2nd May 2019
Nutritionist

7 things you didn’t know about nutritionists

Hello, I’m ‘the fun police’. I’m here with my kale to look at you judgementally if you’re eating a biscuit.  Just in case you think I’m serious, this is about as far away as you can get from me or any Registered Nutritionist or Dietitian I know. Just because we’ve studied nutrition and health based subjects doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy food or indulge. And we are definitely not judging you. But people make a lot of assumptions about me when they find out what I do. I’m here to reassure you (while joining you in a glass of wine). “Oooh don’t judge me!” (while eating cake, biscuit, crisps etc.) There is really only one response to people guiltily hiding […]
25th April 2019
Claire Baseley

The truth about protein supplements

You can’t move in health food shops, supermarkets, sports shops and definitely not on Instagram for people shoving protein powder at you from every angle. From bodybuilders and fitspo queens to endurance athletes and over 50s, it would seem that everyone can benefit from protein supplements. Or can they? What’s the truth behind the hype? Does anyone really need a protein supplement? I’ll level with you, I do use a protein supplement but I will be the first to tell you that you don’t need one. Sound contradictory? Well maybe but hear me out first. Supplements are just that. If you eat a reasonably balanced diet, you don’t need supplements (apart from maybe a vitamin D supplement in winter). But, […]
17th April 2019
Herbal remedies

Spotlight on herbal supplements for the menopause

Hot flushes are no fun. Neither are night sweats, forgetting where your keys are, or indeed what your keys are for, and feeling glum, angry and tearful. All these delightful symptoms and more are signs of the peri-menopause that we will endure to a greater or lesser extent (maybe we already have or are in the midst of it all). Understandably, lots of ladies will look for natural and over the counter alternatives to help manage the symptoms because natural is better, right? I’m not here to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do but I want to give you the facts about traditional herbal medicines so you can make an informed choice. I don’t want to take HRT! […]
20th March 2019

Why the public have had enough of experts and would rather listen to Gwyneth Paltrow

I am the expert and you must listen to me! Have I lost you? I don’t blame you. Communicating complex science is always going to be tricky. But most people wouldn’t claim to understand or have experience of astrophysics whereas everyone eats, so everyone can claim to have knowledge about nutrition. A quick glance at the #nutrition hashtag on Instagram reveals that the majority of the content comes from brands, influencers and celebrities and not from registered professionals with a background in nutrition. Obviously, this means that pseudoscience and miracle cures drown out the facts, which is to the detriment of public health but what can and should people like me do about it? “A lie can travel halfway around […]