15th March 2019
Hydration

Water water everywhere but how much should I drink?

Do I really need 6 to 8 glasses of water a day? Or is it 2 litres? Can you really ‘drown’ if you drink too much? Do I have to drink only plain water? How will I know when I’m dehydrated? We can survive for weeks without food (not that I’d recommend it) but we’d die within a few days without water or at least something that provides us with water in one form or another. Our bodies are on average 60% water, after all. Our blood, cells and muscles contain water aplenty and it’s needed to regulate our body temperature, lubricate our joints and allow most of our metabolic reactions to occur. But there are so many myths about […]
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 […]
5th November 2016

Opinion – What DO we do about obesity?

I attended the Childhood Obesity Summit at which the great and the good of the nutrition, medical and behavioural science worlds collided to share their views on what is a global problem.  Obesity is inextricably linked to GDP yet is also associated with societal deprivation.  The UK is ‘the fat man of Europe’ spending more on treating obesity and type 2 diabetes than collectively on policing, the fire service and judiciary, to quote Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer.  With the latest Childhood Obesity Plan from the Government seen as a missed opportunity, particularly in early years settings, what should we be doing to combat obesity?   First things first, if I had a pound for every time I […]
31st August 2016

Back to school lunchbox tips

You’ve braved the shoe shop and the school uniform fittings.  Summer is on its way out and the kids are contemplating lessons again.  For parents of children who take lunchboxes to school, there’s a constant balancing act between what is healthy and what kids will eat.  Read on for tips on creating healthy and delicious lunchboxes all the family can enjoy.   The trick is to offer children lots of variety of foods rather than a variation on the sandwich each day.  Variety not only ensures children get a range of nutrients, it also helps avoid lunchbox boredom.  It needn’t be hard work.  For example, if you’re having pasta one night, make up a bit extra and create a pasta […]