How to eat well for a healthy heart

Do you value your heart? Do you want to be active and be able to do all the things you want to? Having a healthy heart is a vital part of keeping well. As we get older we are more at risk of heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. ThisContinue reading “How to eat well for a healthy heart”

Healthy eating for your BBQ without being boring

Summer is here and the BBQ is calling. In this article I’m going to share some top tips for having a healthy BBQ without being boring. I love BBQs. I love the variety of foods you can cook on a BBQ and the social time that is around it. It’s great to enjoy the sunshineContinue reading “Healthy eating for your BBQ without being boring”

Is bread really bad for me?

Bread has had a lot of bad press over the last few years. But is bread really that bad for us? What does bread contain? According to The Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 calcium carbonate, iron, thiamin (vitamin B1) and nicotinic acid or nicotinamide (vitamin B3) must be added to all wheat flour in Britain, withContinue reading “Is bread really bad for me?”

Top healthy Veganuary tips from an expert

Veganuary is upon us. The supermarkets have cleared their Christmas shelves and made way for a wide range of vegan products to entice you to spend your pennies. I thought I’d catch up with a vegan dietitian for her thoughts on the subject to share with you. Heather Russell is a dietitian at The VeganContinue reading “Top healthy Veganuary tips from an expert”

Top tips for carers for eating well

I have had the privilege of working with Manchester Carers Network for the last few years and have met so many wonderful carers. Carers do such a fantastic job of looking after other people but sometimes it can be hard to fit in time to look after themselves. I run workshops with Manchester Carers NetworkContinue reading “Top tips for carers for eating well”

Advertising of food to children

This week the government announced that they would go ahead with the ban on the advertising of high fat, high salt and high sugar foods (HFSS foods) before the 9pm watershed. This is great news for parents of children who watch TV but there are some things to still consider. Companies can still advertise throughContinue reading “Advertising of food to children”

Harvest time

It’s harvest festival time again. A time when we think about all the wonderful things we have to eat. All of nature’s finest larder items. Purple sprouting broccoli, squash of many colours and shapes, blackberries and hundreds of varieties of apple. We are fast forgetting the rhythm of the seasons as fruit and vegetables areContinue reading “Harvest time”

Vitamin supplements – should we take them?

I was recently told about this article which was published in Nature as a News Feature. It is a long and detailed article looking at what we know about vitamin supplements for the general population. It concludes that studies need to be designed better and we need to be better at analysing the data in orderContinue reading “Vitamin supplements – should we take them?”

Eating your greens

There has been some interesting research published recently about children eating their vegetables. Check out  (now unavailable – edit Sept 2022) for more details. It goes to show that if you don’t offer a variety of vegetables, children will not have the chance to try them. I meet lots of parents who say their childrenContinue reading “Eating your greens”