Red meat plays vital role in diets, claims expert in fightback against veganism

As millions cut out animal products, farming conference hears that fruit and vegetables have been drained of nutrients Advocates of red meat will begin a fightback against the growth of veganism this week at the UKs biggest farming conference, with claims that eating lamb and beef is vital because some plants and fish are being drained of their nutrition. In a speech at the Oxford Farming Conference, Alice Stanton will tell ministers, farmers and environmentalists that key nutrients in some fruits, vegetables and grains have dropped by up to 50% over 50 years. Stanton, professor of cardiovascular pharmacology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, said nutrition levels had dropped because farmers were trying to meet a demand for …

The joy audit: how to have more fun in 2020

This is the year to start taking happiness seriously. But how and where do you find the time? Here are the tips and advice you need for a pleasure-filled year The last time I felt joy was at an event that would be many peoples vision of hell: a drunken Nataly Kogan, the author of better sleep, better weight management, lower stress levels, Shamash Alidina, the author of Mindfulness for Dummies and the co-founder of the not-for-profit Museum of Happiness and more attainable than people may think. Many equate mindfulness with clearing ones mind of thoughts entirely. This means they often give up out of frustration, says Alidina but its not about not thinking, its about being aware. Spending just …

The best health foods? Soup, garlic and cake

When youre ill, food can be a powerful force for recovery even if scientists cant always explain why Some people are brilliant when their loved ones are ill, and know instinctively what face to make, when to chat, when to be quiet, when to make tea, when to plump a pillow and so forth. Others are terrible, instinctively avoidant, brusque and awkward. They need to ask themselves what theyre so afraid of. But in the meantime, a great way to show you care while you build your genuinely caring personality is to do convalescent cookery. Soup is so famously a restorative that scientists with a bit of downtime often try to show the mechanism. This week, a study found the …

From sponsors to socialism: the return of Instagram star Essena O’Neill

Four years after she deleted her popular social media profiles the Australian influencer is back, with a message Four years before Blake Lively realised that Caroline Calloway exploded into popular consciousness or Tavi Gevinson meticulously unpacked her own adolescent she was sick of it. In her posts shed been smiling. Shed been posing in paradise. She was thin and white, often in a bikini, with long, perfectly tussled blond hair. Then, in a tearful video she declared: This isnt real. She was miserable. She was anxious about her body. Despite her cute outfits, she was broke. The confessional skyrocketed her out of her niche community and into the mainstream. Her follower count ticked upwards of one million. In her book …