The word "vegan" used to scare me. I grew up in America's Midwest where cheese was on almost every single dish - it was even on salad served with a creamy salad dressing. I loved cheese, ice cream, cheesecake... I could do without meat but dairy?! Also where would I get my protein and wouldn't it be expensive? These are common misconceptions about transitioning to a vegan/plant-based lifestyle.
Tesco say that they felt it is their duty to reconnect food for children, as 80% of parents feel that their children are not as healthy as they were when they themselves were children. However whose fault is that? The grocer? The teacher? Or the people? Who is best to turn the health of the nation around?
There is nothing new about our love of fat and sugar. We have a strong evolutionary drive to eat these foods because they are rich sources of calories which can be laid down as fat - which is simply stored energy. Our ancestors needed plenty of fat to fuel activity during periods of food scarcity and to pay for our large, expensive brains.
The All Black rugby player had been locked in his room for days, shutting out all contact with friends, family and fellow players. It was 4am when he finally picked up the phone to call a helpline. The reply at the other end was simple, "hello friend". It started a process that led to therapy that has been helping to change the life of Brent Pope for many years.
The truth is the huge void in the understanding of nutrition and health is an economic problem. This means fundamentally that the financially advantaged tend to be better educated on healthy eating and have more access to personal trainers and nutritionists to help them. However that does not mean that the resolve to follow a healthy diet and exercise plan can be bought and paid for-that's down to you and it always has been.
Adults 50 years old or more should revert to eating the same amount of calories as 9 -13 year olds and that is 1,600 in my case. I'm supposed to be eating the same as a Tween??!? Nobody told me.
Kale is more than just a nutritional "superfood." It comes from a long line of plant healers and if the drug approval agencies get their act together, they could approve this as a viable medicine. Newly emerging literature now shows it may be of value in the treatment of cancer, elevated blood lipids, glaucoma, and various forms of chemical poisoning.
Last week, I explored claims that sugar is considered to be the new tobacco in terms of addiction and effect on our health. This week I'll look at whether we can live without sugar and how we can cut down.
The truth is we dietitians often have less complex and over-thought diets than assumed. We understand it's certainly a jungle out there and you probably can't keep up with what's going to lower your blood pressure and what's going to increase your cancer risk but (wait for the cliche) moderation truly is the key.
There is a wonderful opportunity these days to plan a pregnancy. In the four months that it takes to make healthy sperm and the month that it takes to mature an egg prior to ovulation, both parents can ensure that they get the nutrients required to increase their chance of conceiving a healthy baby.
I've been off sugar for three years now... But between you and I, I still struggle with cravings. The stuff is gnarly - some say as addictive as cocaine and heroin - and it's dangled in front of us everywhere we turn. What's more, we're actually biologically programmed to binge on it...
Just like a car, our bodies need to be well fuelled to run efficiently. A car with an empty tank of petrol is going nowhere! Make your mornings count, and follow these top tips to accelerate you out the front door.
When sugar calories are absorbed into our bloodstream, they provide us with energy. If we do not use the energy, we get fat and according to studies, are put in potential danger of Diabetes II and heart disease.
I fully accept that diet is a personal choice as is wasting our hard earned cash on food we throw away, but with less waste and even becoming part time vegetarians for at least three days per week, we can help preserve three of the planets most valuable assets.
Every day in the UK approximately 900 people get diagnosed with cancer. That works out to be 300,000 every year. In every three people you know, one will develop cancer. A few everyday changes can be made to help you reduce your risk of developing cancer.
The problem is that while yes, I have lost weight, my skin is glowing, my daily gym routine and healthy eating plan is continuing uninterrupted (for a full two weeks) and I have been more productive at work than ever, I can't help feeling...well...a bit boring.