27th February 2019

Help! My child won’t eat vegetables!

Do you have mealtime battles with your kids? Do you cook different meals for the children and yourself? Do you bribe the kids with pudding and sweet treats to get them to eat their greens? If you’ve answered yes to any of these, you are not alone! I’ve worked with many parents to try to help them take the stress out of mealtimes when you have a picky eater in your midst. These are my top tips but above all, keep calm!   Start as you mean to go on   A great deal of research focuses on the months during which you first give your children food other than milk. This weaning period is over pretty quickly when you […]
20th February 2019
Lacey leaf

Spotlight on bone health in peri- and post-menopause

If you’re approaching the menopause, the chances are you’ve been thinking about managing hot flushes and mood swings but you may not have thought about your bone health. You only see fractures and hip replacements in really old people, right? The link between the menopause and osteoporosis was identified in the 1960s and we now know a great deal about its risk factors and treatment. And prevention is better than cure, right? What can you do pre- peri- and post-menopause to protect your bones? Spoiler alert, it’s not just about calcium! Bones are dynamic! When you think of a bone, you think of Dippy the Diplodocus in the Natural History Museum (OK maybe this is just me!). But we see […]
13th February 2019

5 key nutrients for a healthier menopause

Around 13 million women in the UK are either peri- or post-menopausal and yet this feels like the last taboo in terms of media coverage, employer acceptance or knowledge of healthcare professionals. According to a Nuffield Health Study, two thirds of women feel that there is a general lack of support and understanding of the condition among GPs. Now in my early 40s, I am experiencing a range of peri-menopausal symptoms from night sweats and anxiety to palpitations and brain fog. I know, right; fun times! I don’t really feel fully like a grown up and my ovaries are already failing me! My GP is pretty good but with my background, I know what questions to ask to get the […]
5th February 2019
Plant based diet

Mirror mirror on the wall – What’s the healthiest diet of all?

Open any magazine or newspaper, scan any article online and you’d be forgiven for being confused as to what a healthy diet actually is. In the past few years, the best diet, or way of eating as I prefer to call it, has been hotly debated and has reached Brexit-level in terms of the emotions it can stir up. I dare you to search the LCHF (low carb high fat) hashtag on Twitter. Devotees of this way of eating get terribly under the collar if you so much as suggest that, for example, oats can form part of a healthy breakfast. Is there really an ideal way to eat for ‘optimum’ health? This is not a diet for weight loss […]