Plant Based Milk Alternatives

Do you drink plant based milks at all? There seems to be a real boom in the varieties available and they are made from a range of different plants. Once upon a time you might be able to find soya milk alternative if you were lucky but now if you want to have something non-dairy…

5 A Day – your questions answered!

We have all heard the message – get your 5-a-day! The catchy slogan that is used in the UK to encourage us to eat more fruit and vegetables. It is a simple message on one level but when we talk about it people have lots of questions. Laura and I reached out to our Facebook…

Eating Well with Cancer – book has been updated

At some point in our lives we will come in close contact with cancer. Someone we know will have that dreaded diagnosis and the long haul through treatment. Maybe it will be you or someone in your household. It is so important to eat well and stay well nourished which can be hard because of…

Eating for Menopause

I have been working hard with Dr Laura Wyness on a project for a while and it is really exciting to say that it is finished. This mini-book addresses many of the questions that women ask about the symptoms of menopause and how diet and lifestyle changes can improve them. The book provides a summary…

Monday 8th March is International Women’s Day

Let’s Talk Food Facebook Group is hosting a Menopause Coffee morning to mark International Women’s Day. Dr Laura Wyness RNutr, my co-host and co-moderator of the group, will be talking all things menopause related focusing specifically on diet and lifestyle aspects of managing this stage of life. Menopause is a process that is part of…

Body Image, Health and Kids

I had a wonderful conversation with Cliona Byrne about body image this week. What were my take home messages when setting good examples for our kids? First, body image is not about what you look like. It is about how you see yourself and how you perceive others see you. If your sense of body…

Body Confidence and Health

As a nutritionist, I want to empower people to eat better.  That means making long term changes that make people healthier.  Changing habits is hard whatever habits they are and you need to be motivated, particularly if attitudes and habits are engrained. Diet culture and attitudes towards our bodies can get in the way of…

Fish and Fires

I love being a scout leader. I love being outside with the scouts and cubs, seeing them do things that kids don’t easily get the chance to do. They get to read maps, use knives, build fires, build shelters and learn first aid. They learn teamwork and how to assess risks. They get muddy, they…

Positive meal times

Family meal times can be a challenge. It doesn’t matter if you have toddlers or teens, there can be challenges getting meals that everyone will accept and then dealing with the behaviour that can stem from the unhappy one at the table. I love Calvin. He is the epitome of the fussy eater! I have…

Gut health – one of my favourite subjects!

I have found myself really drawn to those magical little friends that live in our gut. So many issues that I am interested in will refer to a possible link with the gut microbiome. The list is growing, from obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, auto immune diseases, heart health, cancers of the gut…..I could go on….