As a nation, we continue to struggle with our obesity. We know it's bad for us - it's hard not to, with people like me banging on about it all the time (sorry, but as a doctor, that's my job!). We know we should be eating healthily... but we clearly aren't managing quite as well as we could.
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.
When it comes to consuming media in 2015, there is literally nowhere to hide. Whether you're a check-your-phone-every-30-seconds-er, or someone who only logs into news and social media sites a few times a day, we are all constantly being bombarded with images of perfection that we couldn't escape from - even if we wanted to.
The apparent fact is: people don't like people who don't like cake. Or chocolate. Or sweets. Or most forms of unhealthy food for that matter.
Ice cream is definitely a firm summer favourite but it can often be a very high fat and high sugar option.
So the prospect of cooking for one can feel anything but exciting. The message we can often receive from the outside world tells us that it's a somewhat boring and lonely task and not really worthy of any substantial amount of thought or effort - after all, it's only for one.
A number of years ago I became very unwell and spent some months in and out of hospital. To my shock I was told that I had a rare autoimmune that had no cure and a disease that not many in medical field knew much about.
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.
Instead, eating healthily and enjoying food generally should be fun. I believe that the first step to eating healthily is to cook from scratch and eat cleanly whenever possible. Don't surrender to the convenience of supermarket 'healthy' ready meals and try to buy unprocessed food.
This soup is quick to make and its full of good nutrients; brothy soups are light and easy for a summer soup. If you add some whole grains, protein and vegetables, it becomes a hearty meal.
The benefits of wine consumption as part of your five-a-day are relaxed muscles, reduced stress levels, and the ability to guiltlessly choose a night of television over cleaning the kitchen or tidying up.
Kids found the snack less tasty when it had been presented as healthy in the story and they also ate less of the snack if the food served any goal - such as helping them learn to read which confirms the notion that snacks can't be both good and good for you.
The ethos behind adopting an alkaline diet works on this same idea of acid vs alkaline and starts from the premise that a healthy body is a slightly alkaline body with a pH falling somewhere close to the neutral pH of 7 (which is also the pH of water).
Did you know that avocado is a creamy fruit - also known as butter fruit - that is grown in warm climates? Avocados are staples in Mexican and South American cuisines. It's the only fruit that provides a significant amount of monounsaturated fat - the healthy kind.
The key flavours to this dish are lemongrass and Sichuan pepper. In Mauritius we call lemongrass 'citronelle' and we use it a lot in desserts, cocktails and in sauces and in Asian cuisine it is integral to any paste - like Thai green and red curry paste for example.
Is anyone else getting a bit sick of the hashtag #eatclean? It's not what it represents, which I largely agree with, but how loaded the term is. If this is eating 'clean', that suggests eating any other way is somehow 'dirty'.