As a public health professional I need to help change people's attitudes to sugar. Because if as a country we don't address our love of sweet food and drink, obesity levels will keep rising and the human and financial cost of ill health will also keep rising.
It's about incorporating fresh, natural food into your diet. It's not a diet in the true sense of the word, rather a lifestyle choice that will ensure you are eating wholesome and nourishing meals. These meals will be delicious and packed full of flavour and will not leave you feeling hungry or deprived.
The UK is shockingly behind other developed countries in terms of children's health outcomes, with five more children dying per day than in Sweden. So many health issues facing our children are preventable - yet the Government has just cut £200 million from public health spending and with it many of the resources we need to educate children about their health.
It's not the world's best kept secret and I'm sure by now that we all know caffeine keeps those cravings at bay (good girl), but I read something recently that made me think it could all be a lie. And that's a pretty strong statement.
Rather than worrying about acid and alkaline foods as their own "food groups", if you simply eat a decent amount of fruits and vegetables (five a day springs to mind), you have nothing to worry about. Quite frankly, anyone who says you can change the pH of your blood needs to be immediately directed to a high school chemistry classroom.
In the interests of anyone thinking about becoming vegetarian, or any vegetarian tired of fielding questions, let's bust 10 of the most common myths about vegetarian living - from protein sources to health to the ultimate myth - "vegetarians eat chicken, right?"!
When it comes to losing weight, there is no right perfect solution that is right for everyone. We are all different, we all have different tastes, dif...
Thin seduces so many of us with the promise of a beautiful new life. We daydream about how fabulous we will be when we lose weight. The dresses we will wear. The parties we will go to. The appreciative glances we will solicit whenever we enter a room. Oh to be thin. Life would be perfect. Wouldn't it?
Diet mustn't be something you should look at as something you're "on" or "off", but a way of life. We must learn to eat all over again, in a way that won't negatively affect our health and our waistlines! It is our behaviour towards eating that needs to change.
Protein has had the rep of bulking you up, but that is because if you were to listen to body builders they eat huge amounts of protein - this is due to protein turnover - they need OODLES of protein to keep up with the amount they burn.
It's gotten to the point now that I feel uncomfortable explaining for the 100th time exactly what kinds of foods they can't eat and that the epipen that we have to carry for my son is about life or death, and is not a deterrent or cure.
We can all agree that life in the 21st Century is more than a little hectic and sometimes we feel we are running back on ourselves - it can feel somewhat overwhelming and we do not realise how much of a help (or in its absence, a hindrance) breakfast is in allowing our days to run that little bit smoother.
In the most basic of terms, a juice detox is where you only consume fruit and vegetable juice that has been freshly extracted. A juice detox can last from anything in-between 24 hours and up to seven days - this being said many juicers will enjoy a juice detox for a week, with the first three days being the period of detoxification and the remaining rebuilding a solid foundation.
Instead of thinking about losing weight, think about how you will lose weight and keep it off. Most people focus on the losing weight part, and think that once they lose weight, everything will be rosy after that.
I try to eat a balanced diet. I eat fruit and vegetables every day. I eat meat every other day. I'm aware of the need for legumes and nuts and avocado as my fat. But I just don't have the time or headspace to focus on food full time.
Medical consequences of obesity, accumulating gradually, mostly over the age of 40, affect every organ system of the body, precipitating and aggravating chronic illnesses (the most devastating being diabetes), CHD and several major cancers. More importantly for obese people, it leads to physical disabilities - breathlessness, asthma, fatigue, arthritis, back pain. Once obese, people commonly experience feelings of shame, self-reproach and inadequacy. Thus depression and anxiety compound the ill.