Type 2 diabetes originates from a dysfunction in the way the body processes the hormone insulin. One of the most important roles insulin performs in the body is regulating blood sugar – the main type of sugar a person gets from food. Not eating the right kind of food, particularly in the morning, can have dire effects on not only a person’s energy levels but also with their blood sugar levels.
Two common reasons for tiredness or have less energy are a direct result of having too high or too low blood sugar levels.
In both cases, the tiredness is the result of having an imbalance between one’s level of blood glucose and the amount or effectiveness of circulating insulin.
Many people with type 2 diabetes will describe themselves as feeling tired, lethargic or fatigued at times.
This is because tiredness is a major symptom of type 2 diabetes but also it comes down to the type of food consumed.
With breakfast meals being integral in providing a person with the right kind of energy to last the day, what are the best options?
At first, we assumed that Beautiful Desolation was some kind of lost late-nineties PC game. Its isometric perspective and visually spectacular pre-rendered scenes immediately called the likes of the original Fallout and Planescape: Torment to mind, and this comparison was cemented with the user interface, voice acting and cutscenes. Unfortunately Beautiful Desolation hasn’t seen fit to bring over the world-class storytelling or gameplay from its forebears, opting instead for a confusing and somewhat frustrating mess of a port.
You see, in its original PC incarnation, Beautiful Desolation was a point-and-click adventure with pre-rendered backgrounds, rather akin to 1999 classic The Longest Journey. Here, though, on Switch, it has switched over to direct control of the protagonist. And, to be completely forthright, it doesn’t work. At all. Your character changes speed and direction depending on their original pathfinding, which made sense when getting around was a simpler matter of clicking on where you want to go and watching the character move there, but not here. The correct path is often somewhat obtuse when presented in this way,
This leaves you brute-forcing your way around environments that simply weren’t designed to be navigated in this way, rubbing up against invisible walls in an attempt to determine the precise path that the game will allow you to take. If this sounds unenjoyable, you’re quite right! And this is constant, seeing you wrestle with this control system throughout the entirety of this 15-20 hour game – and it would probably be closer to 10 hours if the flipping controls worked.
We can’t overstate the impact of this decision on our experience with the game – if we weren’t reviewing it, we’d have checked out almost immediately upon realising just what a slog even the simplest ambulation was going to be. It’s the puzzles and challenges that are supposed to be taxing, not just getting across a screen!
And it’s such a shame, because in basically every other respect Beautiful Desolation is, at worst, interesting. The story, seeing you thrusted into the far future in a world that’s both beautiful and – yes – desolate, is enjoyably wild. It’s certainly far from perfect, with some fairly off-kilter and unnatural dialogue, but that feeds into the quite delightful strangeness of the proceedings, that otherworldly tinge you only get from decent sci-fi.
Indeed, the lore here is well thought-out and a great deal of love has gone into crafting the world. Here, “The Penrose”, a bizarre and alien structure, appeared in South Africa ten years ago and accelerated the advancement of science by many, many times. Your player character, Mark, remains suspicious of the artifact and charters a helicopter with his brother to check it out. They meddle, there’s an accident, and they end up leaping forward in time to a post-apocalyptic South Africa and left to explore barren but beautiful locales performing what ultimately amount to a series of fetch quests. There are mini-games but very little combat, and what there is in the way of pugilism can be completely avoided.
The potential of the point and click genre – despite this not being a true point and click due to the aforementioned controls nonsense – doesn’t seem particularly well realised here as you amble around vainly searching for a viable way forward. It’s the spectacle of the visuals that’ll keep you playing, as the “puzzles” are rather anaemic and the story is told in such a distant way that we found it very difficult to get drawn in. Personality seems to get a focus above plot coherence, and said personality didn’t really amount to much for us – a little too committed to being quirky over being likeable. The ambiguity and general oddness of the conversations and scenarios aren’t really reward enough for persevering.
It’s a shame that the game is so replete with issues, because there is a germ of something cool here. It’s not at all well-suited to the Switch, though, even aside from the enormous pathfinding issue. Visually it’s not bad on either handheld or docked modes, but it stutters in both – and quite badly. Granted, this isn’t the kind of game that needs twitch reflexes, but you’ll find yourself gazing with a profound sense of longing at the 60fps PC version with its control scheme that actually works, and doesn’t wrench you out of any atmosphere or narrative fascination by cutting to fairly lengthy loading screens far too frequently. Perhaps this is a game that can shine on the right platform, but it doesn’t fit very well with the Switch hardware.
