I've just come to New York for my first trip to USA. After a week exploring this great city, I think I'm ready to give you my initial thoughts on how I see eating is different between UK and USA (specifically NYC).
If I was to have my 'cooking dinner' time over again with children, there are lots of things I would do different. Each stage of a child's food education and development is special and this includes discovering good food, cultivating exciting palates, appropriate size portions, cultivating a healthy attitude to food....
The pain of exercising is easily measurable. Who cycles and runs to nowhere, pushes and lift for fun? Toned bodies, trim waists, big biceps and better health. That's the gain.
I often ask people what their top roadblocks are to eating a healthy meal each night. The answers I hear the most include finding the time, motivation and energy to prepare dinner. Especially after a long day of work, when you're tired and hungry, this is when dinners go to the wayside.
Recently we experimented with going gluten-free for a month. The good news is that really it wasn't as difficult as you'd think. By approaching it from a 'let's focus on what we can eat' mindset, there are so many clever options that don't include gluten or rely on expensive commercial 'gluten-free' substitutes.
Honey butter. I predict you'll hear about this heavenly combination a lot in 2014. I was first alerted to the revelation when, after falling head over heels for the cornbread at The Lockhart (a dapper new joint in Marylebone), I asked the chef how it was made.
Having worked briefly as a chef and loving spending time in the kitchen at home, I often draw parallels between the bar and the kitchen - but also between making a dish and making a cocktail.
The men in white coats took 100 recipes from the most popular celebrity cookbooks and laid them alongside 100 randomly selected brand name ready meals, then went to town on them with their slide rules. The conclusion to this culinary Pepsi Challenge was that on almost all nutritional counts, from fat to fibre and everything in between, the ready meals came out on top.
These culinary tips will not only help make 'clean' food more interesting and tasty, but will also have a positive impact on your mission to lose fat. Whilst some of these points may not seem directly correlated with fat loss, it is far easier to lose bodyfat if your digestive system, joints and immune system are all working as efficiently as possible.
In the 21st Century, convenience definitely seems to be king. But as the recent horse-gate scandal appears to show, the pressure on manufacturers to produce huge quantities of food at low cost means they sometimes cut corners.