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….

Lockdown Lunches

How are you all doing? Are you missing nipping out to a local cafĂ© to grab a sandwich? Are feeling the pain of having lunches at home every day if you are working from home day after day? Last time we were confined, I heard a lot of people saying that they were struggling with…

Food and Mood

With countries going back into lockdown and the general ongoing Covid situation, lots of us may be feeling a bit low, especially as the days are getting shorter and gloomier. There are lots of things that can affect how we are feeling and if we can do any small things to lift our mood then…