We were, as you can tell from the body of this review, consistently frustrated with Beautiful Desolation, another ambitious and lovely-looking game whose Switch incarnation just wasn’t an acceptable way to experience it – shades of Genesis Noir‘s port (though that was better). It’s especially unfortunate because this is exactly the sort of different that the Switch needs, but it needs to run better than what’s on offer here. If you can muscle past the problematic controls, excessive loading and weak performance, you may be able to get into Beautiful Desolation. There is a lot to like in its worldbuilding, gorgeous backgrounds and interesting premise. But we felt like it just asked us to overlook way, way too many problems for the privilege.
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It’s time to plan your summer diary and brush up on your hosting duties.
You can’t guarantee sizzling sunshine every weekend but you can be sure of laying on a sumptuous spread with these delicious ideas.
Here’s our pick of the best food and drink ideas on the market to dazzle your guests…
Try these delicious chocolate-filled brioche rolls
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Whaoo! Chocolate Filled Brioche Rolls are melt-in-the-mouth and deliciously sweet treats that aim to put the fun back into snacking.
Each one is made of a generous chocolatey filling wrapped in soft, pillowy brioche that will get the mouth watering. They’re individually wrapped for on-the-go convenience, making them kid-friendly and an on-the-go parent’s dream.
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Wildly delicious and indulgent, plant-based ice cream brand RØAR has launched its new Salted Caramel and Macadamia flavour.
Using exclusively raw, high-quality ingredients sourced from nature, the new flavour is made from a premium vanilla almond milk base and swirled with salted caramel and macadamias.
The new flavour joins the existing range of delicious and creative flavours such as Hazelnut Chocolate Cookie, Hemp Seed Chocolate Brownie and Coconut Mango Passionfruit Oat Cookie.
All products are free from palm oil and all cocoa is UTZ Certified as part of the Rainforest Alliance. The brand is part of a long-term partnership with Panthera, supporting the Tigers Forever fund, which is working to increase tiger numbers by 50% over a 10-year period.
Setting a new standard for ciders, perries and fruit wines
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Ciders, perries and fruit wines are on the up-and-up. The truth is that high-end drinks of this kind can have all the pedigree, prestige and flavour of fine wines.
Cider Is Wine aims to champion this by offering a range of sophisticated, elegant and delicious drinks that are not-from-concentrate and authentic, made by artisan producers.
Surprise and delight friends and family at your next gathering with a unique bottle or two — or pick up curated cases from only £35. They’re great paired with food — from British classics to Asian dishes.
Become a BBQ master with spectacular sauces and rubs
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Summer is on the way and it’s time to release your inner pitmaster. Firefly BBQ will propel you to the next level of barbecue mastery with its range of award-winning rubs and sauces.
Drawing inspiration from all over the world, from the USA to the Caribbean, the brand offers something for everyone.
Try the award-winning Competition BBQ Sauce for a taste of the best on offer, or go for the Japanese Yuzu Sauce for something different. The range also includes chilli sauces and barbecue rubs. All products are handmade in the UK to ensure maximum freshness and flavour. fireflybbq.co.uk
Up your BBQ game
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Nothing lifts the spirits like al fresco dining. St Pierre is here to help you be the host with the most as the days get longer and warmer.
So, dust off the garden furniture and fire up the barbecue to start the sunny season in style. From barbecue classics to fresh takes on family favourites, St Pierre has covered all the bases to make your barbecues truly magnifique. St Pierre Brioche Burger Buns and Brioche Hot Dog Rolls are available at Tesco and Morrisons stores nationwide.
Common Coffee is made up of a small team in Edinburgh, Scotland, who aim to strip away coffee jargon with flavour-led coffee roasts: Strong, Sweet, Bright and Complex. They’re dedicated to building a responsible supply chain that champions sustainable practice.
To do so, they’ve launched new packaging made from recyclable and compostable cardboard with fully biodegradable inner sleeves exclusively for subscription customers. Coffee refills arrive in minimal biodegradable packaging that fits through your letterbox.
Head on over to commoncoffee.co.uk, or check out the company’s Instagram @iicommon, to browse the range of coffee and learn more about Common’s commitment to the common good.
Get ready for BBQ season
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Warmer days are just around the corner and grills across Britain will soon be firing up.
Baker Street is going big this summer, with classic burger buns and hot dog rolls now available in selected Tesco stores. Baker Street buns are built for loaded burgers and can handle even the heftiest hot dogs and British barbecue combos.
What’s more, thanks to clever packaging, the whole range stays fresher for longer, so you’re always ready for an impromptu barbecue with Baker Street. Find out more on lovebakerstreet.com
Enjoy the ultimate in convenience and nutrition in one easy package
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abnormal. is a nutritionally complete meal in a sachet that’s personalised to your specific needs.
Using very clever algorithms, it creates a formula designed for you and the unique requirements of your mind and body. abnormal. then provides an optimal balance of vitamins and minerals, protein, fibre, fats and complex carbohydrates, along with a number of other active ingredients. Think of it as real food in a powder — simply add water and shake to make.
