issues including mental health, sleep problems, low appetite, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and palliative care.

It is also said to help prevent the signs of ageing and protect against eczema and psoriasis.

Last year the World Health Organisation declared CBD safe to use with no risk of addition.

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Just One Puff Of Cannabis ‘could Ease Depression, Stress And Anxiety’

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JUST one puff of cannabis can significantly reduce depression and anxiety, new research suggests.

But prolonged use over time could lead to worsening feelings of depression, experts warned.

Getty – Contributor Just one puff of marijuana can help ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety

Washington State researchers assessed how varying levels of chemicals found in marijuana affected people’s moods and feelings of wellbeing.

The team found that just a single puff of cannabis high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), was enough to reduce depression symptoms.

After just two puffs patients felt less anxious and after 10 puffs they were less stressed.

Lead author Carrie Cuttler, assistant professor of psychology at Washington State, said: “Existing research on the effects of cannabis on depression, anxiety and stress are very rare and have almost exclusively been done with orally administered THC pills in a laboratory.

Getty – Contributor But prolonged use of cannabis can worsen depressive symptoms

“What is unique about our study is that we looked at actual inhaled cannabis by medical marijuana patients who were using it in the comfort of their own homes as opposed to a laboratory.

“A lot of consumers seem to be under the false assumption that more THC is always better.

“Our study shows that CBD is also a very important ingredient in cannabis and may augment some of the positive effects of THC.”

To test how the chemicals in marijuana could help mental health problems Cuttler and her team used data from the app Strainprint, which allows medical marijuana users to track how different doses affects their wellbeing.

AP:Associated Press One of the main ingredients in medical marijuana, cannabidiol, has also been found to be effective in treating epilepsy and sleep problems

Users rate the symptoms they are experiencing from one to ten before using cannabis, then rate them again 20 minutes after smoking along with how many puffs they had.

“This is, to my knowledge, one of the first scientific studies to provide guidance on the strains and quantities of cannabis people should be seeking out for reducing stress, anxiety and depression,” Cuttler said.

“Currently, medical and recreational cannabis users rely on the advice of bud tenders whose recommendations are based off of anecdotal not scientific evidence.”

One of the main ingredients in medical marijuana, cannabidiol, is also used in cannabis oil to treat a range of issues from mental health, sleep problems, low appetite, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and palliative care.

It is also said to help prevent the signs of ageing and protect against eczema and psoriasis.

Last year the World Health Organisation declared CBD safe to use with no risk of addition.

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New Mum Shattered By Bombshell Terminal Cancer Diagnosis One Month After Giving Birth To Baby Son

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DEVASTATED mum Tyla Livingstone has told of her heartbreak that she won’t be around to see her baby grow up — having being diagnosed with terminal cancer four weeks after giving birth.

Medics have informed the brave 21-year-old her life expectancy is between two and five years — meaning she might not even get to see her son Preston go to school.

Michael Schofield – The Sun Glasgow Mum Tyla Livingstone, 21, will not live to see son Preston grow up after being diagnosed with terminal cancer

But battling Tyla said: “I’m just living day by day. They say if I’m lucky I’ll have another five years. It doesn’t seem real.

“I don’t think it’s really sunk in properly. It’s more my son I think about — and the fact I will not be there for him in the future.”

Tyla, of Fife, Scotland knew she had cancer before her tot was born.

Michael Schofield – The Sun Glasgow Medics monitored her tumour until her little one arrived

The first indication came last November when, 31 weeks into her pregnancy, she collapsed after a bath and suffered a seizure.

She was taken to Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital, where she was given an MRI scan that revealed a small growth in her brain.

Doctors revealed it was malignant and told her she might have to give birth early by Caesarian section.

But she was then referred to Edinburgh’s Western General, where medics instead opted to monitor the tumour until Preston was born on January 12, weighing 5lbs 14oz.

Maternal joy – before Tyla was told of her cancer pain

Tyla recalled: “I had been getting stomach pains, so I decided to take a bath. But when I was in it my arm started to feel funny and then began seizing up.

“I managed to get out of the tub but I couldn’t breathe. I passed out and when I woke up my gran was on the phone calling an ambulance.

“I was in a panic and the paramedics said my blood pressure was high so they took me to hospital.

“They wanted to test for pre-eclampsia but there was no sign of that. So they did an MRI scan.

“The results showed something at the front left of my brain.”

She was overjoyed following the birth of little Preston

She continued: “At first they said it was a small growth and might be fine. Then I was told it was a cancerous growth.

“The docs in Kirkcaldy wanted me to have a C-section but when I was switched to the Western General they put a stop to that.

“My unborn baby and I were monitored and scans showed the tumour at that point wasn’t aggressive and wasn’t growing.

“At 39 weeks I had Preston — and it was a traumatic birth.

“His little heart stopped six times and eventually they had to get him out with forceps.”

But a month after her baby boy arrived Tyla collapsed again and lost feeling down her right side.

Her scheduled surgery to remove the tumour was brought forward several weeks due to the speed it was growing at. Medics warned Tyla she might struggle to walk properly again after the op and
could also have speech problems.

The five-hour procedure was performed by Dr Imran Liaquat, brain surgeon at the Western General.

Doctors were able to remove the tumour

Tyla had to stay awake for three hours of it so he could monitor her senses. She was delighted when she was told Dr Liaquat had been able to fully remove the tumour.

But her relief didn’t last long. A month after Preston was born, Tyla was given a shattering update.

Biopsy results revealed she had a grade-four glioblastoma, the most aggressive cancer that begins in the brain and is likely to be terminal.

Chemotherapy will destroy some cancerous cells but there is no chance of recovery — and she has another five years left at most.

The former mental health support worker and her family are hoping natural treatments like cannabidiol might provide a miracle cure.

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