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…

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 café 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…

Student life is about to start

Off to university!!  So exciting!! Is someone in your family off to university in the next week or two. This is such an exciting time.  Setting off into the big wide world to learn new things, meet new people and finally be making their own way without parents watching their every move. It does mean…

The Importance of Taste in Staying Healthy

Our sense of taste and smell can have a big impact on how healthy our diet is, and it is something that is often overlooked. Think to the last time you had a head cold and your sense of smell was dulled. Food becomes bland and boring. We lose our appetite as it is often…

Front of Pack Labelling and white bread?

Sitting round a BBQ when you are a nutritionist can spark some interesting conversations. We were eating burgers – what great BBQ food – and putting them into white burger buns, there was salad available to put in or to eat alongside. All good. The conversation turned to the burger buns or, more precisely, the…