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…

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…

Cooking with friends

Friends of mine have invested in the Lidl version of the Thermomix – MrCuisine.  Not nearly as fancy with no on-line platform and step by step instructions on a little screen, maybe not such a powerful motor but it gives a lot of the functions at a fraction of the price.  The low price means…

Indulged over Christmas?

I certainly have!!  Lots of multiple course meals.  Lots of snacks and meals on the road between relatives that live a long way from each other.  Mince pies, presents of chocolate, a few glasses of wine, bowls of nibbles….you know the drill.  Lots of sitting around chatting with relatives and sitting in cars or on…

How about a Xmas Latte anyone?

It is that time of the year again.  Creeping into middle of November, its getting cold and dark, warming mugs of hot milky drinks are just the ticket.  To start getting all festive, lots of our favourite coffee shop chains are bringing out their flavoured hot drinks.  Gingerbread latte, eggnogg latte, fudge hot chocolate and…

Snack or meal: how something is labelled matters

Embedded in a story in the paper the other day, about the sugar content of meal deals (which was interesting in itself), there was an interesting bite size article about the effect of labelling foods as snacks or meals. The study, carried out at Surrey university, was simple, give people the same food but one…

Paleo baby food. Whatever next?

There are, thankfully, more stories exposing restrictive eating styles as the Fads they are and not the automatic route to wellness as promised by the self styled, unqualified gurus. A lovely article in the Irish Sunday Independent when I was in Dublin a little while back, picking apart the Gwynneth Paltrow, Goop image of what…

Are diets from non experts harmful?

There are lots of diet fads and lifestyle advice with how to eat a big part of them – paleo, alkali, clean eating, raw food, ditch the carbs, ditch the dairy, ditch the processed, eat real……and so the list goes on.  A lot of them are promoted by people from a non-scientific background who often…