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…

Mindful Eating – what is it?

I am no expert in Mindfulness as a concept.  But mindfulness and eating is becoming a very hot topic and it interests me a lot. I have always been a little uncomfortable with ‘diets’ and the restriction and unrealistic eating patterns that they often result in.  Then when the diet is over, the tendency is…

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…

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…

Food Matters Live – Lots of sweet debate

A big strand running through Food Matters Live is the whole tackling obesity challenge with a big focus on sugar. Lots of debate about the sugar tax, although it should be communicated more as a levy on soft drinks. I think it is important to understand it fully before having a view on it.  This…

Cooking is good for your health…

…a thought provoking video about the decline in cooking from scratch and how this is having a massive effect on health.  Make yourself a cup of tea and have a watch. I would love to read your comments. Teaching people to cook, reigniting the love for cooking, enabling people to make space in their day to cook…