So, every time you come into contact with a packet of cookies or a plate of brownies, you end up head-first at the bottom
Laura Thomas is a Association for Nutrition Registered Nutritionist specialising disordered eating recovery using Intuitive Eating and Non-Diet approaches. She has a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University where she studied psychosocial behaviour change models, dietary assessment, and gut health. She completed her post-doc at Cornell University, again focussing on behaviour change. She currently hosts the podcast 'Don't Salt My Game' and was the nutritionist for the 2017 BBC1 documentary Mind Over Marathon. She founded the London Centre for Intuitive Eating where she works 1-1 with clients and trains other nutritionists in the non-diet approach.
What do you think about this meal? Salads are pretty healthy, right? Greens are a source of iron, tomatoes have loads of lycopene (an antioxidant) and that stuff in the middle is tempeh, made from fermented soybeans and high in both protein AND fibre.
08/06/2017 13:04 BST
As a Registered Nutritionist, you'd probably think I was into this. That I should be congratulating these charities for getting us to eat healthier while raising cold hard cash for a good cause and moving the dial farther than 5-a-day ever did (side note: 5-a-day team; maybe if people could raise money...no? Okay).
10/04/2017 11:07 BST
They just add to the confusion by insinuating that nutritional therapists are on a level footing with Registered Dietitians. They're not. Not even close. What's more, they completely neglect to mention an entire profession of credible, evidence-based nutrition experts - Registered Nutritionists. So we're here to, once again, explain what's really going on.
23/01/2017 11:49 GMT
We did a nutritional analysis of Elle's 'typical day' on her plant-based reboot. Although the foods included are of course nutritious, and there are definitely benefits to including more plant-based foods in your diet (lookin' at you fibre!), Elle's plan is extremely low in overall calories
16/01/2017 15:26 GMT
06/01/2017 14:01 GMT
Dieting is bad for you and there's solid science to back that up. But when you've pretty much spent your whole life on a diet it's tough to break the habit. Learning how to recognise diet culture (in all it's subtle guises) will help.
04/01/2017 12:46 GMT
Give yourself permission to eat this Christmas, and always. Eat foods that make you happy, make you feel good, and satisfy you. Don't apologise or justify your food choices to anyone. Only you know how hungry you are. Only you know what and how much you should eat.
21/12/2016 11:45 GMT
In Part 1 of my blog on Vitamin D, I explained that there aren't many great dietary sources of vitamin D and it's really difficult to get all you need from food. In part 2 I'm laying down how to guarantee you get enough D and clearing up why it's so important that you get the right amount.
15/11/2016 14:43 GMT
Hold up, not so fast. Vitamin D isn't like a regular nutrient that you just get from food. That would be too easy. Vitamin D is kinda freaky - but in a good way. It's one of the few nutrients that your bod can actually make by itself - pretty badass.
04/11/2016 16:32 GMT
Team Clean hates refined sugar. HATES IT. While simultaneously showing a complete lack of understanding of what it is and how it works in the body. Because where white sugar is <em>The Worst</em>, unrefined sugar gets a free pass.
27/09/2016 11:05 BST
Things I have learned from Instagram 1) real pasta is poisonous and leads to brain haemorrhaging - use only pasta made from vegetables 2) if I don't take a selfie of my workout it doesn't count and finally 3) if you don't put courgette in your porridge in the morning you're a garbage person.
08/09/2016 11:40 BST
This week, vegans scored some major points in the plants versus animals war they've been fighting with the Paleo people for, what seems like eons now.
14/08/2016 23:36 BST
Anyone who has ever made a curry will know that turmeric is that annoying yellow powder that stains your fingers and clothes. What you might not know is that it grows as root and is related to ginger - in fact, it looks like bright yellow ginger. Like I said, it's big in India.
19/06/2016 18:20 BST
Meditation and mindfulness are SO on trend right now, but in the age of the 'mindful' colouring book, are these ancient practises in danger of becoming just another buzzword?
06/06/2016 16:40 BST
The future of nutrition is... not what you expect. Sure, we've got epigenetics, and personalised nutrition and that's great and all. But, you know that old saying; breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper? Well, now we have the science to back that sh*t up. It's called chrononutrition: call your gran, she was right the whole time.
05/06/2016 18:44 BST
As a nutritionist I feel pressure to look a certain way, and because I don't look like Deliciously Ella or the Helmsley Sisters, I rarely show pictures of my body on my website or Instagram (just the odd head shot).
25/05/2016 12:03 BST
If it's your thing, use coconut oil to take off your makeup but leave it the f*ck out of your smoothies. Have you heard that coconut oil has a higher smoke point than other oils and therefore generates less free radicals when heated up? Yeah, that's BS too. If you must use it in cooking, use the least amount possible. Capisce?
09/05/2016 22:08 BST
Insoluble fibre is not people food. Humans can't digest and absorb it like sugar or fat or vitamins. We don't have the enzymes that can break it down, so it stays intact, until it hits the colon where it becomes bacteria food.
19/02/2016 17:26 GMT