If you get lucky with the rod and catch some mackerel, gut, wash and rinse them in seawater before bringing them home. Photograph: Thinkstcok

Swimming in the ocean is akin to immersing ourselves in a bath of the fundamental elements of our universe

Sarah Roarty of N17 Brewery in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Fotissima

Sarah Roarty’s brewing philosophy blends sustainability with opportunity

Asylum seekers queue for their meals in a direct provision facility. Photograph: Frank Miller

Not allowing asylum seekers to cook their natural ethnic foods is cruel and degrading

Dietary guidelines from industry professionals and university nutritionists emphasise the fact that people should eat ‘real food’. Photograph: Getty Images

Trust your granny when it comes to advice on healthy eating for you and your family

Factory farmed cows and chickens: ‘The intensification of animal farming has virtually destroyed the nutritional quality of our food,’ says Prof Michael Crawford, of London’s Institute of Brain Chemistry and Nutrition.  Photographs: Getty Images

Factory farming is based on cost – the animals do not count, and nor do the people in or near the factories

People have had life-altering experiences with food during the crucial teenage years

Worth more than a hill of beans: bean video makes us ask ourselves if we have been showing enough respect to the most humble things that we grow. Photograph: Getty Images

A video and an article about beans in ‘The New Yorker’ entitled ‘The intelligent plant’ made my mind boggle

You can eat and drink what you like over the Christmas period, so long as you exercise every day. A walk, run or a cycle will cancel out all the extra indulgence. Photograph: Getty Images

Don’t abandon the gym or walking circuit and you can truly enjoy the little luxuries of the festive season

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Pleasant kitchen smells can contribute as much to our happiness as the hearty meal it heralds

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