It’s both convenient, taking barely 30 seconds to prepare, and nutritious — it’s low in sugar, high in protein and high fibre. Each meal delivery comes with a fully personalised booklet, so you know exactly what makes your meal personal to you.
Enjoy a free seven-day trial, plus shaker worth £23.99 (offer valid until 1 May 2021). Delivery £4.99. abnormal.io
Elevate your summer outdoor cooking with premium gourmet meat
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Impress your guests this summer with restaurant-quality meat delivered directly to your door.
Trusted by Michelin-starred chefs and barbecue pitmasters, Tom Hixson of Smithfield’s extensive range of premium meat includes prime cuts, ready for your barbecue grill or smoker. The company offers everything from beef, pork, poultry and lamb sourced from the finest producers to delicious sauces that add buckets of flavour.
The handy BBQ Meat Pack includes a number of superior cuts including Aberdeen Angus brisket and St Louis ribs. Order from the extensive barbecue selection on the online store. tomhixson.co.uk
If you’re a LEGO fan and a Nintendo fan, you probably have LEGO Ideas on your radar. It’s an official project, run by LEGO themselves, which lets fans submit their ideas for new LEGO kits. If you get above a certain number of votes, then your build will go through to a review round, where a bunch of people at the company will seriously consider the marketability of your idea, and if they think it could work, it’ll become reality, and you’ll get a (very small) cut of the profits.
Past successes have included a pirate ship, a treehouse, Sesame Street and Friends sets, and the latest one is a Winnie the Pooh set — which means that it’s not unlikely that more sets could include collaborations with other companies and media properties.
Four of the 57 sets are video game sets, and three of them are Nintendo games, which feels like a nice win for ol’ Ninty. Take a look, and see if any tickle your fancy:
Which of the four sets would you most like to see? Let us know in the comments!
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It’s not exactly the best time for fans of futuristic racing. With no new F-Zero on the horizon and the WipEout series seemingly dead, too, fans have to turn to the independent scene in the hope that something almost as good will do the trick.
The Switch has a couple of decent options already. Launch title Fast RMX remains the best of the bunch, offering phenomenal racing that still looks incredible all these years later, while Rise: Race the Future takes a while to get used to but is eventually a fun time. We’d love to add Future Aero Racing S Ultra to this list, but it falls a bit short.
Future Aero Racing S Ultra (or FAR S Ultra if you prefer) is your typical future-inspired racer with floating cars that look suspiciously like those in the WipEout series. At its core it’s straightforward enough: pick a car, pick a cup (there are five in total, which three races each) and try to finish top of the leaderboard when all the dust has settled.
There are some interesting mechanics in here that show there was at least some effort made to keep things novel. While you have your typical speed boosts on the track, going over one will also build up an extra boost gauge. When this is full you can activate a special boost that’s not only extremely fast but also gives you a shield that stops you taking damage if you hit a barrier.
Since your ship’s energy can be a little on the low side, this means the boost works in two ways. If you’re an expert, you’ll obviously want to use it on straights where you can get the most benefit from its extra speed. If you’re not so great, though, you can save it for sharp turns so you can plough your way round them, slamming into the walls unharmed.
As you level up you’ll unlock progressively faster vehicles, but as they improve the number of boosts required to fill up their meter grows too, meaning there’s a genuine level of strategy there: in some circumstances it may actually be better to choose a slower car because you’ll get your extra boost more often.
It’s all quite clever, then, but the problem is that the execution doesn’t quite live up to it. The AI opponents are annoyingly unforgiving, even on the lowest of the five difficulty settings available, and if you miss one or two boosts there’s a good chance someone will plough through your back and take a huge chunk of energy off you, probably making you explode and lose a chunk of time as you respawn.
Some of the tracks can also be irritating. One in particular appears to be set during a tornado, which apparently means filling the screen with static that makes it nearly impossible to see where you’re going. Having the odd course like this is bad enough, but when the Cups are only three races long you don’t really get to have a ‘bad’ race because you don’t have the time to build your points back up.
And then there’s the music. Oh, the music. Some of it is perfectly fine, but one or two tracks are poor and one of them in particular is — with no hint of exaggeration — the worst piece of music we’ve heard in a game for maybe decades. If you could put a microphone up to despair, this is what it would sound like. We had to stop taking screenshots for this review so we could tweet a clip of it (which led to it ‘blowing up’, as the kids say). Luckily, you can turn the music off.
Nothing about FAR S Ultra is particularly offensive (except the music, which is a crime against the concept of ears). It has some clever ideas but the execution is a little lacklustre, and the relatively low number of tracks combined with the annoying AI and the unforgiving nature of its difficulty means it certainly won’t be to everyone’s tastes. If you don’t have Fast RMX then get that first, but we’ve played worse racing games for $ 7.
