29th December 2015

New year, new you? Just don’t do a juice diet…

It’s the new year and many people will be signing up for gym memberships, going alcohol free for January or starting a new diet all in hope of getting healthier, fitter or losing weight.  But by the end of the month, many will have fallen off the wagon and resumed their normal habits.  Why is this and what can you do to break the cycle of binge and diet? After the excesses of the festive season, many will resolve to get healthier in January but often they set unrealistic goals for weight loss and fitness or worse still, they embark upon a fad diet, of which there are no shortage in the media and on the bookshelves.  They make many […]
28th October 2015

Veg-first: A novel approach to weaning

Traditional weaning practice is to give babies bland or sweet foods for their first tastes.  Using a vegetable first approach is a novel but evidence based way to help babies learn to love vegetables; a habit that lasts potentially for many years.   Babies are born with few taste preferences but they do have a naturally sweet tooth.  Breastmilk is sweet and so this is beneficial for the first months of life, where breastmilk (or infant formula) is the sole source of nutrition.  However, once weaning starts, it’s apparent that sweet foods like fruits are much preferred and greater quantities are eaten compared with vegetables, particularly the more bitter, green varieties.  These tastes, that are typically less sweet or even […]
26th October 2015

The taxing matter of sugar reduction

“We are eating too much sugar and it is bad for our health.”  And so begins Public Health England’s much publicised report on how to reduce the nation’s sugar consumption.  Their recommendations are welcome: nutritionists and dietitians have known for some time that foods high in free sugars (refined sugars added to food and those naturally present in honey, fruit juices and the many natural sweeteners like agave, maple syrup and malt extract) contribute to weight gain and should therefore be consumed in moderation.   The more difficult question is how we go about reducing sugar intake across the population.  The debate has been largely overtaken by the focus on the sugar tax, not least because of the support from […]
13th January 2014

Start as you mean to go on

Tired of breaking your New Year’s resolutions before January is out?  Read my article on page 6 of Inspired Health for tips on how to make realistic resolutions that you can sustain for the whole year.