Today is International Stress Awareness day and most current research agrees that stress is now one of the leading influences in mental health issues and chronic illness. Stress has a direct physiological response in our body whether it's psychological or physical and this triggers a cascade of hormonal activity and activates our 'fight or flight' … Continue reading The power of stress
Earlier this year I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for the Association of Post Natal Illness (APNI) and I'm thrilled to have been asked to contribute to their newsletter with a piece explaining how diet and healthy eating can support some of the symptoms linked to post-partum illness. Post Natal Depression (PND) affects as many as … Continue reading Supporting Mental Health through Diet
As National awareness days go, today is a great celebration about all things veggie. Whilst most Nutritionists will talk about a balanced diet, including animal proteins, one thing which we'll all agree on is the importance of vegetables. Social media has long been advocating meat-free Mondays in a bid to increase our awareness about meat … Continue reading Lots to love about veggies on World Vegetarian Day
Summertime is a great time to embrace healthy eating as the warmer weather naturally steers us towards colourful salads, seasonal fruits, grilled seafood and bbq'd* meats, bringing us closer to the halo'ed Mediterranean diet. Out with the stodgy winter pies and gravies, and in with the best that summer can offer; pick your own strawberries, … Continue reading Simple summer chicken with basil and pomodori
Are you fat-adapted or a sugar burner? Are you looking to better balance your body weight? One of the buzz topics in recent years in weight loss camps is this question of “which fuel your body uses?” Are you fat-adapted? Or are you a sugar burner? And what does it all mean? Both terms refer … Continue reading Are you fat-adapted or a sugar burner?
Water. We're talking about water! With summer on its way and the promise of hotter temperatures (hopefully!) we typically think about drinking more water to help stay hydrated. However, this is actually true all year round. So are you drinking enough water? Our body is made up of <60% water and not only is water … Continue reading Are you drinking enough?
This week 11-17 June it is National Diabetes Week in the UK and both weight management and blood-glucose control are important risk factors for the disease. It is reported that almost 3.7 million people were diagnosed in 2017, with 10% diagnosed with Type 1 and 90% diagnosed with Type 2* diabetes. In the US the latest statistics … Continue reading National Diabetes Week: Weight Management & Blood Glucose control
Never before has food and diet been so well covered by the media, yet instead of making sense of it all, it has become increasingly more confusing. From new vocabularly asking if we're flexitarian (kind of vegan but love the odd meat-treat) versus paleolithic, to unpronounceable superfoods taking front shelf in our supermarkets. No need … Continue reading Confused about food..now more than ever
About a month ago I gave a seminar on "eating to promote health" to a room full of 30 adults, of mixed age and including both men and women. As I went through BANT's Wellness Solution Guidelines I was reminded with every question that arose, just how individual we all are. For every nutritional guideline … Continue reading How can Nutrition cater to our individual needs?
After years of being told that fat is bad for us there has been a welcome shift in focus in recent years towards "healthy fats" and the essential role they play in the body. Just a decade ago the advice was typically to choose low fat products. However many of these products can be high … Continue reading Recipe: Embracing healthy fats with Avocado Guacamole