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…

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…

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…

Does focusing on obesity in a health campaign have a negative side?

Have you seen the OB_S_TY campaign by Cancer UK? It caused quite a stir in nutrition circles when it was launched.  I wrote most of this back when it launched but didn’t hit publish button.  The focus on weight and health in isolation still bothers me so this is post remains very relevant.  I know…

Do you know someone with cancer?

I found out recently that a friend has been diagnosed with cancer.  It is not the first time that a friend of mine has been through the mill (she came out the other side and is fit and healthy several years later- hooray) and I have seen friends cope with family members or close friends…

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…

Love tips for less waste…

….then here are a few to help stop wasting potatoes. I was amazed at how many potatoes are wasted in the UK. I know I have been guilty of forgetting to use spuds and throwing away soft, smelly, sprouting potatoes. You certainly don’t think of potatoes being something to pop in the freezer but cooked…

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…