Social Media and Nutrition

On Tuesday, the third @AfNutr Twitter chat talked Social Media. It was a great discussion, trying to get to the bottom of the ups and downs of social media in the nutrition world, how to stay professional on a forum that can get a bit nasty from time to time. Most importantly, we were also…

More guilt for working mothers!

This week a big news story for me was the story that working mothers were more likely to have heavier children. This was most true for single working mothers. The reporting didn’t go down too well with working mums and too right. Some newspapers reported both the study and the outrage the findings caused –…

Keto diets

There is a huge keto diet following on the internet and on instagram, there are lots of people promoting this as the holy grail of diets with lots of very appealing before and after photos.  But is it really the best diet ever? A true Ketogenic diet is really, really hard.  In reality many people…

We trended!! Our first Twitter Chat and we were trending!!

Tuesday evening saw the first ever @AfNutr Chat.  After a few months of planning, finally the day came for the real thing and we moderators were a little nervous.  The number of followers grew so much in the run up, this was not going to be a gentle entry into running a twitter chat.  I…

Veganuary – why is 2019 the biggest year yet?

Thanks to a great twitter chat all about plant based eating hosted by RDUK on Monday, I really got thinking about Veganuary. This is the fifth year that Veganuary has been a thing to start the off the new year.  This year has seen well over 300,000 people taking part.  Vegan has certainly become a trendy…

Exciting things for 2019

I just wanted to say Happy Christmas to everyone and also to share an exciting project for 2019. It started for me in a cafe in Edinburgh in the Summer over coffee and cake with Laura Wyness. The idea, a moderated, professional Twitter Chat for Registered and Associate Nutritionists. I said I would love to…

Food Matters Live 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I headed to London for 3 days of feeling all grown up and professional.  Food Matters Live is a big event aimed at anyone involved in food – food manufacturers, food scientists, food developers, food writers, nutritionists, dietitians, researchers etc.  It has an incredible array of seminars in 9 or…

Indian themed cub sleepover

We had a taste of India at cubs on Friday night.  We had a sleepover at the church where we meet.  An Indian friend of mine (thank you so much Meena!!) came and answered questions about India, showed them a little Bollywood dancing and helped the cubs make chapattis, raita and a Indian semolina dessert. …

Malnutrition Awareness Week

Last week was the first UK Malnutrition Awareness Week.  And I don’t mean malnutrition in developing nations or in war torn countries.  Malnutrition is a huge issue in the UK and Europe.  It surprises people that malnutrition in developed nations cost more per year than the effects of obesity.  The most recent estimate is £19.6…

Tess Holiday and Cosmo

There has been quite a storm about Tess Holiday’s appearance on the front cover of the October edition of Cosmopolitan.  Piers Morgan certainly provoked debate with his controversial statements.  The debate is important if sometimes ugly. Why can’t a beautiful woman be on the cover of Cosmo if she is obese?  And yes she is…