How do we talk about weight?

You may have seen James Corden’s response to Bill Maher talking about how fat shaming is a good thing – it has made the news and people are talking. Then there was Piers Morgan and a fitness celebrity backing up Bill Mahr on Good Morning Breakfast suggesting that fat shaming was the way to get…

A tale of HbA1c with a happy ending

First, I should explain what HbA1c is – I will let the experts do it for me. Here is how Diabetes UK explains Hb1Ac: The term HbA1c refers to glycated haemoglobin. It develops when haemoglobin, a protein within red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body, joins with glucose in the blood, becoming ‘glycated’. By measuring glycated…

Holidays will soon be over so let’s start thinking lunches

There are so many reasons to make a packed lunch but there are also lots of reasons why we don’t quite manage to do it. Does the plan to make lunch end with the kitchen work top looking a bit like the photo – everything dragged out the fridge and cupboard but with no real…

Nutrition analysis…more than just for labelling

I just spent an afternoon analysing some recipes for a client, a home economist developing recipes for her own client. It is quite soothing work, I have found quite an intuitive analysis package that has smart portion guide and pretty reporting which highlights allergens, that calculates portions and scales recipes up and down, presents information…

Procrastination

I loved this coffee shop in Edinburgh. What a great name! When I am procrastinating one of the first things I do is go make myself a cuppa! In fact, I think procrastination is one of the top reasons why people eat and drink when they are not hungry! I was talking to a friend…

Families…it’s not just parents and little children

Families. Complicated things aren’t they? When we see advice for families we generally see information for mums and dads with babies or school children. But we all know that families stretch beyond that. Just because your kids are grown up, heading off to uni or living at home, you don’t stop seeing yourself as a…

The Sewing Machine and The Power of Food Beyond Fuel

I have just spent some time in Edinburgh. I like spending time in bookshops and I like reading books set in places that I know well. The Sewing Machine is a book set in this wonderful city, a city that I have a strong connection to and have spent a lot of time in. A…

Cooking More Veggie Food – a cooking class

A few weeks ago, I headed into Paris to meet four ladies who wanted to cook more veggie food and wanted a few tips on menu planning. I was so engrossed in the class I took zero photos!! It was such a fun day thanks to the company and the generous hospitality of our host….

Indian Cooking Class

I had a lot of fun last Friday. I agreed to run a cooking class for Maisons-Laffitte International Association. I ran a class cooking Keralan chicken curry , a vegetarian version with vegetables and chick peas to replace the chicken, spiced vegetable basmati rice and raita. We cooked poppadoms and had chutneys and pickles followed…