Mindful eating could help your waistline

Mindfulness is a big thing at the moment and this concept applied to eating is gaining traction amongst nutritionists and dietitians particularly challenging the clean eating and other eating styles that can upset our relationship with food. There isn’t a whole load of evidence on weight management and mindful eating although there is a lot…

Easter is over….how did the Lent challenge go?

I know – Easter was a while ago but I still think I should just revisit the Lent challenge for completeness.  How did I do overall?  On the reduce waste front, I thought more carefully about using up the contents of my fridge. I had some good leftover lunches but then as I am based…

A couple of food challenges for Lent

When I was a child, every Lent we used to give something up.  I remember giving up chocolate or sweets, grown ups would come visit my mum and dad and would often bring us some sweets and I would put them in a jar so that come Easter I would have this little treasure chest….

Ageing – It is all a matter of Taste

The five tastes – sweet, bitter, salty, sour and umami. These combined with the myriad of volatile chemicals that waft up our nasal passages is what gives flavour to our food. As children we remember those foods that we hated – blue cheese, olives, mustard, chilli for example.  ‘You will like them when you are…

Back to Twitter and Sugar at the same time…

…I have a bee in my bonnet on this whole Twitter/Social Media thing.  Sorry to bore you all with it.  My Twitter feed was full of People Against Sugar Tax.  I kept them in my feed for reasons of seeing what the other view is.  I was talking about how social media does more to…

Detox – the truth

The truth is, your body is very good at detox.  The body has the liver and the kidneys tirelessly working to ‘clean’ the blood, maintain pH and all sorts of clever stuff.  Between them they are extremely good at ridding our body of things we don’t need, things that are harmful and waste products of…

Happy New Year and good luck with the resolutions

Happy New Year everyone.  Hope everyone had a great festive season and the return to the routine has not been too hard! Have you made a new year’s resolution?  Does it involve eating better and getting fitter?  Or have you opted for a January ‘detox’?  There is so many articles and advertising telling us it…

Make it up as you go along chicken noodle soup!

If there is one thing I love about the cold weather is pulling out the biggest pot I have and throwing together a large quantity of soup.  There is nothing quite so comforting as a big bowl of soup on a cold day with a nice big chunk of crusty bread and maybe a bit…

Processed food – Good or Bad?

I had an article to write, about convenient long life food that you can stock up on if you might be stuck for getting out to shop for fresh bits and pieces.  It was for a publication going out in the Autumn with the thought that winter weather can sometimes keep people at home. There…

Aggregation of Marginal Gains

Fans of British cycling will understand those words and what they have meant to the performance of British cyclists both in the velodrome and in the Tour de France – sorry French readers, we have been awesome there the last few years!!  David Brailsford used the principle of the ‘aggregation of marginal gains‘.  Very simply, if…