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Why Moderation is the Key to Healthy Eating

“Everything in moderation”- Dietitians have undoubtedly repeated this phrase many times over when it comes to healthy eating. However, what is moderation exactly? And why do some of us find it easier to follow a restrictive diet, avoiding particular foods or entire food groups, rather than enjoying everything we like, but in smaller quantities? How do we ensure that by allowing ourselves a scoop of our favourite ice cream or a small glass of wine that we won’t end up…

The Stress Series: How Does Chronic Stress Affect Your Body?

Stress is an inevitable part of life. Pleasant or unpleasant, it is a shared part of the human experience. On the plus side, stress can frequently serve as a powerful, motivating force. Without it, we might struggle to get things done or stay on track. However, more often, stress feels like an overwhelming by-product of modern living. With the abundance of everyday stressors we face, it is easy to see how we can be pushed into a state of sensory…

Why We Fall off the Diet Wagon and How to Get Back on Track

We all want to be healthy and look attractive. It is no wonder that many of us seem to constantly watch what we eat. Perhaps we can all, more or less, relate to the following scenario: You have an important occasion coming in a couple of months and you decide that, in order to look your best, you need to shed a few pounds. You set yourself a target to eat X amount of calories per day and manage to stick to your plan…

Why Dieting is Not Easy and How You Can Become Better at It

The current political situation in the UK might be heated. Unfortunately, the same doesn't apply to the British weather! Regardless, Summer is officially here and that means that holidays, weddings and festivals are all in full swing. Understandably, looking and feeling good in fewer clothes is one of the top priorities for many of us right now. So what is the last port of call for those of us who procrastinated this spring and are quickly trying to undo all the damage done to our waistlines during the colder seasons? You've probably guessed…

The Kindred Guide to Plant-Based Eating

Forget the 5-a-day mantra, what about 7-a-day or…. more? There is increasing interest in plant-based eating from many groups including animal rights and environmental campaigners alongside experts in nutrition. I went to an interesting research symposium on the topic last month and wanted to share it with you. What is plant-based eating? Simply, it means basing your diet around plant foods. Plant foods being vegetables, fruit, wholegrain starchy carbohydrates, pulses/legumes, nuts, seeds and plant-based dairy alternatives (such as soya, rice…

The Detox Dilemma

From juicing to teatoxing to the master cleanse, there seems to be something about the concept of detoxing which appeals to the masses. For some, it may be a quick way to lose a few pounds or atone for a less than perfect lifestyle. For others, it may seem like a proactive approach to keeping well and lowering disease risk. But is there any evidence behind this popular trend? Can we really “wipe the slate clean” when it comes to…

The Kindred Guide to Mindful Eating

Can mindfulness help us control food cravings and lose weight? 2015 seemed to be the year we were all encouraged to be more mindful. Our eating habits did not escape this new way of thinking. What is it? Mindful eating involves increased awareness of what we are eating. It aims to turn us off autopilot and allows us to make informed decisions about what, where and why we eat. It isn’t about limiting what we eat, or telling us what is…

How to prepare for weight loss…

Often people think Dietitians are naturally blessed with a fast metabolism and find it easy to be slim. Well, I am not one of these people. I know first-hand how difficult it is to lose weight,and more importantly keep it off.  In fact losing 10% of my body weight in my twenties is what attracted me to the profession. I understand first-hand the amazing effect weight loss can have on your life but also the effort required each and every…

Oh Sugar, You Ain’t that Sweet!

Let's face it, sugar is having a rough year. Documentaries such as Fed Up and Jamie Oliver’s Sugar Rush have sought to shed light on the role sugar has played in our rising obesity crisis. There is a lot of evidence to show that the causes of obesity are multifactorial. However, what we do know is that excessive sugar consumption is related to weight gain, obesity, insulin resistance and poor dental health. Furthermore, obesity and insulin resistance put us at risk…

The Value of Eating Whole Fruit and Vegetables

Personally, I love a good green juice (that’s it, roll your eyes!). I don’t know why I am so easily persuaded to imbibe a liquid the colour of pond sludge in the name of good health, but I am. I suppose it is the power of clever marketing. This idea of giving the body a quick “hit” of nutrition seems like a rather healthy thing to do. But is juicing as healthy as it is made out to be? I’m…