Chris Hemsworth has been in his native Australia shooting Thor Love and Thunder with director Taika Waititi and co-stars Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson. During a day off, they were spotted watching the South Sydney Rabbitohs play the Sydney Roosters at Rugby League. They were also joined by Gladiator star Russell Crowe, sporting a huge beard, who has been confirmed for a mystery role in Thor 4 too.
Additionally, Hemsworth has shared a photo of himself and his wife Elsa Pataky enjoying time on a boat with Crowe.
Now according to Aussie outlet New Idea’s insider, Hemsworth wants to co-produce Gladiator 2 with the Oscar-winner.
The source allegedly close to the Thor star said: “Chris is in awe of Russell. He hangs off his every word and Russ has really taken him under his wing.”
They added that while filming Thor Love and Thunder, the actors have spent hours talking and sharing script ideas.
READ MORE: Thor 4 Love & Thunder: Russell Crowe pictured with Chris Hemsworth
The insider claimed that Hemsworth’s wife Elsa planted the seed for her husband to play Maximus’ son.
The source added: “She’s often joked they could easily pass off as father and son – and Russell thinks he could be the only man to credibly play his son in a Gladiator sequel.”
Of course, Maximus’ family were killed in the first movie, but maybe Hemsworth could play Lucilla’s son Lucius all grown up?
Such insider reports should be taken with a pinch of salt, but it’s certainly within the realms of possibility what with Gladiator 2 still in the works.
Scott, 83, has The Last Duel, reuniting Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, in post-production for release in October.
While the filmmaker is currently shooting House of Gucci with Lady Gaga, Al Pacino and Adam Driver for a November debut.
Nielsen continued: “It would obviously be amazing, and I know that a lot of people want to see more of that.
“And I think that all of us are just gonna have to look at that as a separate, different film, you know?”
Nielsen added: “But with some of the emotions and values that made Gladiator so powerful for so many people, which I really think were the underlying values that we were talking about.
“Tyranny versus freedom, and the willingness to do what needs to be done in order to free a people.
“And I don’t think that it would have been the same if it had just been a spectacle. It had to exist within a sphere of values.”
Of course, Crowe’s Maximus perished in Gladiator, but perhaps he could feature in de-aged flashbacks or a vision from the fields of Elysium?
Keeping children occupied during any holiday is always a challenge but lockdown has made things even tougher for parents who don’t get a break. The Easter holidays are coming up, which means the children will be off from school for a couple of weeks, in need of amusement.
In normal times, it isn’t exactly cheap to keep kids on their toes with cinema tickets, theme parks and so on often costing a fortune, but for this Easter, it’s looking like another crafty weekend.
Luckily, it is possible to create some of your own fun at home on a small budget, and we’ve got a few brilliant ideas for you to try out yourselves.
Express.co.uk spoke to NetVoucherCodes.co.uk who shared some expert advice on how to keep children and adults alike entertained at home this Easter.
They shared a huge range of their interesting crafts, egg decorating ideas and games that will cost you virtually nothing.
A spokesperson for NetVoucherCodes said: “Finding fun activities that you can do together as a family can be tricky, especially with the current lockdown restrictions.”
“Making crafts and playing fun games is a great way to enjoy priceless family time, whilst saving money and staying busy.
“Kids love the excitement that comes with the Easter bunny and it can be tricky to keep them engaged over the break from school, even more so now than ever.”
Games and competitions for children this Easter season
The tradition of rolling eggs down hills seems to vary massively from culture to culture and family to family.
Seeing as there is no seemingly right way, it might be time to start a new family tradition for the house.
Start by boiling a bunch of eggs, then decorate them using marker pens and spare craft materials around the house.
Once boiled and decorated, take them to a park with a big hill.
From the top of the hill, players can take turns rolling their eggs down.
The egg that travels the furthest wins!
To easily kill a few hours at home, set up a simple obstacle course in the back garden or living room.
Give the course a sprinkle of imagination and an Easter theme, with plenty of hopping over hurdles (or sofa cushions), egg on spoon relays and hard-boiled eggs used as balls to knock over bowling pins.
Easter crafts go a lot further than egg decorating.
Setting up a craft station ready with some basic supplies can keep kids entertained for hours.
Make chocolate eggs
Buying Easter eggs can be very expensive, especially if you have several kids to cater for.
Prices of eggs are often slashed closer to the weekend, but there is usually a smaller selection.
A great way to save money is for families to have a go at making their own tasty eggs.
Melt a chocolate of choice down and use an Easter egg mould to get the iconic shape.
Decorate the eggs with tasty items, such as sweets and chocolate, and enjoy eating the creations together.