Sian Breslin
It's Siân, pronounced Shan. I'm Welsh. I am also called mum, at times... I write about the importance of healthy family eating and discuss topical family lifestyle issues.

I was born in Wales but have made Ireland my home for the past 30 years. A professional home economist and busy mum of 3, my 25 years of experience teaching thousands of youngsters and parents home management and cooking skills offer a unique insight into family cooking. Having slowly watched the world of food change hands from mums in aprons in the kitchen, to men in white jackets in laboratories; I founded Sian's Plan to bring back the joy of healthy cooking to parents through effective home management and basic cooking skills.

Entries by Sian Breslin

Blame Granny

(0) Comments | Posted 14 April 2014 | (10:17)

If your child is fat, blame granny (and I'm guessing also granddad!) For years you've dumped them on your aging parents, collected them when it suited you and now you can blame them for making your kids fat.

Research data from the Millennium Cohort Study, University College...

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Look Back to Look Forward

(0) Comments | Posted 7 April 2014 | (11:38)

I was feeling a little reflective over the weekend, what with the big birthday and all that. 1954; not only the year I landed on this planet, but also the year that food rationing in post war Britain finally ended. 60 years later (shhh... don't tell anyone) with the myriad...

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Five Quick and Easy Desserts

(0) Comments | Posted 31 March 2014 | (10:04)

Last week was a great week. The upside was that I celebrated not only one, but three, special occasions: wedding anniversary, birthday and mother's day. The downside was that all my celebrations come together within a few days.

It was also a time for a lot of desserts. Now...

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In Celebration of World Home Economics Day

(0) Comments | Posted 24 March 2014 | (11:12)

Last Saturday 21st March 2014 we celebrated World Home Economics Day 2014: "Empowering Individuals, Families and Communities - Through Home Economics." Before you get turned off by these seemingly old fashioned words, let me tell you how Home Economics has led my life from young child, to mum, to professional...

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Is Eating in the New Eating Out?

(0) Comments | Posted 17 March 2014 | (10:25)

Where Did You Eat Last Night?

Was it 'in' (referring to homemade food) or 'out' (referring to everything else - don't try and fool me with your readymade meals! :))

It won't surprise me if the answer is 'out' if you are a young professional living in Dublin, London...

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(1) Comments | Posted 10 March 2014 | (10:19)

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils.

Nothing like a bit of William Wordsworth to get you going on a March morning. But I quote him, not...

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A Window Front Butchery?

(0) Comments | Posted 3 March 2014 | (09:38)

I want to transport you to a market town anywhere in the UK or Ireland. It could be Somerset, Kent, Suffolk, Ayrshire, Pembrokeshire, Fermanagh, Kerry or somewhere closer to your heart. Looking around, I want you to find the post office, the bank, the newsagent, the pub, the florist ,...

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V Is for Victorious Vegetables

(0) Comments | Posted 24 February 2014 | (09:11)

I love my greens and almost every other vegetable on the planet. I could quite easily be a vegetarian. However, as I have a number of meat lovers in my home, this would mean preparing different meals for the family every night. So we have the perfect compromise: The Flexi...

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Who Can Help Us Eat More Healthily?

(0) Comments | Posted 17 February 2014 | (09:22)

Almost two thirds of UK adults are obese or overweight, so says a new survey by Public Health England (PHE). PHE, whose mission is to protect and improve the nation's health and to address inequalities, points out that there are 19 district local authorities with more than 70%...

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From Farm to Fork - Whose Responsibility Is It?

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2014 | (08:53)

This post reflect my thoughts on the recent initiative by Tesco to launch The Eat Happy Project, which is aimed at helping children reconnect with food by teaching them where it comes from and the journey it takes to get to their plates.

My Trip to The Pet Farm

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Healthy Eating After 50 - What's Involved

(0) Comments | Posted 4 February 2014 | (15:33)

There are a number of annoying things about hitting 'pretirement'. 'Pretirement' you ask? Yes - it's my new thing. The era between the age of 50 and 65 - pre retirement.

The first annoying thing is the endless question: 'when are you retiring?'. This is akin to 'what are...

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Sugar Is the New Tobacco - Pass Me the eSugar Lump?

(0) Comments | Posted 27 January 2014 | (09:26)

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.

Can we live without sugar?

In terms of nutrition,...

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Sugar Is the New Tobacco - Pass Me the eSugar Lump?

(1) Comments | Posted 20 January 2014 | (10:05)

When I was 13 years of age, I started a summer job in a café in West Wales. It was there that Summer, four words were said to me which were to have a profound effect on my life. 'Well done for refusing.' The discussion centred on smoking a ciggy....

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Real Family Food Challenge - Step Two - Support

(0) Comments | Posted 13 January 2014 | (10:26)

Monday Motivator time! How did your Week One of the Real Family Food Challenge go? Is your store cupboard in tip top shape? If not, no worries. You can always do it this week. One step closer to healthy family eating!

Week Two: Put SUPPORTS in Place


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Real Family Food Challenge - Step One - SWAP

(0) Comments | Posted 6 January 2014 | (09:09)

Happy New Year and welcome to the Real Family Food Challenge. All in Sian's Plan are getting on board!

What you eat affects you and your family's health (because you influence what is eaten) inside and outside the home. We all know that wholesome real homecooked food...

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Christmas Dinner - Nine Months to Make, Nine Minutes to Eat

(1) Comments | Posted 23 December 2013 | (12:12)

What were you doing last March? I bet it wasn't getting ready for Christmas. But you'll be glad to know that someone was thinking of you and your Christmas dinner. Yes, that bag of Brussels sprouts just didn't happen to appear on supermarket shelves overnight. Someone, somewhere, carefully planted and...

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Food Trends for 2014 - Will You Be in Vogue?

(3) Comments | Posted 16 December 2013 | (10:05)

What was your favourite food trend from 2013? Did you even think there was such things as food trends? Family style dinners in restaurants, Korean flavouring in everything, mini desserts... They were all there in 2013.

More importantly, I'm sure you haven't forgotten the horse meat scandal which so...

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Starting a Business - Six Things to Think About

(0) Comments | Posted 9 December 2013 | (09:21)

As a female and more mature person entering the startup world it certainly has been an experience. The startup world is exclusively used to describe the first stage of creating a technology business. What I have learnt is been similar to a younger male or female member of a startup,...

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Strictly Come... Reflecting?

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2013 | (09:02)

Ann Widdecombe has written a new book. Most know Ann as a contender in the 'Strictly Come Dancing' Series on BBC1. To be invited to dance on this show, Ann must have gained some amount of fame and respect, to be interesting and likeable enough for viewers' votes...

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Habitual Overeating - How to Change Bad Eating Habits

(1) Comments | Posted 18 November 2013 | (11:18)

Today I read more statistics on food waste, childhood obesity, diabetes and heart disease. It is so frustrating that it makes me reach for the wooden spoon. I don't know whether it is to punish myself for not doing enough to inspire healthy cooking or to bake a cake and...

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