The benefits of restricting calories on health and extending life span are well established. Fasting has been used for thousands of years for spiritual and health benefits and has become popular in recent times due to the celebrity endorsement of intermittent fasting, aka the ‘5:2 diet’! So what are the benefits?
I remember a time when ghee was vilified as heart clogging, dangerous and to be avoided at all costs. A staple in authentic Indian cooking, it certainly added to the guilt of an Indian take away. Fast forward a couple of decades and now ghee has risen to ‘superfood’ status and is slowly gaining a […]
Have you imagined going on a health retreat but never managed to commit to one in your busy schedule? Now is the time to go for it and book that health retreat you’ve always dreamed of…….. “Live the life you imagine – you deserve it!” Whether it’s a family gathering or an adventurous trip of […]
What you’re eating can make a real difference in your focus and productivity at work. Give yourself the advantage with this ultimate guide to ensure you’re firing on all cylinders so that you are sharp, focused, alert and yet calm.
We hear often that the Mediterranean Diet is the one to follow but what are the foundations to this finding and what does this actually mean you should eat?
Whilst there is benefit to reducing sugar consumption, embarking on a strict no sugar diet is not a sustainable approach and not without consequence.
The role of nutrition in depression is one area that has been under-reported or indeed under-recognised when it comes to mental health, despite awareness of mental health issues increasing. The body of evidence and indeed the medical literature shows a clear link between the diet and mental health and specifically the role of nutrition […]
A question I am often asked and one that is still subject to confusion due to the conflicting advice we are bombarded with is ‘Should I drink coffee?’. The ‘coffee experience’ has become a part of modern life and culture and indeed an enjoyment whether gathering with friends or when you’re at a point in […]
Weight loss and a vegan diet are not always a winning combination. Although you may certainly lose weight if your dietary choices focus more on vegetables and plant based proteins, but in reality from my clinical practice experience, this notion does not always hold true and in fact, those who have cut out all foods […]
There is one response that probably tops most lists of health goals; Weight Loss. Historically over the generations and still today, there is always room for a downward shift in the figure that appears on the weighing scales, whether it’s a priority or not. More recently, another health goal may well be a new contender […]
Absolutely not – Kale is still up there! You may well have written it off as a fad and moved on to another vegetable, that has now become ubiquitous at your table; breakfasts, lunch and dinners and even juices. However, as a member of the Brassica family, which also includes cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, […]
Melatonin is a hormone made by the pea-sized pineal gland within the brain and its production is triggered by darkness and inhibited by light. In other words, it is not a sleep hormone but simply a marker of darkness and its release helps to prepare the body for sleep. However, in supplement form, it is […]
Wouldn’t it be fabulous to be able to eat foods that can help you lose weight, simply by eating them? Although this doesn’t quite make sense on first reading, you may be surprised to know that there really are foods, thermogenic foods, that can help you do just that. Here are my top 8 foods […]
A recent study asked if people were bored with their lunch and a whopping 81 percent confirmed they were, with 30 percent admitting that others had even commented on their boring lunch choices. So let’s look at the worst repeat offenders in the lunch stakes more closely; those that top your lunch choices and see […]
Absolutely! Firstly, to clarify, the family of Legumes is made up of plants that produce a pod with a seeds inside and common edible examples include lentils, chickpeas, beans, peas and peanuts. They are incredibly nutritious, providing good levels of iron, folate, magnesium, potassium and vitamins B1, B3, B5 & B6. a rich source of […]
When embarking on a new health kick, you may find yourself inundated with articles and tips for healthy eating as you scour the internet, newspaper and magazines for tips and advice. Such articles, with the conflicting and often confusing advice hammered out, can leave you feeling despondent as to the best course of action to […]
Over recent months, many are choosing to follow a vegan diet and indeed, “Veganuary” may have tempted you to adopt a vegan diet since the new year? A recent Finnish Study identified that ensuring a healthy balanced diet varied amongst those sticking to a vegan diet, with some showing deficiencies. Here’s 10 nutrients and supplement […]
With the festive season firmly behind us and your resolve to lead a healthier 2017 (hopefully) still strong, there’s no better time to take a moment to consider an approach that is sustainable and therefore rewarding. Rather than focusing on what you can take away or restrict, considering what you’d like to add or increase is far […]
If you’re heading to the in-laws or spending time with family and friends, whose food choices are different to those you’d prefer, you’ll need a few key strategies to help you secretly stay on track without being a health bore! After all, it’s Christmas and your healthy eating message is likely to fall on merry […]
Binge eating before midday? An unhealthy morning of breakfast treats doesn’t mean your healthy diet is over, says our No-Nonsense Nutritionist May Simpkin. Here’s how to get back on track fast
Developing the plasticity of your brain can help to develop new neurons and support a healthy mind as we age – nutritional therapist May Simpkin explains
A classic Mediterranean vegetable, the aubergine is related to peppers, potatoes and tomatoes as part of the “nightshade” family and comes in various shapes, sizes and colours.. The most common variety here in the UK is the pear shaped glossy deep purple aubergine, also known as “eggplant”.
You’ll find that many nutrition and fitness practitioners will provide you with a meal plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which you can follow on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis. At first, this might be appealing; after all, if you just do what you’re told and stick to the rigid plan, surely you’ll achieve […]
Whether it’s a quick “grab & go” in a take out paper bag, a casual bite to eat with colleagues/friends or a hurried assembly from the fridge contents at home, the idea that your lunch can be making you fat may not resonate with your virtuous intentions… you could be making any one of these […]
Our joints have had to work hard throughout our lives and it’s no surprise that many do eventually suffer joint problems. It is highly likely that inflammation plays a part in these joint issues and the spice Turmeric can play a major role in managing the often debilitating symptoms of joint problems.
September is an ideal time to consider the past year; in particular, your expectations and achievements. Have you fulfilled yourself on a personal level or has the year run away with you and you’ve yet to begin certain tasks you’d promised yourself you would this time last year?! September is the new January! Taking the […]
Oxidative stress is a type of stress that we cannot see, as it affects the cells deep inside our bodies. It causes damage, more specifically, damage to the mitochondria, which are the power houses of each cell, thus affecting the amount of energy they produce and need to function.
A study published in the British Medical Journal last month has prompted a change in thinking….saturated fats are no longer the villain. The study revealed that those who avoided butter, a saturated fat, in favour of healthy spread alternatives may indeed have noted a drop in cholesterol levels, but this didn’t necessarily translate into a lower risk of heart disease.
As the summer holidays come to an end, the stark reality of the long lazy lunches, relaxing poolside and lack of routine suddenly doesn’t feel so good and addressing your health and lifestyle becomes a matter of urgency! September is an ideal time to take control and reintroduce the healthy habits that make you look […]